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3 Days Chakra Balancing and Yoga Retreat in UK

  • 42 Acres Retreat Center, Witham Friary, Frome, Somerset, UK


Light in the Dark UK Yoga Retreat

Join Laura Gilmore for a transformational yoga weekend where you will be taken to the depths of yoga practice, to meet yourself in the depths of winter, and to see what you need to hold on to, transform, or let go of. The yoga sessions combine asana, pranayama, and bio-energetic practices to enable you to experience the subtle body where the prana may be restricted or excessive, and to balance the poles of prana from root to crown.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Asana and pranayama practices
  • Experience bio-energetic practices
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Peaceful environment
  • Daily delicious meals
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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There are rooms for every different taste and budget on this retreat. If you have a friend or a partner who would like to attend this retreat without partaking in any of the yoga, Bristol City Yoga will be able to offer them a discounted rate.

  • Laura Gilmore

    Laura Gilmore has practiced yoga since 1990 and has been teaching since 2002. She is a registered senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance UK and teaches with warmth and humor to bring the ancient wisdom of yoga alive. Her classes include opportunities to release and relax deeply, as well as to challenge oneself on a physical level, finding greater ease and understanding within body and mind. 

Nestled in a secluded Somerset valley near Frome, 42 Acres combines exquisite beauty and environmental consciousness to create a venue that is inspiring like no other. They have used reclaimed materials to outfit the interiors of the property. All of their power is renewable and self generated through biomass and solar.

  • Hiking
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Library

The food at 42 Acres is an incredibly special part of what they offer. Everything is hand-made from fresh ingredients in the relaxed, sunny atmosphere of the farm kitchen, and their in-house chef draws on a deep practical knowledge of the cleansing properties of raw vegan foods, healing whole foods, and the nourishing properties of Paleo dieting.

They pride themselves on an integrated and uncompromising food policy which is organic ingredients in almost every case, sourcing from world-class local small-scale artisan growers and producers. This includes superb organic and raw goat, sheep, and cow’s dairy; organic sourdough baker, the chef’s own sauerkrauts, ferments and pickles; all oils are cold-pressed and organic, the use of celtic sea salt only, and a sugar-free kitchen.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Paleo diet
  • Raw food
  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Asana and pranayama sessions
  • Bio-energetic practices
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily vegetarian and raw food meals
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Airfare
  • Daily meals

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bristol Airport (BRS).

  • Review by Annie

    "Mel gave us a well thought out program alongside a philosophical and informed approach in a beautiful relaxed venue. Thank you."

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  • Review by Kerry

    "You are an excellent teacher, Mel. Kind, inspiring, and very knowledgeable. Thanks for a brilliant weekend and expect me to show up in Bristol!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Yoga with Laura is challenging, rewarding, and relaxing (and that’s within the first hour). I have no hesitation in recommending her."

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  • Review by Jessica R.

    "Really lovely studio and nice, talented teachers"

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  • Review by Donna Joiner

    "Thanks for the lovely relaxing weekend - just what I was needing. I really enjoyed it and it was really nice to catch up with yoga friends and make new ones. Laura, I love your yoga teaching style and love how your small adjustments can make all the difference to the pose/asana. You’re a fantastic yoga teacher!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "What you will find is a unique venue with bags of charm, character and quirky details, set in beautiful grounds in a gorgeous part of the country…a great base from which to explore the Dorset coast…Symondsbury Manor is the perfect place and well worth a visit"

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  • Review by Lynn

    "Thank you for your wonderful teaching. I came home feeling physically stronger, light, and happy. I wish I could bottle that, but I will certainly keep rolling out my yoga mat and working towards maintaining that. "

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  • Review by Graham

    "I’d like to thank Laura for her support, understanding, and sense of humor with me through the week. Having done no yoga whatsoever before attending the retreat, it was very much a crash course. Thanks to Laura, I never felt like a beginner and came away having had a very positive experience both physically and mentally. "

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  • Review by Donna

    "I really enjoyed my yoga retreat in Ithaca. I love Laura’s teaching style and enjoyed the yoga with her again. It was nice to meet more people with the same interest. "

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  • Review by Catherine from Bristol

    "Couldn’t have asked for more! A truly beautiful setting, spectacular views, and walks. Wonderfully rejuvenating and grounding practice, a real chance to find peace and time for myself. Amazing food and a fabulous bunch of ladies. I returned home feeling very zen."

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  • Review by Becky

    "Laura is such a good teacher! She presented the chakra information clearly (with humor) and made it feel very relevant to real-life. She made a complex subject easier to understand."

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  • Review by Beth from Brecon, UK

    "Very welcoming with very knowledgeable instructors"

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  • Review by Rebecca Kay

    "This retreat has given me the chance to reconnect with myself and find stillness. It has been a peaceful experience and I am determined to take away what I have learned into my life. Thank you."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I loved the weekend and it exceeded my expectations which were already high. Laura's classes were varied, engaging and struck just the right balance between challenging and very enjoyable. I came away feeling rested, stretched, and peaceful."

    Bristol City Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Dan Welfare from UK

    "Really friendly and student-centered class. I had a great time :)"

    Bristol City Yoga Facebook page, edited

Bristol, United Kingdom

Bristol City Yoga’s beautiful studio hosts weekly classes, workshops, events, and retreats. They also provide complementary therapy treatments from Bristol Therapy rooms.

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from US$337

3 days / 2 nights


Arrival: Friday January 6, 2017
Departure: Sunday January 8, 2017

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 50 GBP per person if you book a space in a shared room. To benefit, book or reserve before October 30, 2016.

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