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As a Londoner looking to relax and escape from the city, I was naturally drawn to the Adventure Yogi WellbeingYogi retreat, which I had the pleasure of attending recently with fellow lifestyle blogger, Inna. The retreat was set in the peaceful village of Stonegate, East Sussex, just one hour outside of London, at a gorgeous old converted farm with an outdoor heated swimming pool and breathtaking panoramic views across the rolling countryside. Michelle King, one of the founders of Adventure Yogi and our host for the duration of the retreat, met us on arrival, was incredibly welcoming and full of useful information to ensure our experience was as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
Each day followed a similar agenda, beginning with a silent walk in the countryside to awaken the senses, followed by two hours of yoga and meditation to invigorate and restore, and then a healthy vegetarian brunch to nourish. In the afternoon, there was free time set aside to enjoy treatments (I had an excellent Thai Yoga Massage by Jane, one of the Adventure Yogi massage therapists), relax on the grounds (keep an eye out for Barley, the resident dog, he’s super cute and loves to play football!), explore the area or go for a walk in the countryside. A late lunch was served, then yoga and meditation again in the afternoon followed by a delicious three course vegetarian dinner.
The yoga classes were led by the yogaspirational Rachel Johnston, who taught a restorative form of Hatha yoga, suitable for all abilities. Morning sessions were a more dynamic practice, while the evening sessions were gentle with lots of stretches, meditation and relaxation – all of the classes combined an appreciation for alignment with a real love of movement.
The food on the retreat was just as important as the yoga! Enjoying healthy, freshly prepared, delicious vegetarian food is an integral part of the WellbeingYogi yoga retreat and chef, Tatu Bearcroft, was on hand to ensure that we were all well fed and nourished throughout with her colourful array of soups, salads and vegetable dishes. Conscious of the nutritional qualities of each and every ingredient she combined foods that were specific to healing themes as well as full of texture and flavour.
After a few days completely dedicated to my wellbeing, I left feeling calmer, relaxed, rejuvenated, and revitalised. The entire experience was unique – the retreat is perfect for those who work as hard as they play and can never find the time to look after themselves. You will find time to unwind and let go in comfortable and peaceful surroundings. Whether you’re after some active relaxation or looking to indulge in a slower pace of life, then this is the weekend you’re looking for.
Upcoming Wellbeing Yogi yoga retreats include:
– November 7th – 9th | Oxfordshire with Rachel Johnston and Anna Bywater
– November 14th – 16th | Somerset with Wenche Beard and Rosie Mclennan
– December 5th – 7th | East Sussex-Stonegate with Carolina Smilas and Eloise Minton
Check out the Adventure Yogi website and Twitter page for information on all of the other yoga holidays (BeachYogi ~ SnowYogi ~ DiveYogi ~ AlpineYogi ~ SurfYogi) and retreats on offer (DetoxYogi ~ ActiveYogi ~ AyurvedicYogi ~ NewYearYogi ~ AdvancedYogi).