The 2019 Course Programme

Dark and Light. Embracing Yin and Yang in Iceland with Julie Robinson -Fully Booked
24 Oct - 29 Oct 2019

No addresses or postcodes for this one…A unique and exceptional retreat on this remote, ancient sheep farm on Iceland’s northern Troll Peninsula, nestled at the foot of the Skíðadalur glacier.


Twin share of a cabin is £1725 per person. You have your own room and share the bathroom with one other.


The cost includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Transfer cost from Rekjavik/Akureyi to the venue by coach.
  • All meals: breakfast buffet, lunch/packed lunch, snacks, 3 -course dinners/buffet. Vegetarian, vegan and special diets catered for.
  • Twice daily Yoga
  • Use of hot tub and sauna
  • Fruit, herbal teas etc available throughout the day


The cost excludes:

  • Insurance. – It is the responsibility of the guest to ensure they are covered by travel insurance which covers for cancellation, health etc. Please ensure you have adequate cover.
  • Travel to Rekjavik
  • Trips and activities
  • Transport to activities


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The Yoga

The only thing which is constant in life…is change. We are continually riding the turbulent waves of life, the joy and the sadness, the movement and the stillness, the dark and the light. This is the yin and yang of life. Opposing yet complementary and supporting energies which infuse everthing we experience.

So, as in life……also on the yoga mat. Sometimes we find steadiness and ease, and often we find shaky foundations and creaking joints. The joy of yoga is in taking the time to follow the path of ongoing discovery and learn how to be with what simply is!

What better place to explore the essence of yin and yang in our practice, than in a place so different to our usual surroundings.

Moring sessions will be geared to awaken us to some of the yang elements of our practice, creating heat and movement in the body. Late afternoon sessions will complement and balance our experience with practices which are more yin and also restorative in nature.

Who will this retreat suit? – This 5 day retreat is suitable for all levels. Complete beginners are very welcome to come along. All that is required is that you bring an open mind and a willingness to learn. For those with more experience in their practice, there will be an opportunity to re-visit basics with a new eye and use this to refresh and deepen practice… and learn more!

Non Yogi Partners – If you would like to bring a friend or partner who isn’t interested in joining the yoga, they would be most welcome.

Please note: The week is not suitable for people who are only interested in strong physical yoga as a variety of practices will be offered.

My teaching and development is an ongoing joy for me as I love to learn and bring more to my own practice and to my students. Attending teacher trainings regularly I have been lucky to study in recent years with several renowned teachers including Max Strom, Paul Grilley, Anodea Judith, Norman Blair and Lisa Sanfilippo.

I am especially interested in the complementary teachings of Ayurveda having completed the BWY Ayurveda module with Cathy-Mae Karelse and change my practice in accordance with the seasons.

It has been both wonderful and challenging for me to commence Yoga Therapy training in 2018 with Heather Mason at The Minded Institute.

I am a friendly and approachable person! Throughout my life I have always worked with people, both as a nurse, in hospitals and a care manager in hostels with many different client groups. As a yoga teacher, I try always to get to know my students, understand their needs and bring a sense of humour and element of fun and joy into my class.

I use inspirations and wisdom from all of my teachers to enrich and widen my experience and continuously refresh and enliven the teaching I offer my students. I offer an eclectic and creative yoga which is grounded in classical Integral Hatha yoga, fused with elements of fluid vinyasa and the grounding qualities of Yin practice with philosophical teachings to give meaning and depth.

With thousands of hours of teaching under my belt, I offer a warm welcome to all new students and seek to work with each person to help them understand and enjoy their practice and potential for great living through their yoga practice. Practicing mindfully and with full awareness gives us a wonderful opportunity to grow and enjoy life.

In my classes I combine asana practice for all levels with pranayama (breath work), mantra and mudra yoga to provide a strong and rounded teaching with a sense of curiosity and fun. It is usually possible to offer alternatives so that everyone can access the class at their particular level of practice.

I have a deep love of yoga which I hope to share through my teaching. We are all on a journey together!

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