After experiencing so many yoga or sitting meditation retreats, are you ready to try something even more incredible? This year why not try a retreat that combines walking meditation and deep yoga practices with Hart Lazer. This retreat will take place in one of the two pilgrimage routes recognized by UNESCO in Japan and also in the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto. This adventure will definitely be an experience of a lifetime!
Your journey will start at the Shirahama Onsen Hotel where the group will meet and get a good night sleep. The next morning we will leave by public transportation to Takijiri-Oji where the start of the walking routes are and where we say goodbye to the modern world and go into the mountains.
We will walk 38.5 km within 3 days. Each day we will start with a simple asana practice to warm-up your bodies, then we will walk and let Hart guide us through 3 different meditations. We will walk on the Nakahechi Route or the Imperial Route which are the most well known routes of this region. We will then finish our walking trip at Naichi Taisha, to then head back to the city of Kyoto.
In Kyoto, each day will start with breakfast, then 5 hours of deep yoga practice and exploration with Hart.
Precious personal time at the end of each day will be given to enjoy and taste this beautiful ancient city.
Join us for a perfect combination of meditation, hiking, yoga, onsen (hot spring), exotic Japanese culture and travel.
Give yourself this wonderful gift in 2020!
Shirahama Onsen has 1300 years of history. It is famous not only as one of three oldest hot spring ("onsen") resorts in Japan but also as one of the most beautiful beach resorts in West Japan. It is a mystery that hot springs exist in Shirahama Onsen though there is no volcano around the area. In 2000, Shirarahama Beach and Waikiki Beach (Honolulu, Hawaii, US) established a good will sister beach relationship
Kawayu Onsen is a geological thermal wonder located on the Oto River, a tributary of the Kumano-gawa River. “Kawa” means “river” and “yu” means “hot water”. Kawayu Onsen is one of the three hot spring hamlets that make up the Hongu Onsen-kyo area.The world heritage Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes are close by.
In 794, Kyoto (then known as Heian-kyō) was chosen as the new seat of Japan's imperial court. The Emperors of Japan ruled from Kyoto in the following eleven centuries until 1869, when the court relocated to Tokyo. Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan and a major tourist destination. It is home to numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The Kumano Kodo is one of only two pilgrimage World Heritage Sites globally. Its history stretches back over a thousand years. For millennia the mountainous region of Kumano has been thought to be the mythical “holy ground where gods dwell.” During the Heian period (794 - 1185), the Imperial household and court made the 30 to 40 day arduous journey from the ancient capital of Kyoto to this remote area, in search of heaven on earth.
Katsuura Onsen is located on the southeast coast of the Kii Peninsula. It is in essence a fishing port turned hot spring resort. The most dominate landmark in Katsuura is the Hotel Urashima. It has the feel of an Onsen Disneyland or James Bond-like fortress and is located on an island-like peninsula in Katsuura Bay. There are seven baths scattered throughout the facility including one in a cave overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Myoshinji is a large temple complex in northwestern Kyoto which includes about 50 subtemples in addition to its main buildings. Within the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, Myoshinji is the head temple of the Myoshinji school with over 3000 affiliated temples and calls itself the largest of all Zen temples. Myoshinji was founded in 1337 when an abdicated emperor had an imperial villa converted into a Zen temple.
Stay in three of most famous hot spring (onsen) villages in Japan
Hiking on one of the UNESCO's world heritage sites
Walking and meditation with Buddhist methods
Stay in Kyoto's hotel runned by Myoshinji Temple which is the biggest temples complex in Kyoto
What is included:
✔️ 6 nights accommodation in a double room.
✔️ Daily yoga and walking meditation practice led by Hart Lazer
✔️ Daily breakfast in the hotel
✔️ Two lunches are included in two of walking days (Lunch Box)
✔️ Three days public bus fares during hiking days.
✔️ Two luggage shuttle services.
- €1,500 per person before 15th of June
- €1,700 per person after 16th of June
※ Please note that the spaces are limited, 20 registrations are accepted.
A non-refundable downpayment of €500 is due upon booking to hold your room, this is used toward total cost.
Full payment due before 31th May 2019
No refunds given but you may transfer your spot at the retreat to a friend
What is not included
✗ Flight to/from Osaka, Japan
✗ All transportation before and after hiking Kumano Kodo
✗ Three days lunches and all dinners
✗ Additional excursions, activities
✗ Additional meals and drinks
About Hart Lazer
Hart Lazer has been teaching and training Yoga teachers for more than 30 years.
Something of a cultural hybrid, he thrives in the alchemy distilled in the hatha yoga traditions including Iyengar and Ashtanga systems. Hart’s current teaching contains an emphasis on meditation, derived through the study of zen, Tibetan, and Buddhist practices. Using a tailored and multi-faceted approach, his intention is to guide individuals in their understanding of themselves, and despite the challenges of life, to do so with ease and enjoyment.
Hart’s major influences in his life and teaching are Ramanand Patel and Ken McCleod.
Being the co-founder of United Yoga Montreal gives Hart a home base from which he teaches nationally and internationally.
Contact Linda Shih
7, Ln. 90, Sec. 1, Fuqian Rd., Tainan City, Taiwan