CATSKILLS

CATSKILLS

Catskills

Thimo and Lara have combined over 35 years of experience in yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices. Their certifications include Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Chair Yoga, traditional Buddhist Meditation and Life-Coaching and as well they are certified Fasting Guides. Together Thimo’s German roots, and Lara’s New York City vibes bring a balance of energy which allows them to easily connect with practitioners of all levels and interests. Their reverence for nature has made the Catskills a natural home for them and is the inspiration for their present endeavours.

Thimo and Lara host a variety of in person Catskill offerings including classes, workshops, and retreats ranging from one hour to week long experiences.

Sessions include:

  • yoga
  • meditation
  • mindfulness practice
  • personal coaching
  • nature immersion
  • fasting & cleansing
  • yoga philosophy
  • early buddhist teachings
  • guided mindful outdoor hikes & walks

Classes can be combined to create unique experiences for both groups and individuals at varying levels and experiences including pure beginners.

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Inquire here to set up your 2022 summer/fall experience.

STREAMSIDE YOGA

Yoga classes are ongoing Tuesdays 9:15am-10:30am

Suggested donation is $20 due by 3pm Monday before class

Ashtanga is a powerful style of yoga that involves matching the movement of the breath with the movement in and out of postures. We use a set sequence of poses which we build upon as we grow together and which can be adapted to any level and ability. In this weekly class Lara emphasizes the three-pointed focus of breath, gaze, and posture and suggests ways for using this focus to transform the practice into a moving meditation. Prepare to sweat if you want to or move more slowly and have any pose modified to meet your needs.

Testimonials

Thimo is an extraordinary person. He is real, wise, knowledgeable and teaches with care, openness, courage and humility. He is what he is teaches. I felt known and seen as well as valued and respected.

- Ines M

In Lara Land, I have experienced, when I needed it the most, an individual who is passionate about yoga, passionate about her dedication to teaching and unstoppable in a way that goes beyond yoga. She has a passion for the local community, a passion for sharing her talents and yoga all over the world.

- Sonya C

SUMMER YOGA + MEDITATION NATURE RETREAT

SUMMER YOGA + MEDITATION NATURE RETREAT

Summer
Yoga Meditation
Nature Retreat

August 13th – 18th
$849 early bird available till April 1st after that $949


Detoxify your body and reawaken your senses in our summer immersion.

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Join us and reset your system this August 13th – 18th in the beautiful Western Catskills.

This retreat is designed to immerse deeply into the healing and nurturing aspects of yoga, mediation and nature to (re-)establishing and creating healthy habits of mind, body and spirit.

Wake up surrounded by the sights and sounds of the earth awakening and step right into morning Meditation in the peacefulness of nature. Energize your body with a dynamic yoga session open to all levels.

Your afternoons will be filled with hiking, nature immersion, contemplation, and forest bathing designed to ground you in the healing qualities of nature with all of your senses fully alive.

Evenings include Meditation and Restorative Yoga allowing the experiences of the day to take root.

Experience the healing power of nature.

You can expect:

  • yoga
  • meditation
  • pranayama
  • yoga and early Buddhist philosophy
  • forest bathing
  • forest bathing
  • foraging
  • hiking
  • resting
  • fire ceremony
  • one on one conferences with Lara or Thimo

Your registration includes room and board at the historic 1800’s Carriage House at the Turquoise Barn. This beautiful accommodation has large loft-style open spaces with high ceilings downstairs, artist designed & renovated with handcrafted furnishings and art throughout the house. You will enjoy AMAZING views of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, mountains or pond in this eco-friendly, chemical free environment with fresh spring water available throughout the house and property which you can drink, swim and shower in! 

Each day we explore a different theme in the road to relationship with nature. 

  • Day one: Awakening the Senses
  • Day two: Exploring the Elements
  • Day three: Experiencing Wondere
  • Day four: Protecting What we Love
Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower - R.N. Herbalist - Wild-Crafter of Plant Pioneers

Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, R.N., Herbalist, Wild-Crafter of Plant Pioneers joins us on day three for a guided weedy plant walk and talk. Discover particular to this time of year, early spring plants that enhance and support detoxification programs that feed our soul and balance the mind towards greater meaningful eco-kinships. Learn harvesting & preserving techniques, plant identification of nutritionally dense plants, detox recipes, and, just why bitter means better. And whatever else may come up that day. Electronic handouts support’s afternoons discussions.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 – 8 am – Morning Meditation (Thimo)
  • 8 – 10 am Led class and Body Scan / Pranayama (Lara)
  • 10 – 11 am Rest
  • 11 – 12 pm Brunch
  • 12 – 1:30 pm Rest
  • 1:30 – 2:00 pm Talk/Discussion
  • 2:00 – 2:30 pm Meditation
  • 2:30-3:00 Break
  • 3:00 – 5:30pm Afternoon outdoor program
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 – 8pm Meditation
  • 8-9 pm Restorative Yoga /Kriya/Journaling

Each room sleeps up to 4 people.

Extra fees will apply to make any room private or semi-private.

  • Rosa Room ~ 1 king bed, 1 full futon
  • Moss Room ~ 1 queen bed, 1 full futon
  • Sunset Room ~ 1 queen bed, 2 single bunks
  • Sunrise Room ~ 1 queen bed, 2 single bunks
  • Loft – 2 large air mattresses

Each room is equipped with a private bathroom except the loft which has a private bathroom on the main level. Spaces are large – guests are welcome to bring sleeping bags, blow-up mattresses, etc. for additional guests with prior approval.

