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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Revive and Thrive Spring Retreat

With Erika Tourell
Suryalila, Andalusia, southern Spain
14–21 Apr 2018

Join us for an inspirational week of purification and rejuvenation in the gorgeous spaciousness of this spectacular venue. Erika draws on almost thirty years of personal practice to offer a wide variety of yoga and meditation to help harness the awakening energies of spring, to help heal, uplift and transform in a gentle way. This will be our fourth year at this magical place, much loved by all who visit, many returning year after year.

Suryalila is a beautiful old renovated olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the cortijo. In typical Spanish style there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees. The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. A huge variety of organic vegetables and fruits are grown here and chickens are kept for eggs. The food is always outstanding, delicious vegetarian feasts are offered daily, catering for vegans and those with food intolerances as well.

Suryalila is nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. There are great opportunities to do some hiking, bike or horse riding, or taking it easy by the salt water pool, using the sauna, and enjoying the wide range of healing therapies on offer.

Erika will be offering four to five hours of practice per day including a wide range of dynamic and restorative yoga, partner work, pranayama, (breath work) meditation, yoga nidra, chanting of sanskrit mantras and some optional ecstatic dance. There will be two afternoons off for excursions further afield – perhaps to visit Jerez, Cadiz, Ronda or Seville or to go hiking in the Grazelema mountain range.

There is a wide range of accommodation on offer from glamping in yurts or bell tents, four bed dormitories, eco-lodges or superior and deluxe double rooms.
The accommodation on the property are all artfully and tastefully furnished and decorated with careful attention to detail. Every room is uniquely beautiful with impeccable Feng Shui.

Prices start at £725.00 for shared accommodation, food and yoga. Flights/transfers not included. Closest airports are Jerez or Seville. (Transfer time to venue is one hour). Early booking is highly recommended for this particular retreat. It sells out every year.

Erika has almost thirty years of yoga, meditation and bodywork experience. She has been teaching in London’s top yoga centres for over seventeen years as well as leading retreats all over the world. Erika is passionate about natural healing and loves to hold the retreat space to offer a precious opportunity to people to experience, through yoga; movement and stillness, sound and silence, challenge and relaxation in a friendly and nurturing environment. Erika is constantly inspired by the transformations that she has witnessed in the lives of people through the healing power of yoga and is eternally grateful to all her teachers.

Further info

Contact Erika Tourell

erikatourellyoga@gmail.com

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Luxury Spring Yoga Weekend in Sussex

With Catherine Annis
Brooklands Barn, Arundel
20–22 Apr 2018

Join senior teacher Catherine Annis for a whole weekend of yoga designed to help you recharge and relax. Enjoy the luxury of a boutique hotel surrounded by countryside in the heart of Sussex, with delicious vegetarian food prepared for us by Julie, our favourite chef.

There are four generous sessions of yoga to help us sink into our practice and unwind, and plenty of time between for country walks, or spot of shopping or sightseeing in the picturesque village of Arundel with its castle. Indulge in a deep tissue massage and don’t forget to take full advantage of the heated indoor swimming pool and sauna. Return feeling refreshed and invigorated.

Suitable for all levels.

Prices

From £370 sharing.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Catherine

07747 196 914

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Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Southern Spain

With Mark Hill
Casa-Ana, Andalucia
28 Apr – 5 May 2018

Join Mark for a week of Yoga, Pranayama (breathwork) and Meditation. Relax and Rejuvenate at Casa-Ana – a very tranquil, quiet, comfortable villa, nestled in the foothills of the Alpujarra mountains.

The Silence, Light and Energy of this space is amazing!

The service and staff are wonderful and food is delicious.

The nearby village of Mecina is a very pretty 15 minute walk from our villa where you can find local cafes and restaurants.

