4 Days Sufi Dancing and Mantra Singing Retreat in Austria

  • AlpenRetreat OG, Fernpass 483, 6465 Nassereith, Austria

Austria Weekend Spiritual Retreat

Mantra, melody and movement - what could be more beautiful than human beings expressing the living quality of life through singing and dancing together? Alpen Retreat wishes you to experience a deeper understanding that some things in life are so precious, so unspeakably beautiful that to touch upon them is to be changed forever. There are many practices and paths that serve to open the heart and calm the mind, but few of these are as accessible, joyful and immediate as these dances. The dance movements - some of which have been used in spiritual body practices for millennia - are always simple, and most of the sacred phrases you will sing are no more than four or five words long.

Healing energy

This sublime form of sacred dance known as Dances of Universal Peace traces its origins back to Sufism and India. Sufism is an ancient but living path of the heart and as we sing and dance with sacred phrases from different spiritual traditions we find that by some mysterious process a healing energy gathers in the body. In response to this life-energy our hearts are felt to open and the normal mischief of the mind is seen to subside. Combined with the crisp, fresh pine-filled aroma in the air, this can become especially apparent over the course of a weekend. You will leave with a new sense of purpose in life as well as a different, more positive understanding of yourself.


  • Daily workshops
  • An outdoor excursion / workshop
  • Explore some of Jesus' words in native Aramaic
  • Highly experienced and certified Kriya yoga and Sufism teacher
  • Chant and move to different sacred phrases
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • 3 night's accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Alpen Retreats' cozy rooms are all inspired by the themes and cultures that the owners have come across on their travels and blended tastefully with the traditional Tyrolean style. Lounging out on your room side terrace overlooking the Fernpass valley and adjacent Zugspitz arena, you can enjoy year around sunshine thanks to the southward facing position of the house. 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. Moreover, if you wish to experience tranquility on a whole new level, you can take advantage of more yoga and meditation sessions as well as the nearby spas.

During this workshop, you will move to and chant sacred phrases from several of the worlds spiritual traditions, including Sufism, Hinduism and Buddhism. You will explore some of the words of Jesus, in his native language, Aramaic. You will sometimes work with harmonies and also practice some sitting and walking meditations. Sufism has a long tradition of touching upon ecstatic states through shared practice with song and dance and there will be an evening devoted solely to this practice. Throughout the course the singing and dancing will be accompanied by live music.

Workshop timetable


  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Workshop
  • Friday
  • 08:00 - 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Workshop
  • 13:15 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Outdoor Excursion-Workshop
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Workshop


  • 08:00 - 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Workshop
  • 13:15 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Workshop
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Workshop (Zikr)


  • 08:00 - 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Workshop
  • 13:15 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Workshop

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 1200 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, 1 hour and 30 minutes from Italy and 1 hour from Switzerland. It is also an hour's drive from Memmingen and Innsbruck Airports and 2 hours from Munich Airport. Bus connections from the surrounding cities lead directly to their doorstep. There are 5 train stations within a 30-min drive; Garmisch Patenkirchen, Fuessen and Imst / Pitztal, Lermoos and Ehrwald

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Spa nearby
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lake nearby
  • Picnic area
  • River nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Tour assistance

Vegetarian and vegan cuisine are part of price and Alpen Retreat will be happy to meet your specific wishes. When at all possible, all foods are organically home grown by Alpen Retreat.

Alpen Retreat has a lot more in the offering such as yoga classes, rock climbing, winter sports, hiking, mountain biking and other adventure sports activities. 2-hour yoga class per person costs 15 EUR. Should you feel the need to make use of any free time, ask Alpen Retreat to know more.

  • 2 workshops everyday
  • A 2-hour excursion / workshop outdoors
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • All workshop sessions are accompanied by live music
  • Chanting and dancing to sacred phrases of various spiritual disciplines (Sufism, Hinduism and Buddhism)
  • Exploring select words of Jesus in his native language, Aramaic
  • Sitting and walking meditation practices
  • Transfers to and from Imst / Pitztal train stations for free a week before retreat date
  • Vegetarian or vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Work with harmonies

Driving directions

The Alpen Retreat is easily reached via the Fernpassstrasse B179 (E532)

At the top of the Fernpass (Fernpasshhe), on the side of the main street is a petrol station named Dolle. Opposite of it on the other side of the street is a roadside restaurant (Imbiss) 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

Explain which airport to arrive at. Airport name should include IATA code.

