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Following the successful women’s retreat in 2018, Lucie Minne can again offer a space to unwind and reconnect with your inner source of being in a warm and friendly atmosphere. At the same time, giving you the opportunity to explore and enjoy great food and diet, as well as consciously know how it impacts on your experience of the menopause.
During the retreat, you will be staying at Bala Brook Retreat Centre. There are nine bedrooms in the house which can accommodate up to fourteen people. Rooms are available in either private single rooms or twin room. Five of the rooms have en-suite facilities, other rooms have a shared bathroom.
The library is a quiet seating area with books on yoga, Buddhism, poetry, spiritual paths, Devon, birds, nature, and maps. There is a small bedroom attached to the library.
A large kitchen area with an Aga cooker, electric hob, and oven, equipped for preparing vegetarian meals for up to fourteen people. The tables in the dining area can be arranged to suit the size of the group. Folding doors open onto the garden.
The program will support you to nurture yourself through yoga, both empowering and restorative, deep rest, breathing exercises, and meditation, including a special evening sequence for better sleep. There will be some periods of silence providing a precious opportunity to find the still place within.
You will also learn about how the food you're consuming is actually affecting your experience during menopause. All food and recipes during the retreat have been carefully researched and selected to be beneficial for women at this time of their lives. At Bala Brook, they are surrounded by nature and there will be opportunities to explore the atmospheric landscape of Dartmoor or you can choose to relax, be still and soak in the innate peace of this special place.
Please note that the schedule times and activities may change. All levels are welcome but to benefit most it is advisable to have some basic experience of yoga.
Lucie draws on her training and experience in yoga and dance, creating sessions that build strength and flexibility in a graceful way. She blends posture work and relaxation in a harmonizing wholeness, held together by the focus on breath and mindfulness, opening up to the innate joy and peace at the source of being.
Bala Brook is a stunning location on the edge of Dartmoor National Park and on the edge of the open moor. There are thirty-five acres of delightful gardens, fields, mature oak trees, and woodland adjoining the waterfalls of Bala Brook, which tumbles down to join the river Avon. The venue has a resident flock of Hebridean sheep. The nearest large town and station is Totnes, which is 12 kilometers away.
A gate from the meadow leads out onto the wide open moor. From the front, it is a short walk up the lane to Shipley Bridge and pedestrian track leading up to the Avon reservoir and higher open moor. An exhilarating walk northwards brings strong hikers to Princetown in the center of Dartmoor. Another walk westwards leads to the famous ancient oaks at Piles Wood alongside the exquisite river Erme. There are other, gentler walks around, some through woodland.
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During the retreat, your meals will be prepared by Polly. Polly grew up in Devon and has had a keen interest in food - both growing and cooking - from an early age. She chose the vegetarian road in her teens and has been experimenting on her family ever since!
Since experiencing the beginning of the menopause, Polly has been looking into how a change in diet can be influential during this sometimes challenging time of menopause and continues to research the subject.
She cooks regularly at Bala Brook. There are some recent quotes include: “The food worked really well, it was delicious”; “I felt really nurtured”; “Thanks for your delicious food and heartfelt presence on the retreat”.
All the food and recipes on the retreat have been carefully researched and selected to be especially beneficial for women at this time of their lives.
At Bala Brook, you are surrounded by nature and there will be opportunities to explore the atmospheric landscape of Dartmoor or if you like, you can choose to relax, be still, and soak in the innate peace of this special place.
Approaching from the South (from Plymouth) turn off the A38 for South Brent. But avoid going through the village by taking a left turn soon after leaving the A38, where there is a big main sign 'South Brent twinned with...', and signs for Brent Mill Business park and Aish.
Travel to Totnes station then take a taxi, it's about 8 miles. There is a half hour bus service to South Brent from Totnes station. Transfer from Totnes train station is available upon request.
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