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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Winter Nourishment for Body, Mind & Soul

With Elisa and Dominic Williams
North Kerala
16–24 Feb 2019

North Kerala remains untouched by mass tourism, the hidden jewel in India’s crown. Our beach side boutique hotel, with its delightful well tended grounds & swimming pool, stylish bungalows, great food & warm welcome is the perfect place to escape the winter chill & the madding crowds. Join us here for 8 starry nights & 9 sunshine days of self-care & discovery on the deserted shores of the Arabian Sea.

On our 8 day yoga in Kerala retreat we will immerse ourselves in a whole range of relaxing activities, including optional morning and evening yoga in the purpose built shaded yoga shala overlooking the sea. Morning walks along Northern Kerala’s swathes of almost deserted, white sandy beaches.

As a group we can enjoy peaceful boat rides watching the abundant wildlife in Kerala’s northern backwaters, dine in the open air on wonderful freshly prepared Keralan and Southern Indian cuisine and swim in the blood warm waters of the Arabian Sea and the resort’s gorgeous pool.

We practice yoga twice a day in the morning and late afternoon in the shaded yoga shala set in among the palm trees overlooking the sea. There is also opportunity for meditation on the tranquil shores of the Arabian Sea watching the setting sun.

The yoga classes will comprise the spectrum between slow flow and deeply restorative yoga gently and yin. You can do as much or as little as you please.

The 10 yoga practices arranged throughout the week will be of varying lengths and content. There is never any pressure for guests to take part in every yoga class and non-participating partners are most welcome on the holidays.

The morning yoga sessions on our Kerala yoga retreat will comprise more flowing yoga practices, with modifications offered to suit the individual levels of students. There will also be pranayama (breathing techniques) and guided meditation and relaxation. The late afternoon/ early evening yoga classes will include a slower asana practice, with some poses held longer for deepening, yin yoga, gentle and restorative sessions, again with pranayama, guided relaxations, yoga nidra and meditations.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Elisa Williams

elisawilliamsyoga@gmail.com
07885933037

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12 Night Yoga Immersion

With Margherita Dal Pra & Collette Davies
The Shala Ubud Bali
26 Mar – 7 Apr 2019

Establish a daily practice and immerse in mantra, pranayama, kriya, meditation, contemplation and journaling. Take in two hours of asana each morning followed by yin or restorative at night. Rest by the pool or attend optional study modules throughout the day. This can be an extended 12 day retreat or a 100-hour qualification. For students, teachers and anyone interested in the path of awakening.

Cocooned amongst the rice paddies, The Shala Bali will be our immersion home for 12 special days. Remote, but close enough to central Ubud, it is pure peace and quiet. The jungle comes alive, as the sun rises, and the days float by amongst the dragonflies, ducks, geckos and birds.

We have our own private pool, an onsite organic café, 8 twin bungalows and a stunning shala that opens out onto the altar of nature. A deep dive into asana, mantra, meditation, pranayama, nutrition, self-inquiry, philosophy, anatomy and yogic lifestyle.
An immersion that counts towards a TT with no pressure to teach. One that’s rich in knowledge but for your own curiosity. That’s packed full of practices to strengthen your energy body and led by world-class teachers to leave you inspired and informed. A way to go deeper and go back into the world feeling resourced and awake.

ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation is deeply comfortable so you can fully restore, and the shala is in the middle of the rice fields, surrounded by nature, in the spiritual heart of Bali. We also have our own on-site café, a beautiful pool and an Ayurvedic spa where you can be oiled and massaged and cared for.

FOOD
Nowhere is the interdependence or our physical, mental, emotional and environmental health so clearly demonstrated than in 42 Acres food. The highest quality food must nourish all of these – and still be deliciously tasty!
42 Acres chef, Mark Mabon is a self-taught, 20-year explorer of world foods and health systems … “I’ve been catering (and participating in) retreats for 15 years and understand the central role that food can play within them. I am proud your food will nourish, comfort and delight through your journey, serving as a constant reminder of life’s ever present love and abundance.”
Kitchen philosophy
Firstly, always a relaxed, happy kitchen environment.
Everything is home made!

