Embody the Elements Yoga Retreat Cornwall - Oct 28th to Nov 1st 2019

Embody the Elements Yoga Retreat Cornwall - Oct 28th to Nov 1st 2019

from 175.00

Join us for this unique movement, education, chef prepared food and dog friendly yoga retreat in an environmentally minded haven hidden in the Cornish countryside. Rest, explore, learn, laugh and share as I lead sessions in yoga and anatomy and my clever chef girlfriend fills our bellies!

NEW YEAR SALE UNTIL THE END OF FEB 2018 - £600 (instead of £799)

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Embody the Elements Yoga Retreat Cornwall

Dog Friendly

October 28th - November 1st 2019

(option to combine with the Breath & Body weekend retreat)

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Dogs welcome. Dogma not!

We’re heading back to the beautiful Cornish countryside to welcome you for a week of body and mind centered blissful activites, themed around the 5 elements - Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. The week will include daily vinyasa flow asana classes, 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

Mon 28th Oct

4.00pm: Arrivals from this time

5.30pm - 7.30pm: EARTHLY CONNECTIONS workshop

The week will start with a grounding practice, melting together flowing yoga asanas, breathing techniques, movements inspired by Tai Chi and optional chanting to leave behind the bustle of the modern world and settle the group into a week of dreamy downtime and playful explorations.

8.00pm: Dinner


Tues 29th Oct

8.15am - 9.30am: WATER morning flow

9.45am: Breakfast

11.00am: Local Walk

1.30pm: Lunch

5.30pm - 7.30pm: RECEPTIVE & INTROSPECTIVE workshop

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 talking, movement and meditation.

8.00pm: Dinner

Weds 30th Oct

8.15am - 9.30am: FIRE morning flow

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: MOLTEN MOVEMENT workshop

We will stoke our inner fire and draw on our innate strength during a physical workshop, playing with some more advanced yoga poses, breaking them down to better understand the relevant anatomy and applying that knowledge to safely explore our boundaries. To make the workshop completely tailor made, the exact poses explored will be decided by the group and I will create a bespoke workshop just for the retreat attendees, perfectly designed for whatever level your practices are at.

8.00pm: Dinner

Thurs 31st Oct

8.15am - 9.30am: AIR & ETHER morning flow

9.45am: Breakfast

11.00am: Local Walk

12.00am - 5.00pm: Lunch

5.30pm - 7.30pm: LIMINALITY workshop

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.

8.00pm: Dinner


Fri 1st Nov

8.30am: Final group breakfast

9.45am: Depart by this time

(or stay for the weekend and get a reduced combined price with our Breath and Body Yoga Retreat)

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 01/06/19 for this price

NEW YEAR SALE UNTIL THE END OF FEB 2018 - £600 (instead of £799 early bird price)

Sharing Room with own Single Bed

(£950 after early bird)

Deposit - £175 (non refundable)


Book Combined with the Weekend Retreat

NEW YEAR SALE UNTIL THE END OF FEB 2018 - £899 (instead of £1100 early bird price)

Sharing Room with own Single Bed

(£1350 after early bird)

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