The 2017 Jivamukti Yoga Island Intensive Retreat

The 2017 Jivamukti Yoga Island Intensive Retreat
Event Ended

Join Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teachers ANJA KÜHNEL (Director of Jivamukti Yoga Berlin and Jivamukti Teacher Training Facilitator) and MARTYNA EDER (Jivamukt Yoga Berlin+Munich) in the early fall of 2017 (September 23 to 30/October 4) for THE 2017 JIVAMUKTI YOGA ISLAND INTENSIVE RETREAT on the Spanish Island of La Gomera, part of the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa.

From the biggest Jivamukti Yoga schools outside of the US, two Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teachers are joining forces for this Jivamukti Intensive Retreat in Africa. As strange as this might sound, La Gomera is situated just off the coast of the African continent (guaranteeing perfect tropical climate, as it is known as the Island of Everlasting Spring), yet we are technically staying in Europe, as the Canaries belong to Spain. La Gomera is dubbed the Island of Everlasting Spring guaranteeing perfect tropical climate and a great way to extend your summer while it is already getting cold again in mainland Europe.

CORE DATES: Sat., 23.09.2017 - Sat., 30.09.2017 (8 days, 7 nights)

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Sat., 30.09.2017 - Wed., 04.10.2017 (5 days, 4 nights) Optional 4 night small group extension until 4.10.2017 in another valley of La Gomera to take benefit of the German public holiday and to explore other parts of the island.

BOOKING/REGISTRATION: Please download our registration form (click here), fill in all fields, sign and return it to us (further detals are on the form). Due to the very limited number of spots and in order to let you book cheap flights well in advance, we strongly advise to book as early as possible

Please check out the drop-down menus below as well as our registration form for detailed information, prices and rooming options and how to register.

What you need to do in order to register is to download the registration form (click on the little image to the left), fill it out and fax or scan-email to +49-30-48491950 or

MOST PHOTOS BELOW ARE FROM THE 2013 JIVAMUKTI ISLAND INTENSIVE RETREAT: Check out this great Facebook Album here with hundreds of photos taken at this simply amazing retreat.


is director of the two Jivamukti Yoga Berlin centers and has been practicing and teaching Jivamukti Yoga for many years all over the world. Her inspiration comes from her teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life who opened up a way to access the yogic path and who made the ancient yogic techniques accessible and understandable in a modern, practical and relevant way by emphasizing the importance of a meaningful and mutually beneficial way of life with all of nature. It is the feeling of interconnectedness in one's own heart and the importance to deepen one's understanding through practice that inspires her every day as a student and teacher of yoga.

Anja especially is interested in the ancient yogic scriptures and vedantic teachings which offer a path to experiencing one's true nature as limitless and free by taking away all the limitations we have put upon ourselves.

In addition to her long time experience as a yoga teacher and yoga center director in Berlin, she is often teaching Jivamukti Yoga workshops worldwide and has been teaching Jivamukti Yoga Intensive Retreats worldwide for the past 7+ years, often in collaboration with internationally renowned teachers like Sharon Gannon, David Life, Manorama or Dechen Thurman.

Anja leads the 800-hour Jivamukti Yoga Apprenticeship Teacher Training program in Berlin and is regularly invited as faculty or board member to the international Jivamukti Teacher Trainings and Jivamukti Advanced board tests. In June 2017, Anja will co-facilitate the 300-hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica together with Jivamukti Yoga co-founder David Life and Rima Rabbath (NYC).

is an 800hrs+ Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher and an actress. She graduated from the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training in Rhinebeck, New York, in 2011 and then apprenticed with her mentor Petros Haffenrichter. Since then, she has been teaching classes at Jivamukti Berlin and Jivamukti Munich as well as workshops and retreats all over the world. Martynas biggest inspiration is the tireless animal rights and environmental activism of her teachers, Sharon and David, which she makes her priority to pass on to her students by imparting a loving and compassionate behavior towards all living beings and by practicing nonviolence in thoughts, words and actions as the first- and most important step of all yoga practices. Martyna bows down in love and gratitude to her teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life, Petros Haffenrichter and Rolf Naujokat.


