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6 Days Yoga, Adventure, and Relaxation Retreat in Switzerland

Eco-Hotel Cristallina, Al Stradon da Coi 22, Coglio, Vallemaggia, Ticino Switzerland

Beautiful nature, outdoor activities, and a safe yoga practice is the best combination to come back to yourself and simply feel good again!

Do you desire to discover the authentic way of practicing yoga? Based on knowledge and respect, adapted to your individual needs and in a safe way? In the middle of a calming and beautiful natural environment? With the right balance between activity and relaxation? Space for adventure and discovery and also for rest and repose? Then this is the perfect retreat for you! Enjoy forest, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, sun, delicious organic food, practicing safe yoga in a small group and lots of laughter.

Meet the instructors

Margaretha
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Highlights

  • Daily Hatha yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Excursion to the highest waterfall of Ticino and a hike in the Calnegia valley
  • Guided excursions to discover Ticino's mountains and many waterfalls
  • Enjoy swimming in the river and under the waterfall
  • Daily delicious organic breakfast buffet and dinner
  • Enjoy Lake Maggiore, Ascona and Locarno
  • 5 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, German, Italian
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

In this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. Eco hotel Cristallina offers various personalized non-smoking rooms with or without balcony or terrace, dedicated by simplicity and essentially. It has basic and standard double rooms, senior rooms, and senior plus rooms of which most of them are also available for single and some for triple occupancy. To promote sociability among the guests, radio and television services in the rooms has been intentionally excluded.

The owners of the hotel identify themselves with a natural way of life and they do their best to establish a harmonious and sustainable relationship with nature and its resources. A healthy environment through minimal energy consumption and a joyful and pleasant atmosphere that invites to get away from everyday life characterizes the hotel.

Simple double room with sink and small terrace

There are four rooms of this type located on the first floor. The rooms are equipped with two separate beds, a washbasin, a bedside table, and a small terrace facing southeast that offers panoramic views of the nearby mountains. The shared bathroom and shower are on the corridor. These rooms are also available as a double room upon request. Please ask for information.

Double room with WC, shower or bathroom

There are three variations of this type of room. The first with a toilet and shower in the rear of the hotel and characterized by its tranquility, the second with a toilet and shower with a large open space of 45 square meters, and the third room is also very spacious with toilet and bath. The latter two types of rooms, given the space available, are intended for three people or for families with children.

Double rooms with WC, shower and terrace

There are four rooms of this type located on the second floor. The rooms are oriented towards the southeast and are ideal for a longer stay. These rooms are furnished with a table and chairs inside and a large terrace ideal for reading and contemplation. One of these rooms is equipped with a bio-switch, a device that eliminates the electric field in the room after switching off the lamp.

Double or triple room with a large terrace

This room is ideal for couples or for families. It is divided into two parts and has a terrace of 27 square meters equipped with a table, chairs, and a sun lounger. The terrace is shaded by a grape arbor and comfortable armchairs invite you to read a good book and relax. This room also has a bio-switch.

Other single and double rooms with different prices are available even if not offered on the website. Please don't hesitate to ask for information.

Program

Upon arrival, you will enjoy a welcome drink followed by a Hatha yoga class and dinner. On the last day of the retreat, you will have the morning Hatha yoga session followed by breakfast and check out.

During this retreat, you will enjoy two excursions, the first one will be on the foot of the mountain and along the mountain river in the wonderful valley of Maggia with a visit to a waterfall where you can swim in the natural pool directly under the gorgeous waterfall. The second guided tour consists of a visit to the majestic and highest waterfall of Ticino combined with a hike in the beautiful Valley of Calnegia including a picknick on the river bank and a swim in the refreshing emerald waters.

In your free time, you are welcome to take a refreshing dive in the crystal-clear waters of the mountain river Maggia or a cooling plunge in the natural pool under the waterfall at 5 minutes from the hotel. Or simply enjoy Lake Maggiore and it's beaches, take a boat tour or visit Locarno and Ascona.

Arrival day

  • 15:00- 16:00 Check in
  • 16:00 Welcome drink
  • 17:15 -18:30 Hatha yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 08:45 Hatha yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 17:15 - 18:30 Hatha yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 2 excursions included during the week

Departure day

  • 07:30 -8:45 Hatha yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 -11:00 Check out

Included excursions

Discover Valle Maggia

You will discover Valle Maggia's mountains, river and waterfall through the Sentiero della Pietra route, a historic cultural route that will allow you to discover the magical nature and the typical villages along the path with a visit to a gorgeous waterfall with a natural pool to swim and to meditate.

