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5 day yoga and nature retreats in Sweden

5 day Yoga and Nature Retreats in Pure Sweden

Svartådalen (the Black River Valley) in central Sweden is an EU designated ‘Natura 2000’ site for preservation of its rich wildlife habitat and in recent years has become a popular destination for eco-tourism.  The combination of unspoilt forests and wetlands is an ideal setting for this yoga retreat which is designed to de-stress and detox, to incorporate all aspects of yoga and is particularly suited for those who enjoy the great outdoors and wildlife.


The retreat is a collaboration between Yoga instructor Kari Knight, naturalist Stefan Taylor, and John and Mandy de Jong, founders of Edens Garden.  It is now in its third successive year and is a reflection of our shared philosophy:  that in today’s culture of speed it is necessary to appreciate the simplicity of nature and its healing potential.



The accommodation ‘Eden’s Garden’ is situated where the Black River enters lake Hällsjö and is surrounded by forests and lakes. The owners are John and Mandy De Jong and their young children who moved here from the Netherlands to lead a life in tune with nature.  The farmhouse is a traditional clapperboard Swedish country-style home carefully furnished in a rustic style.  Yoga is practiced in a large open space downstairs and on the lawns immediately outside.  Twin bedrooms with single-supplement available.


Each day will begin with a cleansing, breath-awareness session before we settle into the main practice of the morning. Typically each session includes limbering, dynamic sequences, focus on the breath, mindfulness, Pranayama (expansion of energy) and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation). The lessons are pitched to individual needs with modifications (beginners are welcome).


Price for 2014 are £375 and include:

  • Two yoga sessions per day led by Kari Knight
  • Full board and accommodation (all meals vegetarian)
  • Airport transfers
  • Two-hour walking meditation in ancient forest
  • Traditional Swedish outdoor hot-tub


About your instructor Kari Knight

Before coming to the practice Kari worked with Alexander teachers for two years while recovering from a debilitating RSI condition. This brought an understanding of the need to unravel old habits long-term rather than looking for quick fixes. Consequently the style of yoga Kari teaches is influenced by direct experience of the ideas of Alexander. Training with the Viniyoga teacher Margaret Woodley brought an understanding of the healing properties yoga has to offer through the heritage of Krishnamacharya. Later influences have come from the teachings of Scaravelli’s  discovery of the effects of working with the natural forces of gravity. Together these influences allowed a form of naturalness to emerge, where natural perception of movement and spatial orientation arise from stimuli within the body itself. This is the type of yoga that Kari teaches, creating  the conditions from which movement, through correct alignment and awareness, is light. Kari teaches yoga with great emphasis on breathing, since the mind and body can more easily become ‘embodied’ when the mind is brought into harmony through good breathing techniques leading towards the more complex Pranayamas (energy expansion).

Her additional training specialising in teaching yoga to those living with cancer or the after effects of cancer treatment has given her the necessary skills to deal with the effects of life-changing illness. This training is complementary to the type of yoga taught in the Krishnamacharya tradition: that yoga is essentially there to help and to heal. The extra training has allowed her to develop the confidence, knowledge, insight and professional skills needed in order to work with people going through life-changing illnesses.

Kari has been influenced by the teachings of Scaravelli and Alexander and Donna Farhi. She sees the free-thinking Tara Fraser and anatomy and movement guru Gary Carter as significant teaching influences. Kari has been practising regularly since 1994, she holds a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma (2004), has trained in yoga therapy with the Yoga for Health Foundation (2006) and completed Julie Friedeberger’s course Yoga For People Living with Cancer (2010). Kari teaches the BWY’s Foundation Course 1 and has applied for Diploma Course Tutor Training with the BWY. She holds spring and autumn small-scale yoga and nature retreats in Sweden each year.


Contact and booking

Visit www.kariknight.co.uk for more information or email us at yoga@kknight.plus.com


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