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ALIGN RETREAT

Sutra House, Basel
 

Thursday the 23rd of January
to Sunday the 26th of January


4 days/3 nights


Theme: Relationships and Connection

 

“With every true friendship, we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the world rests.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

The good life is built with good relationships. We are predominantly social beings who crave meaningful connections and our innate need to form, grow, and sustain relationships is universal and clearly evident from an early age. We know that high-quality human relationships provide meaning and are a source of joy across our lives - essential as food and water. In the same way that we recognise hunger and thirst as ways our body communicates that we need to eat and drink, loneliness also acts as a signal that reminds us how important it is to connect to others.  Research emphasises that relationships are as important as material living standards, health, and education in determining the quality of our life. So - let’s dive into how we can overcome our struggle to build human connection and move towards creating circles of connection which help to sustain and nurture us.

We need other people in our lives to help us thrive but we also have to recognise that our capacity for connection has a limit. Robin Dunbar, a prominent anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist, has explored human relationships and provided a few helpful concepts which we will look at in this retreat. Applying his research we can help understand more about the numbers of relationships we can sustain and how we can invest in our core group of friends. Deep and meaningful friendships require time, effort and emotional investment. Dr Vivek Murphy served as the 19th surgeon general of the United States and his book “Together” emphasises that we live in an era of a loneliness epidemic. Murphy’s ideas will provide discussion topics for us to consider the relationship between loneliness, social connection and our emotional and physical health. We can explore how loneliness can prevent us from connecting to others and look at the antidote he prescribed - finding more meaningful connections.

(More details below)

 

Price:
4 days/3 nights
Incl a rich brekkie/brunch and a great 3-course dinner (all meals vegetarian)

 

+ all day fruit, nuts, tea

Finish Sauna, Pool, usage of all and any props.

And more...
 

Single room: 885 CHF/pp | EARLY BIRD PRICE till 01.10.2024: 835 CHF

Double room: 785 CHF/pp | EARLY BIRD PRICE till 01.10.2024: 735 CHF
Triple room: 685 CHF/pp | EARLY BIRD PRICE till 01.10.2024:
635 CHF
(for a triple room please sign up with a group of three people)

Want to join or have questions?​

Sign up by sending an email to Hanne via contact@flowfabrik.ch

 

Take a tour of the site - browse through this slideshow

The retreat: A nurturing and nourishing environment

On this retreat, Bella & Hanne will create a nurturing and nourishing environment to explore, get curious and reflect on the meaningful relationships and friendships we have or want in our lives. We will spend some time focusing on the power of loneliness and what happens when we find greater connection. Our process will include group daily yoga practises, discussions, reflective exercises, mindfulness practises and lots of space to breathe, reflect and unwind.

The body work, the yoga, will provide us with an invaluable chance to ground ourselves and root our new knowledge and learning.

Expect a fun, dynamic and inspiring atmosphere where we will encourage one another to observe, understand, deepen and align in both body and mind.

We will meet two to three time a day over the course of the long weekend to practise morning yoga and afternoon workshops and meditation, as well as sharing meal times. They’ll be plenty of time for yourself too, with no crammed schedules.

​Retreat Outline

(The schedule may be subject to change.)

 

 

THURSDAY

From 14:00 Arrival and check in

16:30  PM Introduction and welcome - setting an intention and anchoring in. Short yoga practice to arrive and move into the body.

7.00 PM – Dinner - Vegetarian three course menu

 

 

 

FRIDAY



There will be tea, nuts, dried fruits and fresh fruits available before the yoga practice

07:55 – 08:25 Morning Pranayama Practice (optional) - Hanne
 

08:30 - 10.00 am Friday Morning Yoga Session – Hanne

10.15 am Brunch

4 - 5.30 pm  Friday afternoon Session - Bella - Human relationships - looking at layers of friendship and the importance of quality in friendships. Understanding barriers to connection - why it can be difficult to form and maintain meaningful connections and looking at strategies for overcoming these barriers.

6 pm Dinner - Vegetarian three course menu

8:30 pm – Yoga Nidra Journey Meditation - Hanne (optional to attend)

Evening quiet is encouraged until after Yoga the next morning

 

 

SATURDAY

There will be tea, nuts, dried fruits and fresh fruits available before the yoga practice

07:55 – 08:25 Morning Pranayama Practice (optional) - Hanne

08:30 - 10.00 am Friday Morning Yoga Session – Hanne

10.15 am Brunch


4 - 5.30pm Saturday Afternoon Session – Understanding and investing in Valued relationships - increasing awareness of the relationships we value most and the extent to which we invest in these relationships.

