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4 Days Sufi Dancing and Mantra Singing Retreat in Austria

  • AlpenRetreat OG, Fernpass 483, 6465 Nassereith, Austria

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 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

Thursday

  • 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

Saturday

  • 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)

Sunday

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

Glen Unmana

Glen is originally from England and his spiritual background is in Kriya yoga and Sufism. It has been his joy for almost a decade to share this beautiful form of sacred dance whenever and wherever there is an openness to receive, and he teaches regularly in a number of countries.

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

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Spa nearby
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lake nearby
  • Picnic area
  • River nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • 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.

Distances

  • 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
For information about the booking conditions, please send Alpen Retreat an inquiry.
  • Review by 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 arrive you feel welcomed and at ease. Every room is beautifull, clean and cosy, there is 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 sens and here to insure that everybody has a good time. For instance no shoes in the house is 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. Really, every helper/owner is 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 Copenhagen, 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. Definitely 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 sport retreat, the yoga program should take the snow sport 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 AnnieMaxi, Europe
    10 out of 10

    "What is not to love about Alpenretreat? The Alpenretreat is a "hidden gem" in a very beautiful area: Excellent hosts, incredible vegetarian/vegan food, lovely rooms, a beautiful meditation yoga hall, wonderful programs. The Alpenretreat is practically perfect in every way! I have attended 3 workshops/retreats now and will definitely be back for more!"

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  • Review by Ron Piron, Israel
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Martina Kopp, 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 Jeremy and Daniela, Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "A perfectly tranquil, scenic, and warm-hearted retreat space in the Austiran 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 all beings- a priority in every aspect, and 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, and therefore delight 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 AlpenRetreat, in Tirol, 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 radiates personal-transformation-into-love-and-wisdom, and you'll delight 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 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 & danke an das unschlagbare Alpenretreat Team. "

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