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Join this yoga retreat for yoga, meditation, devotion, connection, hot spring bathing (onsen), and traditional Japanese food, in a gorgeous natural setting of lush forest, deep valleys, and swiftly-flowing rivers. The retreat time coincides with the stunning colors of autumn in the countryside - as well a little bit of chill - the best time to enjoy the hot healing waters of a natural hot spring (onsen).
Your accommodation is traditional Japanese ryokan (inn) style – shared rooms and futon on tatami floors. Super fluffy futons with wonderful heavy doonas for the best sleep ever! Rooms do not come with own bath / shower, as this is to be done communally in the onsen itself. You’ll find multiple shower / washing areas where soap and all toiletries are provided. The tradition is to really thoroughly wash here first, and then slide into the large communal bath already clean, to enjoy a nice long soak. We know this can be a new experience for non-Japanese friends, but just about everyone comes to love it.
Lucy will share her love of asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation, and heart-centered yoga philosophy, softened and sweetened by the devotional arts and attitudes of bhakti (the yoga of devotion / surrender). Maho will add her sensitive hands-on adjustments and translation, and an introduction to the art of contact improvisation.
Sample schedule only, it may slightly vary.
One nature outing is included in the package.
This retreat will take place in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The hotel (ryokan) itself is called Yunokaze Hazu Onsen, in an area known as Yuya Onsen, a small hot spring town in the heart of Oku-Mikawa, in eastern Aichi prefecture. Positioned along the Ure River (Ure-gawa), Yuya offers an increasingly rare experience of an older, slower, more relaxing Japan, amidst stunning nature, and ancient temples. Nearby you will find Uma-no-se-iwa, or horseback rocks, designated a national precious natural monument, the verdant Horai Valley and Mount Horaiji-san, home to Japanese scops owls and eagles. There are several famous temples, the 7 Adera Waterfalls, plus an exhaustive network of trails and nature walks, many accessible from the ryokan itself.
Onsen is the Japanese word for hot spring, and can refer to the bath itself, or the whole hotel / area around it. Communal bathing is central to Japanese culture and as such they have made a very beautiful art of it. Onsen water is believed to have healing powers derived from its mineral content.
Daily vegetarian traditional Japanese breakfast and multi-course dinner are served. Tea is available all day and coffee is in the morning and. On the nature outing day, there will be picnic lunch.
Please book you flight to arrive at Centrair Chubu International Airport (NGO) in Nagoya. Another option is to fly to Narita International Airport (NRT) in Tokyo or Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka with the option to spend a few days in either of those cities first, then come by Japan’s famous fast-train, the Shinkansen (an extremely comfortable mode of travel!).
Transfer by shuttle is available on request. Please send Lucy Roberts Yoga an inquiry.
From Centrair International Airport: take Musky 22 minutes to Jingumae Station. Then Meitetsu Line to Toyohashi Station.
From Nagoya, Tokyo, or Osaka: Take JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Toyohashi Station.
From Toyohashi Station: take the JR Iida Line towards Iida or another station and get off at Yuya Onsen Station (about 60 minutes). The hotel is about 6 minutes from the station on foot.
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