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Ladan Soltani invites you to join her for a rejuvenating weekend of yoga, meditation and relaxation in a charming country house in England. This weekend is open to welcome to all level of practitioners. It will take place in Braziers Park, a community, a residential college and an architectural treasure hidden deep in the south Oxfordshire countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty and only 1.5 hours from London.
All bedrooms are comfortable and have remained with their natural features. Most bedrooms have a sink. Bathrooms are communal.
There will be a 2-hour yoga and meditation session on Friday night to ease you into the weekend, followed by dinner. Yoga will be held in the drawing room. In the classes, Ladan Soltani will be giving personal adjustments to correct postures and guiding you through the breath (pranayama) and meditation.
Ladan is a yoga and meditation practitioner who facilitates her own classes, workshops, and retreats. She trained with Sivananda yoga in the Himalayas and Mysore style Ashtanga in San Francisco with Greenpath Yoga. Ladan’s classes have all been aired on various Sky fitness channels, she writes a blog on Huffington Post, and is a published author of Fabulous Fitness at 40 and has two DVDs. She loves teaching yoga as it has allowed her to become aligned with her true sense of purpose in life. She lives by the Eastern philosophy that yoga is about self-realization.
Braziers Park is situated within the Chiltern Hills, in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the village of Ipsden and close to the town of Wallingford. To the north lies Oxford and to the south, Reading. There is a bus stop 5 minutes away and the best train station is Reading (30 minutes by bus).
Braziers Park is a community, a residential college and an architectural treasure hidden deep in the south Oxfordshire countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It was founded in 1950 as an educational trust. Community members share responsibility for running the mansion house (a Grade II* listed building), 55 acres of land, organic kitchen garden and livestock, facilitating courses and organizing events assisted by visiting volunteers from around the world.
All 3 meals and snacks, which will be delicious homemade / homegrown organic vegetarian food, are included in the price. A good deal of the produce for the table is grown on Braziers estate or bought from local farms and wholesalers. As far as possible, the food is organic, GM free and seasonal.
There will be plenty of opportunity to socialize and meet likeminded people. If youre an outdoors person, you can explore the wild beauty of the woodland countryside during your stay. It also offers a cozy haven for anyone who wishes to chill out by the real log fire or tuck themselves away in the study to read a book or have a massage / one on one yoga session (extra cost).
Leave M4 at Junction 8 / 9.
Proceed to Henley and then on through Nettlebed to the Crowmarsh Roundabout (A4130).
Turn left onto the A4074 towards Reading.
After about 5-7 minutes, ignore 2 left turns signposted Ipsden, the next left turn at the bottom of a hill a few seconds later is for Braziers Park indicate early and turn left there. This will bring you to Braziers front gates. Please note 5mp speed limit and park carefully.
Follow signs for Railway station and Caversham, over Caversham Bridge, then first left onto the A4074, signposted Oxford.
Follow this road for around 15 minutes passing 2 signs for Woodcote on your left and then on a downward hill with open views youll see a parking layby with an airfield sign on the left and a vehicles turning sign, if there is traffic behind its a good idea to start indicating right here, you will then see a signpost for Braziers Park on the right, ignore the small right turn before the Braziers sign (if you accidentally take this turn into Bottom Lane then continue to the first left up a rutted track and follow this to Braziers Park).
Follow signposts out of Oxford to Henley / Wallingford / Reading (A4074).
Around 5-7 minutes after Wallingford (follow signs to Reading), you will pass 2 left turnings to the village of Ipsden which should be ignored - soon after there is a signpost to Braziers Park, indicate early and turn left into the small lane leading to Brazier Park.
The Braziers Park stop is not listed on timetables. Its between Woodcote and Wallingford and is known as Ipsden Turn by the bus drivers - but you should also ask for Braziers Park as there are 2 stops called Ipsden turn. Its the first one if you are coming from Reading and the second if you are coming from Oxford.
From Reading railway station, leave the station at the main entrance, cross the road opposite and you will see some bus stands, make your way to bus stop SB. The X39 takes approximately 25 minutes. The X40 turns off for a loop of Woodcote before rejoining the X39 route, so takes 5-10 minutes longer.
The bus drivers are usually very friendly and helpful - if you ask them, they will try to let you know when they are approaching Braziers stop. If youre on the X39, you will see a sign for Woodcote approximately 3 minutes before reaching the Braziers stop, and you will pass a parking layby on the left with an airfield sign - ring the bell. The X40 will take the Woodcote turn and spend 5-10 minutes travelling to Woodcote and back, so when you reach the main road again and turn left, youll be 3 minutes from the Braziers stop and can ring the bell.
When you get off the bus, cross the main road and walk down the country lane immediately opposite the bus stop. This will lead you directly to Braziers main entrance. The main road can be very busy and traffic very fast, the speed can be deceiving so take extra care before crossing - there have been several accidents crossing this road. If it is dark, you will need a torch to alert traffic in the narrow lane to your presence.
Go to bus stop H5 on St Aldates to catch the X39 or X40. The journey will take approximately 55 minutes on either bus, passing through Wallingford where it may stop for a while or change driver or bus. After leaving Wallingford, its approximately 6 minutes before reaching Braziers stop. You will pass two roundabouts and turn right onto the main road (A4074), travelling straight for a few more minutes when youll see large black and gold gates on your left, followed by a small wooden bus shelter - this is the stop immediately before Braziers stop - dont get off there or you could get very lost, you are not in Ipsden itself - ring the bell as you pass this stop, Braziers stop approximately 30 seconds later at the bottom of hill. If youre unsure, ask the driver - its the second Ipsden Turn stop.
After getting off the bus, follow the lane on the same side of the road (sign-posted Braziers Park) and it will lead you directly to the main entrance of Braziers, 5 minutes or so away just behind the trees you can see at the end of the lane.
Visitors travelling by train are advised to go to Reading central railway station and then catch the X39 / X40 bus to Braziers Park, as these buses run from just outside the station. Goring and Streatley Station is around 40-60 minutes walk with steep hills, no buses, occasionally taxis.