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4 Days FreshGlow Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat UK

  • Fresh Perception, High Lowscales Farm, Millom, Cumbria LA18 5JL, United Kingdom

Overview

Luxury Yoga Retreats UK

In this luxury hideaway, your soul will tap into the serenity of stillness whilst your body with be nourished from the inside out. These three days will give you the chance to nestle down into your mindfulness and yoga practice beneath the therapeutic warmth of the far-infrared heaters. This retreat is for those who are looking to extend their mindfulness meditation training with periods of silence for full immersion. Your body will get a bit of a mid-winter care with a massage, hot tub bubbles, some sweet sauna time, and locally sourced tasty dishes.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • A variety of outdoor activities
  • Rejuvenating massage therapies
  • Day trip to Majushri Kadampa Meditation center
  • Nutritional advices and consultation
  • Delectable meals and drinks
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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High Lowscales Farm will be your luxury accommodation during this retreat. High Lowscales Farm is a traditional Georgian farmhouse is in 17 acres of beautiful Cumbrian rolling countryside situated in the south-western Lake District. It is an intimate setting accommodating up to 14 retreatants. All rooms have period features including slate or wooden floors oak beams, and other period features. There are up to two rooms for couples and up to three spacious male and female dorms with en-suite bathrooms. There is plenty of space to socialize and chill-out in the lounge, the top-of-the-range outdoor hot-tub, the barrel sauna, or the patio overlooking the breath-taking view.

Classes are held in the far infrared studio heated to the optimum temperature of 27 degrees. The evidence-based therapeutic benefits of practicing in this subdivision of the electromagnetic spectrum heat include increasing fitness levels, aiding in weight loss, boosting the immune system, managing health problems, both physical and mental, and improve over-all wellbeing. Practicing in this kind of heat can also benefit athletes, helping to reduce injury rates and speed up the recovery process after training.

How does this happen?

  • Muscles are warmed, making them more malleable, dramatically reducing the risk of injury and increasing flexibility
  • The flow of synovial fluid is stimulated in the joints, keeping them well lubricated, reducing friction and damage to the bones
  • Internal organs and glands are gently massaged, aiding the digestion system and increasing its effectiveness to breakdown foods and absorb vital nutrients into the bloodstream
  • Increased water intake flushes toxins out of the body, cleansing and purifying the system
  • Abdominal-diaphragmatic-breathing increasing lung capacity and strengthens the diaphragm reducing the risk of respiratory conditions
  • The circulatory flow is improved, aiding the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, flushing every part of the body with nutrients and removing harmful waste products, cleansing and rejuvenating the entire system
  • Reduces stress and anxiety by bringing together physical and mental disciplines which focus and calm you as you move your body through poses that require balance and concentration
  • Fat is burned up and muscle tone is dramatically improved

Sample schedule

  • 07:30 Time for an energizing smoothie and tea/coffee
  • 08:30 Yoga and meditation class
  • 11:15 Brunch
  • 12:30 Excursion, massage, pampering, or free time
  • 16:00 Yoga and meditation class
  • 19:00 Dinner

Aside from mindfulness meditation, the styles of yoga practiced on the retreat include Vinyasa Flow yoga, chakra balancing Yin yoga, and Restorative yoga. This is a semi-silent mindfulness-based retreat, so there will be periods of silence. Outside these periods, you will get the most out of healing experience if you have meaningful, connected conversations with one another. A day trip to Majushri Kadampa meditation center and a rejuvenating massage are designated to enhance your strength capacity and empower the invigorating effect.

Benefits of the AlignForMe system

  • Your body will feel steadier and more aligned
  • It can help you to avoid injury. Without knowing it, yoga practitioners can weaken their body through repetitive incorrect placement and alignment. With the AlignForMe system, you can have a greater understanding of what goes where and how to correct yourself.
  • You can immediately self-correct. If you are in class and see that you are misaligned, you will not need to wait for your teacher to correct you. And when the teacher is there, they will be able to see more clearly where you may be mis-aligned.
  • If you have been practicing a certain way, this may feel strange at first. You will noticed anomalies in the bodies you had not seen before, like a right foot which tended to stray too wide in downward facing dog, or a left leg that could not step as far forwards as the right leg. All these differences can even out in in time with consistent correct placement.

