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3 Days Autumn Meditation and Yoga Retreat UK

  • Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 6AN, United Kingdom


Weekend Yoga Holidays UK

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.


  • Daily yoga class
  • Beautiful nature walks and log fires
  • Daily meditation and relaxation class
  • Personal guidance through posture, breath and meditation
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • 1 coffee / tea breaks included
  • 2 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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All bedrooms are comfortable and have remained with their natural features. Most bedrooms have a sink. Bathrooms are communal.

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.

  • 2 coffee / tea breaks included
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners consisting of delicious homemade / homegrown organic vegetarian food
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Beautiful nature walks
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Log fires
  • Personal guidance through posture, breath and meditation

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.

Typical schedule

September 30, 2016

  • 15:30 Arrival
  • 16:30 Yoga, meditation and relaxation class
  • 19:00 Dinner

October 1, 2016

  • 08:00 Yoga class
  • 09:30 Breakfast followed by free time to socialize, do country walks, relax or book a massage / yoga session (extra cost)
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Tea / coffee break
  • 16:30 Yoga, meditation and relaxation class
  • 19:00 Dinner

October 2, 2016

  • 08:00 Yoga class
  • 09:30 Breakfast followed by free time to socialize, do country walks, relax or book a massage / yoga session (extra cost)
  • 12:00 Final group meditation
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 Time to say goodbye

Driving directions from London

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.

Driving directions from Reading

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).

Driving directions from Oxford

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.

Driving directions from the West

  • Leave M4 at Junction 8 / 9 and proceed as from London.
  • Car parking is at owners risk, the speed limit is 5mph on the driveways, parking charges may be made for large groups and events.

Arrival by airplane

  • The nearest airport is Heathrow Airport (LHR).
  • From there to Reading station are regular buses:
  • From Gatwick Airport (LGW) take the train to Reading:

Arrival by bus from Reading

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.

Arrival by bus from Oxford

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.

Arrival by train

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.


  • Braziers Turn bus stop - 5 minutes away
  • Reading train station - 30 minutes away

Check in

From 3:30 p.m.

Check out

3:30 p.m.


Please contact Ladan Soltani for transfers as she will be happy to organize lift sharing where possible.

Group size

Maximum 15 persons.

Course information

The retreat is open to welcome all levels of practitioners.

What to bring

Please bring your own yoga matt.

Special menu request / information

Most special diets can be catered for if one weeks notice is given and vegetarian meals are the usual. Home-reared organic meat (pork or lamb) meals can be ordered in advance for an extra charge of 5 GBP per head.

The venue does not have a bar but moderate drinkers are very welcome to bring their own alcohol on site.

Responsible tourism

Brazier uses only environmentally friendly cleaning products and soap and ask their visitors to use environmentally friendly soaps and shampoos which are also available for sale.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Ladan Soltani, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

  • Ladan Soltani

    Ladan is a yoga & meditation practitioner who facilitates her own classes, workshops & 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 and she writes a blog on Huffington Post and is a published author of 'Fabulous fitness at 40' and has 2 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.

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).

  • Massage
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Special menu request
  • Studio
  • Terrace
For information about the booking conditions, please send Ladan Soltani an inquiry.
  • Review by Victoria Clausen-Thue

    "Ladan is an excellent teacher. I have tried different yoga teachers before and Ladan is the only one who inspires me to come back every week. She is very passionate about what she teaches and every week I come away feeling so much better in my body and more positive in my mind. It's not always easy but she really helps you to improve, by making little adjustments, and at the end, there is a definite sense of achievement. I would recommend her classes to anyone. They are fantastic!", edited

  • Review by Vikki Gooding

    "Ladan is a brilliant teacher. Her classes are fun and challenging, there's always something new!", edited

  • Review by Claire Boot

    "What I value most about Ladan's classes is the way that her yoga knowledge and caring manner develops a strong sense of trust between herself and the participants. Her classes are challenging in a supportive and encouraging way, where you know you're in a safe environment to try new poses or stretch yourself further in familiar ones.", edited

  • Review by Grace Davis

    "Thank you so much Ladan for such a wonderful long weekend! The yoga and meditation were brilliant and it was great spending time with you in beautiful surroundings. It was really memorable. I've already booked to come again in October!", edited

