Hellnar, Iceland

Take the Leap: Yoga and Transformational Coaching Retreat - November 2-8 2017

Take the Leap

The Land of Fire and Ice awaits you! Join Lauren Taus for Take the Leap yoga and coaching retreat in a dramatic winter paradise. This 7 day immersive experience explores the balance between comfortable and rugged, luxurious and simple; a balance that brings richness and depth to our lives. Our Icelandic soul renewal includes yoga, meditation, coaching, excursions to the Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle, spotting the Northern Lights, and of course, good company.

Lauren Taus, yoga instructor and life coach, leads twice-daily energizing, soulful yoga sessions and meditations. During this retreat, Lauren also leads group discussions and workshops tailored to fit individual and group needs. She helps students and clients out of self-limiting beliefs and behaviors which stifle meaningful movement and block happiness. Under Lauren’s guidance, you’ll develop self-esteem, clarity, and the courage to walk along paths toward personal fulfillment. Whatever stage you’re at in life, Lauren will help you find a new sense of freedom and purpose. This is what it means to take the leap!

In order to achieve our dreams we must put in the work, but we also need to relax and let go—allowing the Universe to bring us what we desire most. This is the interplay you explore with Lauren and fellow yogis during this retreat… You cannot give from an empty cup—you must fill yourself up first, then overflow with love. Through daily practice, extreme self-care and hearty celebration, you will leave this retreat feeling more than enough and ready thrive!

Iceland is a tiny country with a unique culture dating back to the Vikings. Shaped by extreme forces of nature, Iceland is a land of dramatic contrasts: hot and cold, rich and stark, lively and still. To honor the diversity of Iceland, we host the retreat in two locations: five nights at Hotel Budir on the remote Snaefellsnes Peninsula and one night at the Kvosin Hotel in downtown Reykjavik. We look forward to hosting you in Iceland. Now is the time to Take the Leap and claim the life you deserve!


Lauren Taus

Yoga instructor, life coach, therapist and writer


Lauren Taus is a NYC and LA-based yoga instructor, life coach, therapist and writer. Lauren regularly teaches at some of New York’s most elite studios, including Soho House, Equinox, and Pure Yoga. She also teaches in many corporate offices and leads one-off wellness events in multinational organizations and city start-ups. Lauren’s classes are energetic, joyful and challenging. Her dedication to teaching is clear and she inspires her students to reach for new heights. Lauren firmly believes in the mind-body connection and in the ability for an improvement in one, to benefit the other. She helps her students and clients develop the skills they need to make health and happiness easy in a complex world. Lauren graduated from Columbia University and earned her Master of Social Work degree from NYU.

Follow Lauren on Instagram @lauren.taus

The Venue

This retreat is set in two separate locations. We will spend 5 nights at the remote luxury Hotel Budir— set in one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, just a couple of hours drive from Reykjavik. This elegant hotel was built in 1948 and maintains its original old-world charm. The hotel features a cozy atmosphere, great service and a restaurant renowned for its exquisite cuisine. Each room offers a view of the magnificent landscape surrounding the hotel, including he Snaefellsjökull Glacier, the sea, the mountains, and the extensive lava field. On our last night, we head to the trendy Kvosin Hotel located right in the heart of Reykjavik. We will spend the last day exploring museums, shops and monuments in this uber-cool capital city and have our farewell celebration dinner out on the town.

The Food

One of Iceland’s chief food connoisseurs called Budir “the Mecca of Icelandic cuisine.” The restaurant is renowned for its unique local and seasonal menu that takes advantage of fresh produce from neighboring villages such as Stykkisholmur, Olafsvik and Borgarnes. The chefs at Budir will prepare 3 healthy meals each day, using top quality, organic ingredients. On our last night, we will have a farewell celebration dinner and drinks out on the town in Reykjavik. We happily accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets, as well as any food sensitivities.


Standard Room


Mountain, glacier or sea view
Ensuite bathroom
Wifi and TV
King bed or 2 twin beds


Early bird: $2,900


Early bird: $2,500

Deluxe Room

Mountain, glacier, sea or lavafield view
Ensuite bathroom
Wifi and TV
King or queen bed


Early bird: $3,200

DOUBLE (shared bed):

Early bird: $2,800


 View of the surroundings
Ensuite bathroom
Wifi and TV
Queen bed


Early bird: $2,700

DOUBLE (shared bed):

Early bird: $2,300

*A non-refundable deposit of $750 holds your space. Sign up before August 1st 2017 for earlybird pricing!

*You will be transferred to the equivalent room type for our last night at the Kvosin Hotel.


• Twice daily yoga and meditation sessions

• Group coaching and workshops

• Visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal hot springs and spa day

• Tour of the Golden Circle

• Hiking

• Tour of Reykjavik, including museum visits and shopping

• Farewell dinner and night out in Reykjavik

Sample Schedule

8 – 9 am: Coffee, tea and fruit

9 – 11 am: Meditation and yoga

11 am – 12 pm: Brunch

12 – 3 pm: Excursion or free time

3 – 5 pm: Workshop

5 – 6:30 pm: Evening yoga

7 – 8 pm: Dinner

8 – 10 pm: Evening program


• Hotel Budir is located 2 hours away from the Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik. The Kvosin Hotel is located right in the heart of Reykjavik. We will provide transportation to and from the airport on the first and last days of the retreat.

•The retreat begins at 5 pm November 2nd and finishes at 12 pm November 8th. Please try to plan your travels accordingly.

•If you are a US citizen, you do not need a visa to enter Iceland. Please ensure that you have a valid passport prior to the retreat.

•You will spend the first 5 nights of this retreat at Hotel Budir and the last night at the Kvosin Hotel. You will be transferred to the equivalent room type at Kvosin—if you request a single room, you will stay in a single throughout the retreat.

•This retreat includes 3 healthy meals a day prepared by Budir’s chefs.

•This retreat is all-inclusive. Spa treatments and horseback riding are optional and not included in the retreat price.

Reserve Now

*A non-refundable deposit of $750 holds your space. Your remaining balance will be due 2 months prior to the retreat start date. We will send follow up information regarding payment to your email once you reserve. Sign up before August 1st 2017 to get early bird prices!

*Retreat prices are per person. You must make separate reservations for each person in your group. In our follow up questionnaire you will have the opportunity to request your roommates and we will make sure that you are placed together.

Standard Single (early bird): $2,900

Standard Double (early bird): $2,500

Deluxe Single (early bird): $3,200

Deluxe Double (early bird): $2,600

Loft Single (early bird): $2,700

Loft Double (early bird): $2,300