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Yoga, Conscious Cooking, and Holistic Living Retreat in Devon, UK

Yoga and Cooking Retreat in UK

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.

Meet the instructors

Michelle & Ollie
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  • Cookery classes
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Evening circle with songs and bedtime treats
  • Free time to relax and enjoy the stunningly beautiful and peaceful area
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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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:

  • Hatha yoga
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama
  • Bhajans - singing from the heart
  • Relaxing, massage, walking
  • Cookery classes - for vitality and health
  • Mindfulness of eating - for improved digestion
  • Yoga Nidra - transformative inner journeying
  • Fire ceremony - let go of the old, call, in the new
  • Laughter yoga

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Gentle wake up with movement, meditation, and pranayama
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Cookery class
  • 11:00 - 12:45 Yoga asana
  • 12:45 - 15:30 Lunch and free time
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Gentle yoga or walk
  • 17:15 - 18:00 Yoga Nidra
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Evening circle with songs and bedtime treats

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.


Michelle Levi
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
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.

Retreat location

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.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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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.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All yoga sessions
  • All classes on cookery with cookery booklet
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner

How to get there

Driving directions from Exeter

  • Driving south after Exeter, leave the A38 at Marley Head, (north-east of South Brent)
  • Wriggle north-westwards around lanes following signs to Avon Dam
  • Arrive at Shipley Bridge public car park, beside the river Avon
  • At Shipley Bridge, cross the river Avon, follow the lane turning around to the left, southwards over a cattle grid
  • After two minutes down the lane, go past one farm on your right, down a little hill over a little bridge and look out for ‘Bala Brook’ sign on your right beside a timber gateway
  • This is the second habitation on your right after leaving Shipley Bridge

Driving directions from Totnes

  • Approaching on the A385 from Totnes, cross the A38 at Marley Head and follow as above

Driving directions from Plymouth

  • Approaching from the South (from Plymouth) turn off the A38 for South Brent
  • But avoid going through the village by taking a left turn soon after leaving the A38, where there is a big main sign 'South Brent twinned with...', and signs for Brent Mill business park and Aish. Then you will definitely need a map to navigate the lanes
  • Go under the railway and around to the right to reach a T junction
  • Turn left up to Aish and thence on up, nearly two miles towards Shipley Bridge
  • After a 'weak bridge', look out for Bala Brook on your left in a dip just before the little Bala bridge
  • If you arrive at Shipley bridge, you have gone too far
  • Please do not enter any unsigned properties

Arrival by airplane

You will be flying into Exeter International Airport (EXT).


  • 50° 26.802'N 3° 51.710'W

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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