Møn, near Copenhagen, DK
Sept 28th – Oct 1st, 2023
“Purna & Shunya”, Fullness & Emptiness
You are invited to retreat into meditation and asana practice, stillness and movement on the beautiful and peaceful island of Møn, as we immerse from late summer into early fall.
Fullness, Purna in Sanskrit, is inherent to life. Summer is the full expression of nature, where nature gives us the best she can offer: daylight, sunshine, fruits, flowers and heat… Summer is a time of full potential also for most of us, as we get invited to our fuller expression.
Yet nature also knows how to honor that where fullness comes from; emptiness itself. Emptiness, Shunya as yogis would call it, is an endless void that not only is completely unfilled but also contains an infinite pool of possibilities, where literally everything – every thought, creation, movement, … and life itself – can be born.
Contemplating how the feeling of abundance must arise from an acceptance of the present moment itself, we explore and practice together on the meaning of fullness and emptiness. How the two intertwine together and reflect back on each other. How emptiness – or in other words, a detachment from a constant longing towards something outside ourselves – can guide us into a state of completion and fullness.
Concretely, this retreat will offer you a combination of strong dynamic practice to ignite fire and warmth and a softer restorative practice to invite a full release of body and mind. Besides the asana practice, you will be guided into meditation and inward contemplation and provided with time to connect to the peaceful natural surroundings and to simply be.
This is an invitation to reset and rebalance your body, heart, and mind, and enter fall and winter ready to make the most of the upcoming “Shunya time” of the year.
We will start at 3pm on Sept. the 28th and end at 12pm on Oct. 1st.
Every morning, we start the day with a stronger practice, creating heat, support and space in the body. We dive into different patterns of movement, expanding and explore how a dynamic practice can take on many expressions and themes. Finishing each practice with a long savasana, where the body can linger in the sweet afterglow of movement and let the practice settle and land in body and mind.
In the afternoon, we join each other for a gentler practice inspired by yin and restorative yoga. We guide the body to rest and recover in longer stretches and gentle slow flows, inviting the mind to become still and quiet. We practice with the intention of compassion to self, allowing ideas and build-in mind patterns of perfection and performance rest in exchange of a softer, sweater approach to body and self.
Every evening we meet for about 30 minutes to round up the day with meditation, yoga nidra or some chanting.
Cecilie Sofie Svensson
The fusion of power and softness, and how these two can come together both in a dynamic and strong practice and in a more gentle type of yoga, is probably what excites me the most in my teachings. Stretching how we understand and apply these two words in to the practice on and off the mat is of great learning to me. Fundamentally, yoga keeps reminding me of how I wish to be present in this life. It is the ongoing work of trusting myself as an individual and yet continously practice the art of change. Yoga sharpens my insight and softens my understanding so that hopefully I can look at myself and my surroundings from a honest and open place.
In my yoga and meditation classes, my intention is to help you find (or find again) a good and healthy posture, build strength and flexibility in your body, along with helping you slow down and soothe your nervous system in a deep way. I am passionate about the interconnectedness of body, mind, and what the ancient sages called “heart;” that deep, mysterious part within. I see yoga as a way to grow and evolve to the best, most authentic and wise version of ourselves, one move, one breath, one movement at a time. Deeply inspired by ancient wisdom teachings and their application in our daily lives, you will be guided with what some call my “signature-style” of heart-infused themes and sharp precision tools for empowering body awareness and alignment, clarifying the mind, and softening the heart.
Venue: Møn Yoga & Retreat Center
We will be hosted by the Møn Retreat Center, a comfortable, personal facility niched in the peaceful and beautiful scenery of the Møn island. Møn is home to a vibrant community oriented towards sustainability, nature, and the healing arts, and where the surrounding elements always provide nourishment for both the body and soul. Stunning sunset views from the venue and many quiet walks available.
It is located 1h15 from Copenhagen and reachable by public transportation. However, we will coordinate carpooling options between participants when possible.
The address is Vollerupgade 2A, 4792 Askeby, Denmark, or link below:
Vegetarian meals are served 3 times a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner, using only local and organic ingredients. Food will not be strictly lactose or gluten-free, we might enjoy some cheese and sourdough bread, but options for those who prefer to avoid gluten and dairy will be available. Being at the peak of crop season a variety of fruit and vegetables will be the stars of the food show.
If any allergies, please inform Cecilie: email@example.com
Price (per person)
Shared double room: 5100 dkk
Single room: 6100 dkk
Deposit: 2000 dkk
The deposit payment is non-refundable. The rest of the retreat price is due at the latest 30 days before the retreat starts. In the unfortunate case of cancellation on the participant’s end (aka you) after full price is paid, we cannot provide a refund but the participant is welcome to sell/pass on their reservation to someone else. Contact Cédric or Cecilie in case there is a waiting list.
Scholarships: 3800 dkk (per person, in shared double room) [SOLD OUT/ UDSOLGT ]
There are 2 scholarships available, first-come-first-serve basis. You will be expected to help out with smaller tasks, e.g. helping out in the kitchen, making tea and cutting fruits in the morning etc.
Booking and registration
Your spot is reserved when either depositum or full amount has been paid. This can be done either by:
From Denmark: Reg. nr: 3409, Account nr: 12479026
International: BIC/SWIFT: DABADKKK , IBAN: 3330000012479026.
Direct payment via this link (payment platform – small fee)
If any questions regarding payment or in general, don’t hesitate to write to us.
We look forward to sharing this experience with you.
Cedric & Cecilie