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3 Days Weekend Yoga Retreat in UK

  • The Quadrangle Farmstead, Shoreham, Kent TN14 7RP, England, United Kingdom

Overview

Weekend Ayurvedic Massage and Nature Yoga Retreat UK

Join Katy and Steve for a weekend around the fire as we approach the year’s end, with energy-holding yoga, warming Ayurvedic massage, seasonal food, a guided walk in nature and fireside intention setting. We invite you once more to the Quadrangle Farmstead - our home from home. We will be in the lovely cozy Granary above the hay barn - a beautiful setting for our smaller group, with log burners to keep us warm.

Highlights

  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Mindfulness meditation and relaxation sessions
  • Complimentary 40-minute Ayurvedic yoga massage
  • Nightly bonfires with intention setting
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • A guided walk in nature

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12.

  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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The Quadrangle is the perfect place to quietly observe and reflect on Mother Nature, in a beautiful rustic farmhouse setting, away from the hustle and bustle, to slow down and connect. There are many beautiful elements with which to enjoy your stay; the granary for the group practices and communal dining, a separate room for your massage session, the Shepherds Barn with sofas and wood burning stove to put your feet up with a cup of tea, the garden for fireside meditation and contemplation, a living permaculture forest garden, and a stream running through for some wild dipping.

We’ll practice our restorative and energy-holding yoga around the wood burning fire and share this warm and cozy space for meditations, poetry, sharing circles and movies. We will wrap up warm and venture outside for fireside intention setting and letting go, and walks in nature.

"Gradually, you will return to yourself,

Having learned a new respect for your heart

And the joy that dwells far within slow time."

– John O'Donohue, A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted

During the retreat you will receive a 40 minute Ayurvedic massage with Steve, helping you to unwind, relax and find your flow. We will share 3 delicious locally sourced vegetarian meals each day, and you will have time for relaxation and quiet contemplation.

It’s up to you how much you participate; the space is yours to hold as you wish.

Ayurvedic yoga massage

Ayurvedic yoga massage is a unique, relaxing treatment for the whole body, combining deep tissue massage, coordinated breath-work, and yoga stretching. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of natural healing. Its founder, Master Kusum Modak, has combined traditional Ayurvedic massage with yoga adjustments learnt directly from BKS Iyengar.

The treatment is performed on a floor mat, allowing for a full range of stretching. In addition, the deep tissue massage dissolves physical tension, while the assisted stretches and breath exercises realign the body and stimulate the natural flow of energy. Organic sesame oil (a tri-dosha balancer) and ground calamus root (invigorates the skin and stimulates the nervous system) are used in the treatment.

Transformational yoga

Transformational yoga is a truly integral yoga that goes far beyond just physical exercise. While offering a complete approach to wellbeing, it takes into account physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of health. It functions on a deeper level to stimulate Kundalini energy to move up through the chakras, purifying and awakening the chakras.

In this heart-centered practice, you will combine physical postures (asanas), breathing practices (pranayama), and dhyana (mantra meditation), as well as meditation and deep relaxation (yoga Nidra) to purify your body, balance your emotions, heal your heart, focus your mind, and increase your spiritual wellbeing, helping you let go and connect with your true nature.

Included in the price of the retreat is a guided walk in nature.

  • Katy Robinson

    Katy is a yogini and tantrika. She has been practicing yoga since 1999, leading her to deeper studies with different forms of yoga over the years including Transformational, Scaravelli-inspired, Sivananda, and yoga for anxiety and depression. She has trained with John Hawken in his year-long professional Tantra massage training and assists on his paths of transformation, which complement the yoga beautifully. She takes an integral approach to teaching - incorporating physical postures (asanas), breathing practices, and mantra meditation, as well as meditation and deep relaxation.

  • Steven Taylor

    Before Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM), Steve trained in sports massage with a diploma from LSSM at Regents College London. Then, under the guidance of James Winstanley, the pioneer of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage in the west and student of its creator in India, Master Kusum Modak, Steve did the AYM Diploma. Over the last few years, Steve has been building experience working with clients in London and the southwest. He’s now focusing on AYM and working with dancers, yoga teachers, personal trainers, cabaret performers, runners, and cyclists.

This retreat will take place in the Quadrangle, a large Victorian model farmstead built in 1870 near Shoreham in Kent. Part of it is owned and managed by the Quadrangle Trust which is run as a center for sustainable living and the creative arts. The garden runs down through an orchard to the River Darent and a field and small woodland beyond. Its setting in the valley is extraordinarily rural and peaceful in that it is only 20 miles from Piccadilly Circus as the crow flies.

Nearby places

  • Central London - 45 minutes
  • Otford - 20 minutes
  • Piccadilly Circus, 20 miles
  • Sevenoaks, 7 miles
  • Shoreham Train Station - 10 minutes
Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Massage
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • River nearby
Services
  • Wireless internet

During the retreat, you will be served three delicious locally sourced vegetarian meals each day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

You will have time for walks, reading, and quiet contemplation and relaxation.

