When? Sun 5th – Fri 10th August 2018
Kadermo Ashtanga Yoga Retreat
Kadermo Island offers a unique opportunity to experience yoga in a peaceful, untouched and idyllic setting. There are no shops or cars and hardly any people on the island. During summertime the days are long and the sun barely sets. The retreat is set in a protected oak forest area of the island where some of the oak trees are 500 years old.
In 1994 Stefan Engström, the owner and resident teacher of the Kadermo Retreat, founded the Conscious Living Yoga Retreat on the Island of Kadermo where he was born. Since then people from all over the world have been coming together to practice yoga and conscious self development with Stefan and guest teachers.
What to expect
Tashi is dedicated to encouraging her students to undertake a daily self-practice. When you arrive on Sunday there will be a short guided practice, an introduction then dinner, classes are offered each morning Mon – Fri and afternoon sessions from Mon – Thurs. You can join Tashi each morning as she supports a basic daily kriya practice then move into the shala for the guided Ashtanga (Half Primary) class starting from 8am. If you have a self-practice you can start your mysore practice at 9am. There is room enough for everyone to practice in the two yoga halls and you will be fully supported in your guided and self practice.
You can take the early morning to do your kriyas, walk, swim or meditate in the top yoga hall. The whole retreat maintains silence until we finish our morning practice then the cafe opens to offer a fruit and smoothy breakfast where you can chat as much as you like. Coffee and pastries are available to buy and then a hearty lunch is served a couple of hours later.
The afternoon workshop sessions are held daily from 5 – 6.30pm. This gives Tashi the opportunity to support your understanding of the postures, pranayama, meditation and relaxation techniques including passive yin-style practices and yoga nidra. A light dinner is served at 7pm.
The yoga building houses two yoga halls; one for the yoga asana practice and one for silent practices and talks. There is a library with a variety of yoga books, decent Wi-Fi and a cafe where you can buy espresso coffee, teas and amazing cakes. There is also an upright piano in the cafe if you’d like to play.
Students are accommodated in various places on the island, there is a two-storey summer house on a stunning rocky area overlooking the sea which is 10 mins walk from the yoga shala, there are also rooms the winter house which is closer to the yoga shala. These are built in an old fashioned traditional villa style that was common in the twenties. All toilets are composting and very easy to use, there are wood-fired hot showers available in the mornings.
We enjoy vegetarian lunch and dinner made by the globally adored resident cook Anu from the fabulous Anu’s Cafe in Mysore. Herbal Pukka teas are available all day.
During your spare time you can enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature. You can swim in the sea, go canoeing or walking across the island, meet and chat with friends in the amazing communal areas and some evenings enjoy the traditional Finnish sauna.