Ananda Yoga Retreat Gotland – The Yoga of Happiness
Join us for a deep, luscious, and uplifting yoga retreat in one of the most beautiful places in Sweden – the magical island of Gotland.
We will dedicate a week to exploring the Yoga of Happiness – practicing yoga, meditation, sharing inspiring yogic wisdom, rejoicing in the beauty of nature, restoring and rejuvenating body soul, and mind, and opening up to life’s greatness!
You will be guided through teachings and practices of ancient wisdom combined with up-to-date science of well-being for offering efficient tools to awaken a stable state of fulfillment, joy, and happiness in our lives.
Every being longs for peace and fulfillment. To feel contentment and joy that just IS, unconditional and independent of other factors. But most of us get so entangled in everyday life problems and dramas of the world that we seem to believe that happiness is unachievable for us. But life shows us otherwise. Anyone, who truly wants and is willing, can learn happiness. And we are here offering this together!
Understanding the nature of happiness
Happiness is not just a hormonal rush of feel-good hormones. It is a state that can be cultivated and that has its roots in a heart-centered peaceful place in our being. It requires control of the mind, and understanding of the ways of our biology and subtle spiritual anatomy.
You will learn:
– How to find greater fulfillment in everyday life by becoming more present and aware
– How to manage stress, fight&flight reactions, and instead become more relaxed, open, and less reactive
– Living life with greater FLOW: amplifying your adaptability skills as a primary tool for increasing happiness
– How to invite more happiness by understanding what truly makes you happy
– Yogic pearls of wisdom on the state of Ananda – unconditional happiness and bliss
– Deeper understanding that happiness is a continuous journey and not a final destination
– Awareness of what holds back/blocks happiness and joy in your life
– How to become more radiantly joyful, optimistic, and enthusiastic
– Greater understanding of the science of wellbeing & happiness: hormones, brain plasticity, and other effects
– The path to unconditional happiness – efficient tools of happiness from various spiritual traditions
Happiness is something we can practice, and learn to open to. Inviting more joy, fulfillment, and well-being in our lives is an art. Practicing happiness implies practicing beneficial choices, practicing virtues, and cultivating attitudes that support us in our pursuit of happiness.
—Flow & adaptability—
Learning to become adaptable to the challenges of life is one of the most important factors for maintaining a state of happiness. Otherwise, we will be constantly taken by the ups and downs of life. Learning how to build resilience, creativity, and willingness to learn from situations in life helps us to adapt better and integrate all that comes to us in a way that supports us to be happy rather than being victims of life’s circumstances. A wisely adaptable person is a happier person.
—Awareness, focus, and presence—
The deeper our awareness, the greater our happiness. Without awareness and focus life passes us by and we miss the simple joys of everyday life. Becoming more present we will rejoice in the sound of the birds, in the beauty of the sunset, in the charm of a child’s laughter, in the warmth of a beloved’s embrace, in the magic of nature. Learning to become present implies learning how to clear our minds from agitation. The sun is always shining, we only need to clear the clouds!
—Peace and mastery over relaxation—
Cultivating stillness and true relaxation we get to immerse ourselves in the nature of BEING. Tensions block our well-being and happiness. Most of our unhappiness has its roots in tensions – physical emotional and mental. Learning how to properly rest and rejuvenate we get to nurture that which feeds true harmony and fulfillment within us.
—Courage to be—
To choose happiness requires a lot of courage. Courage to let go of what does not serve you any longer. Courage to embrace new perspectives. Courage to show up to the world in your truth. Courage to make choices that are aligned with your heart.
Happiness for a reason is just another form of misery – Upanishads
Real happiness comes from being rooted in our true nature. It is a simple happiness that does not need anything else. It springs from the deep well of truth, stillness, and awareness that exist within us. The yogi tradition calls this state of Ananda, which is not a fleeting emotion, but a result of a significant awakening of consciousness. It is a special form of happiness that does not have any reason but exist for itself.
The retreat includes:
– Daily hatha yoga sessions for happiness, joy, and wellbeing
– Yoga Nidra, gong bath & deep relaxation
– Yogic philosophy and inspiring lessons on the art of happiness (Ananda)
– Practices for deeper presence
– Nature therapy
– Ecstatic dance
– Excursion in Gotland
– Plant wisdom – herbs for happiness
– All-inclusive accommodation in a luxury house (shared bedroom) with an indoor heated pool and beautiful surroundings
– Healthy vegetarian meals that support our wellbeing
About the place
Our retreat will take place in a luxurious villa on the magnificent Island of Gotland, nearby the beach.
The villa has 23 sleeping places, and an indoor pool is tastefully decorated with all the elements needed for a beautiful holiday feeling. It is located in a green area nearby the beach.
We will also do some excursions around Gotland, exploring beautiful places and recharging ourselves in nature.
You will sleep in a shared bedroom (double rooms or rooms with 4 people)
Come join us and soak in the regenerative atmosphere of Gotland together with wonderful people exploring the nature of happiness and true wellbeing. This retreat does not aim to only offer a momentarily feeling of happiness but provides you with efficient tools to last a lifetime where you can continue to practice the yoga of happiness in your everyday life.
“Together, by increasing our own happiness and joy, we can raise the vibration of the planet.”
Super early bird (until 27th of May) – 8200kr (7900kr Natha members)
Early bird (until 27th of July) – 8500kr (8200kr Natha members)
Regular price 8900kr (8500kr Natha members)
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You can pay the full fee at once or a sign-up fee of 2700kr to reserve your place. (Full payment needs to be paid latest 1 month before the event). After you have made your payment please write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The payment plan is possible – please contact us via email.
After the payment has been done we will refund 90% of the fee 2 months before and 75 % of the fee until 4 weeks before the event. After that refund is not possible. You are however welcome to sell further your ticket – in such case please notify the team.
About the teachers
Aurora has practiced yoga and tantra for the last 17 years and is an internationally certified yoga. A deep interest in health, awakening, and personal development led her in an early stage of life to various spiritual teachings and further on to a university degree in Science of Public Health. Discovering yoga she discovered a true science of life, a way of being more present, awake, and alive in everyday life. Yoga taught her that happiness can only be found within and that yoga and meditation are some of the greatest gifts we can offer ourselves and the world. For the last 12 years, Aurora has been the coordinator for a flourishing yoga center and is currently teaching at Natha Yoga Centre in both Malmö & Stockholm. She is teaching courses in yoga, tantra and arranging various events, workshops, retreats, and festivals. She believes that once we take full responsibility for our life, we get to shape the life that we wish to have, and that brings great inner freedom, contentment, and meaning in life.
Louise Fisker Skoldjan
Louise has been practicing yoga and tantra for over 20 years.
Inspiring and helping people to live happier and more harmonious lives has been her passion since an early age. Louise is a certified yoga, meditation, and tantra teacher with more than 13 years of intensive teaching experience. She has been teaching in yoga schools and companies around Scandinavia and has recently joined our teacher team here in Natha Stockholm. She is known for her big smile and warm heart and devotion to personal practice. She is continuously walking the path of self-study and spiritual transformation since she knows that a good teacher must always be a devoted student herself.