Included in the price is a day trip to Majushri Kadampa meditation center. The trip aims to get you immersed in a sacred, tranquil vibe and empower your spiritual experience.

Hope Bastine

Hope Bastine is barefoot child of India with life-long experience in yoga and meditation. She has a well-grounded background in anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and psychology before launching into her formal yoga training with Jason Crandell and The Yoga People. After having trained with Burmese monks, she extended her training into the secular mindfulness discipline under the guidance of Doctor Collard, author of 'MBCT for Dummies'.

As a practicing psychotherapist, Hope is an expert in the psychological benefits of mindfulness and yoga. She writes for articles appearing in Psychologies Magazine, Tope Santé, My Weekly, and PRweek. Her classes are nourishing dynamic. During this retreat, Hope will be your main instructor. However, a teaching collaboration with other teachers is to be expected.

This retreat will take place in Lake District, England. Time stands still in this great open space. On the one side, you have the Haverigg and Silecroft beaches and on the other, you have the green Whicham Valley and the 600 meters high Black Combe. This location is great for mountain biking, hiking, kiting, bird watching, and adventurous days out connecting with nature and the Cumbrian culture.

Activities
  • Cycling nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Swimming
General
  • Garden
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Locally sourced, organic, gluten free food prepared by a local independent chef. Should you have any dietary requirements, please notify Fresh Perception in advance.

Sample menu

Starters

  • Sweet potato and pear soup
  • Roasted butternut squash soup
  • Roasted pepper and tomato with white beans soup

Mains

  • Fresh fish on a bed of quinoa with shredded broccoli, spinach and almonds
  • Moroccan stew with squash and root vegetables served with sweet potatoes
  • Wild mushroom, spinach and garlic risotto with char-grilled asparagus

Deserts

  • Coconut chia seed fruit pudding
  • Lemon and lime quorn cheesecake with blueberry compote
  • Chocolate and blueberry brownie

The suggested menu many vary according to specific dietary requirements of retreatants.

  • Adventurous days out to connect with nature and the Cumbrian culture
  • Birdwatching
  • Biking
  • Chill-out in the lounge, the top-of-the-range outdoor hot-tub, the barrel sauna, or the patio overlooking the breath-taking view
  • Enjoy additional beauty treatments at an additional cost
  • Hiking
  • Kiting
  • Socialize with other like-minded people

A 30-minute aromatherapy massage is included in the package. You may book additional beauty treatments at your own expense. These treatments can be paid in cash only.

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 4 mindfulness meditation sessions
  • 4 yoga classes
  • A 30-minute aromatherapy massage
  • Full catering
  • Day trip to Majushri Kadampa meditation center
  • Station pick-up and drop-off
  • Use of the jacuzzi and sauna
  • Additional spa treatments
  • Travel cost

Driving directions from Kendal

  • From the east or Kendal, you will approach the A595. At Hallthwaites, turn left onto the A5093 signposted towards Millom.
  • Continue for a couple of miles through The Green and The Hill. Half a mile after passing Underwood House B+B and Ghyll Scaur Quarry on the right hand side, turn right at Low House farm onto a minor road.
  • Go uphill for a few hundred meters to the top of the hill.
  • Just after the top of the hil,l turn right onto the single track farm road by a public footpath sign signposted towards “Lowscales Bank” and over the cattle grid.
  • Drive very slowly and pay attention as the road is narrow with some blind humps and only a few passing places.
  • Continue up the road and over a second cattle grid. Drive very slowly when the road bends to the left and forks.
  • Take the right fork and continue up the road through a gate. Please shut the gate and drive very slowly when approaching the blind hump.
  • Continue past some buildings on the left, over a third cattle grid and up to the farm.
  • The car park is on the left hand side. Please go through the wooden pedestrian gate and up the steps.

