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3 Days Weekend Yoga Retreat in UK

  • Braziers Park Manor House, Ipsden, Wallingford OX10 6AN, UK

Overview

Spring Weekend Yoga Retreat UK

Spend your weekend at a hidden treasure, set deep in the beautiful countryside of south Oxfordshire. You will be surrounded by in nature less than two hours from London. This weekend retreat is an opportunity to revitalize and enjoy reconnecting with yourself and others. There will be delicious vegetarian food and plenty of time just to hang out and chat, meet new people, read, relax, and enjoy being in the community in natural surroundings.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Asana and pranayama sessions
  • Guided relaxation, chanting, and philosophy
  • Revitalize and reconnect with yourself
  • Daily organic vegetarian breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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All rooms are comfortable and charming at Braziers Park. All bathrooms are shared. Single rooms are subject availability.

During this retreat, you will be practicing classical Hatha yoga which 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 for two hours.

The day will begin with silent meditation and a little mantra chanting. This will be followed by the morning yoga class. You will then have breakfast followed by free time, massages, and the afternoon yoga practice. In the evenings, there will be other activities that may include meditation, inspiring cinema, bonfires, and chanting.

  • Raquel Alves

    Raquel Alves started teaching in 1992. She is qualified with Para yoga (Rod Stryker), BWY, and Sivannanda. Originally from Africa, she now lives in the UK. She also practiced Ashtanga yoga for years under John Scott and spent four months in Mysore with Sri Pathabi Jois, previously she did Iyengar yoga. Her personal practice draws on her current teacher's teachings, she also assists him when he is teaching in Europe. She is also a mentor for the Life Center on their teacher diploma course.

Your retreat will take place in Braziers Park, a warm country manor house (formally home to 007), set deep in 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. The old manor is Grade II listed in the strawberry gothic style and it has so much character and beauty.

There are real log fires, plentiful sofas, and a grand piano among 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.

Activities
  • Massage
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Library
  • Wedding

You will be served daily organic and vegetarian breakfast meals during this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Organic
  • 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)

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 is a lovely woodland walk, which is a great opportunity to experience some of the wildlife beauties of the estate. 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.

You can book a massage on site with a reservation for an extra cost.

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All yoga workshops
  • Beautiful nature walks
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Delicious organic vegetarian breakfast meals
  • Guided relaxation, chanting, and philosophy
  • Log fires
  • Airfare
  • Extra activities
  • Massage
  • Train fare
  • Train station transfers

Driving directions from London

  • Leave M4 at Junction 8 / 9.
  • Proceed to Henley and then on through Nettlebed to the Crowmarsh.
  • At the roundabout (A4130), turn left onto the A4074 towards Reading.
  • After about seven minutes, ignore two left turns signposted Ipsden, the next left turn at the bottom of a hill a few seconds later is for Braziers Park indicate early and turn left there.
  • This will bring you to Braziers front gates.
  • Please note the five miles per hour speed limit and park carefully.

Driving directions from Reading

  • Follow signs for Railway station and Caversham, over Caversham Bridge, then first left onto the A4074, signposted Oxford.
  • Follow this road for around 15 minutes passing two signs for Woodcote on your left and then on a downward hill with open views, you’ll see a parking lay by with an airfield sign on the left and a vehicles turning sign, if there is traffic behind, it’s a good idea to start indicating right here.
  • You will then see a signpost for Braziers Park on the right, ignore the small right turn before the Braziers sign.
  • If you accidentally take this turn into Bottom Lane then continue to the first left up a rutted track and follow this to Braziers Park.

Driving directions from Oxford

  • Follow signposts out of Oxford to Henley / Wallingford / Reading (A4074).
  • Around seven minutes after Wallingford (follow signs to Reading) you will pass two left turnings to the village of Ipsden which should be ignored.
  • Soon after, there is a signpost to Braziers Park, indicate early and turn left into the small lane leading to Brazier Park.

