The word retreat means “time taken to reflect or meditate” and it’s no wonder that spending our holiday time retreating from the world has become so popular. 21st century living is packed full of stimulus and demands and just stepping away from the laptop and smartphone can be a welcome respite.
For me, ‘getting away from it all’ has always meant finding peace and space to be able to really notice where I am and how I feel. This especially includes watching tensions and emotional baggage ease out from my body in a way that can’t quite happen when we’re punctuating life with a class or home practice. A dedicated time period with just this focus can have profound effects on bodies, minds and spirits.
From the first yoga retreat I attended, I knew they offered such pauses in life, where we might turn up with a full head and leave with space for new perspectives. Every yoga holiday or retreat I’ve attended as a student has been a clear delineation from one phase to another; sometimes more dramatic, sometimes more subtle, but always a positive shift. I love the chance to help others feel the same!
Having heard so many good things about Les Passeroses and knowing that many yoga teachers return year after year, I am extremely excited to be running a yoga holiday there in 2015. The owners love and passion for their venue clearly shines and I’m working with them to ensure a menu of local produce that fits the nutritional guidelines for The De-Stress Effect; with an emphasis on taste of course!
I always weave mindfulness into my yoga teaching to focus on how we feel and where we can explore space, release and awareness, but with a whole week to play, there’s also time for more meditation, somatic practice and exercises to investigate how we can be more at peace with ourselves, more self-compassionate and let go off the stuff we don’t need more easily. Great to do in a nurturing and beautiful setting…
I also chose Les Passeroses because we can get there by Eurostar and I love both the environmental benefits of that and avoiding the stress of airports. There is the option to fly too though.
- 7 nights £650 (sharing) to £850 (single) – ask about rooms (not including flights and transfers) – £150 deposit payable to secure a place to Charlotte Watts.
- Price is per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double or single as arranged and includes all food, yoga tuition and optional nutrition talks.
- Friday 27th February – Sunday 1st March 2015
- Friday 6th – Sunday 8th November 2015
I am a regular visitor to Gayles, with 2015 being my third year – simply because a weekend in this beautiful setting never fails to create an atmosphere for calm, peace, easy laughter and rejuvenation. The dedicated yoga space always provides a dedicated silent space and really facilitates the mindful and explorative nature of the practice.
The dormitory accommodation is really lovely; students have always enjoyed the inclusive environment they provide, set in Gayles’ beautiful gardens. The silent walk along the cliffs is always a highlight for me, always offering something new whatever the weather! The food is great (much from their own gardens) and there are so many nooks and quiet spaces to enjoy, as well as communal areas.
- standard rate £270
- early-bird rate £250 if booked before 6 weeks of the start date
- one single and one double room available for a supplement – contact me for details
- Book early as only 18 places available!