WOMEN'S WEEKEND YOGA RETREAT an off-grid woodland immersion - 9th to 11th June 2017

For the 3rd year running I am returning to The Green Escape in Surrey to offer a retreat for women who wish to gift themselves time, connection and serenity.

This retreat is the opposite of complicated. It is about enjoying the simple healing that stepping back from everyday life and immersing yourself in yoga and nature offers.

what to expect?

The weekend will include physical yoga practices (both dynamic and gentle), meditations, philosophy, pranayama (breath work) & yoga nidra - but it also offers so much more...

  • An opportunity to disconnect in order to reconnect. The retreat is off-grid, which means no charging up and using those distracting, energy zapping devices.
  • Spending more than usual time outdoors. The woodland acts as your corridor, with natural pathways leading you from hut to bathroom to communal space.
  • Eating amazing food. Sharing meals, clearing and washing up as a group is a wonderful positive bonding experience.
  • Like-minded company. Whether its sitting in silence or indulging in soulful discussion, the support of a group of women is uplifting.

Yoga, reconnection, nature, nourishment, great company...these things are truly food for our souls.

"The woodland acts as your corridor, with natural pathways leading you from hut to bathroom to communal space."

THE VENUE

Your weekend begins on Friday afternoon. It is a short (10-15 minute) stroll across a field from the farm to the retreat space. Our nearest neighbours are farm animals.

The venue is entirely off-grid; no electricity, no wifi. But being off-grid does not mean roughing it. Hot water for showering is provided by a gas boiler, there are an abundance of wood burning stoves (so no fear of being cold), and the camp is lit by a combination of solar and candle light.

Accomodation is in luxurious shepherd's huts. They are a hug for your senses; the soft smell of pine, the feel of the sumptuous beds, the warmth of the woodburning stove, the rustle of the trees and the sense of grounding and satisfaction that somes from spending a night under the stars.

'Glamping' is not a generous enough term to describe what it's like to stay in one of these beautiful shepherds huts.

THE YOGA

"Purification, refinement, surrender - these are the practical steps on the path of yoga."~ sutra 2.1 Patanjalis yoga sutras

In the most simplified of terms this sutra can taken as: Practice, reflect in a mindful way and accept the things we cannot change (ie: let STUFF go!).

Over the weekend you will experience a wide range of hatha yoga practices; gentle yoga, dynamic flow yoga, slower more yin-style yoga, guided meditation and relaxation, time for discussion and sharing, time to listen and be heard, time to chant, time to be quiet...all underpinned with yoga philosophy and mindfulness.

Most yoga sessions take place in 'The Bales' a cob building that sits at the heart of camp.
"Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life

FOOD

Food is lovingly prepared onsite by our amazing and very experienced chef Jan. Meals are eaten as a group and the menu is delicious, nourishing and vegetarian.

"Sharing meals, clearing and washing up as a group is a wonderful positive bonding experience."

If you have any specific dietary requirements then please let me know in advance so they can be accommodated.

FREE TIME

Of course it's up to you how you spend your time. Lounging on a hammock reading a book (bring your own or dip into the section of books I bring along), journaling, sipping a warm drink, chatting, resting in your hut or maybe enjoying the open air shower (a few brave retreaters have and reported that it was exhilarating experience).

On Sunday there is an optional walk to Leith Hill Tower. It costs a couple of pounds to climb to the top of the actual tower but is free with National Trust membership.

the panoramic views of the Surrey countryside will take your breath away.

WHAT TO EXPECT

This is an idea of our schedule, it may change depending on the weather or the needs of the group.

Friday

  • Arrival from 4pm
  • Welcome circle and very gentle grounding yoga
  • Dinner and campfire

Saturday

  • Meditation and pranayama
  • Breakfast
  • Dynamic yoga
  • Lunch
  • Rest time/philosophy workshop
  • Afternoon relaxing yin-style yoga
  • Dinner
  • Yoga nidra

Sunday

  • Morning meditation and yoga
  • Brunch
  • Walk up Leith Hill
  • Closing chant and circle
  • Departure at 3pm
The neighbours...

PRICES

Prices (unless stated) are per person and inclusive of everything except travel.

A deposit of £100 is required to secure your place. Full payment is due 10 weeks before commencement of the retreat.*

TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE OR MAKE ANY ENQUIRIES EMAIL ME:

charlie@charlotteanderson.net

*Cancellations

I hope that you will be able to attend the retreat but if for any reason something happens that makes this impossible please note the following:

If you can find a willing yogi (subject to my approval) to take your spot then it is fully transferable, please keep me in the loop and we can work on it together.

Otherwise the following charges apply:

Up to 6 weeks before commemencement of retreat - loss of deposit

4-6 weeks before commencement - 50% of total price

4 weeks or less before commencement - 100% of total price

ABOUT ME

I'm Charlie. Yoga has been part of my life for over 17 years now and I love to be able to share it with others through teaching. I trained under the British Wheel of Yoga and hold their 500hr diploma, but I believe firmly that you never stop being a student of yoga and undertake regular training and immersions (in May 2016 I also qualified to become a Forrest Yoga Inspired teacher). I believe that yoga offers us an endless toolbox of practices (both physical and spiritual) to live life from a place of truth, infused with spirit, joy and authenticity.

SLEEPING IN THE FOREST, by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me,

She took me back so tenderly,

Arranging her dark skirts,

Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before, a stone on the riverbed,

Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts,

And they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me,

The insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom.

By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times into something better.

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Charlotte Anderson Sumner
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