Daily Schedule:
9.00- 10.30am- Vinyasa Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation.
10.30-12.00pm- Delicious, buffet style vegetarian/ vegan brunch.
12.00-4.00pm- Free time
4.00-5.30pm- Yin Yoga/ Yoga Nidra, Pranayama and Meditation.
6.00-7.30pm- Delicious, nutritious 3 course vegetarian/ vegan dinner.

Any specific food requirements can be catered for.
There is a maximum of 8 students- ensuring personal attention.

Prices

£780 per person if booked before 28/01/2018
£880 per person if booked after 28/01/2018

Price includes- 7 nights accommodation.
-All guests have there own bedroom with ensuite shower room.
-All Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation classes. – Brunch after Yoga and 3 course meal in the evening. – Complimentary tea, coffee, water.

Not included: Travel and transfers- Malaga airport is a 2 hour drive to the villa (taxis can be booked in advance and shared with other guests)

Further info

Contact Mark Hill

markpranavahill@hotmail.co.uk
07903981673

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Gentle Yoga Retreat to the Greek Island of Ithaca

With Vicky Fox
Itha108
19–26 May 2018

Join Vicky Fox for a week of gentle, slow flow and nurturing and nourishing restorative yoga that will combine both the spiritual and playful sides of yoga.

We will practice yoga in the morning around 8.30am with a more yin sytle or restorative practice around 5.30pm in the evening before dinner. The day will be yours to relax, walk or explore. Itha 108 sleeps twenty across varied accommodation; six luxury double bedrooms in the main house and four mongolian yurts that are staggered up between rocks, forestry and winding walkways. The many social and quiet spaces allow guests to enjoy the landscape and relax. There are beaches within walking distance from the house and the sea is beautiful and clear with views over to neighbouring Kefalonia. Itha108 is incredibly relaxed and this is the fourth time I have run retreats here because I always leave feeling refreshed and energised.

Prices

£1075 per person for 2 sharing a room in the main house
£1295 single occupancy in the main house

£1075 per person for 2 sharing a Luxury ensuite Yurt
£1195 single occupancy Luxury ensuite yurt

£1025 per person for 2 sharing an Ensuite Yurt
£1195 single occupancy in an Ensuite Yurt

£945 per person for 2 sharing a Yurt with shared bathroom
£1145 single occupancy Yurt with shared bathroom

*Flights are not included.

Further info

Contact Vicky Fox

email@victoriafox.com

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Yoga Retreat in Andalucia Spain at Suryalila

With Margherita Dal Pra

19–26 May 2018

Join Margherita Dal Pra on the perfect Mediterranean style retreat in May – a yoga retreat blending good health with good living! Meditate and practice yoga, savour delicious organic & vegetarian cuisine, relax by the pool and let your stresses fall away.

LOCATION

We’ll stay at Suryalila, a unique and beautiful old renovated olive farm that’s become one of Spain’s best yoga retreat centres. Suryalila is a calm and peaceful retreat, perfectly located to visit many of the stunningly beautiful and culturally rich towns and cities of Andalucía, as well as the gorgeous unspoiled beaches of the Costa de Luz. You can choose from different levels of accommodation to suit every budget, from glamping in the olive grove to relaxing in the luxury of deluxe doubles.

FOOD

The mouth-wateringly delicious meals prepared at Suryalila are gourmet organic vegetarian, with vegan options. Organic olive oil is produced on the property along with fresh eggs and organic fruit and vegetables. Additional fruit and vegetables are supplied by local organic farms.

YOGA

This yoga retreat is lead by Margherita Dal Pra, the founder of YogaM. Margherita is a very experienced yoga and meditation teacher with 14 years of teaching experience. Her classes are a synthesis of Anusara bio-mechanical principles of alignment, along with heart-centered themes and the lineage and depth of knowledge of Tantric Hatha energetics in the Para Yoga® style. Read more about her background here. 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.

