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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Reflect and Recharge: A New Year Retreat

With Anna Taylor
Tilton House, Sussex
28 Dec – 2 Jan 2019

If you are looking for a peaceful rather than a party start to the New Year join Anna for 5 days of yoga and meditation in the beautiful Tilton House, in the heart of the South Downs in Sussex.

The programme will include daily, morning meditations and mindful flowing yoga before breakfast, we will then take a more restorative session in the afternoon. There will also be plenty of quiet time to rest, read, restore or explore the beautiful countryside on our doorstep.

Yoga sessions are held in the fireside library looking out onto the South Downs and Firle Beacon. They have a treatment room and a cedar wood sauna. If there is sufficient demand we will see if treatments can be available for those who want them.

Tilton House is on the South Downs Nation Park and is easily reached by train from Victoria Station (just over an hour) to Lewes then 15 minutes by taxi. The Downs are stunning and popular for walking and, as we would be in Bloomsbury Country, places like Charleston Farmhouse and Berwick Church are good places to stroll around.

Prices

The 5 day retreat is £720 per person (based on sharing a room) and includes all teaching, delicious food and accommodation.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Emma Bridge

emma@yogabridge.co.uk

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Yoga Retreat Escape

With Cristiana Marsella
Doi Saket Chaing Mai, Northern Thailand
5–11 Jan 2019

Join me on a unique yoga experience immersed into the full essence of mother nature, delve deeply into yoga and meditation, eat delicious, healthy food, indulge yourself with a blissful Thai massage, make new friends and return home feeling transformed and replenished in your soul and body.

Set amidst the rain forest of Chaing Mai, surrounded by ancient temples, the world’s most beautiful rice fields, colourful markets, sacred elephants and giant trees, this little pearl, owned by Nathalie and Patrick, has been designed to be in harmony with the local tradition with a luxurious touch to make your stay comfortable and relaxed.

The slow flow we’ll practice in the morning sessions will be mindful and explorative with visualisations, breath work and meditation techniques. We’ll delve in different topics from Yoga philosophy to Ayurveda and the Chakras.
The afternoon session will be nurturing, healing and blissful focused on restorative, yoga nidra, yin and deep meditation.
In between sessions there will be plenty of time to explore the local temples, rice fields, or visit the Chiang Mai handicraft centre producing umbrellas, woodcarving, silk, and others. Or you can simply relax by the pool or be swung by the hammock in the company of your favourite book.

Prices

£1195

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Cristiana Marsella

info@cristiana.yoga

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Revive and Thrive Yoga and Meditation Retreat

With Erika Tourell
Bamboo Yoga Centre, Patnem, South Goa, India
18–25 Jan 2019

You are warmly invited to participate in a ‘New Year, New You’ retreat in the warm Indian sunshine in south Goa this winter.

Come and discover this wonderful yoga haven in a quiet and secluded spot right on the beachfront at the far end of beautiful Patnem beach, a few minutes walk from the funky shops and cafes.

The Bamboo beach bungalows are designed to blend beautifully with the breathtaking natural surroundings. Built on the fine white sand every season after the monsoon rains, using local organic materials, the bungalow style huts are simple, stylish, comfortable, private and eco-friendly.

Located directly behind the Ocean Shala and beachfront lounge, and just steps from Patnem beach, the boutique bungalows are designed to help you reconnect with nature. Whether watching the eagles soar overhead from the hammock on your balcony, or falling asleep to the sound of the waves, the normal stresses of life melt away and you will feel open to a more profound yoga practice.

Food:

The food is vegetarian, fresh, wholesome and nutritious, full of flavour and cooked with love. (You can order yourself a fresh fish the day before for your dinner if you so choose at an extra cost). The restaurant focuses on healthy, locally sourced food, organic wherever possible: delicious Indian/Asian cooking by a team of highly trained, passionate chefs. Super juices, smoothies, snacks and salads are available at extra cost, all day, aside from the amazing daily breakfast, brunch and dinner included in the price.

