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4 Days Sufi Dancing and Mantra Singing Retreat in 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
  • Vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • 3 night's accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: 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.

Alpen Retreat Mantra Singing and Sufism Program

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


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 home grown by Alpen Retreat.

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)

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.

What's included

  • 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

How to get there

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.