Working with many small sale artisan growers and producers including:
• World-class organic goat, sheep and cow dairy (many raw products).
• 100% organic sourdough bakers including gluten free bread.
All oils cold-pressed and organic: celtic sea salt only; 100% sugar free kitchen.
Chef’s own sauerkrauts, ferments and pickles All organic ingredients except where absolutely not possible.

YOGA
Samavesa was conceived by Margherita Dal Pra and Collette Davis. Two yoga teachers, born on the same day, few years apart. We met on a 300 hour TT with Sianna Sherman in Berlin and came together out of a shared desire to support yoga students and teachers in their own inquiry, process and practice.
With so many teacher trainings out there, we didn’t want to create another but we did want to offer a strong container for serious study. Where students can deepen their knowledge, and teachers can find respite, inspiration and a return to their own sadhana.

So we created an experience that has no real agenda. A deep dive into asana, mantra, meditation, pranayama, nutrition, self-inquiry, philosophy, anatomy and yogic lifestyle.
An immersion that counts towards a Teacher Training with no pressure to teach. One that’s rich in knowledge but for your own curiosity. That’s packed full of practices to strengthen your energy body and led by world-class teachers to leave you inspired and informed. A way to go deeper, be inspired and go back into the world feeling resourced and awake.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Margherita Dal Pra

shantiyoga@gmail.com
07919 174071

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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

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Easter Yoga Retreat

With Norman Blair & Dina Cohen
Oxonhoath, Kent
19–22 Apr 2019

Over the Easter Bank Holiday, Norman Blair and Dina Cohen are again offering this wonderful opportunity to practise together in the beautiful space of Oxonhoath. Space where we can bend, extend and mindfully mend.

Oxonhoath is a magnificent manor house; a short train ride from London, it is surrounded by 73 acres of gardens in the Kent countryside. Details on the venue here.

There are two well-equipped yoga studios. Norman and Dina will offer a choice of yoga sessions. This is suitable for beginners as well as those with more yoga experience.

Prices

Prices from £430 for shared rooms; from £545 for single occupancy. Includes all yoga, three nights accommodation, full board with delicious vegetarian meals and refreshments including Easter chocolate treats.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Dina Cohen

info@dynamicflowyoga.com
020 7700 7428

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Easter Retreat at Suryalila

With Erika Tourell
Andalusia, Spain
20–27 Apr 2019

Join Erika for a week of rejuvenation and nourishment in southern Spain.

Immerse yourself in the healing power and beauty of Hatha and Kundalini yoga, swimming in a salt water pool, sauna, walking in the stunning Andalusian foothills, horse-riding, cycling and great company.

Suryalila is a fabulous yoga retreat centre located on the site of an ancient olive oil factory in the heart of Andalusia, Spain. Suryalila is a composite of two Sanskrit words. Surya refers to the ancient sun god and lila means cosmic play (of the gods). Together the words mean “Cosmic Play of the Sun”.

The renovated Spanish Pension and olive plantation overlook rolling hills covered in shimmering fields of wheat and golden sunflowers. They offer a wide variety of accommodations to suit all budgets from glamping in the olive grove to deluxe double rooms with private bathrooms.

The majority of the food is organic and home-grown in the beautiful permaculture gardens onsite. The head gardener is always very happy to give an educational tour. All dietary restrictions will be catered for. The diet will be vegan/vegetarian for this retreat and alcohol free to allow the body to rest and heal.

The schedule:

7am Meditation (optional)
7.30am Yoga and Pranayama
9.30am Breakfast
1pm Lunch
4.30pm Restorative yoga / Yoga Nidra
7.30pm Dinner

Some recent testimonials from the January Women’s Retreat in India 2019:

“Erika Tourell isn’t just a “yoga teacher”, she is so much more on every level. The experience gained on her magical Goa retreat exceeds any other class or retreat I have been to. I have gained a stronger physical, mental and spiritual practice thanks to Erika.”

