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4 Days Easter Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Dorset

  • Gaunts House, Petersham Lane, Gaunts, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 4JQ, England, United Kingdom

Overview

Yoga and Meditation Retreat England

Join Ladan Soltani in an inspiring yoga weekend and eat wholesome, delicious food. This retreat will be a great way to slow down, reflect, introspect, and leave feeling refreshed and energized! There will be morning yoga classes with more gentle evening sessions followed by guided mindfulness meditation, pranayama or ancient yogic breathing techniques, and deep relaxation or yoga Nidra.

Highlights

  • 2 yoga sessions daily
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Guided countryside walks
  • A free copy of Ladan Soltani's book
  • Daily tea, coffee, biscuits, and fruit
  • Three vegetarian meals daily
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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The accommodation options are on private and double room basis. Surrounded by majestic trees of differing greens and a timeless landscape stretching into the distance, Gaunts House is naturally beautiful and peaceful. Guests could hear birds or the cooing of pigeons, and roe deers come and nibble the roses of an early morning.

Gaunts House is a period, red brick mansion with a castellated north tower, sitting within the approximately 1,900 acres of Gaunts estate. The rooms and setting are spacious, peaceful, and beautiful. Gaunts have singles, doubles, and twin bedrooms for up to 83 people and mainly shared rooms for about 100 people, plus camping and the community rooms.

The Avalon and Courtyard cottages are available for visiting course leaders or teachers, and private retreat-goers by arrangement. The north tower is a two-room apartment with a kitchen and bathroom, available for visiting course leaders or teachers as well. It is accessible from the black and white corridor.

Gaunts House has four permanent course and workshop rooms which are the large open space with sprung wooden floor barn theater, the grand and ornate ballroom, the large and special library, and the large private room on the first floor, Ash. The house also has public rooms which are shared by all, the drawing room, the old hall, the dining room, the old smoking room which is now a bar, and the sanctuary.

At Gaunts House, you will stay in shared or single room with shared bathroom. Shared en-suite rooms are available at an additional cost of 60 GBP extra cost while single en-suite rooms are available at at an additional cost of 75 GBP.

Ladan Soltani's retreats attract every level of practitioner. She always has a mixture of people attending. Ladan can cater for beginners to advanced. The style of yoga varies too as she has trained in quite a few disciplines, such as Sivananda or Hatha style and Ashtanga.

Ladan really works with the feel of the group and meets the needs and requirements of the class participants in that moment, adapting with modifications or more challenging versions of the postures for those who want the option.

You will start with a two-hour yoga and meditation session on Friday night to ease you into the weekend which will be followed by dinner. Yoga classes will be held in the ballroom. During the classes, Ladan will be giving personal adjustments to correct postures and guiding you through the breath or pranayama and meditation.

Schedule

Day 1 - Friday, April 14, 2017

  • 15:30 Arrival
  • 16:30 Introductions, yoga, meditation, and relaxation class
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Welcome talk

Day 2 - Saturday, April 15, 2017

  • 08:00 Yoga class
  • 09:30 Breakfast and free time to socialize, do country walks, relax, or book a massage or one-on-one yoga
  • 16:00 Yoga and guided meditation, pranayama or breathing, and relaxation class
  • 18:30 Dinner

Day 3 - Sunday, April 16, 2017

  • 08:00 Yoga class
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Optional guided country walk or go for a swim. Free time to socialize or relax and book a massage or one-on-one yoga session.
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Yoga, meditation, pranayama, and yoga Nidra session
  • 18:30 Dinner

Day 4 - Monday, April 17, 2017

  • 08:00 Yoga class
  • 09:30 Breakfast and free time to socialize, do country walks, swim, relax, or book a massage or one-on-one yoga session
  • 12:00 Final group meditation
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:30 Departure

You will go on guided countryside walking tours.

  • Ladan Soltani

    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.

The retreat will be held in Gaunts House, Dorset, England. Gaunts House is situated on a heavenly estate of protected Dorset countryside totaling nearly 2000 acres. The estate has a four-acre lake as well as many acres of private woods, which in the spring are full of life and are carpeted with bluebells.

The grounds are cared for in an environmental friendly way and are open for all to indulge in the tranquility and enjoy country walks.

Nearby places

  • London, 100 miles
  • Wimborne center town - 30 minutes
Activities
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball court
General
  • Bar
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • River
  • Studio
Services
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

You will be served three vegetarian meals daily and you can help yourself to tea, coffee, biscuits, and fruit anytime.

You can book a one-on-one yoga session at an additional cost.

During you free time, you can book massage treatments at extra costs.

  • 2 yoga sessions daily
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • A free copy of Ladan Soltani's book
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Daily tea, coffee, biscuits, and fruit
  • Guided countryside walks
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

Driving directions from Wimborne

  • Follow the Wimborne to Cranborner Road (B3078), north from Wimborne for about three and a half miles to the mushroom cottage at the entrance to Gaunts Drive on the right.
  • Follow the drive to the front door of Gaunts House.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bournemouth Airport (BOH)

Arrival by bus

From the Poole train station, take a number three bus. From there, embark on a roughly 30-minute journey to Wimborne town center.

Arrival by train

Gaunts can be reached by public transportation arriving into the city of Poole by train or couch, then taking a bus to Wimborne.

Arrival by taxi

From Wimborne, you may take a taxi to BH21 4JD and follow the old carriage drive to the front door of Gaunts House.

From the Wimborne town center, a taxi costs 10 GBP and the ride takes about at least seven to eight minutes.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Ladan Soltani an inquiry.
  • Review by Victoria Clausen-Thue
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Vikki Gooding
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Claire Boot
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Grace Davis
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Denise Clinker
    10 out of 10

    "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. "

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Andy Mclean
    10 out of 10

    "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! "

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  • Review by Renuka Chandersekhar
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Gemma Cheney
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Mark Ryan
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Agata Wilczek
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Andrea Siegel
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Sue Leckie
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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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London, United Kingdom

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 April 14, 2017
Departure: Monday April 17, 2017

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