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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.
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
07:00 Yoga or meditation
10:00 Yoga and workshops
16:30 Yoga and workshops
20:30 Socials, workshops and entertainment
Rosie discovered yoga at 16 and embraced Iyengar, Ashtanga and Tibetan Heart yoga styles, becoming a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) teacher over 35 years ago. In 2004, she discovered Anusara yoga and was struck by its heart qualities, integrity of alignment principles, and its basis in the Tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. She subsequently studied with senior teachers including John Friend, Bridget Woods-Kramer, and Carlos Pomeda and is now an Anusara-inspired teacher. She is a BWYT diploma tutor, her own journey of discovery informs her humorous teaching style, encouraging students to look deeply into their own inner richness.
Felicity first became aware of yoga as a child through watching Richard Hittlemans Yoga for Health on the television and a few years later began attending regular yoga classes. She has studied in the United Kingdom, United States, and India, completing BWY Diploma in 1992 and further studies with Paul Harvey. She has been an active member of various BWY committees, tutors BWYT foundation and diploma courses, and offers one-to-one tuition. Her practice and teaching style are influenced by the teachings of Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, emphasizing precise use of the breath in yoga asana and adapting practices appropriately for each individual.
A structural yoga therapist whose personal experience has been profound. She has trained yoga teachers, run workshops, yoga holidays, retreats, and also works with individual students to develop harmony in their lives.
Jayadhara discovered yoga at university, and began teaching in 1988, studied yoga philosophy in India and offers BWYT foundation and yoga teacher training courses. Her teaching draws on the wisdom of the Satyananda yoga tradition and Buddhist practitioners; she regularly returns to India to continue her development and has a wealth of knowledge with a talent for expressing her teaching clearly and enjoyably.
Maria Serrano is an accomplished exponent in the field of holistic health with a broad based approach and a unique style. A registered teacher and practitioner with the Shiatsu Society, and a Kundalini yoga teacher, Maria lectures widely throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.
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.
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Food is wonderful, buffet breakfasts, incomparable packed lunches and dinners with a wide choice of menus.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.