Chosen by the Backpacker magazine's editors as the world's best hike, this picturesque alpine village of Murren perched on a south-facing ledge over the Lauterbrunnen valley and offered the finest views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks that dominate the Berner Oberland. You will have daily hikes that will use some of the same trails featured here. Murren is spectacular, stunning, and extraordinary! All superlatives apply!
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The home base for this retreat will be the centrally located Sportchalet which arguably offers the finest views in all of Murren. The south-facing balconies provide magnificent unobstructed views of the snow-covered Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau glacial peaks.
The rooms in Sportchalet are pleasant and meticulously clean. It is dormitory-style rooms (2 persons), all with shared bath. It can accommodate up to 50 people in sunny and cheerful double rooms with very nice hall baths. Limited single supplements are available. Those who snore must have prior approval from room mates in order to share or choose single accommodation.
A Goldcard Pass is included with the accommodation, offering extensive use of the nearby Sportzentrum sports complex.
The early morning Hatha yoga class will feature an invigorating pranayama component and the postures are selected to stretch out hamstrings, calf, and quadricep muscles, as well as a series of twists to loosen the spine. The intention for the morning practice will be to get your bodies ready to explore the trails that give access to the wonders of the Berner Oberland.
The late afternoon yoga practice will be designed to balance out the activities of the day. The Hatha yoga style of practicing accommodates all levels of flexibility, strength, and experience. Beginners are welcome.
In each evening, you will gather for a meal and close the day together with an evening stroll to take in the fresh mountain air. Murren has been described by some as the quietest place on earth.
Murren is a walker's paradise! A unique combination of cable cars, funiculars, and trains create a boundless variety of experiences ranging from scenic strolls on level walking paths to challenging hikes up the side of the numerous mountain peaks. Each participant will receive a pass for unlimited travel on all the transport facilities in the area.
A trip to Murren will not be complete without a visit to the Schilthorn. Brought to the world's attention when it was chosen as the site for filming dramatic scenes James Bond’s film “On Her Majesty's Secret Service”, the Schilthorn summit (at 9,804 feet) offers a thrilling 360-degree panoramic view of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, and green meadows spotted with alpine villages and an occasional hang-glider silently soaring past.
Another day, you will enjoy a relaxing boat trip on Lake Brienz, situated in the foothills of the Alps. Docking in Interlaken, which means "between the lakes", the ship will stop for you to explore the quaint village of Iseltwald, see the magnificent waterfalls in Geissbach, and visit the town of Brienz which is famous for woodcarving.
The exceptionally spectacular Trümmelbach Falls in the Lauterbrunnen valley drains the melt from the mighty Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau glaciers. Inside the mountain and accessed by a lift, they are the only interior falls in Europe open to the public. Pulsing and pounding through narrow chutes at a rate of 20,000 liters per second, they provide a humbling glimpse of nature's power.
After visiting the falls (and perhaps enjoying a cappuccino and pastry in the nearby cafe), you will walk alongside the icy gray river past the famous Staubach Fall that inspired Goethe in 1779 and still descends over the sheer cliff face to pleasant Lauterbrunnen.
Another day, you'll walk the Wildflower Trail through a meadow after meadow carpeted with the most amazing display of alpine wildflowers, many of which are protected. In the mid of June, the wildflowers are at their peak.
Along the way, you'll stop at the Kase-hut, the cheese making house, to watch the villagers make cheese the same way it has been done for centuries past.
Murren has a great Sportzentrum sports complex with a beautiful indoor pool which you can use to your heart's desire with the Goldcard Pass which is included with your trip.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Yoga)
Brockell attended her first yoga class over 10 years ago. Since that day, she has been excited to share the practice of yoga with everyone in her life. In 2006, she completed her first Hatha yoga teacher training while living on the big island of Hawaii. Since then, Brockell has studied with various teachers and styles as she has worked to refine herself and her practice as a both a student and teacher of yoga. Working now to complete her 500-hour Prajna teacher certification, her teaching style favors alignment and deep restorative postures over rigorous fire and flow.
Inhabited for over 700 years, car-free, and boasting a population of 350, Murren is the highest year-round inhabited village in the Berner Oberland. Filled with bakeries, cafes, and folks with walking sticks, Murren offers alpine charm, pure mountain air, one of the quietest places on the planet, clearly marked walking paths through wildflower-laden meadows and Swiss cow pastures, and past plunging waterfalls.
Murren is listed as one of the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die", in the 2003 New York Times bestselling book of the same name written by Patricia Shultz. "Stupendous scenery and the world's most dramatically sited revolving restaurant" are the words she chose to describe this tiny mountain village location for this yoga retreat.
All meals are provided at the chalet in the hearty Swiss tradition. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared picnic-style with meat-based meals. Vegetarian options will be available. On hiking days, a sandwich buffet will be spread after breakfast so you can prepare your sandwiches just as you like them. Beer and wine are available at dinner for an extra charge.
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