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January is traditionally a time for making New Year’s resolutions but as you may have experienced, it can be very hard to keep them. If you have failed before, you are not alone. If you want to make this year’s resolutions actually happen, then you will find the retreat workshops to be really helpful. They will enable you to connect with what you really want and need for 2018, as well as give you the tools that will make staying on the path to your goals easy and effective.
You will stay in your pick of the beautiful en-suite rooms at The Old Rectory. The Old Rectory offers the perfect balance between luxury and homely rustic charm, complete with its own spring, salt water swimming pool, sauna, and a love for everything organic. It really is the perfect place to retreat to. The house and courtyard accommodation sleeps up to 24 adults comfortably with additional accommodation for children or staff.
Set in 5 acres of landscaped gardens and 14 acres of river meadows, it is available to rent and offers luxury self catering in 12 stylish bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, two receptions rooms, an the elegant dining area seating, and adjacent to a fully equipped kitchen with a large table that seats an additional 10 (good for children). The courtyard includes a private self contained duplex (sleeps 4), a large bedroom with en-suite bathroom, dance barn, table tennis area, gym, and gentleman’s snooker room.
Other facilities include solar-heated salt water swimming pool, infrared sauna, tennis court, croquet lawn, children’s tree house, meadows for camping, Wi-Fi, and helicopter landing area. Pets are welcome by prior arrangement. All of the rooms are very peaceful and some of the rooms are very quiet
By the end of January, statistically, 92% of the people in the UK who have made New Year’s resolutions will have already forsaken them. If part of your commitment for 2018 is to live in a more healthy way, then the format of this retreat will set you off on a great path. It combines the valuable and salubrious experiences of some of the most important healthy living practices: daily exercise, good food, nature time, and fun and positive self-reflection / connection. The retreat begins at 16:00 on Friday and you will conclude on Monday at 13:30 after a departure day brunch.
You do not need to have had any experience in yoga to attend our retreats. In fact, Handsonlife often has complete beginners and seasoned practitioners attending the same retreat and everyone has the time of their lives. All the classes are designed to accommodate all levels.
There will be candlelit dance on Saturday. This is a fun, non-compulsory dance session / moving meditation, to different styles of music in a candlelit studio. No experience is necessary. You don’t have to dance but you reckon your feet will start moving.
This retreat will take place at The Old Rectory. It is a large and spacious 19th Century country house situated in the unspoiled North Devon countryside, nestled between Exmoor and Dartmoor.
All of your meals and drinks are provided for the duration of the retreat. Food for the retreat will be simple, sumptuous & cleansing. The meals are all designed to help your body recover from any festive overeating or drinking that you may have done and to re-set your body for a healthier way of eating in the New Year. Each day will begin with a simple, fresh organic juice, as a way of introducing you to the experience and value of daily intermittent fasting. Lunches will be a fresh nourishing soup and salad. The evening meal will be delicious vegetarian fayre.
Handsonlife has created a delicious digestive-boosting, belly-blasting menu that will be prepared by the talented and passionate chef from the freshest ingredients. Every single meal is designed to give you an nutritional lift whilst keeping your blood sugar balanced and metabolism burning brightly. Vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores are catered for at every meal. The talented chef can accommodate all dietary needs. Please just make sure you let Handsonlife know beforehand of any dietary requirements you have.
Handsonlife embraces everything in moderation. Whilst Handsonlife does not advocate drinking a lot, if you would like to have a glass of wine with dinner, please feel free (however, on some retreats it won’t be appropriate).
Please book your flight and arrive at Exeter Airport (EXT).
You can go by train to Eggesford railway station which is located 5 minutes' away from the retreat center.