Yoga & Buddhist Meditation Retreat Switzerland

Recharge your batteries and prevent burnout on our Yoga & Buddhist Meditation Spa Retreat

Disconnect from daily life, relax & re-balance

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Recharge your batteries and prevent burnout on our 4 days Yoga & Buddhist Meditation Retreat in Switzerland.  Learn about Buddhist meditation and philosophy, breathing & yoga techniques that you can implement in your day-to-day, for more calm, less stress and a greater sense of control. Take the opportunity to indulge in a mental and physical detox, away from the daily stresses of your busy life, on this 4 days meditation and yoga vacation.  Enjoy delicious healthy meals, lake views, mindful walks, relaxing in the spa, mindfulness meditations, warm Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga and Chair Yoga classes.  We will practice mauna/noble silence in the mornings until breakfast to bring a peaceful and reflective quality to the beginning of the day.

At the core of Buddhist meditation is mindfulness, but there is more to this philosophy that can be incorporated into our daily lives and meditation practice, no matter what you believe in.  Cultivate a simple meditation and yoga practice to fit into your busy life, with more than 13 sessions over the weekend (all optional), held by Charlie Stewart-Brown founder of Indiv Yoga Switzerland and the voice of the British Airways Yoga & Mindfulness on-board programme.  The retreat will be in English with a maximum of 16 participants.

Included in the Price

  • 3 nights en-suite accommodation (see bedroom options below) & parking
  • Meals:  Breakfast, light lunch, 3-course vegetarian dinner & tea/coffee breaks
  • Still/sparkling water, coffee/tea at lunch & dinner
  • Buddhist Meditation & Mindfulness sessions (all optional)
  • Warm Hatha, Power and Chair Yoga classes (all optional)
  • Lake & waterfall hike
  • Use of the hotel Spa area (indoor pool, saunas & steam room)
  • PLUS printed information on the basics of Buddhist philosophy & a special gift!

Retreat Timetable

(all activities optional)

Thursday

  • 16.30 – 17.45    Retreat intro & Mindful Flow Yoga
  • 18.45 – 20.30    3-course Dinner
  • 20.45 – 21.30    Buddhist Meditation practice

Friday

  • 07.00 – 07.15    Silent Sunrise Mindfulness Walk
  • 07.30 – 08.45    Chair Yoga warm-up & gentle Hatha Yoga
  • 08.45 – 10.00    Breakfast
  • 10.30 – 12.00    Mindful Walk to waterfall (partly silent)
  • 12.15 – 12.45    Meditation
  • 12.45 – 13.45    Light Lunch
  • 16.45 – 17.45    Warm Power Yoga
  • 18.45 – 20.30    3-course Dinner
  • 20.45 – 21.30    Meditation

Saturday

  • 07.00 – 07.15    Silent Sunrise Mindfulness Walk
  • 07.30 – 08.45    Chair Yoga warm-up & gentle Hatha Yoga
  • 08.45 – 10.00    Breakfast
  • 10.30 – 11.30    Power walk around the lake
  • 12.00 – 12.30    Meditation
  • 12.30 – 13.30    Light Lunch
  • 16.45 – 17.45    Warm Power Yoga
  • 18.45 – 20.30    3-course Dinner
  • 20.45 – 21.30    Meditation

Sunday

  • 07.00 – 07.15    Silent Sunrise Mindfulness Walk
  • 07.30 – 08.00    Meditation
  • 08.00 – 09.15    Hatha Yoga
  • 09.30 – 11.00    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hostellerie Am Schwarzsee is a beautiful hotel right on the lake, with an indoor pool, saunas, steam room and a fantastic panoramic restaurant.  Schwarzsee is a lovely peaceful village, with stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains, perfect for a physical and mental detox. The spacious bedrooms have balconies, very comfortable beds, tea/coffee facilities, WIFI, television, radio, safe and en-suite bathrooms with toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers. Single, twin/double and triple rooms available.

Price

Prices from €868.  Please click on Book Here in the box below to see the prices for the different room options.

31 October - 03 November

Yoga & Buddhist Meditation Retreat Oct/Nov 2024

October 31, 2024November 3, 2024 Hostellerie am Schwarzsee, Schwarzsee, Switzerland From 890.00 Available Swiss Weekend Retreat
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Not included in the price

  • Transport to Schwarzsee
  • Additional drinks at lunch, dinner or from the bar (charged to room and paid on check out)
  • Yoga mat (please bring your own for hygiene reasons)
  • Optional spa treatments (to be booked directly with the hotel)

Additional Information

 
Arrival/travel information

Hostellerie Am Schwarzsee is a 2 hrs drive from Zurich, Basel & Geneva, 1 hr drive from Bern and 30 mins from Fribourg.

Arrival by car

Leave the freeway A1 Fribourg – Berne at the exit in Düdingen. Continue on the main road leading to Tafers – Plaffeien – Schwarzsee. It takes you about 25 minutes to get from Düdingen to Schwarzsee.  Electric car charging station available.

Parking

We offer our guests the possibility of parking in front of the house (parking ticket available at the hotel reception) or in the garage of the hotel (bell a few meters before the garage door).

