This is an exquisite, quintessentially English yoga retreat set in beautiful natural surroundings. You will stay in a 19th century converted barn located in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside. On this retreat, you will experience Vinyasa Flow yoga, beautiful sequencing, lyrical narrative, lunar flows, and Yin yoga. There will be a special yoga class serenaded with soulful sounds of the harp and guitar. Relax in the gardens or walk in the beautiful grounds amongst the ancient woodlands along the rivers and lake, and walk along the stunning Norfolk beaches nearby.
West Lexham Barn was built in 1805 and has been beautifully converted with all its original character, space, light, and rustic charm. The living spaces are filled with handmade furnishings and traditional log burners, creating a rustic, homely ambiance. The dining room has large windows, offering picturesque views of the beautiful garden. They have a conservatory and an outside dining table amongst the herbs and butterflies for al fresco dining on balmy summer evenings.
The luxury ensuite bedrooms are nestled in a courtyard around the barn, combining rustic charm with contemporary innovations. Reclaimed wood and original farm doors have been used along side the original timber beams to add splashes of color and authenticity to the rooms.
Each bedroom has original artworks and handmade curtains and cushions. All of the bedrooms and bathrooms have under-floor heating and super comfortable mattresses with high quality cotton linen.
Your yoga classes take place in the spacious harvest room with its original ceiling and organic, antique charm. There are two full height windows on either side allowing natural light and views of the gardens to enhance and inspire your practice.
On waking up in this stunning location, we will do an energising, yang Vinyasa Flow practice, blissfully infused with the grace of asana, flowing through breath towards a soft, meditative mind. Moving through beautiful sequencing and creative namaskars, we will explore elemental vinyasa, inspired by Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. These soulful practices create a sense of connection, openness and vibrancy, leaving you feeling lovingly energised, uplifted and alive. In the afternoons, we will surrender to a more restorative, yin practice, allowing your being to rest, renew and rejuvenate. You may also choose to indulge in a relaxing, luxurious massage in your free time.
In your free time, relax in the gardens or walk in the beautiful grounds amongst the ancient woodlands along the rivers and lake. Leave your soul down by the sea on the stunning Norfolk beaches nearby. In the evenings, you will enjoy a delicious dinner, an outdoor fire circle, and Sadhana Satsang.
It is the perfect English house from the golden age of the Grand Tour, surviving intact in its original setting and with the founding family still in custodianship, there is none finer.
Heidi has over one thousand hours of yoga teacher training. As a writer and teacher of literature, she is inspired by language and art and these creative qualities are woven within precise alignment of classical asana. Flowing transitions between dynamic and static poses are guided by the rhythm of the breath, creating a tandava, a graceful dance of breath and movement. She designs each class with a balance of alignment, yoga assists, form and flow; pranayama, Indian philosophy, and meditation.
This luxury 19th century converted barn is located in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside, only a short distance from the stunning, heritage beaches of Holkham and Wells-Next-the-Sea. West Lexham set is in 21 acres of rolling lawns, landscaped gardens, wild flowers, woodland glades, rivers, lakes, and picturesque countryside walks. It is a stunning place to connect to nature, to your nature, to yoga.
Your food will be lovingly prepared by Florentina, a professional caterer offering delicious, innovative, vegetarian cuisine. It will be a divine detox for your total well-being.
Visit Castle Acre, a beautiful medieval priory and ruins which really stands proud against the local countryside and is hauntingly beautiful. Plus, it's just about walkable from West Lexham.
Originally a fishing village, Cromer was "discovered" in the 18th century and by the 1890's, it was a fashionable resort town. It has attractions spanning the centuries from a mediaeval church to a Victorian pier and onwards.
The town's reputation for crab fishing is undiminished. You can still watch the crab boats arrive every morning with their catch. There are several small fish shops in town where you can buy one of the day's catch and virtually every eating place will have a crab dish on the menu.
Ecotech is a center of sustainability and has the only wind turbine in the UK that you can actually climb up.
Another great house still in family ownership, it was designed by William Kent in 1717, built by Britain's first prime minister, Robert Walpole. This house was the site of the Houghton International Horse Trials.
Pensthorpe has played host to the popular BBC Springwatch series for three years now, and was voted Norfolk's best visitor attraction 2009. Located just outside the market town of Fakenham, it's an ideal attraction for those who love nature, wildlife, and the outdoors with nature trails, lakes, birdwatching, and stunning gardens.
As well as enjoying the beautiful surroundings, you can learn about conservation projects, indulge in a spot of retail therapy, or take lunch in the courtyard café. Pensthorpe is a great place to get children involved in wildlife, and families can choose from a range of activities to engage everyone whatever their age.
Swaffham village is a historical Norfolk town with a regular market on Saturdays and occasional antiques market on Sunday. This is the local hub with a fully stocked natural food shop and vibrant local community.
This path runs only a mile or so from West Lexham, a 46-mile national trail from near Thetford to Holme-Next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast. The way follows an old Roman road that may have been built along an even older trackway. It connects with the North Norfolk coast path and is easy walking.
Massage therapist, Lisa Cowlard, will also be available for you to book a relaxing, luxurious massage from a full range of treatments.
Please book your flight to arrive at London Stansted Airport (STN).
The X1 bus goes from Norwich and King's Lynn to Swaffham, which is the nearest town. Timetables can be found and change seasonally, so check before you set off.
The nearest train station is Downham Market. Trains run from London Kings Cross to Downham Market every hour and every half hour at certain peak times. Journey times are approximately one hour and 25 minutes. Network Railcards give you a third off fares. If you are taking more than one train journey in the South of England or are traveling in a group, it is well worth investigating it.