ACTIVITIES

There’s a lovely salt-water swimming pool, dotted with sun loungers, and far reaching countryside views. A perfect place to soak up the spring sunshine between yoga classes and spend a lazy afternoon. If you feel a bit more active, you can detoxify and relax in the sweat lodge, go riding or rent a bicycle to explore the stunning countryside. There are lots of beautiful places to discover and you can easily reach the local white villages or travel further afield to Ronda, Cadiz or Seville for sightseeing, shopping, flamenco and tapas. We’ll have two afternoons plus one full day free during the training to enjoy some leisure time. There are also therapists available to give bodywork sessions, including Thai Yoga massage, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, Ayurvedic massage and other healing arts.

Prices

COST from £695

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation for 7 nights (twin double or single bedded)
  • Three gourmet, organic meals a day, unlimited tea and fruit
  • All yoga classes and use of equipment
  • Use of steam sauna

Not included:

  • Flights and airport transfers are not included.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Margherita Dal Pra

shantiyoga@gmail.com
07919 174071

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Jivamukti Yoga Retreat

With Luis Valentine
Ibiza
19–25 May 2018

Luis will guide you through a dynamic vinyasa practice including chanting, breath awareness, alignment exploration, hands-on assists, meditation and deep relaxation twice per day.

Delicious healthy vegan food will be served for brunch and dinner each day, and there will be plenty of downtime to relax in the spacious surroundings of the villa or go out and explore the magical island of Ibiza.​

Prices

What’s included in the Retreat price:

  • Airport transfers
  • Luxurious ensuite accomodation
  • Yoga class each morning and evening
  • Delicious vegan brunch each day and dinner on 5 evenings
  • Afternoon teas and healthy snacks
  • Excursion to Las Dalias hippie market
  • Sound meditation & gong bath
  • Hike to Es Vedra

Price & Room Options per person (excluding flights):​​

  • €1199 quad share ensuite
  • €1299 triple share ensuite
  • €1499 twin share ensuite
  • €1499 double ensuite
  • €1750 double ensuite (sole occupancy)

Pay full amount now or €450 deposit to secure your place

(balance due 6 weeks before retreat start date)


Food:
Vegan – brunch on 6 days and dinner on 5 evenings


Suitable for:
Open level Jivamukti to advanced

Further info

Retreat web page

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Palazzo Yoga Retreat

With Lila Whiting
Piedmont Retreat, Italy
25–28 May 2018

Join Lila Whiting for a yoga retreat in the beautiful surroundings of a 17th Century Palazzo, housing one of the most historical wine cellars in the area. Expect daily yoga, delicious locally sourced vegan food, wine tasting and plenty of time to explore the beautiful surroundings.

We will start the days with meditation & breathing exercises (pranyama) followed by a vigorous vinyasa style practice. After some delicious locally sourced vegan nourishment at our brunch buffet there will be leisure time to unwind.

You’ll have a chance to explore the region & partake in some of the optional extra activities or treatments. Otherwise, you can simply unwind with a book by the pool.

In the afternoons, we will get back to the studio & delve deeper into the study of yoga. In a workshop format, there will be an in-depth exploration of daily topics both physical and philosophical, with plenty of time for questions & answers. Any level of experience is welcome and there will variations to cater for all. Please bring writing materials to all practices, as we will be journaling & you may wish to take notes.

We will be practicing in the unique surroundings of a 17th century palazzo, housing one of the most historical wine cellars in the area. A Unesco Heritage site, scenic Langhe is home to some of the most exciting wines in Italy and Castello di Neive (castellodineive.it) is one of its most prestigious brands.

On Saturday evening we will have the chance to taste some of the winery’s best production at a private tasting before our dinner. And on Sunday we will be treated to a gong bath in the atmospheric old castle cellars.

Sicilian cook Alessandra Lauria, will be creating our daily nutritious vegan brunch and dinner from locally sourced seasonal produce. Ale also offers pasta making courses, should any of the guests be intrigued. When in Rome, after all!

