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Yoga, Qi Gong & Shinrin Yoku in the Mountains of Flims

Escape from the heat of the city, enjoy the cooler summer breeze in the historic Art Nouveau Hotel Schweizerhof in Flims, and return home with a backpack full of energy.

In this long weekend in the Swiss mountains, you will activate and harmonize the flow of energy in your body through Vinyasa Yoga and Qi Gong and discover a new source of healing through Shinrin Yoku, the forest bathing.

Shinrin Yoku means 'to take a bath in the atmosphere of the forest'. This method originates from Japan, recognized to promote health there since 1982. The forest is not only a therapy and health center, it is also a source of joy and inspiration. In Shinrin Yoku, we consciously perceive the forest and nature with all our senses and open ourselves up to it. In doing so, you can leave the stress of everyday life behind, lay aside your assigned roles, and be truly yourself - without rush and without a specific goal. 

Nowhere is it easier to breathe than in nature - that is why, in this retreat, we practice our morning Qi Gong and Yoga sessions al fresco, on the roof terrace with a view of the mountains or in the hotel garden. 
On the two free afternoons you can rest, hike in the 'Swiss Grand Canyon', bike, bathe in the turquoise Lake Cauma or use the indoor natural stone pool with Grander water and the varied spa and massage facilities in the hotel.
Before dinner we will meet again for a yoga practice adapted to your physical conditions.

To participate in this retreat, basic yoga experience is recommended but not required. The Yoga, Qi Gong and forest bathing sessions will be taught in German. 


This Retreat will be offered from Thursday afternoon, August 27, through Sunday noon, August 30, 2020 at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Flims-Waldhaus in Switzerland.


The Teachers
Kimi Fiebig completed a four-year dance training at the Zurich Dance Theater School with a subsequent specialization of Musical Studies in Hamburg. In the meantime she has been performing on stage as a career dancer and choreographer for more than 15 years. 10 years ago Kimi came across yoga while searching for a supplement to her daily dance training. She quickly came to realize that Yoga is not just about physical postures on the mat, but also challenges and aids the entire body and mind. Through regular practice she found a balance to her fast-paced career.
In 2007 Kimi successfully completed the Yoga Alliance 200-hour Teacher Training and in 2013 the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training, both at AIRYOGA. These were followed by three Anusara Immersions, a Teacher Training by Katchie Ananda, a module with Shiva Rea and the intensive teacher training with Max Strom. By attending workshops in Switzerland and Germany, she became acquainted with different styles of yoga. Kimi teaches in a dynamic style, which embraces aspects of Vinyasa Yoga. Alongside the wisdom and teachings of Yoga for health, healing and bodily well-being, is the emphasis of a conscious and deep breath. 

Born in Germany as a hunter’s daughter, Sandra Schmidt has spent a major part of her childhood in the woods. To live in the Swiss mountains and close to the big forest of Flims today, is a great gift to her. 
Her goal is to pass on the bond between nature and man to others and to find her way back to herself through mindfulness in nature. 
Sandra has been offering meditative forest walks since 2016. 
"We already have everything we need to be happy within us - we can learn again to draw from the full. One of the keys may be the forest".


The Hotel
The history of the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Flims goes back 116 years. The hotel is currently managed by the 4th generation of the founding family. The house offers 48 charming and comfortable double and single rooms. The modern, spacious and well-equipped yoga room with a fantastic view of the mountains is located on the top floor.
The art nouveau atmosphere of the hotel, excellent food and attentive service guarantee that you will soon feel at home in the Schweizerhof. 
You can find more information and photos at https://www.schweizerhof-flims.ch/en/gallery/ or watch a short video:



Schedule (changes may apply)
Thursday, August 27, 2020
until 3:00 pm: Arrival / check-in as from 3:00 pm
3:30 pm: Meet & greet in the hotel hall
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga 
7:00 pm: Dinner at the Art Nouveau restaurant
afterwards Opening Circle and evening meditation or chanting

Friday, August 28, 2020
7:00 am to 9:00 am approx.: Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) 
afterwards until 9:30 am approx.: Pranayama (breathing excercises)
afterwards breakfast buffet 
afterwards free time (resting, hiking, swimming in the Lake Cauma, wellness at the hotel etc.)
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm: Vinyasa Yoga
7:00 pm: Dinner (if the weather permits in the hotel veranda or garden) 

Saturday, August 29, 2020
7:30 am to 9:30 am: Qi Gong and Vinyasa Yoga 
afterwards breakfast buffet
afterwards free time (resting, hiking, swimming in the Lake Cauma, wellness at the Hotel etc.)
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm: Vinyasa Yoga 
7:00 pm: Dinner at the Art Nouveau restaurant
afterwards evening meditation or chanting (participation is optional)

Sunday, August 30, 2020
7:30 am to 9:30 am: Qi Gong and Vinyasa Yoga 
afterwards breakfast buffet 
until 12 noon: Check-out and departure


The rate for the Yoga, Qi Gong and Forest Bathing program is Fr. 360.- per person.

Included in this price are
• approx. 12 hours of Yoga, Qi Gong, Pranayama, Meditation and/or Chanting
• approx. 2 hours of Shinrin Yoku (Forest bathing, introduction and practice) 

Not included are
• travel to/from Hotel Schweizerhof 
• accommodation and meals at the Hotel Schweizerhof
• massages and treatments 


Travel
The Hotel Schweizerhof in Flims is easily accessible by car or public transportation. Please find the train schedule and how to get there here: https://www.schweizerhof-flims.ch/en/contact/.


Booking
For all questions and to book please email Valérie Lutz at valerie@yoga-to-go.ch

Registration deadline is on July 1, 2020.

Once we have confirmed your participation, please book your preferred room directly at the Hotel Schweizerhof via e-mail to info@schweizerhof-flims.ch or phone +41 81 928 10 10. 

A few rooms in the ‚standard’ category have been pre-reserved for our group at special rates per person and night: CHF 164.- in a double room; CHF 179.- in a single room. 
If you wish a higher room category or in case the standard contingent is already sold out, the hotel will charge CHF 20.- to 50.- extra per participant and day, depending on the room category. The cancellation policy of the Hotel Schweizerhof applies for all reservations.
Included in the room rates are:
• breakfast buffet with regional products
• dinner buffet/menu 
• water, tea and fruits before and after the yoga classes
• use of yoga mats and props (cushions, blankets, blocks, belts)
• use of the indoor swimming pool and wellness area 
• WLAN 


Further terms and notes 
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, you will be invoiced a deposit of CHF 150.- per person which is due within 10 days. The remainder is due by July 1, 2020.

The retreat needs a minimum of 6 participants to take place. 16 participants max.

All outdoor activities are weather dependent. Changes in the program and daily schedule may apply.

Insurance is your own responsibility. We strongly 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 cooperation with the Hotel Schweizerhof. The Yoga, Qi Gong and Forest Bathing program is subject to yoga-to-go’s General Terms and Conditions which will be provided (in German) to each participant upon registration.