A Wonderful, Long Weekend of Yoga
11th – 14th April 2019, from £450
Yewfield, The Lake District
A rare opportunity for a peaceful, relaxing and inspiring UK yoga weekend in the heart of the stunning English Lake District. Yewfield is ideally situated for breathtaking walks or just relaxing and enjoying the views of this exquisite region of rare natural beauty, indeed the inspiration of the Lakeland poets. Yewfield is a luxurious and comfortable vegetarian B&B that is situated in an amazing location with a light, airy and spacious studio ideal for yoga.
There are over 80 acres of land around the house, including native woodland, rough fell pasture, a small tarn and a stream. The grazed pasture is carefully managed giving priority to ecological considerations. The views from the house are truly inspiring and breathtaking.
There will be two yoga classes each day. Mornings begin with meditation and pranayama, moving into an uplifting, dynamic practice inspired by a Sivananda format and the 12 basic postures to strengthen, flex and align the body. The evening classes will generally be restorative in approach, working with a meditative mind focused on breath and posture, working towards a greater depth of awareness, and sense of inner peace.
Each day after morning yoga and a hearty breakfast, there will be the opportunity to explore the areas many walks and breathtaking surroundings with a picnic lunch. This is a very special place indeed! The walks are not guided and completely optional if you would prefer to take in the beauty of the Lakes in a different way.
Arrival time on the Thursday is from 3pm onwards. You can arrive earlier from 1pm if you want to explore the beautiful surroundings. The first yoga session will be at 5pm. The weekend will finish mid-morning on the Sunday after yoga and breakfast.
Yewfield is set in a quiet elevated position with panoramic views over the Vale of Esthwaite, Lake Windermere and the Fells beyond andjust a short distance from Tarn Hows, a well known and popular destination in the Lake District.
Between yoga classes there will be time for you to explore the woodland, open fell and lakes that start right from the front door. If you fancy staying in and curling up with a good book, the large lounge at Yewfield offers a quiet space to relax and enjoy the fine views, music or book collection from the extensive library allowing you to make the most of your relaxing break in the Lake District.
For further information contact Ceri
To book contact Yoga on a Shoestring
“I had a wonderful weekend at Yewfield. This was my first YOAS retreat and it did not disappoint. Ceri is a great yoga instructor who bought knowledge, humor, and calm to each session. Yewfield is a beautiful location with no shortage of things to do from stunning walks to browsing around the local shops. As a group we formed amazing connections which made the whole experience an absolute joy. I'm still enjoying the relaxing and grounding benefits of being at Yewfield and would highly recommend Ceri and YOAS to anyone interested in a yoga retreat. Thank you!
“I had a wonderful time at Yewfield. Ceri is an inspirational, caring and creative yoga teacher who has really developed my skills and understanding. The hotel, staff and food were all great in a superb location – I would definitely go back.”
Luxury Yoga Holiday
11th – 18th May 2019, from £775
Tigmi near Marrakesh, Morocco
Tigmi, situated 24km south of Marrakesh, is set within a magical desert landscape. On the brow of the Berber hamlet of Tagadert, its labyrinth of narrow alleyways and flat-roofed village houses has a timeless, biblical feel.
'Tigmi', meaning 'my house' in the local Berber dialect, was built in 1840 for the local judge. As with many North African dwellings, the interior is all: a step inside, and the peaceful beauty of Tigmi is revealed. The first impression is of a lovely garden laid to lawns and paths, with banana palms, citrus and olive trees and a swimming pool with soft, jade-coloured water. The scents and colours of orange blossom and roses assail the senses. Fifteen tortoises live in this garden, adding to the unhurried feel of this tranquil oasis.
There are two swimming pools, one of which is heated to 26 degrees throughout the year. There are sun-loungers around the pool and shaded areas in the gardens, furnished with comfortable divans for those of you who prefer to laze around out of the sun. The rest of the day can be spent lazing Moroccan style: lounging, reading or swimming in one of the two pools, playing backgammon or chess in one of the many gardens and courtyards or popping into Marrakesh on the hotel's free mini-bus service.
Tigmi also has its own ha-mam, spa treatments and massage therapists on hand. There are a few bicycles available for the more energetic to explore the local area.
Outside of Tigmi there are local sporting activities such as horse riding and golf. Cultural treats are plentiful with mosques, museums, a visit to the famous square Jemaa el Fna with its acrobats, dancers and magicians, the Majorelle Gardens and the grove of 150,000 palm trees at La Palmeraie. A visit to one of the souks in Marrakesh's old city is an art form in itself, with busy market stalls and colourful displays of the traders' wares - local crafts, satins, silks, glittery shoes, leather wares, paintings, spices and food.