The Schedule:

There will be two practices per day starting with meditation and pranayama followed by a slow flow vinyasa style practice.
Each afternoon we will focus on a more restorative, yin style practice including some more pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra sessions (guided relaxation).

All levels of practitioner are welcomed on this retreat, including complete beginners. We shall build and deepen the practice as we go and lots of variations will be offered depending on your ability. You are encouraged to listen to your own body and take rest whenever you like.

There will be one day off in the week, and we suggest this week be ALCOHOL FREE to allow your body to rest and heal. If you prefer to drink alcohol we ask you not to drink at the dinner table – there are lots of charming bars and restaurants down the beach that you may like to visit before or after dinner.

7.30am Chai/herbal tea, fresh juice, fruit salad
8.00am Morning yoga
11.00am Brunch
3.30pm. Chai/tea/fruit
4.30pm Afternoon practice
6.00pm Sunset
7.30pm Dinner


Leisure Time:

In your free time you may like to treat yourself to some Ayurvedic treatments in the in-house spa. India has a rich history of a holistic approach to wellness, with ancient Ayurvedic practices designed to provide mental and physical balance. Translating literally as ‘Science of Life’, this five thousand year old system of health care aims to bring harmony within yourself and with nature. The spa treatments are guided by the Ayurvedic ethos of well-being within and without and perfectly complements your yoga practice. There is an extensive menu of healing therapies from the beautiful massage hut close by.

You may also like to indulge in a little shopping. Patnem has a lovely selection of shops, just one long ‘high street’, or take a rickshaw to neighbouring Palolem for a much wider selection of goods. You can also visit some local temples, take a look at a spice farm or spend the day at another beach along the coast. A sunset or sunrise dolphin spotting boat trip is also included in the price of your retreat.

Direct flights to Goa are available through Thomas Cook and take nine hours one way.




Further info

About the teacher

Contact Erika Tourell

erikatourellyoga@gmail.com

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New Year New Yoga Weekend in Oxfordshire

With Jeff Phenix
Poundon House, near Bicester, Oxfordshire
25–27 Jan 2019

Escape the winter blues with a wonderful weekend of yoga and meditation. Poundon House, wrapped in the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding countryside provides the perfect setting to rest and recharge. Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in a full schedule and spectrum of yoga and practices, eat delicious, healthy vegetarian food, and return home feeling refreshed and restored.


The Venue:

Poundon house is stunning and spacious; set within six acres of landscaped gardens on the edge of the Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire border. This Queen Anne style House offers a luxury escape in the peace and tranquility of the countryside, with the bonus of being within easy reach of London, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, the Cotswolds and Bristol.

Once you arrive at Poundon House, you will feel immediately at home. Whether it is settling down in front of a roaring open fire, taking a long bath in one of the unique bathrooms or going for a quiet walk in the apple orchard, for over a century Poundon has been the perfect place to escape the bustle of city life.

The Yoga:

Over the course of the weekend there will be four meditation sessions and four yoga sessions.

The morning yoga practices will be be a dynamic, creative, playful and explorative ‘deep slow flow’ asana practice and will include meditation and pranayama.The afternoon sessions will be a mellower, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras, yoga nidra and meditation. This will be a deeply nourishing and blissful practice.

The focus of this weekend will be to clarify and build our positive intention and resolve for the year to come. Also a physical focus on cleansing, purifying and creating the space for change and transformation to happen in our lives.

Things to do:

In your free time between yoga sessions and mealtimes you have the opportunity to enjoy the grounds and surrounding countryside as there are lots of walking opportunities. There are lovely characterful bathrooms just inviting you to take a long soak, massages are available and there is a lovely, comfy lounge where you can curl up by the open fire with a book and a cup of tea.

Accommodation:

There are ten unique and beautifully restored bedrooms, two singles and the rest double/twins or triples. The house has retained all of its original features so all bedrooms are without en-suites. They all have their own style and are spacious with a luxurious feel but also comfortable and very relaxing.

Food:

You will be treated this weekend to a healthy feast of lovingly prepared delicious, home cooked vegetarian food, which will nourish your body and your soul. The food is largely vegan and gluten free but there will be eggs and dairy options available.

