Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for reasons to start yoga?
Besides increasing strength and flexibility, yoga can lessen chronic pain, lower blood pressure, reduce insomnia, and help you cope with the effects of stress. Combined with meditation and breathwork, it facilitates a clearer mind and an experience of living more grounded in the present moment.
On its root philosophical approach, yoga provides and opportunity to come out of our busy schedules and concern ourselves with the deeper aspects of our psychology and our essential nature.
And above all of that, yoga is essentially a life path that connects you to others on a conscious journey towards living your fuller self.
Our teachers have you covered.
All of them are highly experienced and are used to dealing with different levels in the class.
Always remember to go towards your comfortable edge, it doesn’t matter how others are performing;
what is important is your own expansive journey.
If you have never practiced yoga before, please let us know on your booking email so that the teacher can keep it in mind when leading the class.
We would be most honored for you to start your yogic journey with us!
Making a booking at Shambala is easy.
All bookings are made online: Simply click of the “Book” button on our page of our website.
Should you need to cancel, please communicate this to us with more than one month notice.
Otherwise, the following charges will apply:
Check our friendly cancelation policy
To book your treatment, simply send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do so well in advance, as slots tend to run out quickly.
Unless otherwise negotiated differently with the teacher (which would be stated clearly on the retreat description and welcome letter), times are:
- Check-in: 4pm
- Check-out: 3pm
The first meal is dinner and the last meal is lunch.
It is a custom in Sweden to bring your own sheets and towels to hostels.
We feel this is an excellent initiative in order to reduce the energy usage in laundry. A much more eco-friendly approach, we feel.
Please note that you will need to bring a set of:
- Pillow case,
- Bottom sheet,
- Quilt cover
- Bath towel
- Sauna towel
Alternatively, you are welcome to rent the entire set from us for only 200kr for your entire stay.
During the summers in Sweden, evenings tend to be quite bright due to the beautiful midnight sun.
We do have blinds in the rooms, but the light can at times still enter the room.
If you are a sensitive sleeper, please bring an eye mask and ear plus.
We do have a supply of yoga matts, bolsters and props at Shambala. However, during the summers, do bring your own yoga matt when possible as there may not be enough for everyone.
We tend to go naked to the sauna and lake. However, do feel free to bring a bathing costume if you prefer.
There are beautiful forest walks around Shambala.
It is a good idea to bring some good walking shoes and rain gear, just in case.
Please make sure you bring all the cash you need for the payment of the retreat as well as for any extra snacks or treatments you wish to enjoy. There are no card payment facilities at the centre and the nearest ATM is not convenient to get to.
The feeling in Shambala is that of being a community space, for this reason you will be expected to share a room with a fellow yogi. Unless otherwise stated in your booking, the couples will be placed randomly but of the same gender. This is a wonderful opportunity to have deep connections that could otherwise have never been planned.
At Shambala we have the following types of accommodation:
Twin rooms can be booked as single rooms with an extra charge when available. All accommodation has shared showers and bathrooms.
During the summer months, with a few exceptions, we aim at holding paralell retreats. We have two yoga salas and we are used to serving two compatible retreats simultaneously. We feel that this adds to the atmosphere and brings the opportunity for beautiful exchanges between the two groups.
In the winters, we mostly aim at having single retreats.
We have an international group of teachers that come to share their wisdom with us and hence most retreats are held in English. Please check each event page however as there are some exceptions where the retreat is held in Swedish.
We love children and would so like to be able to host parents and kids.
So far we have seen that it needs to be a specially designed course if it’s going to work to hold the Shanti (peaceful) retreat space that so many need and long for. This means that most courses, unless mentioned, need to be for adults only.
Thank you for your understanding.
At Shambala we aim at having our breakfast in silence, to ease the day in softly. We also hold silence after 22h in the dormitory area.
Even though we love animals at Shambala, we have a no-pet policy in order to protect those that are fearful or allergic.
We don’t brew coffee. We prefer nourishing herbal teas without theine in order for us to have calm nervous systems ready for meditation practice. We will however serve instant coffee at our tea station. This rule applies to our summer retreats (June, July, August).
Please note that the rest of the year, our winter caterer has a no-coffee policy.
Please bring your own instant coffee if you feel you will need it during the retreat.
Our kitchen is designed to keep most common allergens away from our ingredients list. However, please let us know in advance if you have any allergic reaction to food. For those with an extended list of allergies, we provide one basic meal each day that consists of steam-boiled vegetables and boiled rice.
We have a lot to offer for you in your spare time.
You can take walks in the forest, take one of our guest bicycles for a ride, take a canoe trip around our late, take a dip in the lake, share silence or an interesting conversation in the electric or wooden floating sauna, read some good books from our library or take a treatment. If you have a car and enough free time in your schedule, you can also visit the nearby spa Färna Härgård (10mins drive).