  • Review by Denise Clinker

    "Thanks so much for a great weekend Ladan. Brazier's park was beautiful, the food and company were great, and the yoga was fantastic. I learned so much, not only about the yoga but about myself. A great way to rest, relax, recuperate, and get a new perspective to your life. ", edited

  • Review by a traveler

    "Thank you too so much Ladan! It was such a wonderful trip. I’m still feeling very calm and happy! ", edited

  • Review by Andy Mclean

    "It was wonderful. I missed it as soon as we walked out the door. The words "Decelerate To Accelerate" come to mind. And loved the feeling of being in a group when meditating! ", edited

  • Review by Renuka Chandersekhar

    "I have been going to Ladan's yoga classes for almost 3years. She has been just wonderful and has made yoga so much fun. It has helped me reconnect with my body in a fun and effortless way.", edited

  • Review by Gemma Cheney

    "Ladan is a great teacher, the classes are full of variety and challenge. I've never felt bored and always finish the class feeling peaceful and connected. I recommend her very highly.", edited

  • Review by Mark Ryan

    "I have been practicing yoga for the past 2 years with Ladan and I can honestly say that I would recommend Ladan's workshops to anyone, no matter what your age, experience or background. I started out as an absolute novice 2 years ago with the aim of trying to improve my balance and posture and can safely say that I have progressed and improved in these areas, as well as on the spiritual side of things with meditation which was an added bonus as this was not something I expected to get exposure to. Ladan is highly knowledgeable in both her yoga teachings and has a calm reassuring nature about how she teaches individuals both through demonstrations, bodily adjustments, and meditation from novice up to advanced yoga levels, which I appreciate given that when I look back at the last 2 years I feel that I have made some real progress thanks to her.", edited

  • Review by Agata Wilczek

    "Best yoga classes ever! Ladan is very good and passionate teacher."

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  • Review by Andrea Siegel

    "I am really happy that yoga has been part of my life for a while now and that Ladan is my teacher. I like Ladan's mindful approach to teaching yoga and that she balances this with a bit of scientific and factual information as well. Not to mention that she always makes sure that everyone understands and does the postures correctly. Ladan is excellent at motivating and encouraging her class to always step out of their comfort zones."

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  • Review by Anastasia

    "A wonderful escape from all at this beautiful retreat in Tuscany. As a novice yogi I was a little intimidated at the thought of going on a weeks yoga retreat and leaving behind my family for the first time in years to do something just for me. With yoga every morning and meditation every evening I was nervous as I was only a once a week yogi but any fears were quickly calmed on arrival as everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The venue couldn't have been more perfect in idyllic Tuscan countryside with wonderful fresh homemade Italian vegetarian food every evening washed down with red wine grown on the estate. The hosts entertained us as though we were family members. A wonderful place to unwind and gather your thoughts whilst challenging your body and your mind to stretch and release any tension from your working and daily life. Ladan is one of the best yoga teachers I have personally come across, spiritual yet grounded and encouraging at all levels whether beginner or experienced yogi to fulfill and exceed your own expectations. A fabulous experience all round and I've made some great friends along the way."

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  • Review by Eva Beazley

    "Grounded and professional! Ladan is a delightful and motivating teacher. She is highly experienced, brings in many aspects of the limbs of yoga, always stretching our minds, bodies and self-imposes limitations! Ladan is wonderfully grounded and sensitive too to the mood of the group, knowing when to calm or fan our energy. She is a highly skilled yogi herself but is utterly non-judgmental as a teacher. I have learnt so much from her as a person."

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  • Review by Marilyn Ryan

    "Ladan Soltani is an awesome yoga teacher. I have attended Ladan’s mix ability class for over 2 years. I've been practicing different types of yoga, Iyengar and Sivananda, on and off for nearly 20 years. Ladan is by far the best teacher I have experienced; she is extremely professional, friendly, spiritual, and knowledgeable not just about yoga, but general fitness and health. Don’t just take my word for it. Come and try her classes!"

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  • Review by Shelly Sagar

    "Yoga Teacher with a difference. Ladan brings many years of experience and a holistic approach to yoga. Warm, friendly and inspiring, I always leave the class feeling more energized, uplifted and challenged. I wholeheartedly recommend Ladan’s classes!"

