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Weekend Yoga Retreat in the Cotswolds

Next Weekend (fingers crossed): 11th to 13th June 2021

Join the Unlikely Yogi for a weekend yoga retreat at the amazing Holycombe Holistic Centre in Whichford near Shipston-upon-Stour.

There will be four yoga sessions over the weekend and other relaxing activities which you can join in or not as suits you. All meals are included, (apart from a visit to the village pub, The Norman Knight, on Friday night) and we are happy to cater for your dietary requirements.

It will be a weekend full of yoga and meditation, good hearty food and relaxation in the company of like-minded women, with plenty of time to socialise, relax or take some quiet space if you need it. There’ll be sound healing and other mindfulness activities. Weather depending we will also explore the local area with a country walk.

Booking and Questions

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to book a spot; the cost, based on two sharing, is £350 per person where a non-refundable deposit of £50 is received before the end of December 2020. Payment plans and single room occupancy supplements available.

You can read reviews from past yoga retreat attendees on my blog.

If you haven’t been on a yoga retreat before you may have questions, I have tried to answer them below; please feel free to contact me with anything else. 

Or you can BOOK NOW to send your deposit to secure your place on this special weekend yoga retreat. Once received you will receive our Terms and Conditions.

An example weekend schedule is as follow:

Friday 

  • 4pm – Arrival and Settle In
  • 5.30-7pm – Welcome Circle/Meditation & Gentle Yoga
  • 8.00pm – Dinner at The Norman Knight Pub

Saturday 

  • 8.00am – Tea/Coffee and Fruit Available
  • 8.10am – Silent time / Meditation in the Angel room
  • 8.30am – Yoga 1.5 hours
  • 11am – Brunch
  • 12 – 3pm Free Time / Massages
  • 3pm – Tea and Cake
  • 5-6pm – Yin/Restorative Yoga
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm – Sound Healing Session
  • 8pm – Dinner
  • 9pm – Wind-down and Relax

Sunday 

  • 8.30am – Tea/Coffee or Light Snack
  • 8.40am – Silent time / Meditation in Yoga Room
  • 9-10.30am – Yoga
  • 10.30-11.30am – Free Time / Massages
  • 11.30am – Brunch
  • 12pm – Free Time / Massages / Country Walk (weather permitting)
  • 3pm – Depart

I usually take fourteen students, at the time of writing (Sept 2020) I’m unsure as to what the guidelines will be next June.

Holycombe is a purpose-built retreat centre and family home built in the small village of Whichford. 

The house is a beautiful eco-build on its own large ground with little mobile phone signal. The perfect place to switch off in more ways than one and fully immerse yourself in the retreat. 

Browse the photos to the right in the gallery to see more.

 

 

The group is usually a mix of meat-eaters and vegetarians and the occasional vegan and so either provide food that is suitable for us all or alternatives for both diets. Last year I prepared a chicken, tomato and spinach curry, with a chickpea alternative suitable for vegans.

I am happy to cater for your dietary requirements, intolerances or allergies. I am gluten-free, eat minimal dairy and have other food I must avoid so alternative milks and gluten-free bread and cake are commonplace.

Contact me to discuss your requirements if you have more questions.

Yes, double rooms can be used with single occupancy subject to a supplement of £100 for the weekend.

There are three parts to the accommodation, the Main House, the Lodge and the Studio. 

In the Main House there are two double rooms which can be used by either two good friends or for single occupancy. There are also two twin rooms.

In the Lodge there are two twin and one triple room.

In the Studio there is a double and a single room. However this is regularly co-opted by Charlotte and Chloe, who rename it for the weekend as the ‘Gin Palace’ and so I believe that gives you all the information that you need about those two.

In general, no but there are plenty of facilities. One of the twin rooms upstairs in the Main House has its own en-suite bathroom, but this room isn’t available for single occupancy, due to the demand for twin rooms.

Otherwise the four remaining bedrooms in the Main House share two bathrooms and an additional separate toilet.

In the Lodge there is one bathroom shared between the three bedrooms.

In the Studio there is one bathroom shared between the two rooms.

Downstairs in the Main House, where we spend most of our time, there is a full shower room with toilet and an additional toilet for use during the day.

The village of Whichford is located just south of Shipston-upon-Stour in the Cotswolds. The easiest way to get to Whichford is to drive but you can also get the train. The nearest station is Moreton-in-Marsh, which is an hour and a half direct journey from London. I can often arrange for you to be collected by another student to save on taxi fare.

There are several lovely walks to be had around the retreat and the village of Whichford. If you would like to go out on Saturday afternoon or before departing on Sunday you can visit Whichford Pottery. Several students make time for a 20 minute drive out to Daylesford to visit the gorgeous farm shop (usually to buy candles and other goodies.)

We do yoga in The Angel Room, sized at 25ft x 20ft, it has plenty of room for us all.

It’s a truly beautiful yoga space with lots of light and a wooden floor with the option for a big rug. There are French windows that open up onto the terraced garden and a fireplace. 

You will find some photos of the Angel Room in the Gallery to the right.

Apart from a meal at the village pub The Norman Knight on Friday night, all meals are provided and included in the cost. 

We have a large brunch on Saturday after yoga, a mid afternoon tea and homemade cake break and a three course meal on Saturday evening.

On Sunday morning another large brunch is served.

Alcohol is not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own to drink on the Saturday evening.

We visit the pub for dinner on the Friday night, mainly for the walk out, their incredible food and as a bonding exercise for the group. Most of us have a drink or two.

It’s a yoga retreat and not a girls weekend, so nobody is over-indulging, but I see nothing wrong with a glass or two with dinner.

 

Usually, on Saturday we have the amazing Ariadne Los of Lazy Moon Wellbeing available for 30 minute massages. I arrange the times and take a deposit and the balance is payable directly to Ariadne on the day.

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