Prices

£695 – £896 including accommodation, food and VAT.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Lila Whiting

Lila.c.whiting@gmail.com

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Sacred & Soulful Spain Retreat

With Tanja Mickwitz
Finca Del Alamo, Almeria, Spain
26 May – 2 Jun 2018

Join Tanja for a Springtime 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 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, 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 longer trips.

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 civilizations. 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.

Almeria 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.
It’s an amazing landscape of perfect half-moon bays, hidden coves, bizarre volcanic rock formations, and spectacular flora and fauna – a wonderful wild coastline, dotted with charming small coastal villages. 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.

Prices

Prices include all yoga, 7 nights accommodation and three meals a day. All accommodation is en suite.

Prices:
£925pp shared
£1075pp single

Further info

Contact Tanja

tanjamickwitz@gmail.com
07775 653 228

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Early Summer Yoga Retreat

With Phillipa Gendall

1–8 Jun 2018

Join us on this yoga retreat in beautiful Greece. Early summer is the perfect time to visit Greece – it’s sunny and warm but not too hot, perfect for yoga.

Our home for the week will be a private villa nestled on the hillside overlooking the sea, the views are just magical, with very close proximity to the sea, and only a short walk across the beaches to the small village nearby.

The villa provides the perfect spot to really relax and to practice yoga, a totally tranquil unspoilt area of Greece, really a truly special place.

There will be two sessions a day of yoga, we will start the day with a silent sitting, and then a dynamic practice with attention to alignment, with suitable modifications to accommodate individual levels. The evening classes will be a slower practice to end the day which will include pranayama and relaxation.

7 nights luxury accommodation, delicious gourmet meals cooked by a professional chef prepared with seasonal local produce, organic where possible .Two yoga classes a day and a chance to totally unwind and relax.

This retreat is limited to 10 students, so more individual attention can be given .

Prices

For full details including pricing, please contact Phillipa.

Further info

Contact Phillipa Gendall

Pippag1@hotmail.com
07981908342

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Lean into the Light June Weekend Retreat

With Lisa Sanfilippo

8–10 Jun 2018

Join Lisa Sanfilippo to restore, energise and illuminate your inner light with a weekend of yoga, meditation and pranayama.
If you’re feeling tired, stressed, rushed, your light may be feeling a little dimmer. The antidote? Pause, breathe, move: lean into your light.

Your retreat is in the peaceful green English countryside, with delicious healthy food, fresh air, and optional healing sessions from acupuncturist and healer Maria Christofi.

Yoga

Friday: yoga session to arrive + ground.
Saturday: two sessions to energise and transform (each 2 hours long).
Sunday : 2.5 hours yogic integration

Prices

Pricing shows earlybird before 30th April / regular rate

Yogi Dorm (8 people sharing ashram style) £275 early/ £325

Shared cottage room £375 early / £395 after

Spa Room Single £525 early / £575 after

Spa Room Shared £405 early/ £425 after

Further info

Contact Lisa Sanfilippo

lisayogalondon@gmail.com
07966006130

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Sangha and Sadhana Retreat

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
Poulstone Retreat Centre, Wye Valley
8–10 Jun 2018

Join yoga teacher and yoga therapist Lisa Kaley-Isley on this nourishing early summer retreat to practice in community and natural beauty. We gather in response to the call within that prompts us to regularly experience the source and resources that sustain, guide, and enliven us. It’s been calling me. Now I’m inviting you to join.

YOGA
We’ll practice Tantra and Viniyoga inspired yoga that integrates breath led movement in asana, pranayama, guided relaxation, and meditation. We’ll begin and end our days with chanting, meditation, and connection to that which sustains, guides, and enlivens us. We’ll experience practices designed to see ourselves, free ourselves, and nourish ourselves.

