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4 Days Weekend Yoga and Walking in Snowdonia, UK

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

Yoga and Walking Retreat in Snowdonia

If you're in need of a rejuvenating break then take a few days away to walk through some of the world's most beautiful scenery, the landscape of North Wales. This three-day yoga holiday will include mornings of Dru Yoga and meditation, followed by a delicious lunch then afternoon guided walks in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park or the coastal paths of Anglesey. The walks will be around 4 hours long, including breaks, and will take you to mountains, forests, waterfalls and lakes.

Yoga retreat in the beautiful Wales

You'll also enjoy de-stressing relaxation sessions and optional therapies to help you to relax and re-charge. This holiday is from Friday evening till Monday lunchtime, and is suitable for people of reasonable fitness. Its an ideal introduction to the beauty of North Wales for overseas guests.

Highlights

  • Daily Dru Yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation and relaxation class
  • Walking session with outdoor yoga in the valley
  • Talks and discussions on various topics
  • 3 nights cozy accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, the home of Dru courses, is the perfect place to relax - it's one of the most stunning locations in the UK. Whether you're enjoying a yoga holiday or a meditation retreat, this unique venue will help you unwind and rejuvenate. And better still, although it's less than 4 hours away from London by direct train, it's a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Enjoy panoramic views of the Nant Ffrancon valley in this stunningly situated stress-free environment. 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. Teaching sessions are held in our spacious yoga hall, and in between classes you can browse through our extensive yoga shop.

Easily accessible by rail and road, we are on the A5 (the historic main route from London to Ireland), 8 miles from Bangor and 3 hours' train ride from London. Snowdonia Mountain Lodge is a friendly, comfortable centre from which to explore the rugged beauty of Snowdonia National Park and the beaches of Anglesey.

Snowdonia Mountain Lodge has 21 bedrooms. All our rooms have ensuite facilities (WC and shower), and are on ground level. All our rooms have recently been refurbished and have tea and coffee-making facilities and its own free car-parking space. Bed linen, hand and bath towels are provided in the rooms.

Double room / 3 nights

The standard quoted price is based on sharing a (single sex) twin room. Most people are surprised to discover that the rooms are spacious and that sharing with someone is actually very pleasant and a great way to make new friends. This room has en-suite toilet and shower and/or bath, tea and coffee making facilities and its own free car-parking space.

Single room / 3 nights

If you are travelling on your own and wish to have more privacy, you can choose this single room option. At Snowdonia Mountain Lodge we have a small number of single rooms, which cost slightly more.

There is always something to do at Snowdonia Mountain Lodge yet many people discover that its magic is about learning to simply be. Your day can be filled with yoga sessions, guided meditations, talks on nutrition and health, extra treatments or one-to-one sessions, talks or walks in the valley. There are always many interesting people to chat to. However, if you want to be alone - it's easy to find a peaceful spot, by the World Peace Flame monument or sitting under a tree in the garden.

Beneficial yoga retreat for everybody

Dru is for everyone and you'll be surprised how quickly your body becomes more flexible when you practice regularly. Always listen to your body and don't overstretch or strain. Many people have found that Dru Yoga has helped them achieve a balanced lifestyle; including losing a few excess pounds. They have also experienced that they feel better about themselves and more in control of their thoughts, which has also helped them to sort the problems that may have caused the weight problem in the first place.

Sample daily schedule

Friday evening

  • 6.45 p.m.: Evening meal
  • 8.00 p.m.: Welcome, introduction to Dru and guided relaxation

Saturday

  • 8.00 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9.30 a.m: Dru Yogaactivation, EBR and Prana Kriya session
  • 11.00 a.m.: Tea and Snacks
  • 11.30 a.m.: Dru Meditation for inner calm
  • 1.15 p.m.: Lunch
  • 2.30 p.m.: Walk with meditation in Snowdonia National Park
  • 4.30 p.m.: Tea break
  • 5.00 p.m.: Dru Dance or Dru Yoga session
  • 5.30 p.m.: Deep relaxation to relieve stress
  • 6.45 p.m.: Evening meal
  • 7.30 p.m.: Time for personal study, or to book personal coaching and pampering therapies

Sunday

  • 7.30 a.m.: Dru Yoga and Dru Meditation
  • 8.45 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 10.15 a.m.: Dru Yoga for vitality
  • 12.30 a.m.: Creating a home practice and conclusion
  • 1.15 p.m.: Lunch
  • 2.30 p.m.: Depart

Snowdonia Mountain Lodge is situated on the A5, eight miles south of Bangor in the Nant Ffrancon Valley, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. It is easily accessible by rail from London and Manchester, since Bangor is on the main Holyhead rail link to Ireland.

Set amidst the ancient Celtic landscape of Snowdonia, with mountains all around, the centre is in the glaciated Nant Ffrancon valley. Snowdonia Mountain Lodge was previously a motel, and has been transformed into a beautiful course centre with accommodation for bed and breakfast. It is the home of the World Peace Flame monument. The whole venue has a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free! Parking
  • Internet access
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Shop

Our catering gets rave reviews from our course participants. It's delicious lacto-ovo vegetarian cuisine, tasty and healthy, to complement the courses we run. We also cater for vegans and other special diets, such as gluten-free etc.

