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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in the United Kingdom.
Join this affordable and specially tailored yoga retreat with Lower Shaw Farm. During this retreat, you will have a reinvigorating weekend and a chance to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city. The lovely setting of the farm and its relaxing atmosphere will accompany you in a refreshing holiday to momentarily escape from your busy life.
During this retreat, you will be staying in chalets or caravans which are provided by Lower Shaw Farm. Duvets and pillows are provided. Should you decide to upgrade the accommodation, you can stay at a room in the main farmhouse at an additional cost (20 GBP or 15 GBP per person extra for twin, double, or triple occupancy). Please request the upgrade to Lower Shaw Farm on your booking.
On this retreat, you will enjoy Iyengar yoga classes that are taught in a way that is suited for beginners and more experienced practitioners. The classes will focus on postures to improve flexibility, strength, and balance. The weekends sometimes include sessions on giving and receiving a relaxing and toning massage, covering different areas of the body. Alternatively individual massages may be available at an extra cost. Please ask for details of what is on offer for the particular retreat youy are booking.
On Saturday, there will be an early morning pranayama (breath control) class. It is then followed by breakfast, a two-hour asana (postures) class, and either a massage class or free time. After lunch, the options are to relax at the farm, use the super rustic sauna, or go on a led walk in the local countryside. In the late afternoon, you can join the restorative asana session and possibly a massage class.
In the evening, there will be either a guided meditation, foot baths, or time to relax around the wood burning stove or campfire. On Sunday morning, the program will be the same as Saturday’s with a late lunch. Then, you will depart in the afternoon from about 3:00 p.m.
Mary Mcinerney is a yoga instructor.
Mary Maguire teaches intuitive massage.
Lower Shaw Farm is located in Swindon, England, UK. The farm is a three-acre oasis in an area of suburban development. It has developed an atmosphere and characteristic of its own with its large vegetable, herb, flower gardens, shrubs and trees, puddles and ponds, hens and ducks, black and white sheep, friendly pigs, vintage red tractor, and unspoiled areas for play and exploration.
Three daily vegetarian meals will be served. The meals are prepared using homegrown, local and mostly organic food, and. If you have any special dietary requirements, the meals can be catered upon your request. Please send the inquiry to Lower Shaw Farm.
Enquiries always welcome from individuals wishing to experience life down on this farm and meet other people. Short stays or long stays arranged by mutual agreement. Also, working weekends held about once a month.
Guided exploratory walks around the farm and gardens to discover the animal and plant life, with a chance to feed the animals, take part in seasonal farm activities, and play in the big barn.
A registered charity which runs activities and courses at the farm for local children and their families. These include activity days in the school holidays, healthy cookery classes, etc. Donations to the project are always gratefully received, and are used to put on events, and improve facilities.
An opportunity to team-build in an unusual setting. Juggling, drumming, story-walks, earth oven baking, big barn swinging, and communal cooking are just a few of the bonding activities on offer.
On this retreat, you will enjoy sessions on a relaxing and toning massage that cover different areas of the body. You can also use the rustic sauna and enjoy the foot baths.
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). For more information regarding arrival from the airport, please kindly send Lower Shaw Farm an inquiry.
There are two buses that run from Fleming Way to Shaw. Bus no. 19 leaves from stop E. Ask for the stop just before Brook Field School. The journey takes about 20 minutes. Walk in the same direction as the bus, and at the pelican crossing, take the tarmac path on the left. At the end of the path, turn right and after a few yards, you will find the farm entrance.
Bus no. 1 or 1A to Ramleaze also runs from stand G in Fleming Way. Ask for the Village Inn. Walk between the church and shops, then crossing a side road, look for the leafy footpath that runs alongside some sheltered housing (on the left), into Old Shaw Lane. Turn right and in a few yards, you will see Lower Shaw Farm’s entrance.
Swindon is easy to reach by train. From London, use London Paddington Station or Victoria Coach Station. It may be possible to get much cheaper train tickets in you to book well in advance. Then, you can get to Lower Shaw Farm by bus or taxi.
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