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3 Days Camping Meditation and Yoga Retreat in UK

  • Bush Farm Bison Centre, West Knoyle, Warminster BA12 6AE, United Kingdom

3 Days Camping Meditation and Yoga Retreat in UK

  • Bush Farm Bison Centre, West Knoyle, Warminster BA12 6AE, United Kingdom

Back to Nature Yoga Retreat England

You are welcome in this weekend yoga retreat with Kristy McBurney in a lovely venue in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside. This retreat will be a wonderful opportunity to take time out from the hectic pace of life to rest and relax. It is a chance to reconnect with nature and restore yourself to a more natural state of beingness. You will be camping under the stars, breathing fresh air, listening to bird song, and having plenty of time to rest and explore your surroundings.


  • Yoga sessions in the wood
  • Meditation sessions by the lake
  • Suitable for beginners to intermediates
  • Walks in the beautiful Dorset or Wiltshire countryside
  • Daily vegetarian meals and refreshments
  • 2 nights camping accommodation
  • Full access to the woodland
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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As this is a camping retreat, you will need to bring your own camping equipment such as tents, bedding, towels, etc. You will be camping in your own large private paddock in a central location to the country or woodland walks. This beautiful spot is a stone throw away from the barn, washing, and toilet facilities. It accommodates comfortably up to 20 tents and has a central firepit for evening warmth.

You will also have the exclusive use of a rustic shanti barn for meals and yoga practice in the event of bad weather. There are on-site toilets, and showers are available at 2 GBP per shower, per person. There is also a small cafe and shop and if you wish so, full access to the bison farm museum.


  • 12:00 Arrivals and setting up camp
  • 17:30 Opening welcome and introduction from Kristy McBurney
  • 18:00 Supper in the barn
  • 20:00 A gentle evening yoga and meditation practice (dependent on the weather, this may be held in the meadow or barn)
  • 21:30 Free time, either join your fellow yogis and yoginis around the fire or simply relax at your tent

The schedule will be relaxed and flexible. As many will be travelling from afar, there will be extra time for arrival time until 17:00 to explore your surroundings, set up your camp, meet your fellow yogis and yoginis, unwind, and freshen up before supper.


  • 07:00 Sunrise yoga and meditation in the woods
  • 09:00 Breakfast in the barn
  • 10:00 Free time, go for a countryside walk, read or draw by the lake, have a hot shower, or simply enjoy relaxing in the woods
  • 11:30 Yoga, pranayama, and yoga Nidra in the paddock
  • 13:30 Lunch in the barn
  • 14:30 Free time
  • 17:30 Supper
  • 19:00 Yoga and meditation (dependent on the weather, this will either be in the woods, paddock, or barn)
  • 20:30 Free time


  • 07:00 Sunrise yoga in the woods
  • 09:00 Breakfast in the barn
  • 10:30 Yoga in the paddock
  • 12:00 Lunch in the barn for those who would like it
  • 13:00 Packing up the camp


In the western world, yoga is often seen as simply asanas (postures) or a fitness regime designed for building muscles and improving flexibility. In fact, asanas are just one part of the yoga system. The goal is to bring stillness to the mind, to be present in your actions, and reverse the effects of your high energised ever moving fast paced lifestyles.

It’s about relaxing the body and the mind. It’s letting go of the past, allowing yourself a reprieve from the future and standing still for one moment in the here and now. By doing so, you clear your minds which is often clouded by years of unconscious perceptions and actions which have become habituated in your minds.

When you are free of your habituated perceptions and actions, you are able to perceive the world and situations clearly so that you may make the correct decisions and act accordingly.

The word yoga has been given many meanings. The most commonly used is “to unite” or “union” referring to reuniting yourself, re-balancing, bringing together the body, breath, mind, and much more. There is another meaning which is "to attain what was previously unattainable”, whether this was touching your toes or having the confidence to go for that dream job interview it does not matter - the journey from that point to another higher point in whatever aspect of your life is yoga.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique that teaches you to relax physically, mentally, and emotionally. In the hectic schedules of life, people seldom truly relax, they slump on sofas using sensory distractions such as television or alcohol but these really are only distractions, not true relaxation. In order to completely relax, you must be consciously aware of it, you must withdraw your senses, and focus your attentions inwards.

The word yoga Nidra is often referred to as yogic sleep and although you may appear to be asleep, you are still functioning on the levels of hearing and awareness. It is deep relaxation with inner awareness.

By withdrawing the senses and completely relaxing the body, the mind, and the emotions, you are able to access your subconscious and unconscious simultaneously. Working on this level, your receptivity increases. You can develop your memory, enhance your knowledge, increase your creativity, and even transform your nature.

Walks in the beautiful Dorset or Wiltshire countryside are included in the price.

  • Kristy McBurney

    Yoga Alliance UK (Yoga)

    Kristy McBurney is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher. She lives in the beautiful English county of Dorset. Her classes are based in and around Gillingham and Shaftesbury. Kristy's classes are gentle, dynamic, and flowing, focusing on the union of body, breath, and mind through simple asanas (postures) and easy pranayama (breathing techniques).

The Bush Farm Bison Centre is nestled in a beautiful valley in North Dorset. It is a small, family-run, working farm with bison, elk, rheas, raccoons, and owls operating on several acres of beautiful woodland, natural meadows, and majestic lakes.

During this weekend retreat, you will be served three daily vegetarian meals. There will also be refreshments available throughout the day. The Jewel of Yoga UK is able to cater to different dietary needs but will need to know in advance.


