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Worton Park - Luxury Weekend Yoga Retreat, Oxfordshire           

Friday 11th – Monday 14th September 2020

Inner peace and positive mindset

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Returning to the beautiful manor house in an idyllic countryside setting, this yoga and wellness retreat is all about discovering your inner peace and setting a positive mindset for the year ahead.  The weekend will include a variety of yoga classes to deepen your practice as well as a nature meditation, a workshop on manifesting and a fun meditative dance practice.

This unique retreat offers the perfect balance to enhance your yoga practice as well as take some time for yourself.   Included is the wonderful, spacious accommodation, all yoga / workshop/ meditation sessions and delicious, healthy, vegetarian meals.

With plenty of other activities available, including canal-side walks, tennis, outdoor swimming or even hire a kayak – you can make this as active or as chilled as you like.  You can choose to join in as much or as little as you like.

If you’ve never been on a yoga retreat before then you’re in for a treat.

 

Location: The Manor House, Manor Farm House, Canal Street, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 1JZ

Email Lyn for more details or to request a booking form.

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The Manor House
 

My Retreat Vision

This retreat includes a balance of calm and peace with gentle restorative yoga and meditative practices alongside more invigorating flow yoga and an arm balances practise.  In addition I’m offering an inspiring workshop to manifest a more positive future.  The aim is to create a weekend that is both calming and positively uplifting.  In addition, I’m hoping to create an informal retreat where you will make lasting friendships and enjoy great conversations over home-cooked, creative meals.  There is also some free time to explore the local area, carve out a little quiet reading time or have a long and luxurious soak in one of the beautiful bathrooms.

The Yoga and Meditation

Over the long weekend there will be 6 yoga classes.  All classes are fully inclusive and suitable for all levels.  Modifications and props are provided to take into account any health issues as well as range in ability / experience.  You will be fully guided, both verbally and through demonstration to help you find the correct alignment in your postures. 

Lyn has been teaching yoga for more than 6 years and has experience of teaching a variety of yoga styles, which is reflected in the diversity within the classes.  Her style is to inspire a mindful practice, without adjusting and encouraging yogis to feel their own practice and alignment. 

Yoga helps the body improve suppleness and flexibility as well as build strength and tone.  Further benefits include improved posture, increased blood flow, lower blood pressure and higher energy levels.

We begin the weekend with a gentle, centring yoga class on the arrival evening to ease any travel stiffness and set the tone for a weekend of calm.  A more invigorating wake up yoga class greets us Saturday morning and is followed later in the day with a slow-flow restorative yoga class, using blankets and props to go deeper and relax in our asanas.  Then concluding with a sound meditation featuring Dr Eben Alexander’s heaven sound acoustics.  The evening invites you to join a meditative dance session where you’ll immerse yourself in the movement of the physical body, reaching a meditative state and letting go.  Set to uplifting, rhythmic beats the session will help you to explore the movement of the body in a fun and powerful way.  This will be fully guided and includes a final relaxation which will ensure you a good nights sleep. The next morning begins with a meditative nature walk, enjoying the countryside and wildlife in a mindful way – Shinrin-Yoku.  Later that morning, there is an invigorating Vinyasa flow sequence yoga to energise the body.  In the afternoon, following some free time to discover the wonderful things on offer locally, we have a workshop exploring arm balances which will cover a few intermediate poses (optional) for a greater challenge.  Our final morning concludes with a Salute to the Sun in a gentle flowing sequence for all levels.

All yoga/meditation classes are optional and you can choose to join in all or just those that interest you.

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Theme

The theme for this weekend is about developing inner peace and a positive mindset.  This year the gentle yoga and meditation will be carried out mindfully to take your practice to a deeper level of inner peace.  The workshop is called ‘Manifesting the life you want’ and will include addressing areas of your life where you wish to make changes and setting powerful and positive manifestations.  We will conclude the workshop by writing a letter to ourselves in the future and a visualisation meditation.  The workshop is a relaxed event and no one will be asked to shared personal information or put on the spot.  It will be a fun, self-exploratory exercise to gain an ongoing positive mindset.

Free Time

Sunday afternoon offers a good few hours of free time as well as plenty of short breaks between scheduled sessions.  The venue offers beautiful views of the countryside and gardens for relaxing or playing croquet.  If you want to go out exploring in your free time there are many beautiful, canal side walks through local villages.  Or you could hire a canoe or kayak (opposite the Manor House) and go out on the water (extra charge).  Worton Park also has its own outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts available free of charge, situated at its other site 5 mins drive away.  Or you could visit Worton Organic garden and café just over the bridge.  It really is a beautiful place set along the canal it’s the perfect venue for countryside strolls.  The house also has a range of board games and books to fill your time is you wish.

