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7 Days Yoga, Detox and Meditation Retreat in UK

  • Yr Ocar, Coed y Parc, Bethesda, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales LL57 4DQ, UK

Overview

Yoga and Meditation Retreat UK

This retreat program is a complete detox for the body and mind. All activities are optional but the days are structured and full, giving the opportunity to immerse yourself in the program, connect with your intuitive wisdom, and practice the art of letting go. There is also time built into each program to relax, explore the surrounding countryside, and take advantage of the holistic treatments available.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga Nidra
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Yogic cleansing practices
  • 2 daily asana and pranayama classes
  • Intestinal tract, stomach, eosophagus and airways cleanse
  • Educational talks and workshops
  • Daily meals, teas, and snacks
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily mountain walks

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 7.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The main house is equipped with two twin king-sized bedrooms (en-suite), two twin king-sized bedrooms (shared), and one single bedroom (en-suite). In the annex, there are two twin king-sized bedrooms (en-suite). All the rooms have central heating, laundry, drying, and ironing facilities, internet access, payphone, TV, DVD player, and ample parking space.

This program incorporates shatkarmas, (yogic cleansing practices), yogasana, pranayama, yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and guided meditations with mantra, karma yoga, (meditation in action) mouna, (inner and outer silence) daily walks, healthy vegetarian food, educational talks, and workshops.

Most of the time, the awareness is almost exclusively externalized. This constant externalization can, over time, lead to feeling depleted of energy, anxious, depressed, and confused. These retreats offer an opportunity to leave your social roles and responsibilities for a short time and journey inwards to re-connect with the source of energy, healing, wisdom, and creativity.

Every aspect of the personality is addressed to release tensions and bring about a state of vitality and balance. Beyond this, the witnessing awareness is awakened and developed so that the fluctuations of the body and mind can be viewed with equanimity. You will leave feeling able to continue in your life with renewed energy, clarity, and purpose.

Instruction and supervision in three shatkarmas

  • The yogic cleansing practices work directly to balance the digestive and respiratory systems and also bestow many other benefits on the body and the mind.
  • Laghoo shankaprakshalana (intestinal wash-short practice)
  • Kunjal kriya (stomach and oesophageal cleanse)
  • Jala neti (nasal cleanse)

Yoga and meditation sessions

  • Asana, pranayama, yoga Nidra (deep relaxation / pratyahara)
  • Guided meditations

Typical daily schedule

  • 07:30 Cleansing practice, yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Yoga Nidra
  • 12:15 Walk
  • 13:00 Lunch followed by free time to relax, explore, or get a massage
  • 17:00 Yoga and meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner followed by free time to relax, explore, or get a massage
  • 21:00 Evening program
  • 22:00 Mala, mouna (silence), and bed

Sadhana

Sadhana met a Satyananda yoga teacher in 1997 at a Vipassana retreat in Thailand. She wasn't aware of this at the time as it was a silent retreat, but afterwards they spent a few weeks on a nearby beach where she taught her yoga in exchange for Reiki and reflexology.

What set this experience apart from other yoga classes (apart from the amazing setting) was the clear and precise instruction, which allowed the effects of the practices to speak for themselves. It felt immediately authentic and created a profound effect on her and a curiosity to find out more.

So, in 1999 she enrolled on the ten month Diploma in Yogic Studies at the Bihar School of Yoga, (Satyananda Yoga) in India. The diploma was taught in a traditional ashram and gurukul. The academic and practical studies formed part of the curriculum like yoga philosophy, yoga psychology, and applied yoga.

The other part of the curriculum was the practice of living a full time yogic lifestyle and the application of Karma yoga to all activities undertaken. On her return to the UK, she set up yoga classes in response to requests from friends and colleagues.

After two years of teaching, traveled to Australia to complete diplomas I and II in teacher training at the Satyananda Yoga Academy, where she subsequently lived for 14 months. During this time, she taught classes and assisted teaching on the yogic studies courses. Living and working as part of this community afforded her a unique opportunity to deepen her own practice and understanding of yoga and it's practical application.

A natural bent for the esoteric initially drew her to the east and in particular India and she have been back several times but in the last few years her journey has consisted more of applying and integrating the practices and techniques into her daily life.

