Debbi Murphy

Iceland | February 18-24, 2018

Adventure in Contrasts: Iceland Yoga Retreat – February 18-24, 2018

blue lagoon iceland yoga retreat

 

Double Occupancy
Atrium Room: $3395 per person
Executive Room: $3595 per person

Single Occupancy
Atrium Room: $3795
Executive Room: $3995

 

Double Occupancy:

Adventure in Contrasts - Atrium Room deposit (non-refundable) per person

$500.00

Adventure in Contrasts - Executive Room deposit (non-refundable) per person

$500.00

Single Occupancy:

Adventure in Contrasts - Atrium Room deposit (non-refundable)

$500.00

Adventure in Contrasts - Executive Room deposit (non-refundable)

$500.00

Have questions? Please contact The Travel Yogi: more@thetravelyogi.com or 562-304-3032

Deposits are non-refundable. Travel insurance is recommended for this retreat.

Debbi Murphy

debbi murphy the travel yogi teacherExploring the mind-body connection is Debbi’s life work. After years in academia researching and teaching subjects that elevated one or the other half of that equation (doctorate in exercise science, master’s degree in counseling psychology), she turned her attention to the study of yoga – a perfect nexus of both.

Debbi studied with yoga masters to deepen her knowledge and hone her practice. Her alignment based, slow flow style evolved from early work with Rodney Yee, Richard Freeman and Shiva Rea. But the heart of her teaching comes from Erich Schiffmann, whose message of self-trust and the transformative power of yoga really resonated with her background.

Through more than 40 years of study and experience, including a decade as director of Shanti Yoga Teacher Training, Debbi found that the best approach to mind-body vitality is informed by both western science and the spirit of eastern yogic philosophy. Whether you’re attending her popular local classes (which won her the title of Boise’s Best), national conferences, or international retreats you can expect an artful blend of sound science, ancient wisdom, and mind-body-spirit integration woven together in the beautiful, juicy flow of the vinyasa tradition.

Debbi also shares her message online in various blogs and trainings. You’ll also find her informative and inspirational posts on her website, and her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Adventure in Contrasts: Iceland Yoga Retreat – February 18-24, 2018

yoga pose debbi murphy teacherA friend told me, “Iceland is like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier and the Grand Teton National Parks rolled into one beautiful country.” Iceland’s natural beauty seems otherworldly. Another friend advised me, “Only in her darkness, can you really see her brilliant light.” During this winter retreat to Iceland, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the dance between light and dark both on and off the mat. We’ll see how contrasts of dark & light, yin and yang, heat and cold complement each other within and without and lead us to deeper truths and a greater capacity for joy.

Throughout the week, we’ll soak in the warmth of the Blue Lagoon under cold black skies to witness dazzling displays of light. We’ll swim in Vikings’ geothermal pools in sight of magnificent glaciers and hike rugged terrain surrounding one of the world’s most sophisticated and progressive cities. Through our twice daily yoga practices, we’ll interweave fiery flow with the serene, quiet practices of yin and mindful meditation.

There’s no doubt, we’ll return from this profound adventure with deeper appreciation and insight into the dance between dark and light.

What’s Included

  • Morning fiery yoga flow
  • Evening yin yoga and mindful meditation
  • Foodie walking tour of Reykjavik
  • Four nights in a luxury hotel in Reykjavik
  • Two nights in the south of Iceland
  • Full guided tour (with secret extras) of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle
    • Gullfoss’ natural gorgeousness
    • Geysir natural spring (time-able eruptions and a good indication of what’s going on below!)
    • Thingvellir’s cultural and historic past
    • Photo op at Faxi waterfall
    • Folklore fun at Haukadalur
    • Science, history and more natural beauty than you can shake an elf at (Icelandic “ha”)
  • Nighttime sky gazing in the perfect dark of nature to spy the Northern Lights (winter & spring trips)
    • Two chances in the south to see the lights – jump into the on-property Viking Pool or separate jacuzzi with a hot (or cold) drink and wait for the show
  • Reykjanes Peninsula day trip
    • Visit Hafnarfjördur (and the elves!)
    • Cross the ‘bridge’ and the continental divide between the American and Eurasian plates – walk from America to Europe (ha)
    • Check out the beautiful blue clay and bubbling hot spring of Seltún
    • Watch the steam escape from the fumaroles and hot springs of Gunnuhver
  • Head to the Blue Lagoon for a long soak
    • Elevated entrance to the Blue Lagoon with extras
  • Full day south coast explorations
    • Exact adventure locations will be determined by the season and weather
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Four full dinners (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options)
  • Transportation to and from Keflavik (KEF) airport
  • Free wifi

