3 Days Beginners Yoga Retreat in Suffolk, UK

  • Potash Farm, The Street , Brundish, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 8BL, East Anglia, United Kingdom

Yoga Retreat UK

This Yoga Basics retreat is ideal for anyone wanting to begin or improve upon their Yoga Practice in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. Throughout the weekend, you will go through all the basic yoga postures step by step, learn some calming breathing practices and even delve into some Yoga philosophy. A perfect way to get away from city and have the time and space to experience and learn the magic of Yoga!


  • Daily morning yoga sessions
  • Daily evening yoga sessions
  • Recharge your body and soul in an inspirational surrounding
  • Your own space to discover and explore yoga to new level
  • All meals, tea, refreshments
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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The accommodation is arranged at the Potash Barns. These are high class four-star rated barns in tastefully converted grade-two listed farm buildings providing the perfect venue for a yoga retreat. Located in the hamlet of Brundish near Framlingham, amidst the quiet beauty of rural mid Suffolk, it lies within 20 minutes of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, and is a few minutes walk to the Brundish Crown Public House.

Potash Barns in its idyllic and peaceful surrounding, offering a dedicated yoga studio overlooking the surrounding countryside. The accommodation is set over three stunning converted barns. All rooms are twin or triple bedded with shared bathroom facilities.


  • 15:00 Arrival, followed by afternoon refreshment and mingling
  • 18:00 Yoga class
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • 21:30 Gentle yoga and evening relaxation


  • 09:00 Morning yoga class
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 13:00 Optional workshop or class
  • 16:00 Refreshment and snack
  • 18:00 Yoga class
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • 21:30 Relaxation


  • 09:00 Morning yoga class
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 13:00 Optional workshop or class
  • 15:00 Refreshment and snack, followed by departure
  • Hana Saotome

    Hana first came across yoga during her dance training. Throughout her professional career in dance, her practice of yoga supported her and kept her sane and balanced during challenging times. Yoga eventually became a passion and her knowledge and experience of the physical and emotional body through dance eventually became intertwined with her practice and teaching of yoga.

The retreat takes place at Potash Barns, in Suffolk, United Kingdom.

Nearby places

  • Suffolk Heritage Coast - 20 minutes

All meals are included in the package, and consist of healthy, vegetarian food, teas and refreshments.


Nearby is the coastal town of Aldeburgh (15 meters south) made famous by Benjamin Britten. Aldeburgh offers a lovely beach with Martello Tower, a wealth of interesting shops, restaurants and pubs. You can also enjoy seasons of fine music at Snape Maltings, which hosts the annual Aldeburgh music festival each June, attracting classical music lovers from all over the world.


Dunwich, which was almost swept away by stormy seas, like so many of its seafront counterparts, has a wild pebble beach, a bird sanctuary, a forest, a nature reserve and heath, a museum, a garden center, tearooms, and a pub. Situated right on the edge of the beach are the famous flora tearooms which serve traditional beer-battered fish and chips from April through October.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is one of UK's most popular seaside resorts, offering great family entertainment, miles of sandy beaches, and a proud maritime heritage. There is lots of lively action for the kids. Great Yarmouth has a seafront with numerous arcades, pleasure beach and a sea-life center.


Magnificent sandy beaches at Lowestoft are 12 miles north. The fountains just to the side of the beach promenade are a must for the children. Lowestoft also has a shopping center, supermarket, and its own theme park, Pleasurewood Hills.

Norfolk Broads

The stunning riverside town of Beccles is only twenty minutes drive away, and from there you can hire a boat on the River Waveney, and take off up the Norfolk Broads. If you like bird watching (look for the marsh harriers), sunbathing, or just messing about on the river, then what a better way to explore one of Britain's most beautiful natural reserves.


