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6 Days Walking and Yoga Holiday in Lake District

Inspiring Walking and Yoga Retreat in Coniston

This retreat invites to enjoy a fabulous time of yoga and walking retreat staying in a comfortable hotel with exceptional views and fantastic food. You can choose from yoga, meditation, and chanting sessions with eight nationally known tutors. This retreat aims to combine a solid base of yoga practice together with opportunities to attend various workshops; walk, and explore the varied scenic beauty of the Lake District with competent guides.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily guided walks
  • Daily morning meditation
  • Daily morning yoga practice
  • Inspiring yoga workshops
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Evening entertainment

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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There are 33 bedrooms, each with its own individual character and layout. Some rooms in the main house have superb views of the lake, with others in the adjoining cottage and counting house.

All standard bedrooms at Monk Coniston have:

En-suite bathroom with WC and either a shower over the bath or a bath and a separate shower

Tea and coffee making facilities


Hair dryer

Free Wi-Fi

Jayadhara Yoga Retreat Lake District Schedule

Sample day

07:00 Yoga or meditation

09:15 Talks

10:00 Yoga and workshops

12:30 Walks

16:30 Yoga and workshops

20:30 Socials, workshops and entertainment

Retreat location

Monk Coniston is a large National Trust property set in fifteen acres of beautiful gardens and woodland with exceptional views of the lake and Coniston Old Man. The grounds slope down to the shores of Coniston water itself. With its enviable location, it has always been attractive to walkers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who enjoy peace and tranquility. Monk Coniston offers spacious en-suite bedrooms, fabulous food, and a spacious lounge to relax in. The extensive grounds, which include a walled garden and an exotic tree collection, are particularly scenic, and make a delightful place to relax.



  • Boating nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain walking / rekking
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby


  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lake nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request


  • Bicycle rental
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • In-room dining
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries


Food is wonderful, buffet breakfasts, incomparable packed lunches and dinners with a wide choice of menus.


  • Choose from the extensive cold buffet with cereals, fresh fruit and yoghurts. Monk Coniston also offers a full cooked breakfast, specially prepared to order.


Enjoy your choice of filling for freshly made sandwiches, and then help yourself to crisps and snacks, fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits.

Evening Meal

  • The evening meal at Monk Coniston is a social experience. All guests join together to enjoy their meal and swap stories about their day.

Things to do (optional)

Boat trips on Coniston water

Boat trips on Coniston water depart from Monk Coniston pier, just 5 to 10 minutes walk from the house. The steam yacht gondola operates from March to October from Coniston pier to Brantwood jetty, calling at Monk Coniston jetty, with round trips of approximately 45 minutes.


John Ruskins home from 1872 to 1900 is on the eastern shore of Coniston water. As well as regular lace making demonstrations and readings from Ruskins writing, there are special events throughout the year. Brantwood can be reached by ferry from Monk Coniston pier or by car in 10 minutes from Monk Coniston.


The Lake District visitor centre at Brockhole has many family attractions including an adventure playground and interactive exhibitions. Its lakeside setting allows access by the Windermere ferries with stunning views from the grounds and gardens. Around 30 minutes drive from Monk Coniston, or by direct local bus.


The Lake District is ideal for mountain bikers. Monk Coniston is just a few minutes drive from the excellent trails in Grizedale Forest, with other great routes close at hand.

Grizedale forest

Grizedale forest is located about six miles east of Monk Coniston, near Hawkshead. Here youll find a range of forest walks, mountain bike trails and orienteering courses; and the brand new Go Ape high wire adventure course. This high-ropes course is a great option for active teenagers.

Local walks

If you enjoy walking the Lake District has something for everyone. Walking from Monk Coniston there are some great shorter walks to nearby Tarn Hows and the village of Hawkshead. Keen walkers will be spoilt for choice with the range of mountain walks available. Walks to the summits of the Old Man of Coniston and Wetherlam are right on the doorstep, whilst a short drive will take you to the Langdale valley, the Fairfield horseshoe or Helvellyn.

Sizergh castle

  • Situated near Kendal, about 40 minutes drive from Monk Coniston, Sizergh castle is a fine medieval house, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Tarn hows

This picturesque lake, created artificially in the 1860s from three smaller tarns, is a popular local beauty spot, with a charming lakeside path. Just a mile walk or short drive from Monk Coniston.

Wordsworths house

Discover the inspiration for Wordsworths poems by visiting the beautiful village of Grasmere and the poets home at Dove cottage. Nearby is another of Wordsworths homes at Rydal Mount. Grasmere is around 25 minutes drive from Monk Coniston.

What's included

  • 2 guided daily walks
  • 3 daily meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily workshops and talks
  • Full board and all tuition

How to get there

Driving directions from Ambleside

From Ambleside take the A593 signposted to Coniston.

After a mile turn left onto the B5286 signposted to Hawkshead.

Follow this road for about four miles, passing through the hamlet of Outgate,

Then turn right onto the B5285 signposted to Coniston (dont take the earlier road signposted to the Drunken Duck and Coniston).

Follow the B5285 over Hawkshead Hill for a further two miles.

As the road descends youll go around a sharp 180 bend to the left.

The entrance to Monk Coniston is just ahead on the left hand side. Parking is available in the grounds.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Manchester Airport (MAN). If you are arriving at London Heathrow Aiport (LHR) or London Gatwick Airport (LGW) it is possible to reach Monk Coniston in a day, if you have a morning arrival.

Arrival by taxi

The 13 mile journey from Windermere station to Monk Coniston can be made by taxi or bus. Taxis cost approximately 23 GBP per journey if pre booked. Jayadhara will send you details of local companies when you book.

Arrival by bus

  • In the summer, direct buses run approximately every hour from Windermere station to Monk Coniston.

Arrival by train

  • The nearest station is at Windermere. This it at the end of a branch line from the junction at Oxenholme, on the main line between London and Glasgow.
  • Trains to Windermere run approximately every hour, with many running direct from Manchester and Manchester Airport.
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