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You are invited to this deep dive into self-discovery and personal power in a magical location in Switzerland. This residential teacher training group consists of between 10 and 30 students, facilitated by an engaging, international teaching team. You will live together as, a community in the Schloss Glarisegg. Living at the retreat enables students to focus intensively on their training, fully immersing themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery. Students discover the joy of deeply engaging in yogic practice and lifestyle without the usual responsibilities and away from the business of daily life.
The guest house offers 20 double and triple bedrooms with hot/cold water and shared showers, 3 double rooms with their own shower and toilet, and a dormitory for men and accommodates up to 52 visitors.
All rooms provide an idyllic view over Lake Constance or over the extensive grounds into the woods. The rooms are individually designed and furnished. There are four rooms in particular that have been lined with clay and provide a special look and atmospheric feeling.
In summertime the meadow right next to the castle offers extensive space for visitors with their own tent or caravan. There is access to water, electricity, and toilet facilities – shared showers are located in the cultural center.
With the rising popularity of yoga in the recent past, many different styles and teachings have established themselves. So what does the Kaula Tantra yoga practice offer you?
The sequence taught at the school comes straight from an ancient lineage and is based on the teachings of Bhagavan Shanmuka Anantha Natha. They work with asanas, bandhas, pranayama, mudras, and mantras. Different to other practices this series is practiced in a slow and flowing manner to build patience and awareness. Each asana is held gently for a period of time to allow students to relax into the posture. This way, each individual finds their own unique way of expressing the asanas without pressure of competing or ‘performing perfectly’.
Tantra yoga facilitators approach students as whole human beings and discourage ‘isolating’ or forcing muscles. Their priority is to hold a space of acceptance and love, with only little guidance where necessary.
Over time students learn to meditate in the postures to connect with the divine. This yoga specifically cultures the diaphragms and thus balances every area of life, including sexuality.
Through the Tantra teachings students learn about the energetic exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy into their yoga exploration.
Please note that classes do not involve nudity or sexual contact. In the advanced stages, deeper pranayama practice, bandhas, and mantra practices are incorporated to culture Kundalini energy.
Students will learn about the methodology of Kaula Tantra yoga through their direct experience during the practice. There will be time to share, after classes, different approaches, make questions, and dive into the understanding of Tantra yoga.
Students are given time for self-study, reflection, and practice teaching tantra yoga classes with each other. During the course of the training students also complete a written project.
Derived from Ayurvedic wisdom this ancient foot massage was used to prepare warriors for battle as well as open and expand the physical and energetic bodies before the yoga practice. Working with partners it is a very effective, meditative, and intuitive way to give and receive before the yoga practice. The massage touches many important marma points as well as softening the muscles. You will also get in touch with a little part of the Ayurvedic medicine which is the base of this practice.
Students explore Tantra yogic lifestyle, philosophy, and arts. Together you will discover ways in which to implement the yoga experience into everyday life.
Durga’s Tiger dance is a form of movement developed by Iris Disse based on yoga energy work and different dance styles. It is yet another form through which students deepen their creativity and relaxation in body movement. The training also involves voice work and mantra chanting.
These classes are a powerful opportunity of self discovery. As the course is based on experience we will create active and participative classes where you will work on some of the main aspects of Tantra. Furthermore, there will be focus on working on specific chakras.
Meditation is fundamental in the Tantra yoga practice. You will see different approaches to meditation, learning to be present in everything you do and transform movement, breath, and creativity in meditation itself until the moment the “no doing” will become a sacred space where you can enjoy yourself
Shamanistic rituals bring art, healing, social thinking, spirituality together. That goes deep, symbolic connections with all. You are the mosquito. You are the nature that surrounds you. You can dance with your power animal, and talk to a plant.
It is knowledge which has the power to transform - body is spirit, spirit is your body, your body is the earth, the sea, the wind, the fire of the sun arising from the see. What does yoga practice has to do with shamanism?
By sharing songs in a circle, you invite joy, you celebrate life, and you connect to your inner vibration. You will explore songs and mantras from different traditions, using your voice as a tool for prayer and meditation.
