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Testimonials 2012-2014

 

Yoga & Aurora Borealis, Iceland, November 2014

 

 

"Hi Rose Marie,

 

Just a few words to say how much I appreciated the Iceland trip:-

 

This trip was my first one to Iceland and my first yoga holiday and I will be back for more of both as it was such a wonderful experience. Yoga was the one thing that we all had in common and it made for a very harmonious trip. Many thanks to you, Rose Marie for organising the  whole trip and the great yoga sessions which very subtly suited us all thanks to your experience and deep understanding – I loved your yoga nidra for perfect relaxation. Thanks also to Andreas for all the excellent arrangements and love for and knowledge about  his adopted country which added so much to the trip.  Akureyi, our base, is a lovely town picturesquely located on the fjiord and offered us a warm welcome [and good shopping!]. Our day in Mvatyn was a spiritual experience for all of us that we will never forget and that we will return to in our minds again and again.The aurora borealis did not appear for us – I think it was switched off to make sure that we return to Iceland!

 

Keep on organising fantastic trips and experiences.

 

Many thanks,

Sally, Lincoln"

 

 

"Dear Rose-Marie

 

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed our wonderful week in Iceland.

 

I now know why the airline we travelled with is called WOW air. Everywhere we went our reaction was ‘wow’!! Spectacular sights and sounds culminating in the most sumptuous bathe in the hydro-thermal waters of Myvatn as the sun was setting on the horizon. Something I shall never forget.

 

Your yoga classes were as restorative as ever. Our group was of mixed ability and you structured the classes accordingly so everyone felt comfortable. After a week of yoga, relaxation, delicious food and experiencing the wonders of this spectacular country, my mind and body feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

 

Thank you so much

Lynette, Kent"

 

 

"Hi Rose-Marie

Thankyou so much for our fabulous yoga holiday / retreat in Akureyri; everything was just marvellous. Our apartment accommodation spotless, comfortable, and warm. The lovely ladies in Kaffe Ilmur who provided a plentiful supply of gorgeous vegetarian food, which is probably slightly alien for Icelanders! Andreas, our personal guide; for whom nothing was too much trouble. He educated and entertained us; our excursions were magical, his attention to detail, organisation, and his personal care of us was superb. Plus a special thanks from me for arranging horse riding for some of us on our one free morning. The yoga studio (at Andreas & Ulrica's home) was small, peaceful and quite beautiful; albeit sometimes it was difficult to concentrate with the beauty of the fjord outside the window! We loved our 'welcoming committee' of Huskies who would have licked us to death had they been given the opportunity.

 

Your yoga classes were as expected very well crafted and balanced; always taking care of the body - could they have been longer? The only downfall was the sun unfortunately not providing us with the northern lights - does this mean we have to return to try again!!!!!!!!! The week was wonderful and I haven't stopped smiling. Thankyou very very much for arranging it.

 

Nicola, Maidstone, Kent."

 

 

"Thank you for a wonderful week in Iceland, lovely scenery, comfortable accommodation and delicious food. Our guide, Andreas, was excellent, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. The day to Mvatyn was an unforgettable experience, weather fantastic, wonerful scenery and the thermal pool was the icing on the cake.

 

Rose-Marie is an excellent teacher and the classes  are very relaxing , especially with the wonderful views of the fjord. I have been to a few of Rose-Marie's holidays /week-ends and always find them very uplifting.

 

Barbara, Maidstone, Kent."

 

 

 

Yoga & Pilates Spa Holiday, Asia Spa, Varberg

 

 

"Hi Rose-Marie,

I was sad to leave as I loved the coast so much- reminded me of Scotland.

Here is what i thought about your fantastic Yoga and Pilates retreat.  Firstly, the venue was superb.  The hotel was stunning, and I thought the spa was pretty stunning too. I thought the staff there were really helpful, and it was great to be able to hire my bike so easily. Varburg is a pretty little city, the folk there were so friendly. The travel arrangements and transfers were smooth and trouble-free.

