Past Retreats

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Why not think about deepening your practice on one of my retreats or holidays.

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‘Yoga – Delving Deeper’.  17th – 23rd July or 25th July – 31st July 2016, Rustic Retreats, Totana, Spain

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During this week you will go beyond the asana (physical practices) of yoga to delve into the other limbs of yoga. You will explore cleansing practices, pranayama and yoga philosophy to broaden your understanding of the wider yogic traditions. You will also delve deeper into your physical practice by incorporating mudra’s (hand gestures), dristi (yogic gaze) and bandas (internal locks) into dynamic and energizing sequences.

This retreat will enable both experienced practitioners and beginners to understand and experience the benefits of a holistic yoga practice, which goes beyond the asana to explore the wider dimensions of yoga.

The week will begin with the setting of a personal yogic intention for the week. So whether you have chosen to come on the retreat to tone up and increase flexibility, to relax and destress, or to reconnect with yourself and life’s purpose I will assist you in achieving this.

We will start with ensuring a safe and sustainable practice for everyone as we review some basic alignment cues and principles for our asana practice. I will then offer a combination of daily dynamic sequences to help stretch and tone up and enable you to feel healthy, well and full of vitality. These dynamic sessions will be complemented with daily slower sequences where we will go deeper into more detail to understand the fundamentals of the positions and their physical benefits.

The physical practices will be complemented by a range of workshops which will help you understand more about the history, philosophy and background to the ancient yogic tradition. You will also learn to give and receive a Thai Yoga massage which can be a great complement to your regular yogic practice as it helps to go deeper into poses and develop bodily awareness.

At the end of the week we will tie all of this together into a workshop where you will learn to tailor a suitable practice for your daily needs. This will enable you to be able to take the benefits of the retreat into your daily life to make profound and lasting changes.

Venue

Rustic Retreats is a truly magical eco retreat venue. Located on the edge of one of Spain’s national parks it is wonderfully peaceful and surrounded by beautiful mountains on all sides. The yoga platform is build away from the main residents and commands wonderful views in all directions.

Elliot the owner of Rustic Retreats (and wonderful host) and the the fact that there is a maximum number of 9 participants on this retreat ensures that everyone gets lots of special attention. The retreat is based on ecological principles and is totally off the grid. You’ll sleep in wonderfully spacious and comfortable bell tents (on real beds), and wake up in the morning to views of the lemon and orange groves.

Elliot an amazing chef and prepares wonderful fresh vegetarian food (all included in the price). For further details check out their Facebook Page.

investment and booking

This retreats starts at just £350 per person including twice daily physical yoga classes, daily meditation classes, 5 special workshops, 3 delicious meals per day, and shared accommodation in wonderful bell tents, and all yoga equipment. Does not include flights and transfers.

To book please contact info@rusticretreats.eu

 

‘La Bocca Yoga Weekend Retreat’. 9th – 11th September 2016. La Bocca, Bournemouth, UK.

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Come and join us for a wonderful summer solstice yoga retreat. On this retreat we will be celebrating the apex of the year by delving into our yoga practice and taking time to recharge.

Expect morning and evening yoga classes, which will combine energizing dynamic practices, with slower flow and deeper exploration of positions. On the first evening before bed Tania will lead a wonderful restorative candlelit yoga nidra session where we will set an intention for the second half of the year.

The retreat includes four yoga classes, one yoga nidra practice and two optional morning meditation classes, accommodation and all meals.

On the Saturday during the day there will be the option to go on a long coastal walk, visit one of the local beaches, or explore Bournemouth or Westbourne, or simply relax in the lovely garden.

Location
La Bocca is one of Bournemouth’s few remaining grand residences set in the area known as The Golden Square. La Bocca remained in the same family for over 100 years and as such retains many grand and unique features. The house exudes a wonderfully peaceful aura. La Bocca has magnificent grounds of over one acre featuring beautiful lawns, rhododendron walks and spectacular specimen trees.
 
La Bocca is only a short walk from Bournemouth’s beautiful Blue Flag beaches; Middle Chine, our nearest being one of the best & completely unspoilt! It is situated 10 minutes walk from Westbourne with its many funky independent boutiques, bars & coffee shops as well as the many delights of Bournemouth & it’s famous pleasure gardens.
 
There is also a wonderful open top bus which goes to Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck if you wish to go further afield and walk some of the Jurassic coast.
 
Accommodation comprises of large rooms ideally suited to couples or friends who are happy to share. There is one single room available. Rooms may also be set up in dorm style to accommodate several singles sharing.
Getting there
Bournemouth is less than 2 hours train from London Waterloo or a 2 hour and 20 minute coach ride from London Victoria. La Bocca is 10 minutes taxi ride from the station.
Investment and booking
Early bird £199 if booked before 01/07/16 or £225 standard price including shared accommodation, all yoga and meditation classes, all meals and herbal teas.