There are various day excursions further afield, arranged by the hotel such as a visit to the Atlas Mountains or coastal Essaouira. Music lovers may have heard of the Festival d'Essaouira which hosts four days and nights of African gnawa music, world music and jazz. For the more energetic, subject to snowfall, skiing can be enjoyed in the small resort of Oukaimeden in the Atlas range.
There will be two yoga classes daily with one yoga-free day. Each morning will begin with meditation, pranayama and a flowing asana class. The morning practice will gently open the body and attune the mind to the breath, slowly moving and building into a flowing and dynamic sequence. The evening class will be more gentle and restorative. All classes will be suitable for all levels. The yoga space is a covered roof terrace with stunning views of Marrakesh across the plains.
A breakfast of delicious home-made juices, honey, yoghurts, pancakes, cheeses, locally made breads, fresh fruit and cereals will be served after class. There will be a salad buffet lunch. All evening meals are traditionally North African dishes, with vegetarian meals also wonderfully prepared on request.
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“I have had a wonderful time. The venue was fantastic and Ceri is an inspirational teacher. Her down to earth approach makes yoga accessible to everyone and she combines both the physical and spiritual elements of yoga practice seamlessly. She is a kind and caring teacher.”
The Perfect Winter Yoga Holiday On La Gomera
2nd – 19th November 2018, from £630
The Canary Islands
About Finca Argayall
Finca Argayall is one of the best kept secrets of the Canary Islands. This magical venue on the unspoilt island of La Gomera, sits nestled in the cliffs in a secluded bay. With a spectacularly diverse landscape. The contrast of the rainforest, unspoilt beaches and small fishing towns makes a visit to this island a full and rich experience.
The venue itself runs as a community and welcomes others to experience and respect this beautiful and unique life. There is an organic farm, tropical gardens, a natural spring, two swimming pools and the beach a few steps away.
A wonderful opportunity to take some luxurious time for yourself, to restore and nourish mind, body and soul in the truly healing environment of La Finca. There will be two 90 minute yoga classes each day, suitable for all levels and yoga experience. There will be one yoga free day.
The daily programme
Ceri will offer two sessions each day. The morning practice will gently open the body and attune the mind to the breath, slowly moving and building into a flowing and dynamic sequence.
There will be time set aside in the day to explore and take in the stunning beauty of the surroundings, relax by the pool or dip into the sea just a few steps away. The group will meet again in the late afternoon for a more gentle and restorative class.
The holiday is suitable for all levels of ability. There will be one yoga free day. Please note that due to the unique set up at La Finca, you will also have an opportunity to join their own programme should you so wish. This might include: silent meditation, shamanic dance or even more yoga - a wonderful opportunity to open up and explore!
Things to do
Throughout each day you will be offered three organic vegetarian meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Apart from one evening when we can go into the nearby village to taste the culinary delights offered locally. In the village you can also book to go mountain biking, dolphin watching and kayaking. There are plenty of walks on offer on this beautiful island, from traditional fishing villages to rain-forests, banana plantations and secluded sandy beaches.
Or you might just want to stay within the beauty of the venue itself, relaxing by one of the two pools or simply take a few steps onto the beach and go for a swim in the warm, blue sea. Treatments such as massage and homeopathy are also available at an additional cost.
Cost from £630
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“The retreat was absolutely transformative for me. The Finca Argayall is a magical place. Staff were so wonderful, and all the food was nutritious and delicious. I had no stomach issues from any of the food or water. My accommodations were spectacular, and I felt safe and welcomed.
This was my first time attending a yoga retreat, and I really had no idea what to expect. Ceri is an incredible teacher. She has a warm heart and exudes kindness; she led the group through a powerful emotional journey and adapted the practice to help guide everyone through their own process. We had a challenging group, both in that a number of attendees were yoga instructors themselves but also because I think everyone came to the retreat really wanting to work on an aspect of themselves.
I brought home with me an open heart and a clear head, which is something I really wanted to get from the retreat. I've taken a few classes since being home, and have incorporated a number of things Ceri taught the group into my own practice.
Thank you again for being so understanding of my travel issues. I know my last minute emails from delayed flights wasn't ideal, but with your help and with phone calls from Grace at The Finca – everything turned out great!”
“I booked this as a last minute trip and I’m relatively new to yoga and was my first retreat. This exceeded my expectations and I loved the unique location for its magical and tranquil atmosphere. The fresh food grown on site was delicious every meal. Ceri is a fabulous and engaged teacher who taught me lots to kick start my yoga journey. I would not hesitate to recommend and return.”
“Absolutely loved my yoga holiday in La Gomera last week. Wonderful location lovely people and a fantastic teacher! Ceri was so lovely and knowledgeable. I really loved the whole experience.”