“I feel invigorated and like a humble warrior i bow my head low in deep respect for not only your knowledge but generosity of spirit in sharing it and, by proxy, yourself with us. i am happy to have found you and to have plugged back in to the Source again through your teachings. i somehow sensed from the first class of yours that i attended in Notting Hill that i had discovered a multi-dimensional being and not just someone relaying yogic principles, but an authentic practitioner with an invested insight into what you do and how you teach. i am very grateful for all you have shared.”

Further info

Contact Erika Tourell

erikatourellyoga@gmail.com

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Yoga Retreat in Bordeaux

With Vicky Fox
Maison De La Vaure, Bordeaux, France
27 Apr – 3 May 2019

Yoga Retreat at a lovingly restored cognac estate near Bordeaux.

Maison de la Vaure is a former cognac estate that has been lovingly restored with a beautiful yoga studio that leads out onto a private heated pool. It is set on a gorgeous secluded hilltop near Bordeaux. The accommodation is based across 3 properties on the 4 acre estate, La Maison, La Petite Maison and La Longere. There are a mix of rooms varying from large en-suite doubles to smaller twin rooms with shared bathrooms.

Every morning practice on this retreat will start with a strong yet slow alignment based flow to help build strength, stability and flexibility. The evening practice will be nourishing, healing and more restoring with a mixture of yin or restorative classes.

Prices

Prices start from £945 and include all meals, transfers from Bordeaux Airport (with the group), all yoga classes.

  • Not included: flights, alcohol and optional extras such as Kayaking on the Dordogne, wine tasting, massage, cycle hire.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Vicky Fox

email@victoriafox.com

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Holding a Space: Yoga Retreat and Revival Weekend in Southwest France

With Lizzie Reumont
Yobaba Retreat, Southwest France
10–14 May 2019

Join Lizzie for 4 nights + 5 days of yoga, contemplation, delicious food and good company, coming back into yourself and re-establishing your roots in practice.

Along with her love for ancient philosophy, music and explorative movement, Lizzie is lover of the outdoors and believes that connecting with nature enhances our receptivity to healthy interaction, creative exchange and increases our ability to hold a space for ourselves and others. She is an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher, Rolfer, Rolf Movement practitioner and craniosacral therapist, and brings over 15 years of teaching experience to her classes.

Yobaba Lounge, Location and Food

We will be staying at award winning retreat centre in a medieval village in the foothill of the Mediterranean Pyrenees in Southern France. The house is a bohemian village chateau with a walled garden. It feels like a temple. The yoga shala overlooks the medieval roof tops and greets the morning sun. Food at Yobaba Lounge is a big deal – it is free from processed sugar, wheat, dairy, meat and fish, much of it raw, some of it cooked, all of it beautiful and delicious.

Schedule:

Friday arrival day
3pm arrival
5-6:30 evening yoga
7pm dinner
8-9 satsang

Saturday/Sunday/Monday
7:30-8 meditation
8-10am yoga practice
10:30 breakfast
11-11:30 housekeeping
11:30-4 free time
5-6:30 yoga
7pm dinner
8-9- satsang

Tuesday leaving day
7:30-8am meditation
8-10am yoga practice
10:30 breakfast
12-1pm packing and saying goodbye.

790£ shared room
1050£ single(private) room

Vegan meals provided; transfers extra at about 25£/pp;
flights not included but there are cheap flights to Toulouse from London

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Lizzie Reumont

lizzie@freeliz.com
07964015081

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Heaven on Earth Retreat

With Erika Tourell
Sharpham House, Devon
10–12 May 2019

You are invited to join us for a Spring weekend of movement and stillness, silence and sound, activity and rest on the glorious Sharpham Estate in south Devon.


Give yourself a beauty break by joining us for a wonderful weekend of yoga, meditation, singing, nature walks, delectable vegetarian/vegan cuisine, great company and so much more.


Movement is a vital celebration of life. It is a way to proclaim your own existence and relish in the joy of being alive.

