2019 day retreats
Sundays 3rd February, 7th April, 9th June, 13th October, 1st December.
To book for any of the above please contact us
Each day costs £50 inclusive of Vegetarian lunch. We start at 10.00am and finish around 4.30pm.
Our Yoga days are currently held at Porthallow on the North Lizard coast.
These Yoga days are unique in our teaching calendar. The Hall at Porthallow overlooks the beach and encourages a retreat atmosphere throughout the day. We teach these days together creating a yoga narrative that allows us to explore the subtleties of yoga practice, inspiring a greater exploration of the fundamental principles that underpin our personal approach to Yoga. Throughout the day we interweave practices that help integrate the many strands of Yoga into a meaningful whole; We explore the qualities and energetics of movement, breath and grounding; we create space, time and centredness; we engage, we play, we rest.
For us a Yoga practice is a creative and integrated way of encountering ourselves and our life. As the root of the word Yoga implies, in practice nothing is irrelevant, everything can useful on the mat, energy transmuted, thought assimilated, the body experienced in its fullness.
As the day is joint taught by us you get the opportunity to receive attention and feedback from us whenever required. Ultimately it is a day to stop, be with yourself and give things a chance to unwind so that you can return to the world clearer and more relaxed.
Our emphasis is on cultivating patience and attention so that we can learn to listen to the body’s innate intelligence and sensitivity. We do this through encouraging gentle movement, the exploration of posture and energy and the gradual expansion of the breath. We work always with an awareness of our relationship with gravity so that we can develop both strength and find release. We also introduce simple meditations and awarenesses that can be cultivated as positive habits in life. The end of the day sees us relax deeply, restoring energy before our re-entry into the world.
Everyone is welcome to these days as there is time and space to cultivate a deeply personal and intuitive appraoch to the yoga. Limitatons and challenges are endemic to being human and Yoga is a way of relating to to ourselves as we are……………. just bring a Yoga mat, a sense of humour and a willingness to let go!
Our Winter Yoga retreat will be held at Boswedden house in West Penwith from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th November.
The cost for the weekend is £250 in a shared room and £350 for a single room (one small single available at £300)
Cost includes accommodation, all food and snacks (vegetarian), and all yoga.
We will begin our retreat on the Friday evening with an evening meal and an evening session of introduction and relaxation. Saturday will include four Yoga sessions each with a different emphasis, starting with a short sesssion before breakfast and a main sesssion mid morning. After lunch there will be some free time followed by an afternoon practice. After our evening meal we will meet agfain for an evening relaxation. Sunday morning will follow the same schedule as Saturday morning with a final closing session in the afternoon after lunch.
Winter offers unique opportunities for retreatants and the weekend supports the sense of rest and renewal that the season traditionally encourages. Our time together will be relaxed and quiet, the Yoga is accessible to all and you will be encouraged to explore the practice in the context of your own needs and priorites.
If you are interested in joining us please email us to book or for more
The idea of ‘retreat’, has been universal in the healing traditions. For us, to ‘retreat’ means to positively withdraw from our regular living situation so that we can take time and space for ourselves. This helps us to review our way of being, consider any changes we think necessary and to physically and mentally nourish ourselves so that we can better engage with life on our return.
We can attend a regular class with the same intention to withdraw and reflect. However, when we choose to take a day or a weekend, the process becomes more powerful.
There is an innate need for balance in the human being. The pull outward towards doing and relationship is firmly rooted in us as social beings in an interdependent society. In the global village we need never trouble ourselves with aloneness, boredom or reflection if we don’t want to.
Less obvious is the compensatory need to turn inwards, to quieten and to just be. Every being needs a level of this for balance. Dissipated energies require renewal, work requires rest, and whilst it’s wonderful to fully express ourselves it’s equally good to become receptive, to listen sometimes. This is where yoga and our sense of retreat can help us. Our practise reminds us that there is a powerful quality in the quiet arts of sitting, watching and being, in doing things because we can, for no other purpose.
In all our retreats we utilise place as well as time. We choose locations that accentuate the sense of retreat and allow you opportunity for walking and resting in nature, places where we can notice the little things that we often miss when we’re rushing around being useful!