Friday 20th March – Sunday 22nd March 2020

About Emma

I’ve been practising yoga for over 20 years, it’s my coping mechanism and my sanity. I link my practice heavily to the turning of the wheel and the changing of the seasons, sharing the magic that Mother Earth naturally provides and incorporating it into my practice and sharing that magic. My absolute favourite workshops and times to practice are around the solstices, equinoxes and other pagan days of the calendar such as Lammas and Samhain, practising around beautiful mandalas which I create from all that is in season and abundant at that time, spring flowers, grasses and shoots in Spring, pine cones, apples, mushrooms and golden leaves in Autumn all interspersed with candles and crystals to look and smell gorgeous. I work closely with the elements & chakras throughout my practice, link to the lunar phases, incorporate seasonal oils which I hand blend and draw on the divine feminine shakti energy and incorporate goddess inspired vinyasa flows. I love turning my focus inwards, invoking my lunar, feminine energy for an evening, candlelit yin practice and harnessing my yang, solar, outward facing, dynamic energy for a morning flow. I am an eternal student, forever learning but always enjoying the journey which fills me with deep joy and happiness. I’m currently fascinated by healing and sacred sound.

About the retreat

Spring is an opportunity for renewal and rebirth, for planting seeds to nurture and to witness the unending cycle of growth and change. Honoured for thousands of years the Spring Equinox is a celebration of life and fertility, a time for striking a balance and to welcome back the light. Winter is over and with the turning of the wheel and the changing of the season once more, Spring is a time when things begin to emerge, seedlings pop up out of moist soil, insect and animals awake from a dormant state. Spring is a time to celebrate new life, new beginnings and to get back out into nature and Mother Earth and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful setting to achieve this

We will spend the weekend working through the elements within our yoga practice combined with harnessing the natural energy at that time of year and all around us in such beautiful surroundings.

Arrival will be at 4pm on the Friday giving you time to unpack, relax, tour the beautiful grounds and space that we will enjoy over the weekend, get to meet each other before we begin our gorgeous weekend practice. The evening will start with a 90 minute Earth based yin yoga practice, flowing into a serene 30 minute meditation, planting our seeds of intention for the coming season. Candlelit dinner for us all will follow in our own beautiful dining area, giving us time to reflect, kick back and unwind.

Saturday will see us welcome the day with a 2 hour water flow yang practice, letting go of that which no longer serves us as Winter ends, followed by a delicious, fresh, plant based brunch. The rest of the day will be yours to relax, read, journal, explore the grounds, go for a swim, a long walk, check out the beautiful local area, maybe have lunch at one of a number of lovely, old, local pubs full of character and great food. Later we will meet back in our beautiful barn for a 90 minute yin practice, manifesting our intentions for the next season, growing our seeds for our hopes, dreams and wishes in the next cycle of the wheel turning. We will follow our practice with a fire pit ceremony.  Dinner will be served in our own beautiful dining space where we can switch off and relax with each other.
Sunday will open with an uplifting, energising 2 hour air based yang flow, opening our hearts to the joy of Spring all around us and the new season. Brunch will be served afterwards before some free time to absorb all the gorgeous feels you will have created for yourself. We will close with a beautiful yin based 60 minute practice and closing circle. Departure by 4pm on the Sunday.

The Food

Think delicious, fresh, prepared on site in our own kitchen, locally sourced, vibrant, colourful, plant based food, prepared by loving, award winning chefs. Meals will include daily brunch, snacks on arrival on the Friday and Sunday afternoon, including the most gorgeous vegan cakes, infused fresh waters and teas available to help yourself throughout the weekend and dinner on the Friday and Saturday evening. You’ll be free to explore the stunning local countryside and snuggle down in a choice of great country pubs for lunch on the Saturday.

Prices

Currently this retreat is fully booked but please email me to be added to the waiting list and emailed about future retreats and workshops.

Please email me at: emmasmithies@hotmail.com

About the accommodation

There is a choice of beautiful accommodation available to you:

Gorgeous, luxurious converted bedrooms in the Great Barn, all of which are ensuite with underfloor heating, sumptuously comfy beds, superior linen, beautiful fixtures and fittings and are available either as triplet rooms, double or a limited number of single occupancy (which will be subject to a single occupancy supplement);
If you want to channel your inner child for a weekend truly immersed in magic and the great outdoors there is a choice of Tree temples (on the ground) and Tree houses (in the trees). These really are like nothing else. All Tree houses have central heating powered by the Manor’s new renewable biomass boiler.

What’s not included

Travel to and from the retreat
Lunch on the Saturday, there are some lovely local pubs full of character and great food

Any alcohol, should you wish to enjoy a glass of wine with your evening meal there is no problem in you bringing your own bottle to enjoy, within reason, throughout the weekend.

What’s included

All yoga equipment, you need not bring a thing, if you wish to however you are more than welcome.
All yoga and meditation classes and fire pit ceremony.
Teas, infused water, snacks and cakes (including vegan) throughout the weekend.
Daily brunch, evening dinner on Friday and Saturday, snacks and cakes on the Sunday before departure.
Two nights luxury accommodation in the option of your choice.
Fresh air, great company and a happy space filled with like minded yogis to relax, nurture your mind, body and soul, switch off, unwind and absorb mother nature all around.

Open to all levels and all abilities, including mamas to be. If you have any questions on any aspect of the weekend including occupancy and numbers for the tree houses and/or ensuite great barn bedrooms, special dietary requirements, injuries, travel, yoga, a general chat, to say hello or to book, drop me an email on emmasmithies@hotmail.com.

 

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