4 Days New Year Meditation Yoga Retreat in Oxfordshire, UK

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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.

Meet the instructors

Atiya & Kay
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Highlights

  • Daily silent meditation
  • Daily Hatha yoga practice
  • Evening bonfire and inspiring cinema session
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Beautiful nature walks
  • Vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

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.

Program

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 between 1.5 and 2 hours. The morning class will be a 2-hour practice of traditional Hatha Yoga following the Sivananda method and the evening class will be Yin Yoga, a more held and restorative practice and there will be a Partner Yoga session where we practice in two's.

The days will begin with silent meditation and pranayama breathing exercises to relax and guide you to a space of inner silence, peace and happiness. There will be time to make yourself a cuppa before the morning yoga class and this is followed by breakfast, free time, massages, workshop and the afternoon yoga practice.

Atiya is also a Nutritional Therapist and will be leading a workshop to inspire you in your Yogic Diet and Healthy eating habits for the New Year.

In the evenings there will be other activities that may include meditation and a short talk about Yoga. On New Years Eve we will have songs around the bonfire, New Year intentions and we will see the New Year in with Movement Meditation (or conscious dancing) Here is a general outline of the schedule for New Year (there may be slight changes as we feel necessary)

Sample schedule

Saturday

  • 15:00 Arrival
  • 16:00 Welcome
  • 16:30 Hatha/Sivananda Yoga class
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Meditation & the Five Points of Yoga
  • 21:00 Good night

Sunday

  • 07:00 Meditation & Pranayama breathing exercises
  • 08:00 Hatha/Sivananda Yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Q & A - Yogic Diet / Nutritional Therapy
  • 15:00 Free time
  • 16:30 Yoga class
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Meditation or evening programme
  • 21:00 Sleep well

Monday

  • 07:00 Meditation & Pranayama breathing exercises
  • 08:00 Hatha/Sivananda Yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 Partner Yoga class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - midnight Meditation, setting intentions, Bonfire (weather permitting), Group sharing - bring an instrument if you like or share a story, poem, joke.... We will see the New Year in with a movement meditation. (i.e. conscous dancing)

Tuesday - Happy New Year!

  • 08:00 Meditation, inspiring words, New Year Intentions
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Group walk
  • 11:30 Hatha/Sivananda Yoga class
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Retreat close
  • 15:30 Departure

Included excursions

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

Instructors

Atiya Khan
Atiya was drawn to yoga over ten years ago through books on self-inquiry and meditation. She started to regularly attend yoga classes and felt that there was something much bigger and deeper beyond the physical practice. She completed the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course in Bristol (2011) and yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in Austria (2011) and has been teaching since. She is certified to Advanced Level (2014) and completed an intense personal practice course (Sadhana Intensive, 2016) at the Canada ashram. She is inspired to help people feel at their best.
Kay Bayly
Having completed two years of independent study and practice with Lila and Debbie at Yogaprema in Bristol. Kat went on to complete her 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training with Yogaprema in 2014 in Goa, India. After completing her 200 hours, Kat decided to begin teaching in Frome and Bristol so she could offer others the experience of yoga. Kat teaches from the heart. Her focus within each class is on using breath awareness and alignment to ensure safe practice. She sees yoga as fundamental to her life; it is her passion and this shines through in her teaching.

Retreat location

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

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Whole food
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)

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 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.

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Additional activities or excursions
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday December 29, 2018
Departure: Tuesday January 1, 2019

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