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Into the Light: A Yin & Yang Journey with Iona Knieriemen

Give yourself a gift with this long yoga weekend at the unique Sutra House.

You will be moved by the transformational force of light and find into presence with the nurturing gravity of earth. You will surf the bright stream of light and find boldness to dive into darkness.

This retreat at the beginning of the advent season is a journey to yourself with dynamic Vinyasa sequencing, Myofascial Release techniques, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and optional ‚Dance into brightness’ evenings.

“Experience every cell of your body, illuminate yourself with mindfulness and embody self love. Glow within the flow of Yang energies and find stillness in the gentle stream of Yin qualities.
Let yourself be held between sun and earth where you meet your inner light to bloom. That is what thrives you to self love and self-efficacy.“

Iona Knieriemen

To participate in this retreat, basic yoga experience is recommended.
Iona will teach in German.

This Yin & Yang Journey will be offered from Thursday afternoon, November 25, to Sunday noon November 28, 2021 at Sutra House in Riehen near Basel.

The Teacher
Iona Knieriemen has a teaching experience of more then 12 years. In 2016, she co-founded a Yoga Studio in Solothurn/Switzerland and dedicated herself for five years to grow and establish the studio. As a passionate visual designer and entrepreneur she founded 2019 the label Iona.Yoga.Werk. for online Yoga videos, slow living products and handcrafted design. Simultaneously she’s in love with both; the very small details of breath and movement and that enormous diversity of techniques and focus in Yoga. In her own journey she likes to equalize being a teacher and being a student and also being one at a time.
Iona is passionate about the whole spectrum of motion. The outer layers of moving your physical body in every possible direction and the inner layers of awareness flowing through that wholeness. Caring and frank, she holds space for you to unfold your true inner potenzial. Her way of teaching is creative, undogmatic and refreshing. Her teaching experience flows through Vinyasa, Yin , Aerial, Myofascial Release Techniques and Thai Yoga Massage. Her true topic of heart is working with women in courses and privates for their pelvic floor vitality to be rooted, safe and strong in their womanhood.
Iona is a certified E-RYT 200h & RYT 500h Teacher. Continuously she deepens her experience with further education with teachers such as Max Strom, Reni Bickel, Meghan Currie, Duncan Wong, Lucia Nirmala Schmidt, Jo Phee and more.

The Sutra House
The Sutra House in Riehen above Basel in Switzerland has been designed by the Basel architect Nicolas Hünerwadel in close collaboration with AIRYOGA teacher Stephen Thomas and opened beginning 2020. 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, a unique place that will make your stay a lasting experience.
Read about the Sutra House in the ‚Wohnrevue' >

The Program (changes may apply)
Thursday, November 25, 2021
until 3:30 pm: Arrival / Check-in as from 2:30 pm
4:00 pm: Meet and greet in the fireplace room
afterwards until 5:30 pm: Yang Yoga practice
6:00 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Opening Circle and grounding Yin Yoga 

Friday, November 26, and Saturday, November 27, 2021
8:00 to 8:45 am: Pranayama, Myofascial Release
afterwards tea break
9:00 am until 10:30 am: Vinyasa Yoga
11:00 am: rich breakfast/brunch
afterwards free time to rest, sauna, steam bath, pool, going for a walk in the woods, massage or energy work
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Yin yoga, Pranayama, group discussions and Yoga Nidra
6:00 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm / optional: ‚Dance into brightness’ - moving meditation with music, accompanied by Iona

Sunday, November 28, 2021
8:30 am to 8:45 am: Pranayama, mantra, meditation
afterwards tea break
9:00 am until 10:30 am: Yang Yoga, closing circle and farewell ritual
11:00 am: rich breakfast/brunch
until 12:30 pm: Check-out and departure
The Pool, sauna and steam bath can still be used until 2:00 pm

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

Included in these rates are
• 3 overnight stays in the selected room category
• Vegetarian half board (breakfast/brunch and dinner)
• snack before the morning practice (dried fruits, nuts, Smoothie etc.)
• 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, heated outdoor infinity pool, Turkish steam bath and Finnish sauna

Not included are
• travel to/from the Sutra House
• drinks and snacks from the house bar
• massages/energy work

Energy work / Massages
On the free Friday afternoon and/or Saturday afternoon between noon and 3:30 pm, there is the possibility to book a massage with Daniela Bärtschi and/or an energy work session with Derya Kara
Daniela completed her training as a certified masseuse (specializing in sports massage) in 2003. Since then she attended various continuing education courses in acupuncture massage, trigger point treatments and pranic healing. A 25-minute massage costs Fr. 50.-; 50 minutes cost Fr. 90.- 
Derya offers a 60 minute energy work session for a special retreat price of Fr. 120.-. For more information on her work please visit www.deryakara.com
The cost for massages and energy work is to be paid on spot in cash, directly to the therapist.
To book your massage or/and energy work session please email Valérie Lutz before November 15, 2021: valerie@yoga-to-go.ch

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
You can register for this retreat directly via the online form on the yoga-to-go website: https://www.yoga-to-go.ch/retreats/yoga-wochenende-mit-iona-knieriemen
For all questions 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.

Changes in the program and daily schedule may apply.

The Corona protection measures and regulations in force at the time of the retreat apply.

Insurance is your own responsibility. We recommend a travel insurance including coverage of cancellation costs and travel incidents.
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 Iona Knieriemen and the Sutra House. The General Terms and Conditions (AGB) of yoga-to-go apply.