Guided Residency & Retreat
Our next group residency program will be February 8-15 - 2020
The remote Westfjords of Iceland provides the perfect setting to unplug from busy everyday life and find the space for creative self-reflection, intentional exploration, and the quiet to restore ourselves mentally, physically, and creatively. We have all found this village and the surrounding landscape a unique source of inspiration and we would like to share that with more people. Three of us – Janne, Su, and Isobel – have organized a week of activities based in the Westfjords Residency space. In this weeklong retreat we invite you to join us for a flexible programme of group activities and time for individual exploration. Each of us has our own personal practice in personal growth, meditation, and just finding ways to unwind and make time for our inner selves. The programme will combine a variety of activities and practices, but we want to encourage participants to make the experience their own. The schedule includes yoga asana practices, an introduction to the enneagram framework for guided self-reflection, music-based meditation and relaxation, as well as daily homemade vegetarian meals, hiking the surrounding hills, journaling/sketching, and time to do whatever inspires you personally.
Below is a tentative schedule (we plan to be somewhat flexible with this, especially as we may need to adjust plans depending on the weather):
Day 1: Arrive from Reykjavik, afternoon coffee/snacks, introducing everyone and the village. Some time off to settle in, group dinner.
10 – 11:30 yoga
13:00-15:00 Self-remembering (Presenting the enneagram)
Free time to explore, write, meditate, etc.
20:30 Dreamscape/music meditation with Su
13:00-15:00 Self remembering (building on enneagram framework)
17:00-19:00 Hike up Sandafell
13:00-15:00 Self remembering (guided individual exercises)
16:00-19:00 free time
20:30-21:30 Yoga Nidra
Day 5: Free day/Optional day trip (TBD, to some other villages in the area)
13:00-15:00 Self-remembering (journaling, personal reflection, creative expression in the way that suits you)
16:00-19:00 Free time (optional walk, depending on weather)
20:30-21:00 Dreamscape/music meditation with Su
13:00-15:00 Self remembering (wrapping it up, group discussion, questions, more time to reflect)
16:00-19:00 Free time
Spend the evening together, wrapping it up (Movie evening or something relaxing)
Coffee and brunch
Traveling back to Reykjavik
A 160 square meter workshop space called the Harbour House will be our main facility for group activities and yoga. This space is split between two levels and includes different work and living areas. There is a big hang out area with movable walls and tables, chairs and a sofa, and the building has a bathroom and a small kitchen.
We will share meals in he coffeehouse, and guests are welcome to stay in the coffeehouse and work during their afternoon free time.
The Blue Bank is another possibility for space to work individually or as a group.
In addition, various buildings in the village such as a community center and a gymnasium may be organized as possible places for activities, depending on weather and our flexible schedule.
For a peek at some of the spaces, check out the art residency gallery here.
Our living spaces include shared bedrooms (2 per room) in furnished houses around the village. All accommodations include bed linens, bath towels, shared bathroom and shower, laundry facilities, and shared kitchens with basic cookware. (Accommodation will be assigned before arrival, if you have a request to share with a friend please let us know).
Food and DINNERS
We provide coffee in the coffeehouse every morning or according to the wishes of the group. We will serve vegetarian/vegan lunches and dinners each day and eat together as a group. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in your application.
A high speed internet connection in all living and work spaces.
Cost and practicalities
There are no specific materials required, however we encourage participants to bring a journal for taking notes and for self-reflection. You may also want to bring supplies for any artistic/creative practices during free time - some basic supplies can be found in Reykavik but it is easiest and cheapest to bring them yourself.
Cost for February 2020 residency: 140.000 ISK
Residency fees include transportation between Reykjavík and Þingeyri (on February 8th and departing February 16th). Guests are responsible for their own international transportation and we recommend that you arrive the day before and leave the day after the pick up and drop off in Reykjavik to ensure enough time for getting to/from the airport. We are situated in the remote Westfjords of Iceland, so make sure to read more about location and traveling to us here.
Please note: a 50% deposit (non-refundable) is required when your application is accepted in order to secure your spot. The remaining 50% is due 1 month before the start of the retreat
Janne is a Danish girl, who has now been living for 15 years in the Westfjords of Iceland. Together with her Belgian husband she started up Simbahöllin coffeehouse and The Westfjords Residency. They now also have two kids who have grown up in Thingeyri. She loves baking and exploring new food, as well as analyzing and speculating in human psychology. The latter led her to first study literature for 6 years, and recently start a 2-year coaching education at the Danish Enneagram School in Randers. She has hosted residencies in the village for the last 6 years and considers herself more or less a local Þingeyrian.
Su is a Scottish-Portuguese artist and musician who works and performs under the alias, SHHE. Based in Dundee, Scotland, she first visited the Westfjords in 2018 as a residency artist. She returned in late 2018 to continue work on D Ý R A, a multidisciplinary project which uses landscape and sleep as a method for creating sound and exploring altered states of consciousness. She is currently developing this project alongside a team of digital designers and sound and light specialists with support from Creative Scotland. A keen mountaineer, she has summitted some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Toubkal, alongside countless munros in the Highlands of her native home.
Isobel is a Seattlite currently living in London, who has worked with Simbahöllin since 2011 in both the coffeehouse and the Westfjords Residency. She is an anthropologist by training and likes to chat the relationship between identity and culture. She is passionate about baking and cooking tasty and healthy vegetarian and vegan food. She received her yoga teaching certification from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Kerala and teaches dynamic vinyasa flow. She is also always up to play with crafts (especially textiles) as a form of both mindfulness and creative self-expression.
Applications for the guided group residency are now open. Use the link below to apply.
Applications are due on or before October 12th.
We aim to confirm with applicants by the middle of November 2019 (although it may be sooner).
If you have any questions regarding your application please email email@example.com