Local rate no accommodation $449 (includes meals)

I would like to tell that everything in this retreat was above my expectations and was so lucky to find it. I came first to relax and take care of myself in the nature and I received so much more. The location was in a so peaceful and beautiful place close to Andes with only nature and water around. We are living in a so cute house with this old style fashioned with wood everywhere, our room was super welcoming with window opened on the lovely nature around, also sharing my rooming was a great nice experience. I slept in a crazy way so so well. Adding to that the food was extraordinary delicious, beautifully presented and so healthy, I felt regenerating my body as well my mind and my eyes.

I was super lucky to integrate a so amazing group with people coming from different places sharing with their hearts their experiences their wishes their life styles and humor. I would finish to thank 2 amazing amazing persons Lara and Thimo that took care of us in a so lovely and warmly way to guide us in this retreat to connect with our mind, body, nature and breathing through yoga ashtanga and meditation. They make that accessible for everyone , I am a beginner and that revealed to me a so much better way to live my life that I am gonna include in my routine. I mean I felt so so good , I can just definitively to recommend you this retreat everyone deserve to experience it. So thanks Lara and Thimo and all the people in this group that bring to me so much love and benevolence.

Manal

SUMMER
YOGA + MEDITATION
NATURE RETREAT

Recharge in the land of fairies, geysers and volcanoes

Recharge in the land of fairies, geysers and volcanoes

Imagine 3280 foot high glaciers, volcanoes, wide land, black beaches, fairies and trolls. Standing there, you are surrounded by gush springs impressing you with their shooting water fountains, healing hot springs and fascinating polar lights. Iceland is less than 6 hours from New York, but there you find a whole different world with incredible nature, myths and such a rare energy.

Made of lava, ice, wind and water – Iceland offers you an unique experience which passes its origin and power onto you. Everyone who has been there knows that Iceland is enchanting.

A few highlights:

Biggest volcano-island (Sorry Big Island!)
Glaciers with Europe’s biggest ice volume
Europe’s most powerful waterfall

Forces of nature and energy describe Iceland most accurately. Thanks to its special geographic position – it’s on the american and on the eurasian tectonic plate – it is connected to hot rock mass from the earth’s core. And this is exactly what you can feel!

If that has not convinced you (yet!) to visit this extraordinary island, maybe the following reasons will! Look and see:

Iceland will seduce you with it’s breathtaking scenery and many surprises.

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1. Volcanoes and glaciers

The pairing of volcanoes and glaciers is a rare wonder of nature. Nowhere else will you get to witness such an impressive connection of opposites. Fire and ice aren’t just the elements of the nordic myths, they are still impressing us to this day.

2. Old legends and spirituality

Iceland is a mystical place and its residents believe in fairies, trolls and goblins. Their legends and tales are important and deeply rooted in the everyday life of Icelandic people.

3. Healing thermal springs

Iceland’s thermal springs have several benefits. Whether you jump right into a healing hot spring or bake your bread in the hot powerful earth, you will surely recharge your energy reserves here.

4. A place of confident women who follow their own ideal of beauty

“I wanted to use this opportunity to stand up for myself and the women on this planet, for young women”, said Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir Miss Island 2015 who rejected her attendance on the election of Miss Grand International. The host asked her to eat less. “It is okay to be yourself. If you like yourself, you should just say it.” We totally agree!

5. Stunning scenery you know from movies and tv-shows

Game of Thrones and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty are just two of many international movie and tv-show productions that know and use the beauty of the island.

6. Europe fell head over heels in love with Iceland in the summer of 2016

During the European Championship in 2016 it was Iceland who surprised us all. Their passionate spirit and win over England made the audience fall in love and the legendary chant gave goosebumps to every soccer-fan.

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Vacation in Iceland is a combination of sustainability and regeneration.

7. Iceland stands for alternative energies and green tourism.

Iceland is one big role-model when it comes down to renewable energy and decrease of Co2. The energy supply is made by geothermic and hydrothermic energy by 81 percent and provides for electricity, heat and transportation. Starting in the year 2050 Reykjavik wants to stop using fossil fuels.

Geothermic energy is not just supplying all buildings in the city, it is also responsible for heat in the houses and the many greenhouses, as well as street lightning. And of course the thermic heat provides for all the popular outdoor pools. You won’t find a better place to enjoy eco-tourism.

8. On the trail of Jules Verne

“The journey to the center of the earth” begins with the entrance to Iceland’s volcano Snæfellsjökull. This is a story we all know of since childhood and it will clearly be the travel-read when you start the adventure of visiting Snæfellsjökull volcano yourself.

9. Wales, Iceland horses and puffins

Another fascinating aspect about Iceland is its animal kingdom. You get the chance to be with and ride on Icelandic horses, explore beautiful puffins and observe fascinating mink whales, porpoises, dolphins, finbacks, blue- and humpback whales. And maybe even the black and white marked grampus.

If you are thinking about visiting Iceland and experiencing its amazing landscape and archaic original power – 2017 is the perfect time to do it!

Because the numbers of tourists, media attention, and word of mouth are striking, Iceland is getting more and more popular which means the time is limited to explore its raw uniqueness free of mass tourism.

The best time for an extraordinary journey is NOW!

FIND YOURSELF IN THE LAND OF CONTRASTS: ICELAND RETREAT WITH LARA LAND