From Autumn to Winter: A Yoga, Ayurvedic Massage and Nature Retreat, Friday 11 – Sunday 13 December 2015

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With our busy lives, we often forget and rarely get to see that the natural world is going through some big changes right now. As colours fade, energy is stored, and hibernation prepared.

The Quadrangle is a large 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 transition, in a beautiful rustic farmhouse setting.

We’d like to give you the opportunity to observe in a beautiful, quiet, woodfired and relaxed setting, away from the hustle and bustle, to slow down and consider how these outside changes are also inside changes.

We’ll use the lovely cosy Granary room in the upstairs part of the hay barn, a beautiful setting for our group, and each day will consist of a gentle rhythm of restorative and energy-holding yoga sessions, morning and evening bonfire movement meditations, silent nature walks and discussions, a film night, and Ayurvedic massage.

There will also be time for reading and walks, and we will share 3 delicious locally sourced vegetarian meals each day.

It’s up to you how much you participate. The space is yours to hold as you wish.

Join us from 3pm onwards on Friday. Departing after lunch on Sunday.

Dorm – £240 (£192 early bird)
Sharing twin room – £300 (£240 early bird)
Private room – £360 (£288 early bird)
EARLY BIRD 20% DISCOUNT: If booked before Nov 15th.

We keep our group size to maximum 10 attendees.
*** N.B. Don’t let financial difficulties be a barrier to you coming to this retreat – please contact Katy or Steve to discuss your situation ***

Prices include: Morning and evening yoga / meditation sessions each day, a 45 minute Ayurvedic yoga massage, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, a guided walk, accommodation.

Email Katy or Steve to reserve your place: 
Katy Robinson +44(0)7748849829 /
Steve Taylor +44(0)7598278130 /

About Steve 
steve-taylorBefore 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….

About Katy 
katy-robinsonI 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! As well as sharing my love of yoga through classes, workshops, retreats and trainings in the UK and abroad, I am a part-time project manager for non-profits and social enterprises. I am Reiki level 1 qualified and am currently training in Tantra massage, which complement the yoga beautifully. I love being in nature, connecting with my nature, and when I’m in the city I love getting around on my bike.

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.

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.

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.