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Neville Cregan offers you a five day summer yoga retreat to enhance, develop or kick start your yoga practice. During this retreat all practices are designed to bring you to your own energized and calm centre. There is plenty of free time in the afternoon to partake of free optional led walks or do individual activities. You will have three yoga classes a day: one morning pranayama (breathing) and meditation class, one later morning active asanas (postures) class and one early evening more restorative posture class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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During this retreat all meals are provided and are vegetarian, while teas, coffees and snacks are available at all times for free.
During the yoga retreat you can take optional Thai massages or reflexology in addition to the yoga and meditation classes.
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.
The retreat is located within the Darmtoor 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 Princeton in the centre 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.
You can take a train until Totnes station, then you will have to take a taxi to get to Bala Brooke.
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.