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Why Yoga?

Looking for reasons to start yoga?

Besides increasing strength and flexibility, yoga  can lessen chronic pain, lower blood pressure, reduce insomnia, and help you cope with the effects of stress. Combined with meditation and breathwork, it facilitates a clearer mind and an experience of living more grounded in the present moment.

On its root philosophical approach, yoga provides and opportunity to come out of our busy schedules and concern ourselves with the deeper aspects of our psychology and our essential nature.
And above all of that, yoga is essentialy a life path that connects you to others on a conscious journey towards living your fuller self.

What if I am new to Yoga?

No worries!

Our teachers have you covered.

All of them are highly experienced and are used to dealing with different levels in the class.
Always remember to go towards your comfortable edge, it doesnt matter how others are performing;
what is important is your own expansive journey. 

If you have never practiced yoga before, please let us know on your booking email so that the teacher can keep it in mind when leading the class.

We would be most honored for you to start your yogic journey with us!

How Do I Make a Booking?

Making a booking at Shambala is easy.
Soon, all bookings will be made online at the simple click of a button on our website. Until then, simply send us an email and let us know which retreat you wish to book for and what type of accomodation you prefer. Inmediately you will be registered as booked in our database. No deposit needs to be paid but please read below on our cancellation policy.

How do I pay?

Soon we will have an online payment facility.

Until then, our payment method is cash on arrival in the summers.
There are no card payment facilities at the centre. You will receive a receipt of payment at reception.

In the winters, please make the payment directly to the teacher.
We will inform you of their bank details when you make a booking.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you make a booking at Shambala, please note that you will adhere to the following cancellation policy:

Cancellations made more than 1 month ahead – No charge
1 month to 7 days – 30 % charge (of the total retreat price)
7 days to 3 days – 50 % (of the total retreat price)
Less than 3 days – 100% charge (of the total retreat price)

How do I book a treatment?

You are welcome to check-in at Shambala at 4pm on the day of the start of your retreat, unless otherwise stated on the event page. Retreats usually start at 5pm just before dinner and finish at 14h with lunch. Please note that check-out is at 3pm. Please let us know in advance if you need to stay at our place the night before or after. If there is space, we will do our best to accomodate you at a small surcharge.

To view our treatment offer, please refer to the treatments page on the main menu.  To book your treatment, simply send us an email at shambalagathering@gmail.com
Please do so well in advance, as slots tend to run out quickly.

Alternative, if you have a car, you can access the lovely Färna Hargård hotel only 10mins drive away during your spare time.  Visit http://www.farnaherrgard.se/en/

What are your check-in and check-out times?
What do I need to bring?

It is a custom in Sweden to bring your own sheets and towels to hostels.
We feel this is an excellent innitiative in order to reduce the energy usage in laundry.
A much more eco-friendly approach, we feel.

Please note that you will need to bring a set of:
*pillow case,
*bottom sheet,
*quilt cover
*bath towel
*sauna towel

Alternatively, you are welcome to rent the entire set from us for only 180kr for your entire stay.

During the summers in Sweden, evenings tend to be quite bright due to the beautiful midnight sun.
We do have blinds in the rooms, but the light can at times still enter the room.
If you are a sensitive sleeper, please bring an eye mask and ear plus.

We do have a supply of yoga matts, bolsters and props at Shambala.
However, during the summers, do bring your own yoga matt when possible as there may not be enough for everyone.

We tend to go naked to the sauna and lake. However, do feel free to bring a bathing costume if you prefer.

There are beautiful forest walks around Shambala.
It is a good idea to bring some good walking shoes and rain gear, just in case.

Please make sure you bring all the cash you need for the payment of the retreat as well as for any extra snacks or treatments you wish to enjoy. There are no card payment facilities at the centre and the nearest ATM is not convenient to get to.

What type of accomomdation is there?.

The feeling in Shambala is that of being a commuity space, for this reason you will be expected to share a room with a fellow yogi. Unless otherwise stated in your booking, the couples will be placed randomly but of the same gender. This is a wonderful opportunity to have deep connections that could otherwise have never been planned.

At Shambala we have the following types of accommodation:

Twin shared
Tripple shared
4-bed dorm

During the drier months of June and July we also offer Soulpads (luxury tenting) for single use. Twin rooms can be booked as single rooms with an extra surcharge when available. All accommodation has shared showers and bathrooms.

Will there be other retreats happening at the same time?

During the summer months, with a few exceptions, we aim at holding paralell retreats. We have two yoga salas and we are used to serving two compatible retreats simultaneously. We feel that this adds to the atmosphere and brings the opportunity for beautiful exchanges between the two groups.

In the winters, we mostly aim at having single retreats.

Are all retreats in English?

We have an international group of teachers that come to share their wisdom with us and hence most retreats are held in English. Please check each event page however as there are some exceptions where the retreat is held in Swedish.

How do I get to Shambala?

For information on how to get to us, please visit our “Location” page.

What is your kids policy?

We love children and would so like to be able to host parents and kids.
So far we have seen that it needs to be a specially designed course if it’s going to work to hold the Shanti (peaceful) retreat space that so many need and long for.
This means that most courses, unless mentioned, need to be for adults only.
Thank you for your understanding.

Will I need to keep silence?

At Shambala we aim at having our breakfast in silence, to ease the day in softly. We also hold silence after 22h in the dormitory area.

Can I bring my pet?

Even though we love animals at Shambala, we have a no-pet policy in order to protect those that are fearful or allergic.

Do you serve coffee?

At Shambala we aim at having a nourishing diet that brings a balanced mind, that is ready for contemplation and meditation. Therefore we avoid the use of stimulants such as coffee. Instead, we have a full array of delicious teas that will bring you alive in a balanced way.  Should you anyways need coffee during your stay, please ask your teacher and we will provide an instant version.

What to do about my food allergies?

Our kitchen is designed to keep most common allergens away from our ingredients list. However, please let us know in advance if you have any allergic reaction to food. For those with an extended list of allergies, we provide one basic meal each day that consists of steam-boiled vegetables and boiled rice.

What can I do on my spare time?

We have a lot to offer for you in your spare time.
You can take walks in the forrest, take one of our guest bicycles for a ride, take  a canoe trip around our late, take a dip in the lake, share silence or an interesting conversation in the electric or wooden floating sauna, read some good books from our library or take a treatment. If you have a car and enough free time in your schedule, you can also visit the nearby spa Färna Härgård (10mins drive).

How do I host a retreat at Shambala?

We would be delighted to hear from you and host your retreat at Shambala.
Please note that we are getting full almost one year ahead. Please check or host page for more information and inspiration. Should you be interested in hosting a retreat with us, please send us an email and we will forward you our Teacher Terms and Conditions.

SHAMBALA GATHERING

Welcome to join Shambala Gatherings, a yoga community in the Swedish forest.
Living a life of fullness with the ones called to explore themselves through yoga, meditation, nature and self-knowledge.