Fri 28th - 31st October 2022
with Elena Byers & Steve Taylor
We're back for our Autumn seasonal celebration at our beloved home-in-the-forest, Ragmans Lane Farm!
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.
'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'd like to. 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 us for a natural medicine workshop with our herbalist Maria to unlock the wisdom of the native Wye Valley plants.
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 makes a space where all voices are equally held, his studies in holistic and remedial bodywork, nature based practices, and now Physiotherapy span over a decade, so you're in safe hands. 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 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.
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.
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.
Please come as you are.
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.
Date & times: Fri 28th - 31st October 2022 / 4pm - 4pm
// Accommodation & prices (mixed dormitory accommodation & camping.) Please be aware accommodation is simple farmhouse style and shared.
Beamed dormitory x 6: £525
The Library Room: x 2: £525
Bunk dormitory x 4: £500
Own tent/campervan: £450
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.
19 - 26 June 2022
A deeply immersive island escape to Kefalonia, Greece
with Yoga On A Shoestring
Each day will begin with a flowing asana class on the wonderful yoga platform overlooking the endless blue ocean, opening the body and attuning the mind to the breath. Sunsets, embodied flow and sacred song. Come dive in?
15 - 17 July 2022
A Summer coastal retreat,Dorset
with Yoga On A Shoestring
Wild shores and practice in the beautiful Bonhays eco-retreat centre, with Tantrik philosophy explorations and indoor heated pool to soothe yourself in.
Monthly Sacred Song
Sat 30th Apr 22
7 - 8.45pm
A chance to unwind after work and enjoy being together in community again. We 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.
£20 suggested donation, book direct via Yogasara or email to be put on the waitlist.