All Life is Yoga

Traditional teachings, contemporary approach

Katy blends traditional teachings with a contemporary approach relevant to the world we live in, helping you to relax and let go of tension. She will give you the tools you need in order to make a difference in your everyday life, and the knowledge you need to purify your body, balance your emotions, focus your mind and truly love yourself.

Katy enjoys guiding each individual in their practice and hopes she can share the magic of yoga with you. All levels and abilities welcome, from absolute beginner to yoga master.

If you would like to:

  • Become more focused
  • Feel happier
  • Ease aches and pains
  • Boost your immunity
  • Get toned
  • Improve your sleep naturally
  • Give up food cravings
  • Gain your confidence back
  • Find a sense of calm

Join Katy at a retreat, workshop or private session.

In case you were wondering:

  • You’re not too old to do yoga
  • You don’t have to be fit
  • You don’t have to wear lycra
  • You don’t need a prior knowledge or understanding
  • It is great for lower back pain, arthritis, migraine, depression, stress and many other ailments

 

Katy’s practice combines sensitivity and depth, bringing awareness to mind, body and spirit. I really enjoy her use of different breathing techniques in sequences, I find it has helped me to focus on the detail of postures. I come away from class feeling grounded and peaceful and full of energy to face whatever the day brings with a smile. – Sophia

Summer’s Promise: A Yoga, Massage and Nature Retreat at the Quadrangle Farmstead in Kent – from 16th to 18th June 2017

Find your centre and your inner fire, with restorative yoga, gentle Ayurvedic massage and an introduction to shamanic journeying to take us through this midsummer passage.

We’ve put this retreat together for a chance for you to become one with the spirit of summer, and to connect to its essence as the part of us that it is. Summer is the season of revelry and celebration, and it casts the longest shadow; you may be looking to draw on more of the summer’s energy for what’s to come, or perhaps be reminded of your inner strength, compass and light.

The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust’ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather’d clouds strew flowers round her head.
– William Blake

Each day will consist of a gentle rhythm of rejuvenating yoga, fireside meditations, walks in nature, and delicious seasonal food. During the retreat you will receive a 40 minute Ayurvedic yoga massage with Steve, leaving you deeply relaxed in mind and spirit, and an introduction to shamanic journeying. We will share 3 delicious locally sourced vegetarian meals each day, and you will have time for relaxation and quiet contemplation. It’s up to you how much you participate; the space is yours to hold as you wish.

We invite you to our home-from-home, the Quadrangle – a Victorian farmstead built in 1870. We’ve had retreats here before, and it’s the perfect place to quietly observe and reflect on Mother Nature, in a beautiful rustic farmhouse setting, away from the hustle and bustle, to slow down and connect.

Run as a centre for sustainable living and the creative arts, the Quadrangle has beautiful elements with which to enjoy our stay: the main barn for our group practices and communal dining, the shepherds barn with woodburner to put your feet up with a cup of tea, the garden for fireside meditation and contemplation, a living permaculture forest garden, and a stream running through for some wild dipping! The hills and vales of the Pilgrims Way are in reach just a short walk cross-country.

It is the perfect setting to look away from the outside chaos and journey into our inner peace. In doing so we can become better aware of who we are and where we are headed.

Timings

Arrive from 4pm onwards on Friday
The retreat ends on Sunday afternoon after lunch

Cost

Dorm – £255 (£215 early bird)
Sharing twin room, Airstream or Bell Tent – £315 (£270 early bird)
Private room, Airstream or Bell Tent – £375 (£315 early bird)
Own tent or camper van – £215 (£185 early bird)
Early bird 15% discount if booked before 1st May.
Please don’t let financial difficulties be a barrier to you coming to this retreat – please contact us to discuss your situation and see how we can get you here with us!

What’s included

Morning and afternoon yoga and meditation sessions each day, a 40 minute Ayurvedic yoga massage, a guided shamanic journey, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, accommodation, walk in nature, campfire.

Reserve your place

Email Katy to reserve your place or go directly to our registration form.

Previous feedback

Thank you so much to the whole team for truly nourishing and nurturing me.

Fantastic weekend. Great combination of relaxation, wonderful food, incredible massage and lovely people.

