14 Days of Complete Cultural Immersion: A Family Yoga Retreat in Japan

5–18 July 2019 | japan

Educate and balance yourself with the power of Qi-Yo. Learn awareness, experience relaxation.

 

Summer is fast approaching, and with it the age-old chore of planning your family holiday. This is good time to consider a new retreat we are offering for the entire family or any combination of father & child or mother & child. This is a great chance for the family to reconnect while seeing the best of old and new Japan.

Available to us will be seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other locally-sourced produce from farmers throughout Wakayama prefecture. The onsite juice stand will have freshly squeezed orange and peach juice. We will also offer various cultural immersion activities. Inhabited by thousand-year-old trees, Yakushima, a subtropical island off the Southern coast of Kyushu, will share its heavenly landscapes, allowing us to relax and become one with nature.

The entire group will be encouraged to join in the many classes on offer, such as chopstick making, folk dance, singing, Japanese cooking for children, language classes (English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian), yoga and meditation classes, pantomime, and music for healing.

The great amalgam of modern and traditional Japan will delight you in Wakayama, Osaka and Kyoto. This destination is rich in temples and shrines as well as hip cafés and world-class museums. It is a wonderful journey through Japan, which everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime.

about qi-yo

Qi-Yo is a Multiversal approach that integrates Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai-chi, shamanic Balinese healing, and other holistic modalities to unleash personal transformation and foster creative expression. An education in the various wisdom traditions empowers every soul to set itself free from restrictive societal norms and limitations, to live up to its highest potential. Multiversal Yoga offers a practical spiritual toolkit that allows you to connect the dots between the natural, the human, and the divine – giving you the freedom to combine personal experience, practice, and growth into a new you.   


 
 

 
 

 

Option 1

First 7 days:

Sacred Mythic Journey – Wakayama, Osaka and Kyoto

Location: Wakayama, Osaka and Kyoto
Dates: 5–11 Jul (7 days, 6 nights)


Highlights

  • Seeking heaven on earth, the pilgrimage roads lead to Japan’s spiritual heritage

  • The best place to experience the unique nature of Japanese hospitality is a Japanese inn

  • For those less pious, the draws include the peaceful mountain setting, strolls past photogenic, moss-covered stone stupas, and the chance to experience a taste of monastic life

  • See and experience the unique locales, while enjoying local cuisine and shopping among the good-humored Osaka locals.

Tour fee:

–Full rate: USD2690

*Early Bird (Register on/before 30 Mar 2019): USD2590

–deposit of 50% (on or before 30 Mar 2019)

–balance of 50% (on or before 30 Apr 2019)

Included
Accommodations for 7 days, 6 nights (shared room), Daily yoga classes and workshops, Breakfast, All transportation and planned sightseeing

Not included
Airfare, insurance, visa(s), lunch and dinner, hot springs

 

Itinerary:

5–9 July (hotel in Wakayama) 9–11 July (hotel in Kyoto)

5 July Arrive Osaka airport

Night Check in at Wakayama hotel

Introductions

6 July Morning 8am Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Sightseeing in Wakayama

Night Dinner

Qi-Yo meditation

7 July Morning   Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

To Osaka

Afternoon Lunch in Osaka and sightseeing

Night Dinner in Osaka

Heading back to Wakayama

8 July Morning Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Visit old temples in the Wakayama area

Afternoon Lunch

Hot springs

        Night Dinner

Meditation

9 July Morning   Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Visit the market in Wakayama

Afternoon Lunch

To Kyoto

Visiting gardens and temples

Evening Check in at the Kyoto hotel

Night Dinner

Meditation

10 July Morning Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Afternoon Visiting museums, gardens, and temples

Lunch

Evening Dinner in a traditional restaurant

Night Light & sound gathering / alternative activities

11 July Morning Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Check out and head to the port

Evening Fly to Kagoshima (optionally to Yakushima)

*We reserve the right to change certain details in order to suit the overall goals of the trip.

