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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in the United Kingdom.
You are warmly welcomed to join a signature yoga retreat at The Quaives, situated in a stunning and peaceful part of the Kent countryside in the grounds of a luxury estate. This Inner Glow weekend retreats are about helping you glow from the inside out. Anna Brook, your host and an experienced yoga teacher, will be guiding you through a balance of dynamic and calming styles of yoga and meditation. The Quaives on-site retreat chefs will be spoiling you with nutritious gourmet vegetarian food and some tasty pre-yoga morning detoxifying elixir's. As well as lots of amazing optional extras, steamy hot tub dips under the stars, dreamy massage treatments with an experienced therapist, a spot of tennis or a countryside stroll, you also have plenty of opportunities to lay back and unwind, and find your inner glow again. They have taken extra measures to ensure safety and cleanliness, and have reduced their capacity to half to allow for social distancing.
The Quaives is a beautiful small countryside estate in East Kent, with 19 acres of beautiful formal gardens and grounds to explore, that open onto meadows and the lakes beyond. There is a tennis court and cedarwood pavilion for guests' use. The Quaives can house on site 13 to 16 persons.
An eight-bed adult dormitory has curtain dividers per every two beds for privacy, storage, sheepskin rugs, mirrors and hanging space, three toilets and three showers.
Fuchsia cottage is a three-person cottage. It has two bedrooms, one bedroom with two single beds and another with a double bed, a lounge, kitchen, and bathroom.
Songbird Cottage is a one to two persons (private) cottage, and it has one bedroom with a kingsize bed, open plan lounge-kitchen, and bathroom.
Bumble Bee Cottage is a one to two persons (private) cottage that has one bedroom with a kingsize bed, open plan lounge-kitchen, and bathroom.
The studio itself can comfortably accommodate up to 20 with lots of space plus teachers. It is incredibly light and spacious, and it has underfloor heating throughout. The studio is also available between yoga sessions for silent meditation and time to yourself.
Everyone eats in the Saloon, a self-contained building next to the studio. It is a Scandinavian style cafeteria, with self-help tea, water and fruit on offer at one end and with sofas and a log burner at the other end where guests can chill, read and chat, and help themselves to cups of tea.
It’s been recognised for thousands of years that to come to a place of balance in life, one needs active, dynamic aspects (Yang) and also slow, self nurturing and calming aspects too (Yin). The Yang practice you’ll focus on in the mornings is Vinyasa Flow, which helps to detoxify the body, build strength and flexibility, and motivate your sense of purpose. Yin sessions will include Yin yoga, mmeditation, yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), breathwork, and some Thai yoga massage.
This yoga holiday will be taught by Anna Brook, an experienced retreat teacher, and they are equally open to beginners and those with plenty of experience. Those with injuries are also welcome and you will be offered help to modify poses if needed.
Juicing will also be a core part of these retreats and the food, snacks, and drinks are lovingly prepared by the onsite chef, Susie, meticulously well planned to give you tasty and nutritious food to help reboot your system, so you leave feeling rejuvenated and re-energized.
There’s also plenty of time to enjoy the stunning gardens at the Quaives, complete with hot tub, walks in the beautiful countryside that surrounds the gardens, and for those that feel very energetic there is the tennis court!
Guests can help themselves to teas / filtered water during the weekend, and relax inside the saloon with comfy sofas and a log burner at one end for chilling, reading or chatting to other group members.
This retreat helps you to find an inner state of balance. When you’re feeling glowing and positive on the inside, then that tends to ripple out into your life and helps you make authentic choices, which can all bring about greater happiness.
The concept of Yin and Yang comes from the Chinese Daoist philosophy. Yang states are more dynamic, active, striving, and Yin states are more passive, slow and surrendering. The idea is that we need both and ideally in balance.
These days, many people lead busy lives, some times with more of a Yang emphasis, and so slow practices like Yin Yoga, Meditation and Yoga Nidra can be a great counterbalance. These help to calm the mind and the central nervous system and can help us feel more peaceful and content in ourselves.
In this retreat, you’ll also come to some more dynamic (Yang) practices, which are so effective at releasing ingrained tensions stored in the body, building strength and igniting our sense of drive.
The intention behind these retreats is to offer you a wide range of practices that will help to reset your system and leave you feeling recharged, while giving the space for self reflection within a warm and welcoming environment.
Anna is an experienced yoga retreat teacher, having made teaching on retreats her focus when she qualified in 2013. Since qualifying, she has done over 650 hours of training and like teaching and practicing a variety of styles of yoga from the more dynamic (yang) practices of Ashtanga and Vinyasa to the slower (yin) practices of Yin, Meditation and Yoga Nidra.
The Quaives is situated 15 minutes from Canterbury and nestled between two idyllic Kent villages: Ickham and Wickhambreaux with stunning countryside, rivers, and streams all around. The Quaives is in easy reach of London: by car from east London takes 70 minutes, train 70 minutes from Saint Pancreas to Canterbury West and a 15-minute taxi (which The Quaives can help organize for 15 GBP and they can help organize cab share as well).
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The Quaives' highly trained chefs will be serving wholesome tasty meals, snacks, and drinks to deeply nourish and replenish your whole being, complimenting the yoga classes and meditations. A lot of their ingredients are sourced locally and organic where possible. All the meals are vegetarian, and they cater for vegans and those with intolerances and allergies.
There is a local spa a 20-minute walking or a 2-minute drive away, they do Ayurvedic massage and The Quaives would be happy to help you organize a treatment during your stay. Booking in advance is essential.
Abhyanga Full Body Massage is a traditional Ayurvedic massage using herb-infused oils to relax the body and ease tension. The massage is followed by a steam bath to cleanse and remove toxins, enhancing overall well-being. 55 GBP, allow one hour (one therapist).
Chakra Prayer Massage is a deeply relaxing and meditative body massage designed to create balance, harmony, and healing within the seven chakras and restore union to both body and mind (male therapist only). 55 GBP, allow one hour.
Hot Stone Massage: Find peace of mind from this relaxing and soothing body massage, using hot mineral stones followed by a warm envelopment of the feet. 55 GBP, allow one hour.
Indian Head Massage or Back and Shoulder Massage: These massages encourage relaxed muscles and improved posture, reduce stress and tension, soothe aches and pains and restore good health 30 GBP, allow 30 minutes.
London City Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at London City Airport (LCY).
There is the fast train from St Pancreas which takes 70 minutes or from Stratford which takes 49 minutes to Canterbury West, make sure you get a return ticket it is much cheaper then buying singles.
The Quaives can help organize a taxi with the local firm to give you a 15-minute lift, or there are plenty of taxis always waiting at the station, rides cost 15 GBP.
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