Sunday, 26 August 2018


Dear all,

unfortunately we were just contacted by Kulturhuset and they informed us that due to a break in no one is allowed in the building. We are very sorry to let you know with this short notice that TONIGHTS CLASS IS CANCELLED. 
We hope this is not to inconvenient and that you will be able to make to next months class on the 30th of September. 

With warmth,
Ortens Yoga

Monday, 14 May 2018

Last Class and Community Sunday 20th of May

Wake up the little monk or nun  within you!

Hi dear Community, 
we are about to end the season of practice together, for a long summer break. Therefore we want to celebrate with you this wonderful summer that is opening all the senses. 
We will meet for the last class and the Community Sunday on May 20th. We will gather indoor at 18 as usual for the movement/yoga and later we will practice walking meditation in the forest continuing with a sitting on the rocks in a nice spot between the trees, ending with sharing time. 
As we said during previous practice time, walking meditation might feel like waking up the little monk/nun within you, let yourself experience the walking into nature.
If is not pouring rain we will be outdoor most of the session so be aware of what you need to bring.
Barefoot or comfortable shoes is your choice ;-) , 
something to sit on would be nice as well as a tea or some snack to share with others at the end.

We will send more info about the next start of classes at the end of august and how the schedule will look like in the autumn. 
But for now let´s just enjoy that sun and warmth together!

Bowing to you all,

Giulia and Ida

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Upcoming Community Sunday + Spring Retreat schedule

Hi everyone,
on the 25th of March we will have our Community Sunday,
where we will practice until 19.30. 30 minutes yoga/movements, 30 minutes meditation, 30 minutes sharing, as usual.
All the donations for Community Sundays, until the end of May, are going to support "Ingen människa är illegal" (no one is illegal)  here you find more info about them .

Also a reminder that there is no class for easter holiday the 1st of april.

Also the spring retreat date is getting closer, and we have some spots lefts, spread the word .
To sign up just send us an email and we will provide the registration form.
The schedule will look like that :

Saturday 21st of April
 11:00-12:45 introduction +  yoga practice
13:00 LUNCH
14:00 Working mindful period / free mindful time
15:00 2hrs yoga/movement workshop
17:30 walking meditation outdoor / forest invitation
18:30 DINNER
19:30 Working mindful period / free mindful time
20:00 meditation
20:30 check in/circle/sharing
21.30 goodnight
noble silence starts

Sunday 22nd of April
 6.25 waking bell
7:00 meditation
7:30 yoga practice
end of silence period
10:00 working mindful period /mindful packing/mindful cleaning/leaving the room
11.00-12.00 walking meditation outdoor
13:00 LUNCH
14:00 meditation
14:30-15:30 sharing/closing

Enjoy the transition into light.



Thursday, 1 March 2018

Sliding scale pricing, what to consider before paying the spring retreat

As we announced in our last post we're soon hosting a retreat at Hellasgården.
 We've decided to not have a fixed price but instead a sliding scale pricing (for this retreat it is 1300-2300:-) and here we offer an explanation for how we think of it.

So this is the wiki-definition:

”Sliding scale fees are variable prices for products, services, or taxes based on a customer's ability to pay. Such fees are thereby reduced for those who have lower incomes, or alternatively, less money to spare after their personal expenses, regardless of income.”

For this retreat it means that if you have little or no money to spare you pay 1300:- this is the cost for food, board and renting of the space. We’re not making a profit from this price, but rather it's a community service.

If you have a monthly salary and are able to save some money and take a holiday you can probably pay 1800:- this pays the cost of the retreat and our salaries.

If you have a monthly salary, are able to spend and save some money and comfortable can pay 2300:- you are paying for the retreat, our salaries and supporting someone with a tighter budget so that we get payed for our work.
but not just that..

..Consider this :
Dana (generosity) Practice
"In the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless; in the Buddhist tradition we also practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teachers, but also the Sangha, the larger Dharma community, and your own practice."

