• English
  • Deutsch

Zurich

The Essence of the Heart: A long yoga weekend with Elisa Malinverni at the Sutra House

“So, I gave myself permission to be the stiff guy in the back row, the guy who was trying hard but was kind of embarrassing to watch. I just didn’t care anymore, and it felt so good to me.”
Max Strom, A Life Worth Breathing

In our lives we often end up looking to others for direction. We tend to seek harmony in all of our relationships, so we try to fit in and live up to the expectations of others. At the same time, we long to be ourselves, to be authentic. We wish to be loved and accepted for exactly who we are. Discovering and expressing who we are deep inside is a source of strength, leading us back to more authenicity and self-love. 

Over the course of this weekend together, we will journey inwards, towards our true heart's essence, sometimes individually and silently, sometimes together with the support of the group. With meditation, pranayama, mantra, dynamic asana and yin yoga we will make the time and space to find out what we truly want and who we are. The tools of yoga support us in embracing ourselves for who we are and in showing the world our heart's essence.

To participate in this retreat, basic yoga experience is recommended. 
The classes will be taught in German and/or English, depending on the requirements of the group.


This Yoga Retreat with Elisa Malinverni will be offered from Thursday afternoon August 12, through
Sunday noon, August 15, 2021 at Sutra House in Riehen near Basel in Switzerland. 



The Teacher
Even as a child, Elisa Malinverni felt that she was able to express her heart's essence through the body and movement. After decades on the dance floor and after her university graduation, she moved to New York. First she only took yoga classes to recover from her rigorous dance routine. But she realized quickly that she was more at ease in this new world, which encouraged self-reflection and compassion. In 2009 she completed her first teacher training with OM Yoga New York. 
After she moved back to Switzerland, she settled down in Zurich, where she taught for AIRYOGA and continued her yoga education. After a year of teaching in Taiwan, she returned to Berne, her hometown, where she has been living and teaching ever since. 
Elisa's influences come from her mentor of many years, Stephen Thomas, and from her yin yoga teachers Sarah Powers, Josh Summers and Mirjam Wagner, and also from her soulsister Manuela Peverelli. Her teaching is sophisticated and smart, but always a chance to pause and connect with oneself.  
In 2009 Elisa founded WOMB :: Way of the Mother Berne. Here she specializes in assisting women as they face the transformation of pregnancy and early motherhodd. Her focus is also on yin yoga and personal growth, with the ides of becoming a good mother/father to oneself.


The Sutra House
The Sutra House in Riehen above Basel has been designed by the Basel architect Nicolas Hünerwadel in close collaboration with AIRYOGA teacher Stephen Thomas and opened last year. A sanctuary for contemplation and connection, the space consists of an old, converted part and a modern new building elegantly connected to it. Eight individually designed rooms and one suite of 50m2 offer space for up to 20 guests. 
The spacious yoga room on the ground floor, the sky-lit meditation room under the high roof with large open views to the east and west for sunrise and sunset as well as the gathering/salon room with fireplace form the core zones of the house. You can also relax in the quiet garden, on the terrace or in the cosy library or enjoy the heated outdoor pool, the sauna, steam bath or a massage. For a walk in the green, the forest is just a few minutes away.
The Sutra House is a heart- and soulful piece of architecture. With its creative play of light and shadow and a careful eye for details, this place will make your stay a lasting experience.
Read about the Sutra House in the ‚Wohnrevue’


The Program (changes may apply)

Thursday, August 12, 2021
until 3:30 pm: Arrival / Check-in as from 2:00 pm
3:45 pm: Meet and greet in the fireplace room
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Grounding yoga practice 
6:30 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Opening Circle and evening meditation  

Friday, August 13, and Saturday, August 14, 2021
7:30 to 8:15 am: Pranayama, mantra, meditation
afterwards short tea break
afterwards until 10:00 am: Asana practice
10:30 am: rich breakfast/brunch 
afterwards free time to rest, swim in the pool, sauna, going for a walk in the woods, massage (if available)
3:30 pm: Tea and small snack
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Yin yoga, Pranayama, Mantra, group discussions, rituals and Yoga Nidra
7:00 pm: Dinner 

Sunday, August 15, 2021 
7:30 am to 8:15 am: Pranayama, mantra, meditation
afterwards short tea break
afterwards until 10:00 am: Asana practice, closing circle and farewell ritual 
afterwards rich breakfast/brunch
until 12:30 pm: Check-out and departure


Price per person
CHF 750.- with accommodation in a 3-bed room (3 person), with private shower/toilet
CHF 870.- with accommodation in a double/twin room (2 person), with private shower/toilet
CHF 990.- with accommodation in a double room for single use (1 person), with private shower/toilet (limited number, first come-first served)   

Included in these rates are
•  3 overnight stays in the selected room category
•  Vegetarian half board (breakfast/brunch and dinner) 
•  snack in the afternoon 
•  tea, tap water and fruits at any time 
•  all yoga classes
•  use of yoga mats and props (cushions, blankets, blocks, belts)
•  use of the private outdoor infinity pool, Turkish steam bath and Finnish sauna 
•  WLAN 

Not included are
•  travel to/from the Sutra House
•  drinks and snacks from the house bar 
•  massages (if available)


Travel 
The Sutra House in Riehen near Basel is easily accessible by car or public transportation. The participants will get detailed information on how to get there.


Booking / further terms and notes
For all questions and to book please email Valérie Lutz: valerie@yoga-to-go.ch



Upon receipt of your registration, yoga-to-go will confirm your participation, and the registration is binding from that date on. At the same time, yoga-to-go will invoice you the retreat cost. The amount is due within the time limit stated on the invoice.

The retreat needs a minimum of 10 participants to take place. The maximum number of participants depends on the valid COVID-measures at the time of the retreat.

Changes in the program and daily schedule may apply.

Insurance is your own responsibility. We recommend a travel insurance (including coverage of cancellation costs and travel incidents), as well as a health and accident insurance with sufficient coverage.

The facilitator/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the facilitator/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

This retreat is organized and accompanied by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz in collaboration with Elisa Malinverni and the Sutra House. The General Terms and Conditions (AGB) of yoga-to-go apply. These will be sent to the participants upon registration.