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This hidden treasure, set deep in the beautiful countryside of south Oxfordshire, offers a relaxing holiday in nature less than two hours from London. This retreat is an opportunity to revitalize and enjoy reconnecting with self and others. Join Yoga on a Shoestring for rejuvenating yoga sessions and enjoy an opportunity to take refreshing country walks and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a countryside!
Braziers Park is listed as an attractive Grade II building. All rooms are comfortable and charming and all bathrooms are shared. A limited number of single rooms are available.
The old manor is in the 'Strawberry Gothic' style - it has so much character and beauty. There are real log fires, plentiful sofas, and a grand piano amongst its charms. All set in 57 acres of land with beautiful gardens. Braziers is a working eco-community with sheep, chickens, a walled vegetable garden, and an ancient orchard.
Hatha Tantra yoga sessions will naturally open the heart and nurture you to a space of surrender and stillness. A typical class will include asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), hands-on adjustments, guided relaxation, chanting, and a taste of philosophy. Typically each class will last from one and half to two hours.
There will be a class in the morning and silence will be observed until breakfast. After breakfast there will be free time and massages treatments will be available for additional costs. Later in the day there will be an afternoon yoga practice. In the evenings there will be other activities that may include meditation, bonfires, and chanting.
There will be a lovely woodland walk, which is a great opportunity to experience some of the wildlife beauties of the estate.
British Wheel of Yoga (Yoga)
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Raquel Alves started teaching in 1992. She is qualified with Para Yoga (Rod Stryker), BWY and Sivananda. Originally from Africa, she now lives in the UK. Her teachings draw from many styles and have a strong pull towards Tantra but call on her years as an Ashtanga practitioner as well as her years doing Iyengar yoga. She also loves to incorporate restorative relaxation techniques and meditation and on occasion chanting that is accompanied by the harmonium.
Braziers Park is a warm country manor house, set deep in a beautiful countryside and the rolling Chiltern Hills of South Oxfordshire, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The location is perfect for a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating retreat.
There will be delicious and healthy vegetarian meals provided throughout your stay.
Braziers Park is very quaint and quirky with plenty of space to nestle down with a book. There's the library, the study, dining room, and an informal space by the log fire and grand piano. There will be plenty of time just to hang out and chat, meet new people, read, relax, and enjoy being in the community in natural surroundings. A variety of massage treatments will also be available at additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR). From there, there are regular buses to Reading station. You can also take the train to Reading from Gatwick Airport (LGW).
From Reading, the Braziers Park stop is not listed on timetables. It is between Woodcote and Wallingford and is known as Ipsden Turn by the bus drivers but you should also ask for Braziers Park as there are two stops called Ipsden turn. It is the first one if you are coming from Reading and the second if you are coming from Oxford.
From Oxford, go to bus stop H5 on St Aldates to catch the X39 or X40. The journey will take approximately 55 minutes on either bus, passing through Wallingford where it may stop for a while or change driver or bus. After leaving Wallingford, it is approximately six minutes before reaching Braziers stop.
You will pass two roundabouts and turn right onto the main road (A4074), travelling straight for a few more minutes when you will see large black and gold gates on your left, followed by a small wooden bus shelter. This is the stop immediately before Braziers stop but don’t get off there or you could get very lost as Braziers Park is not in Ipsden itself. Ring the bell as you pass this stop, Braziers stop approximately 30 seconds later at the bottom of hill.
If you’re unsure, ask the drivers. It is the second Ipsden Turn stop.
After getting off the bus, follow the lane on the same side of the road (signposted Braziers Park) and it will lead you directly to the main entrance of Braziers 5 minutes or so away just behind the trees you can see at the end of the lane.
Visitors travelling by train are advised to go to Reading central railway station and then catch the X39 / X40 bus to Braziers Park, as these buses run from just outside the station. Goring and Streatley Station is around 40 to 60 minutes’ walk with steep hills, no buses, but occasionally taxis.
Once you are at Reading station, leave the station at the main entrance, cross the road opposite and you will see some bus stands, make your way to bus stop SB. %The X39 takes approximately 25 minutes. The X40 turns off for a loop of Woodcote before rejoining the X39 route, so takes five to 10 minutes longer.
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