If airport transfer is included, add: (Organizer name) will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by bus

From the airport, take at the airport the bus line F to the main train station in Innsbruck (Innsbrucker Hauptbahnhof). From there, take the "Regionalbus" directly to the bus station "Nassereith Postplatz" or "Fernpasshhe". Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Arrival by train from airport

Ride a bus to Munich main train station (Mnchen Hauptbahnhof). From there take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and onward to Lermoos or Ehrwald.

Arrival by train from Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof

Arrive at train station "Imst / Pitztal". Alpen Retreat will happily pick you up from the train station.


  • Italy - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Switzerland - 1 hour
  • Munich Airport - 2 hours
  • Memmingen Airport - 1 hour
  • Innsbruck Airport - 1 hour
  • Garmisch Patenkirchen - 30 minutes
  • Fuessen and Imst / Pitztal - 30 minutes
  • Lermoos and Ehrwald - 30 minutes
  • German border - 45 minutes
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 20 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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    Review by Brigitte Bieri from Switzerland

    Wunderbare Auszeit

    PROS Pros: Sehr motivierte und herzliche Inhaber, Oster-Retreat Aktivitäten wunderbar aufeinander abgestimmt

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  • Review by Neuchâte Lætitia from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Alpen Retreat is the place where I felt the most comfortable ever. It is not a hotel, it is a home. As soon as you arrived, you feel welcomed and at ease. Every room is beautiful, clean, and cosy. There are even a small library and a warm living room with huge snug couches. The attic is a big special place where you can practice yoga, meditation, or participate in a workshop. The landscape as well is breathtaking. Of course Alpen Retreat has some rules, but they really are common sense to insure that everybody has a good time. For instance, no shoes in the house as the first rule. But you can choose from many different nice slippers to cover your feet. Every thing was thought to make you feel good. The food is delicious and there are fruits and a huge selection of teas and coffees on self service all day long. You can drink it from your mug that you can pick from many different mugs and take it with you from room to room and reuse it as many times as you want like you do at home. Every helper and owner are really here to make sure your needs are heard and answered, so you will spend a great time in this very special place. I am really grateful for my stay there, thank you!"

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  • Review by Mimi Larsson from Denmark
    6 out of 10

    "The Alpen Retreat was a nice place with friendly and helpful staff, and we enjoyed our stay there. A fine tuning of a few things would mean that I would consider coming back instead of just renting a flat in a skiing resort and doing my own yoga. First of all, the house was a little bit too cold most of the time. But they were in the process of buying a new heating system, so that is probably fixed by next winter. The food could be more interesting. If you are in the market for Scandinavian guests who will have higher expectations about the food, it has to be clear on the English website that it is vegetarian. Finally, since it is a combined yoga and snow sports retreat, the yoga program should take the snow sports activities of the participants into account from the beginning. Overall, the yoga program improved a lot after we voiced our wishes clearly. It would have been more comfortable and useful had the instructors enquired about our expectations, interests, and levels to begin with. I would recommend the Alpen Retreat to young yogis who are fascinated by the philosophy and want to be inspired. And to those, who are just looking for a cheap and friendly place to live for a few days."

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  • Review by Zlatko G.

    "We had a fantastic stay in the AlpenRetraet recently and really enjoyed our time. All people there were sooo lovely. We booked for 4 Nights and enjoyed our great time with the lovely located rooms in the middle of beautiful mountains and forest. The view was fantastic when you wake up in the morning and look outside of your room. The food was great and organic and cooked fresh every day. Many thanks to Beatrice, Wolfgang, Jan and all the others. We will definitely come back in Summer or Winter. In Winter time the beautiful surrounding invites you for great skiing experience. The organization was fantastic and you should definitely book your stay in combination with the great Yoga offerings. The yoga room has a quit and relaxing atmosphere and a great view as well."

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  • Review by Charlotte H.

    "Very well located on the way between Bavaria and Tyrol, close to the road for easy access but very calm, surrounded by amazing nature (mountains, river, forest, lake). Beautiful guest house, 500 years old, well renovated. Tasty home-cooked vegetarian food and herbal tea from the garden. Generous breakfast. Friendly and welcoming host community. Atmosphere influenced by yoga and well-being. House serving both for yoga retreats and bnb."

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  • Review by Elisabeth L.

    "I just came from a 2 week retreat and I can't stop thinking how great this experience was. The place is very cosy and it's surroundings are amazing. The mountains, the waterfall, the autumn colors... Also, the team is wonderful. Warm hearted people, kind, always with a smile for you and excellent cuisine chefs :) I do highly recommend this place and their retreats"

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  • Review by Melissa O.