There are a lot of local attractions near Snowdonia that you might want to visit with your family such as:

Anglesey

Beddgelert

Betws-y-Coed

Caernarfon Castle

Conwy and Conwy Castle

Electric Mountain

Llandudno

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Moel Siabod

Mount Snowdon

Penrhyn Castle

Portmeirion

  • 3 nights comfortable accommodation
  • All yoga, walking and meditation classes
  • Daily healthy delicious food

Driving directions from the north (Manchester, Liverpool etc.)

From the north (Manchester, Liverpool etc), leave the A55 at junction 11 and follow signs for Bethesda and Betws-y-Coed.

Drive straight through Bethesda, passing the entrance to the Ogwen Bank Caravan Park on your right.

The entrance to the course centre is about 1 mile on your left, just after a small stone chapel, where the valley opens out.

Begin to slow down when you see the road sign warning of sheep on the road.

There is a large green sign just outside the course centre.

Driving directions from the south

  • From the south, travel through Betws-y-Coed on the A5.
  • After some 7 miles, pass Lake Ogwen on your right.
  • The road then drops into the Nant Francon valley.
  • The entrance to Snowdonia Mountain Lodge Lodge is about 2 miles down the valley on the right, immediately after a cream-painted farmhouse.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airports are Manchester and Liverpool. The cheapest flights from Benelux are usually via Easyjet to Liverpool (www.easyjet.com). You can then travel either by train or taxi. There are regular rail services to Bangor from Manchester Airport. From Liverpool Airport, take bus 500 to Lime Street railway station.

From there you catch a train to Chester where you change to a train for Bangor. The 12 oclock flight from Amsterdam gives you plenty of time to travel to reach the course centre by 5pm. For your information, if you are interested in offsetting your CO2 emissions, do visit www.climatecare.org.

Arrival by ferry

If you are coming from Benelux and are interested in a more environmental travel option, the nearest port is Hull (for P&O sailings from Rotterdam) Passengers coming to Dru courses get a special rate if coming as a group of 10 or more. You can either bring your car or come as a foot passenger on the over-night ferry cabins are available.

Arrival by train

Get a direct train from London! Only 3.5 hours' train journey away from London Euston, 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.

There are frequent rail services to Bangor from London and other major cities in the UK. For train information, call the National Rail Enquiry Service on 00 44 (0)845 748 4950, or visit their website. There are taxis available from Bangor railway station to Snowdonia Mountain Lodge. If you would like to share a taxi with other course participants, please indicate on the form provided so we can give your details to them.

Testimonials

  • Review by Wendy from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "If you want to physically strengthen your body and emotionally enhance your mind, Dru Yoga will give you the tools to take into your daily life and help you cope with the stresses of modern living."

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  • Review by Jon from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "It took a while for me to realise the deep transformative power of the subtle movements and visualisations."

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  • Review by J.M. from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "The benefits that Dru Yoga has brought me have dramatically reduced my stress levels and increased my awareness of the daily pressures that are faced by most of my colleagues. I am more conscious of not taking on this stress myself. As a result, people value my increased creativity, clarity and calm, and my client base has expanded."

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  • Review by Judy from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "The Dru Course offers a complete package - regular retreats, personal development, structure for your practice at home, skills to teach, and practical ways to give back to the world."

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  • Review by Jill from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Having experienced many different forms of yoga over the last twelve years. I find the holistic philosophy of Dru Yoga very appealing and most effective!"

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  • Review by Nigel from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Dru Yoga has completely changed the way I approach my life, my work, my attitude to people. It has truly been a journey of self-discovery."

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  • Review by Margot from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "Dru Yoga has helped me improve my physical well being by alleviating neck and back pain. It has helped improve posture, motivate me to exercise regularly and lose weight, tone my body and eat more healthily."

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  • Review by Marianne from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Dru is my inspiration. It invigorates my body, settles my mind and is the most wonderful journey of inner peace."

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  • Review by Catherine from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "I hardly recognise myself as the person I was six years ago. The bouts of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem I used to suffer on a regular basis have gone, to be replaced by increasing self confidence and a joyfulness in life that I'd forgotten was possible."

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  • Review by Pauline
    9 out of 10

    "It took a diagnosis of cancer to make me realise how much damage I had been doing to myself by continuing in a job which I no longer enjoyed. After surgery Dru Yoga was the main tool in regaining full use of my arm. Dru has brought joy and fun back into my life"

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  • Review by Rhona
    9 out of 10

    "I chose Dru because I was looking for a way to balance my stressful working life with physical challenges that I was suffering. If I need to sort out a problem, Dru has the answer."

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  • Review by Jane
    9 out of 10

    "Dru Yoga is necessary to my life I wanted to do the course so that I always had it with me no matter where I was. Not sure I chose Dru Yoga I think it chose me! So far I have gained; greater physical fitness and stamina, stillness and calmness an ability to deal with ups and downs with less upset to myself or others, an appreciation of life, nature, happiness, strength mental and emotional, and I like myself much better."

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  • Review by Geraldine from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "It was wonderful to explore this beautiful natural environment with expert leaders in a way that linked both yoga and meditation and focused on the emotional and spiritual gains from spending time outdoors."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "I had a really relaxing weekend, which provided me with the energy and insight to go back to my day to day life, invigorated by all the company of really lovely people."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Relaxation and yoga have allowed me to regain an inner peace and strength to meet the challenges of work and home.."

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