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4 Days Volunteering Karma Yoga Holiday in North Wales, UK

Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 3LX, UK

Volunteering Yoga Retreat in UK

Karma Yoga Retreats are run as part of the Dru Volunteer Programme. They are a fantastic way to experience teamwork by working on different projects together, such as cooking, gardening, painting, cleaning, building, etc. Simultaneously, you practice and learn about yoga and meditation in its many aspects.

Highlights

  • Mantra chanting
  • Satsang on Bhagavad Gita
  • Relaxation, meditation and Karma yoga
  • Volunteer on cooking, gardening, or light maintenance
  • Walking and yoga in nature
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Concierge desk
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

Snowdonia Mountain Lodge is a friendly, comfortable center from which to explore the rugged beauty of Snowdonia National Park and the beaches of Anglesey. Every room has an en-suite bathroom with shower or bath, free Wi-Fi, and drinks including herbal tea and coffee facilities.

Program

Karma yoga is the yoga of action, the kind of action that is focused on giving back to the community and each other in the best possible way. Karma yoga retreats are run as part of the Dru Volunteer Programme. They are a fantastic way to experience teamwork by working on different projects together such as cooking, gardening, painting, cleaning, building, and others. Simultaneously, you practice and learn about yoga and meditation in its many aspects.

Karma yoga, as stated in the Bhagavad Gita, is often understood and translated as the yoga of selfless service or as the means of achieving freedom through action. It purifies the heart and mind by inviting you to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward.

Possible Karma yoga activities will be:

  • Light maintenance or building
  • Deep cleaning
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Website or IT support

Dru UK will also make sure that your time there is as nourishing and as rewarding as possible. Therefore they include in your programme sessions like:

  • Yoga and relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Walk and yoga in nature
  • Mantra chanting (kirtan)
  • Satsang on Bhagavad Gita

And not to forget that your working environment will be in the midst of the stunning scenery of Snowdonia National Park, with beautiful walks and time in nature included!

Sample schedule

First day

  • 15:00 Arrival and check-in
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Welcome session (including yoga and relaxation)

Second and third day

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Allocation of Karma Yoga tasks
  • 13:00 Lunch and free time
  • 15:00 Allocation of Karma Yoga tasks
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Evening session, including kirtan, Satsang, yoga, meditation

Last day

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Allocation of Karma Yoga tasks
  • 12:30 Review of Karma Yoga week
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Depart

Please note the amendment to the start and finish times. However, should you need to arrive or leave early that's not a problem. Hopefully, the changed times will allow for more yoga and perhaps a longer walk.

Retreat location

Snowdonia Mountain Lodge is situated on the A5, eight miles south of Bangor and 2 miles south of Bethesda in the Nant Ffrancon Valley, North Wales. Towering mountains rise on either side, and from your bedroom window, you can see the changing light dancing over the fields, and listen to the sheep and lambs in the surrounding fields. The peace monument's water feature is a relaxing place to sit and soak up the sunshine, or you can meditate by a mountain stream.

Thousands of people from all over the world come here every year to enjoy:

  • Positive "feel good" ambiance
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Easy access to the mountains
  • Excellent yoga and meditation instructors
  • Nurturing therapies

Distances:

  • Bethesda, 2 miles - 5 minutes
  • Bangor, 8 miles
  • London - 3.5 hours

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Shopping
  • Swimming

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • River
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During your four days stay in Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, you will be provided with vegetarian meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There will also be snacks and refreshments for you to enjoy!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

Zip lining at Zip World

Zip World is home to 11 unique adventures set in 3 stunning location within North Wales; Zip World Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda (5-10 mins drive) is home to Velocity, the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe. Zip World Velocity is the nearest thing to flying, taking you 500 meters above the quarry lake, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Zip World Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog includes the first 4-person zip lining in Europe to the unique, all-weather underground adventures.

Carnarfon Castle Tour

You can visit Carnarfon Castle, a medieval fortress (13 miles away) in the historic town of Caernarfon. This grand castle is one of the most famous of Wales's castles, and was the venue for Price Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales. Its commanding presence and sheer scale set it apart from the rest.

Climbing Snowdon

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England, and is more than well worth a visit for its breathtaking views. You can choose from six different walking paths to conquer this 1085 meters giant; The Llanberis Path, Rhyd-Ddu Path, PYG Track, Miners’ Track, Watkin Path, or the Snowdon Ranger Path.

You can also let the mountain railway take you on a journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of Wales. The park's historic Snowdon Mountain railway climbs to the summit of Mount Snowdon, offering views across the sea to Ireland. The beginning of most of the tracks up Snowdon is a 20-minute drive from Snowdonia Mountain Lodge.

Exploring Ancient Anglesey

Ancient Isle of Anglesey is only 10 miles away (or a 16-minute drive) from the lodge. Numerous prehistoric stone markers and monuments are present on Anglesey which historically has been associated with the druids. Anglesey has stunning landscapes and unspoiled coastlines. Explore unusual landscapes that are home to an extraordinary amount of plants and wildlife.

You can wander through picturesque villages and explore miles of scenic walks or cycle paths on the coastal path. The beaches of Rhosneigr are great for surfing, fishing and diving. The island has a rich culture and heritage. The Isle is known as the second most Welsh-speaking local authority area in Wales.

Mountain walking and rock climbing

Snowdonia offers some of the best climbing spot in the UK. For those who prefer bouldering, there’s a variety of choice too. The popular climbing spots include Plasy Brenin, Tryfan, Glyder Fach, Milestone Direct Route, and Great Gully. The mountains climb above the beautiful Welsh landscape tempt walkers with the promise of breathtaking views and natural beauty. Trails on the mountains are well-marked and well-maintained.

They offer some of the best walking trails in the UK. You can climb past mining huts, lost caverns, and beautiful clear lakes on the way to the top of Snowdon, Conwy Mountain, and Tryffan. Even on misty days, the mountains display a mystical quality that sings with the legends of Welsh dragons. Wild horses call the mountains home and they are a wonderful sight to behold as you make your way across the stunning natural landscape.

Penryn Castle Tour

Penrhyn Castle (6 miles away or a 12-minute drive) is a country house in Llandegai, Bangor, in the form of a Norman castle. It was originally a medieval manor house with the fortification around the area. There is a lot to see in its extensive gardens regardless of the season including the snowdrops, bluebells, and daffodils. The formal gardens include a Fuchsia Arch and the 60 acres of grounds which also have woodland walks. The interior of the castle includes a one-tonne slate bed built for Queen Victoria and there is a dolls house museum and model railway museum. The castle is ideal for a family visit.

Zip World Fforest, Betws-y-Coed offers an idyllic woodland setting for all your adventurous wishes.  Zip Safari is a journey through the canopy of the trees on 23 zip lines and 6 other ropes course elements 60 feet up into the trees. The Fforest Coaster is based on the traditional toboggan but runs on rails, which offers an all-year and all-weather experience.  You will fly through the forest at exhilarating speeds!

Surfing at Surf Snowdonia

Surf Snowdonia Adventure Park is the world-first inland surf lagoon and the UK’s most compelling outdoor adventure holiday destination for you, your friends and the whole family to enjoy. There is lots to explore but its main feature is an awesome 300 meter surf lagoon.

Spa treatments

From Ayurvedic Abhyanga full body massage to foot reflexology, you will feel the true benefits of the whole Dru experience (optional).

What's included

  • Yoga in nature and meditation
  • Satsang on Bhagavad Gita
  • Tuition
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals per day
  • 3 nights accommodation with en-suite bathroom

What's not included

  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by train

The Snowdonia Mountain Lodge is 3.5 hours away from London by train.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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