WHERE
Poulstone Retreat Centre is located near the river Wye and the Malvern Hills area of outstanding natural beauty. The centre itself is a lovely Victorian home with modern upgrades. It has long been a site for contemplation and transformational practices, so the energy of the place is well suited to further our intentions. Much of the food is sourced from organic kitchen gardens on the property. There are easily accessible walking trails and time to rest or explore The closest train station is Hereford HR1 4UA. http://www.poulstone.com/

SCHEDULE
Friday 8 June
Travel to Poulstone Court, Kings Caple, Herefordshire HR1 4UA

16:00 Welcome Orientation
16:30 Vairagya Practice
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Group Walk
20:30 Guided Meditation

Saturday 9 June
8:30 Chanting Morning Prayers
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Brahmana Practice
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Free time to walk, rest, read, journal
16:00 Langhana practice
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Satsang
20:30 Guided meditation

Sunday 10 June
8:30 Chanting Morning prayers
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Samana Practice
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Departure

Prices

Shared double room:
£165 Deposit by Bank Transfer
£135 Balancing payment due by 8 May

Single room Supplement: £50

Travel not included in price of retreat

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Rejuvenating and Transformative Yoga Weekend in Buckinghamshire

With Jeff Phenix
St Katharines, Parmoor, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
8–10 Jun 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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Ashtanga Yoga Weekend in the Lake District

With Joyce McMiken and Marcos Rodriguez
Lake District
22–24 Jun 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.

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.

Prices

£375 in a shared room.
£420 in a single room.

Included: Yoga, meditation, food, accommodation and 30 minutes treatment (massage or reflexology)

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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Weekend of Yoga and Relaxation by the Sea

With Catherine Annis
Gayles Retreat, East Sussex
29 Jun – 1 Jul 2018

Come and relax and unwind for a Midsummer weekend of yoga and letting go beside sea with senior teacher Catherine Annis.

Enjoy four generous sessions of inspiring and mindful yoga, eat amazing homemade vegetarian food freshly picked from the garden, walk across the Downs, and take a dip in the pool, or in the sea at nearby Cuckmere Haven. Return feeling refreshed and invigorated.

Suitable for all levels.

Prices

Accommodation is from £220 per person camping, or £245 earlybird (before 30th May) in simple but comfortable dormitories.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Catherine


07747 196 914

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Relax and Reconnect: Pilates, Yin and Meditation Retreat

With Eleah Waters
Costa Brava, Spain
30 Jun – 6 Jul 2018

Set amongst rolling Costa Brava coastline this eco paradise is seriously special. Perfect for those who love nature and want to hit the reset button with fresh sea air and quiet, blissful surroundings.

More luxurious than your average retreat, rooms have views of the sea and crisp, organic cotton bedding. We have an incredible catering team who lovingly prepare vibrant, nourishing food from the local area. Seafood or vegetarian options available, all intolerances/allergies can be catered to.

Daily practice: restoring, rebalancing and reconnecting. This is your opportunity to fill up your energy stores and let go of the stress and tension of a busy life. There will be morning meditation and Pilates, time to spend exploring unspoilt coastline (15 minute walk to the beach) or simply curl up in a hammock and read by the salt water pool. Afternoons are spent sinking into our yin practice, led by gorgeous local expert Laura Marti.

Journey: London Luton to Barcelona Girona takes 2 hrs 15 min, then a 50 min transfer to the venue. Or hire a car from Barcelona airport, parking available at the villa.

Prices

Rooms:
Triple ensuite £945 p/p
Twin or Double ensuite £1200 p/p (£1545 single occupancy)
Single bed ensuite £1395

30% non refundable deposit required to secure your place. Balance due 30th April 2018.

This retreat will sell out quickly so please get in touch to avoid disappointment.

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Eleah

eleahwaters@gmail.com

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Depth Yoga Greek Island Retreat

With Lisa Sanfilippo

17–22 Jul 2018

Join Lisa for a transformative week on a secret Greek island paradise.

