Here is a unique chance to meet Ellen Johannesen, KPJAYI Level 2 Authorized Ashtangi, who usually lives in Nepal where she studies Tibetan Buddhism, philosophy and language. Ellen will give an introduction to meditation and mindfulness rooted in Buddhist philosophy and practice. These techniques, used today by people around the world, aim to create a peaceful mind and to develop compassion for all living. They also provide an essential basis for overcoming passivity and burnout and creating a humane and inclusive society. If you want heart and mind refills, this is a retreat for you!

The day starts with Yoga, where Ellen teaches Ashtanga in her own unique way: Her approach is both playful and technical, inspired by dance, functional anatomy and meditation. With over 20 years of experience, Ellen is among the foremost Ashtanga Yoga teachers and practitioners in Norway and she is guaranteed to teach you something!

Furthermore, there are classes of philosophy and meditation where we, among other things, explore how and meditation can change the mind in a positive direction and create a real change in our experience of the world. Since devotion and trust are the foundation for developing a stable meditation practice, we will end the day with loving-kindness meditation and chanting.

We promise you a great weekend in the mountains of Norway!


Friday 24 Januar y

  • 14.00 - 16.30 Arrival

  • 17.00 - 18.00 Introduction to the weekend with yoga gently

  • 18.00 - 19.00 Dinner

  • 19.00 - 20.00 Introduction and evening meditation: breath as a link between body and mind

 Saturday 25 January

  • 07.00 - 07.30 Led morning meditation

  • 07.30 - 09.00 Yoga (Mysore /led)

  • 09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

  • 11.00 – 13.00 Yoga philosophy, why do we meditate and why?

  • 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

  • 15.00 – 16.00 Free time

  • 16.00- 17.30 Workshop: the physical and subtle body, mindfulness and breath in Ashtanga practice

  • 18.00 - 19.00 Dinner

  • 19.00 - 20.00 Chanting and loving-kindness meditation

Sunday 26 January

  • 07.00 - 07.30 Led morning meditation

  • 07.30 - 09.00 Yoga (Mysore /led)

  • 09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

  • 11.00 – 13.00 Yoga philosophy, Q &A and summary

  • 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch


The retreat is suitable for those who have practiced some Ashtanga before, but there is no requirement that you have a daily practice!


For questions about the workshop, contact Ellen 

For questions concerning booking, accommodation and meals, contact Nøsen

About Ellen Johannesen


Ellen Johannesen was one of the very first Ashtanga Teachers in Norway, and founded Ashtanga Yoga Oslo in 2002. In 2005, she obtained certification as Ashtanga Yoga teacher from Mysore. Ellen is deeply interested in Buddhism, and has lived for nearly 2 years in a Tibetan Cloister in Bylakuppe, India. She later moved to Kathmandu, where she first studied to become a Tibetan translator and interpreter, and later completed a Bachelor Degree in Buddhist studies.
Currently, Ellen teaches at Pranayama Yoga in Kathmandhu and is a highly appreciated and popular teacher for both workshops and retreats in Nepal and in Norway. 

More info:

Instaram: ashtanganepal

Workshop price:

Shared room accommodation: 3.700 kr (without VAT: 3.416 kr)

Twin room accommodation: 4.100 kr (without VAT: 3.773 kr)

Single room accommodation: 4.400 kr (without VAT: 4.130 kr)

Price includes:

  • Accommodation at Nøsen Yoga og Fjellhotell for 2 nights in a shared or individual rooms

  • All workshop classes and lectures

  • Three healthy vegetarian/vegan meals a day

  • Complementary tea and coffee

  • Sheets and towels

  • Yoga mat and props rental

  • VAT

Price does not include:

  • Products from our Café menu, such as special coffee and tea

  • Pick up from/to Fagernes or Gol - needs to be ordered separately