  • Breakfast - A selection of cereals, bread, toast, yogurts, and fruits
  • Lunch - Salads, soups, fruit, cakes, etc.
  • Friday supper - Falafels, mixed salads, vegetables and wraps, and a choice of desserts
  • Saturday supper - A mild lentil and kidney bean chilli served with a choice of salads, rice and vegetables, and a choice of desserts

Throughout the retreat, you are granted a full access to the land. You have plenty of time to rest and explore your surroundings.

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Access to the woodlands
  • All food and refreshment
  • All yoga and meditation sessions
  • Campsite fees
  • Walks and museum

Driving direction from A303

  • Turn south by the Willoughby Hedge Service Station.
  • Take the country lane signposted West Knoyle and Bison Centre
  • Proceed for two miles through the village of West Knoyle and continue straight on.
  • At the sharp left-hand bend, you will find straight ahead the avenue to Bush Farm and the Bison Centre.

Driving direction from A350

  • Turn west onto the B 3089.
  • Proceed to the service station and continue as above.
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Janet Lane from Great Britain

    Best wet weekend in Dorset ever!

    CONS Cons: The rain..but to be honest even that was lovely to listen to from underneath canvas or in the barn.

    PROS Pros: From the moment I arrived, Kristy made me feel so welcome especially as I came on my own. She was a great yoga instructor and I feel I learned a lot and my yoga has developed as a result. It was an amazing experience much more than I expected. Even coping with pretty rough weather. I loved the food, the company, the yoga and the beautiful woodland scenery it was definitely a back to nature experience. I'm booking again for next year.

    2017-Sep-12 21:44:14

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    Review by Catherine Denison from Great Britain

    Jewel of Yoga retreat, UK

    CONS Cons: Nothing.

    PROS Pros: Everything! I have never been on a yoga retreat and am a complete beginner. This holiday was much more than I expected and Kristy is a wonderful teacher/cook/organiser etc. The group gelled really well. It was like I already knew them. Kristy helped me, at a level that I understood, when and where appropriate. A real holiday to cherish in my memories. Doing yoga and mediation in different locations around the site worked brilliantly for me. I especially loved lying in the long grass, with a beautiful sky above and warm sun on my face, for one of the meditations.

    Organizer response: Thank You for your kind words and wonderful review. It was a pleasure and honour to guide such a wonderful, loving and open group of individuals such as yourself and I am so glad you enjoyed. I hope to see you again soon. Much Love and warmest wishes Kristy xxx

    2017-Jul-03 12:25:57

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    Review by Caroline Reardon from Great Britain

    Organizer response: Thank you For such a good review of our Retreat weekend. It was lovely to meet you and a privilege to guide such a lovely group of ladies in yoga and meditation. I hope we will see you again soon. Much Love and Warmest Wishes Kristy xxx

    2017-Jul-03 12:14:11

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    Review by Anonymous

    Organizer response: Thank you for your review, it is really appreciated and thank you for coming to the weekend retreat. What a wonderful group of individuals, i was very lucky to have you all there. I hope to see you again soon. Much love and warmest wishes Kristy xxx

    2017-Jul-03 08:46:56

  • R
    Review by Roseanne Cooper from Great Britain

    Wonderful retreat with caring leader and group

    PROS Pros: The location was amazing - beautiful wooded areas for camping and yoga practice. Kristy was a perfect host for the weekend. She made it a welcoming space for everyone, adjusted the schedule as the group required, created a caring, community environment for all and cooked tasty food to suit the needs of the individuals and group. Would highly recommend to anyone who would like a non-traditional yoga retreat which focuses on nature and people rather than on luxury accommodations. (If you like sleeping in a tent - which I do! - it feels luxurious anyway.)

    Organizer response: Thank You for such a stunning review and such lovely words. I was truly blessed to have such a wonderful group of loving, open ladies, it was a real privilege to meet you all and guide you through yoga and meditation. I really hope to see you again soon. Much love and warmest wishes Kristy xxx

    2017-Jul-03 08:41:50


  • Review by Debbie Ryland from United Kingdom

    "Kristy has been teaching yoga to a client that I support with autistic spectrum disorders. There is a real sensitivity that Kristy puts across in such simple down to earth ways, giving clear instructions and positive encouragement, adapting her teaching to the needs of the individual. My client looks forward to the private one to one class and is comfortable with Kristy, following her instructions and maintaining focus which is in part due to her teaching abilities. The class helps to maintain flexibility and can be deeply relaxing and calming. I would not hesitate in recommending her to others."

    The Jewel of Yoga UK website, edited

  • Review by Veronica Potta from the UK

    "I spent today at Kristy's yoga retreat day and I cannot think of a better way to spend a Sunday. It was a chance to step out of my busy life and focus on myself by working with all aspects of my body and mind. Kristy's friendly and knowledgeable teachings put everyone at their ease. It was a treat to have the time to enjoy a space between each asana, an opportunity to look within at what was happening physically, emotionally, and mentally. Kristy's choice of postures meant that by the end of the day, all aspects of the body were covered, blockages shifted, and system back in the flow. The day was varied and apart from the yoga, also included chanting, toning, and pranayama - all of which led naturally to relaxed and focused meditation."

    "Kristy also provided a very tasty, homemade, vegetarian meal which was extremely welcome. I feel replenished on many levels. My body is relaxed and I feel re-energized. Thank you Kristy for a wonderful day."

    The Jewel of Yoga UK website, edited

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