Blissful Kundalini Yoga Vacation
with Marika at her farm in Estonia
Dates for 2020: July 11 – 17
A week of awareness, relaxation and deep rest
Sometimes a week away from your everyday surroundings works wonders. It can put you in touch with who you really are, what you really want from your life and provide insights, inspiration and support to start moving things in a fresh direction.
The week at my arts and wellness center gives you the opportunity to explore your passions and connect to your purpose while enjoying a most pleasurable time with blissful yoga, delicious wholesome meals, luxurious massages, breath walks and soothing meditations.
Kundalini yoga is based on Yogi Bhajan’s teachings. A dynamic form of yoga, combining postures, stretching, movement, meditation, breathing, and chanting, it stimulates the glands, strengthens the nervous system, opens meridians, and balances chakras. The practice of Kundalini yoga brings with it a sense of well-being that is immediately tangible. After a yoga session one feels grounded, energized and uplifted. It helps to relax the body and calm the mind, increasing our capacity for concentration, creativity and intuition. Ultimately, it brings us to a deeper understanding of our potentials and ourselves and allows for a harmonious merging of body, mind and soul with the universal energy surrounding us.
I invite you to delve in and immerse yourself into a holistic way of being and living, where body, mind and spirit are integrated and deeply cared for.
Two Kundalini Yoga classes per day and morning Sadhana
This ancient practice combines postures, stretching, movement, meditation, breathing and chanting. It is a stimulating work out for your body, mind and spirit. In the morning, yoga is followed by an hour of chanting to clear your subconscious mind of negativity, of thoughts that hold you back or cast a shadow on your divine inner being.
Enjoy the therapeutic and relaxing effects of classical massages or Reiki treatments.
A safe and easy work-out that keeps your body and heart fit while increasing oxygen levels in your blood, helping to fire up your metabolism and optimize calorie burning capacity while at the same time clearing your mind and expanding your awareness of the here and now.
At the end of the day ground yourself and calm your mind in preparation for a restful and deep sleep.
Explore beautiful sites in Western Estonia as we set out to visit nature reserves, medieval castles, bird sanctuaries and bogs.
This summer we will visit Kihnu, a small island in the Baltic Sea, home to a close-knit community of about 700 inhabitants, who value their cultural traditions in clothing, language, music and handcrafts.
In 2003 Kihnu culture was recognized as a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Throughout the centuries, the men of Kihnu have spent most of their time at sea, while the women have run the island and become the keepers of their cultural heritage. To this day, the women wear traditional, handwoven striped skirts and colorful printed blouses.
Recently, Kihnu was featured in the New York Times.
Marika was certified by 3HO Kundalini Yoga East in New York City. She has over 20 years of international teaching experience.
A licensed Massage Therapist from Estonia will administer massages.
No previous experience in yoga is required. Beginners are very welcome!
We will begin with lunch on July 11 and end with breakfast on July 17.
Cost for retreat
USD 780 includes meals and accommodations, classes, 2 massages, and 1 outing per person (transfer to Polli Talu and international travel is not included)
“I had an absolutely amazing time at Polli Talu. It felt like I was in heaven. The place itself is like a piece of art, surrounded by forest, flowers, bees and garden. The food was among the best I have ever eaten, 100% homemade, vegetarian and clean. The yoga classes were strengthening in a good way. I love Marika’s Kundalini yoga style, a perfect mix of more physical exercises mixed with the softer relaxations and meditations. I would love to go back and I am giving my warmest recommendations for anyone in need of a healthy vacation.“ Madeleine Wilhelmsson – Studio owner, yoga teacher Stockholm (Sweden)
“This yoga retreat is the perfect time out! For one week, I get to exchange my hectic and stress-laden life for a few peaceful days in nature, lots of yoga and time for myself, wonderful food (luckily you can now find most recipes in Marika’s cookbook), interesting encounters and enriching conversations with other retreat participants – and all of this at an incomparably beautiful and magical place! Ever since I went there the first time, I hold Polli Talu in my heart – all year long.” Sandra (Germany)
“Oh yes, Kundalini Yoga can be challenging, but it is also so much fun! Especially with the instructions given by Marika! Her friendly, charismatic voice guides you through the exercises, explains, encourages and helps to relax. It’s a great experience and combined with soothing massages, delicious healthy food and a nice excursion it was a bliss, I will never forget!” Marion (Germany)
“We enjoyed the week-long retreat tremendously. The yoga program was very diverse and well-rounded, alternating between strenuous and deeply relaxing exercises. We also enjoyed the outing very much, a chance to get to know some of the stunning natural sites in Estonia. All aspects of the retreat came together as a beautiful whole, including the lovely food. Polli Talu is a special place on planet Earth which emanates peace and tranquility. The hostess is warmhearted and welcoming and made us feel like members of her family immediately.” Kerstin and Guido (Germany)
“I loved Polli Talu and its setting and felt it was a perfect getaway that allowed us to focus on body, mind and spirit. I liked the daily schedule but also the fact that we had free time each morning and afternoon to read, write, sleep, have a massage, walk, whatever. The mix of a schedule with definite times for meals, yoga, meditation, with the free time was perfect and wonderful. The daily breath walks were amazing. After the retreat, I felt totally refreshed and more relaxed.” Christina (USA)
“I just returned from an amazing week at Polli Talu with Marika and 11 yoga mates. First, may I say that Marika is the quintessential hostess, making sure all of our needs were met. The farm is gorgeous, beautifully renovated and decorated to reflect the warm, country environment. Our meals were straight from Marika’s amazing cookbooks, the yoga was beautifully taught, breath walks, massage, sauna and new friends. Two of the highlights were swimming in the Baltic Sea, and visiting a beautiful island filled with native flora. I know I will return soon.” Carole (USA)
“Words don’t really do it justice, but the retreat was such a tremendously powerful, positive, and moving experience for me. Traveling to Estonia again had been on the front of my mind for many years. I am so glad I had the opportunity to anchor my trip with the yoga retreat.
My favorite aspects of the retreat were the people and personal growth that occurred. I feel like we had such a wonderful group, everyone was very friendly and loving. The food was simply fantastic. I lost about five pounds during the week, which was welcome by me. I left feeling so good in every way. I literally felt on a “high” for many weeks afterwards.
Every aspect of the retreat seemed meaningfully and well planned. Your farm is such a beautiful and special place. From the nature, to splendid weather, swimming in the sea, laying in the sun. I felt connected and loved that feeling.
I think of Estonia often. I hope to be able to return soon.” Brendan (USA)
“Polli Talu’s Blissful Kundalini Yoga Vacation was like entering wonderland. The supportive calm of nature, the comfortable and cozy atmosphere of the country place, the healthy and delicious meals, the nurturing effect of the sauna visit as well as Marika’s well-rounded teaching experience created a lovely whole. Everything was beautifully balanced. There was just enough yoga, mantras, meditations, walks in nature but also time for one self, to swim, to read or to converse with other retreat participants. One highpoint was our daytrip, which lead us to Osmussaare, a small island in the Baltic Sea. Thanks to our wonderful guide, we learned so much about this unique place. Thank you, Marika, for helping us to truly rest, take quality time for ourselves and create a wonderful feeling within.” Terje (Estonia)