8 Days Art and Yoga Retreat in Sweden

  • Flatön 790, 474 91 Ellös

Overview

Yoga Retreat Sweden

  • 7 days with instruction
  • The path of Yoga unveils our deeper self in union with the divine. We set out on a journey within, yet in company with friends on our path towards the infinite horizon embracing our inner landscape. Our OIDA art sessions enable the unique nature of our being to blossom in creative expression, visualizing our psychic and spiritual anatomy and brightly illuminates the natural beauty along the path of the yogi and eventually the obstacles we need to overcome.

    Highlights

    • Daily yoga practice
    • Guided meditation sessions
    • Ayurveda, Vedic art therapy, and Vedic sciences
    • Komosse National Reservation and Ulricehamn excursion
    • Scheduled trekking and bathing in lakes
    • Meals, juices, and smoothies
    • 7 nights' accommodation
    • Airport transfers

    Skill level

    • Beginner

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    You will stay in the Greenstones center, with a capacity of 17 sleeps within two spacey houses and several winter isolated yurtas (ancient Mongolian tent). The center is equipped with a spa center providing sauna, massage room and steamy outdoor hot tub.

    The day starts at 07:00 with a yoga session to awaken your energies and harmonize with the sun. Each yoga session has a short theoretical part at the end as you go through the main steps of yoga science. However, all activities are optional so you can do as much or as little as you want.

    Yoga classes

    The main goal of the yoga sessions is to deeply relax and rejuvenate the body and mind, reach the inner self where you can discover the natural happiness of life, and connect with your powerful potency. The yoga practice will connect with your energy channels so you can learn what your inner microcosmos is and associate it with your deepest harmony.

    The goal is for you to learn the world of energies, be able to always charge yourself, or heal yourself anytime in life. The theoretical part will open up a vast knowledge of the Vedic scriptures. The yoga Nidra meditations will serve as the deep healing and nurture therapy. There will be a 1.5-hour daily morning yoga session with additional practice scheduled during the week based on demand. The yoga sessions are set outdoors in the beautiful garden with views of the surrounding area and hills.

    Sample daily schedule

    • 07:00 Yoga with learning module
    • 08:40 Morning juice or light breakfast
    • 10:00 Little treks and baths in lakes
    • 12:40 Lunch (Ayurvedic cuisine)
    • 13:40 Siesta or relaxation time
    • 15:40 Art therapy session - seven levels therapy on the internal self
    • 16:40 Afternoon juice
    • 17:00 Yoga session and Nidra meditation
    • 18:30 Evening juice or a healthy meal
    • 19:30 Mantra meditation or educational movie

    As part of the package, you will be able to visit the Komosse Nature Reserve. It consists of a total of seventy square kilometers of desolate wilderness including various types of moorland, wetland, forests, and land islets. Komosse is the largest continuous wetland area in southern Sweden. Now protected as a nature reserve, the area lies approximately 350 meters above sea level and straddles the border between Västergötland and Småland.

    It is a place where you can see rare birds such as the European golden plover and wood sandpiper. Cranes can be found as well as the most beautiful butterfly in Sweden which is called swallowtail. The area is also full of virgin lakes and beautiful cascades. The program includes visits to Ulricehamn, which is an old town with beautiful churches, architecture, lake, and a ski resort.

    • Brahma Samhita

      Brahma Samhita started his search for spirituality in India, where he found his spiritual master and lived like a monk in several ashrams in India and Sweden. Originally a painter, his life is mostly dedicated to discovering himself and helping people to do the same. He is indeed a very deep philosopher and poet. He is also a high-class lecturer on all kinds of Vedic knowledge and a licensed therapist in the Vedic art.

    The location of the retreat will be on the beautiful island of Flatön, 1.5 hour drive from Göteborg. The small island has very few human settlements, and is surrounded by rocky hills and forests. The sea is just a 10 minutes' walk from the center, and with a 20 minutes boat ride from the island, you will reach Lysekil, a picturesque coastal town, climbing up the rounded cliffs, typical for the area and the hub for Sweden's marine biological studies.