A pretty coastal town with a lovely beach, a lighthouse, charming multi-colored beach huts, and a wonderful old-fashioned feel, Southwold is a must to visit. It boasts a fantastic pier featuring traditional amusements like Punch and Judy, and Victorian end-of-the-pier shows. Southwold is also home to Adnams Brewery and has many fine pubs and restaurants, as well as shops, galleries, and cafes.

A popular retreat for artists and writers over the years, Southwold is now home to an annual Literature Festival each November.

Sutton Hoo

One of the most important and atmospheric archaeological sites in Britian is the burial ground of Anglo Saxon Kings. The great exhibition hall tells its compelling story.


The picture-postcard seaside village of Walberswick has attracted artists and film-makers alike for years. With wide sandy beaches, flanked by dunes, much beloved of children and dog lovers, it is also host to the annual Crabbing Championship, which over the years has become a national institution. Set around a small village green, Walberswick has a handful of delightful shops and two lovely old pubs.

A one-man ferry rows passengers across to the Black Shore of Southwold and the old fishermen's huts, which sell fresh fish to take home and cook yourself, or to eat in simple premises. A third pub on the Black Shore is an ideal location to watch the sun go down over the Blyth estuary.


Woodbridge is a delightfully quaint market town bustling with many interesting and independent shops and restaurants by the River Deben. Woodbridge is probably now most famous for its great archaeological find a Sutton Hoo, the ancient Saxon burial ground.

  • 2 yoga classes daily
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Tea and refreshments

Driving directions from Brundish

  • Access Suffolk from the north via A1/A14 or from the south via M25/A12.
  • Take the A1120 to Yoxford and pass through villages of Stonham Aspal, Pettaugh, Earl Soham, and Saxstead Green until you get into a village called Dennington. *When you see the Queens Head PH take the next left B1116 signposted Stradbroke.
  • Take the second left B1118 signposted Brundish.
  • Stay on this country lane for about two miles and at the Brundish Crown PH which will be on your left turn right into the street and Potash Barns is 75 miles on your left.
  • Please reach the Potash Barns entrance where you will be greeted.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at London City Airport (LCY).

Arrival by train

You can reach London Liverpool Street Station and take a short taxi ride to the venue from there.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.


  • Review by Hazel Demster
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a fantastic retreat! It was wonderful to be taught so well and to focus on my yoga practice. Hana is an excellent teacher who made a huge difference to my practice. I left the retreat feeling completely restored and at peace. Very highly recommended. Thank you, Hana!"

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  • Review by Sarah Savritt
    10 out of 10

    "One of the best moments of the retreat was doing a full wheel for the first time. Hana challenged and helped me (as she always does) to achieve something I thought was impossible. I also had some of the best sleep in my life on the Saturday night - testament to how relaxed I was during the retreat, and how satisfyingly worn out I was after lots of yoga!"

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  • Review by a traveller
    10 out of 10

    "I am writing to say how much I enjoyed and benefitted from my retreat. The venue and scenery were lovely, and the atmosphere for the whole two days was relaxing and supportive. The meals were absolutely delicious. It felt like an oasis of calm, compared to my busy London life. I felt as if my batteries were recharged ready to face yet another busy week at work."

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  • Review by Jane Coulston
    10 out of 10

    "I attended a Mindful Movements retreat in Suffolk and it was truly fantastic. Teacher Hana Saotome is clearly an expert in her field and she passes on her knowledge and passion to each and every student. There was a real mixture of abilities in the classes and Hana is excellent at giving everyone the support and feedback they need to develop a safe and confident yoga practice. With a sense of calm, great food, excellent company, my very first gong bath and a roaring fire I couldn't have spent a December weekend in a better way. I would recommend mindful movements to anyone, beginner or a yoga teacher yourself...you will love it."

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  • Review by Tanya Greig
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for an incredible weekend. It was more than beautiful.I found the weekend calming, invigorating, energising, inspiring and rewarding. I cannot express enough my gratitude to you for helping me find my way back to Yoga. Everything you suggested, encouraged or led seemed to be the perfect 'next thing to do' Exceptionally grateful and definitely motivated."

