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5 Days May Bank and Spring Yoga Retreat in Dartmoor, UK

Bala Brook Retreat Centre, Diamond Ln, South Brent, Devon TQ10, UK

Spring Yoga Retreat England

Neville Cregan offers you a five day spring yoga course to enhance, develop or kick start your yoga practice. You will explore dynamic and quiet practices to different effect including asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), deep relaxation, body centering and meditation. All practices are designed to bring you to your own energized and calm center. There is plenty of free time in the afternoon to partake of free optional led walks or do individual activities.

Meet the instructors

Neville
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Main asana sessions
  • Hatha and Restorative yoga
  • Pranayama and meditation classes
  • Silence sessions in the morning
  • Free optional guided walks
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:30
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio
  • Library

The Bala Brook is a small residential yoga centre on Dartmoor close to the large village of South Brent and about 8 miles from Totnes in South Devon. It feels secluded and quiet and is not really within walking distance of anywhere apart from amazing Dartmoor and a nearby reservoir.

The center has a fantastic recently refurbished and extended yoga room (with under floor heating), a large kitchen-diner / conservatory area, library and common sitting areas. Accommodation is simple, comfortable and warm if necessary. Retreat prices reflect the standards.

Rooms

Vary from single rooms with en suite bathroom to simpler rooms with shared bathroom arrangements. There are not separate prices for the standard of rooms, except the library single room which is the price of a shared room, as this would be very complicated. All the rooms are of a decent standard but the larger en suite rooms will go on a first come first served basis. Some of the shared rooms are large and en suite.

Program

Thursday

  • 17:30 - 19:00 Introductory class and wind down
  • 19:00 Dinner, free time, massage

Friday to Sunday

  • Morning silence until breakfast
  • 07:45 - 08:30 Pranayama (breathing practice) and meditation
  • 08:30 Light breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Main asana class
  • 12:15 - 17:30 Lunch, walks, massage and / or free time
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Hatha yoga (No evening class on Saturday or another day of our choosing)
  • 19:00 Dinner, free time, massage

Monday

  • Morning silence until breakfast
  • 07:45 - 08:30 Pranayama (breathing practice) and meditation
  • 08:30 Light breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Main asana class
  • 12:15 - 17:30 Lunch and departure - or staying on for more nights is an option by arrangement with the owner. There will be no pressure to leave.

Included excursions

Walks will be led some afternoons. There are a range of possibilities from half an hour up to 2-3 hours either on high moorland, low woodland or up to a nearby reservoir.

Instructors

Neville Cregan

Retreat location

The Bala Brook retreat centre is situated in 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 place is perfect for walks in the nature.

Nearby places

  • Totnes, 8 miles

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this retreat all meals are provided and are vegetarian, while teas, coffees and snacks are available at all times for free.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Take Thai massages and reflexology sessions

During the yoga retreat you can take optional Thai massages or reflexology in addition to the yoga and meditation classes.

Visit the library of Bala Brook

During this retreat you will have use of the library at the Bala Brook retreat centre which has some fascinating yoga books, old and new; general interest books and books on Dartmoor and the surroundings.

Walk on the Moor of Dartmoor

The retreat is located within the Dartmoor National Park; therefore, there are thirty five acres gardens, fields and woodland waiting to be explored by walks. A gate from the meadow leads out onto the wide open Moor. From the front its 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. These two walks are long ones and not included in the walking itinerary that you can optionally take together with Neville. There are other, gentler walks around, some through woodland that you will enjoy under his guidance.

Spa treatments

Thai massage

Reflexology

What's included

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily classes of pranayama, Hatha and Restorative yoga
  • Guided walks through the Moor
  • Silence therapy
  • Tea, coffee and snacks at anytime

What's not included

  • Optional treatments like Thai massage or reflexology are not included in the price.

How to get there

Driving directions from Exter

  • Driving south after Exeter, leave the A38 at Marley Head, (north-east of South Brent).
  • Wriggle North - Westwards around lanes following signs to Avon Dam.
  • Arrive at Shipley Bridge public car park, beside river Avon.
  • At Shipley Bridge, cross the River Avon, follow the lane turning around to the left, southwards over a cattle grid.
  • After 2 minutes down the lane, go past one farm on your right, down a little hill over a little bridge and look out for Bala Brook sign on your right beside a timber gateway. This is the second habitation on your right after leaving Shipley bridge.
  • Do not use the Bala Brook postcode as it is shared with other locations. Use the GPS co-ordinates instead.
  • If you get lost please call the land line above rather than knocking on doors.

Arrival by train

You can take a train until Totnes station, then you will have to take a taxi to get to Bala Brooke.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis from Totnes cost 20 - 25 GBP. Lift shares can often but not always be arranged through if you let Neville Cregan Yoga Teacher and Thai Massage Therapist know in advance.

GPS

  • 50 26.802'N
  • 3 51.710'W

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Thursday April 30, 2020
Departure: Monday May 4, 2020

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