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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.
The maximum participants in the group is 12.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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During the retreat, you will be served three delicious locally sourced vegetarian meals each day.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR) or Gatwick Airport (LGW).
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.