2018 in the Monterosa Mountains, Italy.
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September 16th - 23rd.
Outdoor Mindfulness Weeks
July 14th to 21st : July 21st to 28th : September 1st to 8th : September 8th to 15th
Price £1175 all inclusive.
Monterosa mountains, Valley D’Ayas, North West Italy, near Aosta.
In the unique, idyllic setting of Champoluc and the Monterosa mountain range you will be guided in learning about mindfulness, deepen your meditation practice and embody mindful approaches to your everyday life.
The beautiful Valley D’Ayas in North West Italy climbs steeply from the valley of Aosta, and gives rise to the extensive Monterosa mountains, which include 18 peaks over 4,000 metres. Champoluc is near the end of the valley close to the Swiss border and Zermatt. The Monterosa is stunning, truly beautiful and embedded in isolated nature.
Staying in the village of Champoluc you will have six nights at the Hotel Castor and one night in a mountain refuge Ferraro nestled 2000 metres above the village. Each day you will walk low level forest trails, hike higher terrain which border the glacial lakes, engage in mindful movement in the outdoors, practice restorative yoga and have daily meditation sessions. Mindfulness teachings will be given intermittently throughout the days activities, during walks, on more strenuous hikes and on the yoga mat. Swimming in the wellness centre and mountain trail cycling using e-bikes are available.
Yoga and sitting meditations will begin the day before breakfasting and after full days in the mountains we will replenish our energies with restorative yoga and quiet meditation time. Social and sharing time is valued each day whilst we walk, hike and eat nutritious Italian food where all dietary requirements are catered for. A typical day will include energising yoga and calming meditation before breakfast, walking / hiking during the day (with packed lunches) and nature meditations during the journey through the mountains and forests. On return there is a restorative yoga session with meditations before dinner. For those who wish there will also be a sitting meditation session to close the day. For more details about the weeks activity, its benefits and background read here.
The Hotel Castor, an established 3-star typical Italian hotel which has been in the same family for four generations, is full of character and has a selections of room size to choose from. The Hotel is in the centre of Champoluc next to the church and main square and has its own designated yoga and meditation space. Beatrice and Herman, the owners, will make your stay welcoming, comfortable and fun. Read more about Hotel Castor here, http://www.hotelcastor.eu
The Hotel organises various festivals during the summer months including a music festival 21st to 28th July which coincides with one of our weeks. So, for those with an interest in listening to live music and playing in small groups this will be an added benefit.
During the week we will be spending one night at the mountain refuge Ferraro which is 2000 metres above the village of Champoluc. Here we will immerse ourselves in the silence and weather permitting an evening walk in the higher Alpine meadows. Read more about the Refuge here.
Your teachers and guides during the week will be Dr Graeme Nixon and John Arnold, both experienced and qualified mindfulness teachers and sports coaches. Graeme has extensive knowledge of mindfulness, is a published author, academic and practitioner. He is the Programme Director for Studies in Mindfulness at University of Aberdeen. See Graemes profile here.
John is best known as an internationally recognised ski coach, having coached national teams and he also has a masters degree in mindfulness and is an experienced meditator. He has a deep and intimate love of mountains and their ecology. Read John's profile here
The cost for the week is £1175, which includes:
- Return airport transfers, Milan, Turin or Geneva.
- 7 nights half board accommodation (6 in Hotel Castor and 1 in Refuge Ferraro).
- Transport in the village when required.
- 6 full days programme of teachings and activity; yoga, meditation, walking and hiking.
- Cost does not include flights, insurance and lunches.