Thank you so very much for your incredible calming energy. You are a beautiful teacher and I would love to bottle you up and take you home!

This yoga retreat has been the BEST! Thank you all so much.

The most relaxed, loving, nourishing weekends imaginable with an affordable price tag!

Katy
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I studied yoga and meditation under the direct guidance of Swami Vidyanand at the SriMa School of Transformational Yoga in India. I’ve been practising since 1999, leading me to deeper studies with different forms of yoga over the years including Transformational, Scaravelli-inspired, Sivananda and Yoga for Anxiety and Depression. I take an integral approach to teaching – incorporating physical postures (asanas), breathing practices (pranayama) and dhyana (mantra meditation), as well as meditation and deep relaxation (yoga nidra). Connecting body, breath, heart, mind and soul has brought an awareness and inner stillness I didn’t believe was possible before. I love being in this space of teacher and eternal student, and hope we can share the magic of yoga too. Take your focus inward, breathe and become present to your intention. All-comers welcome – from absolute beginners to yoga masters! When I’m not running a retreat or facilitating a workshop you’ll most likely find me working and playing in alternative communities and in nature, inspired by the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible (hat tip to Charles Eisenstein). facebook.com/mahayogaschool

Steven
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Before Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM) I trained in sports massage with a diploma from LSSM at Regents College London. Then, under the guidance of James Winstanley -pioneer of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage in the west and student of its creator in India Master Kusum Modak, I did the AYM Diploma. Over the last few years I’ve been building experience working with clients in London and the southwest. Now focussing on AYM and working with dancers, yoga teachers, personal trainers, cabaret performers, runners, and cyclists. As well as massage, I love running, old things, philosophy, festivals, reading, cooking, conversation, victorian stuff, ghost stories, carpentry, and films…. facebook.com/aym.steve

The Quadrangle

The Quadrangle is a large Victorian model farmstead built in 1870 near Shoreham in Kent. Part of it is owned and managed by The Quadrangle Trust which is run as a centre for sustainable living and the creative arts. The garden runs down through an orchard to the River Darent and a field and small woodland beyond. It’s setting in the valley is extraordinarily rural and peaceful in that it is only 20 miles from Piccadilly Circus as the crow flies. thequadrangletrust.com

Transformational Yoga

Transformational Yoga is a truly integral yoga that goes far beyond just physical exercise. While offering a complete approach to wellbeing, it takes into account physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of health. It functions on a deeper level to stimulate kundalini energy to move up through the chakras, purifying and awakening the chakras. In this heart-centred practice we combine physical postures (asanas), breathing practices (pranayama) and dhyana (mantra meditation), as well as meditation and deep relaxation (yoga nidra), to purify your body, balance your emotions, heal your heart, focus your mind, and increase your spiritual wellbeing, helping you to let go and connect with your true nature.

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is a unique, relaxing treatment for the whole body, combining deep tissue massage, coordinated breath-work and yoga stretching. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of natural healing. AYM combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath-work and yoga stretching. Its founder Master Kusum Modak has combined traditional Ayurvedic Massage with yoga adjustments learnt directly from BKS Iyengar. It’s performed on a floor mat allowing for a full range of stretching. In addition; the deep tissue massage dissolves physical tension, while the assisted stretches and breath exercises realign the body and stimulate the natural flow of energy. Organic sesame oil (a tri-dosha balancer), and ground calamus root (invigorates the skin / stimulates the nervous system) are used in the treatment.

Shamanic Journeying

The shamanic journey is the primary method used to access other realms, where guidance, insight and counsel regarding this realm can be found. The method for journeying may vary, but it usually involves the clear setting of intention, and the use of drum, plant medicine, ecstatic dance or other tool to allow the ego to step aside, to let spirit in, and let the imagination run free to travel and seek. During our retreat you’ll be introduced to these practices, with an explanation of the methods and tools used, and with the drum and a clear intention we will journey together – Please bring an open and curious mind!

Retreats and Holidays

Find nature, nourishment and community at one of our retreats

Our retreats are certainly not all about asana practice! Nature and community play an integral part… 

We want to give people permission to step away from their busy lives for a moment, to slow down and find a sense of calm that they can integrate back into the everyday. We want to get closer to nature, feel immersed; observing, experiencing and feeling the wonders of Mother Earth. 

