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4 Days New Year Meditation Yoga Retreat in UK

  • Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 6AN, UK

Overview

Yoga Retreat UK

Yogaprema is delighted to be returning to the wonderful Braziers Park in Oxfordshire, which is the perfect location for this New Year yoga retreat. There will be a deeply nourishing few days of yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, kirtan (singing), wholesome vegetarian meals, good company, and plenty of time for rest and reflection too. The winter months can be a treat at the manor house as you have the beauty of log fires to curl up with a book or have a chat over a cup of tea.

Highlights

  • Daily silent meditation
  • Daily Hatha yoga practice
  • Enjoy beautiful nature walks
  • Evening bonfire and inspiring cinema session
  • Vegetarian breakfast, lunches, and dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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The Braziers Park old manor is Grade II listed in the strawberry Gothic style, 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. The grounds are large and nestled in beautiful countryside, so there are lots of opportunity to walk and breathe the fresh country air.

All rooms are comfortable and charming. There are double, twin, and triple rooms, with one family room. Please book early to secure the accommodation of your choice. All bathrooms are shared. A limited number of single rooms are available.

Flowing, traditional Hatha 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 for two hours.

The days will begin with silent meditation and a little mantra chanting to open the heart and guide you to a space of inner silence, peace, and happiness. This will be followed by tea and before the morning yoga class. Your schedule will continue with breakfast, free time, massages, and the afternoon yoga practice. In the evenings, there will be other activities that may include meditation, inspiring cinema, and chanting.

Arrival time on Thursday, December 29 is from 14:00 onward and the first yoga class will be at 16:00. On Sunday, January 1, the retreat will finish after lunch at around 15:00.

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

  • Lila Conway

    Lila Conway is a certified senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and founder of Yoga Prema. She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, teaching full-time since 2001, received advanced level certification from Sivananda in 2004, and in 2007 was given the authority to teach yoga teachers as a principal teacher. Lila has spent the best part of eight years living in Sivananda yoga ashrams and centers in India and Canada, being fully immersed in a yogic life of service, study, practice, and teaching yoga to students from across the world.

  • Sheila Gibbons

    Sheila has practiced, studied, and taught personal growth and communication skills within business, creative, and spiritual environments. Her own personal journey changed direction and went deeper after taking up yoga over 25 years ago. She is now a free spirit who loves to nourish my body with good food, to sing, dance, and laugh as a way of being whole.

  • Swami Ambika

    Swami Ambika is a sanyassin (renounced monk) and has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 40 years. She is an expert teacher and truly lives the life of a yogi.

This retreat will take place in Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, UK. Braziers Park is 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.

Nearby places

  • Bristol - 2 hours
  • London - 1 hour 30 minutes
Activities
  • Indoor swimming pool nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool nearby
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Bar nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • River nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Library

During the retreat, you will be served delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunches, and dinners.

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 campfires, singing and dancing, and plenty of time just to hang out and chat, meet new people, read, relax, and enjoy being in community in natural surroundings. A variety of massage treatments will also be available at additional cost.

Enhance your stay at Braziers Park with relaxing massage treatments which are available at additional cost.

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Beautiful nature walks
  • Daily meditation, all yoga classes, and workshops
  • Delicious homemade, homegrown, or local organic (where possible) vegetarian meals
  • Evening bonfire (weather permitting)
  • Log fires
  • Additional activities or excursions
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

Driving directions from London

  • Leave M4 at Junction 8 or 9.
  • Proceed to Henley and then on through Nettlebed to the Crowmarsh Roundabout (A4130).
  • Turn left onto the A4074 towards Reading.
  • After about five to 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 five miles per hour speed limit and park carefully.

Driving directions from Oxford

  • Follow signposts out of Oxford to Henley, Wallingford, or Reading (A4074).
  • Around five to 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 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.
  • On a downward hill with open views, you’ll see a parking nearby with an airfield sign on the left and a "vehicles turning" sign, if there is traffic behind its 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 the West

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

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR). Yogaprema will try and connect you with other participants to arrange lift sharing where possible.

Arrival by bus 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’s 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’ll see large black and gold gates on your left, followed by a small wooden bus shelter. This is the stop immediately before Braziers stop. Don’t get off there or you could get very lost. 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 driver. It’s 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 bus from Reading

The Braziers Park stop is not listed on timetables. It’s 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’s the first one if you are coming from Reading and the second if you are coming from Oxford.

From Reading railway 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.

The bus drivers are usually very friendly and helpful. If you ask them to, they will try to let you know when they are approaching Braziers’ stop. If you’re on the X39, you will see a sign for Woodcote approximately three minutes before reaching the Braziers stop, you will pass a parking layby on the left with an airfield sign, ring the bell. The X40 will take the Woodcote turn and spend five to 10 minutes travelling to Woodcote and back, so when you reach the main road again and turn left, you’ll be three minutes from the Braziers stop and can ring the bell.

