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3 Days Embodied Menopause Yoga Retreat Cotswolds UK

  • Holycombe, Whichford, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 5PH, England, UK

Overview

Embodied Menopause Yoga Retreat

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.

Highlights

  • Experienced yoga instructor
  • Softly dynamic yoga and mindfulness classes
  • Sessions for balance, support, energy and relaxation
  • One brunch and two evening meals
  • 2 nights accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 14.

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Friday

  • 16:00 Arrival
  • 18:15 - 19:15 Introduction to the natural energy of the body moving from your inner core, feeling its heart beat, being kind to your hips
  • 19:45 Dinner
  • 21:30 - 22:00 Embodied woman body scan and relaxation

Saturday

  • 08:30 - 10:30 Stability and flexibility developing your mind’s attention in the body to support movement and resilience with breathing, grounding, and inner core exercises
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Relating to challenge with balance and ease exploring through movement how the wisdom of the body can support your fear of change
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Expressing kindness in the body practising loving kindness
  • 19:30 Dinner

Sunday

  • 08:30 - 10:30 Appreciating the hidden value of transition moving towards an experience of balance and expansion in movement
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Curious questions and relaxation
  • 11:00 Brunch at the Straw Kitchen (not included)
  • 14:00 Departure
  • Sarah Hadden

    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.

Nearby places

  • Banbury, 12 miles
  • Cheltenham, 25 miles
  • Oxford, 25 miles
  • Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 miles
Activities
  • Massage
  • Pilates
  • Reiki
General
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 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)

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.

  • 1 brunch and two evening meals
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Experienced teachers, developers of this integrated approach
  • Softly dynamic yoga and mindfulness sessions to support, energise, relax and balance you

Driving directions from London

  • From London M40 north, take junction eught (A40) for Oxford, leave on A44.
  • Take A3400 going north at Chipping Norton roundabout.
  • At north end of Long Compton take right turn up steep hill signposted Whichford (where the main road bends steeply to the left, 200 yards past the church).
  • After two miles along high ridge, and 100 yards after Whichford sign, take first right down steep lane Holycombe is on your right at the bottom of the dip.

Driving directions from Stratford-upon-Avon

  • From Stratford-upon-Avon take A3400, or from M 40 (Junction 15) take A429 towards Stow-on-Wold, at Halford join A3400 drive south through Shipston-on-Stour.
  • Take the fourth turn left (four miles south of Shipston) to Whichford.
  • After two miles along high ridge, and 100 yards after Whichford sign, take first right down steep lane Holycombe is on your right at the bottom of the dip

Driving from the Banbury (main road way)

  • From Banbury take A361 to the Chipping Norton round-about (intersection of A3400 and A361) then turn north on A3400.
  • Take A3400 going north at Chipping Norton roundabout.
  • At north end of Long Compton take right turn up steep hill signposted Whichford (where the main road bends steeply to the left, 200 yards past the church).
  • After two miles along high ridge, and 100 yards after Whichford sign, take first right down steep lane Holycombe is on your right at the bottom of the dip.

Driving from the East (cross country route)

  • From Gt. Rollright, Banbury etc you will drive down a steep hill into Whichford.
  • The village green and telephone box is on your left, the pub on your right.
  • At war memorial, turn left off the main road and drive past the church which is on your right, then go round right-hand bend, down to the bottom of the dip, and Holycombe is on your left.
  • If you do not turn left at War memorial you will drive past Whichford Pottery then you would turn left and left again and Holycombe is on right.

Driving from the West

  • From M5 (junction 11a) or Fosse-Way (Cirencester) drive to Stow-on-the-Wold and then take A436.
  • If coming via Moreton-in-Marsh take A44.
  • Where A436 intersects with A44 see Greedy Goose gastro pub.
  • If coming from Moreton, take a left. Coming from Stow - this is a staggered cross-roads so take a right turn then immediate left.
  • After three miles on this B road (passing the Rollright Stones on the right) turn left onto A3400, drive to Long Compton.
  • At north end of Long Compton take right turn up steep hill signposted Whichford (where the main road bends steeply to the left, 200 yards past the church).

Driving from Burford

  • From Burford head for Chipping Norton, continue on A361 until roundabout and turn left onto A3400 and take A3400 going north at Chipping Norton roundabout.
  • At north end of Long Compton take right turn up steep hill signposted Whichford (where the main road bends steeply to the left, 200 yards past the church).
  • After two miles along high ridge, and 100 yards after Whichford sign, take first right down steep lane Holycombe is on your right at the bottom of the dip.

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by train

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.

Arrival by taxi

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.

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