Nourish Your Soul Retreat: food & yoga as tools for mindful living- Cornwall Nov 1st to Nov 3rd 2019
Nourish Your Soul Retreat: food & yoga as tools for mindful living- Cornwall Nov 1st to Nov 3rd 2019
Come for a beautiful weekend where chef Sal from Breadren will share her approach to having a joyful and positive relationship with food, and the ways that this can be built upon to incorporate spiritual practices more into day to day life, to build a joyful and positive relationship with yourself. Combine that with embodied yoga movement and meditation sessions led by Corrie from Stretch Breathe Smile and glorious dog walks and trips to the local beach and biodynamic farm for a truly unique, motivating and healing weekend.
ON SALE - £299 (instead of £399)
Nourish Your Soul Retreat
food & yoga as tools for mindful living
November 1st - November 3rd 2019
Dogs welcome. Dogma not!
Sometimes all you need is a few nights away to press the reset button, giving you the rest you deserve and the energy you need. The weekend will include daily flowing yoga classes infused with breathing, yoga nidra, meditation and chanting and delicious food cooked by incomparable chef Sal founder of Breadren as well as a a buffet of food based talks, demonstrations, trips and workshops, to send you home with new cooking skills and a renewed relationship with food.
Our amazing dog guru Amber from GoDoggy London will be joining us to look after any waggy tail friends who accompany you whilst we do yoga and in case anyone needs an extra pair of hands.
We know the word "retreat" means different things to different people, you might want to spend time alone or with others, you might want a week to detox or maybe time to let your hair down, you might want to eat only vegetables or only chocolate.
With that in mind, we encourage you to join in with as many or as few of the activites as you wish. If you'd rather have a lie in than come to yoga, get cosy and enjoy catching those extra zzz's. But if you wanted even more activity, we are all available for reduced price 1:1 yoga and cooking sessions during the retreat.
Subject to change depening on weather and group preferences
Friday 1st Nov
4.00pm: Arrivals from this time
5.30pm - 6.30pm: FOOD AS A TOOL FOR MINDFUL LIVING introductory talk with Sal
“I want to share my approach to having a joyful and positive relationship with food, and the ways that this can be built upon to incorporate spiritual practices more into day to day life, to build a joyful and positive relationship with yourself. I’m not here to offer nutritional science or preach diets. I’m here to bring a new angle to self care, and share what I have learnt about the importance of food in spirituality, and wellbeing far beyond the physical.
This welcome talk will focus on aspects of cooking and eating for pleasure that will carry through the cookery workshops, excursions and shared meals, all complimented by daily yoga and mediation:
Exploring how to identify and work with externally driven subconscious and limiting beliefs around food, diet and weight
Accessing your emotional and intuitive connection to what you eat
Learning about self care and practical spirituality in day to day life both with food and beyond”
6.30pm - 7.45pm: PROPRIOCEPTION AND INTEROCEPTION yoga flow with Corrie
When you close your eyes, what do you feel inside? Are you aware of what your body and mind needs right now? Can you tell where your body is in space and how the movements it creates interact with the elements surrounding you? Are you able to follow purely your intuition or do you get caught up in what you think you should be doing? Through a vinyasa flow, mindfulness meditation and talking workshop we will look at how we connect our external and internal worlds, the sensory input we receieve and how we can attune more deeply with every part of the human experience to live, breathe and move more harmoniously.
Sat 2nd Nov
7.00am - 8.15am: BETWIXT AND BETWEEN yoga flow with Corrie
Yoga is a practice that often feels defined by reaching somewhere; the next pose, more strength, more length, a higher state of consciousness, enlightenment. However you often hear yogis talking about making the most of the journey, being in the moment, letting go of attachments. How do we balance these conflicting ideas and learn to walk the middle path? Liminality is the concept of neither here nor there, betwixt and between, balancing on the threshold, releasing identities and being comfortable with transitionary times. Yoga flow, meditation, breathing, a fully embodied morning session.
10.00am: Trip to Harewood Farm
Trip to a local biodynamic farm set in a beautiful 25 acre small holding on the banks of the River Tamar. Jo has the most beautiful gardens and polytunnel where she biodynamically grows the most incredible seasonal fruit and veg. We will learn a bit about biodynamic farming and get to see what’s being grown when we visit!
4.30pm - 7.30pm: Dinner making demonstration and workshop
An interactive and hands on cookery workshop and demonstration - join Sal in the main barn to create a delicious, simple and joyful meal. Take pleasure in an afternoon of simple, mindful cooking tasks led by Sal culminating in a plant based feast for the group to share.
Sun 3rd Nov
7.00am - 8.30am: DANCE OF CHANGE yoga flow with Corrie
We spend most of our lives reacting to the environement we find ourselves in and the people we interact with, as well as reacting to what seems to bubble up from inside ourselves. By stopping this cycle and doing some inward reflection, we can discover that all of our reactions and feelings are within our control and we can decide what to do with them. We will tap into the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system and analyse these ideas through movement and meditation.
