Review by Hanan from United Kingdom (2017):
perfect for a wandered and yogi at all levelsPros:
Pille hosted the entire week and a definite highlight is her experience of all the hiking routes and contacts in the area. Pille has been living in the area for 5 years so helped us experience the area like a local. Unexpectedly a few of us went on a morning fishing trip with a local fisherman and we took a boat trip to an amazing local island. Actuvities that can only be experience for by those "in the know". Each hiking trip offered adventure and physical challenges for hikers of all levels. Different routes were offered for all to enjoy, each location was beautiful. The yoga sessions were not the same style everyday but was a great selection for preparation for the day ahead or wind down for the hours of hiking before. One thing to note - the accommodation. It isn't a room in a local family home. You do not accommodate a room with a family. It is shared accomodation (with a private room) with others on the retreat but is leased out by a local. We had a great place with a terrace facing the water and mountains and all rooms were double bed sized. This again was a great unexpected bonus.Cons:
Simply having to leave a great group, place and host.
Review by Sumani from United States (2017):
This was a very unique and personal yoga experience with a very experienced yoga instructor, hiker, and cook. The hikes were beautiful and food was excellent. I had a great experience and made some unforgettable friends.
Review by Frits from Netherlands (2017):
Fantastic retreat. Fantastic location. Fantastic people.Pros:
This retreat was simply fantastic, it exceeded my expectations. We had great weather for the time of year, which we took full advantage of by flexing the schedule. My expectation for this trip was that it would be an activity packed, no frills, participation required retreat with like-minded people. I got that and a little extra. Pille arranged for us to stay in a locals' home. I shared a house with 4 other people and we had a blast. We really bonded on this trip which, as far as experiences go, is more than I could ask for. The people I met made this trip unforgettable. Food was good, breakfast was amazing. This is not the kind of the retreat where a chef prepares your food and that's reflected in the price. Pille has a very personal hosting style. We even ate dinner at her house one day. Her daughter joined us for hikes and to help with cooking. I feel like I got a very authentic experience. Far more so than had I planned my own trip. I came in with no hiking experience but by day three I felt comfortable enough to do the Romsdaglseggen hike. I came in with good health and a fit body so that really helped. If you're reading this and wondering if you'll be able to do it: I practice Ashtanga yoga six days a week, no hiking experience and this trip was totally doable for me.
The schedule was definitely a little ambitious but I'm sure this will improve with experience. Personally I'm flexible and fine with taking it one day at a time and I didn't come for anything specific. It's good to keep in mind that this a group retreat and I feel like you'll have a much better experience if you interact with the group; keep an open mind and a flexibly attitude. The more you put in the more you get out of it.
Review by Emma from United Kingdom (2017):
Excellent retreat in beautiful Norway.Pros:
I really enjoyed everything about this retreat. Great people and lots of outdoor activity with some much needed yoga to help keep us from getting too stiff! Pille took us to some amazing parts of Norway and we definitely got to experience far more than I would have had I tried to plan all the hikes myself- I don't think I would have been able to find most of them anyway! Pille was warm and welcoming, as was her daughter Maria who was with us for the majority of the trip. The group of people on this trip were also incredibly warm and friendly which made it even better. I would definitely recommend this retreat to anybody!Cons:
The fact that I had to leave!
Rewiew by Ralph from Netherlands (2017, 2018)
For the second year in a row, Pille Mit has enchanted me with her fantastic hike and yoga retreats.
It is the incredibly inquisitive and powerful personality with which she knows how to inspire me and the people around us. For example, during the first retreat in Molde she offered me an introduction to the various parts of ashtanga and restorative yoga, which enabled me to overcome all my prejudices and hesitation in practicing yoga. Now during the second retreat at Lofoten she has given a new floor to it. As a result, my appreciation for yoga has only increased over the past period. In addition, the retreats have given me a wonderful look at the impressive natural beauty of Norway. For example, Pille took me as a guide, with an eye for traveling companions, during a number of different and challenging hikes. The latter was excellently supported by a few delicious and of course healthy meals which were even better than last year. All in all an experience so special that you would prefer to keep it to yourself...
Review by Sara Shyiak from Canada
June 11, 2018
|This retreat was fabulous from top to bottom. Pille structured the day brilliantly and I felt balanced, challenged, and engaged the entire time. This is a unique way to see Norway and I’m so very glad I came. Pille is an amazing instructor and leader and I’m so grateful for this experience.|
Review by Ana Simonovska from Russia
June 11, 2018
"Wonderful experience "
|That it ended so fast :)|
|The program offered exciting hikes in beautiful nature, some of them more challenging than the others, balanced with energizing and nourishing Yoga classes in the mornings and afternoons. The accommodation was very good, the organization of all activities was smooth, Pille Mitt was opened for suggestions given from the group and flexible regarding the plan. There was a very nice community feeling in the group, we were preparing the breakfast together, doing the clean up afterwards, making lunch packages for the hikes... the dinner was great! We had the pleasure to eat the super delicious food cooked by Eva :)... in short - taking the retreat with Pille was one of the best decisions I've made as it turned out to be one of the best experiences I've ever had.|
Review by Masoumeh Yazdani
June 11, 2018
|yoga and hiking.pile calmness and her management.|
Review by Penny Jones Tasmania
June 6, 2018
"Wonderful mountains bookended by relaxing yoga!"