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  • Review by Clarissa Stoneham

    "Integrity in action! Ladan showed me how to dedicate my workout and or practice and that helped me ground my physical aspect of training in a spiritual context. Shares the wisdom and the knowledge without restraint in her yoga classes. "

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  • Review by Angela Diane

    "FAB teacher, top yoga classes. Ladan is the best of all worlds. She has a vast knowledge in yoga, the human body and more because of her background in fitness She is enthusiastic, funny, supportive and most of all very approachable. I love her shine and aura! She is so positive! "

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  • Review by Sandra Dukic

    "I am from a very non-athletic student. A very inspirational teacher that gives me a sense of fulfillment after every class."

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  • Review by Andrea Siegel

    "It has been one of the best decisions of my life to take up yoga and I am so happy that Ladan is my teacher. She is so natural and is able to teach everyone regardless of age or level of fitness. I really enjoy her classes and appreciate that she always finds a way to help us improve in doing the postures and spiritually as well. I would recommend to anyone interested in yoga to try Ladan’s classes."

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  • Review by Caroline Barnes

    "Before I started taking Ladan’s yoga classes I was very skeptical about the benefits of yoga and believed I would only attend one class. It has now been over a year and I find it is definitely one of the highlights of my week. Ladan will treat you as her friend and always ensures you feel good in your practice. She knows the names of all her yogis and their level. A yoga teacher who is very knowledgeable about both the spiritual and physical components of yoga."

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  • Review by Terri Sinden

    "I loved this Forward and Backward Bend workshop. I went running the morning after and my body felt completely different and not stiff at all. My core has always been my weak point, especially after two pregnancies, I don’t think my stomach muscles have ever come back together... But I had a flat stomach for the first time in 4 years this morning! As with all of Ladan’s classes she accommodates all levels. The vibe is light hearted and fun and the way she explains each posture makes it easy and accessible for everyone. "

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  • Review by Claude Subrina

    "Best yoga teacher I have come across. I have been following Ladan’s classes for 6 months now and Ladan has been an inspiration.Her classes are amazing, well adapted to our level, she pays close attention to our posture and gives appropriate advice when needed. She also uses incense and perfectly suited music to put us in the mood and provides us with meditative thoughts and philosophy, to en-light/inspire us. It’s like we were transported into an Indian meditation retreat! "

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  • Review by Sara Wright

    "A teacher with so much more. Ladan is not only a fantastic teacher she also has experience of personal training and nutrition and so she brings this to her practice helping me to become an all round yogi and to embrace my practice as a lifestyle not just a one-off weekly class. She’s also really friendly, open and very experienced."

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  • Review by David Hobbs

    "Ladan is an excellent teacher and mentor. She is knowledgeable, experienced, and always fun."

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  • Review by Sue Leckie

    "Life changing yoga and mindfulness teacher! I have been practicing for several years with Ladan – both in her yoga classes in Ealing and at her Italian retreats – and I simply cannot recommend her enough for her help, encouragement, enthusiasm and support. Both her yoga classes and meditation and mindfulness sessions are wonderful; and she really does give it her all. Classes are clearly planned, but also flexed on the day to suit the mood and requirements of the attendees. She balances demonstrations with clear instructions, and is very hands on, ensuring that you develop your practice over time. No matter what your level, or your goal, Ladan is the perfect teacher to get you to where you wish to be."

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  • Review by Lesley Smith

    "Top class teacher! Ladan has helped me progress more in the last few months compared to the years I have been going to yoga. She is an excellent teacher, very passionate, professional and challenges me at exactly the right pace! I would highly recommend her. "

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  • Review by Paul Harris

    "I have practicing yoga with Ladan for nearly a year now and continue to improve and feel the benefits. She combines deep knowledge of the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga and the proficiency to demonstrate advanced asanas expertly. Ladan keeps us working hard, motivated and constantly improving in a class that is both friendly and fun. "

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  • Review by Richard Hadju

    "Best mentor you can wish for. Ladan is a very experienced and fun tutor. And much more than a tutor: life coach, guide, role model, inspiration… Attending her Yoga classes in Ealing is like entering a nurturing sanctuary where you feel inspired, safe, supported, challenged, invigorated and just having fun. Thank you for being such an incredible human being, Ladan, emanating life force and the joy of living life. "

