Cowdance is a Skipton-based yoga and retreat company that runs retreats inspired by the need to get outside and reconnect with the natural world.

Instructors 8

Fiona Lines

Fiona started practicing yoga initially to aid in recovery after a back injury but it soon became interwoven into the fabric of her life. She teaches Vinyasa flow, pregnancy, and Restorative yoga both through retreat company Cowdance and also at classes local to her home in rural Lancashire. Fiona tries to help people to feel better connected to themselves and the natural world around them and, through this, feel happier and less stressed. As well as yoga asana practice, Fiona enjoys outdoor sports such as climbing, mountain biking, and hill walking.

Lisa Milnor

Lisa began practicing yoga over 20 years ago and found it hugely beneficial to counterbalance a demanding career in Finance. She began three years of yoga teacher training to deepen her own personal practice with the British Wheel of Yoga and went on to train in yoga therapy and then as a mindfulness teacher with the Clear Mind Institute. Her teaching is informed by training with highly respected teachers, and she continues to deepen her own mindfulness and yoga practice through attending retreats, participating in CPD training and regular teaching of classes, courses, and retreats.

Alice McNeil

Alice is a registered yoga teacher and chartered physiotherapist based in the beautiful peak district. With an M.Sc. in Psychology and in Physiotherapy, Alice uses yoga to bridge the gap between these two disciplines as she invites you to explore your physical and psychological capabilities, on and off the mat. Alice’s classes are designed to be inclusive, challenging, and fun. She currently runs a specialist yoga for adventure sports course alongside one-on-one teachings, and is a guest yoga teacher at a number of adventure and cycling festivals around the UK.

Suzanna Cruickshank

Suzanna channeled her love of the hills to begin her mountain leader training in 2011. Introduced by a friend, she also started open water swimming. She then started to walk the hills often in search of a remote tarn to swim in. Eventually, she combined it with her swimming experience to set up her own swim guiding business in the Lake District. She has led holidays for Walking Women and is now delighted to be joining Cowdance to offer wild swimming experiences on yoga retreats.

Dan McFarlane

Dan has been interested in hill walking since a young age and took interest in leading groups through a variety of scouting events organized in Hertfordshire where he grew up. From this, he attended mountaineering courses in Scotland and went on to complete mountain leader training before heading off to university. Studying financial computing, he found as much as he enjoyed the subject, he couldn't bear to be stuck inside. He is now an outdoor instructor, based in Yorkshire for the past three years. Dan leads some of the activities including walks up the Three Peaks.

Jonathan Tompkins

Jonathan uses his experience and knowledge to lead us on adventures overground, underground, up rock faces and through river gorges. His relaxed yet assured style dispels any nerves. A trip with Jonathan is always good fun. Jonathan leads activities on the yoga and climbing, and yoga and caving retreats.

Will Sheaff

Will Sheaff is an experienced walking, climbing and watersports instructor, based in the Peak District. His passion for the outdoors developed as a teenager, whilst completing his DofE Award. Since then, he's climbed around the world in Europe and further afield, with extensive trekking up to a high point at Kilimanjaro summit. Over the past few years, Will has enjoyed trekking in Madagascar, Ecuador, and Uganda as well as throughout the Peak District. He loves sharing his enthusiasm for the outdoors and passing on knowledge and skills.

Freya Thomas

Freya is a professional contemporary dancer and yoga teacher currently based in Leeds. As well as leading yoga sessions at Cowdance retreats in the Yorkshire Dales, she teaches yoga and roga (yoga and running) classes across various studios in Leeds. After training as a contemporary dancer in Leeds, Freya subsequently trained as a yoga teacher in Goa, India gaining her 200-hour certificate in multi-style yoga.

Reviews 2

Richard Thorp

from Great Britain, June 2018

"First yoga holiday"

It's very difficult to think of a way to improve this experience for me. My first long weekend away with a group with individuals I hadn't met before. The location was stunning, accommodation excellent. Freya, Julie & Jon looked after us amazingly. Met some really lovely people.

Donna Cottrell

from Great Britain, November 2017

"Forrest Yoga"

The yoga, the woods, the food, the people. The fire meditation. A wonderful experience.

Testimonials 5

a traveler

Cowdance website

Brilliant weekend – thoroughly enjoyed it; good camaraderie, good venue, and a lot of activities with no chance to get bored. I will join you on next year’s retreats.

a traveler

Cowdance website

This has been an extraordinary weekend on my 60th birthday. The dedication to achieving this is evident from the quality of the accommodation to the care and attention given to the range of vegetarian dishes provided and the yoga, meditation and caving tuition provided. All this resulted in a truly meaningful group experience I will never forget.

a traveler

Cowdance website

I really enjoyed the contrast between relaxing yoga and caving and would like to emphasise how much I enjoyed both. I was apprehensive about the vegetarian food but there was absolutely no need as it was absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere was really relaxed and lovely.

a traveler

Cowdance website

Brilliant. I'm new to yoga so enjoyed all the teaching. Loved the stretches after walking on Sunday. Lovely walking, weather was amazing: well led, good info on geography and local points of interest. Thank you so much for a great weekend.

Erica Denton

Cowdance Facebook page

A well organised weekend which included Yoga twice a day, a farm tour, fantastic food and guided walks up the 3 peaks. Cottage was brilliant with amazing views and a hot tub. The Yoga was invigorating in the morning and relaxing in the evening. A great weekend thank you

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