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Zürich: Yoga Party! Saturday 29.November

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Yoga Party!
A mashup of dance, vinyasa flow yoga, prize drawing, and vegan snacks.
Bring your favorite vegan snack or drink to share : )
Kids welcome.  A drug and alcohol-free event.
WHEN: 29.November (Saturday) 13:00-17:00
WHERE: Karl der Grosse Hall, Kirchgasse 14, Zürich
COST: Fr.30 / Students Fr.20 / Kids under 12 FREE.

BRING: your favorite vegan snack or drink to share, yoga mat (optional)
–Cups, cutlery, plates, and napkins provided
–Pilates mats are available for you to use, or bring your own yoga mat.

13:00 – 13:30 checkin
13:30 – 15:00 Dance-Flow Yoga with Karl Straub – all levels
15:15 – prize drawing (register below)
15:15-17:00 Social Time, Hang Out, enjoy Vegan Snacks, Meet other cool people.

registration puts your name in the hat for the prize drawing:

Thanks, and see you there! – Karl

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Switzerland: Yoga Retreat April & Sept 2015, Mt Rigi

Jivamukti Yoga & Zen Meditation Retreat, Felsentor Retreat Center, Mt. Rigi (near Lucerne). Optional trip to Rigi Kaltbad Spa & Thermal Baths!  2 dates:

Spring Retreat …. April 6-11, 2015
Fall Retreat …….. Sept 21-27, 2015

Lake Lucerne from Rigi Switzerland: Yoga Retreat April & Sept 2015, Mt Rigi

This is my 5th year at this amazing place which draws guests from around the world.

Your heart may skip a beat when you behold the incredible view over Lake Lucerne (even from the dining tables).   And check out the low price which includes course fee, lodging, and all chef-prepared vegetarian meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner, unlimited coffee and tea:

CHF  995 – elegant dorm lodging
CHF 1195 – double room

Last year`s event sold out!  Register early ; )   


Our guests also get a 50% discount on the incredible historic Rigi Bahn, the beautiful historic train that spirits you up the side of Mt. Rigi to our retreat destination. This is a retreat that you will never forget.

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the Zen temple, site of our yoga classes, meditation, etc.

Description:   a beautiful world-class retreat, one of the most beautiful settings on earth.  Price includes 3 chef-prepared vegetarian meals per day, lodging, and daily program of yoga, meditation, and intro to Thai massage practice!  An intelligent and luxurious investment in your well-being.

Felsentor is an exclusive retreat center high up on Mt. Rigi with sweeping views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.  Gourmet vegetarian meals, clean rooms in a beautiful lodge with warm wood floors, comfortable beds, and fine details.  The entire place is so clean and polished the building itself seems to glow.  In addition tot he beautiful lodge and dining hall, there is a lovely outdoor cafe, and a stunning hand-built Zen temple which is the site of our group  yoga, meditation, and Thai massage activities.  This spot on Mt. Rigi is one of the most beautiful destinations in Switzerland.
You are welcome to bring a partner or friend so you can practice together, and you can share a room if desired.   Double rooms have two comfortable single beds.  The shared bathrooms are super clean and modern with showers, and each floor of the lodge has separate bathrooms and showers for men and women for optimal privacy and comfort.
Enjoy world-class yoga retreat facilities, one of the most beautiful settings in Switzerland (and on the earth) chef-prepared vegetarian meals, and a healthy and relaxing program.  You’ll never forget this experience.

Arrive: first day after 3:00 PM, first group activity is dinner 6:30 pm. Depart: final day  after lunch.

Example daily schedule (example, subject to change):

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6:30-7:30 Zen meditation (optional)
8:00 breakfast (Silent)
9:00 1 hour community work (gardening/kitchen/sweeping/etc.)
10:15 yoga class
12:00 lunch
free time to read, journal, hike, nap, etc.,
trip to Rigi Kaltbad thermal baths and spa! (optional)
16:30 gentle yoga or learning Thai bodywork
18:00 dinner
20:00 Zen meditation (optional)
20.30-21.30 evening program or free time
21:30–9:30 mauna (sacred silence).

Part of the fun is the journey!  You can expect a very pleasant and beautiful journey to the yoga retreat.
Click and enter your departure location (for example Zurich Airport).
Enter destination: Vitznau, AND enter via: Lucerne.
Select a route with a ship for a wonderful experience.
When you exit the ship at Vitznau go the the ticket window for the historic Rigi Bahn.  Let them know that you are a guest at our yoga retreat at Felsentor, and you will automatically receive a 50% discount on the Rigi Bahn.  As you board the Rigi Bahn tell the conductor that you wish to get out at Romiti/Felsentor (about 15-20 minutes).  You will ascend the mountain, a trip you will likely never forget.  The views are astonishing (see photo below).   The retreat is a 10 minute hike along an alpine trail away from all motor sounds.  No cars, no trains, only the sounds of nature.
Plan to arrive at Felsentor between 3pm and 6pm.
Rigi-Bahn, final part of your journey to the yoga retreat of a lifetime at Felsentor.

More about the Rigi-Bahn: -or- +41 (0)41 399 87 42.   See you there!

Last year`s event sold out!  Register for the next retreat early ; )    register  

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Colorado: Telluride Yoga Festival July 9-12, 2015

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Telluride is such a beautiful place, and this yoga festival makes it even more appealing.

There is so much to do in addition to yoga. I love the trails, waterfalls, and fresh air! The crystal clear San Miguel river flows right through the center of town. I always have the sense that it washes all my stress away. Come experience the Telluride Yoga Festival for yourself.