Prices

£395 per person based on 2 or 3 people sharing
£515 single occupancy (limited availability)

If you are coming on your own and want to share we will put you with another person of the same sex.

A limited number of singles are available for a single supplement of £120

A deposit of £150 is required to confirm your space or you can choose to pay the full amount if you wish.
The balance is due 6 weeks before the retreat on 14 December 2018 and is payable by bank transfer. Details will be provided on booking

Included:

  • 2 nights accommodation,
  • 4 meditation sessions
  • 4 yoga sessions,
  • Delicious homemade vegetarian food, from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.
  • Bathrobes and towels are included.

Not included:

  • Massage treatments
  • Taxis

All rooms are spacious, stunning and unique. All rooms are non-ensuite.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Jeff

retreats@phenixyoga.com
07954 578 439

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Transformative Yoga Retreat in South Goa, India

With Jeff Phenix
Bamboo Retreat, Patnem Beach, South Goa, India
9–16 Feb 2019

Escape winter and join Jeff Phenix for an amazing week of transformative yoga and meditation on beautiful Patnem beach, South Goa. Enjoy a week of sun, sea, making new friends, eating delicious, healthy food, massage and general fun and relaxation. You will return home feeling recharged, energized and ready to take on life.

The Venue:

Bamboo Yoga Retreat, located at the end of Patnem Beach in South Goa, is considered one of the most amazing spaces to practice yoga in Goa. Bamboo was voted one of the Guardian’s best yoga retreats for 2018 and in Conde Naste top 10 retreats in India for 2017.

We practice yoga in the open-air Shala, directly behind the beach, which has soul-feeding views over Patnem beach and out to sea. This really is one of our favorite places in the world to run retreats, which is why we are returning for our fourth year in a row. See more at Bamboo’s website http://www.bamboo-yoga-retreat.com

The Yoga:

The long morning practice will be a dynamic, creative, playful and explorative ‘deep slow flow’ asana practice and will include meditation and pranayama. By emphasizing the breath, mindfulness & skillful action and building up through a range of appropriate options – students, from the less experienced to the more advanced, will discover how to work peacefully at the level appropriate to them.

The afternoon session will be a mellower, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras, yoga nidra and meditation. This will totally bliss you out!

We finish in time to watch the sun go down and maybe even indulge a sunset swim.

Jeff has lots of experience teaching students of all levels. His depth of experience, playful approach, ability to challenge students to safely push their boundaries and his love of pranayama and meditation will give you the perfect opportunity to deepen your practice both physically and i

Things to do:

There is plenty of time between yoga sessions to relax on the beach, immerse yourself in a book, hang out with new friends, indulge in a massage, explore the local shops, walk to a nearby beach or even have a siesta!
We will have 1 afternoon off yoga to allow for a longer excursion or dolphin watching boat trip which is included in the cost of the holiday.

Accommodation:

Accommodation is in charming and comfortable beach cabins with ceiling fan and ensuite bathrooms, with sea views to the front or side veranda with their own hammock.
Consider bringing a friend, or If you are coming on your own we can pair you with someone of the same sex to share. For those who prefer their own space a limited number of singles are available.

Non-yoga partners are welcome

Food:

The food at Bamboo is a highlight of the week.! Light fruit and teas are available before morning yoga and fruit and cookies mid afternoon. Delicious, healthy, freshly cooked vegetarian food is served buffet style for brunch and dinner.

There is plenty choice and variety and they are happy to accommodate specific dietary needs. You definitely won’t be hungry!

Prices

The cost of this retreat is in 2 parts – the deposit payable on booking to Phenix Retreats covers Jeff’s teaching fee for the week and organization. The balance payable to Bamboo in euros by 8 December 2018 covers your food and accommodation costs. Details of how to pay Bamboo will be provided on booking.