Our tiny island is a secret (ssh!) as the locals have asked us to keep it safe for them, so that the island remains pristine and unspoilt. You fly into Thessaloniki and then it’s a drive or train to the port town for a ferry to our Island. We will help our guests to coordinate this when you enquire.

The retreat is held in a guest house with a yoga platform shaded in trees, in a magical location.
Rooms are clean and basic: not a posh luxury hotel, but on an island that is pure Greek magic, with thermal springs, woodlands, beaches, and stunning Tavernas.

Food is not included, as we want you to order what you like, and eat what pleases you from the vast choices. Vegans, vegetarians, omnivores all catered for and our team will help you decipher the delicacies available. Most food has been harvested on the day or just prior to arriving at the table. You can eat as lavishly or simply as you like. Food budget is a maximum of 30 GBP per day, and that is generous. Some of our guests spent 10-15 per day last year.

A unique experience with a massively experienced staff, this retreat is limited to 12 participants only.

You’ll practice yoga with Lisa every morning and afternoon, and have meditation in the afternoons, Plus Ayurvedic health seminar + you can book a healing massage (at an additional cost) with Xenia.

This retreat can be done as a stand-alone or the week prior you can take a retreat to the same location as part of Lisa’s Depth Yoga Course, a transformational intensive which helps bring yoga practices into daily life in a meaningful way. For more details of the Open retreat or Depth Yoga Course retreat please visit www.depth.yoga

Prices

Before 1 May Earlybird
995 GBP shared room
1200 GBP single room

After 1 May
1095 GBP shared room
1350 GBP single room

A deposit of 250 GBP by bank transfer is required to hold your booking.

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Transformative Yoga Holiday in Umbria, Italy

With Jeff Phenix
La Locanda della Quercia Calante, near Orvieto, Umbria, Italy
28 Jul – 4 Aug 2018

Join senior teacher Jeff Phenix for an amazing week of transformative and inspirational yoga in a beautifully restored farmhouse, nestled in fertile Italian countryside close to the Tuscan border, just 90miles north of Rome.

The farmhouse is perfectly situated within a verdant park, surrounded by wooded hills and grassy glades, close to the majestic city of Orvieto and makes the perfect venue to achieve true wellbeing and restoration.

There will be two yoga classes and three delicious meals each day, with lots of opportunity for relaxing by the pool, exploring the local countryside, reading, chatting to new friends and napping between sessions. The property has a spacious and fully equipped yoga studio, outdoor yoga deck, two swimming pools, a whirlpool, elegant rooms, and a restaurant serving local Umbrian cuisine. There is an organic farm on the property and local wineries that supply the restaurant. See more details on their website www.querciacalante.com

There will also be optional activities and excursions to local attractions, including the historic walled city of Orvieto, the thermal baths at Fonteverde, and wine tasting and cookery lessons, which are available at La Locanda for 30Euros per person. Ayurvedic oil massages, deep tissue massage and other therapies are also available at La Locanda.

Schedule
Arrival day is Saturday 28th July 2018 and will begin with a welcome session short practice late afternoon. Morning sessions will be a dynamic mixture of stillness and movement incorporating pranayama and meditation and will be at 8am for approx. 2.5 hours. You are then free for the day to relax by the pool, enjoy a massage, explore the countryside, visit a nearby lake or local historical villages, or thermal baths 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. Departure day is Saturday 4th August 2018


Accommodation
Single, double, or triple rooms are available. All rooms are ensuite and have a wisteria clad terrace overlooking the gardens. Rooms are simple yet charming and furnished in typical Umbrian style, with individual thermostats, terracotta floors, wooden ceiling beams and brick walls. All rooms are renovated with the most innovative natural architectural criteria: only natural mortar, paint and wax; no electromagnetic fields thanks to electric circuit breakers; water is heated by a solar panel system and electricity is generated by photovoltaic panels.

