Locanda Da Paola ,
11 - 18 May 2012
Friends and family retreat
Locanda Da Paola sits in Umbria, the heart of the Italy and the land of St Francis, an area of rich artistic, spiritual and cultural patrimony, immersed in a green landscape. Umbria is steeped in its mystical past and still today enjoys century old traditions. It is an absolute paradise for nature lovers, unexplored valley trails, quiet walks and early morning practice in a beautiful new fully equipped yoga room surrounded by woodland. The Locanda itself sits among aged old stone walls, in manicured gardens, with olive trees and where the smell of lavender and rosemary fill the air while just beyond a crown of hills stand Umbria's many cities of art, treasures and heritage. The rooms are fresh and cosy, decorated with antique furniture and there is plenty of time deep daily practices, asana, pranyama, kriyas and meditation and discussion, swimming in the pool, candle-lit dinners, and calm nights under a star filled sky! Vegetarian and local cuisine. All welcome.
8 - 15 July 2012
Retreat Into The Year Of The Dragon
Bhogi Yogis, this is the retreat you have been waiting for!! Hidden Dragon is undoubtedly the most exclusive private lodge in Les 4 Vallées of Switzerland that we could find to practice yoga in! Nestled in a forest above the village of Veysonnaz, near Sion, this secluded Alpine retreat offers uninterrupted panoramic views over the Rhone Valley. Using ancient Feng shui and Buddhist principles, the lodge was created with escape in mind and this will explain why it has its own yoga deck, mediation room , spa, hammam, outdoor hot tub and sauna! (Even a piano for someone to tinkle on the ivories after dinner!) Did we mention the in house cinema or the private vegetarian/vegan chef? ... Om ...
Santa Maria Del Sole ,
12 - 18 October 2012
Shakti Kriya Retreat
We are greatly looking forward to returning home to our extended Italian family in one of our favourite destinations! Puglia is a spiritual zenith for those looking for an earthy, grounding and uniquely distinct destination and experience. From the local circular 'trulli' houses, world heritage UNESCO villages , incredible food, to the red earth and the olive groves, it is a magical and undiscovered part of Italy that lends itself uniquely to retreating. At this beautiful, newly refurbished seven bedroom centre, owned by a renowned healer and her family, we will be practising twice daily hatha yoga, Shakti Kriya meditations and Pranayama with Yogi Ashokananda in an exquisite shala with a stunning vaulted ceiling and under floor heating. Take a stroll into the woods speckled with meadow flowers, a swim in the pool or learn to cook from the Apullian chef. Everything about this retreat is wholesome, transformative, engaging and relaxed. All welcome.
South of France
Date to be confirmed
Yoga retreat with Yogi Ashokananda
We are returning to retreat to the South of France while it is in full bloom, to this gorgeous 18th Century bastide that sits in seven acres of private grounds surrounded by olive trees. The 7 bedroom house is just outside the famous Provençal town of Grasse in the French Midi where perfumes have been made since the seventeenth century and is a short drive from the picturesque St Paul de Vence, Cannes and the coastline. Aside from being a stunning location, with plenty to visit in the local area, we will be practicing everything from mudra to bandha! There will be two daily asana practices, we will be teaching meditation techniques and an introduction to pranayama with lots of time for discussion! A private chef will prepare vegetarian meals to eat al fresco on the terrace, under the spring sun and the starry nights! It is a retreat suitable for all levels, all ages and we look forward to sharing it with you.
Date to be confirmed
Vedic meditation and yoga course with Jillian Lavender
This is a unique opportunity to learn the ancient technique of Vedic Meditation with one of the UK's leading meditation teachers, Jillian Lavender while offering an unparalleled level of rest and purification whilst relaxing in some of the most stunning landscape Scotland has to offer. Vedic meditation is the oldest and most researched technique of meditation in the world and after these four days you will go home with a tool for life that delivers benefit in all areas of life, including health, relationship, energy levels and slowing down the ageing process. The course will be complemented by a pranayama technique to enhance meditation and a gentle Hatha yoga practice each morning to awaken the connection between mind and body; facilitating the rebalancing process. Alladale lodge is totally secluded, take walks to waterfalls or longer hikes into the 23,000 acres of wilderness on their estate; where deer, wild boar and elk wander freely.
September date to be confirmed
Yoga retreat for everyone with Christopher Gladwell
This retreat is the answer to yogis prayers a relaxed, easy going retreat close to home, where we can dig deep into our practices; stretching our minds in tandem with our bodies at the beautiful Knowlton Court Estate. This is the perfect opportunity to tackle those trickier asana and enjoy a powerful daily practice with Christopher Gladwell. After a strong practice each day, enjoy freshly sourced and created, vital Ayurvedic food, prepared by Andres Rodriguez. Over the course of the week we will invariably touch on everything from ayurveda, philosophy, meditation, to adjustments, kriyas and pranayama. Answering and investigating each other’s questions as they arise. Expect a very full, free flow week, without a rigid structure!
Monte de Velho,
Date to be confirmed
Yoga and chanting retreat with Yogi Ashokananda and Nikki Slade
Nikki Slade is a pioneer of voice work and chanting and her transformative approach is a powerful vehicle to open the heart and free your inner voice! Monte de Velho retreat centre, surrounded by nature, with no one in sight for kilometres, is the perfect setting for letting it all out! Let your voice ring through the trees as we practice daily yoga, pranayama and meditation, enjoy kirtan and daily chanting and Ayurvedic food created by Andres Rodriguez - to leave every part of you singing the light fandango! And after you tune up, tune in to the endless views of trees and the ocean; swim in rain lakes and hike on trails to nearby villages or the ocean... or... lie back in you hammock and watch the world go by! Suitable for complete beginners and all ages.