    Activities
    • Boating nearby
    • Cycling
    • Horse riding / rental nearby
    • Swimming nearby
    General
    • Balcony
    • Dining area
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Garden
    Services
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Room cleaning

    Ayurvedic foods with plenty of raw foods will be served during the retreat. Ayurvedic advice about the daily food intake will be strictly followed as it will bound the phases of the moon and the sun. Mornings are for porridge with nice fruits and smoothies. Lunch will have the most opulent food with a big variety combined with the best spices. Dinner will be soft, light, and easy to digest before the sunset. All day you will have options for the best Ayurvedic teas. The water in the area is completely crystal clear and sweet.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Ayurvedic
    • Gluten Free
    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

    Apart from the deep study and exploring consciousness and fantasy with art, you can also rest and have a plenty of time to digest everything in the best environment of nature around the location. Most of the lakes are just walking distance and there are plenty of trekking routes. You can sunbathe, visit the natural reservation Komosse, and explore the closest cities of Ulricehamn or Jonkoping, which are both are from the middle centuries with plenty of old churches and huge beautiful lakes.

    You can always learn extra mantra meditation, singing, and playing all variety of Indian instruments like mridanga, harmonium, and karatals. You can have evenings dedicated to those activities. All of the team will be opened for personal conversations, advice, and discussions.

    There is an option to visit the closest classical Swedish sauna which is just 2 kilometers away and you can bath in the cool lakes next to it.

    • 7 nights' accommodation
    • Airport transfers
    • Art materials for therapy sessions
    • Daily meals
    • Komosse Nature Reserve and Ulricehamn excursion
    • Meditation sessions
    • Yoga sessions
    • Airfare
    • Special tours

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat will pick you up from the airport.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

    • Review by Yvonne

      "One unfortgetful travel to India. Breakfast with view over Ganges and Himalaya. Amazing meetings with people, cows, dogs, monkeys and other animals. Spirituality of a high quality. Visits to temples and other spiritual places with the guidance of Lidia who shared her deep knowledge not only regarding these places but regarding everything we experienced in India. Meeting with a saint who touched me deeply in my heart. In short a travel rich in experience."

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    • Review by Inna Vartkesian from Belgium

      "One more time, thank you very much for the warming welcome, tasty food, cooked with love, for the interesting discussions and for this wonderful place! Thank you that you shared all this with us. I will remain with the warmest memories for these four days spent with amazing people in this wonderful place! If you will organize a retreat in Bulgaria inform me, please, and I will be glad to come or if you need a yoga teacher in Vinyasa yoga I can also participate!"

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    • Review by Julie Royce

      "I would rate the yoga as 8 out of 10. If the open fire in the sitting room had been working and if there had been a radiator in my room in the house it would have got a ten because the yoga itself in a large yurt with a woodburning fire, the ayurvedic teaching, the art sessions, the hot tub under the stars, the food, and the woodburning fire in the kitchen were all perfect. The people who run the centre were very helpful and welcoming."

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      "The island is remote and beautiful with lots of easy walks everywhere in the its bucolic, monochromatic setting with many routes down to the lovely beaches with a view of the other islands off the gothenberg archipelago. I feel completely rejuvenated and would recommend this retreat to anyone needing a break away from it all."

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    • Review by Nadine GB from Switzerland

      "Hello! I would like to review the 4 days Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat in Sweden. It cannot be named yoga retreat because there was no proper yoga session and no certified yoga teacher. It seems that the yoga teacher was off on holidays...I'm happy I have not booked for the 8 days because I would have been very disappointed. It would have been fair to replace yoga by something else instead of pretending practising yoga. For the rest I agree with the other reviews. Fantastic cook who acommodated me according to my intolerances.I would come back if the yoga teacher is also back ;)"

      "Reply from Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat: "Dear Nadine, we are really sorry to hear that you had a negative experience during our retreat. Unfortunately, during this retreat, we decided to collaborate with another team, based on the idea of sharing different knowledge and practice. They are more inclined to art therapy being artists and Vedic sciences, but the yoga practise is not developed enough. As we mentioned before, after seeing the feedback we received lately, we decided to go back to doing all retreats with our original team, as it was from the very beginning and people have always been satisfied. We learn from our mistakes and do hope to see you at our retreats in the future.""

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    • Review by Peresse Lauriane

      "Such an amazing and authentic experience in India with Lidia! She is a wonderful woman, she has a lot to give. She is very smart, soft, and passionate. She made our trip perfect! Very good spots, good timing, good vegetarian food, and of course lot of love and spirituality. We visited secret places, temples... plus yoga in the morning, wonderful ceremony for peace and environment in front of the Ganga, this so special and peaceful place in Vrindavan's ashram, experiences with children in schools... we shared really strong feelings, humanity, and incredible moments that I will always remember. The best trip of my life thanks to Lidia, I could never say enough thank you. It changed my life!"

