the inner journey A YOGA IMMERSION WEEKEND FOR WOMEN November 24th-26th 2017, Oxfordshire

THE RETREAT

This winter I invite you to join me for a weekend of yoga and wellbeing practices designed to lead you on a journey inwards towards nourishing your soul.

to NOURISH: provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

As the cycle of the year transitions from Autumn (with its tempestuous, changeable feel) and moves into Winter, life can start to feel like a struggle; shorter days, abundant darkness and oftentimes day after day of grey skies that can make us want to run to the sun and yearn for it's end. Societal demands and winter are like oil and water. Nature pulls in, but we are still expected to give out. It is this time of year that 'to nourish' must be made a priority.

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. " ~ John Steinbeck
The energy of winter is quiet but deeply powerful. her beauty is subtle yet challenging, far more so than the other seasons.

And so we learn from nature - that Winter is a time to be cherished. That by sitting in her energy, turning inwards & reflecting on what we can process & let go of that we gift ourselves the fertile ground for future growth.

"Winter is the oldest season; it has the quality of the absolute." ~John O'Donohue

THE PRACTICES

The Inner Journey retreat is intended to be nourishing but also challenging. We will not shy away from going deep. You will be immersed in a full spectrum of yoga practices. Over the course of the weekend there will be 5 asana sessions (both dynamic and more subtle), generous time for pranayama, mantra & meditation as well as philosophy & self-inquiry.

The spacious yoga room is well-heated for winter, has a wood floor and offers beautiful views of the land.

The retreat is ideal for regular yoga practitioners and/or yoga teachers/trainees who are looking for an immersion that will help them deepen their self awareness and practice while gaining inspiration for their life/own teachings.

You will get the most out of it if you come with an open heart and mind. There is an amazingly uplifting and healing strength that comes from getting together with a group of like-minded women. From the verbal connection to the laughter to the shared mealtimes and the the sense of peace that comes from time spent quietly together.

Please note: while there will be strong practices you do not have to able to perform physically difficult asana to attend this retreat - modifications can be offered to suit all body types and injuries.

retreat schedule

(this schedule is subject to change to meet the needs of the group)

THE VENUE

Poundon House is set within extensive landscaped gardens and looking out over an expanse of English countryside, it is the ideal quiet and calm space in which to nourish.

The house was built in 1908 with large groups in mind. Poundon House is blessed with generously sized rooms. Each of the bedrooms have been carefully redecorated and restored over the last five years, while staying true to the (slightly eccentric) country house-style of the era. There are 5 bathrooms, as well as 5 additional toilets. Dressing gowns, shower gels and hand products as well as two towels per guest are provided.

Tea stations are offered throughout the house, and a stunning open fire warms and welcomes guests in the main drawing room.

The entrance hall

Located near the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire border, it is also within easy reach of London, the South East, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, the Cotswolds and Bristol, with fantastic transport links to all of these places.

The nearest train station is Bicester North.

Our cosy communal area with roaring log fire
The library - this room will be reserved for silence
Relax in a deep bubble bath
A selection of the bedrooms.

THE FOOD

Food on the retreat will be lovingly created by Jan, an experienced retreat chef and yogini. Throughout the weekend she will be serving up feasts of nourishing, heart warming and seasonal vegetarian food.

One of Jan's many delicious cakes

There are two dining areas at Poundon, the more formal Yellow Room...

and the cosy (yet enormous) kitchen with its defining feature - this beautiful Aga...

Please notify me in advance of any food allergies or intolerances.

PRICE:

SINGLE ROOM £450

TWIN ROOM SHARING WITH ONE OTHER £365

£100 deposit is required to book your place with the remainder due 10 weeks before the retreat commences.

Please note: there are no en-suite bathrooms. The house retains its original layout so each of the bathrooms are outside the bedrooms and are shared.

Cancellations

I hope that you will be able to attend the retreat but if for any reason once your deposit has been paid that something happens to make this impossible please note the following:

If you can find a willing suitable yogi (subject to my approval) to take your place then it will be fully transferable - please keep me in the loop and we can work on it together.

Otherwise charges apply as follows:

Up to 8 weeks before commencement - loss of deposit

8-4 weeks before commencement - 50% of total price

Less than a month before commencement - 100% of price

ABOUT ME

I'm Charlie. Yoga has been part of my life for 20 years now and it is a joy to be able to share it with others through teaching. I believe that yoga offers us an endless toolbox of practices that enable us to live life with joy and authenticity.

I hold a 500hr Level 4 Teacher Training Diploma with The British Wheel (tutored by Lyn Core).

For more information on the British Wheel of Yoga see their website www.bwy.org.uk

And a 35 hour Forrest Yoga Continuing Education for Teachers tutored by Jambo Truong.

For more about Forrest Yoga click here.

Namaste

Talking in their sleep by Edith M. Thomas

“You think I am dead,”

The apple tree said,

“Because I have never a leaf to show—

Because I stoop,

And my branches droop,

And the dull gray mosses over me grow!

But I’m still alive in trunk and shoot;

The buds of next May

I fold away—

But I pity the withered grass at my root.”

“You think I am dead,”

The quick grass said,

“Because I have parted with stem and blade!

But under the ground

I am safe and sound

With the snow’s thick blanket over me laid.

I’m all alive, and ready to shoot,

Should the spring of the year

Come dancing here—

But I pity the flower without branch or root.”

“You think I am dead,”

A soft voice said,

“Because not a branch or root I own.

I never have died,

But close I hide

In a plumy seed that the wind has sown.

Patient I wait through the long winter hours;

You will see me again—

I shall laugh at you then,

Out of the eyes of a hundred flowers.”

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