Our bodies love movement. When we stretch or dance, our bodies adjust, realign and start to become fluid with the rhythm of life. Our mood lifts and we feel more connected with the world around us. By giving your muscles a chance to do what they were created for, you may find that all areas of your body and your life benefit as well.

Imagine how freeing it would feel to trust your body’s movements completely, knowing it has a perfect strength and rhythm of its own. See if you can sense your bones providing graceful support, your muscles and tendons expanding and contracting in just the right measure, your lungs changing pace to fill deeply with fresh air.

Weather permitting we will spend as much of our time outdoors as we can!

The wonderful Michael Stanton will be joining us to provide live music over the weekend.

There will be an excellent massage therapist and craniosacral therapist available for sessions over the weekend at affordable prices.

Our Venue –

The Sharpham Estate is set in a majestic location high above the River Dart in south Devon. The house and gardens exude a sense of peace and tranquillity with exquisite views in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Getting there –

Trains to Totnes and ten minute taxi ride to our venue.

Cost –

Investment per person

Triple room £350.00
Twin room £375.00
Single room £425.00

Triple room ensuite £375.00
Twin room ensuite £395,00
Single room ensuite £475.00

A £200.00 deposit will be required to hold your place with the balance payable by mid- April.

Further info

Contact Erika Tourell

erikatourellyoga@gmail.com

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Bank Holiday Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

With Joyce McMiken & Marcos Rodriguez
Lake District
24–27 May 2019

Join Joyce and Marcos for a weekend of Ashtanga Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation in a beautiful and peaceful setting. As part of the weekend everyone will receive a 50 minute treatment (massage or reflexology) to help relax and alleviate mental and physical tension.

There will be a Mysore style class on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning. Monday morning will be a led class or Mysore class, depending on the group. There will be two late afternoon sessions of restorative yoga and meditation.

This venue is idyllic. It’s directly opposite a lake that you can swim in (and then warm up in the hot tub afterwards), there is access to breath taking walks, a beautiful yoga space that looks out to the countryside and it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from Grasmere and its infamous gingerbread shop.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Joyce McMiken

Info@findthebalance.co.uk
07952834199

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Nurture & Restore Retreat

With Jess Wood
Portugal
4–8 Jun 2019

This 5 day immersion will introduce you and guide you through mediation, breath work, chanting and different yoga disciplines. It’s a time for you to truly unwind and let go off all the stuff that has manifested in the body and mind. It’s an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and reset.

There is no hiding the fact that modern life takes it’s toll on our nervous system and our health. Through the yogic disciplines we will create space for the nervous system to discharge unwanted and stuck energy and give it a chance to rebalance and restore itself.

Surrounded by stunning nature and the elements this retreat will take you completely out of your everyday and will be a breath of fresh air in every way. We will eat organic and delicious food prepared mindfully with great care. You will be nourished from the inside out.

We will move dynamically mobilising and working the body in healthy and mindful ways. The morning asana practice will be heated and fun. Expect to move creatively and be playful, exploring new shapes and expanding the body. In the evening the practice will be Yin yoga – where poses will be held, each like a mini-meditation, allowing the body to discharge fully.

Our intention is for you to leave feeling more connected to your body and self; and to feel lighter and freer in mind and body.

Venue
The retreat takes place in an estate with a private manor house that dates back to the 17th century with recent reconstruction bringing you all the comforts of modern contemporary life. This rural property is set in 17 hectares of gorgeous, green and natural scenery. The house is exclusively for our guests on this retreat. The property includes comfortable en-suite bedrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis court and a lake. A Yoga Shala is surrounded by the gardens and provides a dedicated place for your daily yoga practice.

TRAVEL
If you wish to come for the exact dates we are encouraging everyone to fly in and out of Vigo in Spain as the flights are great value. Vigo is a little over an hour from the manor house.

Location
The house is located in the oldest village of Portugal, Ponte de Lima, known for its exclusive production of Vino Verde wine. The house is a 1 hour drive from Porto.

