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Join your retreat partners for a quality time-out in a beautiful natural setting. Find your pause button, become inspired, and learn some new daily routines that will energize you and keep you motivated to nourish body and soul. Enjoy vegetarian cooking classes, learn some great new healthy recipes, and practice gentle rejuvenating yoga in the unique ambiance of the old farmhouse.
The maximum participants in the group is 8.
You will be staying in the Yellow House, a charming comfortable cottage, located at seven-minutes walk from the farmhouse. It comprises of three spacious double bedrooms (separate beds), a large fully equipped kitchen, cozy living room, and bathroom.
Additionally two single rooms are available in an adjacent small cottage (with its own kitchen and bathroom) next to the Yellow House. In both places you are free to make coffee and tea whenever you like and also some fruit and fruit juice will be provided for an early morning snack.
All the cooking classes, meals, and yoga classes will take place in the old farmhouse. You are welcome to treat it as your home and also enjoy the wonderful large garden (with hammocks under the apple trees) that borders on the river Hoo. There is a jetty for easy access to the river both for swimming and canoeing.
You will have a picnic lunch with a visit to the traditional Finnish sauna in a stunning natural setting at the lakeside.
Lisan is from the Netherlands. She is currently living in Sweden where she has her own yoga studio. Together with her partner, Jan, she offers private yoga and meditation retreats from their lovely old renovated farmhouse. Lisan is a certified Hatha yoga teacher, trained at the Yandara Yoga institute in Mexico. She is also certified in Medical Yoga through IMY MediYoga in Stockholm and did a Restorative yoga teaching training with Marla Meenakshi Joy. She loves to travel and continues to explore and learn through taking courses and workshops with inspiring teachers in Sweden and abroad.
This retreat will take place Torsåker, Mid-Sweden where the landscape is rolling and open, surrounded by wooded hills. Torsåker is named after the Scandinavian god Thor, together with the old nordic word 'akr' or 'áker' meaning 'arable land', the typical translation for the name is 'Thor's field' and was originally used as the name of a farm.
Torsåker is situated between the two cities Gävle and Falun and already existed as a settlement at the time of the Vikings. Traditionally, Torsåker is a rich farming village gaining its wealth from the numerous iron mines in the area.
The landscape is rolling and open, surrounded by wooded hills. Your holiday home the 'Yellow House' is located just outside the village in the hamlet of Ho and lies at the edge of the forest. Once you step outside the door you can go walking or hike in the mossy, hide-and-seek forest, picking berries in summer and mushrooms in the winter.
The garden of the main house (10-minutes walk from the Yellow House) with its unique yoga studio, borders the Hoån; an idyllic small river that meanders through the friendly valley and opens onto the beautiful lake 'Ottnaren'.
You can rent canoes to discover the Hoån also known as the 'little Amazon' of Gästrikland and for a longer trip out onto the lake, where it is also great for fishing. Hofors golf course, at about a 15-minutes drive from Torsåker, is ranked as one of the ten most scenic courses in Sweden and has 18 holes.
In the winter there are plenty of possibilities for ice-skating on the frozen lakes and for skiing. Kungsberget is about a 40-minutes drive from us and it is the largest skiing resort in this region with 19 slopes and 10 lifts. Snow is guaranteed from November till April.
You will be served daily fruit, coffee, and tea in the morning. You will be served supper on the arrival day and will be preparing and eating scrumptious brunch and lunches on the remaining days.
Together you will prepare delicious and wholesome vegetarian food that is quick and easy to make. Dishes vary with each season; focussing more on salads and different grains in the summer and warming and hearty dishes in the winter. Products used are mostly organic.
The food is colorful, delicious, and healthy. As everyone has different digestive systems there isn't one diet that fits all. But you all will benefit from eating as much organically grown, fresh, and unprocessed foods as possible and this is what Hoo Yoga strives for.
Sweden has its own treasures; an abundance of wild berries, mushrooms, fish, and wild game. You get to pick blueberries, cranberries, gooseberries, red currants, raspberries, and they also freeze these precious little jewels so that these can be used all year round. They have apple trees, and get honey, from their own bees. A small variety of vegetables and herbs are also grown in the garden.
Lisan is a talented and creative cook and is known to inspire people in making healthier choices after their visit. Sit down to a dish of yogurt or oats with homemade granola and mixed berries from the garden or dig into breakfast dishes such as scrambled eggs with feta cheese and sun-dried tomato on gluten-free crackers or Jan's homemade bread.
For lunch or dinner you will served mouth-watering salads, tasty soups, and stews and the occasional piece of fish. Desserts include gluten-free Swedish kladdkaka (chocolate pie) or raw chia pudding with ice-cream that everybody loves.
Lisan will provide you with some great recipes that you can try at home. If you are allergic to certain ingredients they will do their best to meet your requirements. In case you have any specific dietary requirement or restriction, please let Hoo Yoga know at the time of booking.
The scenic location has a number of offerings for your leisure time. These include:
Car rental is possible from both airports and when you book in advance you can get a very reasonable deal. Torsåker is about 200 km north of Stockholm.
Please book your flight to arrive at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) or Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO).
In case you choose to come via Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO), you will need to take a bus into Stockholm first for further train connections. There is continuous bus service and the drive takes about 70-minutes.
You can catch a direct train from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) to Gävle. Depending on your time of arrival in Gävle, you might be able to catch a train straight to Torsåker or take a bus from Gävle to either Sandviken or Storvik. Hoo Yoga will pick you up from there.
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