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Beautiful country walks
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Retreat Schedule (subject to some minor changes)

Friday 11th Sept 2020

Arrive anytime between 4 - 6pm

Welcome drinks and tour of the accommodation

6.15 – 7.15pm               Welcome Introduction and Centring Yoga (all levels)

7.45pm                            Supper and Social

 

Saturday 12th Sept

7.30 – 8.30am                Wake-up Yoga (all levels)        

8.30 – 10.00am              Breakfast (self-serve)  

11.00am                          Workshop on ‘Manifesting the life you want’

1.30pm                            Lunch

3.30 – 5pm                      Go-slow Yoga and Sound Meditation (all levels)

7pm                                  Evening meal

8.30 – 9.30pm                Meditative Dance

 

Sunday 13th Sept

8.00 – 8.45am               Nature Meditation     

8.45 – 10.00am             Breakfast (self-serve)

11.30 – 12.30pm          Yoga – Vinyasa Flow (all levels)

1pm                                Lunch

Afternoon of free time

5.30 – 6.30pm               Yoga Workshop – Arm Balances (optional intermediate poses)

7.30pm                           Meal at The Boat Inn (optional)

 

Monday 14th Sept

7.30 – 8.15am               Sun Salutation Yoga (all levels)

8.15 – 9.15am               Breakfast (self-serve)

9.30am                           Final Goodbyes

10.00am                         Check Out

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Enjoying some free time
 

This will be my fourth yoga retreat and they just get better every year.  Here’s what the last retreat people had to say;

“ A great weekend.  Relaxed, peaceful, energising and spent in the presence of some truly inspiring people.  In short, I loved it!”

“Everything about the weekend was excellent.  The venue was absolutely ideal and the food was delicious.”

“Lyn is an excellent yoga teacher and her classes are well structured and enjoyable.  She encourages everyone to smile during her sessions and I am still smiling after returning from her latest weekend yoga retreat.”

“I love these weekends to get away from it all - filled with yoga, meditation, great people, friendships, laughter, fun and amazing food.  I will be back, Namaste.”

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The Food

Food is an important part of the retreat.  Over the weekend I hope to introduce you to some new flavours and combinations through my home-cooked, vegetarian meals.  All food is cooked from scratch and is based around my smile diet philosophy of eating (where possible) organic foods, reducing sugar and refined foods, nothing processed, wholesome, flavoursome food including a colourful array of fresh vegetables. 

Breakfasts are self-service and include a range of bread/toast and condiments, yoghurts, fruit and cereals etc.

Lunch and evening meals (with the exception of Sunday evening) will be served in the Manor House.  All dietary requirements can be met.  Wine is served with the evening meal as well as non-alcoholic alternatives.  If you have any special requirements e.g certain milk you prefer for cereals etc – please just let me know.

Hot drinks, squash and fruit will be available to you to help yourself throughout your stay.

On our final evening we will enjoy a night of dining at the local Boat Inn, just a 2 minute walk from the Manor House. Apart from the idyllic setting on the banks of the Oxford Canal, The Boat Inn is famous for its appearances in the Inspector Morse series and Barging around Britain with John Sergeant. 

Boat In website and menu https://www.theboatinnthrupp.co.uk/

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Other Useful Information

Places are limited to 14, which helps to create a comfortable size group, enabling us to make lasting friendships and engage in social time with like-minded people.

The venue is fully committed to supporting an eco-friendly atmosphere.

If you need more information before you sign up then please feel free to email and call Lyn with any questions.  FYI Once you have registered for the retreat, nearer to the date you will receive a Welcome Pack which gives further details on how to get there, what you might need to bring and more details about the local area to plan your free time.

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Accommodation and Cost

The Manor House really is a beautiful and spacious venue.  Situated at the bottom of a quiet canal side path, with breath-taking countryside walks in all directions.  It is the most peaceful, tranquil setting for restoring calm. 

The bedrooms are large and tastefully decorating, maintaining original Georgian features.  Bathrooms are luxurious and plenty, so you can take your time getting ready or take a lengthy bath at your leisure.  The kitchen at the heart of the house is a warm gathering place complete with Aga.  The gardens spread around the house, spacious and private, offering space for yoga (if the weather permits), croquet on the lawn or sitting with a fresh, morning coffee or evening glass of wine.  In addition to the yoga room, is a further lounge with ample seating for all, a games room which includes a selection of board games, a dining hall, kitchen, utility and outside patio seating area.  There are plenty of quiet spots throughout the house to find a cosy reading nook or time for reflection.

Within the Manor House there are 7 bedrooms, and plenty of bathrooms and space.   All linen and towels are provided.

2 double rooms: own bathroom/toilet

2 twin rooms: shared bathrooms

2 triple rooms: shared bathrooms

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Luxury accommodation
 

Retreat Options and Costs:

Double room £720 – cost for 2 people

Single person – sharing a twin or triple room (all single beds) £395pp

Single occupancy £565pp

Costs includes 3 nights’ accommodation, all yoga/meditation/workshops and materials, all food – vegetarian/healthy/all dietary requirements met (except Sunday night meal at local restaurant), hot drinks and fresh fruit available throughout the day, use of facilities including swimming pool, tennis courts and croquet.

A deposit of £100pp is required to secure your retreat booking.  Please note this is a non-refundable deposit if you cancel your booking.  Deposits can be paid in person at yoga classes by card, cash or by cheque.  Or money can be transferred by BACs.  For BACs details please see the bottom of the retreat booking form.

Additional Costs:

Money for meal out on Sunday evening at the local Boat Inn (approx. £25)

For terms and conditions, please click here.

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Email Lyn for more details or to request a booking form.

Lyn Eborall trading as Smile Lifestyle
Yoga, Meditation and Weight Consultant