During the retreat, you will receive a 40-minute Ayurvedic massage with Steve, helping you to unwind, relax, and find your flow.

  • 1 40-minute Ayurvedic yoga massage
  • 1 guided walk in nature
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 delicious locally sourced vegetarian meals per day
  • Meditation and relaxation sessions
  • Morning and evening yoga
  • Nightly bonfires with intention setting

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR) or Gatwick Airport (LGW).

Arrival by train

The nearest train station is Shoreham station. Please note that it is Shoreham in Kent and not Shoreham-by-Sea. The retreat venue is a 10 to 15-minute walk from Shoreham station and a 20 to 25-minute walk from Otford.

Go down the stairs to the right as you come out of the station, turn right and follow that road down the hill past the entrance to the golf course on your left. On your left, about 50 yards after the golf course car park, there’s a footpath through the wood, across the golf course and the cricket pitch.

When you get to the track after the cricket pitch, turn right. At the fork in the road, take the left lane with the sign pointing to the Quadrangle. Come through the gate at the bottom of the hill and into the yard.

Alternatively, you can take a train to Sevenoaks and then a taxi from there.

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much to the whole team for truly nourishing and nurturing me."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Fantastic weekend. Great combination of relaxation, wonderful food, incredible massage and lovely people. I will be back to this gem of a location."

    Maha Yoga, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so very much for your incredible calming energy. You are a beautiful teacher and I would love to bottle you up and take you home!"

    Maha Yoga, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "This yoga retreat has been the best! Thank you all so much."

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  • Review by Sophia
    10 out of 10

    "Katy’s practice combines sensitivity and depth, bringing awareness to mind, body, and spirit. I really enjoy her use of different breathing techniques in sequences, I find it has helped me to focus on the detail of postures. I come away from class feeling grounded and peaceful and full of energy to face whatever the day brings with a smile. "

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  • Review by Jo
    10 out of 10

    "I was feeling very fragile and in frequent pain. I am (still) undertaking a very strong therapeutic yoga practice at home to resolve significant pain in my hips, legs, and neck. I was a bit nervous to attend a yoga class as every time I’ve done so over the past year, I’ve hurt myself. However, recently, I try to be or gently I try to go. With Katy’s class at the festival, I found it easy to find my flow and pace so I was able to join in with almost everything. I left feeling centered, connected, and open. I only managed two with my work schedule, but I am so very pleased I attended them. If you teach at another festival, I will endeavor to attend them all! Thanks, Katy and best wishes."

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  • Review by Tim
    10 out of 10

    "I first met Katy at an alternate festival. During this festival, she taught yoga every morning. I really enjoyed Katy’s classes because they left me calm, tranquil, and prepared for the day ahead. These classes helped me to rejuvenate from the mentally and physically exhausting nature of the festival. Katy did a fantastic job of guiding the class, and I never felt overwhelmed by any of her exercises - even as a beginner. The thing I love most about Katy is her warm and compassionate personality. The energy she exudes makes you feel completely at ease. Unlike other yoga instructors, Katy is strongly devoted to her art. She spends significant time studying in India which is unique and a testament to her commitment. I’m so pleased to have met Katy and definitely recommend her if you want to practice yoga. "

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  • Review by Andy
    10 out of 10

    "I loved doing all the chanting! I don’t know if it was specifically due to that but I felt much less tension in my body after the weekend. I felt fully present and forgot about everything outside of the retreat. I felt like it was a little bubble of love that I was enveloped in which we all appreciated, supported, and accepted each other. We were able to freely express ourselves, be playful, and silly. We had a full program which struck the right balance between taking it seriously but not too seriously. I’m now more into chanting than ever and have started integrating the transformational breaths into my personal yoga routine."

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  • Review by Maree
    10 out of 10

    "I have a new morning and evening practice, I am seeing how yoga relates to so many other parts of my life and I feel inspired to make some positive changes to my life."

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  • Review by Claire
    10 out of 10

    "I can't express how much I gained from the retreat. The physical, mental, and spiritual changes were overwhelming. The teachings from Swami and Katy blew me away. They created a space where we were able to open up and develop over the week. I left feeling focused, content, and relaxed. My heart feels like its full to the brim and people commented on how sparkly my eyes are looking, they also said they have never seen me looking so happy!"

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  • Review by Claire from Bristol, UK
    9 out of 10

    "Katy helps me to feel open, calm, and focused with her inclusive, supportive, and receptive teaching style. During her yoga classes, I feel present, but I also go on a journey to deeper awareness which is amazing! She uses her deep spiritual understanding and yoga knowledge to connect you with you for the precious time that you are in the class, but more importantly her guidance stays with you long afterwards. Since taking Katy's classes, my mind is clear, my body is flexible and strong, and I have an awareness of myself and others that I didn't think was possible. Her classes are the highlight of my week, but even more, they have become part of my life."

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England, United Kingdom

Maha Yoga offers Transformational yoga retreat with Katy in London and beyond.

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3 days / 2 nights

Departure:
Sunday December 11, 2016
(3 days / 2 nights)

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