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Your Weekend Getaway Yoga Retreat in Wales, UK

The past couple of years have demanded a lot of us all, it wasn't easy and our minds and bodies will carry the experience of lockdowns with us for a long time. And, for some, this level of tension and anxiety is part of everyday life. So, at Bobble, they turn towards relax and restore yoga retreats in Wales, designed to give you just what you need to dive deep into relaxation in a gentle and harmonious way.

Meet the instructors

Adrienn
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Highlights

  • Daily mindfulness practices
  • 3 evening Restorative yoga practice
  • 3 morning energetic asana (physical) practice
  • 2 workshops on energetic practice and active relaxation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and healthy snacks
  • 3 nights accommodation in en-suite bedrooms
  • Free time for your own personal activities

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Tranquil, serene and peaceful.

Garth Barns consists of Hafod barn and Ty Nant. Hafod is a traditional stone and timber clad barn with a cool modern interior and spacious living areas. There is a large conservatory where the yoga asanas and practices are held. This is large enough to hold up to 24 yogis at the same time - but Bobble Yoga is limiting numbers to a maximum of 14, to ensure a feeling of spaciousness.

There is also a pool table and front and rear terraces, floor to ceiling windows allowing the light to stream into spaces.

Ty Nant is an oak-framed barn over two stories, with a comfortable farmhouse atmosphere. Lots of oak all around: Beams in the kitchen, the tables, and other locally made items. The lounge doors open to the terrace next to the stream, with plenty of space for you to socialize or to hide away in the living room, as you prefer.

Room options: double room with single occupancy, or double or twin room sharing for two people from the same household. Sharing options are also available if you're happy to mingle with like-minded yogis.

All of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms either with a shower or a bath. Wi-Fi is available on the grounds.

Program

Overview

Bobble Yoga has got the perfect recipe to take planning off your shoulders, give you the best schedule for your long-awaited rest! Every day you’ll be able to immerse yourself deeper in yoga, connect with nature, feel good after your healthy lunch, and completely relax. The program is designed so that your days are full, yet revitalizing and rejuvenating - just like any weekend getaway should be!

Morning mindfulness practices will be based on the Himalayan tradition of meditation. Themes will include 'a deeper connection with breath’ and ‘turning towards mindfulness’, designed to reduce stress. Bobble Yoga will introduce tools that will make it easy to implement these mindfulness practices in your everyday life.

Morning asana (physical exercise) practices will be based on Bobble’s Breathe And Flow methodology, suitable for beginners, complete beginners, and general yoga goers too. There’ll be props to ensure maximum benefits and alignment is achieved in the poses, regardless of experience. This practice is based on traditional Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, energizing, and strengthening through Vinyasa as well as releasing stress and anxiety by deepening your breath and body movement connection.

Evening asana practices will be a combination of slower Hatha and Restorative/Yin yoga methodologies, making most of all of the props and mindfulness practices. Expect these to allow for your body and mind to relax at the end of your day. You’ll notice they feel magical because you are surprised by the changes you experience when you change the style of yoga being practiced. When practicing restorative poses, you’re literally restoring balance in your body’s architecture, organ functions, and mind. The props not only release you of effort but also position your body in such a way so as to reduce strain on joints. The goal is “total relaxation”: The state in which there is no movement, no effort, no muscles holding bones; just deep, delicious rest.

Two yoga workshops, one each on Friday and Saturday. The workshops are always different in content, as Bobble Yoga grows and learns, and as they tailor to your needs. Here is the outline that they base the workshops on.

Friday:

  • The Foundations: What is Yoga and What Should I know about it?
  • The Physical Foundations, and breaking down Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations)

You’ll play with props to discover unused muscles in your feet, our arms, and other areas of your bodies

Surya Namaskar A and B (Sun Salutations) are the two most complex movement series practiced physically in yoga, building up to 17 standalone poses together. You’ll learn alignment for each of these poses, the anatomical benefits as well as the usage of props to aid alignment even for the least flexible of us! You’ll put all this into practice in a playful way to make it easy to remember

Saturday: The Art of Slowing Down - Practical Tools for Stress Release

You’ll talk about stress and anxiety, the different triggers and will look to understand the physiological aspects of their effects on the body; including talking about what is fascia and what can influence fascia release.

  • You’ll learn how and why to activate your parasympathetic nervous system
  • How and why can different pranayama - breathing techniques - help
  • What is restorative yoga and yin yoga, and the ways it helps ease stress. You’ll learn 3 key Restorative yoga poses that you can use back home, on holiday, or even during business travels!

