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3 Days Kirtan, Meditation & Yoga Retreat in Glastonbury, UK

Weekend Yoga Retreat UK

The heart of yoga retreat offers an opportunity to explore and practice Hatha yoga and Bhakti yoga, the yoga of love and devotion. In this weekend intensive, we will focus on integrating unconditional love and devotion into the time honoured practice of yoga. Our weekend retreat is an opportunity to nurture, step out of the head and into the heart, it is an opportunity to revitalise on all levels, connecting with your true self and others. Join Yogaprema for a deeply relaxing and nourishing weekend for body, mind, and soul! 

Meet the instructors

Lila & Elahn Keshava
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Highlights

  • 2 workshops
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily silent meditation
  • Kirtan and devotional singing
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

Yogaprema offers clean and comfortable accommodation. You will be accommodated in shared cabins (up to 5 persons), shared cabin / yurt / unidome in the garden or shared room in the house (twin or double). In addition, there is one single room in the house. Accommodation is allocated on a first come first served basis and is subject to availability. You are suggested to book early to secure the accommodation of your choice.

Program

The daily programme

Flowing traditional hatha yoga sessions will naturally open the heart and nurture you to a space of surrender and stillness. Practices will be intuitive, strong, deep and supportive and cater for all levels from the novice to the seasoned practitioner. We teach traditional Hatha yoga, Sivananda, Hatha flow, and Yin yoga. A typical class will include asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), hands-on adjustments, guided relaxation, chanting and a taste of philosophy. The schedule also includes kirtan, puja, devotional chanting of mantras and spiritual talks about yoga philosophy.

There will be plenty of time for you to indulge in a massage or you may like to relax and steam detox in the sauna or simply curl up in the garden with a book, the choice is yours. Shekinah is only a short walk from the Tor, a famous pilgrimage site in Glastonbury. Please see below for an example of the retreat schedule.

Friday

  • 14:00 onwards Arrival
  • 15:00 Tea and welcome
  • 16:00 Yoga class
  • 17:30 Vegetarian meal
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Kirtan, devotional singing

Saturday

  • 07:00 Puja and Kirtan
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Silent meditation
  • 08:45 Supersmoothie breakfast
  • 10:00 Yoga class
  • 12:00 Free time
  • 13:30 Vegetarian lunch
  • 14:30 Group Tor Walk
  • 15:30 Free time - sauna / massage
  • 17:00 Yoga Nidra or Yin yoga
  • 18:30 Vegetarian supper
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Evening program

Sunday

  • 07:00 Vedic Fire Ceremony
  • 08:45 Supersmoothie breakfast
  • 10:00 Yoga class
  • 12:00 Free time/massage/nature walk/sauna
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Workshop
  • 15:30 Retreat close

Please note - this is a typical schedule, there may be some slight changes

Yoga Classes - Traditional Hatha Yoga

The classes will vary accordingly, some classes will be more dynamic and flowing, others will be slow, meditative and with the use of mantras. We also teach Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Classes are suitable for all levels.

Kirtan/Mantra Chanting

Kirtan is a very beautiful practice that melts away any worries and concerns, opens the heart and simply makes you feel great! Kirtan is an essential part of Bhakti Yoga and is the singing of mantras or prayers, usually with musical accompaniment. Kirtan is an opportunity to open the heart and sing to the Divine. Joining in song and voice we can open to Pure consciousness and love. You don't need to be a singer to participate... just sing from your heart and feel the bliss!

Retreat

In order to get maximum benefit from the retreat we encourage full participation in the programme. However, this is also your retreat and if you feel you may just need some quiet time and not attend one of the classes, then, of course, no problem. Just a gentle note that the retreat space is not a hotel, we ask that each person helps to clean up after themselves in order to maintain the cleanliness and purity of the ashram during the weekend.

Important information

Arrival time on Friday, March 1, 2019 is from 2 pm onwards and the first yoga class will be at 4 pm. On Sunday, March 3, 2019, the retreat will finish at 4 pm.

Instructors

Lila Conway
Yin Yoga (Yin Yoga)
Sivananda Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Sivananda Yoga)
Sivananda Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Sivananda Yoga)
Certified Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance & founder of Yogaprema. Practicing yoga for 20 years, teaching full-time since 2001, received Advanced Level teaching certification in 2004 and in 2007 was given the blessing of Yoga Teacher Trainer. Lila has trained extensively with Sivananda (Hatha, Raja, Karma, Jnana & Bhakti yoga), Krishnamacharya (Vedic Chanting/Sanskrit), Usha Devi (Iyengar) and Yin Yoga. Lila's classes include Hatha, Yin & Chanting/Kirtan. As a result of years of practice, study and embracing yoga as a way of life, Lila shares the wisdom & joy of Yoga from the heart!
Elahn Keshava
Elahn is the Founder of Shekinashram and runs the ashram with his partner Gisela Lirusso (Radhe). They will both be leading the devotional singing kirtan on Friday Evening (and hopefully their little daughter Tulsi will make an appearance too!). Elahn has practiced yogic disciplines for 30 years and has facilitated thousands of groups and kirtans. He specializes in the Bhakti Yoga tradition and deepening sadhana. Elahn will lead workshops and spiritual discussions during the weekend.

Retreat location

Shekina Yoga Retreat is situated on the side of Chalice Hill and has been a hub of activity in Glastonbury since its inception in 2003. It is a place of retreat and celebration both peaceful and dynamic, the ambiance here is homely, relaxed, grounded and is focused on living consciously, peacefully and truthfully. This is a place to take rest, reflect and journey deeper into your spiritual practice. As a spiritual community, Shekina Yoga Retreat is a western evolution of an ancient tradition where sacred space is created away from the world where individuals come to both cultivate and draw upon spiritual sustenance.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Vegetarian meals/drinks

All meals are wholesome, nutritious, vegetarian, homemade and cooked with love! We follow a yogic diet and respectfully ask that you do not bring any meat, fish, eggs, onion, garlic or alcohol to the retreat. Herbal teas are available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Go to the sauna
  • Relax
  • Take massage treatments
  • Take walks
  • Visit the Tor of Glastonbury

Spa treatments

Massage

A variety of massage treatments are available for you to enjoy. Massage is not included in the retreat and is at an additional cost.

Sauna

A sauna is available for your use... while away your time in the sauna and truly unwind!

What's included

  • All classes
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Workshops and sauna

What's not included

  • Massage treatments

How to get there

Driving directions from Dod Lane Glastonbury

  • When driving up Dod Lane, the lane bends to the left.
  • At this point, drive straight on into the Shekinashram parking area (sign posted Footpath to Tor).
  • Please park on the right or the left of this area, allowing public access through to Chalice Hill

Arrival by airplane

You have to book flights to Bristol Airport (BRS).

Arrival by bus

Shekinah Yoga Retreat is situated on Dod Lane in Glastonbury, just a few minutes from the Chalice Well. There are regular buses into Glastonbury from Bristol and Bath (approx. 1 hour away). We would advise traveling by train into these stations, and then taking a bus from there. If you are taking the train to Castle Cary, the bus service is sparse and a taxi to Glastonbury costs around 35 GBP.

Arrival by taxi

You can take a taxi from Castle Cary to Glastonbury at the price of around 35 GBP.

Distances

  • Bath - 1 hour
  • Bristol - 1 hour

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Friday March 1, 2019
Departure: Sunday March 3, 2019

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