 
 

 

Option 2

Second 7 days:

The Natural Wonders of Yakushima Island, a World Heritage Site

Location: Kagoshima and Yakushima, Japan
Dates: 11–18 July (8 days, 7 nights)


Highlights

  • Become acquainted with thousand-year-old cedar trees and the friendly deer in an ancient rainforest

  • Enjoy nature walks, hiking, swimming, turtle nesting, a bonfire celebration, et al

  • In addition to yoga and meditation classes, we will offer a variety of workshops: cloth dyeing, mask-making, traditional dance, chopstick making, folk dancing, singing, Japanese cooking, languages classes (English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian)

  • Someone will watch your children if you choose to enjoy the nature around you alone

  • Treat yourself to specially-made delicacies from the earth and the ocean.


Tour fee:

–Full rate: USD2490

*Early Bird (Register on/before 30 Mar 2019): USD2390

–deposit of 50% (on or before 30 Mar 2019)

–balance of 50% (on or before 30 Apr 2019)

Included
Accommodations for 8 days, 7 nights (shared room), Daily yoga classes and workshops, Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Ferry tickets between Kagoshima and Yakushima, All transportation and planned sightseeing

Not included
Airfare, insurance, visa(s), hot springs

 

Itinerary:

11 July Stay one night in Kagoshima

12 July Morning, 8am Meet at the port and board the ferry to Yakushima

Visitors’ center and lunch

Afternoon Visit local market

Night Dinner and preparation of the picnic for the next day

13 July Morning   Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Lunch Learn about and prepare Japanese cuisine; a picnic lunch

Afternoon Activities at the seaside; swimming and a picnic

Night Dinner

Light & sound gathering/alternative activities

14 July Morning Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Forest walk

Chopstick making

Afternoon Lunch

Free time, ocean and river

Night Learn and prepare Japanese-style veggie BBQ

Light & sound gathering/alternative activities

15 July Morning   Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Turtle nesting

Yoga on the beach

Afternoon Lunch

Forest river

Arts and crafts

Evening Qi-Yo class / Yin Yoga

Night Dinner at the resort

Light & sound gathering/alternative activities

16 July Morning Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Afternoon Jomon Sugo hiking

Lunch

Evening Dinner

Night Light & sound gathering/alternative activities

17 July Morning Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Enjoying the seaside

Afternoon Lunch

River walk

Evening Cooking dinner in the forest

Night Light & sound gathering/alternative activities

18 July Morning Qi-Yo class

Breakfast

Check out and head to port

Return to Kagoshima

*We reserve the right to change certain details in order to suit the overall goals of the trip.

 

 

Option 1 + 2

Both packages:

14-day Summer yoga retreat + Cultural immersion

Location: Wakayama, Osaka, Kyoto, Kagoshima and Yakushima
Dates: 5–18 July (14 days, 13 nights)

For one family (2 adults/1 adult with children), children under the age of 14 years old, and sharing rooms with their parents, are eligible for a 10% discount.

 

Tour fee:

–Full rate: USD4890

*Early bird (Register on/before 30 Mar 2019): USD4790

– deposit of 50% (on or before 30 Mar 2019)

– balance of 50% (on or before 30 Apr 2019)

*For those joining 1+2, the price includes a domestic flight between Osaka and Kagoshima.

 

Accommodation:

 

 

Our Partner Teachers

Maryse Dumas is a sound therapist and musician who has been practicing yoga since the 1980s. She combines live music, singing bowls, and yoga in special healing sessions rooted in her rich yogic and musical experience. Maryse has led workshops at festivals in India, Japan, and Thailand, and is excited to share her Restorative & Yin Yoga knowledge with us. Based in Japan for many years, Maryse is deeply familiar with Japanese culture, and will lead the group in our cultural immersion.

David Lavie is a trilingual writer and translator. He also teaches language using an original literary learning methodology. David is a long-time Qi-Yo practitioner and is working on making the system and its benefits more accessible worldwide. More at davidlavie.com and readstoried.com

 

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