Conditions of participation

To get the full benefits of your yoga practice, please heed the following:

  1. We ask you to attend the morning and evening meditation sessions and two yoga classes. The lecture in the afternoon is optional.
  2. We request that you forgo the consumption of black tea, coffee, meat, fish, eggs, onions, garlic, alcohol, cigarettes and drugs during your stay at Hotel Gut Sonnberghof.
  3. Please help maintain the peace and purity in the meditation room.
  4. Important!! Please don’t step in to the fields or the pastures, stay on the path in the forest and don’t make any fires.
  5. The Retreat House is not responsible for any loss of valuables.
  6. Loud music, cooking, candles and incense are not permitted in the hotelrooms.
  7. Full payment for the yoga portion of your stay is due on registration.

I hereby declare that I have read the rules of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Retreat House for the stay in Hotel Gut Sonnberghof, that I will adhere to these rules and that I will be present at all activities.

I take full responsibility for myself and for my personal property. The decision to participate in the activities is exclusively my own and I do so on my own responsibility.

I further declare that I will not hold the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Retreat House liable for any injuries, damage or loss that may result from my participation in the activities. I am in good health and have no illnesses or preconditions that prevent me from practising the asana and pranayama exercises. Furthermore, I acknowledge that I perform all exercises at my own risk and on my own responsibility and that I can omit or discontinue exercises at any time if I so desire.

Cancellation terms

For yoga vacation:

Your registration becomes valid upon full payment after receipt of the reservation confirmation.

Cancellation before the start of the programme:
The following fees will apply to the yoga part (excluding accommodation):
More than 21 days before the beginning of the programme: 10%
Within 21 days of the beginning of the programme: 30%

If you would like to change your booking to another programme organized by the Retreat House in Reith, a rebooking fee of €50 will be charged for the yoga part.

In case of early departure from the programme, the following cancellation fees apply to the yoga part: no refund

Hotel Sonnberghof:

Cancellation before the start of the programme:
The following cancellation fees will be applied to the hotel price:
More than 21 days before arrival date: €30 processing fee.
Within 21 days of the arrival date: 80% of the hotel price.

In case of early departure from the programme: 80% of the hotel price.

Information regarding the Austrian Distance and Off-Premises Contract Act (FAGG):

According to § 18 Subsection 1 Z 10 FAGG your 14 days right of withdrawal does not apply to this contract as it concerns the provision of services related to leisure activities and the contract provides for a specific date or period of performance.


The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres of Europe are dedicated to creating a more conscious and compassionate world. We accomplish that mission by creating a safe and sacred environment. We champion spirituality, ethical behaviour, respect, trust, loyalty, and commitment. As such, we have a responsibility to maintain a safe and sacred space for deeper inner work, in accordance with the teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda.

Accordingly, the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres of Europe prohibit all staff from engaging in sexually suggestive remarks and gesturing, and unnecessary and offensive touching. You are therefore expected to refrain from directing any such behaviour towards staff, students, or guests.

If in spite of the efforts of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres of Europe in this respect, you believe you have been subjected to sexual harassment from outside presenters, staff, guests, or from a swami, you should immediately report the incident to one of the course directors. Corrective action will be undertaken without delay. Complaints made to a course director will be treated confidentially and the alleged violator or any third party will not be advised of the complainant’s identity without the latter’s consent.