When you get off the bus, cross the main road and walk down the country lane immediately opposite the bus stop. This will lead you directly to Braziers’ main entrance. The main road can be very busy and the traffic very fast. The speed can be deceiving, so take extra care before crossing. There have been several accidents crossing this road. If it is dark, you will need a torch to alert traffic in the narrow lane to your presence.

Arrival by train

Visitors travelling by train are advised to go to Reading central railway station and then catch the X39 or 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, occasionally taxis.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yogaprema an inquiry.
  • Review by Richard
    10 out of 10

    "A big thank you to Lila, Elahn and all my fellow Yogi and Yogini for a truly inspiring weekend.... I now feel motivated to bring balance back to my life and re-energise my yoga and spiritual practice"

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  • Review by Frieder
    10 out of 10

    "It was a really good experience. I like your big heart, your love and your dedication to teach us yoga and to open our heart to spirit."

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  • Review by Katie
    10 out of 10

    "Just wanted to say a big thankyou for teaching me so much about yoga over the last year and a half - its been a wonderful experience being one of your students! Hope to see you at one of your next retreats!"

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  • Review by Sally
    10 out of 10

    "A belated but very heartfelt thank you for a really special, joyful and rejuvenating weekend at Braziers Park. I feel so grateful for the chance to have been there :o) You are both gifted teachers and I really feel like you have lit a spark in me to learn more about yoga and commit to developing my own practice. I started looking up longer courses and retreats as soon as I got home!"

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  • Review by Helene
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Lila, thanks a lot for all that you gave or transmitted during this month. You are really an extra-ordinary teacher, an expert in this cosmic play between patience and strictness, warmth and distance. I am very glad that it was you giving new life to these old and great teachings.... Thanks for your teachings and presence!"

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  • Review by Chloe from Bristol
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Lila I just wanted to say thank you for being such an inspirational teacher- I have really enjoyed learning yoga with you and have felt a much needed positive shift in my life, so thank you for sharing your knowledge and skills!"

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for all the information you are sending. I am really enjoying the course, it is helping me make gradual positive changes and I am really feeling the difference in my reactions to certain situations and it really does open a whole new world! I feel it can only improve so thank you so much for a fantastic course. I really think the advice about changing the mind's thought patterns and habits gently is great and very true!"

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  • Review by Nathalie from Bristol
    10 out of 10

    "I've just completed the Beginners 2 course in Windmill Hill and absolutely loved it. As a complete novice, I thought I'd find Yoga really hard, but I've connected with it spiritually and physically and hope to continue practicing and improving for a long time. Looking forward to coming along to open classes in the new year. Thank you for your patient, guided approach and for opening this door for me. Best wishes!"

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  • Review by R & K from Bristol
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks Lila, We've had a great yoga year with you and looking forward to the next one!"

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  • Review by Anandi
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for sharing your knowledge, your beautiful voice, calmness and devotion. "

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  • Review by Alison
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks again for working with me the other week - you gave me the confidence I needed to re-start my practice. Thank you so much!!"

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  • Review by Gemma
    10 out of 10

    "I left your yoga retreat in Glastonbury feeling joyful and enlivened. It was such a great weekend. The yoga, chanting and meditation were wonderful, the food was delicious and I was able to share the experience with a fantastic group of people."

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  • Review by Tom from Bristol
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. It was exactly what the doctor ordered! I live a fairly hectic life so to take a whole weekend for myself to relax, unwind and get a new sense of perspective was much needed and it felt so good. The best part is that I have carried that sense of peace, awareness and control that we blossomed over the weekend back home to the 'real world'. Life is good, I'm heading in the right direction, after clearing space at the retreat I can see that so clearly now."

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  • Review by Lauren from London
    10 out of 10

    "This retreat was very special for being held in Shekina Ashram. The morning Kirtan and Fire Ceremony were very uplifting and started each day on a powerful, spiritual note which can be lacking on “standard” retreats. Two days later I am still feeling very relaxed – the benefits are definitely lasting!"

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  • Review by Tina from Bristol
    10 out of 10

    "This was a very special weekend for me – lots of things fell together, my first time ever in a retreat, spring equinox, my birthday... It was a full-on experience and demanding in unexpected ways, but as the weekend progressed I gradually settled in and was reluctant to leave this special place. It is a great opportunity to deepen practice, and meet lovely, like-minded yet very different people. Next time, however, I will not take part in all the Ashram’s other activities – the body and mind needs more rest inbetween than I thought.."