On the same note, nobody is left out for lack of funds. If you find yourself in that situation, please contact us. 

Thank you very much .

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Spring is slowly approaching, or this is what they say... :-)

Hi dear community ,
we feel very grateful for another great season together.
We are now offering another retreat for the spring season.
Here comes a little info, the schedule and more information will be posted soon.


       From the 21st to the 22nd of April, in the beautiful surroundings of Hellasgården
just 15 minutes from downtown Stockholm.
  We will gather to practice being present as Spring starts to awake.
              You will have the opportunity to explore mindfulness 
through movement, stillness, 
walking by the water and into the forest.

  Nice  vegan food from Vivo Sthlm will be served. 
And you will have free access to the sauna.

Ida Arvids and Giulia Sansoni will facilitate yoga 
(from the Hatha tradition and mindful movement) 
and meditation (mindfulness/zen based walking and sitting).
incl. shared bedroom, food, classes.
Latest booking on the 31st of March.

More info and schedule:

For booking or questions:

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Changing the starting date in 2018

Hi everyone,
Filipa will start teaching a little earlier as what we said in the last post.
First class will be 14th of January  !

We wish you all a smooth transition into 2018 .


Friday, 8 December 2017

Last class sunday 10th of december

Hi everyone, 

This upcoming Sunday, 10th of December, is the last class for the season. We will start with some movement practice to continue into walking and sitting meditation.

We will have the chance to talk a little about how to keep our practice during the winter break.
Classes starts again again 28th of January.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

I want to share with you all a great practice from the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
I think we should give it a try during the holiday season:

Beginning Anew

To begin anew is to look deeply and honestly at ourselves, our past actions, speech and thoughts and to create a fresh beginning within ourselves and in our relationships with others. At the practice center we practice Beginning Anew as a community every two weeks and individually as often as we like.
We practice Beginning Anew to clear our mind and keep our practice fresh. When a difficulty arises in our relationships with fellow practitioners and one of us feels resentment or hurt, we know it is time to Begin Anew. The following is a description of the four-part process of Beginning Anew as used in a formal setting. One person speaks at a time and is not interrupted during his or her turn. The other practitioners practice deep listening and following their breath.
Flower watering – This is a chance to share our appreciation for the other person. We may mention specific instances that the other person said or did something that we had admired. This is an opportunity to shine light on the other’s strengths and contributions to the sangha and to encourage the growth of his or her positive qualities.
Sharing regrets – We may mention any unskillfulness in our actions, speech or thoughts that we have not yet had an opportunity to apologize for.
Expressing a hurt – We may share how we felt hurt by an interaction with another practitioner, due to his or her actions, speech or thoughts. (To express a hurt we should first water the other person’s flower by sharing two positive qualities that we have trully observed in him or her. Expressing a hurt is often performed one on one with another practitioner rather than in the group setting. You may ask for a third party that you both trust and respect to be present, if desired.)
Sharing a long-term difficulty & asking for support- At times we each have difficulties and pain arise from our past that surface in the present. When we share an issue that we are dealing with we can let the people around us understand us better and offer the support that we really need.
The practice of Beginning Anew helps us develop our kind speech and compassionate listening. Begin Anew is a practice of recognition and appreciation of the positive elements within our Sangha. For instance, we may notice that our roommate is generous in sharing her insights, and another friend is caring towards plants.
Recognizing others positive traits allows us to see our own good qualities as well.
Along with these good traits, we each have areas of weakness, such as talking out of our anger or being caught in our misperceptions. When we practice “flower watering” we support the development of good qualities in each other and at the same time we help to weaken the difficulties in the other person. As in a garden, when we “water the flowers” of loving kindness and compassion in each other, we also take energy away from the weeds of anger, jealousy and misperception.
We can practice Beginning Anew everyday by expressing our appreciation for our fellow practitioners and apologizing right away when we do or say something that hurts them. We can politely let others know when we have been hurt as well. The health and happiness of the whole community depends on the harmony, peace and joy that exists between every member in the Sangha.