Mostly, though, I have to say that your teaching was the best by a long way, that I have ever experienced.  You structured the classes to build sequences, and I so enjoyed the Hatha flow.  It left me feeling calm but energised. I really liked the Pilates as I have only ever taken a few classes.  The guided meditations were fabulous.  I did like that book by Melanie Beatty and shall order it. In fact, one meditation was so powerful, that it made me realise I did not want to straighten my hair again as the woman reflected  back at me in the pool, my real self, had curly hair. This amused everyone! My daughter said that I looked so happy and relaxed.

It was more than worth every penny.  Thank you, and I look forward to taking another retreat, maybe the one in France next time, or one in the UK.

Best wishes

Anne"

 

 

"Thank you Rose-marie,

I was most enjoyable on many levels. The venue was truly amazing - I had never treated myself like this before - I mean with kindness and generosity and granting myself permission to REALLY relax.  With your guidance thoughout it was a truly memorable few days

Mo"

 

 

"Dear Rose-Marie,

Thank you for your fabulous yoga retreat in Sweden.

I had the most wonderful time. You are an incredible yoga teacher - I just wish I could take regular classes with you!

It was a rejuvenating magical experience...pure nourishment for the soul. The place, the people, the yoga- everything!

Thanks again

Emma x"

 

"I thoroughly enjoyed my 5 day

Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat to Sweden with Rose Marie during June 2015. From start to finish it was just the most wonderful experience of Yoga, Pilates and Meditation.

 

The Asia Spa at the Varbergs Hotell was absolutely fabulous and the fine dining  at the hotel was superb. This is the sort of trip you can completely do alone as you can easily make new friends and totally indulge in the treatments and facilities at the Spa as to completely unwind and de-stress.

 

My first taste of Scandinavia far exceeded my expectation as the hospitality everywhere, was just second to none! I shall definitely be returning again next year and hope to extend my trip as to explore Denmark & Norway.

Jackie Cummins"

 

"Hello Rose-Marie

Thank you for such a wonderful retreat and holiday. I also wanted to message you to say thank you for the inspiring and relaxing time you provided for us. It really was a wonderful environment to escape and recharge. I enjoyed the yoga nidra which I had not really done before and found the regular practice of yoga every day really energising.

Thanks for introducing me to the journey to the heart book too, which is very interesting.

And lastly, the spa and Varberg and my first trip to Sweden - wonderful!

Thanks again, and hope you have an enjoyable summer.

Best regards

Sian"

 

 

Yoga on the Water - Yoga & Meditation Retreat, Fiskebackskil, Sweden, July 2012

 

 

Lovely! Thank you!

Coming all the way from New York was and adventure and a challenge. My time in Sweden will remain very memorable. I will tell many, many, many people about everything!!!

You have given me a gift in many degrees….focus, energy, relaxation, senses, my body, my mind, my spirit and more.

Thank you very much, Rose-Marie!

Sweden – your country – is delicate and sensitive. I will remember the yoga, the water and the seemingly endless sunlight forever!

Robin, New York

 

Thank you Rose-Marie for a 5 day TREAT! (not just a retreat but an amazing treat for body and soul!).

Gentle Yoga & Pilates Classes well planned and spaced out over the days to create the perfect combination of ‘physical/mental’ workout, ample time to relax and explore the beautiful surroundings of Fiskebäckskil. I have reached a point of ‘internal space’ come Friday! The classes built up to a beautiful flow towards the end of the week. The same with the breathing and meditation classes – gently building up as we deepen the knowledge and experience throughout the days.

The hotel accommodation and breakfast are excellent and the environment has been a splendid backdrop to the retreat!

A real treat for body, mind and soul – Sun, Sea & Yoga = life doesn’t get better than this!!!

Thank you. Love Ucci, UK

 

Although I was slightly apprehensive about my lack of yoga experience I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. The planning of the sessions was considered very thoughtfully by Rose-Marie – she appreciated that many of us would be stiff from the journey and our lifestyles and gently eased us into the retreat by starting with plenty of stretches and introductory poses.

