Dog Friendly Yoga Retreat Cornwall - June 16th to 20th 2019

Dog Friendly Yoga Retreat Cornwall - June 16th to 20th 2019

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I’m so excited to invite you to this yoga, food and dog friendly fusion in an environmentally minded venue nestled in the Cornwall countryside... all of my top passions in one place, co-hosted with my award winning chef girlfriend!

SALE EXTENDED - £600 (instead of £799)

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Dog Friendly Yoga Retreat Cornwall

June 16th - 20th 2019

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Dogs welcome. Dogma not!

Join us in glorious Cornwall for an immersive few days of all things mindful and movement - inquisitive vinyasa flow asana, in-depth anatomy and movement workshops, breathing, yoga nidra, meditation and chanting and delicious food cooked by incomparable chef and my loving girlfriend Sal founder of Breadren.

As a yoga and Pilates teacher, yoga teacher trainer and student of Osteopathy, I have been exploring the anatomy of movement, debunking common yoga alignment cues and helping students fully embody their movement practices by gaining a deeper understanding of the ways their unique bodies want to flow for almost 10 years. This retreat is all about sharing those ideas, bringing together scientific and traditional knowledge, creating new patterns and unlocking the body to soothe the mind.

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

Sun 16th June

4.00pm: Arrivals from this time

5.30pm - 7.30pm: DIAPHRAGMATIC FEET workshop

Explore the amazing adaptability of the feet and ankles, how they form the foundation of all your upright movements and posture, their pivotal role in deep core stabilisation and how they play a vital part in efficient breathing. A mixture of anatomy, palpation and movement

8.00pm: Dinner


Mon 17th June

8.15am - 9.30am: PURPOSEFUL PLACEMENT morning flow

A vinyasa flow practice based on quality of movement, rather than chasing poses, we’ll suspend the moments in between

9.45am: Breakfast

11.00am: Local Walk

1.30pm: Lunch

5.30pm - 7.30pm: FLUID PELVIS workshop

The most talked about and least understood part of the yogis body, we’ll unpick common yoga myths surrounding pelvic placement, look at how it interacts with the spine, ribs and legs and gain a deeper understanding of the muscles and other soft tissues of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex. A mixture of anatomy, palpation and movement

8.00pm: Dinner

Tues 18th June

8.15am - 9.30am: CRUX AND FULCRUM morning flow

Find physical and mental balance in this vinyasa flow and yoga nidra practice, playing with balance and release

9.45am: Breakfast

11.00am: Local Walk

12.00pm - 5.00pm: Free time, possible group trip to local site of beauty

5.30pm - 7.30pm: FANNING RIBS workshop

When to draw the ribs in and when to let them flare out? How can we learn to breathe into all lobes of the lungs, all quadrants of the ribs? How does this area affect our neck and shoulder alignment? Can this area be one of the keys to finding better mental health? Drop into your abdominal muscles and learn to breathe again. A mixture of anatomy, palpation and movement

8.00pm: Dinner

Weds 19th June

8.15am - 9.30am: EBB AND FLOW morning flow

A yin and yang vinyasa practice, inspired by mandala yoga, fusing effort and ease, safely opening and strengthening

9.45am: Breakfast

11.00am: Local Walk

12.00am - 5.00pm: Free time, possible group trip to local site of beauty

5.30pm - 7.30pm: BUOYANT TISSUES workshop

Tying together everything learnt so far, we’ll fully embody the ideas in a physical, experiential workshop, melting together yoga asana, Pilates, primal movements and dance inspired patterns. Inquire into your habitual body preferences and see if you can tap into the freedom of going with instead of against your natural paths

8.00pm: Dinner


Thurs 20th June

8.30am: Final group breakfast

9.45am: Depart by this time

The Venue

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.

The Teacher

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.

The Food

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.


Early Bird

Pay the deposit by 01/03/19 for this price

SALE EXTENDED - £600 (instead of £799)

Sharing Room with own Single Bed

Deposit - £175 (non refundable)


After Early Bird

Sharing Room with own Single Bed - £950 per person

Deposit - £175 (non refundable)

Single supplement and rental of a whole private cottage 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 £100 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 morning flows, 8 hours of in-depth workshops, 10 chef cooked meals, 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!

Not Included

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!

Optional Extras

We will both have a limited number of slots available for 1:1 sessions, which must be bought before you arrive, at the very reduced rate of £40 an hour. We can work on anything you wish during this time, our skill set including cooking, yoga, Pilates, personal training, meditation, yoga nidra and yoga teacher mentoring.

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Matt Christie Photography