Experience Valle Calnegia

You will visit the majestic and highest waterfall of Ticino whereafter reaching it's top, discovering the beautiful Valley of Calnegia by following an ancient migratory herding route. Admire the artistic forms of stones shaped by the river, enjoy a picknick on the river banks and for those attracted to take a dive in the refreshing crystal clear emerald waters, is invited to bring their bathing suits!

Instructors

Margaretha Van den Broek

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at the Eco Hotel Cristallina in Valle Maggia in canton Ticino, Switzerland. Ticino is the Italian-speaking region in the south of Switzerland and is famous for its palm-fringed lakes, the Mediterranean climate, and for its architecture and cuisine.

Valle Maggia, the "magic valley", a still predominantly natural landscape that is marked by the traveling river Maggia, characterizes the valley that starts at Lake Maggiore and gives access to the Alpine landscape. Fine sandy beaches, wide-scale natural pools, abraded rocks and massive waterfalls shape the image of this valley where visitors can discover the natural beauty and the ancient traditions still untouched by modern hectic. At 20 min. by car you can visit Locarno, sophisticated and romantic; Ascona, nice and lively, or Brissago and its islands, the dream of a subtropical extraordinary vegetation. The Maggia Valley attracts attention with its impression of granite and green, its mountain lakes, glaciers, and eternal snow. The nearby Verzasca valley is a hotspot for adventurers and romantics with its picturesque bridges, villages, and crystal-clear deep waters.

Unique features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Trail running

General

  • Bar
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Eco Hotel Cristallina proposes fresh products from organic and regional harvests, including from their orchard. They also give particular attention to vegetarian cooking and to their mainly wholegrain homemade pasta, which flour is freshly ground to preserve their flavor and to guarantee authenticity. The menu regularly offers ethnic dishes from culinary cultures as far away as India or the Middle East, and accommodates guests with food allergies or intolerances. On request, they prepare meals for various types of diets: lactose or gluten-free and dishes for guests who prefer vegan cuisine.

Before the morning yoga class there is herbal tea and dried fruits served. Breakfast is served in the spacious and bright dining room or on the terrace with a rich and entirely organic breakfast buffet: honey and mountain cheeses, a variety of fresh bread, homemade jams, fresh fruit and hand-milled cereals and flakes. The hotel bar serves several organic homemade or local products such as wines, beer, homemade syrups, smoothies etc. The dinner is served as a 3-course vegetarian menu, (vegan and non-vegetarian possible on request).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Swimming in the natural pool under many waterfalls nearby
  • Swimming in the beautiful river Maggia opposite of the hotel
  • Visit many of the characteristic local mountain villages of the Maggia valley
  • Visit the nearby valley Valle Verzasca
  • Many natural energetic power places nearby to visit
  • E-biking
  • Mountain-biking
  • Mountain and valley hikes
  • Visit Valle Robiei with its glacier Basodino
  • Guided day tour on the Basodino glacier with alpine guide
  • Visit the beautiful towns Locarno and Ascona at Lake Maggiore
  • Visit the Brissago Islands of Lake Maggiore
  • Take a boat tour on Lake Maggiore

Spa treatments

During your free time, you can relax and enjoy a massage directly in the hotel under the experienced hands of your yoga teacher Margaretha as she is a qualified massage therapist as well. Bookings are available upon request for an additional cost during your stay.

What's included

  • 1 hike to the Maggia valley
  • 1 excursion to Ticino's highest waterfall and a hike in valle Calnegia
  • 1 welcome drink upon arrival
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • 5 rich organic breakfast buffet including local products
  • 5 organic, three-course vegetarian dinners
  • Herbal tea, fresh fruit, and dried fruits/nuts in the morning before the yoga lesson
  • Price reduction on boat tours and mountain cableways
  • Public local transportation is included in the tourist tax
  • Tourist tax fee and VAT
  • Vitalized drinking water (with or without gas) during dinner
  • Wireless internet

What's not included

  • Travel costs from and to Eco Hotel Cristallina
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra excursions and activities
  • Snacks and all drinks (except early morning snack and vitalized water with/without gas)
  • Massages

How to get there

Arriving by airplane

The nearest airport is Lugano Airport (Agno) at a 1-hour drive, Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP) at approx. 2-hour drive and Zurich Airport (ZRH) at approx. 3-hour drive.

Arriving by train

Once your flight lands, take the train to Locarno and thereafter the bus to Coglio.

Arriving by bus

Take the bus from Locarno (right outside the train station) to the Maggia valley (Vallemaggia) Line 315, every hour, Duration 30 min. Disembark at Coglio, a 2-minute walk will bring you to Eco Hotel Cristallina.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 21 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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