You will explore voice work and liberate energy through it. You sing mantras to address different spiritual energies, you sing chants from all over the world to share these energies and to celebrate joy together.
This communication circle has been developed in the ZEGG Community where they have been doing teacher trainings since 2015. They create a social field that helps you to open to the impulse of life. You share from the heart and explore new possibilities in life. Any topic that emerges like emotions, personal development, love, community living, body symptoms can be shared and explored within the group that works as a spiritual community (Sangha). This process supports you in the path to self-knowledge, development, and transformation.
Daniela was born and raised in Italy. Between 2005 and 2010, she completed her studies as Ayurvedic massagist, Shiatsu operator and facilitator, Qigong master teacher. Between 2011 and 2012, Daniela traveled to India where she practiced Hatha yoga in Sivananda Ashram in Neyer Dam. She arrived in Ecuador in 2013 and started training in Tantra yoga with Iris Disse while assisting with the creation of Durga’s Tiger School. She is now a master yoga teacher in the school, giving classes in meditation and Tantra yoga. In 2016, she certified herself in Ovarious Breath and 100-hour pregnancy yoga.
Christian is a Swiss explorer of breath, sound, and movement-based in Ecuador and Switzerland. Christian has studied with various teachers and schools, such as Estera Saraswati and Zenon D. Dorje (House of Tantra), Lorenzo Stiernquist, Kristina Marlen, Elana Andermatt, the International School of Temple Arts (ISTA), and Pema Gitama (Wild Tantra) as well as completing 500hr with Iris Disse at Durga's Tiger School. Christian is also a bodyworker, offering relaxation and tantra massages, and he is currently in training to become a BioDynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release System practitioner.
Carmen Iten will be teaching Kaula Tantra yoga and meditation classes. She received her own teacher training at Durga’s Tiger School ® in Ecuador. Experiencing herself a deep transformation she got inspired to bring the training to Switzerland together with Christian. Carmen has a passion for challenging herself and others to move beyond their comfort zone, letting curiosity and love guide the way. She recently co-founded a conscious community near Zürich, integrating personal development into daily co-living.
Felix will guide the shamanism classes in the training. He has been on the shamanic path of “Twisted Hairs” for over 30 years. A path that ties wisdom of many tribes and teachers together into a deep process of personal growth and spiritual awakening. As an experienced sweat lodge facilitator, he follows the tradition of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path. He is also a certified teacher of Transfigura-Regeneration-Healing and has received training in Spiritual Sexuality and Aura Perceptional Analysis.
Schloss Glarisegg is beautifully situated between forest, meadows, a brook with small waterfall, and the shores of Lake Constance in the community of Steckborn (Switzerland). A place to fall in love with beauty!
Discover the extensive grounds with its many spots and sites: Beach, forest, a brook with a small waterfall, soft grass to sit on in the shadow of a tree, meadows – truly magical places inviting you to relax, enjoy the sunset, and meditate – on your own or in company. Nature has blessed this place richly. Enjoy the abundance of Schloss Glarisegg and its grounds and let your imagination run free.
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Schloss Glarisegg will provide you with three beautiful, nourishing vegetarian (vegan and other options available) meals a day.
Transfer not provided
Take the express train from Zurich main station or Zurich Airport via Winterthur to Frauenfeld.; the trip to Frauenfeld takes about 50 minutes. Depending on the connection, you may have to change in Winterthur. In Frauenfeld, you'll find the bus station in front of the station building. From there, take the bus with the address "Lanzenneunforn, Hörhausen, Steckborn" to Steckborn station; the approximate driving time is 30 minutes.
There is an hourly connection from Konstanz/Kreuzlingen to Steckborn; the journey time is 20 minutes.
Take the connection from Schaffhausen towards Kreuzlingen/Konstanz and get off at Steckborn.; the trip takes three-quarters of an hour.
For a fee of 10 CHF for individuals and 5 CHF per person if two persons travel together, Durga's can pick you up from the Steckborn station. Please sign up at least two days in advance with the date and time of your arrival at the Castle office.
From Steckborn station, follow the hiking and biking trail in the direction of Mammern which passes directly to Castle Glarisegg.
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