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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.
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.
You will go on guided countryside walking tours.
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.
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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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bournemouth Airport (BOH)
From the Poole train station, take a number three bus. From there, embark on a roughly 30-minute journey to Wimborne town center.
Gaunts can be reached by public transportation arriving into the city of Poole by train or couch, then taking a bus to Wimborne.
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.