Arrival by public transport

You can reach us comfortably from the train station in Freiburg with bus no. 123 to direction Schwarzsee in 50 minutes. The bus stops directly in front of the hotel at the stop “Schwarzsee, Hostellerie”.

Spa & pool opening times

Swimming pool 7.00 – 21.00

Spa 15.00 – 20.00

Retreat will be held in English

Retreat Host: Charlie Stewart-Brown ERYT500, RPYT, RCYT, YCEP

Charlie began practicing yoga and meditation over 27 years ago as a recommendation for her severe anxiety, and has been teaching for over 15 years to people of all ages and abilities. With over 1300 hrs of training and 22,500 hrs of teaching, she is also the lead trainer on the Indiv Yoga 200 hrs YTT & RCYT Kids Yoga Teacher Training Courses, having certified over 400 students worldwide.  She is the voice of the ‘Yoga and Mindfulness Program’ on British Airways long-haul flights, has spoken at many seminars and corporate workshops, and runs exclusive yoga and meditation retreats during the year.

Over the years Charlie has trained with some of the most renowned yoga teachers around the world (David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Anne-Marie Newland, Leslie Kaminoff, Sadie Nardini, Sonia Sumar etc) certifying in Hatha, Sivanada, Ashtanga, Childrens and Family Yoga, Yoga for the Special Child, & Inner Engineering with Sadhguru. She has become highly respected for her successful work in yoga therapy, especially for Autism, ADHD and other behavioural and developmental syndromes. She has also talked at some of the biggest corporations in Switzerland and the annual SGIS (Swiss Group of International Schools) Conference on implementing Mindfulness in the work place and the education system.

Charlie holds the highest yoga qualifications as an ERYT500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), RCYT (Registered Children´s Yoga Teacher), RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) and YCEP (Yoga Continued Education Provider) with the Yoga Alliance, and has developed Indiv Yoga™ to bring a more physiological, therapeutic and individual approach to yoga and meditation. Indiv Yoga™ Switzerland is a RYS (registered yoga school) and RCYS (registered children’s yoga school) providing Yoga Alliance teacher training certifications of the highest professional standards.

Read her online testimonials and qualifications for a feel of her knowledgeable and friendly professionalism.

