Anja Kühnel (Jivamukti Yoga Berlin)
Dechen Thurman (Jivamukti Yoga NYC)
A 16th century palace right on Grand Canal (Venice, IT)
THE 2015 JIVAMUKTI YOGA VENICE INTENSIVE RETREAT
Join DECHEN THURMAN (Jivamukti School NYC) & ANJA KÜHNEL (Director of Jivamukti Yoga Berlin) in the early summer of 2015 as they are returning during the 2015 Art Biennale to Italy for THE 2015 JIVAMUKTI YOGA VENICE INTENSIVE RETREAT. From the two countries where Jivamukti Yoga is most popular, two Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teachers are joining forces for their 8th European and 5th Italian Jivamukti Intensive Retreat, that this year leads them for the 2nd time in a row to "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man" (New York Times) which they consider, and tested last year, as the ideal city to "retreat" for a week and deepen your yoga practice in an unforgettable setting. This is mainly due to the fact that there are no cars, you can walk everywhere and you feel like you are set back in time.
Spots are very limited! So we encourage you to book early. Plus this way you can take advantage of cheap flights and the reduced super early bird or at least normal early bird rates.
DATES: Sat., 13.06.2015 - Sat., 20.06.2015 (8 days, 7 nights)
BOOKING/REGISTRATION: Please download our registration form (click here), fill in all fields, sign and return it to us (further detals are on the form). Due to the very limited number of spots and in order to let you book cheap flights well in advance, we strongly advise to book as early as possible
REGISTRATION AND PRICES:
Prices start at 1,008 EUR p.P. with a great deal super-early bird pricing valid through December 31st, 2014. We strongly recommend to make use of this super-saver option as the retreats happens during the 2015 Venice Art Biennale, which means that we might not be able to get enough accommodation for you if you book after 31.12.2014!
Please check out the drop-down menu below for detailed prices and options and to register.
What you need to do to register, is to download the registration form (available on our website under events), fill it out and fax or scan-email to +49-30-48491950 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BIO AND MORE INFO ON YOUR TEACHERS ON THIS RETREAT: DECHEN THURMAN & ANJA KUEHNEL
ANJA KÜHNEL is director of Jivamukti Yoga Berlin and an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher. She discovered her passion for Jivamukti Yoga in 2000 while temporarly living in New York. Back then, she also met her teachers Sharon Gannon & David Life for the first time. Anja has been practicing yoga with teachers of various yoga styles and has traveled the world to do so. But in her heart, Anja knew immediately after her first Jivamukti class, that it was where she belonged. Anja has also been a long time student of Manorama. She teaches at the Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Center, is regularly invited as a guest teacher worldwide and leads the 800-hour Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training Program in Berlin.
He's the brother of Uma and the son of Robert. He played Guildenstern in Michael Almereyda's "Hamlet" movie and Patrick Bateman in Gerald Fox' Bret Easton Ellis film. But more importantly, his unique form of bodywork - as in Yoga and massage - has won international praise in the last couple of years.
Dechen is a holistic healer based in New York City. He is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher at the New York Jivamukti Yoga School as well as a Certified Ohashiatsu Instructor. Dechen creates a delicious sense of playfulness in his yoga classes. His method of healing is derived from these revered schools.
Last summer, more than 200 yogis in one of the biggest Open-Air Yoga classes at the Berlin Yoga Festival were hooked by his teachings (despite the fact that Germany played the semi-final of the soccer world cup at the same time; cf. the article in the German Vital magazine here). This year, he is invited, among others, to teach at the New York Yoga Journal Conference, the Yoga Conference Germany and the Wanderlust Yoga Festival.
Growing up, Dechen's family was a multicultural pioneer in hosting such luminous Tibetan refugee scholars as Geshe Wangyal, Lama Govinda, Tara Tulku Rimpoche, Dr. Yeshe Donden and Gehlek Rimpoche. A paramount time in Dechen’s life as he learned to cultivate his meditation practice with the help of these brilliant scholars. He first met His Holiness the Dalai Lama at age seven in Dharamsala, India.
Dechen's first taste of Jivamukti Yoga came at the age of nineteen. His dance teacher at Playwrights Horizons, Maude Karlsonn (nicknamed the "Swedish Mistress of Pain" by classmates), gave him a flier with a photo of Sharon Gannon in side crow position and told him to go to 2nd ave. and practice there. It was love at first class. He frequently attended class, initially as a warm-up for acting rehearsals, later for refuge from the pressures of his identity. Jivamukti Yoga was instrumental in bringing Dechen home, so to speak, back to his family's deep roots in Buddhism. Many inexplicably good things would happen to him on such a punctual basis associated with Jivamukti that his life literally depended on it. The psychospiritual investigation that Jivamukti stimulated was fundamental to his success in acting and massage. Alongside his work as a Jivamukti Yoga teacher and healer, Dechen is an accomplished actor in film and theater. He has appeared in films such as The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Hamlet, Zoolander and Gods and Generals.
THE GERMAN PRESS ON DECHEN THURMAN:
Vital on his open air class at the 2010er Berline Yogafestival: click here
Süddeutschen Zeitung interviewing Dechen Turman: click here
Gala interviewing Dechen Turman: click here
Myselfinterviewing Dechen Turman: click here
Yogaservice interviewing Dechen Turman: click here and watch this video here:
MORE INFO ON THE LOCATION AND ACCOMODATION
So much has been said about the beauty of Venice that it is hard to add on to that. You just have to explore it yourself.
Maybe this little quote from Friedrich Nietzsche sums it up best: "When I seek another word for music, I always find only the word Venice."
