with Monica McMahon and Michelle Tamblyn in Hvalfjardarsveit, Iceland
6 nights in Hvalfjardarsveit, Iceland
Sat Oct 15 - Fri Oct 21, 2016
Experience the stark beauty of the natural world in Iceland. Immerse yourself in the elements for a 6 night stay at the Hotel Glymur with a spectacular view of the whale fjord (and hopefully the Northern Lights). Hotel Glymur is just minutes away from one of Iceland's tallest waterfalls. On retreat, we will enjoy the healing waters of the famous Blue Lagoon and experience a floating massage in the Secret Lagoon. We will experience Iceland and all its magic and unique unparalleled beauty. We willl spend a day touring the Golden Circle, Iceland's most popular tour featuring Gullfoss Waterfall, massive and majestic beauty untouched by nature, geothermal hot springs, and a regularly erupting geyser. More natural wonders are to be seen touring the south coastline, black sand beaches and basalt cliffs home to many shore birds, most notably puffins. We will also visit the Snæfellsjökull National Park and journey inside a lava tube of a dormant volcano. The Park has many features including the Snæfellsjökull Glacier which lies on top of the volcano. Snæfellsjökull became famous after Jules Verne described it as the gateway to the center of the earth in his book "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" and is supposed to be one of the seven great energy centers of the earth. Journaling, meditation and free time will be weaved in throughout the retreat.
|7 days 6 nights at Hotel Glymur|
|Daily breakfast, 3 dinners, and 3 lunches|
|We will customize the yoga to meet the needs of the group. A morning energizing practice with an evening restorative practice. Guided crystal meditations will be offered and some yoga will be taught on our excursions. Pilates and core work will also be offered at various times on retreat.|
|Airport transportation included as a group.|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
Please arrive into Reykjavik before 9 am on the 15th. We will depart the airport and head straight to the Blue Lagoon as a group for some hot spring healing and lunch.
Not included: flights to/from Keflavík International Airport, also known as Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport, and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.
Monica ihas been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2002. In addition to being a ERYT200 yoga teacher, Monica is a personal trainer, Pilates trainer and Reiki Master. She is the proud owner of GetFit Retreats, an organization which specializes in creating and facilitating custom mind body spirit wellness workshops and retreats. This is Monica’s second career, her first being HR Management and Organizational Development. Monica enjoys teaching at Lifettime Fitness, Yoga Spirit Center and The Boca Resort in South Florida.. Monica has been leading retreats since 2007. Whether guiding corporate executives, teens, yogi's or non yogi's, she will help you tap into your beautiful authentic self. For more information on Monica’s background please go to www.getfitretreats.com
Michelle has a Bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Redlands in California. It was here that she was first introduced to yoga. She graduated from the Anuttara 200 hour teacher training in July 2011 and continued to study more extensively the philosophy of yoga. She graduated Levels 1 and 2 of Raja Yoga from Anuttara and in addition, she has training in Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, and Yin Yoga with Joe Barnett. She enjoys to continually expand her knowledge and practice.
Michelle is also a Reiki Master and and Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner and has completed the Becoming the Human Crystal program from the Crystalis Institute. She believes in incorporating different modalities to heal the body, mind, and spirit. She is an avid reader and has published several articles on the benefits of yoga, meditation, travel as well as working with crystals.
Originally from NH, she loves the outdoors and enjoys nature photography. She believes in the importance of connecting with and preserving the natural world. Her students say she has a soothing voice and very gentle,calming presence She is passionate about yoga and meditation and the benefits each person can gain from practicing. Yoga has been an integral part of her own healing journey.
If sitting in a geothermal hot tub watching the Northern Lights sounds heavenly, Hotel Glymur is a must for your bucket list. The hotel sits about an hour outside Reykjavik, perched on a remote hillside in Hvalfjordur. Inside it's both a hotel and art gallery, crammed with knick-knacks - brightly woven rugs, painted ceramics, wooden carvings - from local artists.
Though not cutting-edge chic, it's colorful and homey, a contrast to the wild and elemental setting. The vibe continues in 22 split-level rooms, where you can retreat with a friend or lover, and 6 self-catering contemporary cottages, which suit families. The staff are welcoming, the atmosphere laid-back, and the food delicious. A great base for hiking, whale-watching, midnight-golfing or simply basking in the awesome landscape.
This was an incredible trip-jam packed with adventure with plenty of opportunity to see the country as well as do much yoga. Monica and Michelle were great leaders both in the very high level of detail and activities, as well as the yoga and Reiki provided.
The trip was fabulous. Iceland is a natural paradise. The yoga retreat was sensational. The accomodation couldn't have been more comfortable and the limo/tour guide service, Ice Limo, is a five star service.
The Iceland trip was terrific! Loved the touring, yoga, participants leaders, we had amazing transportation also. ICELAND is a wonderful place to visit. The scenery and people are wonderful. There was a little too much driving. But we were able to see much of the country.
The retreat to Iceland was nothing less than extraordinary. The location was magical, the excursions amazing, and our coordinators Monica and Michele were outstanding.
Our trip to Iceland was absolutely INCREDIBLE. GetFitRetreats - Monica and Michelle - did a phenomenal job coordinating our trip. From start to end (booking, preparation / packing, on the ground transport, hotel accommodations, activities) we had a wonderful time. Highly recommend.
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