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  • Review by Debbie
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat reached parts of the heart other retreats dont reach! For me, Lila and Dory were a beautiful combination who taught with balance and generosity. They also challenged my yoga practice astutely and the ashram setting with kirtan, puja and fantastic food were all icing on the cake!"

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  • Review by Jedda from London
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for your warm energies over what was, a very touching weekend"

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  • Review by Sharon from Bristol
    10 out of 10

    "I started Lila's classes about 4 years ago when I took her beginners course. She's become my favourite yoga teacher as her classes offer much more than just the physical aspect of the yoga postures. Her strong connection with her teachings brings a deep sense of wellbeing to her classes and I can totally recommend them to anyone with an interest in yoga!"

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  • Review by Deanna
    10 out of 10

    "I wanted to thank you SO much for the Hip Opening Workshop on Saturday; I feel amazing today - Any chance of doing that class every couple of months, do you think? Pretty intense stuff!"

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  • Review by Merav from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Lila, one time I thank you for the great class and you said “I didn’t do anything, I was just present” and that concluded everything! It is not what you do,it is your presence that is so loving, soft and full with light. It is amazing how much you have to give and you give. Very inspiring knowing you!! So until next time, Love, Love"

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  • Review by Mia from Montreal
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for guiding me through things I wasn’t sure I could do. Your faith has restored mine"

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  • Review by Sathyaprem
    10 out of 10

    "Lila, I love, I love, I love your classes!"

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  • Review by Shantidas from India
    10 out of 10

    "I thoroughly enjoyed your divine play. "

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  • Review by Sivani
    10 out of 10

    "Heartfelt thanks for our love and guiding light in channelling the wisdom of hatha yoga. You inspire us to be our best"

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  • Review by Eli
    10 out of 10

    "Everything I learnt in the ashram under the guidance of you has given me the tools, support and inspiration to turn my life upside down, inside out, jiggle it around and start the process of shaking off as much of my troubled ego as I can, and finding a healthy ego to hold the spiritual juggle of life. The shivananda asana practice you gave me has stayed with me pretty much daily the seed of my days now was planted in the ashram and watered by your guidance, so thought you’d like to hear about the flowers!I know you’ll say it’s not you, but I’d disagree. You gave me (and all the other TTCers) a huge gift, with the way you taught, your example, your patience, humour, warmth and the unique, authentic, shining Lila-jiness you bought to the ashram."

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  • Review by Reena from London
    10 out of 10

    "I cannot thank you enough for everything you have taught me. I am grateful for your presence in my TTC and will always have fond memories of you, Canada and brummie accents!"

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  • Review by JoAnn
    10 out of 10

    "I want to take your voice home in a little jar! It has been a great pleasure!"

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  • Review by Ambika
    10 out of 10

    "Your strong, loving and sensitive presence was exactly what I needed. Thankyou."

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  • Review by Chris from Bristol
    10 out of 10

    "A really great weekend at Braziers Retreat. It can't get any better than that. It was awe inspiring. Beautiful food and great people; a lovely location in the countryside. I am even more inspired for my quest to be a vegetarian than ever and continue with the wonderful journey that yoga has taken me on. A big thank you to Lila for organizing everything, the yoga and meditation were so varied and inspiring along with her amazing teaching skills. I am sure all my fellow yogis and yoginis will agree. All together a very rejuvenating experience."

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  • Review by C. Smith
    10 out of 10

    "I would like to say a big thank you to Lila and Elahn for the brilliant weekend at Shekinashram, it really was flawless. A lovely group of people and a carefully thought out program to follow - a really great effort and very inspiring to my practice. Just what we needed to all progress on the yoga journey. Also a big thank you to the karma yogis who work so hard, the food was excellent."

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  • Review by a traveler from Dartmoor, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for holding the space for such lovely nourishment for the body, heart, and soul this weekend. These vibrations of hare krishna hare rama will spread to my family and to all my yoga students this week. Oms and prems and namaste."

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  • Review by Kat
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you very much for a perfect weekend. I learnt so much and I feel honored to have shared such a weekend with a lovely group of people. I can't get the Maha Mantra out of my head! Once again, a huge thank you to Lila and Elahn for organizing the weekend and making it beautiful. It's been difficult readjusting to the fast pace that's outside of the ashram!"

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  • Review by Chris
    10 out of 10

    "I would like to say a very special thank you to you both for the wonderful weekend at shekinashram. It was so inspiring and has deepened my commitment to the beautiful practice of yoga. It was all so lovely and flowing with great spiritual aspects to come away with and progress. The food was delicious."

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Bristol, United Kingdom

Yogaprema offers yoga teacher training in India, UK retreats, workshops, and Hatha yoga and meditation classes. They have 15 years teaching experience to share.

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Arrival: Thursday December 29, 2016
Departure: Sunday January 1, 2017

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