We do this through living in temporary community, often on permaculture land, walking pilgrims paths, communing around the fire, being nourished by locally sourced food and through gentle connection with one another, and slowly, softly remembering that what’s taking place out there in nature is also happening inside of us us. For once we slow down and observe nature, we realise we are nature.

I booked the retreat very last minute, feeling quite frantic, stressed, caught up in my head, tired of London pace. As soon as I arrived, I felt immersed in nature, nourishing food and company. It was such a great group, and felt happy to chat and get to know people, but also be quiet and replenish myself. The yoga was gentle and I feel more in touch with my body, and grounded, the fires were beautiful, the massage was soothing. I feel so much better and REALLY don’t want to go! – Rose

Workshops

Workshops at festivals and beyond

Katy has been sharing the Transformational Yoga love at various festivals, and the response to this practice has been truly heart-expanding! A beautiful way to start the day – connecting with yourself and the natural elements.

We’ve taken Transformational Yoga to:

Osho Leela Winter Conscious Sexuality Festival, Dorset, UK (2015, 2016, 2017)

A grounded, safe and non-judgmental space for you to dip into the heart of conscious sexuality.

Lost Horizon Nomadic Spa at Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party, UK (2016)

Described by many as a festival within a festival, a healing recovery space providing grounding and sacred time to unwind and rejuvenate away from the bustle and mayhem of the festival.

The Summerhouse Weekend, near London, UK (2014, 2015, 2016)

A retreat exploring playfulness and performance, connection, community and self-expression.

Into the Wild Summer Festival, Sussex, UK (2015)

Wild, beautiful festivals & events to open the heart and soul.

MicroBurn, Snowdonia and the Lake District, UK (2014, 2015)

A not-for-profit community bringing more events to the North of the UK which are inspired by the principles of Burning Man Festival.

Earth Guardians at Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, USA (2014)

Inspiring the Burning Man community to embrace Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and practices since 1999.

 

…and we’d love to share with your festival community too.

I was feeling very fragile and in frequent pain. I am (still) undertaking a very strong therapeutic yoga practice at home to resolve significant pain in my hips and legs and neck. So I was a bit nervous to attend a yoga class; as every time I’ve done so over the past year, I’ve hurt myself, however present I try to be or gently I try to go. With Katy’s class at the festival, I found it easy to find my flow and pace, I was able to join in with almost everything. I left feeling, centred and connected and open. I only managed two with my work schedule, but I am so very pleased I attended them. If you teach at another festival, I will endeavour to attend them ALL!!! haha.Thanks Katy and best wishes. – Jo

I first met Katy at an ‘alternate’ festival. During this festival, she taught yoga every morning. I really enjoyed Katy’s classes because they left me calm, tranquil, and prepared for the day ahead. These classes helped me to rejuvenate from the mentally and physically exhausting nature of the festival. Katy did a fantastic job of guiding the class, and I never felt overwhelmed by any of her exercises – even as a beginner. The thing I love most about Katy is her warm and compassionate personality. The energy she exudes makes you feel completely at ease. Unlike other yoga instructors, Katy is strongly devoted to her art. She spends significant time studying in India which is unique and testament to her commitment. I’m so pleased to have met Katy and definitely recommend her if you want to practice yoga. – Tim

Weaving a Web of Interconnectedness

Katy also offers healing and pleasure through conscious touch.

Katy believes that sharing her gift of conscious and loving touch can help to create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

She studied with John Hawken on his year long professional Tantra Massage training and has assisted him on Tantra and Dark Eros courses.

Katy now works with people of all genders and backgrounds, offering a range of sessions for healing and pleasure, including the following:

  • Deep and expansive initiation into tantra through massage
  • Sensual and stimulating tantric massage for pleasure
  • A gentle and compassionate therapeutic approach to healing

Katy weaves together her experience of yoga, meditation and tantra – and life! – to be present and give from her heart. A safe environment and clear communication and boundaries contribute towards an experience free of shame or judgement.

Please contact Katy for more information.