Our lives can be overwhelmed with the details of daily living. The amount of information being directed at us on a daily basis is never given an opportunity to be digested, assimilated and ultimately eliminated. Life can be lonely for the soul when our lives are too busy just existing.
Who can pause enough to make space for being insightful to our deeper longings? There is a profound desire to belong not just in our various roles, personalities or identities but to the deeper inner landscape of our soul—the willingness to open and reveal that essence of our inner light.
Come experience the mystical land of light and darkness with leader Laura Jane Mellencamp. Journey to northern Iceland, one of the most amazing places on earth. Take in powerful landscapes, including deep fjords, vast volcanic deserts, snowcapped mountains, and staggering waterfalls. Enjoy days of exploration, hiking, and practicing yoga evenings soaking in the outdoor hot tub under the mystical night sky as the brilliance of the Aurora Borealis northern lights are on full display. We invite you on a journey of deep personal connection while also spending time with others who share a mutual passion for our sacred mother earth.
Unforgettable yoga experience with Laura Jane Mellencamp
Using the practice of meditation, Laura Jane has designed this week to support you in exploring the tools of stilling the mind and embracing your authentic self. The yoga classes will blend the disciplines of various styles of Hatha yoga with the mindfulness of meditation. They will cover the fundamental principles underlying the therapeutic application of yoga and how to incorporate these principles into your practice. Work to dissolve old blockages, unravel samskaras, and create new pathways to vibrant health and happiness. The end result will be one of the most incredible, unforgettable yoga experiences you will ever have.
This week is a perfect balance between rest and play. Laura has discovered through leading and attending many retreats that traveling together and saying yes to life and its opportunities at the moment create lasting friendships and gratitude for life’s abundance that will last forever.
This yoga retreat is for all ages and all life experiences. It is perfect for all levels of practitioners, yoga teachers, and bodywork therapists. Private yoga sessions will also be available.
- 6 nights accommodations
- 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Group Ground Transportation to/from Akureyri Airport to Retreat Center
- Daily yoga practices
- Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
Nestled at the base of some of Iceland’s dramatic mountains, the Mountain Lodge Yoga Retreat is the perfect way to experience the beauty and peace of Iceland. What was once an ancient sheep farm and home to Viking settlements is now a cozy mountain lodge with beautiful cottages and a nature-filled atmosphere. Relax and rejuvenate with the outdoor hot tub, indoor sauna, spa house, and barn-turned yoga room! During the summer months, enjoy endless sunlight and opportunities to explore the local wildlife on the Troll Peninsula. During the colder months, gaze in awe at the northern lights and snow-capped mountains. While staying at this retreat center, you can look forward to delicious, healthy meals, opportunities to hike, ride horses, and explore the local wilderness, and simply relax and enjoy!!
Laura Jane Mellencamp, C-IYAT, E-RYT 500, MA
Laura Jane is the founder and director of Yoga Among Friends, one of the Midwest’s premier yoga centers for 22 years. Certified in 1989, Laura Jane has made the practice and teaching of yoga her life’s work. In 2016, Laura Jane accredited as a certified yoga therapist with the Internation Association of Yoga Therapists after a 5-year training program. As a clinical psychologist, she enjoys blending her MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with her yoga therapy to provide clients with a holistic approach to psychological and emotional imbalances that affect the immune system. Her work has led Laura Jane to participate as a premier provider with Chicago’s Integrated Health Network.
“The experience with Laura Jane in Amorgos was beautiful, peaceful, and exceeded my expectations! We practiced well thought out yoga classes twice a day, and still had plenty of time for outings on the island, or time to relax by the pool. The group was a true sangha, community, of friendly open people. Old friends reconnected, and new friends were made by each yogi. I feel confident about traveling with Laura Jane and through True Nature again!” – Kay G.
“My experience in Laura Jane’s retreats are always unique. Travel changes people no matter what the destination. Yoga changes people too. When combined, you have a transformation that changes the heart. Everything you see, taste and experience are better and I return home with my ‘cup full’. The friendships I made on the retreat will last a lifetime, we shared and were there for one another. An amazing trip made even more special by one of the best mentors and teachers in the Chicago area.” – Cathy C.
“I am so excited to attend my third retreat with Laura Jane and this amazing community of yogis. There is a reason so many of us keep coming back year after year. Laura Jane creates such a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to explore your yoga practice regardless of where you are at in your life. The twice-daily practices and daily sutra study, combined with the beauty of the area and the phenomenal food, make this a retreat everyone should experience!” – Bobby P.
“I try to never miss Laura Jane’s wonderful yoga retreats! They are the one time of the year that is just about me. I don’t have to take care of anyone or anything other than myself. The combination of yoga, healthy food, journaling, quiet time, a wonderful guide and amazing friends is just what I need to regenerate for the year ahead.” – Kandice H.
Iceland is a country built for nature-lovers. Gushing waterfalls, striking glaciers, and spontaneous rainbows wait behind every corner. Take advantage of your time in Iceland to explore the endless beauty, or give yourself a break and enjoy the more relaxing offerings, such as the volcanic hot springs, that make Iceland an ideal destination for a retreat. Some optional activities include:
- Go for a Midnight Sun hike and witness the stunning late-night sunset
- Tour the local volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls
- Go on an Icelandic pony ride
- Unwind in the geothermal baths and natural hot spring spas
- Explore the quaint towns of Akureyri and Siglufjordur
- Take a day trip to Lake Mývatn and see the gorgeous Goðafoss waterfall
*Cost of activities is not included in the tuition for this retreat unless listed on the “What’s Included” tab
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
You will book airfare to the Akureyri Airport (AEY). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle. The drive time to the center is approximately 1 hour.
We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip.
We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). For Non-U.S. Residents this policy with Trawick insurance is available: Safe Travels Multi-National.
We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can help!
Shared Accommodations – $3095 USD
Single Accommodations – $3295 USD
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration. For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
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- Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
- 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
- True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
- Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.
*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.
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In the event of a cancellation due to a Force Majeure Event, True Nature will make reasonable efforts to obtain refunds for any costs or expenses paid by you through your Initial Deposit or Tuition payments and to return such refunds to you. However, True Nature cannot guarantee that it will be able to obtain refunds. True Nature shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by you, including but not limited to the loss of an Initial Deposit and/or Tuition, as a result of a Force Majeure Event and/or the cancellation of a Trip or Activity due to a Force Majeure Event.
Depending on the nature of the Force Majeure Event, True Nature may allow the Trip to continue with any necessary modifications or may allow you to cancel your participation in the Trip. True Nature will provide information to you about any actual or anticipated Force Majeure Event.