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  • Review by Sinead Lawler

    "Wonderful teacher! I was an absolute beginner when I started my yoga classes with Ladan a year ago. I am slowly improving, little by little, thanks to Ladan's wonderful teaching, encouragement & the lovely, safe atmosphere she creates in the studio. Ladan has a talent to make every one in her Yoga classes feel welcome & important. She knows everyone names, gently adjusts all her yogis, both demonstrates & explains equally and starts and ends the class with a short meditation and mantras which always calm me & make me smile. I often think about some of the wise words outside of the class. The class has the perfect balance of being body focused and spiritual. It is a testament to Ladan that my class only seems to increase in size - no one ever seems to leave! Come rain or shine every one makes the effort to attend her weekly yoga classes in Ealing. I consider my class a real treat. No matter how frazzled I am when I enter the studio or how hard I find some of the postures during the class, for some reason I always float out of the studio feeling super happy and energized!"

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  • Review by Hellen Dunne

    "I've been following your work-outs on fitness TV. You've been amazing and I can already feel the difference in my fitness levels. Great website too. Thanks so much. You're a true inspiration."

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  • Review by Jo Gopall

    "Great classes. I’ve been attending weekly yoga classes with Ladan for just over a year, she is the best yoga teacher by far I have practiced with. My yoga practice has improved greatly since joining; classes are physically challenging, varied and give a lot on a spiritual level. She’s present and in tune with the class and always seems to be bringing and sharing new things to the lessons. She is also great at explaining how to do the postures correctly. I love going!"

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  • Review by Enrique Lavado

    "Brilliant! I’ve been going to Ladan’s Yoga classes for over two years now and it’s a pleasure each time I attend. Not only is she deeply passionate and knowledgable about the practice, she is also spiritual to, with each class starting and ending with a short meditation and a few words of wisdom as food for thought. Ladan is very attentive to each member no matter how large the class is, and is always giving advice and tips whenever she feels the class is not up to scratch on a particular pose. With a fun sense of humor and an honest, down to earth attitude, Ladan is an excellent yoga instructor who makes her classes a joy to be in. Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Alex Katherine

    "You won’t find better! What an incredible teacher. You’ll look forward to your yoga lesson and really feel the difference every time you leave."

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  • Review by Lara Taylor

    "This is therapy for body and soul! Just fabulous. I feel very lucky to have Ladan as a teacher. She balances both the physical work with a clear connection and focus on breathing and mindfulness. Even if I have had a bad day, I always come out of Ladans' yoga classes feeling peaceful, relaxed, and rejuvenated. Just brilliant!"

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  • Review by Gary Ward

    "Exceptional. I have attended many yoga classes and Ladan stands out amongst the best. Seldom in other classes do you get the level of attention and expertise that Ladan provides. Her classes cover the full range of yogic disciplines from breathing, meditation and posture which gives a richer experience."

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  • Review by Kate

    "Ladan Soltani has been such a positive influence in my life. Her kind words of wisdom have helped me enormously. I have experienced some life-changing shifts on her retreats and always look forward to sitting in a meditation session with her and calming my senses. I owe you and thank you."

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  • Review by Anais Maniaval

    "Amazing yoga teacher. I can’t even put into words how grateful I am to have met Ladan and attended her yoga classes. She’s a very genuine and authentic person and her lovely personality really shines through in her teaching. Every week is different, you never get bored, you learn a lot of different things, and she is always here to answer questions and give individual help. She also helped me so much during my teacher training by allowing me to assist her yoga classes. She trusted me giving hands-on adjustments to her yogis and I would not be where I am today without her invaluable help and advice. It’s no wonder she has so many regular students, she’s just amazing!"

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  • Review by Brett

    "I went through a bad time with depression and stress for a number of reasons, but discovered her show on fitness TV and her yoga/breathing techniques. They have really helped me and change the way I look at things for the better. I can’t thank her enough. She is a true inspiration"

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Ladan is a yoga teacher based in London, who also offers yoga and meditation retreats in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Arrival: Friday November 3, 2017
Departure: Sunday November 5, 2017

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