Paula is an experienced yoga practitioner, qualifying as a homeopath 20 years ago and adding the Bowen Technique to her skills in 1999 and becoming a yoga teacher in 2008. She has been practicing yoga for nearly 30 years and also has experience relating to people in emotional crisis as well as offering support, advice, and information during support groups to young and adult carers. She likes to offer her classes to charities supporting mental health, carers, and young offenders.
from United States, May 2018
"Yoga retreat May 2018 Peak District"
This was my first yoga retreat and it was wonderful. I met an AMAZING group of women and I enjoyed the company of every single one of them. Paula (instructor) put enormous effort into our time together. I found it all beneficial and did return home very relaxed and in a better mental zone. I also came away with good correctional advice on my positions, new positions to practice and determination to practice more regularly on my own.
I appreciated the 'full on' programme, though some of the events were optional (no additional cost and no pressure to attend),which left what was for me sufficient periods of 'free' time for wandering about. The grounds and surrounding area were outstandingly beautiful and we were very lucky with the weather. Nonetheless, I went for the yoga so wanted to attended everything. The paired yoga was a lovely way to end our yoga practice together and was also fun to do.
I attended with a friend but it would have been completely fine to have come on my own - as others of those who attended did. I wouldn't hesitate to attend again by myself if anyone reading this has concerns about this.
I would attend again full stop.
from Great Britain, May 2018
"Yoga Weekend Willersle Castle"
The setting was absolutely gorgeous, very peaceful with beautiful views. Paula's teaching style was gentle and inclusive and the practices over the weekend were plentiful and varied. The other people on the weekend were lovely - always the most important factor! - and the group gelled together as a whole. It was both a relaxing and stimulating weekend, and altogether enjoyable.
from Great Britain, February 2018
"My first time"
This was my first ever yoga retreat/holiday.
I had a great time. I met lovely people and did lots of yoga as well as other things I'd never tried before like candle gazing and Indian head massage.
I enjoyed Paula's teaching and came away feeling reassured about my yoga practice.
The setting was fabulous and we were able to have some great country walk. The pool was perfect for a dip.
from Great Britain, February 2018
"Beautiful countryside, lovely people!"
Overall reasonable value for money. Disappointed with the yoga though, felt it could have been better organised with more flow and levels of difficulty to meet needs of all. Basic instructions in and out of postures was poor and breathing techniques could have been incorporated more into the basics of yoga.
from Great Britain, October 2017
The walk and the yoga classes. I loved the meditation too. It was a very positive experience.
from Great Britain, September 2017
Paula is an excellent instructor who created a fantastic atmosphere amongst the group. The yoga sessions were a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions catered to all different abilities and with some wonderful meditation/more spiritual elements too. The extra sessions offered, such as hand massage, yoga nidra, bowen technique and walks in the peak district really added to the experience. The hotle is set in a beautiful location and the accommodation, though a little basic, is comfortable, quiet and private. The food was lovely and seemingly never ending. An all round great experience which I would do again.
from Great Britain, August 2017
"'A relaxed and lovely break'"
The weekend was very enjoyable. Paula was very easy going and there were lots of things to do, such as walks and creative activities as well as obviously yoga, without any pressure to do everything. I enjoyed the yoga classes, that were very accessible, but also added to my existence yoga practice. Always good to notice that your own practice feels different after a retreat!
Cromford is a lovely location, also for the guided walks we did. The on-site pool provided opportunity for a proper swim.
Thank you for a superb weekend! I really loved it. The weekend was a great mix of people, yoga, relaxation and the pool and walk really added to it too. I would definitely like to come again some time but this year will be ruled out due to the arrival of our son in June!
I hope you have continued success and will see you at some point in the future. Thanks for sending us the pictures - still laughing at the memory of the partner yoga - great fun!
Dee United Kingdom
Wonderful yoga classes are guaranteed with Paula. She is very laid back in her teaching yet extremely knowledgeable and always provides a full class with varied postures and breathing techniques with a proper relaxation at the end. I particularly enjoy the beautiful chanting we all participate in at the start of every class, this has enhanced and deepened my yoga practice. I will truly miss Paula's classes, it will be difficult to find a replacement.