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7 Days Yoga, Meditation and Massage Retreat in Swiss Alps

  • Felsentor, Vitznau, Switzerland

Yoga & Thai Bodywork Retreat in Swiss Alps

This yoga holiday in Switzerland is an exclusive retreat high up on Mt. Rigi with sweeping views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps. Quiet, healthy, and restful. An intelligent investment in your well-being.

Highlights

  • Thai bodywork
  • Daily meditation
  • Daily program of yoga
  • Beautiful world-class retreat facilities
  • Chef-prepared vegetarian/vegan meals
  • Super low all-inclusive price
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Felsentor, a world-class alpine retreat managed by a real Zen community who lead meditations in their zen temple. The group has exclusive use of the entire retreat center which has a privileged position on Mt. Rigi with sweeping views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps. The rooms are all fully restored to modern standards in elegant Zen style. Shining wood floors, dining hall with dramatic views, a cozy well-stocked library (German and English sections). Every detail is clean and polished so the building seems almost to glow from within. Each floor has two shared bathrooms, which are modern and clean with showers. The group activity space for yoga, meditation, and Thai bodywork is a custom-built Zen temple. This place is one of the most beautiful and restorative settings on Earth.

Each day you feel more relaxed, balanced, full of life again with daily yoga, meditation, thai bodywork,

During your retreat, you will explore the deep restorative benefits of yoga, meditation, and thai bodywork, supported with stunning views, and pristine nature, and excellent healthy meals. You will come away feeling balanced, invigorated, and relaxed.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up
  • 06:30 Zen meditation (optional)
  • 08:00 Breakfast (silent)
  • 09:00 One hour community work (gardening, kitchen, sweeping, etc.)
  • 10:15 Yoga class
  • 12:00 Lunch followed by free time to read, journal, nap, hike to nearby waterfall, down to the lake, up to the peak, visit Rigi Kaltbad thermal baths and spa (additional cost)
  • 16:30 Gentle yoga or learning Thai bodywork with partner
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Zen meditation (optional)
  • 20.30 Evening program or free time
  • 21:30 to 09:30 Mauna (sacred silence)
  • Karl Straub

    Karl Straub has over 12 years of experience as a full-time yoga instructor and bodyworker. He is also certified with Jivamukti yoga, Tibetan Heart yoga, and Thai yoga massage. During his six years in New York, Karl studied primarily with David Life and Sharon Gannon, and completed his Jivamukti yoga teacher training in 2005. Another primary teacher in those years was Swami Bua. He also studied with other master teachers including Mary Dunn, Gary Krafstow, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, Geshe Michael Roach, and Richard Freeman.

The retreat is located in Mt. Rigi, near Lucerne. The view will take your breath away, Lake Lucerne, snow-capped Alps, flowers and gardens. It is a paradise. This is a special car-free mountain, with unspoiled views, pristine air, and the restorative quiet that only nature can provide.

The price includes three daily delicious and healthy chef-prepared vegetarian meals, vegan by request. Produce is organic and locally sourced when possible, even directly from the on-site garden when in season.

  • Nature hikes around the retreat to nearby waterfalls, down to the lakeside, or up to the peak of the mountain
  • Photography
  • Relaxing in nature
  • Rigi Kaltbad Spa, thermal baths, pools, spa treatments
  • Visit an animal sanctuary (very cute sheep, goats, and more)

Included in the retreat cost you will work with a partner in the group to practice and receive traditional Thai bodywork each afternoon. Optional afternoon visits to nearby Rigi Kaltbad Spa with its famous thermal baths, and spa treatments (additional cost).

  • 3 meals a day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Exclusive use of the retreat center including the Zen temple
  • Professionally guided yoga, meditation
  • Thai bodywork instruction
  • Spa services
  • Thermal baths
  • Transportation

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zürich Airport (ZHR). From there take a train to Lucerne, then ship to Vitznau. At Vitznau go to ticket office for Rigi Bahn, buy ticket to Romiti/Felsentor, say that you are a guest at Felsentor, get 50% off your ticket! From Romiti/Felsentor station, it is a lovely 15 minute trail hike to the retreat.

Driving directions from Zürich

  • Travel on the A4 in the direction of Lucerne and take the exit for Gotthard
  • Then drive right through Küssnacht and at the round about procede towards Gersau/Brunnen until Vitznau
  • Metered parking is available near the Rigi Bahn Station (cog wheel train)

Arrival by train and bus

From Lucerne, take the train to Küssnacht Station and change there to the bus to Vitznau.

From Zürich, take the train to Rotkreuz Station. From there take Bus 53 to Küssnacht Station, where you get on the bus to Vitznau.

Alternatively, take the train to Arth Goldau and from there the blue Rigi-Bahn to Rigi-Staffel. In Rigi-Staffel you have to change into the red Rigi-Bahn down hill. Get off at Romiti-Felsentor. Say that you are a guest at Felsentor, get 50% off your ticket!

Arrival by train and ship

Take the train to Lucerne Station. From there, at the waterfront just outside the Station, take the ship directly to Vitznau. From Vitznau Station take the Rigi-Bahn (cog wheel train) up the mountain to Romiti-Felsentor. (Stop upon request). Say that you are a guest at Felsentor, get 50% off your ticket!

From Romiti to the Felsentor you can also walk. At Romiti Station there are road signs that guide you to Felsentor. The walk takes approximate 15 min. (bring robust footwear and a flash light).

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Tom and Beate from Germany.

    "Karl was an instructor for a Teacher Training, which was held at our studio, Moveo, in Berlin, and we recommend Karl’s skill, knowledge, his dedicated intensity, and his warm manner."

    Karl Straub website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Germany

    "What impressed me most about Karl–besides his being a master of yoga asana–is his lifestyle, a discrete yogi in the modern world, working from anywhere, being satisfied by what fits in a suitcase, and practicing yoga even in the subway."

    Karl Straub website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Los Angeles

    "Karl is the most prepared yoga instructor I’ve ever studied with!"

    Karl Straub website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Rhode Island, USA

    "Pure bliss! Thats the only way I can describe my experience with Karl. My body and spirit felt incredibly aligned."

    Karl Straub, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Connecticut, USA

    "Working with Karl is a beautiful experience. His compassion, kindness and unwavering presence led me to a wonderful unfolding of inner freedom and joy. Karl provides a safe and sacred space to let go and free yourself of physical and energetic limitations. I am delighted to say that he is wonderfully skilled and deeply intuitive"

    Karl Straub website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "What a great ambassador for yoga in the world"

    Karl Straub website, edited