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“You know you're old when the candles cost more than the cake.” ~ Bob Hope

Yoga Retreat and Ski Holidays in the Swiss Alps

Yoga for Body, Breath & Mind

January 15 – 21, 2011

with Paul Dallaghan

Join us for this unique retreat in the Swiss Mountains. Combine your Ski – and Yoga holidays to one big rejuvenating experience. It offers you Ashtanga Yoga classes for all levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced) and Pranayama classes under the guidance of the highly acclaimed teacher Paul Dallaghan. He is the founder of Samahita Retreat, certified by Sri O.P. Tiwari and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Schweibenalp, Center of unity, Switzerland

The property is located above the turquoise-colored Lake Brienz, in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, close to the very famous Interlaken. This sun terrace offers a unique panorama of the Bernese Oberland’s Alpine peaks in the heart of Switzerland. For more information about the property see

Yoga and ski holidays Switzerland, Bern


We can accommodate up to 30 people in shared, double or single (limited) rooms. All of them with shared toilets/showers. The rooms are designed in a simple natural style.

What is Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • 2 rich vegetarian meals/day
  • full Yoga Program with Paul
  • fruits and herbal tea during the day
  • bedlinen and bath towels

What is Not Included

  • your trip to Switzerland or/and train & bus to Schweibenalp
  • your day trip tski resorts or other places
  • the rent of ski equipment if you don’t have your own
  • skiing classes if you wish thave some
  • bring your own yoga mat

Daily schedule


7 – 8 amPranayama, Meditation
8 – 10 amAshtanga Yoga Mysore Style or led class
10 amBreakfast Buffet
1 pmLunch or lunch packet to take for day out skiing
Afternoon free program / time for skiing, snowboarding, snowhikes
5:30 pmDinner
6:30 pmYoga Philosophy, Pranayama, Restoratives
8 pmFree time or movies, tratak, sitting

Arrival and Departures

Arrive by 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 15th for the opening dinner.

Departure on January 21st after enjoying morning yoga practice and breakfast.

Snow Activities

The closest place to go skiing is Axlap which is just higher up from our retreat place, about a 15 min. drive. A day ticket costs around 45 Sfr. Check it out on

Yoga and ski holidays Switzerland, Bern

About the Retreat: Deepen your Yoga Practice

Pranayama is a fine science and a subtle art which requires time and a dedicated practice in order to be truly understood. This week is a great way to begin a pranayama practice or to refine an ongoing practice. For beginners: you will learn the basics and go home with a base practice. More experienced: you will be given personal help for refining your practice.

All students will learn and practice the techniques of pranayama as well as the philosophy of pranayama as a path to meditation. The correct method and practice of techniques such as uddiyana, agni sara and kapalabhati. A number of preparatory practices that address the level of tension built up in the abdomen and throat/jaw region. Some of the classical pranayama techniques

The key principles of alignment, integrity and energy will be the focus of each vinyasa asana session. From alignment we get the correct grounding and extension while integrity identifies the correct muscular support. Awareness and proper breathing added to this structure affects the energy that vinyasa can further affect.

All this informs us what really are bandhas, drishtis, vinyasas and ujjayi breaths.

The principles of Asana are universal and just need to be internalized through understanding and practice. With integrity and effort possibilities open up for everyone.

We will also have discussion sessions with Paul on both the practices and philosophy. Any questions you have are welcome.

This retreat is open to all levels of students.

About the Teacher: Paul

Paul is a senior student of Sri O.P.Tiwari, one of the few remaining classical yogis and masters of pranayama. He has practiced pranayama for many years under Tiwariji’s direct guidance and was certified by him at the highest level. Paul is also certified by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in ashtanga vinyasa. He uses this as a base for intelligence in asana to be applied appropriately for the student. Paul continues with his regular routine of asana, pranayama and meditation on a daily basis and through love of the subject matter keeps up a keen study of the classical texts and scientific interpretations of what goes on in yoga.

Paul grew up in Dublin, Ireland. After completing his degree at Trinity College he was bound for New York where his life in yoga began. Since 2001 he has been in Asia between Thailand and India with a primary focus on practice and study. With his wife, Jutima, they opened Samahita Retreat and continue to enjoy living there. Especially since the arrival of two lovely sons, Sean and Dylan. He knows firsthand about raising a family, earning a living and keeping a sincere connection with practice and internal development. This practical experience and love of the subject matter he shares with joy, intelligence and humor.

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Costs in Euros

€ 750 for accommodation in shared rooms (3 to 4 in a room).
€ 850 for accommodation in double rooms (2 in a room).
€ 950 for accommodation in single rooms (limited availability).

As places are limited we recommend you reserve your place now.


Organized by reservation on:
secure your spot by paying the course fee on : IBAN: CH29 0079 0016 2501 3811 7
BIC/Swift KBBECH22 / Clearing 790 / Berner Kantonalbank, 3000 Bern
(account holder: Heidi Aemisegger, 3006 Bern)