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Spring Awakening - A Weekend Yoga Retreat with Elisa Malinverni at Sutra House

All cultures view spring as a time of renewal, regeneration and of vital strength returning.
After the winter, which is usually marked by an outer and inner withdrawal, and with the longer days comes now the time to move and to step into the light again. It’s the time for new plans, new acquaintances and fresh courage. And sometimes this new drive also causes us to tire quickly. Or the wintry cold is stuck in our bones and we call it spring fatigue.

The new awakening in nature is an ideal moment in time to plant seeds for us personally and to set an intention for the year to come. After staying still so much during winter, movement, breath, mantra and meditation help us come to life again on all levels, physically, energetically and emotionally. A grounding practice balances our airy, exuberant spring fever and brings back focus, centeredness and life force.

This is a retreat for regeneration and to air ourselves out after the cold season.
Small rituals will help create space for the new and pave the way for transformation.

The morning practice consists of a meditation, Pranayama and mantra session, followed by a concise session of warming and dynamic Yoga Asana, to invigorate the whole system.
In the afternoon a blend of Yin Yoga, gentle Pranayama and Yoga Nidra ensures moments of rest on all levels. Sharing circles and rituals, inspired by the Native American traditions, form little landmarks throughout our retreat.

To participate in this yoga weekend, basic yoga experience is recommended.
Elisa will teach in German.

The Yoga Retreat ‘Spring Awakening’ will be offered from Thursday afternoon, March 24, through Sunday noon, March 27, 2022 at Sutra House in Riehen near Basel.

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 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, March 24, 2022
Between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm: Arrival and Check-in
4:00 pm: Meet and greet in the fireplace room
afterwards until 6:00 pm: Grounding yoga practice
6:30 pm: Dinner
afterwards Opening Circle and evening meditation 

Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, 2022
8:00 to 8:45 am: Pranayama, Mantra, Meditation
afterwards tea break
9:00 am until 10:30 am: Asana practice
11:00 am: rich breakfast/brunch
afterwards free time to rest, go for a walk, sauna, steam bath, pool, shiatsu/energy work
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Yin yoga, Pranayama, Mantra, group discussions and Yoga Nidra
6:30 pm: Dinner

Sunday, March 27, 2022 (daylight saving time!)
8:30 am to 10:30 am: Pranayama, Asana practice and closing circle
11:00 am: rich breakfast/brunch
until 12:00 pm: Check-out and departure
The Pool, sauna and steam bath can still be used until 2:00 pm.

Price per person
CHF 790.- with accommodation in a 3-bed room (3 person)
CHF 890.- 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 with 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
•  shiatsu treatment / energy work

Energy work / Shiatsu treatment
There is the possibility to book a energy work session with Derya Kara and/or a shiatsu treatment with Amanda Sophie Koller on the free Friday afternoon and/or Saturday afternoon between noon and 3:30 pm.

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

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 Covid 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 Elisa Malinverni and the Sutra House. The General Terms and Conditions (AGB) of yoga-to-go apply.