Yoga vacations charge the body, mind and spirit with new energy, give us a positive outlook and let us experience inner peace. Relax your body and spirit through meditation, yoga classes (outdoor on the cedar platform, weather permitting!), long walks, reading and conversations with like-minded people. You are welcome to spend your yoga vacation with us and stay as long as you wish. We recommend that you stay several days in order to have time to learn, step by step, all aspects of yoga. The Retreat House is open all year round.
Special guests and cultural programs.
Workshops and talks with renowned special guests from around the world on topics of health, science, philosophy and culture. International artists are regular visitors to the Retreat House: Eastern spiritual discourse accompanied by classical Indian music, South Indian dance, colourful temple ceremonies with mantra recitation, and Western classical music.
English-speaking guests are welcome throughout the year. Yoga classes are taught in both English and German and all lectures in German are translated simultaneously into English via wireless headphones.
Our Retreat House has worked closely for many years with Alexandra and Florian Pointner, the proprietors of the ecological hotel across from the Retreat House. This has allowed us to offer our guests a wholesome and nutritious vegetarian dietary program. The entire hotel operation has been certified by Austria-Bio-Garantie, Austria's leading inspection body for organic businesses. It was awarded the European eco-label as well as Austria's gastronomic accolade "Grüne Haube" for whole-grain and natural cuisine. The Pointners have been running their farm according to organic and ecological guidelines since 1995.
We will be happy to advise you when choosing yoga accessories; how to choose the appropriate cushion, yoga mat, meditation shawl, yoga clothing or book according to your needs. We stock standard works on Hatha Yoga, health, yoga philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda and vegetarian cooking. You will also find a fine selection of classical Indian and meditative music CDs.
What to bring.
Please bring your yoga mat, cushion and blanket. You can buy these in the yoga shop, or borrow them free of charge from the Retreat House (deposit required). Eyeglass wearers should bring a hard case when storing glasses during yoga sessions.
Retreat House Rules.
To maintain the spiritual atmosphere, participation in the mediation and yoga classes twice a day is obligatory. Non-vegetarian meals, eggs, onion, garlic, black tea, coffee, alcohol and cigarettes are not permitted.
- The non-smoking Hotel Pointner serves wholesome organic vegetarian food.
- All guest rooms have wooden floors and furniture, health mattresses, shower, toilet, hairdryer, telephone and radio. Most rooms have a balcony.
The hotel offers both Finnish and low-temperature saunas and free parking.
- Should the hotel be fully booked, we can offer you accommodation in the Sivananda Guesthouse, just 5 minutes’ walking distance from the Retreat House. The Guesthouse offers a contemplative atmosphere, garden, sun terrace and meditation room. Shared shower and toilet facilities are located on each floor.
Depending on the booking, meals will be served either at the eco-Hotel Pointner or at Sivananda Guesthouse.
- During the off-season when the hotel is closed, accommodation and meals will be in Sivananda Guesthouse.
- Massage and Sauna
Experienced, certified masseuses offer classical massage, foot reflexology, shiatsu, TCM massage and lymphatic drainage. You can make an appointment when you arrive. For further relaxation, a Finnish and a low-temperature sauna can be found in Hotel Pointner.
Nearby attractions and activities:
SCHWARZSEE - The beautiful Kitzbühel Schwarzsee lake (about 3 km away) is a protected landmark and popular destination for swimmers: The idyllic lake (15 hectars large and 7 meters deep) is one of the Austrian Alps warmest and most beautiful lakes.
KITZBÜHELER HORN - Kitzbuehel’s local mountain. You can take the cable railway to the 2000m summit. Once there, be sure to visit the Flower Garden of the Alps.
CROSS-COUNTRY AND DOWNHILL SKIING - The Kitzbühel ski region, with its 170 km of slopes and 33 km of ski trails, is undoubtedly one of the most popular ski resorts in the world.
HIKING IN THE KITZBÜHEL ALPS - The Kitzbühel region is tops among sports enthusiasts year round, and in the summertime it is a veritable paradise for hikers. With 500 kilometres of marked trails.
WILD KAISER NATURE RESERVE - One of the most beautiful hiking areas in the Tyrolean lowlands.
KRIMML WATERFALLS - The highest waterfalls in Europe.
GROSSGLOCKNER - The Grossglocker High Alpine Road (about 70 km away) has drawn 50 million visitors to its incomparable vistas since 1935. This most famous alpine road ends at the jewel of the Hohe Tauern National Park – Austria's highest mountain and largest glacier: the Grossglockner (3,798 m) and the Pasterze.
SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL WORLDS - (77 km away) was opened in 1995 by André Heller on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Swarovski firm.
Kitzbuehel, legendary Alpine sports resort, 4 km away, a historic town, one of the most famous winter sports resorts in the world.
Approx 80 km from Salzburg, 100 km from Innsbruck.
- To maintain the spiritual atmosphere, participation in the mediation and yoga classes twice a day is obligatory. Non-vegetarian meals, eggs, onion, garlic, black tea, coffee, alcohol and cigarettes are not permitted.
- The Austrian Consumer Protection Act applies in cases of cancellation prior to arrival.
- If departing early, you will receive a yoga credit note for whole day rates only, not for individual activities. The credit note is valid for one year, transferable and may not be redeemed for cash. It is not valid for purchases in the Yoga Shop.
Choose from a wide variety of programmes, included in the standard daily rates.
YOGA RELAXATION DAYS: Take the time to experience moments of deep relaxation for body, mind and spirit: Gentle yoga classes for all levels create the basis for health and strengthen the nervous system.
IN PEACE LIES STRENGTH: Confronting tension – this is stress management based on asanas (yoga postures).
THOUGHT POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING: Besides the daily practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation for relaxation of body and mind, we will focus on lectures and workshops on the world of thoughts, creative life management, exercises for developing thought power, guided contemplation and visualisation.
YOGA AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC: Several approx. 2-hour hikes with like-minded people are complemented by daily yoga classes in which we delve into the true nature of body and mind. We will go on excursions to the most beautiful corners of the region.
YOGA at HOME: The daily yoga practice at home lets you tap new energy, which can change your outlook on life.
Workshops introduce the most effective exercises for the daily routine, based on various asana sequences with a duration of at least 15 minutes.
ASANAS – STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY: Classical asana variations with individual guidance: Easy variations leading up to the twelve basic postures.
YOGA and SUCCESS in LIFE: Yoga is a key not only to physical health, but also to radiant mental health: Learn mental exercises for developing willpower and improving memory.
YOGA FITNESS: This programme focuses on strengthening body and mind for all-round health.
- Yoga Program
- 2 vegetarian meals daily
Note: All rates are subject to a 1.10 € visitor's tax per person per night.
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