At our destination in Stjärnhov, only 60 min from the buzzing Stockholm city life, you can unwind, reconnect with nature and yourself in no time. Our 450sqm house on 400 hectares of land provides more than enough space to enjoy your solitude by finding your very own favorite spot and to be in togetherness when it feels right for you.
Sip tea or plant something in one of our two greenhouses. Take a dip in our very own private lake and use the sauna that is always warm. Take a walk in nature, connect with the silence of the winter forest and enjoy the stillness that rests in this season. Pick mushrooms, admire the grazing horses and cows in the fields nearby or stroll down to the water and sit by the lake to daydream or talk about life's deeper questions with your newly made friends.
Through yoga, meditation and the latest research in behavioral and neurological science we will help you to explore yourself on a deeper level. Prepare yourself for a transformational weekend for the mind, body and soul where we practice seven hours a day, enjoy delicious and nourishing Ayurvedic food from our private chef, and indulge ourselves in the presence of being.
WAKING UP IN SILENCE & SERENITY
After a restful night’s sleep you wake up to the deep, vibrating sound of the Tibetan singing bowl throughout the house. You slip your feet into loafers and wrap yourself in a robe, and in silence you tiptoe to the kitchen for your warm morning drink. You prepare yourself for our first session of the day on breathwork (pranayama), followed by an awakening movement class by the fireplace in the heart of the house.
Still in silence, we enjoy a fresh Ayurvedic breakfast together, and watch the sunrise over the field... ahhh...rising early and in silence, moving slowly, and connecting with the self, is a beautiful and loving way to start the day. You feel rejuvenated and ready to take on anything and the knowledge that we still have several days together to raise your inner-body-energy - your life force Prana - makes you smile.
After breakfast you may choose whether to remain in silence or not. In fact, some may choose to remain in the self-exploration space created by silence for their entire stay. But the choice is up to you.
EXPLORING HOW TO LIVE YOGA
We return to the heart of the house, to our shala, for a practical workshop where we learn to integrate yoga practices into our daily lives. We at Equmind always say, it is in your daily life that you truly notice how beneficial your practice is for you. We will move outside to our very own forest, lake and island to discover ourselves in togetherness with nature; an important practice in itself.
While we are connecting with nature and ourselves, our private chef is preparing a delicious, warm and nourishing Ayurvedic lunch for us to enjoy. All of our food is organic and plant-based with most ingredients locally produced.
With a happy stomach, an inspired soul, relaxed body and mind you are able to use your freetime as you please. Take a dip in our very own private lake and use the sauna that is always warm. Take a walk in nature, connect with the silence of the winter forest and enjoy the stillness that rests in this season. Pick mushrooms, admire the grazing horses and cows in the fields nearby or stroll down to the water and sit by the lake to daydream or talk about life's deeper questions with your newly made friends. Enjoy time in your solitude by finding your very own favorite spot and be in togetherness when it feels right to you.
DEEPENING OUR CONNECTION WITH THE SELF
Bringing that sensation of being into our evening asana session will help you go deeper, both physically and mentally for a greater experience through your yoga practice. We will flow in soft and strong movements all aligned with the group dynamic. We let go of performance, perfection, and the pursuit of attaining anything but to deepen our connection with the self.
In the evening you will have plenty of time to enjoy your delicious dinner made from scratch with love. This will be followed by personal time before we tune back into silence with our evening meditation in front of the open fire. In silence, we gently head back to our warm beds to rest and revel in the sensation of pure stillness and the sounds of our own heartbeat and nature's breath.
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