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PRACTICAL INFO

Practical Information
Yoga & Mountain Retreat

Here is a overview of the practical information for the retreats, such as prices, accommodation, schedule and how to get here. Thank you for reading through this information. We are also happy to answer your questions about the retreats, so feel free to contact us if the info below does not answer your question. We hope to see you in between the mountains and glaciers soon! 

 

 

WHERE ARE THE RETREATS HELD? 
The Yoga and Mountain retreats are arranged on Melkevoll Bretun, at the inner end of Oldedalen valley near Stryn, in Norway. The yoga classes are held at the Yogaloft, on the top of the café building at Melkevoll Bretun. Here also the sauna and ice baths takes place, and the food will be served in the café or in the outdoor area in the building next door, with spectacular views of the waterfalls and mountains.

WHAT IS INCLUDED & WHAT IS THE PRICE? 
The Yoga & Mountain retreats contains yoga and meditation classes each morning and evenings, as well as other activities/lectures on the retreat. Some days we have both morning, afternoon and evening classes. In the average retreat we´ll have a minimum of six full classes. The retreat also include brunch and dinner with healthy vegetarian food served. Also included is the use of the sauna as well as gatherings in the Stone cave. The various retreats costs: 

  • Woman Yoga Retreat May 2018 (3 days) costs 2400 NOK per person. 
    Early bird price for signing up before 30th March: 2200 NOK. 
     
  • Yoga & Kayak Retreat July 2018 (3 days) costs 2400 NOK per person
    Early bird price for signing up before 15th May 2200 NOK. 

    Kayak Tours - these you can sign up to if you want and comes in additon; 
    3 hours guided tour at Oldevatnet: 850 NOK pr. person, all equipment included. 
    3-4 hours Introduction course at Oldevatnet: 1000 NOK pr. person, all equipment included, Qualifies to receive a wet-card. 
     
  • Yoga & Mountain Retreat August 2018 (4 days) costs 2800 NOK per person
    Early bird price for signing up before 15th June 2600 NOK. 
     

HOW IS THE ACCOMMODATION?
Accommodation is not included in the retreat price. This is to make the cost for the retreats flexible for different budgets. 
There are plenty of options to stay in comfortable cabins at Melkevoll Bretun, or in the areas nearby. The cabins on Bretun are cosy and fresh, and all have shower and toilet; the holiday cabins as well as the camping cabins. They are all a couple of minutes walk from the Yogaloft and the dining places. 
You can also choose to live in your own tent or car/camper at the camping area. Melkevoll Bretun have all facilities for campers; kitchen, bathroom with showers, eating areas as well as other things. 

When you sign up for a retreat, share with us about how you want to live on Melkevoll Bretun and can help will arrange a place in a cabin for you if you like. The price depends on the size of the cabin and on how many people that are sharing it.
For small cabin it's about 250 NOK per night if two people share. 
For bigger holiday cabins it's about 250 NOK pr night if four people share. 
It is possible for 2-8 people to share the different cabins.
For accommodation in your own tent at the camp no advance notice is needed, and the cost is 170 NOK per night for one tent.
Payment for the cabins and tents are done at the reception at Melkevoll Bretun upon arrival. 

For local participants it is also possible to live at home, even if we recommend to spend the time at Bretunet to get the full experience of a retreat. This is an option for those who needs or wants to stay at home. 
At times the cabins get fully booked at Melkevoll Bretun. Then there are other cosy cabins nearby, such as at Aabrekk Gard and Briksdal Fjellstove.  These cabins are close to Bretunet where the retreats are held.  

Contact Johanne and she will arrange the overnight stay for you in one of the available cabins, see contact link below. 


WHAT WILL A TYPICAL DAY ON A  RETREAT LOOK LIKE? 
The rhythm of the weekends are usually as described below. We will send out specific schedules for the different retreats prior to the start of the retreat. Sometimes we change the schedule a bit depending on weather conditions or the needs or wishes of the group. 

First night
Welcome and Introduction at Yogaloft, Melkevoll Bretun
Evening yoga class
Evening snack

For the next two or three days
Morning:
Yoga and Relaxation
Brunch - food inspiration & making your own lunch pack
Mountain hikes, glacier visits, climbing, kayaking, time to be in nature or just rest
Afternoon:
Afternoon yoga class 
Sauna and ice water baths
Dinner
Evening gathering with the theme for the weekend, relaxation
Gatherings in the Stone Cave or outside in the Barn. 

Last day: 
Yoga and Relaxation
Brunch
Final gathering and sharing (finished around 12:00)
 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? 

  • You need to bring light exercise clothes for yoga, and outdoor/hiking clothing for the mountains and all sorts of weather.
  • Good hiking shoes.
  • Bring climbing shoes & equipment if you want to climb. Crashpads for bouldering are available at Bretunet. 
  • Bathing clothes if you wish to take sauna and ice water bath.
  • Towel and beddings if you stay in one of the cabins. (Can also be rented at the Bretun)
  • If you wish to bring some extra food or snacks, please do so. The nearest grocery store is in Olden, 20 km from Bretun. 
  • Maybe a book, camera, or other things that you want for your retreat stay. 
  • Your own yoga mat if you prefer, otherwise we have yoga mats at the Yogaloft for all participants.


HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A RETREAT?
Contact us through the contact form at the bottom of this page, or via email yoganordfjord@gmail.com or call us at + 47 41662883. 
Your spot at the retreat is secured when we recieve your deposit (600 NOK, non-refundable) for the retreat.
The rest of the amount for the retreat you can pay one or two weeks before the retreat start. 
If for any reason the retreat should be cancelled by us, you will receive the full amount back, including the deposit.

If for any reason you are unable to participate in the retreat you signed up for, please contact us soon as you can, and latest two weeks before the retreat start. Please be aware of that we need to charge the full amount for the retreat for any cancellation less than two weeks before the retreat starts. 
 

HOW TO TRAVEL TO OLDEDALEN & MELKEVOLL BRETUN?
Car
The easiest way is to come here by car. You head for Stryn, and then onwards to Loen, Olden and then to Oldedalen and the Briksdal glacier. If you come from Førde, you take the road to Skei, Byrkjelo and then Olden and Oldedalen.
GPS coordinates: 61.66473º N, 6.81649º Ø

Bus
You can take a bus to Stryn or Olden. There are daily night and day busses from Oslo and Bergen. It takes about 7 hours from Oslo and five from Bergen. Let us know if you need to be picked up at the bus station in Stryn or in Olden.

Plane
The nearest Airports are Sandane, Anda and Hovden, Ørsta. From here one must arrange transport to Melkevoll Bretun.
 

 

TO ALL RETREAT PARTICIPANTS - THANK YOU FOR READING THIS

The retreats are arranged in a nature area that we need to pay attention and respect for. Thank you for listening to information and local advice for the hikes and trips in the mountain areas. Do always use caution and be aware of your limitations and needs when going for trips. Normal rules for walking and hiking in mountains must be followed. You can read about them here
We also share the space with other travellers, still there is plenty of space to enjoy silence and solitude if needed. 
We encourage all to take full responsibility for all your activities during the retreat; such as yoga classes, hiking, climbing or kayaking.
Please let us know in advance of the yoga classes if you have any injuries or things we need to take into consideration for the classes and retreat. Also if you have any food allergies let us know when you sign up for the retreat. 


We wish everyone a beautiful stay here! We are looking forward to see you, warm welcome!