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    • Review by Katarzyna

      "I decided that I would like to share with you my experience after the retreat in Sweden."

      "I have to say that I was really looking forward to it as from the description on your websites and information that I received from the organizers it looked exactly like the think that I was looking for (yoga and meditation). During that week, I hoped to improve my yoga practice as the classes should be hold once or twice a day depending on the need. Unfortunately as it turned out it wasn't the case. First during the retreat there was noone qualified to give yoga classes. The classes were offered every morning but the level was hardly satisfactory. the instructor didn't know the basic assanas and for the whole duration repeated the same routine, a mix between warm up exercises and basic sun salutation. he also insisted on sharing the yoga knowledge which was a mixed of very basic concepts without clear connection to any particular yoga schools or movment. let's say it was more "intuitive" understanding of yoga."

      "I have similar filling about propsed meditation. I understand that there are various types and techniques but at least at the basic level some guidance should be given. It's a bit more than sitting in silence and gazing at the candle light flame. As I practice yoga and meditation I have the impression of lack of professionalizm. "

      "What Brahma, who runs the retreat, was more interested in doing was talking to us about philosophy and vedic concepts, which could also be interesting addition to yoga and meditation but should not be a replacement of it. We also performed some vedic chanting which was nice."

      "From the positive aspects of the whole experience was a beautiful place (Greenstones), great walks and wonderful meals prepared by Viktor. The art classes were also interesting, the idea of the purpose OIDA art was a bit lost in translation. However overall I enjoyed this activity."

      "To sum up. We decided to leave a day earlier because there was no point for us starting longer as we didn't benefit from yoga or meditation. Also the atmosphere became a bit "cold" after some disappointments were expressed regarding the retreat by some other participants."

      "I think it would be fair to say that it should not be called yoga retreat if the yoga classes were at the level offered. Otherwise it creates an expectations and then makes the outcome very disappointing therefore influencing the overall experience."

      "As to the points, I would give"

      "10 to the location"

      "10 to the food"

      "7 to art sessions"

      "1 to meditation"

      "1 to yoga"

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      "I really think that a lot of the above could be avoided if more accurate description was given to the retreat and activities offered. My understanding is that there's someone qualified to teach yoga but this person wasn't present at this particular retreat."

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      "Reply from Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat:"

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      "Dear Katarzyna,"

      "This retreat was the only one where we unfortunately made the mistake to invite another team, with the idea to share different retreats together. They are more inclined to art therapy being artists and Vedic sciences, but the yoga practise is not developed enough. "

      "Previously, other people were satisfied with their performance. However, following the last round of feedback, we have just stopped this practise, and went back to doing all retreats with our original team, as it was from the very beginning and people have always been satisfied. Really sorry to hear that you had a negative experience, as we become really close with people who come to our retreats and keep contacts after and develop wonderful friendships. We learn from our mistakes and do hope to see you at our retreats in the future."

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    • Review by Mélissa L. from Canada

      "Authentic, heart-warming and deeply inspiring experience! Brahma, our knowledgeable host, created an convivial, respectful space for everyone. The schedule was flexible: spontaneity and creativity were always welcomed and encouraged, breaking up with everyday life rushing schedule and stresses. Vegan food was fresh and delicious thanks to our dear chef, Gopal. The site (Flatön island, Sweden) was simply gorgeous and the accommodation (Greenstone) was totally charming, cozy and well-maintained. This was a amazing atmosphere to share, learn and grow. I loved it !"

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    • Review by Frederique P.

      "Thanks to Brahma and Gupalo for this wonderful retreat. The location felt like a cosy cocoon – the perfect place to relax and grow. I am looking forward to visiting you again."

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    • Review by Lenka Strakova from Czech Republic

      "I really enjoy the time in Sweden. The retreat with Lidia was absolutely excellent, lots of activities, spontaneous things, lovely and amazing cooking, amazing nature, amazing people.It was my first retreat yoga and art therapy and I really enjoyed every single moment. Art was something new for me to discover and found so many little details about it, really interesting thing to do relax and have fun too. Will definitely recommend to my friends."

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    • Review by Deborah from Basingstoke, UK

      "The retreat was inspiring and life changing. The combination of yoga, being in nature, making artworks, chanting and discussions gave a holistic transformative experience."

