Retreats

Deepen your practice and discover new possibilities in beautiful surroundings with our selection of holidays and retreats run by the inspiring teachers at The Life Centre and Yogacampus.

Please note that these holidays and retreats are arranged by and booked through the teachers listed below—The Life Centre is not able to take bookings or answer any queries related to these holidays and retreats.

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Yoga Retreat in the lovely La Locanda

With Louise Grime and Sevda Mustafa
Umbria, Italy
11–17 Aug 2018

Come and join Louise Grime and Sevda Mustafa in La Locanda, a beautiful spot settled amongst the Umbrian hills.

The charming farm house is located 150km/90miles from Rome. The historical walled city Orvieto is only a short journey away. (chance to visit on our day off).
There are two swimming pools and a whirl pool for you to take a dip in-between your classes, Sun lounges and deck chairs can be placed either under a tree for a quiet read or around the pool to bask in the glorious sun.

There will be meditation/pranayama, in the mornings followed by a yoga class which will be more dynamic and energising, to build on stamina, but also to create space in the body using breath awareness.

Evening classes will be less energetic using either restorative style of yoga or a more gentle practise, plus some yoga Nidra.

Prices

Prices start from: £880

£200 non refundable
deposit.

All inclusive, except travel and transport form airport.

£50 early bird discount for full payments before May 1st 2018.

Further info

Contact Sevda Mustafa

seviemustafa@icloud.com

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Transformative Yoga Retreat in Almeria, Spain

With Jeff Phenix
Cabo de Gata, near Almeria, Spain
25 Aug – 1 Sep 2018

Join senior teacher Jeff Phenix for an amazing and inspiring week of yoga and meditation in stunning Almeria, which is Spain’s sunniest region and one of the least visited.

Its proximity to North Africa means that the area is semi-desert, dry and dramatic, with imposing mountains and dazzling sea. The venue is on the edge of one of Europe’s most remote and beautiful natural parks, the Cabo de Gata, one of the last unspoiled stretches of Spanish coastline, which is an amazing landscape of perfect half-moon bays, hidden coves, bizarre volcanic rock formations, and spectacular flora and fauna.

The venue is in a peaceful, isolated location, but within walking distance of the lovely traditional local village of Nijar, which can be seen across the valley at the foot of the spectacular mountain backdrop.

The venue sits in the semi-desert landscape amid lush gardens, its architecture echoing ancient Mediterranean civilizations. It has two swimming pools, one of which is a striking natural pool, fed by spring water and filtered by reed beds. It consists of the main Finca which holds a number of the bedrooms as well as the outlying Cortijo (farm) buildings have been converted in the original local style into charming accommodation, located a couple of hundred yards from the main house. Yoga will take place in a fully equipped covered outdoor yoga space.

“It is a wonderful venue, the house is very comfortable, homely and with a peaceful happy vibe. Everyone who came commented on it. The pool ( naturally filtered) has the softest water and the food is very good” Liz, yoga teacher

Schedule

Arrival day is Saturday 25th August 2018 and will begin with a welcome session and short practice late afternoon for those whose flights permit it. Morning sessions will be a dynamic mixture of stillness and movement incorporating pranayama and meditation and will be at 8am for approx. 2.5 – 3 hours. You are then free for the day to relax by the pool, enjoy a massage, explore the countryside, visit a village or take a trip to the local beach until the late afternoon session at 5.00pm (there will be snacks!) for approx. 1.5 – 2 hours which will be a mellow, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras and meditation. There will be one afternoon off yoga during the week to allow for an optional longer excursion. Options include a trip to a beautiful local beach, the stunning nearby Cabo de Gata national park, the city of Almeria (30 mins drive from the Finca) which contains the 10th century Alcazabar fortified complex and is the largest Muslim fortress in Spain and its impressive Cathedral, or the spa of Sierra Alhamilla, with its healing hot springs, which was first built by the Phoenicians in 300BC, and later used by the Romans when Spain was part of the Roman Empire. Various beauty treatments are available. (45 minutes drive from the Finca). Departure day is Saturday 1st September 2018.