Driving direction from the West

  • Leave M4 at Junction 8 / 9 and proceed as from London.
  • Car parking is at owners’ risk, the speed limit is five miles per hour on the driveways. Parking charges may be made for large groups and events.

Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR) or Gatwick Airport (LGW).

Arrival by bus

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 five minutes or so away just behind the trees you can see at the end of the lane.

Arrival by train

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 about 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 it will take ten minutes longer.

  • Review by a traveler

    "I am still feeling the positive effects from my break. The location was beautiful, the food fantastic, the people lovely and Dory, by far, is the best teacher I have had in 18 years."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Braziers park was such a wonderful weekend. I really can't say anything critical at all, the place was unique and cozy, the food was really impressive, the people were all friendly, the yoga was brilliant, the other activities were varied and fun (film, walks around house, chanting, time on one's own or chatting with new friends.)"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I wanted to say how grateful I am for having this opportunity of learning yoga from you. After the weekend at Braziers Park, I feel not only my body is stronger, and my mind more balanced and clear, there is definitely a shift towards other important change on my life journey. You have inspired me to go deeper into my yoga practice and spiritual quest. It was a very very special weekend. What else to add? Charming venue, good food, and nice company of other participants. The whole event was flawless only passed too quickly."

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  • Review by Nick T.

    "We seem to progress quickly and learn new things each week. I’ve learned about breathing and better ways of stretching. It was over too soon! Looking forward to continuing."

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    "Friendly, welcoming, informative, encouraging to all abilities. I’m enjoying exercise again! Thank you!"

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    "I liked repeating routines in a way where they didn’t have to be perfect the first time round, and then you learn to neaten it up as you go. I think I learn much faster this way. I loved the sessions, you are a great teacher!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "This course has been an excellent introduction to yoga for a complete beginner. I would definitely recommend it to anybody."

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    "42 Acres is a truly magical retreat: a sacred space of calm and peacefulness set in the restorative nature of Somerset."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "42 Acres is a magical heaven. The unintrusive cool interior design is in a league of its own and absolutely bang up to date, and yet, this beautiful home still retains its connection to the past. The setting is 42 acres of glorious nature, gorgeous English farmland, bounded by ancient meadows and forests. I experienced one of the most magical weekends at 42 acres and this place will forever be in my heart. I can't recommend it enough."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "The house is beautifully appointed and has very comfortable luxurious rooms, the perfect place to get away from the stresses of everyday life and find some well needed peace. I will definitely be going back soon."

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  • Review by Ruth Lezard from UK

    "Thanks so much to Dory and Rory for hosting such a lovely relaxing retreat weekend in a beautiful venue. Lots of practice both physical and spiritual and an atmosphere of joy and laughter that was really good for the soul. Namaste."

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  • Review by Sarah Jane from Bristol, UK

    "Taking the beginners class offered here honestly changed my life. It provided me with a solid foundation onto which I could expand my own practice. I travel a lot with work and the course provided me with the confidence to dip in and out of different classes and not feel lost. I will be returning this summer to do the 'improvers course' and would wholeheartedly recommend any of these classes to any of my friends and family- the teachers are wonderful."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I really enjoyed it all and found the space and quiet I needed! Doing so much yoga was great! You are both so gifted at facilitating, so nurturing and calm. A joy!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I am still feeling the positive effects from my break. The location was beautiful, the food fantastic, the people lovely and Dory, by far, is the best teacher I have had in 18 years."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I really enjoyed it and I have to say that it was largely down to the skill of your facilitation and how well you work together. You both so clearly put happiness on the map from the beginning and it filtered through. Everyone relaxed and smiled! I loved the gentle humor too. I also appreciated all the hard work behind the scene and your attention to detail. You were both so generous and thoughtful."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "It was a wonderful weekend. I really cant say anything critical at all. The place was unique and cozy, the food was really impressive, the people were all friendly, the yoga was brilliant, the other activities were varied and fun (film, walks around house, chanting, time on ones own or chatting with new friends)."

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Arrival: Friday March 31, 2017
Departure: Sunday April 2, 2017

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