RETREATS.

 10 - 12 September 2021

REVITALISING ESCAPE
TO PAUNTLEY

with Yoga On A Shoestring

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Set in stunning countryside, Pauntley Court, dating back to the 1300s, offers a tranquil escape in a stunning location. Steeped in history, the house is full of character and offers luxury accommodation with far reaching views across the surrounding countryside. Walk in the exquisite gardens, choose a bench to read your book, or simply get lost in the views. Just two hours from London and only one hour from Bristol and Birmingham, Pauntley Court is perfectly located for a weekend of yoga practice as you fill up on fresh air and nature. With space to contemplate Yoga Philosophy, each morning will start with meditation or a guided walk too.

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A magical and very special country retreat. Each day after morning yoga and a healthy breakfast, there'll be opportunity to walk, enjoy the beautiful grounds, have a massage or relax in one of the comfy lounges. 

Book in to this Autumn treat via their website and I can't wait to join you there x 

Fri 29th - 31st October 2021

EMBERS

with Elena Byers & Steve Taylor

We're back for our Autumn seasonal celebration at our beloved home-in-the-forest, Ragmans Lane Farm!

 
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Join us for a weekend of community, joy & reflection as we celebrate life through embodied practices and restorative massage. This is a seasonal retreat to celebrate the darker months, deeply embedded in the natural world and it's ability to re-remind us how free & curious we innately are.


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'There is subtle movement underlying all else. It is what moves you when you are still and what you hear when there is silence."

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen


You're free to participate as you wish. The days move between creative yoga practices which drop you into the innate wisdom of your own body, restorative massage, time exploring nature, ceremony, epic feasts, and fire circles inside and out. Expect the Ragmans hot tub to be bubbling away ready to ease aching muscles after hikes to the enchanting Cannop Ponds nearby, and if that's your sort of thing -  opportunities for wild swimming are plentiful too. Take your time sifting through the pages of a new book or join for a herbal medicine workshop to expand your knowledge of the local healing plants.


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A retreat with Elena will offer you chances to re-kindle creativity and strength in your body, with movement practices, mantra and proprioception work that guide you into questioning and feeling. Steve cultivates a space where all voices are equally held, his studies in holistic bodywork and shamanism span over a decade, so you're in safe hands there. Together they offer a place where joy and playfulness are paramount, so expect games or sacred song to book-end a day of activities.

The mornings open with herbal tea, Vinyasa and meditation woven with the teachings of non-dual philosophy. The evenings simmer with dedicated restorative practices & sound healing, to reset your nervous system and leave you to blissfully drift into sleep.


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Over course of the weekend you'll receive a 30 minute tailored massage treatment with Steve, rooted in the traditions of Ayurveda and holistic bodywork and inspired by over a decade's worth of knowledge, helping you to unwind, restore muscle tone & re-balance your nervous system during the weekend.


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We'll share 3 delicious vegetarian meals each day in the beautiful open Ragman's kitchen - organic and locally sourced by Trewhitts - and stacked high with treats to fuel you for the day's activities. We are advocates of eating big.

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Please come as you are.

 
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​Home for this weekend is the magical Ragmans Farm. Our beloved playground full of winding streams, swelling rhubarb beds and sunrise mist. Hidden deep in the heart of the Forest of Dean in the Wye Valley, Ragmans is a 60 acre organic farm where permaculture and organic farming practices are the guiding principles to regenerate the land. Nestled in an area of outstanding beauty, a stones throw from the river Wye which we'll wind down to during our Saturday hike. Expect rustic and earthy accommodation, making new friends as you co-habit the dorm and swap wellies.

 

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Date & times: Fri 29th - 31st Oct 2021 / 4pm - 4pm

 
// Accommodation & prices (mixed dormitory accommodation & camping) EARLY BIRD OFFER (book before Jan 1st 2021.) Please be aware accommodation is simple farmhouse style and shared. 

 

Beamed dormitory x 6: £475 (£419 early bird)

 

Bunk dormitory x 4: £455 (£399 early bird)

 

Mezzanine floor dormitory: x3: £455 (£399 early bird)

 

Own tent/campervan: £399 (£349 early bird)

 

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To reserve your place: Elena: 07835 813910 / elenabyers@hotmail.co.uk Steve: 07598 278130 / aym.steve@gmail.com

 

Please don't let money be an obstacle, if you feel called to join us but money stands in the way drop us a line and we'll work out payment options where needed.

WORKSHOPS.

Sunset Kirtan

Under the 'Big Yellow House' Stoke Park, Bristol 

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Weds 19th May 7 - 8.30pm 

 

Remember how good live music is? We’d love to invite you to join us for a sacred sound & kirtan session by the light of the moon (hopefully) & under the ‘big yellow house’. A chance to unwind after work and enjoy being together in community again. We'll explore mantra, kirtan and modern medicine songs with live harmonium and djembe - which you can either join in with, or sink into your blankets and enjoy. Some time to dive into the history of these chants and get a feel for their translations from the Sanskrit too - we’ll have the words written out if you’d like to join in!

 

This is a very open session - all welcome and no 'good singing' required. 

Bring along something warm to wrap up with, a flask, and any instruments you may have. Send me an email to let us know you’re coming.


£8 suggested donation, free to members.
 

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Playing with Gravity: Crow + Headstand

Yoga On The Square

Sat 29th May 11 - 1pm  //

Do you feel you would like to explore inversions//balances more fully?

 

SO often these can feel out of our reach but with help we can enhance and dive deeper into our asana practice through them, discovering more profound playfulness.

 

Inverting the body offers an opportunity to deepen our strength and confidence - headstand ‘Sirsasana’ offers a profound new perspective flip, while crow ‘Bakasana/Kakasana,’ helps us to shift weight into new foundations by reversing the effects of gravity; resting the heart, aiding circulation and unravelling habitual tension in the lower back - bliss! 

 

This workshop will be: a playful flow to build up strength, a break down of the postures and some alignment tips and tricks individual to your body. There’s the option to play with of couple of variations, straddles, twists also. 

Open to all.  

£20, discounts for members//class pass holders.

YOGA FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

I've facilitated in a community & school setting for nearly a decade now, it's one of my greatest joys & challenges to work with young people. Imagine the benefit of yoga amidst the stresses of modern exam time? I often think how good it is mainstream schools are welcoming in teachers to introduce these practices to help support the optimal wellbeing & health of their students. But that's a further conversation perhaps.

 

I work with groups from ages 7-25, and tailor workshops specifically for the individuals involved; like school years 8-10 at Walworth Academy & QEH Schoolor Freedom of Mind Festival's public audience. 

There's no mould, but I work with curriculum - based class structures//incentives, like:

Introduction to Yoga Postures,

Breathing Exercises for Better Mental Health,

Beginning a Meditation Practice. 

Get in touch by email if you'd like to bring a project like this to the young people you know? 

 

 

 

 

FURTHER OFFERINGS:

 

Studios & Festivals

Shamanic Journeying & Yoga

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage

Flow to Restore: Inner Fire, exploring the Manipura
7-week Series: Journey Through the Chakras

Safely Exploring Deeper Backbends

Embodying Flow: Yoga to live ambient soundscape

Reggae Vinyasa 

For community groups, corporate & schools

Accessible Movement for Assisted Mobility Needs

Yoga for Better Mental Health

Yoga For Easing the Effects of Stress in School

Yoga for Connection: In The Workplace

FESTIVALS.

 

Meadows in the Mountains 

Embodying Flow: yoga & chanting with live ambient soundscape

El Dorado 

Elemental Flow & Reggae Yoga 

Wild & Well 

Elemental Flow