Getting there
Almeria airport is less than half an hour from the Finca and is served by Easyjet, Monarch and Ryanair.
Taxis are €50 one-way and can carry 4, so if you can travel at the same time as others it can work out at €25 total for round-trip transfers. I will arrange transfers for you, let me know your flights once you have booked and I will put people together as much as possible.

Prices

£875 pp sharing twin with nearby bathroom
£925 pp sharing twin or double ensuite
£1255 pp single ensuite

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Jennie Phenix

jen@phenixyoga.com
07954 578 439

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Family Yoga Retreat in the Swiss Alps

With Alida O'Connor & Niki Perry

28 Aug – 2 Sep 2018

Niki Perry and Alida O Connor have partnered up again with the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa to create a unique luxury family yoga retreat this summer in the pristine Swiss Alps.

First class yoga tuition, ‘back to nature’ kids activities, award winning spa, and culinary delights to nourish body and soul are sure to leave you relaxed and rejuvenated before the new school year starts.

What’s included in the Tschuggen Yoga Retreat Package?
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner,*
1 x daily adult yoga class,
1 x daily kids yoga class,
Access to award winning spa,
1 x massage per adult, ,
Mountain bikes for all the family,
Visitor’s tax.

What’s excluded from the Tschuggen Yoga Retreat Package?
Flights, transfers , insurance, babysitting.


Optional Activities *
You will have the option to spend your final night on the mountains in a Tipi outside the Alpenblick Restaurant.

Kids activities include (age 4-14):
• Yoga / outdoor games ,
• Adventure trails which include short hikes during which flowers and trees are explained,
• Painting classes (using hands and feet),
• Cooking and baking classes,
• Tipi experience as an option,
• Flower/leaf pressing,
• Forest walk & picnic,
• Mountain biking and Rope park
• Squirrel feeding on the squirrel path,

*Please note : soft drinks will be included for all meals. 2 glasses of local wine is included at dinner for adults. We will be happy to organise a mini-bus transfer for you if needed from Zurich Airport to the hotel. Babysitting can be arranged at 45CHF per hour per child. The Tipi experience will be offered on the final night at 75CHF per person (weather dependent).

Prices for the 5 Night Tschuggen Retreat
Interconnecting 2 x Deluxe Double North Facing Rooms (Family of 4) 6060CHF
Interconnecting 2 x Deluxe Double South Facing Rooms (Family of 4) 6550CHF
Junior Suite West Facing (Family of 3) 5610CHF

*If you have 3 children or if you would like to have 2 children accompanying you in a Junior Suite please contact us for additional pricing.

Location
The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is located in Arosa, a very easy 2.5 hour drive from Zurich International Airport (closest airport) or a slightly longer train ride from Zurich. On confirmation of your booking we will be able to assist with in the logistics of your trip.

How to book?
Please email ali@alidayoga.co.uk for further details. Bookings will be made with the Valsana Hotel directly.

Further info

Contact Alida

ali@alidayoga.co.uk

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Affordable Ashtanga Yoga Weekend, Dartmoor National Park

With Joyce McMiken and Marcos Rodriguez
Dartmoor National Park
31 Aug – 2 Sep 2018

Join Joyce McMiken and Marcos Rodriguez for a weekend of ashtanga yoga in a beautiful and peaceful setting. There will be three Ashtanga Mysore classes and a restorative yoga session on Saturday afternoon.

Bala Brook is situated in Dartmoor National Park and on the edge of the open moor. There are thirty five acres of delightful gardens, fields, mature oak trees and woodland adjoining the waterfalls of Bala Brook, which tumbles down to join the river Avon. This is a walker’s paradise!