Already for the 5th time in a row, we are returning to a very special and remote place right on a secluded private beach on the Atlantic, meaning that we can jump into the ocean directly after yoga and can take our meals right one the beach everyday.

Nestled in one of the most beautiful valleys of La Gomera, defined on both sides by hilly slopes, the finca expands down to a beach of 500 metres length.

It is an idyllic retreat with a magic of its own and many lively contrasts. There is the elemental force of nature – we are situated right by the Atlantic whose rushing waves make up the finca's "sound-track". In the morning, you can enjoy the sunrise over the sea, in the evening the setting sun turns Mt. Teide on the neighbouring island Tenerife to gold – at 3718m it is Spain's highest mountain.

We will be staying in neatly restored old farmers' houses which were originally part of an old and remote banana plantation, that today has been converted to an organic farm which operates solely to provide the guests of the venue with fresh organic produce.

Surrounded by 10 hectars of organic plantation (actually the first recognized biological enterprise on La Gomera), most of the vegetables, herbs and fruits needed for feeding the guests are grown right on site. The hundreds of organically grown plants make sure that our fruit buffet is filled all year round with bananas, papayas, mangoes, mameys, dates, oranges, melons, avocados and strawberries – all these according to their different seasons. When the harvest surpasses the demand, juices and jams are produced.

We can eat outside during the entire retreat. One dining terrace is situated directly by the sea, the other one within the finca amongst mango trees and date palms. At mealtimes you help yourself to delicious dishes prepared by the Gomeran catering team with fresh products mainly from the Finca. Vegan dishes will be served throughout the week.

The vegetable garden supplies cucumber, tomatoes, courgettes, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, rucola, aubergines, pumpkins, green beans, red and green peppers, etc. More sensitive plants grow in our three large greenhouses.
This is only a small excerpt from the horticultural world of the finca. You can learn more about the history, the organisation, plants and trees on an optional botanical tour offered.

The best part, however, is the peaceful and remote location...the plantation can only be reached by boat or a 2 hour walk, which means that there are no roads, no hurry -- only the singing of birds, the whispering of the wind and the murmur of the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

The journey to the plantation, which with multiple boat rides is itself a lot of fun, easily affords time for reflection. Immerse yourself! Guests arrive and depart exclusively in our own launches – our workforce also travel in this manner. Since the only other way is a narrow path which leads hikers to San Sebastian in about 2 ½ hours we are protected from unbidden guests. There is no road access. This means, our guests and their children can move freely and safely around the large Finca. Because of its remote situation it has always been necessary to install all essentials. The development from plantation to holiday village has raised the standard but the self-sufficient character remained, on an equally high standard.


THE JIVAMUKTI YOGA PROGRAM: Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teachers Anja Kühnel and Martyna Eder will teach one intensive 2 to 3 hour Jivamukti asana class each morning and each afternoon/evening. These will be intensive, in-depth workshop style classes with changing themes and focuses, where we will explore and experience different aspects of Jivamukti Yoga (asanas, kriyas, pranayama, yoga history). Also, each morning there will be led meditation and every other evening satsang, meditation, kirtan or yoga philosophy lectures. On arrival day (Sept. 23) only welcome satsang and on departure day (Sept. 30) only early-morning program. The class language is English, i.e. Anja and Martyna teach their classes in English but they both also speak German for individual questions and assists.


Massages by the staff that is on-site
Private Jivamukti Yoga classes for instance to work on special technical/allignment issues with the teachers by appointment.
In-Class-Private Classes with assitant Jivamukti Yoga Teachers
The area also provides great opportunities for nature walks
optional 5 day mini group extension in a remote fishing village on La Gomera until Oct. 4, 2017
The retreat center is child friendly! Child care available also during the classes! Please inquire for special rates if you want to bring kids or family! If we have enough absolute beginners participants (maybe your husband/friend), we can also organize etxtra beginner classes during this retreat.


If you book the optional extension from Sept. 30-Oct. 4, we are moving locations on Sept. 30 to a beautiful secluded fishing village on La Gomera where we are staying in a house very close to a super-cool beach with a natural seawater pool. The whole scenery is like Planet of the Apes or the like could have been shot here. The group size is limited to much less students so we can work in a even more detailed, almost 1 on 1 way. Perfect to make use of the German bank holiday on Oct. 3.

