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Iceland Retreat

Presence, Practice, Pause

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Join MVP CEO, Michelle Young, and MVP Yoga Therapy Director, Ana Pilar Cruz, in Iceland November 2-8, 2022. We’ll be hosting an inspirational retreat inspired by the Tantric practices of self reflection leading to Self Realization. Surrounded by the bounty of nature, Ana Pilar and Michelle will lead participants through daily meditations and curated practices geared towards developing the final three limbs of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Antaranga Yoga. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy mindful asana practices each morning and evening along with several unique opportunities for pratyahara including floating meditation, tratak, and Yoga Nidra. 

During our stay in beautiful Iceland, there will be two exciting excursions that participants can elect to participate in including a day trip to the Blue Lagoon and a day trip to the geysers. All day trips and meals are included in participants’ room and board. Our cosy lodging is approximately an hour drive from Reykjavík Airport, and transportation to the lodge is included in participants’ room and board.

Transportation

There will be two shuttles to pick up participants from Reykjavik Airport on November 2nd. Participants can coordinate their pick up with Michelle prior to their arrival. If participants would like to arrive early or late they may make special arrangements with Michelle directly. 

Location/Lodging

Our cozy lodging is approximately an hour drive from Reykjavík Airport, and transportation to the lodge is included in participants’ room and board. We’ll be staying at Birkihof Lodge. Birkihof is a warm and beautiful Icelandic retreat place with a swimming pool, a hot tub, floating gear, and a sauna.  Accommodation is for up to 18 people. There is a dining room which can also be used for all kinds of events, a fully equipped kitchen, and outdoor showers.

Birkihof is a heavenly place hidden in the land of Syðri Reykir close to Laugarvatn, Iceland. The area is surrounded by beautiful nature where you can withdraw yourself from daily life and enjoy the facilities in the beautiful nature. 

Meals

There will be three vegetarian meals daily that are included in participants’ room and board. We can accommodate most preferences, but it is important to note that it is nearly impossible for us accommodate life threatening allergies. If you have an allergy please contact us directly before booking your spot.

Examples of some of the meals that we will be eating during our stay include:

  • Oatmeal with granola, dried fruit, and honey
  • Scones, spreads, and jams
  • Quiche (assorted variety)
  • Root vegetable stews
  • Vegetable fried rice
  • Warm grain salads

*Fish may be served as an option. Seasonal fruit will also be an option. Note that fruit in Iceland during the November months is neither seasonal or available in most cases.

COVID Protocol

All participants will need to refer to Keflavik Airport’s COVID19 Protocol* for the most updated requirements for flying into Iceland.

MVP will follow all local guidelines regarding masks when in public places, and participants are expected to adhere to these guidelines during their stay. Social distancing will be enforced whenever possible, and hand sanitizer will be readily available.

*Please keep in mind these requirements may change between now and November 2022. MVP’s Yoga Retreat Iceland 2022 is scheduled and confirmed to take place as of December 20, 2021. Should travel be prohibited to the region due to COVID, participants would have the option of rolling their paid spot forward to a reschedule date or they could request a refund minus deposit. This provision is for travel restriction by either Europe, Iceland, or US authorities due to COVID. 

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

2 p.m. Airport Pickup A

4 p.m. Airport Pickup B

5 p.m. Opening Circle

6 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Gentle Yoga Nidra w/ Michelle

8:00 p.m. Community Icebreakers

10:00 p.m. Lights out

 

Thursday, November 3, 2022

7 a.m. Morning Meditation

7:30 a.m. Viniyoga Practice w/ Michelle

9 a.m. Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Mechanics Of Prana w/ Ana Pilar

12 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Silent Hike

3 p.m. Free Time

5 p.m. Return to retreat location (free time until dinner)

6 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra w/ Michelle

8:00 p.m. Free time

10:00 p.m. Lights out

 

Friday, November 4, 2022

7 a.m. Morning Meditation

7:30 a.m. Viniyoga Practice w/ Ana Pilar 

9 a.m. Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Utility Of Agni w/ Michelle

12 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Forest Meditation

3 p.m. Free Time

5 p.m. Tratak (On The Horizon)

6 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Sound Healing w/ Ana Pilar

8:00 p.m. Free time

10:00 p.m. Lights out

 

Saturday, November 5, 2022

7 a.m. Floating Meditation

7:30 a.m. Viniyoga Practice w/ Michelle

9 a.m. Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Properties Of Purusha w/ Ana Pilar  

12 p.m. Trip To Blue Lagoon

6 p.m. Dinner at Blue Lagoon (paid for by MVP)

7:00 p.m. Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra w/ Michelle

8:00 p.m. Board Transportation To Lodging

9:30 p.m. Arrive Home

10:00 p.m. Lights out

 

Sunday, November 6, 2022

7 a.m. Morning Meditation

7:30 a.m. Viniyoga Practice w/ Ana Pilar

9 a.m. Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Qualities Of Space w/ Michelle 

12 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Silent Hike

3 p.m. Free Time

5 p.m. Return to retreat location (free time until dinner)

6 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra w/ Ana Pilar

8:00 p.m. Free time

10:00 p.m. Lights out

 

Monday, November 7, 2022

7 a.m. Morning Meditation

7:30 a.m. Viniyoga Practice w/ Michelle

9 a.m. Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Composition Of Earth w/ Ana Pilar

12 p.m. Sack Lunch & Day Trip To Geyser

6 p.m. Return to retreat location (free time until dinner)

7:00 p.m. Dinner

8:00 p.m. Campfire & Community Time (Closing Circle)

10:00 p.m. Lights out

 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

7 a.m. Morning Meditation

7:30 a.m. Viniyoga Practice w/ Ana Pilar 

9 a.m. Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Airport Shuttle & Pack Up

 

Investment

Single Bed: $1,666 (early bird) $1888 (after Feb. 1, 2022)

-Single bed in a shared room with shared bathroom

-Three vegetarian meals daily

-All activities and transportation to and from airport

-Welcome bag

There are no scholarship or donation spots available at this time for Iceland due to the location and lodging. We will keep you informed should that change in the future. 

Payments

50% of Remaining Balance must be paid by June 15, 2022.

If a payment plan is needed please email Chris Young at [email protected] once you have reserved your spot and paid the deposit. Invoices and Payment Plans will be sent out through [email protected] and are due in full no later than August 1, 2022. 

Refunds

If on or before July 1, 2022, you may be eligible for a 50% refund minus deposit paid.

From July 2, 2022 or later, NO REFUNDS will be given due to the nature of the purchase and event.

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