Arrival by train

Take the train to arrive by 12:30 at November 25 at Millom Station, Cumbria. Fresh Perception will pick you up at the station. Please note that if you miss this time, you will be responsible for your own transport to the farm. Fresh Perception will provide you with taxi information.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Fresh Perception an inquiry.
  • Review by Bei
    10 out of 10

    "Climbing the Black Combe Mountain was the most exciting yet painful experience, I don't know how I did it, but we all encouraged each other. Once reaching the top, I did little jig for successfully completing the difficult task, we climbed a staggering 1,804 feet, and it was very steep but had really good paths to walk on. We stayed at the top for a while while we wrote our names on a piece of slate by the monument and some of us did a brief mindful meditation. How exhilarating!"

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  • Review by Hayley
    10 out of 10

    "A gentle yoga and meditation session held in candle light aimed at loosening us up and getting us ready for bed. This was amazing and we all wandered back to our beds in a pretty blissed out state, after we treated ourselves to a little slice of celebratory raw cheesecake. Whilst the night time yoga was the element of the weekend that resulted in feeling the biggest, positive energy shift; the hike was definitely the catalyst for me."

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  • Review by Karen Byrom
    10 out of 10

    "Now that the festivities are over, we're all back to work full-time, and it feels like it will never stop raining! Time to plan the next holiday and 'm hoping to attend another yoga retreat with fantastic class leader, like Hope Bastine. Her lake district retreat was a highlight of 2015 for me."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "A fantastic and worthwhile experience. Hope is a very compassionate, and knowledgeable professional, and she guides you gently through a period of change. Mindfulness isn’t just a course. It is a new way of living and working, and it has helped me manage my stress and my depression in a way which feels more normal and pleasant. I would highly recommend mindfulness and I would certainly recommend doing it with Hope."

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  • Review by Stephanie Blundlell
    10 out of 10

    "I accompanied my mother on Hope’s September retreat and enjoyed every minuet of it. The retreat included a combination of healthily dishes, indulgent desserts, and twice a day yoga sessions, which will leave you reinvigorate and centered, and not to mention the hot top. The trip opened up opportunities to meet like minded people and infused a little soul searching. I can’t fault the retreat and it’s incredibly good value for money considering the quietly of accommodation and food. The only issue is, you’ll find it hard once back at your local sessions, to get to that place in you mind that Hope sessions take you to."

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  • Review by Mark Gentles
    9 out of 10

    "I attended the Fresh Perception retreat in the Lake District which was led by Hope Bastine. I had been to a couple of yoga classes prior to it and this by far the best I have ever attended. Until now, the experience is still incomparable. Hope paid attention to details, was extremely patient, and ensured that each participant was safe and was doing the exercise correctly. She only speaks at the correct times which helped the group. The ambiance set by Hope was amazing and the experience assisted me to this day as it initiated a start in me regularly practicing yoga as a way to successfully combat depression. It assists me with relaxing which has improved my life. I think Hope is an excellent teacher and definitely recommend her."

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  • Review by Miryem Salah
    10 out of 10

    "This is such unique company! I loved this!"

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  • Review by Narretta Bala
    10 out of 10

    "Great yoga session and healthy food! Will definitely go again!"

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  • Review by Faye Colaco
    10 out of 10

    "Fresh Perception is located at a central, ideal location as it is only a short walk from Victoria station. They have a number of beneficial health services available, and after having done the yoga taster session, I felt calm and relaxed. It's especially necessary to have this alone time in this fast paced day and age. I find a clear mind is key to keeping up with whatever life throws my way."

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  • Review by Paul McEvoy
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful day at the taster session. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Tabitha Wells from
    10 out of 10

    "The instructor welcomed us to a very friendly and relaxing introduction to meditation where we focused on relieving stress and tension. After the session, I felt much release across my body and mind. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Laura Westcott
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first meditation class and I was welcomed with open arms. I was so relaxed afterwards, I could have done with an afternoon snooze! I'll definitely be going back for more. Bravo!"

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  • Review by Shaun Lincoln Seteram
    10 out of 10

    "At the taster session, I experienced a detached peace and silence, and even found reprieve from all the muddled thoughts running through my head."

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