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4 Days Yoga and Relaxation Weekend in England, UK

  • Potash Barns, The St, Brundish, Woodbridge IP13 8BL, United Kingdom

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It is surprising what a difference a long weekend can make. This nurturing Friday-to-Monday retreat aims to help you relax, find some 'head-space' and learn de-stressing tools you can apply to everyday life back at home. The extra night (leaving on Bank Holiday Monday) will allow more time to sink into the restful retreat atmosphere. This is not a traditional, active yoga retreat weekend. The focus will very much be on relaxation, with the help of meditation, gentle movement, healthy and delicious food and optional massages - all within a restorative retreat environment.

Highlights

  • Daily gentle yoga
  • Class on stress management
  • Meditation and midfulness session
  • Peaceful and serene countryside surroundings
  • 3 nights cozy accommodation
  • Delicious veggie meals
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Potash Barn consists of three lovingly converted, listed barns, on a smallholding (beware of countryside sounds: there are some chickens, pygmy goats and horses!). The dedicated yoga studio is set apart from the accommodation, with sweeping countryside views overlooking fields.

There are comfortable, stylish twin or double rooms, with luxurious touches: supremely comfy beds; Egyptian cotton linen. One bathroom to two rooms; a spacious lounge/kitchen to every barn.

A few double/twin, en-suite rooms as single occupancy, may be available at the local farmhouse B&B. The accommodation is arranged on first come, first served basis.

Many physical illnesses (as many as 80%), including serious conditions, can be traced back to stress. As babies and children, we are all born with an innate ability to relax - it's just that, somewhere along our way, we unlearn the skill, and instead find ourselves stuck (often unconsciously) in unhelpful and dangerous patterns of chronic over-work and over-stimulation.

This weekend retreat aims to help you re-discover your inherent ability to relax: both physically and mentally. To this end, we will practice simple but effective techniques mainly drawn from the ancient traditions of mindfuless meditation and restorative and Hatha yoga.

You will be encouraged to apply the skills learnt on this weekend to your everyday life, no matter how busy your family life and/or work schedule might be. At the end of the weekend, we will give out hand-outs and suggestions for continuing the practices learnt on retreat.

Who can join this retreat?

Whether you are a successful but stressed-out business person, a harrassed Mum or you have been feeling generally tired and unwell, you are invited to join us for a chilled-out weekend in beautiful and comfortable surroundings. Complete beginners to yoga and/or meditation are very welcome. The weekend may also be suitable for those suffering from ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or or mild depression.

Friday:

  • 15:00 : Arrivals
  • 16:00 : Tea and cakes/dark chocolate brownies
  • 18:00 : Gentle yoga, relaxation and mindfulness

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 09:15 : Meditation
  • 10:00 : Yoga and mindfulness session
  • 12:00 : Brunch
  • 16:00 : Tea and home-made cakes/dark chocolate brownies!
  • 18:00 : Yoga, relaxation and mindfulness session. On Sunday, the class will start at around 5.15pm, as will include a session on stress - what is it; tools for managing stress.
  • 19:30 : Three-course dinner

Monday:

  • 09:30 : Meditation
  • 10:00 : Yoga and mindfulness session
  • 12:00 : Brunch
  • 13:00 : Departures

Our yoga retreat in Suffolk takes place in Potash Barn. Potash Barn is located in the hamlet of Brundish near Framlingham, amidst the quiet beauty of rural mid Suffolk. Situated within 20 minutes of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, and within a few minutes walk of the Brundish Crown Public House, Potash Barns is the ideal holiday and retreat destination. Families with children, parties, and larger groups are all welcome.

We will eat and live well: food is delicious, healthy and plentiful. All meals are vegetarian. Please note that, to optimise our wellbeing, this is an alcohol-free weekend. Smokers are welcome, but are requested to smoke outside.

Holistic treatments

Some restoring, relaxing massage treatments will be available on-site on Saturday and Sunday (extra cost):

  • Back Massage (30 GBP, 30 minutes) - Soothing back massage. Relaxes muscles, eases tension, helps keep neck and shoulders supple
  • Shoulder, Neck & Scalp Massage - (30 GBP, 30 minutes) Concentrating on tension in the shoulders and neck; ends with a relaxing face & scalp massage
  • Indian Head Massage: (30 GBP, 30 minutes) - a perfect antidote for stress
  • Reflexology (40 GBP for 40 minutes) - Balances and treats the whole body
  • All tuition
  • 3 nights accommodation (for standard residential places)
  • All food
  • Return transfers from Diss train station to the retreat centre
  • Any massage treatments booked

Driving directions

By car, the journey from London is just over two hours. Potash Barns lies at the heart of deepest Suffolk in the hamlet of Brundish. It is ideally situated for those seeking an escape from the rigours of town and city life, or those needing a beautiful base from which to explore everything this wonderful historic county has to offer.

