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Is your body asking for a re-boot and refresh? Do you sometimes eat for emotional reasons? Would you like to feel relaxed and at peace with yourself? Open to everyone, this Equinox Detox Retreat offers you the chance to cleanse body and mind in an easy, relaxed and balanced way, leaving you feeling refreshed and inspired. Inspired by the Buddha's teachings of the Middle Way, the practices and diet shared will be gentle and moderate, making way for easy integration.
There are ten bedrooms in the house which can accommodate up to fifteen people. Five of the rooms have en suite facilities, others share a bathroom. One single en suite bedroom is wheelchair accessible as is the whole of the downstairs floor. The venue has a wheelchair available for less able guests. The yoga and meditation studio is a beautiful light and airy space featuring a wooden floor with underfloor heating.
You will receive a gentle and healthy detox as Holistic Yoga Retreats share the healing practices of yoga and enjoy balanced cleansing food. Set at a stunningly beautiful and peaceful natural location, there will be time for silence, sharing and for music. Suitable for both beginners and the more experienced, individual attention will be emphasized.
By combining asana practice with meditation, relaxation, conscious cookery, discussions, nutritional guidance, pranayama (breathwork) and chanting, we offer an experience of holistic living. This means developing a fuller and more meaningful connection with your experience, with your bodies, with those around you, and with your purpose and place in the world.
The pace of the retreat helps participants to remain energized and engaged throughout. The schedule is designed in such a way as to balance activity with rest, discussions and socializing with quiet, reflective time, and earnest inner exploration with fun and laughter.
The retreat experience can be deep and transformational, and we put a lot of care into setting up an environment that is safe, nurturing, friendly, relaxed and supportive. At Holistic Yoga Retreats, we are committed to promoting improved health, well-being and understanding, for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Michelle will offer yoga and meditation based on the traditional Hatha Yoga teachings but taught in a way that is fluid, free and up-to-date taking into account each individual's needs.
Ollie will share some of his rich experience from the worlds of Ayurveda and Oriental traditions as well as raw food and other contemporary cuisines. You will be given a booklet full of useful information and vibrant recipes to take home.
In the evenings we will enjoy the chance to sing together. With no need for musical ability, singing is a gentle form of exercise. It works the lungs and heart, oxygenates the blood and generates endorphin-happy hormones!
This retreat will include:
Participants are invited to arrive from 4.30 pm with the first session beginning at 6.00 pm. We will send you on your way with a delicious lunch on the last day leaving you satisfied and ready to hit the road at about 2.00 pm.
Yoga Alliance International (Yoga)
Michelle Levi is a Yoga Alliance registered and certified teacher. She completed a nine month full-time teacher training course at YogaArts, Byron Bay, Australia. She teaches classes, workshops, and retreats mostly in Devon, UK. Michelle has been influenced by a number of different styles of yoga and meditation and with her teaching she hopes to bring more kindness, peace, and joy into your life.
Ollie Frame is a polarity therapist, integrative counselor, and wholefood caterer. Within the world of yoga, he has a particular interest in Yoga Nidra, a guided journey of self-healing, visualization, and deep relaxation. Widely traveled, he has spent many years exploring the world’s great mystical traditions and seeking an integrated understanding of healing and spiritual practice.
Bala Brook is a stunning location on the edge of Dartmoor National Park and on the edge of the open moor. There are thirty five acres of delightful gardens, fields, mature oak trees, and woodland adjoining the waterfalls of Bala Brook, which tumbles down to join the river Avon. The venue has a resident flock of Hebridean sheep. The nearest large town and station is Totnes, which is 12 kilometers away.
A gate from the meadow leads out onto the wide open moor. From the front, it’s a short walk up the lane to Shipley Bridge and pedestrian track leading up to the Avon reservoir and higher open moor. An exhilarating walk northwards brings strong hikers to Princetown in the center of Dartmoor. Another walk westwards leads to the famous ancient oaks at Piles Wood alongside the exquisite river Erme. There are other, gentler walks around, some through woodland.
The food served will be delicious, nutritious and especially suitable for practitioners of yoga and meditation. It will be mostly organic and people on vegan and gluten free diets will be catered for. The food and practices will offer a gentle and healthy way to detox.
You will be flying into Exeter International Airport (EXT).
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