As well as all the amazing benefits of a regular yoga practise (such as increased relaxation and energy levels; stronger muscles and bones; improved posture, and sleep patterns; reduced stress and emotional frustration; support for digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous and immune systems; enhanced positive thinking and self-esteem; sense of clarity and inner peace) - a yoga retreat offers you an immersive experience with the following opportunities:
- Take time for yourself away from your daily routine
- Disconnect from technology
- Deepen your yoga and meditation practice
- Improve your yoga knowledge
- Detox body, mind and soul
- Connect with nature
- Reflection, self-enquiry, personal re-evaluation
- Improve your health
- Surround yourself with positive energy
- Discover a new perspective
- Step outside your comfort zone
- Embrace fear
- Meet like-minded people and create new friendships
- Create and commit to healthy habits, thoughts and actions
- Experience new activities, with new people, in new places
- Visit beautiful destinations
- Return home refreshed and reset
- Relax, relax, relax!
I am trained in both hatha and yin yoga. Whilst all of my retreats help bring about a sense of wellbeing, relaxation and enhanced mind-body connection, each retreat will each have its own special theme and focus. Please see Retreats pages, to find the right retreat for you.
All retreats are open to all levels of ability (both beginners and more experienced yogis alike) with both less and more challenging options being offered throughout the sessions. A retreat offers an ideal way to explore and learn more. If you have any concerns about your health or ability before signing up to a retreat, please do not hesitate to contact me.
If you have your own favourite mat, blanket or eye pillow then please do bring it along. Otherwise, all yoga equipment required for the retreat will be supplied for you.
Your clothing will depend on the type of retreat you are signing up for. Generally, you will want attire for yoga sessions to be close-fitting and comfortable. Fitted clothes allow me to observe your form and offer adjustments when necessary. In addition, they will stay put during bending, twisting and inversion asana. Depending on the temperature, you might want to wear layers that can easily be removed as you warm up and put back on before final relaxation. Yoga is practiced barefoot, but you might like to bring a pair of socks to keep your feet warm during relaxation. Casual clothing is all that you need for in between activities.
Each retreat page, will list additional activities that will be available on your chosen retreat. So, clothing and equipment, suitable for those activities and the local weather (based on the time of the year) are important. A list of any special or unusual items will be sent to you before departure.
If you have any health conditions you think may affect your yoga practise, please indicate this at the time of booking AND on your Retreat Health Questionnaire. If your health changes after you have submitted your questionnaire, please let me know as soon as possible. We can then have a chat about your health and how it might affect your yoga practise. It might be necessary to modify some of the yoga practises to ensure your safety and comfort during sessions.
Sessions can be tailored to support pregnant and post-natal yoginis. Relax, stretch and breath with confidence, comfort, and support. If you have recently given birth, please wait for a minimum of 6 weeks, before returning to your practise. Please see my blog post called - Supporting pregnancy; before, during and after - and contact me to discuss how to maintain a safe practise.
Yes, you are welcome to attend on your own. In my own personal experience, a deeper, more profound and empowering experience can be created when attending a retreat on your own. You are welcome to book a single room or a multiple occupancy room, where you will be allocated a room on a shared basis, along with someone of the same gender.
Yes, you are welcome to attend the retreat with friends, family and partners. If you wish to share a room, please book all people on to the retreat at the same time and list all members of your party, on the supplementary pages of your Retreat Health Questionnaire.
Accommodation options vary retreat, to retreat. All options are listed on individual retreat pages. In most instances, there should be an allocation of single rooms available. All rooms are subject to availability and are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Bathroom facilities vary retreat, to retreat. All options are listed on individual retreat pages. In most instances, there should be an allocation of rooms with ensuites available. All rooms are subject to availability and are allocated on a first come first served basis.
All dietary requirements will be catered for. Please list your requirements on your Retreat Health Questionnaire, with as much notice as possible, so that suitable meals can be provided.
Generally speaking, most of my retreats, offer an opportunity for deep introspection with a focus on cleansing and detoxing the body, mind and soul (where meat and alcohol will not be available). However, one very special retreat, that goes to Verona, Italy, will work along the lines of ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’… therefore, a variety of meat and vegetable dishes along with some delicious Italian wines will be available to enjoy on this particular retreat.
You are invited to participate in as much or as little as you wish. This is your retreat, your journey, so please join in with the activities that you wish to do. You are welcome to get up late, snooze during the day and go to bed early. Having said that please re-read the full list of ‘benefits of going on a yoga retreat’ before kicking back too much!
Your retreat booking is secure with a full or part-payment based on the information below. Payment includes a non-refundable deposit of 30%.
- If the cost of the booking is less than £200, full-payment is due on booking.
- If the cost of the booking is more than £200, part-payment of 30% is due on booking.
- Where relevant, balance payment is due 16 weeks prior to the booking date.
- In addition, please ensure you read Retreat Terms & Conditions, and return a completed Retreat Health Questionnaire to me as soon as you can.
No, international and domestic flights are not included in the retreat price. If it is necessary to fly to the location of a retreat, recommendations will be sent to you with plenty of notice, so that you can make your own travel arrangements.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents (including valid passports, visas and travel insurance), vaccinations or other personal health requirements, for any country in which a retreat is being held (domestic or international). Information on health is given on the NHS website www.nhs.uk/livewell/travelhealth and the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (www.nathnac.org).