Food
Our chef and team offer a creative and special Mediterranean cuisine using products of the highest quality with local, organic and seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Price:
Starts from 775 euros and includes all meals, group transfer from airport, all yoga, accommodation and organic wine.

Not included: flights and transfer outside of group

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Jess Wood

jessica@yoga-wood.com
07890400780

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Sacred & Soulful Summer Solstice Retreat

With Tanja Mickwitz
Finca El Alamo, Almeria, Spain
15–22 Jun 2019

Join Tanja for a very special Summer Solstice and Full Moon Retreat at spectacular Finca del Alamo in Almeria, southern Spain. This week will be an opportunity to embrace the light of summer and fill yourself up with soul nourishment

We will move through a full spectrum of yogic practices to nurture deep inner connection including soulful and creative flow with mindful alignment, mantra, mudra, pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra and restorative yoga. Yogic philosophy and inspiration will be woven through the practices with opportunity for reflection and contemplation. Each day will begin with practice before breakfast and there will be a second practice before dinner. Days will be free for relaxing in the tranquil surroundings, swimming in the spring water pools, visits to the beach or other local excursions. There will be one day with no yoga to provide an opportunity to rest (lie in!) or make a longer trip.

FINCA DEL ALAMO

The venue consists of the main house (Finca), which won awards in the 80’s for its striking modernist design. It sits in the semi-desert landscape amid lush gardens, its architecture echoing ancient Mediterranean civilisations. It has long been a stylish, bohemian family home, also an exotic venue for photo shoots. It has now been adapted to cater for yoga groups.
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. The Cortijo has its own swimming pool and a covered outdoor yoga space.

MEALS
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the price, delicious, healthy and freshly prepared. Meals are vegetarian by default, but if requested one or two meals with fish or chicken can be arranged during the week.

Prices

£945 shared room / £1110 single room (limited availability)

Cost includes accommodation, all yoga practices and three meals daily.
Cost does not include travel, travel insurance, transfers, any excursions or treatments.

Further info

Contact Tanja Mickwitz

tanjamickwitz@gmail.com

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Yoga Retreat in Italy

With Jeff Phenix
Sabina, Italy
17–24 Aug 2019

Escape this summer to the peace and tranquillity of the wonderful In Sabina yoga retreat in Italy, nestled deep within idyllic countryside only one hour from Rome.

This retreat gives the perfect opportunity to dive deeply into the practice of yoga and meditation with highly experienced teacher Jeff Phenix, nourish your body with healthy organic food and heal your mind with a digital detox. By taking time out to relax and connect with nature and yourself in beautiful surroundings, you can return home feeling rested and reinvigorated.

The Venue

Nestled deep within unspoilt Umbrian countryside, among spectacular views, the magical In Sabina yoga retreat in Italy offers the perfect setting for spiritual practise. In Sabina consists of two wonderfully restored 17th century rustic stone buildings and boasts an incredible vista of olive groves and fruit trees, as well as lush and abundant gardens, a pond, a natural spring and swimming pool, relaxing.

You will practice yoga in the spacious open-air yoga platform with stunning & panoramic views of the rolling Italian landscape. There is also a second indoor converted yoga room, with large windows over looking the hills & trees. Enjoy lovely walking in the surrounding countryside and watching the amazing sunsets every evening. This venue is so stunning, it has to be one of the best yoga retreats in Italy.

Things to do

Between yoga sessions there is so much opportunity to relax and enjoy this peaceful and tranquil environment. There are massages available, lovely walks in the surrounding countryside, enjoy relaxing by the pool, find you own space and curl up with a good book or enjoy hanging out with new friends.

The surrounding area is rich in medieval history and natural beauty. You can visit the ancient village of Torri only 3 km away or the charming medieval hilltop village of Casperia where group often enjoy a dinner out on Friday night. There is also an optional day trip during the week to the culturally rich hill town of Orvieto, just an hour away.

£850 single yurt
From £950 per person for shared ensuite room

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Jennie Phenix

retreats@phenixyoga.com
07954 578 439