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    • Review by Howard S from UK

      "This was my first experience of yoga and it was successful in that it has awakened my appetite for yoga back in the UK. It was also greatly enjoyable with the most (bizarrely and wonderfully!) disparate group of people: Israeli / Californian aged 79, Bulgarian, Italian and Romanian 30-somethings, Scottish retired barrister. Long walks in the Swedish forests which surround the house were very productive in a relaxed way, and the 'art as therapy' daily sessions were hugely productive and useful in both drawing everyone out and giving our host the opportunity to explore with us the intellectual considerations of Ayurveda, and showed the remarkable extent to which everyone, without exception, can express their own narrative in a creative way. I was relieved to find that this particular branch of Ayurveda is in no way in conflict with Christianity. I was hugely impressed by Alexander (spiritual name, Brahma). The physical yoga sessions twice a day were well conducted and explained and I even felt significantly more flexible by the end of the week! Vegan food, I discovered, is not my 'cup of (Bio) tea', but was well and generously prepared by Lidia (spiritual name Bhakti). I would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether experienced in yoga or not."

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    • Review by Marianne van den Haak from The Netherlands

      "This week was a very special experience for me. With both of the dedicated teachers I felt a warm connection right away, both beautiful souls. As well as the art therapy as the yoga were both based on old Vedic science. The yoga brought me closer to myself en I found my passion and inspiration during the art therapy. This really made me happy."

      "The teachers were well matched. Both very passionate and knowledgeable in their field. Besides that, they cooked fantastic. We enjoyed their Ayurvedic meals which were accompanied by their knowledge. Everything was tasteful and it was hard to not eat too much. So delicious!"

      "They followed our wishes and tailored the program. We've been everyday in the nature, which has fantastic forests and mysterious lakes. "

      "During this week there was a small group, we all felt at home right away."

      "The accommodation was small, but we learned to be flexibel. Both of the teachers gave us the example of complete flexibility and dedication for their passions. They live because of what they teach."

      "I would really recommend this retreat!"

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    Testimonials

    • Review by Birgitte and Jakob

      "Thank you all for the authenticity of this retreat, for sharing your faith and and for being you and creating an ambiance for us to just be - us. This retreat, and you guys will be part of yet another beautiful memory and inspiration in our life, and for that we are very grateful."

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    • Review by Arci Passanen from Finland

      "I stayed in villa Vrindavan for a week and it was amazing to experience the Swedish nature combined with the really experienced yoga instructors and the art therapists. It was like a real therapy going deep inside and discovering yourself. I became so relaxed and at the same time rejuvenated and got a really full yoga education. The rooms are simple but in the beautiful Swedish style. The host was also amazing always with smile and the food was really first class delicious Ayurvedic preparations. The lakes around and the greenery is amazing. Would like to repeat it."

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    • Review by Annette Theodoridis from Greece

      "This was my first yoga retreat and I did not expect it to be so deep and effective. I was at some crossroad in my life and with all the philosophical insights I got so clear direction in life. The food was amazing and the the art therapy made me see myself in completely new unexpected way. I enjoyed the Ayurvedic food. For me this is like starting my spiritual life. The whole team is very experienced in the practice and knowledge of yoga and at the same time very opened and pleasant, people with who to have a long life friendship. I really would like to go to the next level of this education."

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    • Review by Tom Weber from Germany

      "The perfect combination of yoga, cooking, and beautiful nature in the Swedish countryside. Great team and Vedic art knowledge. The host is amazing and always smiling. I would like to come again."

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    • Review by Maria Micheva from Bulgaria

      "The teachers in the Yoga and Art Retreat are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. It is truly a full education in yoga. You get much more then yoga and all the different Vedic sciences included. The nature is amazing and the local reservation and lakes are very beautiful. "

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    • Review by Viktor Kohlin from Sweden

      "Thank you very much for this perfect vacation. It was exactly what I needed - to spend relaxing and peaceful time in the nature, to go deep into the philosophy of yoga, and self discovery. The bathing in the lakes was an amazing experience and the nature is like from the Lord of the Rings scenes. The teachers are very experienced and high class therapists leading you on the paths inside."

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    Gothenburg, Sweden

    Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat is part of the international school of Yoga Inbound and OIDA Therapy Institute. They offer tours, yoga retreats, and art therapies.

    Speaks English

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