Yoga & Forest Bathing
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October 2023
Fall freely into the season of change with a nurturing weekend in the Somerset countryside.
An elegant country house poised on the edge of a rural North Somerset village, in a secluded location at the end of a sweeping drive, offers a truly serene yet extremely accessible location in which to welcome in the fall season.
As the tree gracefully sheds its' once bright leaves creating a soft carpet of melded browns, brushed auburns and golden cinnamon hues, the fall season is a time for gathering in. Leave the world behind - just for the weekend and join me in this yoga retreat and experience various types of yoga practice - from vinyasa flow to yoga nidra. Fully catered you can enjoy delicious vegan/vegetarian meals and a forest bathing experience.
Thoughtful and considerate attention will ensure that everyone who attends, regardless of age or experience, can fully enjoy each class. All classes take place in a warmly inviting space, where the dwindling light of the season naturally cascades in from every angle.
Your Weekend Home
The venue has 9 spacious double bedrooms and 5 superb bathrooms each with shower and roll-top bath. There is a charming morning room which catches the morning and afternoon light and offers breath taking views of the surrounding countryside. We will gather together to eat, drink, chat and relax, and share stories and laughter around a roaring log fire. The accommodation offers everything required to make this the perfect setting in which to retreat and share yoga, relaxation, connection and plenty of enriching self-nourishment.
October is an inspiring time to venture outside and enjoy the earthy colours of nature's pallet. The venue's landscaped private grounds encircle the house. There is an architecturally bordered pond, romantic arbours and secluded groves all of which are connected via meandering paths which flow whimsically through the estate. Like the leaves that fall freely from the trees you can roam free, discover and enjoy.
Guest Reflections from last year's seasonal weekend retreats...
"I loved Emma's style of teaching and have never been to another class quite like hers. I leave her classes feeling utterly at peace and I think it's because she creates an environment you can relax deeply into and achieve a moving meditation. "
"I feel so revitalised by the weekend. Such a fun and wonderful group. Thank you to everyone."
What a perfect weekend, I loved every minute. The yoga was both physically challenging and relaxing in equal measure. The company was glorious, lots of laughs and support throughout. Can't wait for the next one.
"Thank you to Emma for a lovely weekend. The practices were high level as always. Vegan food from Alice was very very good, she needs and extra thank you! Really enjoyed the forest bathing, lovely seeing how peaceful everyone became. Emma's chanting in the hall had great resonance - all in all a great weekend."
"Emma exceeded my expectations for the Yoga Retreat. The venue was stunning and the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. The yoga was super nourishing as was the spectacular full moon meditation. I have experienced many Yoga Avenue events and always come away wanting more."
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: All yoga classes (props provided but please bring a mat if you have one) meals* as outlined below and a bespoke gift to take home as a beautiful memory of your weekend.
*vegan/vegetarian food - dietaries can be accommodated, please advise upon booking. You are very welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages to accompany your evening meal only please.
Suggested Retreat Itinerary:
Friday 20th October
From 3:30pm - Guest arrivals, settle into rooms and explore your surroundings
4:00pm - Herbal Teas and Proper Coffee accompanied by scrumptious cake to enjoy whilst you gather and connect with fellow retreaters around a cosy fire.
5:30pm - Welcome circle followed by a grounding Hatha Yoga
7:15pm - Welcome Drinks served in the morning room followed by nourishing vegan/vegetarian supper
9:00pm - Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep/relaxation)
Saturday 21st October
8:30am - Mythical Vinyasa flow yoga. (Please note the practice will be adapted to suit the group)
11:00am - Hearty, healthy and delicious brunch
1:00pm - Shinrin Yoku (bathe in the atmosphere of the forest) awaken all your senses and experience the many uniquely healing benefits the forest has to offer us.
3:30pm - Nutritious Smoothie and re-energising snacks in front of the fire
5;30pm - Yang to Yin practice (blending the entwining energies of Hatha and Yin yoga)
7:15pm - Suppertime
Sunday 22nd October
8:30am - Elemental Vinyasa Yoga, a fun flowing practice to align mind, body and spirit with the season that embraces change (Please note the practice will be adapted to suit the group)
10:30am - Breakfast/Brunch (including the most delicious granola ever!)
12noon - Pranayama (breathing exercises) & meditation - embrace the re-tones of Autumn's offering (no asana involved)
1:30pm - Closing circle, farewells and gift bags to take home
(Please note timings and activities may alter slightly depending on weather conditions and the needs of the group. Participation in any of the activities is entirely voluntary, so if you want to skip something, explore your surroundings, simply put your feet up, rest or read a book please know that you are most welcome to do just that. Special dietary requirements may incur an additional charge.)