Take a break from the speed and complexity of life for a weekend retreat at Dale Farm in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds which will leave you feeling rejuvenated, healthy and inspired.
What’s it all about?
Dale Farm Retreats combine yoga and mindfulness. Yoga is an ancient practice of physical postures (asanas), correct breathing (pranayama) and meditation. Mindfulness is about training the mind to pay attention to the present moment by using the body and the senses. The balance of Yoga and meditation will leave you feeling nourished, refreshed and calm.
On our retreats, great vegetarian food, a laid-back atmosphere and a beautiful environment are as important as the formal yoga or meditation classes – although, of course, practice is a key part of being on retreat! We welcome complete beginners to yoga and/or meditation, and those of all ages and backgrounds. You will meet new people and learn new things. Above all our retreats are fun!
|4.00pm onwards - Arrival|
|5.30 -6.45pm - A gentle flow yoga practice and relaxation meditation to start the weekend and recharge the batteries|
|7.15pm– welcome meeting & drinks followed by dinner|
|8.00am onwards – drinks available in meditation room|
|8.15 – 9.30am – Rise & Shine yoga session - a more dynamic morning yoga practice with sun salutations|
|9.45am - Brunch|
|11.00 – 12.00 noon – mindfulness/meditation session|
|12.15 – 1.00pm - Yoga Nidra - dynamic sleep meditation – deeply relaxing and restoring for mind and body|
|Free afternoon with cake appearing at some point!|
|5.00 – 6.30pm – Evening candlelit yoga and relaxation practice|
|7.30pm - Dinner|
|8.00am – breakfast|
|9.15 – 10am – mindfulness/meditation session|
|10.15 – 11.15am – Rise & shine yoga|
|11.15 – 11.45am – course closure and review|
|12.00pm - Lunch|
Cost: £295 per person (£360 single occupancy). £60 deposit on booking, balance due 28 days before.
Course dates 2018: 9-11 November
2019 dates coming soon (please email if you would like to go on the waiting list)
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The prospect of going on a retreat, especially for the first time, can feel daunting – check out our FAQs for more information about the retreat experience.
Common Retreat FAQ’S:
Can I come alone?
Yes…on most retreats, there will be a mix of people booking alone, friends and couples. In our experience, those who come alone often get the most out of a retreat: your own time and head space, yet there is plenty of opportunity to socialise (such as at mealtimes) if you wish. (NB// there is a single supplement if you prefer not to share a room.)
My partner would like to come but doesn’t want to do the yoga/meditation…
We have 2 places for non-participants at a reduced rate of £225 for the weekend (full board.) Please mention when booking.
Do I have to attend every class session?
No – all classes are optional but you will get the most from the weekend if you try and attend as many as possible.
What will the food be like?
Food is one of the highlights of being on retreat: it will be freshly made, wholesome and very tasty! In line with the healthy and ethical living that yoga promotes, the food will be mainly vegetarian and we always make an effort to source locally; we grow as much of our own food as possible. Wine is included with your evening meal.
What are the benefits?
Yoga promotes better flexibility and strength and can help in reducing blood pressure, aid digestion and improve sleep patterns, as well as a host of other benefits. Proven benefits of mindful meditation include increased positive mood and decreased negative mood including depression, stress and anxiety as well as a positive effect on physical health and mortality rates.
Who are the course facilitators?
Rachael Hill is a qualified yoga instructor and a member of Yoga Alliance. She has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and teaching for 6 years in Copenhagen and the UK. She teaches individuals, small groups and larger classes throughout Surrey. Former clients include the Surrey cricket team and the England women’s rugby team. She has qualified in advanced studies in sports yoga, pregnancy yoga and yoga for healthy back care. She believes that yoga offers something positive to everyone, regardless of age, ability, experience or flexibility! She looks forward to sharing her knowledge on this retreat.
Liz Halliday has practised yoga since 1986 and holds the Mindfulness Instructor accredited Diploma. She has been facilitating mindfulness sessions since 2014.
Who can come?
We only accept a maximum of 8 guests at a time. Our retreats are non religious and open to all people aged 18+. Men, women, couples, beginners, experienced practitioners are all welcome on this retreat (although very experienced yogis may prefer a retreat with more advanced practice).
What if I need to cancel?
If you give us more than 1 month’s notice you will get a full refund less your deposit. Less than 1 month the full amount payable unless we manage to fill your place in which case you will get a refund.
What do I need to bring?
Yoga mat, notebook, comfortable, loose clothes, outdoor wear, walking boots and indoor footwear.
What’s included in the price?
- 2 nights accommodation in a king size, triple or twin room – all with ensuite or private bathroom (see our ‘Visit’ page)
- All Yoga and mindfulness sessions
- All meals, wine and welcome cocktail plus hot and cold drinks available throughout day. Everything basically…
What is a Retreat?
Retreats are a modern answer to modern living. Going on a retreat means taking time away from your ordinary life and situation. It is a time to give yourself some peace and calm. You might be taking a break from a hectic lifestyle full of ‘to-do lists’. You may just want some tranquillity in which to consider where you are in life. A retreat is about reconnecting with the things that really matter.