2 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Nishiawakura (Okayama prefecture), Japan

Shakti Yoga Retreat Japan

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Japan.

Leave your busy life behind and spend a day in the beautiful mountains of Nishiawakura. Immerse yourself in a weekend of yoga and return home revitalized, rejuvenated, and restored. Shakti yoga weekend at the renovated traditional Japanese folk house of Nokishita Toshokan B&B, located in the north eastern part of Okayama will do just that.

Retreat highlights

  • 2 Shakti yoga classes
  • 2 hour Sunday asana, pranayama, and meditation class
  • 1 hour and a half asana, pranayama, and meditation class
  • 2 meals freshly made with locally sourced produce
  • All towels and water for classes
  • 1 night's accommodation
  • Green smoothy daily

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Nokishita Toshokan's rooms have been renovated with care and attention to details to give shape to the original spirit of Nokishita Toshokan. The decor is consistent throughout the house and while working on a Japanese style canvas Nokishita Toshokan enjoys giving antique items a new life and function. The "kotasu" bases have become lamps spreading warm lights throughout the home and kimono fabric ornates the windows as beautiful blinds. It is and always will be a work in progress constantly evolving to inspire new guests and returners alike.

Nokishita Toshokan Japan Yoga Retreat Program

The two days retreat starts around 16:00 with an hour and a half asana, pranayama, and meditation class followed by a light supper. The 2-hour morning class also include asana, pranayama, and meditation class starts at 07:00. This is followed by brunch. The Saturday evening asana class often has a restorative feel, staying in supported poses longer to induce a sense of deep rest while the Sunday morning session will be more energizing preparing you for the day ahead.

If you decide to stay with us longer than one night, daily schedule will be as follows:

  • 07:00 asana
  • 10:00 breakfast
  • 11:30 Self Meditation
  • 13:00 Local excursion / Free Time
  • 16:00 Afternoon Class
  • 18:30 Dinner (please note lunch is not included)

Instructors

Olivier Charles
Olivier discovered Yoga while living in London 20 years ago while struggling with running injuries. Since completing his 200 then 500 YTTC in India with Tribe Yoga and Sampoorna Yoga 10 years ago, he became more open to take responsability for his own learning, developemnt and healing. Since 2014 Olivier has been a resident main teacher at Sampoorna 200 YTTC in the cold winter month and Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Ashtanga classes in Japan, Canada, Germany and the UK.

Retreat location

We are located a one-minute walk away from Nishiawakura station on the Chizu Kyuko line, and are conveniently situated for visiting many of the local attractions and sight-seeing spots in the area. Our B and B is the perfect place to enjoy the Japanese countryside at its best; open your heart, and our mountains and rivers will share their secrets.

For one or more nights, we welcome you warmly into our converted Japanese folk house. Our three guest rooms comfortably sleep two people each, and can be adapted to accommodate three. Bathrooms are shared and guests can use the library lounge to relax anytime. There, you will find a wide range of books in Japanese, English, Spanish and French. We also provide free wireless internet access throughout the property.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hot spring
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Stargazing

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Food

You will be served two meals (dinner and breakfast) freshly made with locally sourced produce and green smoothy daily. We served a vegetarian menu which included a variety of tofu, nuts and fresh organic bread from our own bakery. Water is provided for classes. Please note there is no lunch provided. Nokishita Toshokan's yogic guests may be tempted by Nokishita Toshokan's ayurvedic-inspired vegan cuisine for a sattvic evening at Nokishita Toshokan. Nokishita Toshokan always uses local products and/or organic food.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
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)

  • Bicycle rides
  • Visit of the local shrine
  • Visit of local artisan (pottery, furniture...)
  • Walk along the river

What's included

  • 1 night's accommodation
  • 2 organic and vegetarian meals freshly made with locally sourced produce (dinner and breakfast)
  • Organic green smoothy
  • Organic teas and coffee
  • Fresh towels
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Excursions outside the village
  • Lunch
  • Onsen entrance fees 800 JPY
  • Taxes

How to get there

Arrival by train

From the Kansai area (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, and Himeji), it is recommended that you take the Super Hakuto express train and from Okayama City, take the Super Inaba, which is operated by part JR (up to Kamigori Station) and part private. Please get off at Ohara Station and Nokishita Toshokan can come and pick you up. Or, If you are coming on the local line, please get off at Nishiawakura Station. Nokishita Toshokan is located just one minute away on foot.

If you are traveling by JR pass, please sort out the surcharge before you get on the train. You will need to pay about 1,300 yen or so on top. If you don't have the time to get the ticket sorted for any reasons beforehand, you can still pay on the train though. Please make sure that you stay on the train until Ohara Station.

Nokishita Toshokan will send the message in Japanese for you to show if there is any problem communicating with the training staff once the booking as being confirmed.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 8 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 8 days before arrival.
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Availability

This yoga retreat is available all year round, with arrival on Saturday on the second and fourth week of each month. Please select an arrival date below.

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