We are 4 miles from the town of Framlingham with it's 12th century castle and 12 miles from the Suffolk Heritage coast. Easily accessible from the north via A1/A14 or from the south via M25/A12. You can also reach us by train direct from London Liverpool Street Station and a short taxi ride.

Arrival by train

Direct trains from London Liverpool St to Diss takes around 90 minutes. By car, the journey from London is just over two hours. To encourage train travel, we will arrange free transfers to and from Diss station at a designated time (to be announced).

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  • Review by Tamsin Aitken

    "Thank you to Satvada for such a wonderful New Year's yoga/hiking holiday in the Atlas Mountains. I had an absolutely wonderful time on the retreat - it was a beautiful venue, I made amazing new friends and got to enjoy incredible yoga/hiking. I feel like a new person! I'm looking forward to hopefully enjoying another trip with you this year; I can't recommend you enough :-)"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Emma Swift

    "Having already been on a Marrakesh New Year trip with Satvada Retreats in January 2014, I thought I'd know what to expect on a summer retreat to Essouria in June 2016. I was not disappointed and my expectations were excelled once more. I can't quite put my finger on what is different, but I'll do my best. Satvada Retreats put alot of consideration into the retreat - their excellent choice of exquisite surroundings with amazing local food alongside providing expert yoga and mindfulness tuition is their talent. I love their nurturing plan for each day which allows you the freedom to personalize your holiday with a massage, or a trip or two out or just continue to relax. Looking forward to the next one!"

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  • Review by Tamsin Aitken from Kent

    "I had a fab time on the Yoga retreat. Location, weather, food and classes were all excellent.The only minor thing was the fact the studio was not that big, I think they should have had a few less people to make it more comfortable. Rooms were large with a lovely balcony. Staff very friendly and wanted to please. I would recommend this holiday to friends. Thank you to Satvada for such a wonderful New Year's yoga/hiking holiday in the Atlas Mountains. I had an absolutely wonderful time on the retreat - it was a beautiful venue, I made amazing new friends and got to enjoy incredible yoga/hiking... I feel like a new person! I'm looking forward to hopefully enjoying another trip with you this year; I can't recommend you enough :-)."

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  • Review by Gill from United Kingdom

    "The mindfulness and yoga weekend far exceeded my expectations. The food and company were great, with the group (tutors and attendees alike) gelling and very relaxed in each other's company. Overall there was a great balance of relaxed atmosphere and a nicely spread schedule of practice, free time, and delicious food! It has also been great that the relaxed feelings, and mindfulness, have spilled into the beginning of the week, and being back at work. Thank you all for such a lovely weekend; I am already considering joining future retreats."

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  • Review by Samantha from Europe

    "Our Marrakech Wellbeing Weekend exceeded all expectations. The Riad was perfect - a wonderful atmosphere for yoga. We have been so well looked after - the meals were healthy, varied and out of this world. In the space of a few days, I have achieved so much with my yoga practice and felt so relaxed. Marrakech is beautiful. Thank you for hosting an amazing weekend."

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  • Review by Gill from United Kingdom

    "The Suffolk Art of Relaxation weekend far exceeded my expectations. The food and company were great, with the group (tutors and attendees alike) gelling and very relaxed in each other's company. Overall there was a great balance of relaxed atmosphere and a nicely spread schedule of practice, free time, and delicious food! It has also been great that the relaxed feelings, and mindfulness, have spilled into the beginning of the week, and being back at work. Thank you all for such a lovely weekend; I am already considering joining future retreats."

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  • Review by Fran Bradshaw from Europe

    "If you are looking for the perfect yoga break, Satvada's Croatian retreat fits the bill. Yoga and meditation twice a day just meters from the beach, in a glorious, peaceful setting. Daily walks through the olive groves - along the picturesque coastline or in the hills to the monastery - offer the opportunity to discover the beauty of the Island and the friendliness of the people. The villa is lovely and several rooms have a wonderful sea view. The food is a mouthwatering vegetarian gourmet treat! You will never be hungry! We loved it so much that we've booked another break with Satvada."

