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This is a weekend winter yoga and mindfulness retreat exploring how a loving kindness practice and the natural energetics of the body can support physical, emotional and mental balance. You will be staying in a beautiful rural retreat centre with an open fire to keep cosy in the evenings. During the weekend you will learn how to appreciate the hidden value of transition and experience a wider perspective of balance and movement.
During the retreat, you will be accommodated in a twin room. If you wish to have more privacy, there are a very limited number of single rooms. There are five bedrooms all together. Upstairs there is a double-bedded room with kitchenette, two twin beds, and bathroom with bath or shower. Downstairs there is a double-bedded room, one twin-bedded room, and another bathroom with bath or shower.
There is a cozy sitting room with log fire and an attractive tiled kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, under-counter oven, and electric hob and all necessary utensils. The kitchen French windows open out to the south facing patio, and to the beautiful view.
Although the house sleeps ten, it is most comfortable with six to eight guests as the kitchen and sitting room are not huge. Guests are asked to bring their own top and bottom sheets, pillow-cases and towels unless they are travelling from abroad, then they will be supplied with the before mentioned for a small extra charge. The house is centrally heated and there is abundant hot water.
Sarah and Hugh's teaching gives the opportunity to experience a fresh approach to yoga with the integration of mindfulness as a fundamental way of practicing. Working with an awareness that your stiffest muscle is between your ears, you can move towards an experience of lightness, freedom, and balance on the mat and then start to apply what you have learnt in daily life.
For those new to yoga and interested more specifically in mindfulness there will be attention to the introductory building blocks of yoga practice (bandhas, breath, and balance) and also plenty of opportunity to practice different mindfulness approaches in guided meditation. A typical weekend retreat schedule is shown below and you can attend as much or as little as you like.
Sarah’s teaching has been influenced by FYP’s contemporary take together with the more traditional styles of Danny Paradise, John Scott, Manju Jois, Liz Lark, Reema Datta and the teachers at Jiva Mukti. The approach introduced to her by Hugh Poulton together with the tranquil wisdom meditation teaching of Sister Khema and the voicework of Patrissia Cuberos have been transformative.
Holycombe is set in a verdant wooded valley on the edge of the Cotswold village of Whichford. A natural stream rises from a holy well in the nearby wood, passes even though the grounds and down a waterfall. The sound of running water adds to the sense of peace and tranquility.
A coppice provides shady outdoor space; there is a campfire area and a large stone circle on the castle site. Across a meadow there is the ancient Whichford wood with many rare species of trees and plants, an abundance of wood anemones, primroses and bluebells in spring, chestnuts, blackberries, and sloes in autumn. Wildlife abounds: everything from Muntjack to polecats and kingfishers.
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Daily delicious home cooked vegetarian meals will be provided throughout the weekend retreat. The brunch on the Sunday is at a local cafe, The Straw Kitchen, and is at an additional charge.
Use your free time to walk in the beautiful Cotswold countryside or relax around a roaring fire.
Massages are available on site and can be booked at an additional cost. Pre-booking is advised.
Please book your flights to Heathrow Airport (LHR) or to Gatwick Airport (LGW) in London. There is an airport bus to Oxford, but then you have to get from Oxford to Chipping Norton by bus, or by train from Oxford to Banbury or Moreton-in-Marsh. There is also an airport coach from Heathrow to Banbury. From either Banbury or Moreton-in-Marsh or Chipping Norton you will need to get a taxi. Other than that, sharing a taxi from Heathrow might be the answer.
Buses from Oxford (Gloucester Green Station) come as far as Chipping Norton (five miles away) so again a taxi is necessary. There are regular buses from London Victoria to Oxford - Oxford Citylink and Oxford Tube.
The nearest railway station (five miles away) is Moreton-in-the-Marsh which is on the Oxford-Hereford line. From London you leave from Paddington Station. From Moreton you will need to get a taxi - it is a small country station so booking is a good idea. The cost of taxi is approximately 15 GBP.
Banbury rail station is 12 miles away and can be reached from Paddington and Marylebone Station. There are plentiful taxis there.
You may share a taxi cab from Heathrow airport to the venue. If you decide to take the train or bus from Oxford to either Banbury, Moreton-in-Marsh, or Chipping Norton you will need to get a taxi after to get to the venue.