5-Day Yoga, Meditation and Hiking Retreat in Molde, Norway
This epic yoga, meditation, and hiking retreat will challenge you physically and mentally, but at the same time reward you with the most amazing feelings - gratitude, admiration, the experience of divinity and internal silence. You will see yourself and your life from another perspective, helping to focus on the important things. Mountains and weather are unpredictable, like life itself. Hiking is like a spiritual experience, teaching you mindfulness if you allow.
Molde is a city and municipality in Romsdal, in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is a small town by the Moldefjord with a population of 26822. Molde is a very calm and relaxing city, famous for its amazing views. It is surrounded by fjords and close to several remarkable hiking trails and viewpoints.
The hotel is located in the city centre and the comfortable but simple rooms include a private bathroom, shower, toiletries, and free wireless internet.
You can choose between a single or a double room. The hotel name is Thon Hotel Moldefjord, address Storgata 40, Molde. If you prefer a more luxurious room, please let Pille Mitt know.
At the hotel, they have a very nice continental breakfast buffet available. You will also make your own lunch to take with you to the mountains.
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation
- Morning yoga and pranayama prepare your body for an active day outdoors
- Yin and restorative yoga restore and revitalize your body after a long hike in the mountains
- You can travel solo and you will find new friends
Yoga is for everyone. You do not need to be very experienced in it, but if you are, good for you! The morning yoga will be a traditional Hatha yoga class. The pace of the class depends on the group level.
There are almost always some beginners and some more experienced practitioners together on the retreat and it is a good thing since then we can learn from each other. The morning yoga class is usually 75 minutes with pranayama and relaxation.
After the morning yoga class, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, we will walk or drive to the starting point of the hikes. Sometimes it is close by but for some hikes, it can be up to 45 minutes to drive to the starting point. Hiking in Norway can be different from some other countries.
The definition of hiking is a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails, in the countryside. So, it is not walking in the park or on flat land. It is walking uphills and downhills on different terrain. In Norway, it can be forest, grass, or stones, usually a combination of all three.
Sometimes you have to use your hands to help yourself. We will have hikes 3 to 5 kilometres one way. The elevation is 480 m.a.s.l. until 1200 m.a.s.l. The difficulty level of the hikes is moderate. We will start with easier and shorter hikes. You have to be moderately fit to participate.
However, we are walking fairly slowly and taking breaks on the way. The purpose is to enjoy the journey, not to hurry up and down. Walking slowly can give you the experience of a meditation walk. One of the purposes of hiking is to enjoy the stunning views over the fjords and mountains of Norway.
They make you speechless. Silent is the best companion to sit on the top of the mountain and eat your lunch. Or you may want to take a lot of beautiful photos. Usually, people say that although the hike may not be easy, it is worth it!
The sunrise hike has been a popular option among our hiking yogis and yoginis. If the weather allows, we will walk up to see the amazing sunrise over the mountains. Words can hardly describe the simple, profound, and breathtaking magic of watching the sun emerge from the horizon in the stillness of the early morning.
After hiking, we are walking or drive to the yoga studio again to stretch and relax. A combination of yin and restorative yoga or of them will help to recover your muscles for the next day.
Dinners consist of delicious and fresh seafood bought from local fishermen, vegetables, and healthy desserts like banana bread, fruit salads, raw chocolate, or bliss balls.
During or after dinner we will have some discussions about the essence of yoga and the eight limbs of yoga.
The weather in Norway may change rapidly. If it is raining heavily there is an option to spend a day in a local water park Moldebadet, visit the museum or have a raw chocolate workshop.
Please be aware that it is a very active holiday. If you need a more relaxing holiday, you are still welcome to participate, but we strongly recommend you skip some hiking trips and yoga classes. Walking in the mountains every day for 3 days can be physically demanding.
If you have some injuries or knee problems, please take your walking sticks with you. The most important things are good walking shoes, a positive mind, and the ability to listen to your own body.
Sample daily schedule:
- 07:30 - 08:45 Morning yoga
- 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
- 11:00 - 12:00 Commuting to the mountains
- 12:00 - 14:00 Hiking
- 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
- 14:00 - 16:00 Hiking
- 16:00 - 17:30 Restorative / Yin yoga class
- 18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
- 20:00 - 22:00 Free time or bedtime
On the last morning, we have a yoga class and breakfast altogether. Then you have time to pack, take the walk in the city and say goodbye to your new friends.
Pille Mitt is a yoga student and teacher, group fitness and personal trainer, nutritionist, lifestyle coach, and chocolate lover. She leads Ashtanga yoga modified primary series, yoga flow, mindful Restorative yoga classes, Les Mills body pump and body balance, indoor cycling, aerobics, and stretching classes. She helps her students and clients push their limits to achieve their goals. She comes from Tallinn, Estonia but now she has been living and working in Molde, Norway since 2012.
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