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4 Days Winter Weekend Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat UK

  • Near Swaffham, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Overview

Mindfulness and Yoga Retreats UK

This winter retreat is set in a cluster of gorgeous, meticulously converted barns, in the heart of rural Norfolk. A tonic to the January blues, Satvada Retreats' intention is to offer a friendly, nourishing weekend, suitable for both complete beginners to mindfulness, and those more experienced, seeking a refresher. Enjoy winter walks, chats by the wood burner, delicious vegetarian cooking, and optional yoga classes to complement the mindfulness practices.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 4 daily mindfulness sessions
  • Country walks in the 21-acre estate
  • Periods of silence, rest and relaxation
  • Plenty of personal space and time
  • Daily top-notch vegetarian meals
  • All-day fruits and afternoon tea
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying in comfortable en-suite rooms, double or twin rooms suitable for single, twin or double occupancy. All rooms are en-suite, and on the luxury side, with large, comfortable beds, luxury toiletries, under-floor heating.

The rather gorgeous venue formed of bedrooms and cottages built around a central courtyard, could be described as luxurious, and a little funky. These old barns have been converted maintaining the original beams, lime and flint walls and the design has been modeled on big open spaces.

Winter mindfulness retreat in short

A chance to shake of the December blues and retreat to the big skies and rolling countryside of rural Norfolk. This deeply nourishing Friday-to-Monday retreat offers a balanced schedule of mindfulness, optional yoga, top-notch vegetarian cooking, periods of silence, country walks in the surrounding 21-acre estate, rest and relaxation.

The weekend has been designed for both complete beginners to mindfulness (and yoga), as well as those with an established practice, seeking a refresher. The intention is to present a core range of mindfulness practices in a thoroughly accessible way, and, in order for the body to be still for a while in more comfort, to combine periods of meditation with optional Mindful Movement / yoga sessions. Satvada Retreats will be encouraging you to turn off mobile phones and all technology during this short time.

All this in a framework of enhancing overall wellbeing at this testing time of year over the four days, formal practice sessions will be enhanced by:

  • The beauty of a rural Norfolk setting: 21 acres of surrounding woodland and grounds
  • A plenty of wholesome but delicious vegetarian food
  • The relaxed nature of the weekend - nothing is compulsory; do as little, or as much, as you please
  • Lots of opportunity to chat to like-minded guests over afternoon tea, and in the gorgeous large barn, with wood-burners
  • Limited periods of restoring silence, intended as a chance to deepen your mindfulness practice
  • A rare, golden chance to fully rest the mind by letting go of emails, Facebook, and all technology
  • Periods of personal time for walks, reading, chatting, relaxing, retreating - it's your choice
  • A chance to let go of alcohol and other habits that perhaps compromise your wellbeing

Mindfulness and yoga session

Regular periods of formal mindfulness practice in the beautiful yoga / meditation barn will form the heart of the weekend. These sessions will be weaved into your day, with the Saturday and Sunday including four led mindfulness sessions per day, and two optional periods of yoga, including one Restorative yoga session. Most sessions will be between 30 and 60 minutes long, with longer periods interspersed with group discussion and an intentional change in posture - and will be taught in a way that is as comfortable for the body as possible (for example: plenty of standing and walking meditation).

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body approach that helps people to manage thoughts and feelings. It is a way of experiencing the world that is kind, open, receptive and curious, as well as being sensory-based. Everyone has an inherent capacity for mindfulness, regardless of age, sex or religion / absence of.

Over the last 18 months, and partly due to over 100 studies showing its benefits to one’s wellbeing, mindfulness has experienced a huge surge of interest in the west. As on this retreat, mindfulness meditation is usually taught in an entirely secular way.

Schedule

Friday

  • 16:00 Welcome afternoon tea and home-made yummy cake / biscuits
  • 17:45 Introductions
  • 18:00 Meditation, relaxation, and settling into the body
  • 19:30 Dinner

Saturday

  • 07:00 Fruit and tea
  • 07:30 Optional gentle mindful movement
  • 08:30 Introducing mindfulness, with words and practice
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Mindfulness practice session
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 16:15 Optional Restorative yoga workshop or free time
  • 18:00 Mindfulness practice session
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Relaxation, breath work and body scan

Sunday

  • 07:00 Fruit and tea
  • 07:30 Optional gentle mindful movement
  • 08:30 Mindfulness practice session
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Mindfulness practice session
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 16:15 Optional workshop - Q and A’s, tips on bringing mindfulness into everyday life, sharing of how your experience is so far
  • 18:00 Start of extended silent period, mindfulness practice session, including mindful eating
  • 19:30 Dinner in silence
  • 21:00 Relaxation, breath work and body scan

Monday

  • Morning practice
  • Silence ends
  • Breakfast
  • Departures

The barns are surrounded by acres of floating water meadows, ancient trees, lakes and formal gardens for you to explore at your leisure. If weather permits, you will be taking some silent mindful walks among this scenery.

  • Lucia Cockcroft

    Lucia has been teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation for ten years, and has studied with some of the world's leading teachers. She teaches a slow, deep, mindful flow class in the morning, and a meditative gentle class (with mindfulness).

This retreat will take place near Swaffham, Norfolk. The barns are surrounded by acres of floating water meadows, ancient trees, lakes and formal gardens for you to explore at your leisure.

General
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Meditation garden
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Toiletries

You will be served plenty of wholesome but delicious vegetarian meals, fruits and afternoon tea daily.

Exclusions

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Enjoy a little shut-eye
  • Bask in the silence
  • Chats with fellow guests
  • Read a good book
  • Take soul-enriching country walks
  • Tea and cake by the fire
  • 2 course dinner
  • 3 night's accommodation
  • Brunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Fruit and snacks
  • All classes
  • Transport and transfers
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by train

The nearest train station is Downham Market. Trains run from London Kings Cross to Downham Market every hour and every half hour at certain peak times. Satvanda Retreats will organize a transfer from Downham Market to the retreat centre to meet a designated train on Friday afternoon. The cost of the transfer is roughly 30 GBP each way for the whole taxi, shared between however many guests are travelling.

Distances

  • London Kings Cross station - 1 hour and 25 minutes
For information about the booking conditions, please send Satvada Retreats an inquiry.
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  • Review by Maggi Reid from London, UK
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London, United Kingdom

Satvada Retreats is a small healthy holiday company that offers a number of yoga breaks in the UK, Europe, and Morocco throughout the year.

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Availability

Arrival: Friday January 20, 2017
Departure: Monday January 23, 2017

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