The views from the yoga studio were beautiful – looking directly over the fjord. The inclusion of the Pilates sessions I greatly appreciated and I would like to thank Rose-Marie for considering my needs.

Despite having had a bad slipped disc a year ago I was able to partake in the whole retreat and Rose-Marie I could tell was mindful of my situation.

The hotel was fantastic and the sea view was really worth it. The food and the company of the other retreat guests were also very good.

I have a smile on my face as I walk around the hotel and thoroughly enjoyed the sun and the beach.

The relaxation sessions were spine tingingly amazing, the music was excellent in providing the right atmosphere and very helpful in making the most of the sessions.

I have had a fantastic time!

Rachel, UK

 

Having attended a second of Rose-Marie’s retreats I can only reiterate what I said about the first – that everyone should do it!

This week has been a fabulous experience from the organisation, and information provided before attending to the location and scenery during attendance and that was before I even began talking about the yoga,  Pilates and meditation. If only I could bottle this feeling and apply it whenever I need it!

I cannot recommend it highly enough and am already planning for the next one.

Donna, London

 

I loved it all! The hotel was really nice and relaxing and the bed was the most comfortable in the world!

Rose-Marie is a great and friendly teacher and the yoga,  pilates and meditation sessions were perfect for me – I managed to do more than I thought I would be able to and felt so much better. My body actually looked forward to the next session, despite my inclination!

The whole experience confirmed my love for Sweden and I shall be back – for a 5th time! Soon!

Clare, UK

 

Thank you so much for your style of teaching yoga. I loved it! It felt just really good – calm and easy – and a sense that the mind could surrender.

I found it very easy to follow as you are very good at explaining and just say the right things.

The structure during the week occurred to me to be just perfect! I really felt my body change and was happy to be able to do a ‘normal’ practice as I can often experience dizziness and light-headedness in some postures, so the pace was just perfect! Or even better…I just allowed myself to dive in and accept and surrender…and I really do thank you for letting me experience that! I would now like to do yoga at home in the morning. The joy of yoga has really returned!

The hotel and surroundings were beautiful – loved it, thanks so much again!

Trix, Amsterdam

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my yoga week away! The venue was beautiful and the location was ideal for completely relaxing. The yoga timetable worked very well and I felt myself improving with every class. I would not hesitate in recommending this retreat to anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing week.

Rose-Marie tailored the class to suit all levels and worked patiently and calmly with us so that we could get the most out of the movements and postures.

The venue was spectacular and the Swedish breakfasts were out of his world.

Jacqueline, UK

 

Yoga & Pilates Spa Holiday, Asia Spa, Varberg, June 2012

 

Brilliant Yoga Retreat in Sweden! Really enjoyed the variety in the classes. Excellent tuition by Rose-Marie. The Asia Spa was a fantastic venue - relaxing and very therapeutic surroundings. Great walks along the seafront and plenty of shopping if you like that.

A nice group of people on this holiday who all geled very well. Many thanks!

David Williams, Manchester

 

I loved the programme - and the way you tailored it to morning/evening.

I also like the variety - I felt I did something different every session. My room was perfect and the hotel food was great and so was the spa itself. I love all the wonderful spa facilities, very relaxing and time for reflection on life! Thank you! Let us know when your next retreat will take place.

Bernie, Norwich

 

This was my first ever yoga retreat and I absolutely loved it! I usually find it easy to find faults and can honestly say I have nothing but good things to say! The venue, classes and content were all fantastic and Rose-Marie is excellent! I feel the best I have felt for months and cannot thank you enough. See you next time!! xx

CB, London

 

Thank you Rose-Marie for another fabolous yoga retreat at Asia Spa. The venue is brilliant, so relaxing. Your classes are so varied, interesting and creative. I just love it! Perhaps I will be back for a 4th year!! Thank you very much.

Nicola Samson, Maidstone

 

Thank you for a wonderful holiday! You are an inspiring teacher with your own unique style. I have enjoyed the different flowing sequences. I only wished I lived nearer so I could come to your classes. Asia Spa is a lovely venue, friendly and relaxing.

Jayne Miller, Scotland