6 pm Dinner

8:30 pm  Loving Kindness meditation to cultivate this quality of connection to other

Evening quiet is encouraged until after Yoga the next morning

 

 

SUNDAY


There will be tea, nuts, dried fruits and fresh fruits available before the yoga practice

07:25 – 07:55 Morning Pranayama Practice (optional) – Hanne
08:00 - 09:15 Sunday Morning Yoga Session – Hanne
09:15 Brunch and time to pack up

10:30 -11:30 am Bella - final reflections and good bye

12:00 Latest Check Out


 

Good to know + What is included

 

  • Arrival on Thursday the 23rd of January from 14.00 PM

  • Sunday departure by 12:00 noon.
     

  • All Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga and pranayama sessions

  • Different Meditation Sessions

  • 2 x Workshop Afternoons

  • Breakfast and Dinner - all meals are vegetarian

  • Tea, water, dried fruits & nuts are available to
    participants free of charge throughout the day.
    (Other refreshments from the snack bar, including coffee, soft
    drinks are available and will be charged separately)

  • Bed linen and towls are included

  • Accommodation in either a single or shared room

  • Yoga Room, fully stocked with all the tools needed to work (no need to bring your own mat/props)

  • Sky-Lit Meditation Room under the roof with large open views to the east and west for sunrise and sunset.

  • Large Gathering/Salon Room for group meals and discussions with Fireplace and beautiful open views to south and west

  • Terrace with small infinity pool and natural pond.

  • Finnish Dry Sauna

  • Turkish Steam Sauna

  • Library for Contemplation, Study and Research

  • Surrounding Garden

Special diets

Please let us know if you have special needs/preferences for your diet when you sign up.

What to bring

Except from your most cosy sweater, most-beloved yoga pants and the obvious please pack these things in your bag for the retreat:

  • Your own house shoes

  • Note book and pens

  • An open mind :-)

Where?
Sutra House
Rütiring 36 and 36a
4125 Riehen, Switzerland

Website

About Sutra House:

A Space for Meditation, Yoga, Nutrition, Therapy and Healing Arts.

Set into a forested hillside near above the Rhine valley and village of Riehen, Switzeland - A sanctuary where one can re-connect to the inner life. Sutra House is designed as an architecture and spiritual space for contemplation & connection, nourishing the body & mind.

We created this vision of Sutra House for many reasons, but they all share a similar thread — promoting an integrated, meaningful and healthy relationship to our life. The various types of Inner-work happening here - art, food, yoga, insight, meditation, therapy and contemplation - all provide insights into the things that shape and create our life - exploring the “nature of things”. Learning offers us new tools to make our shifts in our life and within our community. Cultivating an attitude of community allows us to stay present to our environment, challenging our lives with a compassionate response.

Bella and Hanne

Bella Glover, a British trained Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and founder of beingwell, studied psychological approaches to the mind that give us tools to change the way our brain works, boost self esteem, increase resilience and build on strengths.  My training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy opened up a world of potential and possibility for understanding why we think and act the way we do.

​Bella also trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Hanne Mogensen, a Danish trained vinyasa, yin and aerial yoga teacher and founder of FlowFabrik Studio, is fascinated by flow. How can we create more flow in our day to day life? What small changes can the individual make in his/her way of moving, breathing, being, doing which will have magnificient influence on the overall state of being? Hanne teaches yoga classes which are powerful, soft, empowering and reflective. Since January 2024, Hanne has also been a lecturer in mindfulness at the Swiss Distance-Learning University of Applied Sciences (FFHS).


Want to join or have questions?

Sign up by sending an email to Hanne via contact@flowfabrik.ch

Cancellation policy:

Cancellation 3 months or more before retreat-start: Full Refund

Cancellation less than 3 months before retreat start: Refund of  70 % of full price will be issued

Cancellation less than 2 months before retreat start: Refund of 50 % of the full price will be issued

Cancellation less than 6 weeks before retreat start: No refund

If the hotel or retreat hosts should have to cancel the retreat (incl the event of lock-down or if a retreat host gets sick) then a full refund or a retreat at a later date will be offered to the participants
 

If a participant needs to cancel (FX due to a positive Covid-test, sickness or injury), we can not offer a refund (except the ones written above).
A Travel Insurance of the participant would often cover some of if not all of the lost expenses. Therefore we recommend you to consider getting a travel insurance.

Liability and insurance
The customer shall be liable for negligent or intentional damage to the inventory or furnishings of the Sutra House. The retreat participant is also liable for his/her own equipment. Insurance is the responsibility of the retreat participant.
The Sutra House accepts no liability for the use of unattended cloakrooms.

The responsibility for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the participants and mental well-being of the participants themselves. By signing up for this event you accept the AGBs of FlowFabrik. See here.

Note

For reasons of better readability, this text has been written in masculine and feminine written form. All
all references to persons apply equally to all genders and non-genders.

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