You gotta see it to believe it. Your heart may skip a beat when you behold the incredible view over Lake Lucerne - even from the dining tables! Enjoy Jivamukti yoga and Zen meditation overlooking the breathtaking views. Delight your palate with delicious chef-prepared vegetarian and vegan meals. Clean cozy rooms await you in this retreat. Come and investment in your own well being.
You will be staying at Felsentor Retreat Center. The retreat center is a world-class alpine retreat center managed by a real Zen community who lead meditations in their Zen temple.
During the retreat, you will have the exclusive use of the entire retreat center which has a privileged position on Mount Rigi with sweeping views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps. The rooms are all fully restored to modern standards in elegant Zen style. Single room is limited, hence, be prepared to share a double room if necessary.
Shining wood floors, dining hall with dramatic views, and 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.
Arrival is after 3:00 p.m. and the first group activity is dinner at 6:30 p.m. The departure will be around noon. During the retreat, you will explore Jivamukti yoga and Zen meditation. You will also be introduced to Thai massage practice.
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 will take place at Mount Rigi, near Lucerne, Switzerland. The picturesque view of Lake Lucerne, the snow-capped Alps, flowers, and gardens from Mount Rigi will take your breath away. It is a paradise. This is a special car-free mountain, with unspoiled views, pristine air, and restorative quiet that can only be provided by nature.
The price includes three daily delicious and healthy chef-prepared vegetarian meals, vegan by request. The food is made from organic and locally sourced ingredients when possible, even it may be sourced directly from the on-site garden when in season.
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 the ticket office for Rigi Bahn, buy a ticket to Romiti or Felsentor, say that you are a guest at Felsentor and get 50% off your ticket! From Romiti or Felsentor station, it will take a lovely 15 minutes trail hike to the retreat center.
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 downhill. Get off at Romiti-Felsentor. Say that you are a guest at Felsentor and get 50% off your ticket!
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, and 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 will take approximately 15 minutes (bring robust footwear and a flashlight).
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