|At times the distance between the various accommodation centres and the yoga places made it feel less like an overall 'retreat experience', and a little more impersonal - but if you know that this is what to expect, it doesn't detract from what is overall an amazing week of yoga and hiking, that simultaneously manages to be both supremely restorative and physically challenging.|
|The scenery around Molde is some of the most amazing I have seen anywhere - a wonderful mixture of sea, mountains, and beautiful architecture. The retreat location was perfect to take advantage of this, with diverse and spectacular hikes only a very short drive (or even walk) away. Pille made a great effort to make sure we saw a fantastic sample of the area, and that everyone's hiking capabilities were accommodated.|
Review by Carolina Heto from United Arab Emirates
June 4, 2018
"Amazing experience "
|Amazing yoga class and hiking experience|
Review by Helen Lee from United States
June 4, 2018
"Wonderful yoga and hiking retreat"
|Pille is a great yoga instructor, give a very good instruction to do your best, and always help you to strive your best. Every hiking trip took me to places that take my breath away. Every place was so unique, beautiful and different to the next. The food were great, healthy and delicious.|
Review by Grainne Toher
May 29, 2018
|The schedule is very full which is great. I’m relatively fit but now and then I took time out from some of the activities so I could rest and be on holiday too. The venues for the mountain climbs, accommodations, meals and classes are spread throughout the town make the retreat a bit fast and furious. The retreat mountain climbs and classes are not geared for beginners so be prepared for that. Do try and buddy with someone at your level climbing wise so you have company and for safety. |
|The views were fabulous, out of this world. I enjoyed the yoga classes with Pille immensely. I chose a hotel room which was a lovely retreat at the end of a busy day of activity. I had best of both worlds, great company at the meals and time to recuperate at the hotel in the evening.|
Review by Sarah Pearson from Great Britain
May 21, 2018
"Exceeded all expectations "
|As a beginner to yoga and hiking I did find parts challenging but I was always supported well|
|I loved the scenery and how attentive Pille was to everyone’s needs. The whole trip was fantastic and left me feeling refreshed and with new friends|
Review by Jodie Carrick from United States
June 18, 2018
"Incredible Molde trip"
|I could not recommend this trip enough! Prepare to be astounded by Moldes beauty that is literally everywhere you turn. Pille was an incredible host has a true genuine passion for Norway, hiking and yoga, and you can’t help not wanting to leave! The accommodation was good, the schedule was flexible if you wanted it to be, the food sensational and the company you meet- awe inspiring and simply life changing. I went solo on this trip and the sense of community that very quickly develops very on this trip made you feel very much part of a family. GO on this trip. You won’t regret it!|
Review by Jaro Snopek from United States
June 16, 2018
"Amazing Yoga and Hiking Retreat "
|The vegetarian meals were too limited for me; more fruits, little more meat and healthy fats for non vegetarians.|
|The whole program: itinerary, schedule, flow yoga in the morning and Yin yoga after hiking; accommodations, food preparation with other participants. Outstanding hiking sites|
Review by Laura Turrini from Germany
June 14, 2018
"Awesome hikes in lovely Molde"
|The retreat was spread all over Molde, which made the logistics a bit complicated and took away some flexibility. However, this would definitely not hold me back from visiting Pille again :-)!!!|
|The hikes were awesome! Pille did a great job at discovering very beautiful tracks and put together a great plan: good mix of tracks, always different scenery and every day becomes better and better!! As a plus, the mountains you see are really cool, but the hikes are not too tricky (of course some are a bit demanding, but there are no scary parts and are not extremely long). Also, Pille organized groups of different speeds so that no one would feel pushed to hike faster than s/he wanted. I also loved yoga after hiking: I usually get sore muscles, but this week I almost did not!! In sum.. I loved this retreat and if you love hiking and yoga you should definitely go!!!|
Review by Aimee Hardwicke from United Kingdom
June 12, 2018
"Amazing and breathtakingly beautiful "
|Pille is a great yoga teacher, hiking guide and fantastic woman. Having lunch on the mountains each day while being surround by breathtaking views was something I've never experienced before, and I'll never forget. The daily schedule was perfect and having the flexibility to change it meant we could tailor it to our liking and rest when it was needed. I feel fortunate to have shared such a memorable experience with everyone in my group and have left making some lifelong friends. Thank you Pille for such an enjoyable experience!|
Review by Böske Kubovics from Netherlands
May 28, 2018
"Yoga in Norway"
|Not having routine because of changing times of the classes was something to get used to. The morning classes could have started a bit later than 7:15 and would have been nice if dinner was at the same time every day.|
|Excellent, professional yoga classes and hikes with amazing scenery. Though you have guidance, you can opt for walking in your own rhythm and enjoy nature. The vegan food is fantastic and if you are a meat eater, you can choose to eat somewhere else else in town as food is not in the package. Nice and clean appartment.|