LET IT GLOW – YOGA IN A BREATHTAKING MOUNTAIN SETTING
TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF, C.C. SCHMID
Leave everyday life behind, recharge your batteries and, most importantly of all, have fun together. From 1 to 4 September 2022, the third Mountain Glow Festival promises a very special kind of yoga experience in Switzerland. Visitors can look forward to a wide variety of yoga courses and more in the midst of blooming mountain meadows, on a sparkling mountain lake or in cosy chalets.
Have you heard of the Mountain Glow Festival? After it had been postponed for a few years due to the pandemic, the organisers are now looking forward to it taking place this year in the Aletsch Arena. Embedded in the fabulous nature of the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch, directly on the largest ice stream in the Alps, the yoga retreat offers the perfect setting for an exquisite programme that will include meditation and yoga at designated places of power, herb walks, painting classes, dancing and much more.
In the midst of a natural landscape of superlatives, recharge the batteries of body and soul and feel the experience of a growing community. In September, the third round of the Mountain Glow Yoga Festival starts in the Aletsch Arena – on the car-free peak of the Swiss Alps, where snow-capped four-thousanders and the mightiest glacier in the Alps provide a magnificent setting. With meditation on the summit high above the ice giant, sun salutation from the stand-up paddle board on the calm water surface of a crystal-clear mountain lake, smoking ceremonies, group hikes to designated places of power, wild herb walks followed by the production of your own feel-good products, making music, dancing and painting together, the Mountain Glow Festival promises to be a special experience. Even better: the festival is suitable for all yoga enthusiasts, or those who want to try it out.
Light and fire
“It was just magical again!” The sparkling eyes of the organisers and participants speak volumes when they talk about the second edition of the Mountain Glow Festival. In the four days in the midst of this extraordinary natural oasis, a lively community grew out of 108 different participants from all walks of life.
“Our theme was light and fire: these elements have accompanied us throughout our time together,” says initiator Karin Bittel. A candle that was lit at the beginning accompanied the groups in the many yoga sessions that were held in lovingly decorated rooms, on fragrant mountain meadows, in places of power that impressed with magnificent views of the icy peaks, on a picturesque mountain lake, in an ancient forest and deep gorges. A candle that lit many small fires in these four days, where desires were charged and sorrows were burned. The candle gave light and warmth, started incense ceremonies and invited people to talk with each other. In the four days of the festival, body and mind were challenged in so many different ways that the participants could enjoy the relaxation all the more.
Recharge and relax
This year’s Mountain Glow Yoga Festival, the third one since its foundation, will take place from 1 to 4 September and again promises a wide range of courses and an exciting supporting programme. The mountain village of Bettmeralp, located in the middle of the car-free Aletsch Arena, offers the best conditions for such an event: a soothing silence (no cars far and wide, and still easy to reach – especially by train), pure mountain air, endless views, wonderful nature and designated places of power.
Karin Bittel and her team of teachers and helpers invite you to try out the most diverse variants of yoga that are for experienced yogis as well as beginners seeking to get a taste for it. It is the perfect backdrop to leave everyday life behind, to recharge your batteries, to say goodbye to disturbing carousels of thought, to free your mind and body for fresh impulses, ideas and plans. And to have fun together.
Over 20 teachers will give more than 30 hours of insights into meditation techniques and different yoga styles such as Anusara, Hatha, Vinyasa, Acro Yoga, SUP Yoga and more. In essence, the courses and teachers from the second festival will be complemented by some new and exciting elements over the course of the four days. Besides the yoga and meditation offerings, participants can be part of numerous workshops, talks, concerts, ceremonies, herb hikes with a local herb expert and experience the lush nature all around with breathtaking views of 40 4,000-metre-high mountains, the longest ice stream of the Alps, as well as crystal-clear mountain lakes.
How to get there
We all know that the glacier is threatened by climate change. Researchers have calculated that, sadly, by 2090, there will only be a few small remnants of the Aletsch Glacier left – if global warming continues as it has been up to now. The car-free Aletsch Arena is ideal for arriving by bus or train: the destination station is right in the mountain railway building. Deutsche Bahn travels to Switzerland from EUR 18.90. From Zurich, the journey continues comfortably and glacier-friendly with the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). If you are coming from northern Germany, we recommend taking the night train.
MORE INFO - Tickets are now available at www.mountainglow.ch - Be aware that only 108 people can take part in total - On Instagram and Facebook you can find many impressions of the first festival edition and constant news from the organising team - The festival is suitable for everyone – yoga enthusiasts and beginners alike Where to stay? The organiser works with several partner hotels that offer a special Mountain Glow Package What does it cost? The price is 278 CHF (approximately 267 EUR). The tickets include almost all offers of the festival programme. Individual workshops and treatments can also be booked. The number of participants is limited Web: www.mountainglow.ch
Subscribe to Our Newsletter
Receive our monthly newsletter by email