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4 Days Ski and Jivamukti Yoga Retreat in Tyrol, Austria

Winter Yoga Retreat Austria

Join Kari in the Fourth Annual Jivamukti Yoga and Ski Retreat in Austria! Enjoy in the winter wonderland as you deepen your yoga practice and your understanding of self. Energize both your body and mind. Find your balance in a peaceful atmosphere with gorgeous mountain panorama. The combination of idyllic peace, healthy nutrition, and a balanced yoga and meditation program creates for you a healing and holistic experience.

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  • Meditation session
  • Morning and evening yoga classes
  • Experienced Jivamukti yoga instructor
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • Coffee and tea

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The guest rooms and community rooms in the Alpen Retreat are lovingly designed. Each room has a special theme, mostly chosen from the different countries the Alpen Retreat team has visited on their travels.

The mixture of international ambiance and traditional Tyrolean charm creates a particularly beautiful and "homey" atmosphere. Lounging out on your room side terrace overlooking the Fernpass valley and adjacent Zugspitz arena, you can enjoy year-round sunshine thanks to Alpen Retreat's southward facing position.

After a day spent on the slopes or hiking through Alpine forests, you will be able to relax in the traditional “stube” with gorgeous wood paneling and traditional farmers “kachel” stove. If you wish to experience tranquility on a whole new level, you can take advantage of Alpen Retreat's yoga and meditation sessions as well as the nearby spas.

During your stay, you are very welcome to use the community rooms in the Alpen Retreat such as the traditional Tyrolean stube (living room), the dining room, the library, and the yoga hall.


There will be twice daily yoga classes in the morning and evening. The rest of the day, you will be free to ski, snowboard, ice skate, or sled. The retreat center grounds offer many hiking and back-road skiing and snow shoeing options as well.

Retreats are one of the most valuable gifts you can offer to yourself. It is a time for you to step out of the everyday motion of life and to turn your attention inside. The benefits that come from this are deeply rewarding.

Daily schedule

Day 1, January 25, 2018

  • 14:00 Arrival at Alpen Retreat
  • 17:30 Evening yoga practice
  • 19:30 Dinner

Day 2, January 26, 2018

  • 07:00 Coffee, tea, fruit, and nuts available
  • 08:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:45 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 Evening yoga practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Optional short meditation or yoga Nidra

Day 3, January 27, 2018

  • 07:00 Coffee, tea, fruit, and nuts available
  • 08:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:45 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 Evening yoga practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Optional satsang or kirtan

Day 4, January 28, 2018

  • 07:00 Coffee, tea, fruit, and nuts available
  • 08:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:45 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Check out


Kari Zabel
Kari has been teaching yoga since 2003 and is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti teacher who studied with founders Sharon Gannon and David Life. She teaches classes, workshops, retreats, and immersions and has co-led teacher training programs across the US, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Kari is currently a senior teacher at the Jivamukti Yoga Centers in Munich and is regularly featured in Yoga Journal Germany as the model for the 108 Asana Finder.

Retreat location

Located on the Fernpass, a main pass through the Alps, the Alpen Retreat is situated on the Via Claudia Augusta, a historic Roman road utilized by countless travelers including Napoleon during his march into Italy. At 1,200 meters in altitude, this 500-year-old former manor house blends seamlessly into a mountain panorama of pine forests, jagged peaks, and crystal clear Alpine lakes.

Alpine Retreat on the Tirolean Fernpass is a 45-minute drive from the German border, one hour and 30 minutes from Italy, and one hour from Switzerland. It is also one hour's drive from Memmingen Airports (FMM) and Innsbruck Airport (INN), and two hours from Munich Airport (MUC). Bus connections from the surrounding cities lead directly to their doorstep. There are five train stations within a 30-minute drive; Garmisch Patenkirchen, Fuessen and Imst or Pitztal, Lermoos, and Ehrwald.