Devon Yoga   15th – 17th May 2015      Eden Rise, Totnes, Devon, England

The retreat will take place at the beautiful retreat center Eden Rise near Totnes in Devon, from Friday 15th until Sunday 17th May.

The Yoga weekend will offer you a chance to deepen your yoga practice, explore meditation, relax in 7 acres of beautiful countryside and enjoy delicious food lovingly made by Charlotte.

No previous experience is necessary

All meals will be organic and vegetarian. Please do advise when booking of any dietary needs.
To book your place or for more info email Liz at info@bermondseyfayre.com for a booking form
Costing – £225 early Bird if booked and deposit paid before 5th April and £255 if after. This includes all yoga and meditation classes, accommodation and three meals a day of delicious organic food.

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Rustic Retreats   2nd – 9th May December 2015      Totana, Spain

On this retreat we’ll be inspired by the gorgeous surroundings at Rustic Retreats, and will focus on how our yoga practice can be inspired by the natural world around us. We’ll start each day peacefully with meditation.  As well as a dynamic morning practice around the themes of Earth, Water, Fire and Air, and a more restorative evening practice there will also be the opportunity to take part in a number of workshops.

Pranayama, Breath, and Meditation, including the use of Neti pots (a traditional yoga nasal cleansing practice)

The breath is the key many of the yogic practices. At this workshop we’ll learn about the benefits of meditation and how we can use simple breathing techniques to help us journey from the outer to the inner world. Traditional yogis often used nasal cleaning techniques (using a Neti pot) which are great for colds, allergies, countering the effects of pollution, and blocked sinus. You’ll learn to use the Neti pot and be able to experience the benefits of the practice for yourself, you’ll be given a neti pot to take home and keep. 

Animal Spirit Yoga and Guided Journey 

‘The animal world has a lot to teach us, but first we must learn to speak to animals’ Ted Andrews

Many of the physical positions (asanas) in yoga draw inspiration (and names) from the animal kingdom, and it was believed that ancient sadhus (yogic practitioners) used to imitate animals in the wild, to develop some of the positions we use today. Examples of asanas include cobra, downward dog, eagle.

It is believed in shamanism that we can draw on the special qualities and abilities of animals to guide us and help us in our lives. In native rituals, movement is often incorporated both to relax, but also to help align the individual with the energies and essence of certain animals.

At this unique workshop we’ll be learning some of the secrets of the animal world, and participants will be guided to find their own unique animal totem. They will do this via a guided inner journey through a waterfall where their animal will appear to them.  We’ll then learn about the role of animals as guides in shamanism, for example some animals are nurturers and protectors, others have great fertility and gentleness. Some embody strength and courage, and some can teach playfulness. Animals can help us recognize our own skills, and know when to use certain skills.

Make your own detox spa products and Hopi ear candles

At this fun workshop you will learn to make four fabulous detox spa products from common kitchen indigence  (a body scrub, face mask, body oil and hair mask). We will make these together and apply them using some Thai massage techniques. After making the spa products we’ll use Hopi Ear candles, which can help clear the mind and senses.

Gratitude workshop

‘Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.’ Denis Waitley

At this workshop we’ll explore the importance, and benefits, of developing more gratitude in our lives. We’ll learn a simple technique of how to write a gratitude journal, which can enable us to both appreciate the small things in our lives, but also focus our energies to help manifest greater changes in our lives.

Dancing and free movement

“Watch the dust grains moving in the light near the window. Their dance is our dance. We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless, directed by the one who teaches us, the pure joy of the sun, our music master.” -Rumi

Yoga is a practice of developing self-awareness and one way of doing this is through cultivating a greater physical understanding of the body. Based on practices from the 5-rhythms tradition we’ll use free movement and dance to explore how we experience our bodies. This fun workshop will help us loosen up, release tension and improve our self-awareness in our physical yoga practice.

Minimum contribution of £350 per person.

Includes all accommodation, food, workshops, yoga and equipment. Not inclusive of flights and transfers.

info@rusticretreats.eu

Devon Yoga   27th February – 1st March 2015      Eden Rise, Totnes, Devon, England

The retreat will take place at the beautiful retreat center Eden Rise near Totnes in Devon, from Friday 27th February until Sunday 1st March.

The Yoga weekend will offer you a chance to deepen your yoga practice, explore meditation, relax in 7 acres of beautiful countryside and enjoy delicious food lovingly made by Charlotte.

