Amsterdam Heart & Soul Yoga Retreat

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Sep 11 - 17, 2016
  • Trip Size: 1 - 15 people


Deposit: $500


Hallo Vrienden (friends!) –

Join our 7 Day Dutch Adventure to Amsterdam, Holland July 3-9, 2016 guided by Yoga Teacher Silvia Mordini and International Guide Reinier Voorwinde. Silvia is a seasoned European traveler while Reinier was born and raised in Amsterdam, Holland, speaks fluent Dutch and will show you both the famous and off the beaten path sites of Amsterdam. We will be visiting world class museums, walk and bike through historic parts of the city, including the 17th century inner Canal Ring, a Unesco World Heritage Site, while exploring those same canals by boat as well. In addition we will visit the idyllic island of Terschelling for a peaceful getaway, accessible by a short drive including crossing a 32 kilometer long dike and a scenic ferry boat ride.

This island has the proven ability to restore, rejuvenate and empower with the wind and waves washing all worries away. We will also visit Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, a traditional picturesque Dutch village, 9 kilometers outside of Amsterdam, situated right on the Amstel river, which gives a memorable sense of living in the Dutch countryside. Many people decide to spend some time after our trip, to build on the foundation, and we highly recommend it!

This week is all about recharging. We will move at a relaxed pace;
participation in any event is not mandatory and there will be plenty of time offered to explore on your own. You will certainly have time to re-learn the art of relaxation, set mindful goals, and renew your entire sense of well-being. Do not hesitate to ask us any questions.

Day 1, Sunday, September 11th
7:00-9:00 Arrivals Schiphol Airport
9:00 Transportation from Amsterdam to Harlingen
11:00 Ferry Ride to Terschelling

Terschelling- an idyllic island in the Northern Netherlands, part of the West Frisian Islands,provides unheralded tranquility and a peaceful environment. Home to 400km of bike paths, quaint villages and wide beaches, it provides stunning views and a rich maritime history.

12:00 Transfer to Hotel Nap ( Torenstraat 55, 8881 BH, West-Terschelling)
13:00 Group Lunch at Paviljoen Walvis
14:00 Beach Hike on “Groene Strand”
17:30 Afternoon Yoga Practice
19:30 Group Dinner at Restaurant Nap (3 course dinner, local specialties)

Day 2, Monday, September 12th!
8:00 Group Breakfast at Hotel Nap!
9:30 Yoga Practice!
11:00 Free Time exploring West Terschelling!
Afternoon: !
13:00 Group Lunch at restaurant De Walvis!
14:00 Bike ride on famous Dutch dikes to Midsland !
17:30 Afternoon Yoga Practice!
19:30 Group Dinner at Restaurant Raadhuis (3 course dinner, local specialties)

Day 3, Tuesday, September 13th
7:30 Yoga Practice !
9:00 Group Breakfast at Hotel Nap
10:00 Tour of Caracol Biologic Gardens!
12:00 Bike ride to Paal 8!
13:00 Group Lunch at Paviljoen West aan Zee!
14:00 Beach Time!
16:00 Bike ride to West-Terschelling!
17:30 Afternoon Yoga Practice !
19:30 Group Dinner at Caracol Restaurant ( 3 course dinner, local specialties)!

Caracol Restaurant- a 2 star Michelin worthy restaurant that incorporates market fresh ingredients from land and ocean as well as produce from their own biological gardens in West-Terschelling.

Day 4, Wednesday, September 14th!
8:00 Group Breakfast at Hotel Nap!
9:30 Transportation from Terschelling to Amsterdam!
12:00 Transfer to Hotel Apollofirst!

Hotel Apollofirst- a Hampshire Classic, is a 4 star stylish boutique hotel in a clique Amsterdam neighborhood. A peaceful environment, a sunny inner garden, personal attention from staff, a sociable atmosphere in the bar and art and culture within walking distance.

13:00 Group Lunch!
14:00 Biking Tour of Amsterdam Central!

Amsterdam Bike Tour- highlights may include Museumsplein, Vondelpark, Skinny bridge aka Magerebrug, Jordaan, Canal Belt, Red light district, Old Church, Nieuwmarkt (de Waag), Anne Frank House, Entertainment districts (Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein), De Pijp with Albert Cuyp Markt, Old harbor area.

17:30 Afternoon Yoga Practice in Vondelpark!

Vondelpark- As vital to Amsterdam as Rembrandt, canals and coffeeshops, this inner urban 47 hectares oasis is the sprawling equivalent to New York’s Central Park, located in the borough of Amsterdam-Zuid

19:30 Free Time

Day 5, Thursday, September 15th!
7:30 Group Breakfast at Hotel Apollofirst!
9:00 Morning Yoga Practice !
1:00 Group Lunch!
12:00 Canal Boat Ride ride!

Canal Boat Ride- An intimate way to explore the history of Amsterdam, as the City is intertwined with 165 canals that were created to stimulate trade and transport and to reclaim land. In 2010 Amsterdam’s canal ring was recognized as a Unesco world heritage site

14:00 Free Time!
16:30 Afternoon Yoga Practice in Vondelpark!
19:30 Group Dinner ( Indonesian Rijsttafel)!
Rijsttafel (rice table)- is an elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch following the Hiding presentation of Nasi Padangregio of West Sumatra. It consists of many ( forty not unusual) side dishes served in small portions, accompanied by rice.

Day 6, Friday, September 16th!
7:30 Group Breakfast at Hotel Apollofirst!
9:00 Morning Yoga Practice !
11:00 Visits to iconic Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum!
15:00 Free Time!
17:30 Afternoon Yoga Practice!
19:30 Group Dinner! !

Day 7, Saturday, September 17th!
7:00 Group Breakfast at Hotel Apollofirst!
9:00 Morning Yoga Practice/Farewell Ceremony!
11:00 Airport Transfers!

We want to make this a truly memorable experience!
Hartelijk Bedankt and Namaste,
Silvia, Reinier, & the Alchemy Tours Family

What's Included

• 6 nights/7 days of chic accommodation ALL private bathrooms
•Reinier Voorwinde, an amazing chef, with awards from the Wine Spectator and accolades from Food and Wine, Travel magazines, has mindfully chosen amazing culinary experiences throughout your holiday. Be assured this will be one of the highlights of your experience.
• All public transportation in Amsterdam and private transportation to Terschelling including Ferry
boat fare
• Mini-Dutch language & culture class with Reinier Voorwinde
• 12 Yoga classes with Silvia Mordini
• Type of Yoga: Mindful Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Slow Flow Yoga, Yin Yoga
• Guided Meditation & Pranayama
• Writing and wellness coaching with Silvia Mordini
• Social hours on select evenings
• Private evening Dharma talks
• Entrance fees to all group events ( Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum)
• Comprehensive trip literature throughout the year

Not Included

Airfare to and from the trip, transportation from and to Amsterdam (Schiphol Airport), lodging before and/or after the trip if you are coming early or staying later, gratuities for your guides

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