Nearby places

  • Bahnhof Imst-Pitztal - 30 minutes' drive
  • Blindsee - 35 minutes' walk
  • Ehrwald - 30 minutes' drive
  • Fernsteinsee - 45 minutes
  • Fuessen - 30 minutes' drive
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen - 30 minutes' drive
  • Innsbruck Airport (INN) - 1 hour's drive
  • Lermoos - 30 minutes' drive
  • Memmingen Airports (FMM) - 1 hour's drive
  • Neuschwanstein Castle - 35 minutes' drive
  • Plansee - 30 minutes
  • Switzerland - 1 hour's drive
  • The ruin Ehrenberg - 20 minutes' drive
  • Zugspitz arena - 15 minutes

Unique features


  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Rock climbing
  • Skiing
  • Spa


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Terrace


  • Bicycle rental
  • Library


Food is an important part of the experience and of your yoga practice. For this retreat, you will be served vegetarian meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alpen Retreat cooks fresh, wholesome, and nutritious vegetarian and vegan food. Eating this way is known to help aid spiritual practice. Alpen Retreat also happily adjust to your dietary needs. If you are allergic or intolerant to any foods, they will always accommodate this.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Adventure sports

Alpen Retreat is the perfect base for adventure sports. Action fans can choose from a huge range of activities with the stunning Alpine scenery as a gorgeous backdrop. White water rafting, mountain lake diving, paragliding, and bungee jumping can all be arranged as optional extras.


The mountains are Tirol’s most significant landmark, majestic Alpine massifs coupled with breathtaking views and clean unspoiled nature. What better way to explore them than hiking? At Alpen Retreat, you are surrounded by gorgeous walks for all preferences and ability levels through some of the best scenery Austria has to offer.

Mountain biking

Starting on your doorstep, you can choose a variety of different mountain bike tours. You can explore the area, ride along beautiful mountain lakes, and visit medieval castles or drive all the way up the mountain to the Nassereither mountain hut. They have seven mountain bikes at the Alpen Retreat, which you can borrow.

Rock climbing

There are countless indoor and outdoor walls to be conquered in and around Alpen Retreat. They offer climbing as an optional extra on all our activities. Wolfgang, your in-house climbing instructor, is happy to show you the best climbing spots and give theoretical and practical advice.

Winter sports

Well-groomed ski slopes of various levels of difficulty, state-of-the-art lift facilities, and exceptional snow conditions. Glorious fun-parks, toboggan runs, and ice rinks guarantee a holiday to remember. The Alpen Retreat is only about 30 minutes away from 148 kilometers of slopes and 55 lifts spread over seven different ski resorts. Snow is guaranteed through the ski area on the Zugspitze.


If you wish to experience tranquility on a whole new level, you can take advantage of the nearby spas.

Yoga class

You can have an additional 2-hour yoga class per person for 15 EUR.

What's included

  • Morning and evening yoga classes
  • Meditation session
  • Leisure tax
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals

How to get there

Driving directions from Fernpassstrasse B179 (E532)

  • At the top of the Fernpass (Fernpasshöhe), there is a petrol station named Dolle.
  • Opposite of Dolle, on the other side of the street, is a roadside restaurant (Fernpaß Rast), a red building, and a big yellow building (the former Fernpass hotel).
  • Follow the small street between the restaurant and the yellow house for about 200 meters and you have reached the Alpen Retreat.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Innsbruck Airport (INN), Memmingen Airport (FMM), or Munich Airport (MUC). Transfer from and to the airports is available upon request.

The price (75 EUR / 95 EUR / 145 EUR) is per direction (pick up or drop off) per car. If more guests share a car, the costs are divided between them (maximum 4 people per car).

Arrival by bus

Take the bus line F at Innsbruck Airport (INN) to the main train station in Innsbruck (Innsbrucker Hauptbahnhof). From there, take the “regional bus” directly to the bus station Nassereith-Postplatz or “Hotel Fernpasshöhe”, approximately one hour ten minutes. Transfer from / to Nassereith-Postplatz bus station is 15 EUR.

Arrival by train

You can take a train from “Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof” (main train station) to train station “Imst / Pitztal”. Transfer from / to Imst / Pitztal train station is 40 EUR per car.

From Memmingen Airport (FMM), you can take the bus to the Memmingen train station. From there, you can take a train to Lermoos via Kempten and Reutte. Transfer from / to Lermoos train station is 15 EUR per car.

From Munich Airport (MUC), you can go via train to Munich main train station (München Hauptbahnhof). From there, take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and onward to Lermoos or Ehrwald. Transfer from / to Lermoos train station is 15 EUR per car.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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