Shared 3-bed apartment +495 EUR p.P.
shared beautiful apartment with 3 single beds and its own bathroom and kitchen
Shared 2-bed apartment +666 EUR p.P.
shared beautiful apartment with 2 single beds and its own bathroom and kitchen
Please inquire for single room/apartment options on the extension days.

As these optional extension days are also aimed at having some time to explore the island a bit more and/or to have some more time to relax, the group will decide on a day to day basis if there will be a 2nd class that day or whether we skip one of the daily classes. Food is also included for the extension days, HOWEVER, it will NOT be prepared buffet-style food. Instead, if we are not on excursions, we as a entire group will cook and eat all our meals together as a group at our beautiful retreat headquarter house. This means JYB will buy and pay all groceries/food/drinks (vegan and non-alcoholic) needed to prepare delicious meals throughout the day, but there will be no designated cook nor maid onsite who will cook or do the dishes for us. So all retreat participants (teachers, students and staff alike) will do this together as a team effort and taking turns. Focus will be on fresh, tasty, healthy vegan food and we will bring Sharon Gannon's cookbook Recipes for Joy but everybody is welcome to come with their own recipe ideas. Preparing, offering and serving delicious food is a well known yoga practice in India and will form a integral part of this yoga retreat. If we are doing excursions/trips and stopping by a restaurant, everyone pays for their own restaurant bill.


BOOKING/REGISTRATION: Please download our registration form (click here), fill in all fields, sign and return it to us (further detals are on the form). Due to the very limited number of spots and in order to let you book cheap flights well in advance, we strongly advise to book as early as possible.


Base rate: 1,008 EUR p.P. with our super-saver early bird price valid through June 30, 2017.

Optional extension for 4 extra nights: 495 EUR

This price is per person based on shared* double or triple room occupancy in a category 1a/1b room. It includes all yoga and yoga activities (see above), accomodation (see above) and three daily meals (light self-service breakfast before class, brunch and dinner; only dinner on arrival day, only breakfast and brunch on departure day).

LOYALTY BONUS: 18 EUR discount per JYB retreat you have been on in the past. Another 54 EUR discount if you are a registered Jivamukti Yoga teacher and/or have a Jivamukti Yoga Berlin Unlimited contract valid through September 2017.

OPTIONAL ROOM UPGRADES AVAILABLE: The base price is per person based on shared* double or triple room occupancy in a category 1a/1b room. Other room categories as well as single room upgrades can be booked as described in the registration form. Limited number of rooms in all categories so make sure you book as early as possible to get the room of your choice.

*Shared room means that we may assign roommates to your room up to the maximum mentioned capacity of the room booked. We will of course honor requests if you want to share a room with a friend.


The trip to and from the retreat center is not included and needs to be booked and organized by students individually. Low cost fllghts from all major European cities to Tenerife Airport (Tenerife South=TFS is preferable because closer to the ferryport!) should be booked by students indivudually ASAP to secure cheap fares
Transfer-shuttles on arrival and departure day from/to TFS airport for a flat fee of 45 EUR/person+way can be booked through the registration form. Departure and arrival times of shuttles will be announced closer to September and will be adjusted to students flight times as possible
The last ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera on arrival day leaves at 7.30pm. So your flight should arrive no later than 6pm
For students coming from Berlin, we recommend that you book the direct Easy Jet flight number 4717 leaving at 12am from Berlin and arriving at 4:30pm at TFS (the price in June was less than 250 EUR!) and for return 4718 leaving at 5:10pm from TFS.
Might also be a good option for other students to come to Berlin and travel from here with us.
TRIP CANCELATION AND TRAVEL INSURANCE: Since we have to charge you a cancellation fee in case you cannot come to the retreat due to illness or similar causes (details see registration form), we advise you to book a Trip Cancelation Insurance for this retreat, which you can do by clicking clicking here (starts from 35 EUR; one of the three best travel insurers as of a German consumer tests institute)

=> unfortunately the insurance booking form is only in German. Drop us an email and we can help you with booking the insurance for you.

All Berlin events