Prices

£299 in a shared room
£320 in a single room

Included in the price is yoga, accommodation and food.
Excluded: Insurance and transport to and from the venue.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Joyce McMiken

info@findthebalance.co.uk

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Yoga & Walking on the Spectacular Island of Sicily

With Elisa & Dominic Williams
Taomina Bay, Sicily
22–29 Sep 2018

Sicily, the eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean, continues to seduce visitors with its dazzling diversity of landscape, food & cultural treasures. Where better to prolong the summer?

This will be our first yoga adventure to Sicily. It is an island that we have had on our yoga retreat destination wish list for a very long time. We were contacted by the owners of a retreat centre near Taormina & it seems as though they are offering us the perfect fit.

Our Sicilian home for the yoga week, is located just 10 kilometers from Taormina where we can enjoy the retreat’s beachfront position, overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches on the Ionian Coast. The retreat is set in charming Mediterranean gardens, with terraces furnished with comfortabe sofas surrounded by jasmine & bougainvillea. Here we can enjoy the late summer sunshine, clear warm sea, individual cottage style accommodation, delicious healthy Sicilian food & maybe a little local wine!

In addition there are no shortage of places to explore on this fabulous Island. The region is well known for its dramatic scenery, well-preserved ancient ruins, delicious Sicilian food & wine & of course Mount Etna – Europe’s only active Volcano.

Our September 2018 retreat is designed to provide the perfect setting to prolong the summer, get to know some new people, nurture ourselves & prepare for the winter months ahead.

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Revive and Thrive Retreat

With Erika Tourell
Turquoise Coast, Turkey
30 Sep – 7 Oct 2018

Join Erika for a week in the spectacular nature of Kabak cove, surrounded by mountains overlooking the turquoise ocean with a 15-20 min walk to the beach.

Erika has over twenty years teaching experience and has been bringing groups to this small, family run hotel for the last five years. Situated on the side of a mountain, the stunning views from our yoga shala continue to amaze and charm people to come back time and time again.

There will be five hours of practice a day starting with morning meditation, pranayama and a more dynamic yoga practice followed by brunch. Then we gather again in the afternoons after a trip to the beach or lounging around the pool for some restorative yoga and meditation followed by dinner.

The food is delicious, traditional Turkish cuisine, much of it grown in the garden and in the local area.

Our hotel has a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the majestic mountains and sea. The simple wooden huts all have private bathrooms, air conditioning and a balcony. The gardens are delightful, very well cared for, and there are lots of comfortable areas to relax and read.

Flights are to Dalaman, a small airport in the south. The transfer from airport to hotel is ninety minutes. These will be arranged for you.

Prices

For seven nights

Twin share per person £695.00
Single occupancy £895.00

For fourteen nights

Twin share per person £1290.00
Single occupancy £1690.00

Further info

Contact Erika Tourell

erikatourellyoga@gmail.com

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Rediscover Your Rasa ~ an 11 day Yoga Journey Across Jordan

With Emily Reed & Drew Lawrence
Amman, Feynan, Petra and the Dead Sea
2–13 Oct 2018

Join Emily Reed with her friend and mentor Drew Lawrence (Vedic Astrologer & Published author) as they invite you to press the reset button, opening yourself to a sacred landscape and vibrations of our ancestors. “Rasa” in Sanskrit can be translated as “pure essence”. We invite you to rediscover your RASA (the person that exists beyond the daily stress and tiredness) as you peel back the layers on this “Conscious Living” retreat through the Holy Lands and deserts of Jordan.

Deep in the heart of the mountainous Dana Biosphere Reserve, at the end of a rugged track, an idyllic candle-lit lodge rests in the magnificent Wadi Feynan. This is an enchanting world of authentic Bedouin hospitality and natural beauty. Hailed as one of the best 25 eco lodges in the world by National Geographic Traveller Magazine, the award-winning, solar powered Feynan Ecolodge offers the most developed eco-experience in Jordan.

It is here that Emily Reed is guiding a group of “explorers” on a journey to cultivate better relationships and greater health and wellbeing in their body, mind and everyday life.