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  • Review by Claire Jackson
    10 out of 10

    "Mindful Movement's weekend retreat involved a variety of styles of yoga, including workshops and yoga nidra. The venue Potash Barns was really comfortable, food delicious and I left feeling cleansed and relaxed. Hana is a very inspiring and versatile teacher. I can definitely recommend."

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  • Review by Linda Davidson
    10 out of 10

    "I have never had such an incredible yoga experience. Hana is a fantastic teacher and is really forensic in her corrections. She really knows where to just touch you so you can move into position and you can really feel it. I have learned so much about my body and how to practice yoga in a more fulfilling way and Hana is really such a lovely soul."

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  • Review by Annie Hall
    10 out of 10

    "I have been working with Hana for 3-4 years and I feel that I have made some massive achievements that I could only do with Hanas help, guidance and patience. It thought me a lot in terms of how I look in my day to day life, how I look after my body and to be kind to myself. Its really been worth sticking to, the benefits are phenomenal."

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  • Review by Oliver Fitzgerald
    10 out of 10

    "My whole body has completely opened, released and changed. Hana is an absolutely phenomenal teacher. She has really ignited a fire within me. Such intensive training and practice has had an instant impact in my body."

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  • Review by Toni Stait
    10 out of 10

    "I would definitely recommend yoga with Hana. I have started having one to ones with her and it is inspirational. I have found a passion learning yoga with her and its been just incredible to have this opportunity."

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  • Review by Clare Jackson
    10 out of 10

    "I can totally recommend the beginners course, which I did this time last year. Even if you are not a complete beginner, it gives you time to focus on particular positions, etc. And Hana is a brilliant teacher!"

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  • Review by Karen Shea
    10 out of 10

    "Just completed my second basic course with Hana, it was fantastic! Hana magically adapts to each persons level with a little bit of push to make you go that bit further without even trying. Absolutely recommended to anyone who has done yoga, there is so much information to make the plank even better - and to those not sure but want to try yoga for the first time. Everything is taken at ones own pace."

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  • Review by Sam from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga introduction was brilliant, thanks. I feel like I have had a really thorough stretch all over my body and tested my balance. Will definitely give yoga another go at some point, I am now more interested in making my body more subtle and flexible. Many thanks!"

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  • Review by Linda Jackson
    10 out of 10

    "Fantastic! Keeps the body supple and trim. It is the best form of exercise - so much fun and an amazing way to feel the burn. Fab music and lots of laughs!"

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  • Review by Victoria Craft
    10 out of 10

    "Each week, Hana challenges me to push myself a little further and I am amazed at what my body can do! I have suffered from back problems for some time and yoga has helped me to strength muscles in my back as well as ease my tension and niggles. Without a doubt, I highly recommend Hana as a private instructor to anyone looking for that personal approach."

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  • Review by Harriet Walsh
    10 out of 10

    "I had never done yoga before, being able to do it in the comfort of my own home with an experienced and encouraging teacher was just perfect! Instantly I trusted Hana because she made me feel relaxed and challenged me to try positions I never thought I could do. By the end of every lesson, I feel amazingly at ease, relaxed and excited about finding time to try it all again."

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  • Review by Gillian Horgan
    10 out of 10

    "I love the individual attention that ensures my posture and poses are correct and I can improve at my own pace. Everything is always broken down so clearly and I feel confident, strong and happy in my body! Having regular classes with Hana I feel energized, invigorated and I would highly recommend her to anyone."

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London, United Kingdom

Mindful Movements was created by sisters Aya Jane and Hana Saotome, experienced and passionate teachers who offer Vinyasa flow, Hatha, and yoga Nidra sessions.

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3 days / 2 nights


Arrival: Friday December 1, 2017
Departure: Sunday December 3, 2017

Early bird discount

The price below includes an early bird discount of 20GBP per person for the shared twin room. To benefit, book or reserve before November 30, 2017.

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