9.45am: Depart by this time (but there will be an option lovely local doggie walk and either picnic or dog friendly pub lunch before we all travel home, once we’ve packed up and left the venue, at approximately 10.00am, you’re more than welcome to join us, we can organise more formally once we know who’s coming and get a group consensus!)
Lower Marsh Farm
Border of Devon and Cornwall
You will be staying in the beautiful Tamar Valley, awarded Silver in the Cornwall Tourism Awards Self Catering Property of the Year category and Highly Commended in their Wildlife Friendly Tourism Business Award category.
They have private woodlands, an orchard with a hammock for relaxing and admiring the view, a tennis court, hot tub and their own Salt Marsh Nature Reserve that borders Lake Kingsmill on the River Tamar. Take a short walk down to the waterfront during low tide to enjoy the private shingle beach.
With herons, buzzards, egrets, kingfishers, pheasants, owls and bats galore, Lower Marsh Farms offers the nature lover over 40 acres of opportunities for rambling, bird watching, or just enjoying some peace and quiet. The farm is managed in a gentle and environmentally friendly manner, you can read more here.
There are three cottages, so any dogs coming can be separated to have some quiet down time and all the rooms are twin beds, with either 2 or 3 people sharing a room. Each cottages has it’s own unique style, with areas to sit and relax, kitchens to make snacks outside of meal times and bathrooms for some relaxing pampering time.
We will be bringing our own two lovely little dogs, Billie and Soba, once we see how many dogs are booked we will arrange a form of dog care for during the yoga classes, if needed, either a dog sitter we will bring with us, or a local dog sitter which the venue recommends.
You can plan your own journey by looking at the instructions on the venue’s website, we may also be able to assist in collecting you from the station.
My teaching style is fluid, inspired by my anatomy and Osteopathy studies to create an intelligent, alignment based approach yet also being creative, inspired by the freedom of Scaravelli and my dance background. I back away from micromanaging my students, preferring to give just enough cues to empower them to find the best way for their unique bodies, but targeting the exact areas to open and contract, making my classes accessible and stealthily challenging!
I guide students to practice from a place of mindful engagement, rather than creating more strain, tension and ego. I feel no teacher is beyond questioning and I am constantly considering what I am offering to ensure it is dogma free, current and evolving, whilst still deeply honouring tradition.
All of the food will be lovingly prepared by Sal, who is the head chef and founder of Breaden. She was trained at the renowned Leith's School of Food and Wine and she finds inspiration from her African and Indian heritage as well as her London roots to create flavours that are truly unique, seeing her win awards and gain a reputation for being a talented cuisinière.
She refers to her style of food as "inclusive eating" as she caters for those who want to live sugar free, vegan, dairy free and gluten free as well as those looking for more indulgent, classic treats. All too frequently free-from foods are lacking in the taste and texture categories and are often filled with processed alternatives and artificial sweeteners and flavourings. She lets the natural beauty of her ethically sourced, seasonal ingredients shine through, you have to taste it to believe it!
Our incredibly talented chef will prepare you simple, varied and delicious meals every day with all food being vegetarian with vegan options. Breakfast will mostly be granola, fruit platters, fresh bread, condiments and smoothies and a few home baked healthy muffins. Lunch will be a fresh, tasty salad and something healthy to satisfy your sweet tooth and dinner will be seasonal vegetarian and vegan salads, stews and platters.
The group will go out for 1 lunch (not included in the price), although if you would prefer to stay at the cottages for some quiet time there will be plenty of food for you to cook for yourself.
After you've paid the deposit, the remainder of the balance can be paid however you like, either in one lump sum or in instalments, the balance must be paid one month before the retreat starts.
ON SALE - £299 (instead of £399 early bird price)
Sharing Room with own Single Bed
Deposit - £99 (non refundable)
Single supplement and rental of a whole private cottage options available at a premium upon request.
(All deposits are non-refundable. Cancellation of your place on the retreat made 10 weeks before will result in a refund of the full amount less the deposit and any cancellations made less than 10 weeks before the retreat are non-refundable and outstanding payments will be still be due. Places are transferable if you find someone who would like to take your place. If we have a waiting list and we can replace you we will refund your place, less the deposit and a £50 admin fee)
All dogs must be well behaved, friendly, fully house trained, micro-chipped and up to date with any necessary vaccinations. If any dog causes damage to any person or property the dog will be asked to be removed from the retreat without refund and any damage costs will be charged to the owner.
4 hours of playful yoga and meditation sessions, 5 chef cooked meals, cooking and food talks, workshops and demonstrartions, comfy accommodation with hot tubs, tennis court, private shingle beach and orchard, lovely dog walks, non-alcoholic drinks, bed linen, towels and two very friendly hosts!
Travel to the venue (which is just under 3 hours by train from London to Plymouth, followed by an approx. £20 taxi), taxis for any day trips you choose to take, travel insurance and toiletries. Alcohol isn't provided but isn't forbidden!