She is joined by her friend and mentor Drew Lawrence (Vedic astrologer, teacher and Sanskrit editor) and Serene Miqdadi (operational facilitator) on the retreat.

Time to rediscover your “Rasa”

“Rasa” in Sanskrit can be translated as “pure essence”. It directly refers to the “true” nature- who you are beneath the everyday stresses, hang-ups and conditioned pressures from society.
When you set an intention to rediscover your RASA you set an intention to create a platform from which you can cultivate better overall health, wellbeing, relationships and a better day to day experience of life.

Emily has been guiding Conscious Living retreats since 2012. The ‘Conscious Living’ ethos is looking at how we can create healthier, happier, more sustainable and well rounded lives. In essence it’s the Yoga of Living (what we do and how we live off our mats).

Expect

6 nights at an authentic, world acclaimed eco lodge in the national park; daily meditation and movement practices, contemplations; options to do sunrise or sunset walks in to the desert for meditation; talks and stories on the ancient lands of antiquity, Vedic astrology; discover how to use ancient well being wisdom from Ayurveda for your modern day life style.

Enjoy

Nourishing and delicious Jordanian vegetarian meals served by the Bedouin community who run the beautiful eco lodge resort.

Explore

During the final four days explore the sacred sites of Petra (2 nights) and the Dead Sea (2 nights). Both powerful spaces for meditation and contemplation. The Dead Sea will also be the time to indulge in the deeply healing salt spa treatments!

In essence:

Immerse yourself with a group of like minded seekers, connecting with a community and cultivating an organic “sangha” through conversation, yoga practices, walking, sharing sunsets and sunrise, evening fires, visiting sacred sites and more.

Join us on this adventure:
• delve in to all that nature has to offer across expansive desert vistas, breathing in stunning sunrises and sunsets together on early morning and evening walks;
• planned guided visits and meditations to the foundations of some of the country’s finest ancient ruins (Petra & Dead Sea).
• meet and laugh with like minded others;
• be guided through daily yoga/movement; meditation and breathing practices;
• enjoy fire side stories under incredible starry skies… and much more.
• Indulge in the Dead Sea spas. The ancient healing salt waters of the Dead Sea are renowned for over one thousand years.

Prices

Prices:
£2900 –SINGLE DELUXE rooms in all hotels
£2600 – SINGLE MID-RANGE rooms in all hotels
£2100 – TWIN SHARE DELUXE rooms in all hotels
£1800- TWIN SHARE MID- RANGE rooms in all hotels

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Emily Reed

emily_reed@me.com

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Rejuvenating and Transformative Yoga Weekend in Buckinghamshire

With Jeff Phenix
St Katharines, Parmoor, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
12–14 Oct 2018

Join Jeff Phenix for a full schedule and spectrum of yoga practices at St Katharines, Parmoor, an historic Victorian Country Manor near Marlow in Buckinghamshire.

The Parmoor estate, which dates back to the 15th century, was once owned by the Knights Templar and is situated in the picturesque and verdant Chiltern Hills. This peaceful, rural retreat is easily accessible from London and is set within lovely grounds, there are beautiful local walks and the fresh and delicious vegetarian food is is always of a high standard, with some ingredients coming straight from the estates walled garden. This special and unspoilt environment offers an ideal setting for spiritual practice and will give you the chance to immerse yourself in yoga, recharge and relax and enjoy the peaceful and natural surroundings.

Yoga classes take place in the large hall, an atmospheric space, with wood floor, characterful wood panelled walls, lovely natural light and views out onto the garden.

Schedule

Arrival is on Friday afternoon from 4pm and our schedule together starts with a short evening yoga class at 6pm before dinner and an evening meditation afterwards. Saturday morning will begin with pranayama and meditation at 7.30am before breakfast and a longer more vigorous ‘yang’ style morning session from 10.30am until lunch at 1pm. You will then be free for a few hours to relax or explore the surrounding countryside before we have a mellower more ‘yin’ style class at 5pm. After dinner there will be a short meditation. Sunday morning will be the same format until we are free to leave after lunch re-charged and revitalised or stay a bit longer and enjoy the countryside.