And we believe this city is best experienced by just being there and immersing into it. This is why we picked, as our retreat headquarters, a beautiful 16th century palazzo, owned by an old Contessa, right in the middle of the historic center of Venice with less than 15mins walking distance to the famous Piazza San Marco. It is, however, located in a way much less touristic destrict where most of the one day Venice tourists from the cruise ships do not go to, so the area, close to the university, is still very much Venice for locals with decent almost mainland Italy prices for espressos and food.
Our palazzo is facing east on the Grand Canal and west on a magnificent Italian private garden, as featured in different books. We will practice yoga in the entry hall of the palace directly facing the Canale Grande and some of the participants will also live in appartments of the palace while for others we have hand-picked just as beautiful luxury apartments in other historic buildings within easy walking distance.
Jivamukt Venice Retreat
MORE INFO ON THE JIVAMUKTI YOGA PROGRAM & OTHER ACTIVITIES INCL. A VIDEO FROM THE 2014 VENICE RETREAT
THE JIVAMUKTI YOGA PROGRAM: Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teachers Dechen Thurman and Anja Kühnel will teach one intensive 2 to 3 hour Jivamukti asana class each morning and each afternoon/evening. These will be intensive, in-depth workshop style classes with changing themes and focuses, where we will explore and experience different aspects of Jivamukti Yoga (asanas, kriyas, pranayama, yoga history). Also, each morning there will be led meditation and every other evening satsang, meditation, kirtan or yoga philosophy readings. On arrival day (June 7th) only afternoon class and on departure day (June 14) only early-morning class.
The course language is English, i.e. Anja and Dechen teach their classes in English but Anja also speaks German for individual questions and assists.
Classes will be held in the entry hall of our headquarter palazzo right on the Grand Canal.
Individual one-on-one Ohashiatsu bodywork sessions with Dechen Thurman by appointment.
Private Jivamukti Yoga classes for instance to work on special technical/allignment issues with the teachers or assistant Jivamukti teachers by appointment.
In-Class-Private Classes with assitant Jivamukti Yoga Teachers
Thousands of options to explore Venice throughout the day
The Venice Art Biennale is happening during our retreat
You could also go swimming in the ocean at the Lido of Venice which is easy to reach by the public boat services)
MORE INFO ON PRICING & HOW TO SIGN UP
BOOKING/REGISTRATION: Please download our registration form (click here), fill in all fields, sign and return it to us (further detals are on the form). Due to the very limited number of spots and in order to let you book cheap flights well in advance, we strongly advise to book as early as possible.
BASE COSTS IN STANDARD SIZE/LOCATION ACCOMMODATION:
Base rate super early bird fee if booked and paid by Dec. 31st, 2014: 1,008 EUR
Base rate regular early bird fee if booked and paid by March. 31st, 2015:: 1,188 EUR
Base rate regular if booked and paid after March 31st, 2015:: 1,296 EUR
Discount for Venice locals or students who do not need accomodation for other reasons: 405 EUR
This price is per person based on shared* double room occupancy in a shared self-catering apartment. It includes all yoga and yoga activities (see above) and accomodation (see above).
LOYALTY BONUS: 27 EUR discount for every retreat organized by Jivamukti Yoga Berlin you have attended in the past. Extra 54 EUR discount if you have a Jivamukti Yoga Berlin Unlimited contract valid through the end of June 2014. Another 54 EUR discount if you are a Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.
OPTIONAL ROOM UPGRADES: The base price is per person based on shared* double room occupancy in a shared self-catering apartment**. Other room categories as well as single room upgrades can be booked as described in the registration form. Limited number of rooms in all categories so make sure you book as early as possible to get the room of your choice.
*Shared room means that we may assign roommates to your room up to the maximum mentioned capacity of the room booked. We will of course honor requests if you want to share a room with a friend. **Shared self-catering apartment means that your shared room is part of a multi-room historic apartment, i.e. you will share the living room, kitchen and sometimes also bathroom (see room options on registration form) with one or more other shared rooms in your apartment. All apartments are handpicked by Anja and Christian, of a very high standard with lots of flair in historic buildings right in the city of Venice within easy walking distance to our retreat headquarters in the palazzo that houses our yoga hall. Each apartment of course has its own flair and different furniture, views etc and cannot be compared to the other.
OPTIONAL TRAVEL SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE:
The trip to and from Venice is not included and needs to be booked and organized by students individually. Low cost fllghts from all major European cities to Venice airport or by train to Venice should be booked by students indivudually ASAP to secure cheap fares
Shared Transfer-shuttle boats on arrival and departure day from/to Venice airport for a flat fee of 45 EUR/person+way can be booked through the registration form. Departure and arrival times of shuttles will be announced closer to June and will be adjusted to students flight times as possible. We reserve the right to cancel flat fee shuttle bookings for a full refund if we cannot pool at least 3 students arriving at ca. the same time on one shuttle. If this is the case, we will inform you at least 7days in advance of the retreat and offer you a single or double transfer for a higher cost-covering price. If you do not accept this higher price, we will explain you how to get to your apartment by public transportation.
TRIP CANCELATION AND TRAVEL INSURANCE: Since we have to charge you a cancellation fee in case you cannot come to the retreat due to illness or similar causes (details see registration form), we advise you to book a Trip Cancelation Insurance for this retreat, which you can do by clicking clicking here (starts from 35 EUR; one of the three best travel insurers as of a German consumer tests institute)
=> unfortunately the insurance booking form is only in German. Drop us an email and we can help you with booking the insurance for you.