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4 Days Spring Sankalpa Yoga Retreat in UK

  • High Heathercombe Centre, Heatree House, Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9XE, United Kingdom

Weekend Yoga Retreat UK

Join a rejuvenating yoga retreat in UK! This retreat offers a complete authentic yoga experience and is suitable for everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Located in the beautiful and remote Devon, the yoga practices will give you mental and emotional benefits as you relax and recharge. Following the retreat, you will feel refreshed and ready to face challenges in daily life.

Payment by Dana

&All residential retreats on Dartmoor are offerred on a Dana (donation) basis. In Dana (generosity) Practice, the teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless. Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered, it is given from the heart. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teachers, but also the Sangha, the larger community, and your own practice.

In addition a 25% portion of any profit received will be donated to a charity supporting Tibetan refugees.

Holistic Yoga Sangha asks that you pay a deposit to cover the initial deposit to hire the venue and to secure your place. At the end of the retreat, the organizer provides facilities for either bank transfer (online banking) or cash (anonymously deposited in an envelope). You are invited to give more or less as you see fit according to your resources and the value that you put on your experience. Holistic Yoga Sangha request that you offer as much as you are able. This will support us to cover our costs and run events on a dana basis in the future.

Highlights

  • Daily dynamic posture work
  • Restorative and yoga Nidra sessions
  • Pranayama or breathing exercise and meditation sessions
  • Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in remote location
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian food
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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High Heathercombe is a purpose-built center that can accommodate groups of up to 26 people in six dormitory bedrooms. There is a large, comfortable sitting room with dining-room area with an open fireplace. Adjacent to the main room is a well-equipped kitchen where all meals are freshly prepared on site. Separate from the main building is the Forest Room, which is a large, versatile recreational or workshop space with an efficient wood-burning stove.

Amenities:

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio

The focus of this retreat will be about setting an intention. At this time of year when nature is bursting into life, you will share a deeply nourishing yoga Nidra practice twice a day, dynamic posture work daily, as well as Restorative yoga, pranayama (breathing), and meditation. You will be encouraged to focus inwards while in this beautifully inspiring setting to consider your life's direction and to create a simple sankalpa or positive affirmation for yourself to take you through the remainder of the year.

  • Virginia Compton

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)

    Virginia Compton teaches yoga classes and workshops, leads retreats, and offers massage therapy at various lovely venues in Devon, sharing her passion for the holistic yoga lifestyle. In her own practice, she incorporates the yoga teachings, as well as Ayurveda, using a physical Hatha yoga practice, breathing (pranayama), and meditation, as well as massage therapies and healthy vegetarian cookery to enhance the whole life experience.

The retreat will take place in the UK. High Heathercombe Centre is situated within Dartmoor National Park and is part of the Heathercombe Estate, which is run by the Claude and Margaret Pike Woodlands Trust, a registered charity, whose purpose is to conserve the special environment of Heathercombe as a whole. This includes woodland gardens, an arboretum, South Heathercombe and extensive forestry plantations. This beautiful remote location in the heart of the moor will host your retreat and serve to enhance your experience of the spring energy all around you.

Nearby places

  • Totnes - 20 miles

Your activities will be supported with wonderful, freshly prepared vegetarian food. All food on Holistic Yoga Sangha's retreats is mindfully prepared, locally sourced, and free from pesticides. This way of preparing cooking and eating is inspired by Ayurvedic principles and always free from harm to any living being.

In Ayurveda, the emphasis is on a Sattvic diet. This is a diet for healthy living, particularly for keeping your minds clear, happy, and at peace. The original Sattvic diet was devised for the development of higher consciousness.

Sattvic foods are foods that are abundant in prana, the universal life-force that gives life to all sentient beings in both plant and animal kingdoms. A Sattvic diet means not only vegetarian food, but food rich in prana life-force like organic fresh fruits and vegetables. It requires avoiding canned and processed food, and foods prepared with chemical fertilizers or sprays. It also means properly prepared fresh foods. Foods prepared with lots of love will add to their Sattvic quality.

The ancient Ayurvedic criteria for foods to be considered Sattvic were quite simple: foods were grown organically on good rich fertile soil; foods were to be of attractive appearance, and be harvested at the correct time of year. Foods should be whole foods full of life-force and enzymes and be as close as possible as they are in their natural fresh state.

During your stay in the UK, you can take a walk around the venue during break.

Massage therapy is available onsite.