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  • Review by Diana Brown

    "Having looked at several yoga retreats, we took 'pot luck' when we booked with Satvada. We couldn't have been luckier - the retreat in Croatia was perfect. Yoga sessions were tailored to suit the experience and ability of all the guests, providing both challenge and relaxation. In spite of not really being 'into' meditation I found these sessions appealing. The silent walk along the coast was delightful; a totally new and enjoyable experience. The venue - a beautiful villa close to the beach - was idyllic; the view from the yoga terrace (of flowers, sea and mountains) provided a stunning backdrop. All our needs were catered for - especially at meal times: local produce, from a garden adjacent to the villa, cooked to perfection. Walks were led by friendly guides; the pool and beach, together with the company of other guests, ensured a memorable holiday. It was all over much too soon."

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  • Review by Sara Vali

    "Having spent time looking for a relaxed holiday suitable for a solo traveler, I couldn't be happier that I picked the Croatian retreat. The villa was beautiful and the other guests (of all ages and abilities) were welcoming and friendly. We were all wonderfully looked after - not least in terms of the plentiful and delicious vegetarian food! Some great walks, exploring parts of the island we wouldn't have found on our own, were arranged for us so we didn't have to worry about anything except turning up with the right footwear. The daily yoga sessions were rejuvenating in the mornings, setting us up for the day, and relaxing and meditative in the evenings, ready for dinner and wine or simply a nap by the pool. I liked the teacher's encouraging approach, helping us all go further in our practice, no matter how experienced or new to yoga we were. I've recommended Satvada to friends and am already planning my next holiday with them. I know I'll be well looked after and come home feeling refreshed and with a new enthusiasm for my yoga classes."

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  • Review by a traveller

    "Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for a lovely Wellbeing Weekend in Marrakech. I got so much out of my time there and met some wonderful people. Since returning home, I have kept up my practice and find meditation so much easier to accomplish, which was one of my aims of the weekend. The hosts at the Marrakech Riad were so welcoming and accommodating, and each meal was fresh, delicious and authentic; the experience was as if eating at someone's house; a real privilege."

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  • Review by Jan from United Kingdom

    "I just wanted to write to thank you for a lovely weekend in Suffolk, and also for the lift to the train station. I really feel like I have learned a lot from the past couple of days - from both the yoga and mindfulness classes, and from the other people on retreat. It was also really great to allow myself some time to go for a run, and the massages were wonderful!"

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  • Review by Elena from United Kingdom

    "I can't recommend Satvada enough for the first-time yoga retreater! All my fears about being too inexperienced at yoga to go on a retreat were instantly allayed in the first class. Lucia's teaching style is wonderfully personal so that everybody in the class is looked after and encouraged individually. I felt a deeper connection with my practice developing over the course of the retreat that has left me with more commitment to and enthusiasm for yoga-a great boost for the novice student! Lucia's experience, knowledge and attitude were truly inspiring. The evening meditation sessions were relaxing and energising but also gave us an insight into the benefits of integrating yoga and meditation into daily life to reduce stress and increase wellbeing. All this was accompanied by huge doses of laughter, a great mix of people, delicious food, a stunning Riad and the beauty and hospitality of Morocco. I can't wait for the next one."

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  • Review by Maggi Reid from United Kingdom

    "I loved the weekend and felt very relaxed driving home. I found the yoga stimulating and, although I have been practicing for a long time, I learnt lots and liked your approach so thank you. The accommodation at Potash barns is great; food, ambiance also lovely! I also think the mindfulness meditation combined with yoga is a great combination, they really compliment each other and Shamash is a great teacher. So it's all good from me and I hope to be able to come to another retreat....abroad if possible!"

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  • Review by Sally and Geof from United Kingdom

    "Thank you for a wonderfully restorative weekend at Potash Barns, Suffolk. It is rare to find a package that more than lives up to its promotional description. Before we arrived we were a little concerned about our suitability for the classes, both in terms of experience and personal fitness. However, we were immediately reassured by the small class. We also really enjoyed the accommodation, our own private lounge, friendly hosts and the walks in lovely peaceful surroundings of the Suffolk countryside. The food did not disappoint and was another highlight. I was impressed by the lengths taken by the hosts to accommodate all the dietary requirements and we loved the great variety of vegetarian dishes; also, time spent just chatting. I am already looking forward to the next weekend."

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