All designed to easily include in your self-practice back home

Daily schedule

Thursday

  • 14:00 - Arrival and orientation
  • 17:00 - Welcome to Garth Barns, evening asana practice
  • 19:00 - Dinner

Friday

  • 07:30 - Morning Mindfulness practice
  • 08:00 - Morning asana practice
  • 10:00 - Breakfast
  • 11:00 - Friday workshop - theory and practice
  • 13:30 - Lunch
  • 17:00 - Restorative yoga practice
  • 19:00 - Dinner

Saturday

  • 07:30 - Morning Mindfulness practice
  • 08:00 - Morning asana practice
  • 10:00 - Breakfast
  • 11:00 - Saturday workshop - theory and practice
  • 13:30 - Lunch
  • 17:00 - Restorative yoga practice with Yoga Nidra
  • 19:00 - Dinner

Sunday

  • 07:30 - Morning Mindfulness practice
  • 08:00 - Morning asana practice
  • 10:00 - Breakfast
  • 11:00 - Check-out

Instructors

Adrienn Szigeti

Retreat location

This relax and restore retreat takes place in Garth Barns, Llanidloes, Mid-Wales. Llanidloes is the first town on the River Severn (counting from the source); located within the historic county boundaries of Montgomeryshire, Wales. The town offers lovely cafés and small shops and is known for being a great little market town in Mid-Wales.

Garth Barns is located just two miles off from Llanidloes. The barns are on either side of the former farmyard - now a spacious landscaped courtyard, separating Hafod and Ty Nant (the two barns), and a garden with a pond and a stream running through. These barn conversions offer spacious, very clean and comfortable accommodation - whether you decide to share or take your own room.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Delicious, healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner; teas coffees, and snacks are included.

They cater to all dietary requirements. They work with chefs who have solid experience in catering for yoga retreats and have a similar mindset to theirs! The tasty menu is vegetarian or vegan, and any special requirements are catered for with ease, as long as you tell them in advance. All ingredients are locally sourced as much as possible and naturally gluten-free! The only exception may be bread, where they offer both gluten and non-gluten options too.

Example of a daily menu:

Breakfast

  • Fresh fruits /yogurt/homemade granola porridge with stewed fruit
  • Toast and spreads

Lunch

  • Miso soup with tofu/rice noodles/spring onion/garlic and ginger
  • Brown and wild rice salad
  • Beetroot/carrot and apple salad

Evening meal

  • Slightly spiced dahl
  • Mixed vegetable curry
  • Spicy potato and cauliflower coriander and spring onion rice
  • Pudding
  • Homemade fruit crumble

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Bobble Yoga will be making sure that making decisions will be reduced to the minimum for you, after all, you are joining them to relax and leave all stress behind! The biggest decision you’ll need to make will probably be whether to book into a massage or use the sauna or go for a fresh, sunny walk!

Bring your hiking boots and explore the beautiful countryside, using one of the mapped walks.

Enjoy and refresh in the sauna in Wales or drop into the hot tub in the Cotswolds!

Mingle with fellow yogis on an exploratory journey and discussion.

Cozy-in and hideaway with a book - they’ll bring some in the topic of yoga too!

What's included

  • 6 x 1.5-hour yoga asana (physical practice)
  • 3 x 30-minute mindfulness meditation practice
  • 2 x 90 mins workshop: Foundations, understanding Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations), The Art of Slowing Down: Active Relaxation practices and take-home tools
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Optional walks in the Welsh countryside
  • There is a small sauna available and a pool table too
  • Lots of hideaway places for the perfect balance between socialising and serenity

What's not included

  • Travel to and from the retreat location
  • Any airport transfers or taxis from train stations
  • Additional massage and other local beautician treatments
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights

How to get there

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Driving directions

  • The postcode is SY18 6NN. If driving: Bobble Yoga would recommend coming to Llanidloes before setting out on country roads.
  • Llanidloes is on the A470.
  • Leave the bypass and head straight through Llanidloes town center - continue until you come to the only roundabout in Llanidloes.
  • At the roundabout, turn over the bridge onto the B4569.
  • Immediately after crossing the bridge turn left onto the B4518, signposted Llyn Clywedog.
  • Proceed up this road for approximately 1 mile and then turn right, immediately after a new caravan site entrance on the opposite side.
  • The turning is signposted "Y Fan" (pronounced "Van" - meaning "place" in Welsh).
  • There is a brick house set back in the fork.
  • The road goes up a little, then twists downhill.
  • When it levels out after almost a mile, you will see the stone Garth Barns and the House (off white with 3 dormer windows) on your left about 400 yards from the road.
  • Turn between two oak trees. (Some satnavs will try to send you along a rough track - there is no need for this!).
  • The drive is tarmac. If you reach the village you have gone too far!

Arrival by train

Caersws is the nearest train station, at a distance of 6 miles/15 minutes drive. There are taxis available to pre-order, to complete the journey to Garth Barns.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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