31 October - 03 November

Yoga & Buddhist Meditation Retreat Oct/Nov 2024

October 31, 2024November 3, 2024 Hostellerie am Schwarzsee, Schwarzsee, Switzerland From 890.00 Available Swiss Weekend Retreat
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Excellent
Based on 107 reviews
Francesca Stunell-Bianco
Francesca Stunell-Bianco
2024-06-07
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I recently did one of Charlie's courses for yoga teachers that have undergone their 200hr training. I chose a course specialising in Mindfulness and Meditation for 30 hours. Charlie is a wonderful teacher, and I was initially intrigued by the work that she has done in corporate settings and British airways, and the capacity to "cross over" to make yoga and meditation more accessible to all to share its benefits with those that may be initially sceptical. She is such a warm and knowledgable person, I absolutely loved being on the course and learned so much from her. She motivated me and the other students to really use our potential and "hone" our individual styles of guided meditations within our yoga teaching practice. Would definitely recommend to anybody interested in this area of yoga or for the Yoga Alliance's requirement every 3 years for 30 hours of additional study. Thank you Charlie! xo
Diane Watkins
Diane Watkins
2024-04-29
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An amazing experience, can't believe how much we all learnt on this course. It is challenging but so worth it. Amazing new friends made and a new found confidence. Thank you Charlie 🙏🏻
Charlotte Heron
Charlotte Heron
2024-04-19
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What a brilliant learning experience and lovely yoga community to go back home with 🤍 Charlie is an incredibly knowledgable yoga teacher and has created a 2 week course focused on you becoming a competent yoga teacher, which I loved. We were teaching by day 3 and I left feeling confident to teach (and sequence) a 75 minute class. Due to the nature of the 2 weeks, so much information is packed into the course and a lot of time spent reading/studying as well as practicing. My only comment would be it would’ve been great to have more yoga lessons with Charlie herself as she has a wealth of knowledge, but due to a packed schedule and the focus being on our own teaching progression I’m not sure where we could’ve fitted this in on a daily basis! I have left with a much stronger personal practice as well as a deeper understanding of the history of yoga and mediation methods. I’d highly recommend this course for anyone looking to deep dive into yoga and hone their skills as a teacher in an immersive experience.
Ruby Gent
Ruby Gent
2024-04-16
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I have just completed the course in March! It was an amazing experience I was surrounded by the most supportive women ever, I’ve learned so much just from 2 weeks! Charlie was a lovely instructor 💖 I’m so pleased I’ve done this course!
Catriona Calder
Catriona Calder
2023-11-18
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Thank you Charlie for the most amazing 2 weeks. Who would have thought that we could have learned so much and more so come out of it confident teachers with the knowledge to support us. An amazing group - lots of study but lots of laughs (and tea) too. If you are thinking of taking a YTT 200 take a leap of faith with Charlie you won’t regret it.
Anne Soriano Rijo
Anne Soriano Rijo
2023-11-18
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Charlie’s 200 hour TT course was incredible! Charlie is incredibly knowledgeable about yoga and meditation and genuinely cares about her students. The course is challenging but it’s well- organized and transforms curious yoga students into confident yoga teachers! I genuinely love everyone that I met here and the setting in Carvoeiro is divine. If you are thinking about it, you should definitely do it! Immerse yourself!
Kristina Krasteva
Kristina Krasteva
2023-11-18
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Thank you, Charlie, for this beautiful experience! The YTT in Carvoeiro was very insightful, full of hard work and lots of laughs. Charlie is an inspiring teacher and we all gained a lot of knowledge and motivation!
Linda Mlb
Linda Mlb
2023-11-17
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Thank you Charlie for the 200YTT in Portugal. This is a New life starting thanks to this super amazing two weeks courses
Marijn Jenné
Marijn Jenné
2023-11-17
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Had a wonderful two weeks teacher course here! Charlie is an amazing teacher with high standards. We learned a lot and I feel confident as a yoga teacher. It was definitely not a retreat, we had to work hard to get all the knowledge in.
Simona Caggiu
Simona Caggiu
2023-11-17
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Thank you so much Charlie for this amazing YTT. I enjoyed the time spent with you and the rest of the group in Carvoeiro. It has been a very inspiring path. Thank you �
Excellent
Based on 138 reviews
charlotte heron
charlotte heron
2024-04-19
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What a brilliant learning experience and lovely yoga community to go back home with. Charlie is an incredibly knowledgable yoga teacher and has created a 2 week course focused on you becoming a competent yoga teacher, which I loved. We were teaching by day 3 and I left feeling confident to teach (and sequence) a 75 minute class. Due to the nature of the 2 weeks, so much information is packed into the course and a lot of time spent reading/studying as well as practicing. My only comment would be it would’ve been great to have more yoga lessons with Charlie herself as she has a wealth of knowledge, but due to a packed schedule and the focus being on our own teaching progression I’m not sure where we could’ve fitted this in on a daily basis! I have left with a much stronger personal practice as well as a deeper understanding of the history of yoga and mediation methods. I’d highly recommend this course for anyone looking to deep dive into yoga and hone their skills as a teacher in an immersive experience.
Edson R.
Edson R.
2023-11-21
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I recently completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training with Charlie, and it was a truly life-changing experience ! The course is pretty intense - but its comprehensive curriculum covered all aspects of yoga, from its rich history and philosophy to anatomy, class planning, and lots of opportunities and feedback to start practicing our teaching. The villa, with its beautiful garden and pool in Portugal, provided the perfect backdrop for this inspiring learning experience. Charlie truly goes above and beyond to ensure each student receives the utmost from the program. Her passion for yoga is palpable, and she generously shares her vast knowledge not only of the practice itself but also the intricacies of the yoga business. The personal growth I experienced - not only as a Yogi, but also off the mat - was beyond my expectations. If you're seeking a yoga teacher training that combines depth of knowledge, practical teaching opportunities, and a nurturing environment, look no further.
Kristina Krasteva
Kristina Krasteva
2023-11-17
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Thank you, Charlie, for this beautiful experience! The YTT in Carvoeiro was very insightful, full of hard work and lots of laughs. Charlie is an inspiring teacher and we all gained a lot of knowledge and motivation!
Luxi Wang-Gauthier
Luxi Wang-Gauthier
2023-11-17
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I did my 200h YTT certification with Charlie, it was absolutely wonderful ! The amount of knowledge and wisdom you get is incredible ! Charlie as a teacher is amazing, she is authentic and really passionate about teaching, and she is always here for us. As a person, she is one of the best people I’ve met, with a pure heart and good intention. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher for my YTT ! I highly highly recommend her if you want to deepen your knowledge of yoga, not only on the physical aspect but also on the philosophy, history, different types of yoga, meditation, this course what what you need !
Simona Caggiu
Simona Caggiu
2023-11-17
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I'm so grateful for this beautiful experience. An inspiring teacher that teached me a lot. I would highly recommend the course to anyone. Thank you Charlie!
Linda M
Linda M
2023-11-17
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Je voudrais remercier Charlie pour notre formation 200hYTT au Portugal en nov 2023. Les deux semaines ont été parfaitement organisées autour du Yoga ! Charlie a une grande expérience de la discipline , est très disponible pour toutes questions au besoin. Elle a su créer une atmosphère pour que chacun d'entre nous puisse s'épanouir et réussir (8personnes). Je recommande fortement Charlie pour le cœur , le sérieux et l'implication que l'on peut ressentir dans son travail et la transmission de son savoir. Merci encore !
Ekber Menemencioglu
Ekber Menemencioglu
2023-11-16
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Dear Charlie, Thank you for a wonderful retreat. While I did a lot of yoga and mediation at a much younger age I stopped. Work, growing children was a wonderful experience. I have finally retired. Thanks to your retreat I have started to walk on the path again. Thank you again Charlie you are a wonder worker. Ekber

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