Golden Week Retreat Yourself in Nagano with Leza Lowitz and Em Bettinger
Three Days and Two Nights of Yoga, Meditation, Hiking, Hot Springs, Vegan Food & Love

May 2, 3, 4, 2015
Japanese translation by Haruka Takahashi


Join Leza and Em in Nagano for a Golden week yoga rejuvenation retreat at Holistic Space Suirin in tranquil Iizuna highlands. Leave your stress behind as you nourish your spirit and body with yoga, meditation and community in a beautiful mountain setting and nourish your body with organic vegan food.

Yoga: Enjoy six yoga classes in a high-ceilinged, cypress and fir yoga room and outdoors in forest gardens

Meditation: Find inner peace in the specially designed Zen meditation deck.

Food: Fresh home-made vegan meals with food from Suirin’s natural farm. Nagaoka-style enzyme brown rice and locally grown organic vegetables. Togakushi Highlands tap water.

Accomodations: shared wooden cypress rooms designed for calm and relaxation, Noguchi lighting. All bedding natural and eco-friendly.

Hot Springs: special trip to local onsen

Hiking: free time for hiking and exploring the natural surroundings.

Levels: All levels, beginners welcome. Prior notification for special circumstances (injuries, pregnancy) required.

What to Bring: Yoga mat, props (if you wish), hiking clothes and smiles.

Classes in English with Japanese translation.

Limit: 31 people

Cost: 60,000yen
Transportation is not included. Please arrange your own transportation to the center. Suirin is 40 minutes from Nagano Station by bus. Approximate time cost of shinkansen from Tokyo is 1.5 hours and 8,000yen. Bus is about 800 yen one way.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT–5,000 Yen price break for previous attendees or graduates of any of our past TTCs including RTTC.

I very much enjoyed the Nagano Golden Week Retreat with Leza and Em.
Here are the reasons why:
- The air was very fresh. Taking a walk in the early morning was the best!
- I got sleepy in the afternoon, and could take a nap. It was so nice to do that, and I could sleep so deeply.
- We ate delicious food, had fresh mountain water and natural organic tea. I am so grateful to the people who cooked these meals for us.
- I enjoyed three days of life detached from the TV, computer, Internet, mobile, and electric devices.
- I enjoyed the challenging yoga poses, self-interactive meditations, and meditations in which we sent the wish to someone else for their happiness.
- The program is completely optional. It was nice to do whatever I wanted.
- It was fun!

In this retreat, I realised that positive energy, a spirit of determination, and compassion were already inside of me.

Schedule (the detail may be changed)

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1:00-3:00pm Arrival & Hotel Check-in
3:00-4:00pm Welcome Circle
4:30-6:00pm Vinyasa Yoga w/Em
6:15-7:15pm Vegan Buffet Dinner
7:30-9:00pm Yin Yoga/Pranayama w/Leza

Day #2

7:00-8:30am Pranayama & Vinyasa Yoga w/Em
9:00-9:45am Meditation w/Leza
10:00-11:30am Vegan Buffet Breakfast
11:30-3:00pm Free Time (local onsen, hiking, rest)
3:15-5:15pm Yoga Workshop w/Em
6:00-7:00pm Vegan Buffet Dinner
7:30-9:00pm Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage w/Leza

suirin_1Day #3

7:00-8:30am Pranayama & Vinyasa Yoga w/Em
9:00-9:45 Meditation w/Leza
10:00-11:30 Vegan Buffet Breakfast
12:00 Hotel Checkout
12:00-on Optional Onsen, Hiking, return home

Note: Everything is optional. All yoga classes are mixed levels, suitable for everyone.

Payment details and confirmation will be sent upon registration. Please purchase your transportation tickets well in advance.

To see the retreat center, visit:

Embrace the pure air, nature, silence and rejuvenate yourself.

When Registering for our workshops: If you do not receive a confirmation reply within ONE WEEK, your registration has not been received OR you have not received our reply. If that is the case, please re-send your registration request. ALSO PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK BOX, ESPECIALLY GMAIL, YAHOO MAIL, or HOTMAIL USERS!

Photo Gallery May 2014

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Photo Gallery May 2013 (Photo by Ikuhiro Nakamura)

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