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Freshly prepared vegetarian food
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Additional activities or excursions
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

Driving directions from Bovey Tracey

  • Follow signs to Widecombe, Haytor and Manaton.
  • About a quarter mile after the roundabout at Bovey fire station, follow the road to the right in the direction sign-posted Manaton (and Becky Falls) only.
  • After about four and a half miles, you will reach the Kestor Inn in Manaton village.
  • Continue a further two miles on the same road until you meet Heatree Crossroads.
  • Go straight across in the direction signposted Heathercombe and Natsworthy and you'll soon see the Heatree Activity Centre on your left.
  • At the top of the hill, go straight ahead following Heathercombe signs.
  • Continue down into Heathercombe between two houses and continue up the steep hill beyond.
  • The short driveway to High Heathercombe is on your right near the top of the hill.

Driving directions from Moretonhampstead

  • Follow the B3212 to Postbridge and Princetown.
  • After about three miles, having passed Bovey Castle and Miniature Pony Centre, turn left at Watching Place Cross, sign-posted Manaton.
  • Follow the road for about two and a half miles, bringing you to Heatree Cross.
  • Turn right at Heatree Cross, sign-posted for Heathercombe and Natsworthy and you'll soon see the Heatree Activity Centre on your left.
  • At the top of the hill go straight ahead following Heathercombe signs.
  • Continue down into Heathercombe between two houses and continue up the steep hill beyond.
  • The short driveway to High Heathercombe is on your right near the top of the hill.

Driving directions from Ashburton

  • From the center of Ashburton, turn into North Street (Spar on corner, Coop opposite).
  • Follow the road round left bend over the bridge (signposted Widecombe).
  • Follow the road up for two miles.
  • As the road flattens, turn right where the road broadens and there are white stripes in the middle, (name on signpost post Auswell) signposted Widecombe and Haytor.
  • After two meters, turn left onto B3387 (signpost name Hemsworthy Gate) signposted Widecombe.
  • After a few hundred meters, turn right at signpost name Harefoot, (after a while you will pass Hounds Tor).
  • After three meters, turn left at crossroad, signposted Heathercombe (signpost name Heatree).
  • Go round S-bend, past Heatree Activity Centre.
  • After a few hundred meters, go straight on where road bends to left, signposted Heathercombe.
  • Follow narrow lane down, through a couple of houses, keep going up.
  • At the top follow car park sign, park, and walk down to the center.

Driving directions via Callington, Gunnislake, and Tavistock

  • Just on edge of Tavistock, turn right onto the moor towards Princetown (B3357).
  • Follow signs for Two Bridges (B3357) and at Two Bridges, turn left for Moretonhampstead (B3212).
  • Keep going, through Postbridge and Warren House.
  • Turn right signposted to Manaton, for couple of miles, then right at Heatree crossroads (signposted Heathercombe).
  • Go round S-bend, past Heatree Activity Centre.
  • After a few hundred meters go straight on where road bends to left, signposted Heathercombe.
  • Follow narrow lane down, through a couple of houses, keep going up.
  • At the top follow car park sign, park, and walk down to the center.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 13 days before arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Kaz
    10 out of 10

    "Namaste. Thank you Virginia, Debs, and Debs for an absolutely amazing, wonderful, relaxing yet energizing weekend. Everything was brilliant, the location, fire yoga, yoga nidra, delicious food, and new friends! I couldn’t have wished for anything extra; just maybe one more day! Much love, Kaz"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Juliana Fonseca

    "I had the most amazing experience at the Spring Sadhana Retreat from Holistic Yoga Sangha. The place, the practices, the atmosphere, the food, and the massages were an absolute bliss! Virginia is an amazing person and teacher and her classes were nurturing, informative, and healing throughout the retreat. Debs, our lovely Ayurveda chef's food was both delicious and nourishing and we could all feel the love she puts into her cooking when sharing our meals together. Debs; another Debs, our masseuse, had the most unbelievable healing touch, personalized for each one of us, our constitutions, and our needs at the moment. From the moment I woke up to the moment I laid my head on the pillow at night, I felt loved and cared for, and I can say that as a group, we all felt like that, as we discussed in our last meeting together. I was blessed to share this experience with a bunch of amazing people from all walks of life and they all have a place in my heart now. It was a joy and an honor and I cannot recommend it enough! Namaste!"

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  • Review by Violeta

    "I just want to say big thank you from the bottom my heart. I walked in burnt out and exhausted, with the feeling I just didn’t have the energy for life. I am walking out with a renewed sense of self and energy for life. I will definitely be back."

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  • Review by Carla

    "It seems surreal that in this harsh hard world there can be a space and a place just to be. Thank you for creating and allowing that space, with no expectation, no pressure, no preciousness. I have loved being able to move my body and connect to such an important part of me. From feeling lost and disconnected to now feeling strong, with energy pulsing through my soul, meeting new people, being surrounded by warmth and laughter, and amazing nourishing good food, is priceless."

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  • Review by Jenna

    "Wonderful, amazing, and peaceful. Thank you all for creating such a nurturing space to recharge before Christmas. There was xcellent food, brilliant yoga, amazing gongs, great meditation, and a special meteor shower! Thank you."

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