Deposit:

  • £300 Sharing
  • £350 Single

Bamboo:

  • €427 sharing
  • €623 single

If you wish to book additional nights on either side of Jeff’s week please contact Bamboo directly to do this info@bamboo-yoga-retreat.com

Included in price:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 2 delicious buffet meals, water, teas, morning fruit, and afternoon snack
  • 2 yoga classes a day (2.5 – 3 hours in morning and 2 hours in afternoon)
  • Sunset boat trip

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Massage Treatments
  • Insurance

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Jeff

retreats@phenixyoga.com
07954 578 439

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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 Par & Collette Davis
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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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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Yoga Retreat in rural France

With Jeff Phenix
Les Passeroses, South West France
18–25 May 2019

A wonderful opportunity to escape to the tranquillity and peaceful beauty of rural South West France, immerse deeply in a transformative yoga & meditation practice and truly relax and unwind.

A wonderful opportunity to escape to the tranquillity and peaceful beauty of rural South West France, immerse deeply in a transformative yoga & meditation practice and truly relax and unwind. Between yoga sessions you can sun yourself by the clear pool, walk for hours in the unspoilt countryside, enjoy a massage, nap or simply just be. Away from the demands and stresses of everyday life you can truly let go and return home feeling replenished and rejuvenated.

The Venue:

Our home for the week, a beautifully restored rural farmhouse situated to the South of Angoulouse in sunny South West France. Operating as a yoga retreat since 2004 Les Passeroses has been voted in the top 10 Guardian Retreats and the Times top 20 retreats and this truly is a special venue.
The house has been lovingly restored, retaining its original oak floors, exposed beams and stone fireplaces and is simply but stylishly furnished. We practice yoga in the fully equipped, light filled studio which open out onto the lovely oval pool and terrace with gorgeous panoramic views.

The Yoga:

The long morning practice will be a dynamic, creative, playful and explorative ‘deep slow flow’ asana practice and will include meditation and pranayama. By emphasizing the breath, mindfulness & skilful action and building up through a range of appropriate options – students, from the less experienced to the more advanced, will discover how to work peacefully at the level appropriate to them.

The afternoon session will be a mellower, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras, yoga nidra and meditation. This will totally bliss you out!

Things to do:

Between yoga sessions, you are free to relax on the terrace by the pool, read, enjoy a massage, go for a long walk in the lovely countryside, you can hire bikes and explore, enjoy the company of new friends or simply just enjoy time by yourself away from all the usual demands and challenges of regular life.
Wednesday we will have the afternoon off to explore the local town and enjoy dinner out.

Accommodation:

All of the bedrooms are simply yet stylishly furnished with comfy beds, and supplied with hair dryers, soft towels, pool towels and homemade organic hand wash, body wash and shampoo. Most are ensuite and are a combination of twin/doubles and a limited number of singles.

See their website for more details https://www.passeroses.com/about/

Food:

The plentiful, varied and exciting food at Les Passeroses receives deservedly rave reviews. You will be served 3 delicious meals a day, fruit and tea are available all day and a mid afternoon snack, so you will definitely not go hungry. The food is seasonal, often home-grown and organic when available. Wednesday we give our hosts the afternoon off and head to the local town for dinner.
While they can’t cater for dislikes most allergies and intolerances can be catered for with advanced notice.

Prices

  • £875 Single with shared bathroom
  • £1030 Single oak room with own corner shower area
  • £1070 Single garden lodge ensuite
  • £850 Twin with shared bathroom
  • £850 Triple ensuite* this price only if 3 people share the room
  • £890 Twin/double ensuite
  • £875 Double (couples only) garden lodge ensuite

A deposit of £250 is required on booking to confirm your space, or you have the option to pay in full if you wish.

Any outstanding balance is due 9 weeks before the retreat, 16 March 2019

See their website for more details about the different accommodation options https://www.passeroses.com/about/

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation,
  • 1 meditation session daily
  • 2 yoga sessions daily (apart from Wednesday when only 1 morning session)
  • 3 Delicious homemade vegetarian meals a day (apart from Wednesday when we eat out for dinner).
  • Room & pool towels are included.

Not included:

  • Massage treatments
  • Travel costs & taxis
  • Dinners out and excursions

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Jeff

retreats@phenixyoga.com
07954 578 439