Cuisine
The food at La Locanda della Quercia Calante is fabulous, and being typical of Umbria and Tuscany, is based on local products, made fresh daily, and 90% organically grown on the Locanda della Quercia Calante farm. Meals can be both with meat or all vegetarian. For those who wish to partake the wine list is also carefully selected and includes quality wines from small local vineyards. Let us know if you have any serious food allergies.

Getting there
La Locanda can be reached by train from Rome’s Termini Station (accessible by train from Rome Fiumicino airport) to Orvieto and taxi from Orvieto station to La Locanda, or we will offer a shuttle bus pick up and drop off to/from the Rome Fiumicino airport (approx 12:00pm departure from airport, check-in 2:30 pm to La Locanda). More details will be given on booking.

Prices

Triple £845 per person
Twin £975 per person
Single £1325 per person

Further info

Retreat web page

Contact Jennie Phenix

jen@phenixyoga.com
07954 578 439

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5-Elements Yoga Retreat

With Daria Germondari and Maria
Villa Molino, Spanish Hills outside of Madrid
2–6 Aug 2018

Daria and Maria would like to invite you to this 5-day Spanish yoga retreat as part of the Sawabona collection of retreats in Spain and Mexico.

The theme of the week will be embodying the 5-life-giving Elements, both on and off the mat. Each morning will begin with a slow, yet strong flow practice where we will deconstruct each Element and apply it to our everyday lives. The afternoon class will include a combination of meditation, pranayama, yin and restorative practices focusing in Being rather than Doing. There will also be time for journalling.

THE YOGA

EARTH DAY (Thursday PM)
Landing on your feet…as you arrive in your new home for the next 5 days we will work on establishing your foundation to experience stability and ease through feet, legs and into the pelvis where your Muladhara (Root) Chakra resides. Find your home away from home.

WATER DAY (Friday AM & PM)
Tap into your femininity to embody fluidity, connection and adaptability. Like a river that runs free, we will create our own course of flow through a practice based around the Chakra of sensuality, Swadhisthana. Expect deep hip releases and work in the lower spine.

FIRE DAY (Saturday AM & PM)
We enter the peak of our retreat working on the fire element – this is where transformation really begins. Working on developing heat and energy to spur us into focus and action. We call on Manipura Chakra in the solar plexus to purify and strengthen the core and tap into the thousands of meridians residing in our bellies. Time to burn away our self-limiting beliefs!

AIR DAY (Sunday AM & PM)
After purification, comes a sense of expansion and lightness. We have created space for movement of Prana (life force) in our physical, emotional and mind bodies and so we invite love and trust into the heart centre where Anahata Chakra sits. We will work on heart-opening postures and back bends to nourish the spine and glow with love.

SPACE DAY (Monday AM)
At last we have reached the final step of our involutionary ladder. We learn from the past 4 days and feel our way into our intuition, connection, expansiveness, consciousness and our authentic truth. We speak from Vishuddha Chakra, located in the throat and allow this element to inform and support us as we make our journey back home.

THE VILLA

Set in the sloping hills outside Madrid, El Molino is a stunning property surrounded by nature. With beautifully landscaped gardens, a luxurious swimming pool and stunning views from the veranda, you will find yourself immersed in the perfect conditions to fully unwind and let go. Bedrooms are tastefully decorated, quiet and cool even in the Summer months.

THE FOOD
Each day Maria and Daria will serve two healthy home cooked meals (brunch and dinner) with locally sourced Spanish ingredients to nourish the body and feed the soul. There will also be plenty of snacks and fresh fruit throughout the day.

THE SURROUNDINGS
We will explore the local surroundings where there are plenty of beautiful nature walks along ancient ruins and meandering rivers. There is also the opportunity to visit vibrant Madrid and its unique soulful character.

Prices

Limited Places (8 people max)
Early Bird: £550 (ends 1st May)
Full Price: £650

Includes: Tuition, Accommodation, Snacks and 2 Meals per day.
Not included: Flights, Transfers to Property, Massage & Excursions.

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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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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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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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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