    "The Alpine Retreat is a wonderful place to get away and reconnect with nature, friends, or just yourself. Marie, our hostess, was wonderfully friendly, welcoming, and offered lots of suggestions for things we could do in the area. We went showshoeing, tobogganing, and hiking. If you are able to share a dinner from the kitchen - do it! The vegetarian food is awesome -- perfect healthy and hearty food to wrap up a day of outdoor activity. The rooms are tidy and decorated with a surprisingly fluid mix of old Tirol and Eastern styles. The faint aroma of incense freshens the hallways, and a large open yoga and meditation room (which was always open for use!) encourages utter relaxation. The retreat is kind of out of the way, but that's really what makes it so great-- amazing views of the mountains and hiking opportunities right outside. Stay here. You won't be disappointed."

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  • Review by Sandra N.

    "I just stayed at AlpenRetreat for a long weekend and was surprised with such a relaxing and inspiring time, that it felt like an entire holiday – far away from everyday life. Everyone was authentically warm and comforting. People from the retreat, not only shared their truly lovely place, but also stories from their lives. Everything far far succeeded my expectations. A spontaneous snow board lesson in puffy powdery snow, an intro to meditation, the opportunity to practice yoga, cuddling up to the old fashioned tile oven (Kachelofen), meaningful conversations over food prepared with love and creativity... what more can you possibly wish for? Thank you so much! I will find some time to return, for sure."

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  • Review by Jeremy and Daniela from Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "A perfectly tranquil, scenic, and warm-hearted retreat space in the Austrian Himalayas. What touched our hearts the most is the intention of this amazing space. The founders, who are all good friends now, make the happiness of guests and everyone a priority in every aspect. This intention makes the center run harmoniously and beneficially for all who have the opportunity to come. Even the little critters in their compost are treated with respect and good wishes, therefore they are delighted in helping to nourish the tomatoes, salad greens, and other deliciously organic food in the center's garden. The founders Beatrice, Wolfgang, Jan, and Fraser are inspiring to no end, and we have seen them happily help many visitors individually to be well informed and meaningfully-entertained whether it be only at Alpen Retreat in Tyrol, and even around Europe in general. If you're coming for a yoga or meditation retreat, you will certainly enjoy and benefit from the peaceful, quiet, and spiritual atmosphere that so many have helped to create. The upstairs yoga and meditation hall radiate personal transformation into love and wisdom. You'll be delighted in waking up every morning to invigorating incense and the opportunity to explore the true meaning and depths of your precious human life."

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  • Review by AnnieMaxi from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "What is not to love about Alpen Retreat? The Alpen Retreat is a hidden gem in a very beautiful area. Excellent hosts, incredible vegetarian or vegan food, lovely rooms, a beautiful meditation yoga hall, and wonderful programs. The Alpen Retreat is practically perfect in every way! I have attended three workshops or retreats now and will definitely be back for more!"

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  • Review by Ron Piron from Israel
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for the beautiful retreat. Really enjoyed the yoga, meditation, and especially the food."

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  • Review by Martina Kopp from Austria
    10 out of 10

    "Best place for a relaxing yoga vacation! You will find inner peace in the middle of the Tyrolean Alps. Check it out!"

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  • Review by Janine
    10 out of 10

    "Das 3. Jahr komme ich nun schon mit meiner Tochter zum Sufi Tanzen und Mantrasingen mit Glen im Alpenretreat. Ich liebe die Atmosphäre, die Glen mit seiner authentischen Art kreiert. Das Gefühl von Zusammengehörigkeit und Geborgenheit darf in der Gruppe entstehen über diese 3 Tage gemeinsamen Tanzens und Singens. Sehr schnell komme ich wieder mehr im Herzen und somit bei mir selbst an. Der ein oder andere Knoten, mit dem ich angekommen bin, darf sich lösen und mit mehr Klarheit, Ruhe und Gelassenheit, die in mir entsteht verlasse ich nach diesem sagenhaften Wochenende die Tiroler Berge. Danke Glen and danke an das unschlagbare Alpenretreat Team. "

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Tyrol, Austria

Alpen Retreat offers a sanctuary from the stresses of daily life through yoga, meditation retreats, and healthy vegetarian cuisine set in a stunning countryside.

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4 days / 3 nights


Arrival: Thursday November 16, 2017
Departure: Sunday November 19, 2017

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