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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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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Winter Warmer Yoga Retreat in Somerset with Margherita Dal Pra

With Margherita Dal Pra
42 Acres Somerset
30 Nov – 2 Dec 2018

Escape to the country for a perfect Winter Warmer Yoga Immersion weekend with Margherita Dal Pra. Set in the luxurious surrounding of 42 Acres in Somerset, you will be wrapped up and surrounded in all that is relaxation. From award-winning food to sumptuous surroundings and the breath-taking countryside, it’s your time to retreat, recharge, and reconnect to the world in a more balanced, purposeful way.
You will leave the weekend retreat feeling refreshed, restored and full of love and vitality for yourself and your world.

LOCATION:

Set in 42 acres of private land, this beautiful retreat space is encircled by seven hundred acres of ancient forest. Sustainability and comfort are at the forefront of the 42 acres vision, with reclaimed materials used to outfit the interiors of the property, plus all of the power is renewable and self generated through biomass and solar.

ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation options range from dormitories to twin’s and single rooms (ensuite options available) with luxury linen and towels provided. The centre has several communal spaces including a library and a meeting and reading space.

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:

This yoga retreat is open to all ages and levels of fitness and experience. Every session will have attention to detail (alignment), awareness of breath (pranayama), openness to grace (attitude) and intelligent sequencing (vinyasa krama). The morning yoga classes will be more upbeat and energizing, and the afternoon classes more relaxed.
All sessions will be adapted to the group and modifications of the poses will be offered to cater for all participants and to ensure that everyone is receiving the benefits of the practice and individual attention.

PROGRAMME:

Our weekend will begin on Friday evening at 6.00 pm with a gentle asana practice and the deep relaxation of yoga nidra, followed by dinner at 8.00 pm.
After breakfast on Saturday, we will practise from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm (asana, pranayama and meditation). After lunch you will be free to explore the gardens or the countryside, or just to chill out.
Our afternoon class will be from 5.00 to 7.00 pm, and will introduce more pranayama and meditation techniques. Saturday dinner will be at 7.30 pm.
Sunday morning’s class will be from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, and will again incorporate asana, pranayama and meditation. Lunch will follow with farewell.
Also on offer are beautiful countryside walks, delicious wholesome organic food, fireside chats, new friends and the space to just be…

Prices

For prices contact the teacher.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Margherita

shantiyoga@gmail.com
07919 174071

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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 IN SOUTH GOA INDIA 2019

With Margherita Dal Pra
Patnem South Goa
18–25 Jan 2019

Beat the winter blues and head to the sunshine, for this soul feeding lifetime experience yoga retreat in Patnem South Goa India in January 2019 – a yoga retreat blending good health with good living! Meditate and practice yoga, savour delicious organic & vegetarian cuisine, relax by the sea and let your stresses fall away.

LOCATION:

We will be staying in beautiful ensuite bamboo beach bungalows with ocean, temple & mountain views, hammocks & porches. Open air bathrooms and comfortable western mattresses.
Located right on Patnem beach and designed to blend with the natural surroundings, to help you reconnect with nature.
Three beautiful fully equipped yoga shalas — Ocean Shala –breath-taking ocean view Temple Shala –for a more intimate practice. Sunset Shala –looking across the whole coastline


ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation options range from dormitories to twin’s and single rooms (ensuite options available) with luxury linen and towels provided. The centre has several communal spaces including a library and a meeting and reading space.

FOOD:

Delicious and substantial vegetarian menu made with attention for international guests
Sunrise – fresh power juices, tropical fruit salad, teas.
Brunch & Dinner – delicious Goa inspired vegetarian delicacy buffets with fresh salads
Unlimited water, afternoon teas and cookies.
Optional charged extras – seafood, smoothies, snacks.


YOGA:

This yoga retreat is open to all ages and levels of fitness and experience. Every session will have attention to detail (alignment), awareness of breath (pranayama), openness to grace (attitude) and intelligent sequencing (vinyasa krama). The morning yoga classes will be more upbeat and energizing, and the afternoon classes more relaxed.

All sessions will be adapted to the group and modifications of the poses will be offered to cater for all participants and to ensure that everyone is receiving the benefits of the practice and individual attention.

PROGRAMME:

The retreat will start with a short “Puja” class to bless the space and create an intention for the week.
Following the rhythm of the day morning yoga classes are generally more energetic. In the afternoons we will focus on alignment, asana lab, exploring postures in details, therapeutics, restorative, meditation and Yoga Nidra.
One full day or two half days off to explore this enchanted mother land.

You will receive the full program of the week once you arrive. We’ll also leave enough space for adjustments in the schedule, just to be open for the unexpected and for you, to find enough room to simply relax. We might add a workshop or go for a guided tour, all depending on the weather conditions and overall group interest.

Prices

For prices please contact the teacher.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Margherita

shantiyoga@gmail.com
07919 174071

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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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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 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