Yr Ocr is a beautiful house and annexe building set amidst three acres of ancient forest in the Snowdonia National Park. It has a very nurturing feel, which is mirrored by the surrounding nature. The yoga room has wonderful views and the soothing sound of the stream, which gently flows underneath.

Yr Ocr is managed by the lovely people at Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, which houses the World Peace Flame. The Lodge is a 45-minute walk through amazing landscapes and has facilities that are available to you during your stay including another beautiful yoga studio, a amazing yogic gift shop and a vegetarian caf.

Activities
  • Cycling nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
General
  • Caf
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Food is delicious and healthy vegetarian. Breakfast and dinner are served at the Venue. Lunch is served at the vegetarian restaurant at Snowdonia Mountain Lodge following a breath-taking walk through the Snowdonia countryside.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Enjoy browsing in a tasteful, spacious reception, and shop area
  • Feel nurtured by the natural environment
  • Hike in Snowdonia's most-visited mountains
  • Relax and explore the surrounding countryside
  • Take advantage of the holistic treatments available

Massages and holistic treatments included for an extra fee upon request.

  • 2 daily asana and pranayama classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals, teas, and snacks
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Daily mountain walks
  • Daily yoga Nidra
  • Educational talks and workshops
  • Intestinal tract, stomach, esophagus and airways cleanse
  • Yogic cleansing practices

Driving directions from the North

  • Leave the A55 at junction 11 and follow signs for Bethesda and Betws-y-Coed.
  • After one mile you will reach a very sharp right hand bend. *Continue on for a further one-mile before taking the first road on the right.
  • After a couple of hundred yards take the first left onto Hen Turnpike / B4409.
  • Then take the second right hand turn after one mile.
  • Yr Ocar is signed to the right hand side of the road.

Driving directions from the South Travel through Betws-y-Coed on the A5.

  • After some nine miles, when you've gone past the Ogwen Bank Caravan Park, take a left turn onto the B4409.
  • After the bridge, follow the road to the right.
  • At the Bradite Paint Factory, turn left.
  • Yr Ocar is signed on the right hand side of the road.

By train

  • Arrive at Bangor Train station, we will do our best to pick you up on request and with notice of arrival time. Taxis are also available from the station.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga-Sadhana an inquiry.
  • Review by J. Vippond

    "Sadhana’s Nada Yoga retreat was great. It allowed me to try practises unfamiliar to me (chanting, in particular) and served as a great introduction to them. The day was well structured and varied and I came away feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and energised. Brilliant, can’t wait for the next one!"

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  • Review by a traveller
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much Sadhana. A truly amazing experience and you gave us so much."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Sadhana's retreat was just amazing, she is such an attentive, caring teacher. The food, accommodation, and other participants were great. I got so much more out of it than I expected and look forward to the next one."

    Yoga-Sadhana website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "A wonderful week better than I had imagined or hoped. Enough space to be alone and private and enough opportunity to be with people and talk. Learnt a lot, ate a lot, and laughed a lot. Doesn't get better than that."

    Yoga-Sadhana website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing time with lovely people. Thank you so much I have a lot to take home with me."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Fabulous, I dont want to leave, thank you so much."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful experience, inspirational, cleansing, and healing week, providing new energy and motivation to continue afresh with life for the future. Will incorporate both the practices and the mindset in my daily life."

    Yogic-Sadhana website, edited

  • Review by Goddard from Manchester, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I recently had the most wonderful time in the breathtaking picturesque Snowdonia National Park on a weeks yoga and detox retreat. We were a small group who were wonderfully looked after and led by Geraldine / Sadhana - a truly wonderful woman who walks the walk and ensured we got the maximum benefit out of the whole experience. Yoga classes, meditation, chanting, walks in the countryside, fabulous and tasty vegetarian food, and excellent company. Serious bonding went on and though I am super lame at emailing or social media, I felt a wonderful connection with everyone and now count them as friends. The retreat was pitched just right - for instance you were not made to feel guilty if you dipped into the biscuit tin for a choccy digestive if you needed a pick-me-up! I thoroughly recommend Geraldine and her retreats and most certainly will be repeating the experience."

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Yoga-Sadhana offers meditation and yogic detox retreats for wholistic health and conscious evolution.

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7 days / 6 nights

Availability

Arrival: Monday April 3, 2017
Departure: Sunday April 9, 2017

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