New Years Retreat

Fully alive into the New

30 December 2020 - 3 January 2021

Yoga | Breathwork | Medicine Music | Fire Ritual | Drum & Dance | Cacao Ceremony | Sauna


Location & Accommodation



Who is guiding you


Welcome to our New Years Retreat!

The 3rd Edition at Galleli in Escholzmatt.

Enjoy our beautiful video from last year!

With Love & Joy

Mela & Miguel

Escholzmatt, Switzerland.

Fully alive into the new!

Let’s end this year with coming together, to reflect, be, play, enjoy and bring aliveness into our system for those special last days of the year. We will spend time in a wonderful traditional Swiss house in the biosphere of Entlebuch. Our wonderful hosts, Monica and Schang will be lovingly taking care of us in their home and blessing us with delicious vegetarian/vegan meals for happy bellies. Coming together in this time is very precious, as we can consciously transform the old and focus on new intentions.

This retreat shall be a journey from our hearts to yours, a space for ceremony, ritual and celebration, a play ground where we invite you to loose control, to be spontaneous and open, a space of no concepts, an energy field for grounding and for flying high and going deep into your own magic.

We will share many different practices with you, with the intentions to drop from the head into the heart.


are our key words throughout this journey, becoming alive, feeling ourselfs fully, exploring curiously and practicing gratitude to our lifes, to our gifts and to our beautiful mother earth.

Like every year we love to integrate all 4 elements into this retreat.

Through daily morning yoga/meditation classes you have the chance to nourish your body and mind, to awaken the cells and bring more life energy (prana) through your system. We will integrate the beautiful nature surroundings, with going on walks in this stunning area, exploring rhythm in nature and playing with all nature elements.
And of course not to forget the yummy food with Ayurvedic influence. The Cacao will help us with its beautiful components of the Anandamin to come into a heart space and close the year with a heart-full ceremony. With creating an earth altar on the 1st day of the year, we give thanks to the earth and connect with our prayers for pacha mama and our new year ahead.

There will be a fire ritual on the first night of the new year. Together we set new intentions and connect to our inner fire.  On the first day we light the fire of the sauna, this is an opportunity for you to cleanse/ detox.

Playfulness & Flow is something so important. We many times forget to be playful, so we invite all beings to bring in games, instruments, laughter and joy, as we will put a conscious effort onto awaken our inner child. And we will create the flow and space for some other magical creations to happen.

Being in this area, we will be able to enjoy nice crispy winter air and on the last day of the year, we will include breathwork, a powerful tool to release and transform old pattern and beliefs, to bring in more aliveness. Also trhoughout all these days we practice the sacred space of silence & deep listening .


The more conscious you breathe the more connected and aware you become.

Breathwork uses a simple technique, called “conscious connected breath”, a profound technique that deeply supports the clearing away of old energies, conditioning, negative thoughts/patterns and emotions.
It helps us to open up the doors for new possibilities and a greater consciousness. If done properly it is a “gateway” to your inside world, to truly see who you are with all layers of a human being, emotionally, physically and energetically. And yet the outcome is always a surprise, as we are all individuals caring different stories and backgrounds. The main result is pure presence & awareness, which eventually leads us into a fuller acceptance of what is.

Important to know:

This retreat is held in English and if needed with german translation.

This retreat is not suitable for you in case of pregnancy, or if you suffer of any severe heart disease, psychosis or epilepsy. Please get in touch if you are in any doubt about your health situation.


Escholzmatt in the «Wild West of Lucerne» is a part of Switzerland’s first UNESCO biosphere reserve. The Entlebuch biosphere encompasses precious moorland with rare fauna and flora considered of international importance. Beautiful water meadows lie alongside the Kleinen Emme. The Escholzmatt municipal district extends to the Schrattenfluh, one of the most impressive karst landscapes in the pre-Alpine region.

The house (Galleli) is a tipical swiss house, beautifully renovated. It has 2 yurts, one for guests or workshops and 1 yurt sauna.