No previous experience is necessary

All meals will be organic and vegetarian. Please do advise when booking of any dietary needs.
Costing – £225 early Bird if booked and deposit paid before 10th November and £245 if after £10th November This includes accomodation, all food and all yoga and meditation classes. To book your place or for more info email Liz at info@bermondseyfayre.com for a booking form

 

SNOWGA  10th – 17th January 2015    Vallorie, France

Yoga, skiing and boarding are perfect partners. Each day we’ll start with a dynamic yoga sequence which will warm us up and stretch us out for the slopes. During the day Bart will try to teach how to ski/board or improve your skills. So get ready to explore outstanding pistes around the National Parc de Vanoise. In the evenings we’ll cool down with a more restorative yoga session.

Benefits of combing yoga and skiing / snowboarding include:

  • Improved flexibility for those fluid turns and glides on the slopes
  • Increased core strength which is great for boarding
  • Stretches and tones legs and helps to improve knee alignment and stretch out IT bands
  • Opens shoulders and chest to improve breathing
  • Helps improve focus and concentration
  • Help property warm up and cool down preventing injury.

Bart is a Personal Trainer and British Association Winter Sports Skiing and Snowboard Instructor. Together we will offer a unforgettable week of yoga and skiing and boarding where you will improve your techniques, fitness and flexibility – as well as having lots of fun!

Investment £495 including accommodation, skiing, lift pass and all yoga classes and ski/ snowboard instruction.  To book please contact info@snowberg.co.uk.

 

Rustic Retreats  29th December 2014 – 4th January 2015    Totana, Spain

My New Year holiday retreat will energise and recharge you!

Your workshop programme:

On this retreat we’ll be inspired by the gorgeous surroundings at Rustic Retreats, and will focus on how our yoga practice can be inspired by the natural world around us. We’ll start each day peacefully with meditation.  As well as a dynamic morning practice around the themes of Earth, Water, Fire and Air, and a more restorative evening practice there will also be the opportunity to take part in a number of workshops.

Pranayama, Breath, and Meditation, including the use of Neti pots (a traditional yoga nasal cleansing practice)

The breath is the key many of the yogic practices. At this workshop we’ll learn about the benefits of meditation and how we can use simple breathing techniques to help us journey from the outer to the inner world. Traditional yogis often used nasal cleaning techniques (using a Neti pot) which are great for colds, allergies, countering the effects of pollution, and blocked sinus. You’ll learn to use the Neti pot and be able to experience the benefits of the practice for yourself, you’ll be given a neti pot to take home and keep. 

Animal Spirit Yoga and Guided Journey 

‘The animal world has a lot to teach us, but first we must learn to speak to animals’ Ted Andrews

Many of the physical positions (asanas) in yoga draw inspiration (and names) from the animal kingdom, and it was believed that ancient sadhus (yogic practitioners) used to imitate animals in the wild, to develop some of the positions we use today. Examples of asanas include cobra, downward dog, eagle.

It is believed in shamanism that we can draw on the special qualities and abilities of animals to guide us and help us in our lives. In native rituals, movement is often incorporated both to relax, but also to help align the individual with the energies and essence of certain animals.

At this unique workshop we’ll be learning some of the secrets of the animal world, and participants will be guided to find their own unique animal totem. They will do this via a guided inner journey through a waterfall where their animal will appear to them.  We’ll then learn about the role of animals as guides in shamanism, for example some animals are nurturers and protectors, others have great fertility and gentleness. Some embody strength and courage, and some can teach playfulness. Animals can help us recognize our own skills, and know when to use certain skills.

Make your own detox spa products and Hopi ear candles

At this fun workshop you will learn to make four fabulous detox spa products from common kitchen indigence  (a body scrub, face mask, body oil and hair mask). We will make these together and apply them using some Thai massage techniques. After making the spa products we’ll use Hopi Ear candles, which can help clear the mind and senses.

Gratitude workshop

‘Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.’ Denis Waitley

At this workshop we’ll explore the importance, and benefits, of developing more gratitude in our lives. We’ll learn a simple technique of how to write a gratitude journal, which can enable us to both appreciate the small things in our lives, but also focus our energies to help manifest greater changes in our lives.

Dancing and free movement

“Watch the dust grains moving in the light near the window. Their dance is our dance. We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless, directed by the one who teaches us, the pure joy of the sun, our music master.” -Rumi

Yoga is a practice of developing self-awareness and one way of doing this is through cultivating a greater physical understanding of the body. Based on practices from the 5-rhythms tradition we’ll use free movement and dance to explore how we experience our bodies. This fun workshop will help us loosen up, release tension and improve our self-awareness in our physical yoga practice.

Minimum contribution of £350 per person.

Includes all accommodation, food, workshops, yoga and equipment. Not inclusive of flights and transfers.

info@rusticretreats.eu