Yin Yoga Retreat

A long weekend to slow right down and find a real sense of peace through the practice of yin yoga, somatic movement and meditation.

Over this retreat weekend we put everything into place for you to let go of the stress and restlessness of our usual world, and allow the body to relax, the mind to settle and come to know our true nature: contentment.
The practice of yin yoga is a gentle way of reaching deep into the body, freeing up the joints and reenergising the whole system so we feel more mobile and more alive. 

Although rarely practiced in a regular class Yin Yoga also encompasses Yang flows (such as The Golden Seed) to wake up the body, some of which we will practice in the morning.
Somatic movement is subtle method of bringing awareness to the body. It teaches us to move more naturally and gracefully.
Meditation reveals what our thoughts and feelings are made of and taps into our consciousness that can see beyond them. It helps us to listen to ourselves and to our bodies more carefully so we can make better choices in life.

The Barton is a secluded farm in Mid-Devon surrounded by nothing but countryside with far reaching views and short or long walks inside or beyond its gates. It’s profoundly quiet and peaceful, no sounds of cars or worldly white noise, just a few chickens scraping about and the hoot of an owl at night.
We will stay in two converted barns – woody, cosy, yet bright and spacious – one of which houses the dining room, the other the yoga space, and there’s a heated indoor swimming pool as well. The facilities are great, the rooms that aren’t ensuite have several bathrooms to choose from, and there are various indoor lounge areas and outdoor patios to catch the sun. There’s a huge woodturning stove in the yoga space to keep us extra warm!

Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, as well as tea, coffee and snacks.

The program of the retreat includes various meditation methods, yin & yang flow, pure yin yoga, breath awareness, visualisation and deep relaxation. There will be ample time for a walk after lunch, local maps are available. There’s an indoor pool for our exclusive use, and a small library with yoga books.
To enhance the experience of connecting with yourself we will be unplugged and in social silence during the retreat, except at evening meal times. Silence is a time honoured tradition to cultivate a deeper quality of being. On retreat we purposely turn away from our daily preoccupations and distractions in order to meet ourselves just as we are and be open to our immediate environment.

Friday:
Arrivals from 4.30pm
7 Supper
8.30 – 9.30 Introduction

Saturday:
7.30 – 8 Meditation
8 Breakfast
10 – 12 Yin & Yang Flow
12.30 Lunch
4 – 6 Yin Yoga
6.30 Dinner
8.30 – 9 Relaxation Meditation

Sunday:
7.30 – 8 Meditation
8 Breakfast
10 – 12 Yin & Yang Flow
12.30 Lunch
3 – 5 Yin Yoga

The venue is ours until Monday morning so if you like to stay on Sunday night you can, at no extra cost. Highly recommended! 

Upcoming dates:

Spring retreat: 26 – 28 April 2019
Autumn Retreat: 25 – 27 October 2019

For information and booking contact Elles.