Yoga and Forest Bathing Retreat
Forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in, or slowly passing through a woodland. It affects all the senses and as you breathe deeply, the essential oils of the trees are absorbed by your body, having a profound effect on positive feelings, stress hormone levels, parasympathetic nervous activity, sympathetic nervous activity, blood pressure, heart rate and brain activity.
On this retreat we amplify the benefits of yoga with some Forest bathing, the two will combine to bring you into a state of harmony with yourself and the universe. The yoga teaching will be focussed around the energy of the season as each one has its own special energy, with its particular lessons to teach us if only we take the time to pause and listen.
Chill out, escape your city life and join us in the woods to connect with your best self and natures seasonal wisdom. The perfect break to share with friends and loved ones. To Book now or for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd - 5th October 2018
Seasonal Yoga- Autumn
It is all change, daylight is shorter and there is a sense that the earth’s energy is gathering inward and preparing to ‘let go’ for winter.
Perhaps it is time for you too to let go of things you may be holding on to, remove the old and focus only on those things that you truly value?
Think of the phrase, "being in your element" and start to live in tune with nature and its changing energy.
Late Summer, Earth Element - centring, stable energy - balancing the Stomach & Spleen meridians
Autumn, Metal Element - drawing inwards, returning to centre, consolidating - balancing the Lungs & Large Intestine meridians
What to expect
You will be staying in the woods in either a luxury yurt or a beautiful log cabin. Each sleeping 2 people comfortably and heated by a wood burner to keep you toastie and warm.
There will be time to sit and contemplate around the wildlife pond and to huddle round the fire pit at dusk.
Charles Hooper and Lisa Aitken will be your hosts at Forest Garden -Shovelstrode, they share a passion for horticulture, sustainable living and the preservation of traditional rural crafts and have created a unique space to enjoy and connect with nature in the ancient woodland. There is so much to learn in conversation with them.
A hearty Breakfast and delicious Supper will be served in The Forest Garden Cafe a converted stable and a light lunch provided at The Yoga Hub. All meals will be prepared with fresh and locally grown seasonal produce.
The Yoga sessions will be held at The Yoga Hub, a spacious, well equipped dedicated yoga studio a short drive through the countryside in the pretty village of Hartfield, and home of Winnie the Pooh. Julie Bickerton will lead you through practices that bring balance to your heart, mind and soul.
A winding down meditation and breath work session, sharing our yoga stories, wants and wishes around the fire pit at dusk at Forest Garden.
In the morning practice we will take an even paced vinyasa flow sequence, sprinkled with poses that target your hips and shoulders.
The afternoon session will be focussed on nourishing the joints of your spine with a yin style practice whilst turning inwards in a contemplative practice in tune with the season
A slow flow yang style practice in the morning and a restorative practice in the afternoon, drawing inwards, returning to centre, consolidating we will be opening up Lungs & Large Intestine meridians and closing with some intention setting. To send you on your way
In total 10 hours of heart, body and soul nourishing yoga!!
Holistic massage sessions can be booked in advance for the beginning or end of each day, price on request