Bright Start New Years Retreat 2024


26 januari, 2024




Ateljé Lövås

Kosters Islands – West Coast Sweden

Sow fresh seeds for a fruitful 2024! Breathe in fresh intentions whilst bathing in delicious yoga, movement, sound and intention setting practices over a delightful weekend of renewal, renovation, and respite.

Sounds of the ocean and tranquility are our all-day pleasure on this yoga retreat. We will make new friends and get in some important “you time” whilst relaxing, swimming, doing absolutely nothing or exploring the beautiful flora and fauna, rocky cliffs, neighbouring villages and a vast variety of stunning nearby beaches…

The Retreat

Celebrate 3 days of new years renewal, renovation and respite amidst a tranquil island haven in a small intimate group of up to 12 participants. Breathe in fresh intentions and bathe in delicious yoga, movement, sound and conscious relating/journaling. Explore traditional/creative intention setting practices, journalling and crafting, using tools to establish a healthy routine—to bring home an easy to use tool box of inspirational mini practices to keep you inspired, in the flow, upbeat and with clear intention on how to move forward in to a happier and more relaxed future and Self.

Expect an organic, intuitive and allowing flow, to be met right were you’re at. Our light-filled, peaceful studio has mats, blocks, blankets and chairs. Anything else you might need, please bring!


Friday, January 26
14:25: Boat departs from Norra Hamnen
15:20: Arrive at Ekenas Harbour
15:30: Check-in at your accommodation
16:45-19:00: Intro & soft landing class

Saturday, January 27
9:30-12:00: Retreat time
12:00-15:30: Free time & meals at your accommodation
15:30-19:00: Retreat time
19:00 onward: Free time & meals shared at Ateljen or at your accommodation

Sunday, January 28
Pack and clean rooms in the morning
9:30-12:00: Retreat time
12:00: Shared lunch (to bring)
13:00-14:00: Closing circle & Farewell
14:40: Cycle to Ekenas harbour
15:20 or 17:00: Boat departs for Strömstad

The Location

Welcome to Sydkoster, West Coast Sweden. Experience stunning ocean and nature life in Sweden’s pristine one of a kind national maritime park. During your time on South koster you will have your own bike to get you smoothly around the island, which is almost car free. Upon arrival at Ekenäs harbour on Sydkoster we’ll collect your luggage and you can collect your bicycle so that you can cycle to your accommodation.
Mini car rental for up to 6 people, or a 3-wheeler ‘flakmoppe’ taxi’s can also be arranged.

Your hostess and guide

Imken Donde
Always inspired by what students bring, Imken works intuitively and loves to teach with a gentle, heart opening approach. Imken is passionate about sharing tools on finding and expanding freedom in movement, and uses elements of massage, tai chi, sound, dance and forest bathing. Releasing the low back is one of her key elements in class.
Trained in diverse yoga styles and therapies, including Sama, Restorative, Yin, and Somatic Yoga, as well as Craniosacral Therapy, Imken offers both group and personalised sessions, workshops, retreats, and holistic yoga programs with hands-on bodywork.

Words of a past student

“Thank you so much for this beautiful and blissful heart, belly and soul retreat like a wise Buddha you have guided us through powerful, gentle and touching yoga sessions. ‘While still in the cage of your being behold the spirit bird before it flies away”. – Rumi.


What is included?

  • The Retreat
  • Crafting materials
  • Accommodation
  • Bikes
  • Tea & Snacks
  • Luggage transfer


  • Travel transfers
    (Ferry from Strömstad to Sydkoster return 140 SEK)
  • Meals
  • Insurance

We are happy to include shared accommodation at Ateljé Lövås studio for up to six people, as well as for one/ two people in a cottage of 15 sqm – a three minute walk across the field to the studio. 

Alternatively, you are welcome to rent affordable private cottages a short bike ride (1.6 km) from our yoga studio at Bergdalen. All accommodations have kitchen to prepare meals at your leisure. There is a well stocked organic supermarket a 5 minute walk away.

Private cottages to rent
Mezzanine at Ateljen Lovas
Conveniently right next to the yoga studio, overlooking open fields, Ateljen offers simple, clean, comfortable acommodation in a single room and mezzanine with a shared living/kitchen a bathroom.

(2 nights in either the shared bright spacious mezzanine (single bed) or in a single bedroom with bunk bed.)
Please note that bedding hire is an additional 200sek.

Ocean cottages of Bergdalen
​Private cosy cottages are right on the ocean and offer stylish, modern accommodation.
Please note that bicycle rent from Bergdalen is excluded and can be arranged at additional cost.

No food is included in this retreat, though all accommodations offer a kitchen.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact us at:

This retreat will be held in English.

Cancellation policy
For cancellations less than 3 months before retreat start, no refund is given unless we can fill your place. Should the venues not be accessible due Covid related matters, you will be offered a new retreat date and your payments will be transferred over to the new date.

You’ll be leaving energised and deeply nourished.
Take home an easy-to-use tool box of inspirational mini practices to keep you vibed with clear intentions that will move you towards a happier, more relaxed future and Self.

With warmth,

Invest in your health and give yourself an experience that will serve you well throughout life.
Partial payment via Klarna is possible for those who wish!

NOTE! Please do not use a Hotmail address when booking, as Hotmail has a bug that prevents your confirmation from being delivered.


Retreat utgången

Event FAQs

How do I get there?

Make your way to Gothenburg/Osla and travel via train/bus/car to Strömstad station (2.5 hours). Walk to Norra Hamnen (harbour) (5 min) and take the kosterboat to Ekenäs (50 min) where you luggage will be collected and you can collect your bicycle so that you can cycle to your accomodation.

During your time on Sydkoster you'll receive your own bike to get you around the island. Mini electric car rental or taxi is also arrangable. 

I won't be able to be there the whole retreat, can I come anyways?

Of course! Just let us know at:

If I don't feel comfortable in taking part in something; do I still have to join?

We might find ourselves in one or two challenging situations that make us grow and learn! Although, you are as free as the birds fly!

I'm pregnant; can I still join?

Yes, we will modify your Yoga!

I have a disease of some sort, can I take part?

Of course you can! Please reach out to

I have a food allergy - will that work?

You take care of all of your meals yourself in the kitchen provided at your accommodation.

Can I arrive early and/or check out late?
  • Ateljé Lövås
  • Koster
  • Sweden


  • 26 januari, 2024 16:30   -   28 januari, 2024 14:00
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