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare to Iceland
  • Lunches
  • Two dinners
  • Additional excursions
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities

Schedules will vary slightly based on weather and final itineraries will go out to the travel crew about a month prior to departure. Our schedule below gives you an overall picture of what a week in Iceland will look like:

Day 1

  • Early (very early for most of us) morning arrival in Iceland
  • Transfer to Reykjavik (approx 1hr) and drop bags off at our hotel
  • Rejuvenate with a full breakfast (coffee!) and take a few moments to relax
  • Head out for a walking foodie tour of Reykjavik
    • Get your bearings and a gastronomical tour of this eaty-eclectic country
  • Play in downtown or stroll back and check in to your room
  • Evening de-plane and welcome yoga class
  • Group welcome dinner

Day 2

  • Morning yoga and group buffet breakfast
  • Today we’re heading out to visit the homes of the elves, Vikings (only kinda kidding) and the stunning Reykjanes Peninsula
    • Day trip down to Hafnarfjördur (for the elves)
    • Visit Kleifarvatn for a view of the seismic-ly beautiful Kleifarvarvatn and walk the “bridge” between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates
    • Check out the geo-thermal epicenter of Seltún; blue clay and bubbling hot spring included
    • Wander out among the fumaroles and hot springs of Gunnuhver… watch out for Gunna the ghost!
  • After a day of exploring we’ll head over for a soak in the warm-zen-goodness of the Blue Lagoon
    • You’ll have a few hours to relax in the waters and chill. Entrance with us includes:
      • a pre-treatment in-water silica mud mask
      • a drink of your choice from the swim-up bar in the Lagoon
      • skin smoothing-tightening-glowing-allaroundawesome in-water algae mask
  • Head back for an evening yoga class and dinner on your own tonight

Day 3

  • Up early today for breakfast and packing for our Iceland nature adventure
  • Today we head out of town cover half-ish of the Golden Circle and secret-surprise stops in the process
    • Photo opts at Gullfoss’ (the ‘Golden Falls’) natural and massive gorgeousness
    • Education time at Thingvellir- Iceland’s old parliment and UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Watch Strokker (geyser) explode
    • And maybe, maybe a secret stop for you Game of Thrones fans (ha)
  • Arriving in the late afternoon/early evening near the base of the Hekla volcano we’ll check in and roll out our mats for yoga
  • Dinner tonight is in a room with floor to ceiling views of Hekla and the stars
  • Our first night out in nature is a fantastic time to watch for the Northern Lights (Nov-April only)
    • jump in the Viking Pool on-property for some natural spring warmth while you light spy

Day 4

  • Our morning yoga class takes in Hekla’s beauty from the practice space
  • Fill up with breakfast and get ready for a day of natural exploration
    • In the winter our days will change as our more adventurous spots are weather-permitting
    • Any season we will head to the black sand beach and crazy nature-cut rock formations on the coast
    • We’ll build in enough time at our exclusive location to allow time with the Icelandic horses that roam the property for those who’d like to ride
  • Head in for early evening yoga and dinner
  • Our second night in nature will, hopefully, bring our second night of light sightings (during the light season)
  • In the summer months we will extend our day-tripping and push yoga and dinner all thanks to the midnight sun

Day 5

  • Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel
  • Pack up and say goodbye to the south as we head back to humming Reykjavik
  • On our drive back we’ll hit up the remaining half of the Golden Circle
    • Hit up Kerid crater
    • Wow at Faxi waterfall
    • The ‘good troll’ burial site at Haukadalur
    • Vígda laug historical site (Icelandic ‘Holy Pool’)
    • Sneaky spots…
  • Rock back into Reykjavik in time for evening yoga
  • Trip into town for some city-vibes and dinner

Day 6

  • Good morning yoga and breakfast
  • Today is your last day in Iceland and your one free day. Spend your time nabbing your last photos or souvenirs or checking out any of the following:
    • Harpa Concert Hall
    • Icelandic Phallological Museum (yup, seriously)
    • An Icelandic cooking class
    • Head to elf school
    • Enjoy a spa day
    • Hit up a local pool
    • Troll the awesome art galleries
    • Hop on a glacier hiking tour
    • or or or… there’s never a shortage of options in Iceland
  • Early evening yoga class and closing circle
  • Final group dinner and a happy goodbye to the week

Day 7

  • Depending on your flight time it’s up for breakfast, hugs and goodbyes
  • Transfer to KEF and shuffle through a week’s awesome memories while waiting to board!