Prices

Share twin/double room (ensuite) £369
Twin ensuite – single occupancy £439
Single (ensuite) – limited availability £409
Single (non-ensuite) £345

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Jennie Phenix

jen@phenixyoga.com
07954 578 439

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NurturEvolve Yoga retreat in Norfolk

With Margherita Dal Pra

19–21 Oct 2018

Join Margherita on a perfect autumn yoga weekend in beautiful Norfolk. We’ll stay in a luxury eco-friendly country manor estate located in a beautiful rural setting, not far from the famous North Norfolk coast. The stunning location will lift your spirits and inspire you to unfurl to your full potential. This yoga weekend is an immersive experience, where you can walk the talk of how life could be.

A beautiful rural setting for our next weekend Yoga Retreat with a nice practice themed + sequenced around the idea of rejuvenating and nurturing our body mind and spirit with a combination of align, flow and restorative yoga. The healthy vegetarian food with a mix of raw and cooked food prepared with love by holistic chef will complement our practice. The combination of a weekend immersed in nature, deeper practice and healthy food, will send you back home like a new person!

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Margherita Dal Pra

shantiyoga@gmail.com

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Ashtanga Yoga Holiday in Goa

With Joyce McMiken and Marcos Rodriguez
Leela Cottages, Ashvem, Goa
25 Nov – 3 Dec 2018

Join Joyce and Marcos at a beautiful boutique beachfront resort for an Ashtanga Yoga Holiday. Accommodation will be in rustic luxury cottages set within a lush coconut grove with a jungle feel, but just moments from the sea.

The first class will be a restorative class at 3pm on Monday 26 November. This will give time for you to explore the beach, transition into your new environment and overcome any jet lag. Thereafter there will be five Ashtanga Mysore practices in the mornings and a led class to close the week. There will be three morning conferences/technique classes and four afternoon restorative and meditation sessions. Sunsets are magical in Goa so where possible we will structure the retreat to give you the opportunity to enjoy them.

There will be plenty of time to relax on the beach, enjoy an Ayurvedic treatment, or hire a moped/taxi and head to one of the local markets or explore the countryside.

Prices

A cottage for twin or double occupancy is £925/person.
Single occupancy is £1220 per person.

Included in the price is yoga, accommodation and food.

Excluded: Insurance and transport to and from the venue.

Please note that a condition of this holiday is that all participants have personal travel insurance which adequately covers you should you need to cancel your place.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Joyce McMiken

info@findthebalance.co.uk

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Bali Fire & Flow Retreat

With Tanja Mickwitz & Bridget Luff
Swasti Eco Village, Ubud, Bali
8–15 Apr 2019

Join Tanja and Bridget, on the journey of a lifetime to magical Bali and immerse yourself in yoga, meditation, nature and ceremony.

Join Tanja and Bridget, two highly experienced and devoted facilitators of yoga, weaving their unique skill-sets together to offer a truly nourishing and transformational retreat. Come and dive deep into yoga, mythology, mudra, mantra and movement to ignite inner strength and restore more creative energy and natural flow in your body and life.

Our charming retreat venue is in Ubud, near the monkey forest, and yet feels a world away from any of the hustle bustle of the city. The accommodation is traditional Balinese style cottages surrounded by tranquil greenery and wildlife.

Alongside our daily practices there will be plenty opportunity to relax as you need to, to explore the local area and experience the vibrant sights, sounds, flavours and experiences of Bali.

Prices

£800 – £1250 (depending whether shared/single and with/without AC) Early Bird Offer until 30 October 2018

Cost includes all accommodation, four dinners together, breakfasts and all yoga.

Cost does not include travel and transfers, 3 dinners out, lunches, any additional excursions or treatments.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Tanja Mickwitz or Bridget Luff

tanjamickwitz@gmail.com / bridgetisluff@gmail.com