Don`t miss it. REGISTER




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Sonoma County California Yoga Retreat, July 23-26, 2015

Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Sonoma County, California

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US $ 750.- per person Early Bird Price (Good until Dec 15, 2014, afterwards $850 per person).
Price includes: deluxe cabin w private whirlpool bath and deck, 3 vegetarian meals per day and twice daily yoga. All levels welcome.
Perfect for couples!  Stay in a luxurious private cottage with private bath, and deck, set in hilltop forest of giant redwoods!  Complete privacy.
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Description:  During this special Summer Yoga Retreat, you have all the benefits of the wonderful Ratna Ling staff-led classes (like Tibetan yoga, meditation instruction, dharma talks, and more), but in addition you also have twice daily yoga classes with internationally recognized teacher Karl Straub.  He is a US native who currently lives in Switzerland, who for more than 10 years has been a featured presenter at yoga festivals, teacher trainings, and retreats in many countries.  Each year for the past few years he has selected Ratna Ling as the venue for his Summer Yoga Retreat.  Last year`s event at Ratna Ling was fully booked, so be sure to register in advance.  All levels are welcome.  More about Karl at

Comments from participants of previous Summer Yoga Retreat with Karl Straub at Ratna Ling:

 — What a wonderful experience – I throughly enjoyed it!
— We loved it!  The place, the food, your classes, everything!
— Thanks for a wonderful retreat, and for opening a new world to us.
— I certainly feel so much better – the food, air, yoga, meditation, colleagues!
— Amazing. I am coming back, and bringing friends to this retreat!

 The retreat atmosphere is relaxed and the schedule provides free time for you to follow your heart.  There are plenty nearby activities to complement the sanctuary of your cabin and the scheduled yoga classes if you choose.  The retreat schedule provides a structure, but everything is optional and you are free to customize your experience.  For example one afternoon you just want to rest, read, or soak in your private Jacuzzi tub!  Another day you might choose to walk among the giant redwoods around the retreat, or drive through the redwood forest 15 min to the Pacific Ocean, hike the cliff-side ocean view trails of Salt Point State Park, or relax with a tour and wine tasting at the nearby vineyard — just 15 minutes from the retreat.  You can schedule massage directly at your own cottage, or there is a luxury day spa about 1 hour away.  We are here to help you with any details or special wishes to make this a deeply satisfying, restorative, and transformative retreat.

Location: A quiet mountaintop, pure air and water, and surrounded by giant redwoods  100 miles north of San Francisco.  Reaching the retreat is part of the fun. The drive takes you along coastal villages and incredible Pacific Ocean vistas.  Plan extra time to stop along the way for photos or a picnic.  This is a place you will never forget.  Walk from your cabin into the giant redwoods that surround us, or drive 15 min to explore some of California’s most beautiful and untouched coastline in nearby Salt Point State Park.

Accommodations:  Romantic cabins are all separated from each other for absolute privacy.  Each cabin occupies its own unique setting with  views, organic cotton sheets, wood floors, whirlpool bathtub, and your own private living room and deck looking out into the mountains and redwood forest.  Each cabin is just a short stroll to the yoga and dining halls.  The cabins are spacious, sophisticated, modern, and luxurious.  Perfect for couples or for anyone looking for comfort, quiet, and privacy.

The Food: excellent chef-prepared vegetarian meals included in the price!

Schedule: (example, subject to change)

3:00-5:00 pm arrival and checkin
5:30 pm vegetarian dinner
7-8:00 pm evening program and welcome
8-9 pm free time
9pm until 9 am mauna (silence)

7:15 morning meditation,
8:00 breakfast (silent),
10:00-11:30 invigorating yoga class
12:00 vegetarian lunch
1:00 Winery Tour & Wine Tasting (optional)
4:30pm gentle yoga
6:00pm vegetarian dinner
7-9pm personalized yoga Q&A
9pm until 9 am mauna (silence)

7:15 morning meditation,
8:00 breakfast (silent),
10:00-11:30 invigorating yoga class
12:00 vegetarian lunch
1:00 Beach trip and scenic coastal hike
4:00pm gentle yoga at the beach
6:00pm vegetarian dinner
7-8:30pm evening program and ceremony
9pm until 9 am mauna (silence)

7:15 morning meditation,
8-10am free time – packing
10:00 vegetarian brunch
11:00 checkout

Transportation: Fly to San Francisco (SFO), rent a car.  The drive is part of the attraction.  This is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.  The total drive time from SFO is about 2 1/2 hours.  So it is best to start your drive before 3pm so you will arrive at the resort easily during the daylight hours.   Here are the step by step driving directions.
Note for yoga teachers: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits are available upon request.
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Yoga in Erlenbach, Zollikon, & Zürich Switzerland

Karl`s Weekly Classes in Zürich, Zollikon, Erlenbach – Switzerland

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Utoquai 37, Zürich (Bellevue Area)

Karl Straub Yoga
private sessions by appointment
Utoquai 37, 8008 Zürich

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AthaYoga, Zollikon


Seestrasse 53
Zollikon, Switzerland
Jivamukti Yoga open classes.
Mon / Wed / Fri  @ 9:30

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Seeschau, Erlenbach


Seestrasse 106
Erlenbach, Switzerland
Tue / Thu @ 9:00 All leves hatha yoga
Tue 19:30 Meditation / Yoga / and Juice
Thu 19:00 Restorative Yoga and the Art of Self-healing.
Relaxing poses with cushions, pranayama, and more.
To register email:
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