After an amazing summer weekend retreat in Glastonbury, I am so, so excited to announce that we’re heading back to this special corner of England. If you’re feeling frazzled, strung out, overworked or simply just want to give yourself time off, this is the perfect retreat for you.
The shift from summer to autumn can be unsettling for many of us. If it’s a time of year that leaves you feeling low, slow, sluggish, or overwhelmed then you’re most definitely not alone!
Picture a weekend of letting your body soften, of giving your mind quiet time and hearing the wishes of your soul. Imagine the warmth of a log fire on your skin after a countryside walk and enjoying nourishing, home-cooked food. This is the perfect opportunity to give yourself the invaluable gift of time on a retreat weekend.
What to expect…
Yoga and Meditation
Morning practice will be Hatha Flow, which is a more dynamic version of traditional Hatha yoga. The 90 minute classes will be sequenced to create space in the body while lighting up the inner fire that can often feel so dulled during autumn. This will be accompanied by pranayama (breathing techniques) to really wake the mind and bring the attention to the present moment.
Evening practice will be Yin yoga, which is a more meditative style with longer held poses. Yin is the perfect way to wind down, balancing energy centres in the body and allowing for inner reflection. This will be rounded off with a meditation such as Yoga Nidra, a guided, deep relaxation technique.
All equipment (mats, blocks, straps etc) is provided and all levels are welcome!
Workshop and Down Time
I truly believe that taking time out is one of the most precious gifts you can give yourself. We’re so often bogged down with daily chores, work, deadlines and commitments that we rarely stop and check in with ourselves. Taking time, even for just a weekend, to put yourself first can feel like self-indulgence, but it allows us to look at where we are and where we want to go with fresh perspective. On this retreat, you’ll be guided in how to start listening to what your heart really wants through a dedicated workshop on the Saturday afternoon, as well as tips on how to keep the retreat feeling for when you return home.
The schedule is relaxed, with plenty of time for self-reflection, journalling, countryside walks, taking a massage, soaking in the hot tub or curling up with a good book. This is your time, and you’ll be encouraged to do what feels good for you.
Accommodation and Food
We’ll be returning to Lower Coxbridge House, nestled in the Somerset countryside. Decked out with hardwood floors and flooded with light, the house feels warm and inviting, making it the perfect place for retreat. Set in secluded grounds with paddocks and orchards, it has views of unspoilt countryside from every window, including a beautiful view of the Glastonbury Tor. Facilities include a dedicated yoga space, fully equipped kitchen complete with Aga, sunken bathtub in the master bedroom, fire place, hammocks and a hot tub.
Glastonbury itself is a colourful town full of interesting characters and cafes. It’s just a 30 minute walk or a few minutes drive from the house and only 50 minutes from Bristol and Bath. It’s also easily reachable by rail and road from London.
Food should of course be healthy and nourishing, but it should also taste good and leave you feeling satisfied! Olga, our retreat chef, will again be serving us breakfast, lunch and dinner, made from organic, locally sourced ingredients and filled with love. Meals you can expect will include things like seasonal fruit salads and healthy oats, tagines and soups and of course, delicious desserts.
All meals are vegetarian but vegans can be catered for, too. Allergies and intolerances can also be accommodated, just make sure you let me know ahead of time.
15:00 Welcoming Circle
17:00 Yin Yoga
8:00 - 10:00 Pranayama and Yoga
Free Time (including lunch)
18:00 Yin Yoga / meditation / mantra
08:00 - 10:00 pranayama and Yoga
Book Your Place
This will be a weekend of down time to unplug from the responsibilities of everyday life and give yourself some much needed me-time. All of this is included in your investment:
2 nights accommodation
All meals, teas, coffee and breakfast juices
4 yoga classes
2 pranayama classes
Dedicated workshop and related materials
All yoga equipment (mats, blocks, straps etc)
We have five comfortable bedrooms available, including a deluxe master room with balcony and a sunken bath tub.
Your investment for this all-inclusive weekend :
Shared double/twin ensuite - £389 per person
Standard shared double/twin - £359 per person
If you’d rather have a room all to yourself, just get in touch to get the single supplement rate. You can secure your place with a deposit of £150. Full payment is due no later than 11 August 2019. All money paid is non-refundable but if you’re unable to attend, your place is transferrable to another guest. To make this retreat super special and cosy, spaces are extremely limited. This retreat previously sold out months in advance, so it’s highly advisable to secure your spot with a deposit.