For sleeping there are 2 dorms with each 8 beds.  The third room is our beautiful yurt that can host 6 people. We can host max 22 people.

How to get here:

From Lucerne, it is a 40min train ride to Escholzmatt. From the local trainstain a 8min walk to the house.

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We love food and we love you, having a conscious and sattvic diet is important for us, as food shall be nourishing and healthy. So we are super happy to have Monika and Schang who will be cooking delicious vegetarian/vegan ayurvedic influenced meals for us, with gluten free options.

“When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace”

Program and Daily Schedule

30th Arrive & Connect

Arriving after 4pm latest at 6pm.

6.30pm Dinner

8.00pm Opening Ceremony & Full Moon Ritual

31th Letting go of the old

8.00am – 9.30pam Meditation/Hatha Yoga
9.30am – 10.30am Breakfast
11.00am – ca 2.00pm Breathwork Ceremony
2pm Light lunch & Integration time
6.00 pm Indian Buffet
8.30pm Cacao Ceremony & Tribal Dance with live music

1th – embrace the new

9.00am – 10.30pam New Years Meditation & Morning Ritual
10.30am  Brunch
12pm – ca 2pm Nature Walk & Earth Altar Building
2pm Lunch
4.00pm -6.00pm Clean & Restore in the Sauna
6.30 pm Dinner
8.30pm Setting Intentions for the New Year/ Fire Ritual

2nd Integrate & Breathe

8.00am – 9.30am Meditation/ Hatha Yoga
9.30am – 10.30am Breakfast
11am -2pm Open Flow, Rhythm and Voice
2pm Lunch
3pm- 6pm Breathwork Ceremony
6.30pm Dinner
8.00pm Jam Session - Bring your instruments

3rd – Celebrate

8am -9.30am Meditation/Hatha Yoga
9.30am  Breakfast
12pm – 2pm Closing Circle
2.00 pm Light Lunch
4pm Good Bye


Who is guiding you:

Mela & Miguel have been sharing these sessions together for about 2 years now. They both combine what the love the most. Mela is sharing her passion for the breath and its healing tools and Miguel is a very passionate intuitive and alive musician. Together they bring a big quality into this deep work and lots of joy and fun.


Mela Mariposa

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Mela Mariposa, co- founder of Svara- Beyond Breathwork, today works as a breathwork therapist and life-coach.

The main focus in Mela's work is to accompany her clients into a state of presence and into their heart space, where transformation can take place. She loves working with people who want to develop their potential and fulfill their dreams, people who are ready to go deep and want to dissolve old patterns and habits.

Mela has a huge background knowledge, she worked for over 12 years as a nurse in psychiatric clinics, she is a holistic nutritionist and spent years studying the science and practise of traditional yoga. She has lived, trained and taught in various communities in Asia and Europe. Nowadays she integrates shamanic work, western therapeutic elements and elements from traditional Yoga & Tantra.


Miguel Anumano

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Miguel Anumano from Portugal. Passionate about life. I felt the power of music very early in childhood, immediately I was grabbed by the pulse of african music and spirit. With the drums I started exploring rythm intuitively. Without choosing I became a drummer even before I knew how to read. I have been drumming ever since, observing the connections between rhythm and everything else. Intensely devoted to music, inspired mainly by ancestral healing sound, I became a sound explorer, percussionist, vocalist, multi-instrumentist , self-taught improvisation artist.

Throughout the years I was developing a deeper sense for listening, the voices and their different layers, the movement within us, the movement of the air, the breath of the earth, the great cosmic orchestra that is ever present. I believe that music, dance and creativity in general are most powerful healing tools, multi dimensional portals available to everybody.


The full retreat fee (courses, food and accommodation) is 850.- Fr. /person

Accommodation and Food of 400.-Fr./Person/4 Nights has to be paid upon arrival in cash!

We have a room with 4 beds, 5 beds and a Yurt with 3 beds. First comes first serves 🙂


Please email us to book your spot.

Breathe Deeply And Say YES!