May Bank Holiday Cotswold Yoga Retreat 2017
Holycombe, Whichford, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, UK
Friday 25th - Monday 28th August 2017
With Atiya Khan
(Suitable for all levels)
Holycombe is a serene haven of beauty and tranquillity. It is warm and welcoming with a purpose built space for yoga and beautiful gardens to relax in, you cannot help but fall in love with this very special place in the Cotswolds.
Set in a verdant wooded valley on the edge of the Cotswold village of Whichford, Holycombe is built on the grounds of a Norman castle, land which is believed to have been a sacred site many years before Roman occupation. Geomancers and dowsers claim that six leylines converge on the stone circle at the top field.
A natural stream rises from a holy well in the nearby wood and passes through the grounds and down a waterfall. The sound of running water adds to the sense of peace and tranquillity in the grounds whilst a coppice provides a shady outdoor space and a campfire area a place for evening song and chats. A beautiful Garden Room is used for eating in doors whilst a rose-scented terrace is available for eating al-fresco. Holycombe is the perfect venue for that peaceful break and escape from our, all too often busy and stressful lives.
Sample Daily Programme:
Nourishing, 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 2 hours.
The days will begin with silent meditation and a little mantra chanting. This will be followed by the morning yoga class. We then have breakfast followed by free time for massage treatments, nature walks and relaxing, hanging out in the gardens, reading, or maybe taking a gentle stroll to enjoy the nearby bluebell woods, and the afternoon yoga practice.
In the evenings there will be other activities that may include meditation, inspiring cinema and chanting.
You will probably not want to do much when you get to Holycombe except relax, soak in its surrounding beauty and go on Bluebell Walks in the nearby woods. Across a nearby meadow is the ancient Whichford woods with its many rare species of trees and plants, an abundance of wood anemones, primroses and bluebells. Wildlife abounds: everything from Muntjack to polecats and kingfishers. So walks are abundant and the grounds themselves peaceful and serenely beautiful.
Rooms are all unique, single and shared options.
Please can you bring your own top and bottom sheet, pillow case and towels. If this is a problem please contact us.
£298 per person camping
£335 per person in Yurt (4 sharing)
£385 per person twin room
£425 per single room
All meals are included, two yoga classes a day.
Please bring your own yoga mat.
Arrival time on the Friday is 3pm onwards. We will have our first yoga session together at 6pm. We will finish on the Monday after lunch.
Please bring your own top and bottom sheet, pillow case and towels.
Booking - Book Now / Pay Online.
To confirm your retreat place you can either pay a 50% deposit or the full amount. Any remaining balances are due six weeks before the start of the retreat. Retreats are organised through global retreat specialists Yoga On A Shoestring (YOAS). Once we receive your online booking form, further communication will follow from both ourselves and YOAS. To ensure emails don't end up in your junk folder please save firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com in your contact lists. We look forward to welcoming you on the retreat.
For travel details to Holycombe, please visit their website: www.holycombe.com
by car: www.holycombe.com/findus.htm
by public transport: www.holycombe.com/transport.htm
“‘I am still feeling the positive effects from my break. The location was beautiful, the food fantastic, the people lovely and Dory, by far, is the best teacher I have had in 18 years...”
“I really enjoyed it and I have to say that it was largely down to the skill of your facilitation and how well you work together. You both so clearly put happiness on the map from the beginning and it filtered through. Everyone relaxed and smiled! I loved the gentle humour too.
"I also appreciated all the hard work behind the scene and your attention to detail. You were both so generous and thoughtful”
“I really enjoyed it all and found the space and quiet I needed ! Doing so much yoga was great! You are both so gifted at facilitating ... so nurturing and calm. A joy ! Xx”
“a wonderful weekend. I really can’t say anything critical at all - the place was unique and cozy, the food was really impressive, the people were all friendly, the yoga was brilliant, the other activities were varied and fun (film, walks around house, chanting, time on one’s own or chatting with new friends).”