Weekend Yoga Retreat in Walton Hall, 4th-6th November, 2016
Heart of England Rejuvinating Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation Weekend. November 4th-6th 2016, Walton Hall, Wellesbourne CV35 9HU
On this weekend Yoga retreat, taking place in November in the beautiful Walton Hall, we will take time to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit with Ayurvedic Yoga practices, restorative guided meditations, healthy cordon vert foods, country walks, and use of the hotel Spa facilities.
“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves. Otherwise we harden.” Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe The weekend…..
This Rejuvenation Yoga Weekend set in the beautiful grounds of the Walton Hall estate, deep in the Warwickshire countryside, invites you to step away from your daily life for a few days to take rest in nature and give your body and mind a chance to relax and replenish. Let go of your stresses, and renew your strength and vigour, supported by specially designed restorative and healing Yoga practices, good wholesome vegetarian cordon vert foods cooked by professional chefs, and guided meditations, visualisations and relaxations aimed at deeply nourishing body, mind and spirit.
The whole ambience of the Walton Hall estate with it’s gardens and pastures, surrounded to the sides by woods, makes this venue a perfect getaway for a weekend Yoga break.
The place is easily accessible from most parts of the country, is close to many places of interest in the Heart of England, and yet is deeply peaceful, beautiful and alongside the Yoga, meditation and healthy foods on offer, could be just the restful and re-energising tonic your body is looking for.
About The Teacher
Your teacher for this weekend of Yoga will be Shama Sara Palmer.
Shama first learned Yoga from her Yoga teacher mother, who taught her the power of the breathing practices of Hatha Yoga when she was a teenager.
After spending a lot of time travelling around the globe to places such as India, Japan, Thailand, Italy, USA, Canada and Bahamas, where she learned from and practiced many healing and spiritual traditions, Shama spent four years managing an integrative health clinic in central London. Here she came across many chronically ill people, some who made recovery, some who did not.
Remembering the healing power of Yoga learned from her mother, Shama decided to deepen her understanding of Yoga so she might share it’s transforming and life-enhancing practices with others. She went to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Bahamas and took the teacher training course there, followed by the advanced teacher training course and other further intensive trainings. In between these trainings, Shama lived in the ashram in the Bahamas immersing herself in a Yoga life and learning much from the seniors teachers that she lived with there. She also offered specialist programmes such as Yoga for Healing and Pain Relief, and Healing Power of the Breath.
Whilst there, she also commuted to and from New York for one year to study with Mukunda Stiles, a great teacher of Yoga Therapy and later became Yoga Therapist at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. This training and experience has enabled her to teach with a sound understanding of how to adapt practices to suit particular body needs and limitations in class, and also to support people individually who are ill or in pain with specifically adapted Yoga practices.
Shama has also studied Ayurvedic Yoga with Dr David Frawley and Mukunda Stiles, and workshops with Max Strom, Roger Cole and Godfrey Devreux amongst others. She is trained in Yoga for the Heart (cardiac disease and cancer) with Nischala Joy Devi, pregnancy yoga, and some study of macrobiotics, with participation in macrobiotic health weeks.
When not teaching, Shama spends much time journeying more deeply into the fields of Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta, exploring their teachings for healing and transformation of the human body, mind and spirit. She also writes a regular Yoga for Health column in the Stratford-Upon Avon-Focus magazine.
The Yoga classes will be created specifically to support the replenishing of our whole selves – body, heart and spirit. There will be morning Hatha Yoga classes with postures, breathing practices and guided deep relaxations. And afternoon restorative-yin yoga practices, also with guided breathing practices and a healing visualisation. These practices should leave your body and mind feeling relieved of long held tensions, your heart nourished, and your spirit uplifted.
Morning and evening guided meditations will offer us a rare chance to rest in deep stillness, giving our nervous systems time to pause, and our the busy-ness in our minds a chance to subside. This is a time to reclaim that inner peace that is our birthright and yet so often eludes us in our busy daily lives.
We will be hosted by the Walton Hall Hotel. The hotel is set in 65 acres of stunning countryside, with landscape gardens, and woods and pastures beyond. The Hall itself is a grade II listed 16th century building.
All accommodation is en-suite and spacious. There are standard single and double/twin rooms available in the hotel (which comprises a more modern building and conversion of the estate stable blocks), or it is possible to upgrade your room to one of the stunning luxury suites in the original 16th century Hall.
The chef in the hotel will create a special Ayurveda-influenced menu for us during this weekend. The foods will be 95% plant based, with a little dairy, and will be selected for their ease of digestion which should support the cleansing and healing work of our Yoga practices. The foods will be detoxifying and at the same time rejuvenating for the body systems. There will be healing herbal teas offered during our morning and afternoon breaks.
Meals are taken in the orangery restaurant with views over the hotel gardens. Special dietary requirements can be met eg gluten-free, dairy-free but please notify LoveYogaHealing in advance.
The hotel has been awarded an AA rosette for fine food.
All accommodation is en-suite and spacious, with air-con, a sea view and it’s own private terrace. There is a mini bar and a safe in each room. The rooms are cleaned daily and towels are provided.
Other Facilities at the Hotel
There is a swimming pool, gym and sauna at the hotel for your enjoyment. The hotel Spa offers a range of beauty and massage treatments (not included in the Yoga weekend fee) which it is advisable to book in advance. LoveYogaHealing can provide you with the treatment menu of the Spa.
There is a lovely conservatory bar in the Hall with views across the grounds for teas and coffees, and other drinks. And also the hotel lounge bar sells drinks, teas and coffees.
In between classes and meal times, you are free to enjoy the peace and quiet of the hotel garden, or to explore the beauty, history and culture of the surrounding area.
There are pretty walks around the grounds.
A 10 minute drive away is Compton Verney, a beautiful estate whose house has been architecturally designed recently to be a wonderful museum and art gallery with many interesting exhibitions.
Stratford Upon Avon and Warwick are both only approximately a 20 minute drive away. You may like to take time between classes to visit the Shakespeare sites in Stratford Upon Avon or the historic castle in Warwick.
Also nearby is the pretty market town of Shipston on Stour with many independent quality shops.
Some Yoga experience.
- 7.30 – 8.00am Morning meditation
- 8.00am Breakfast
- 10.30 – noon Hatha Yoga,
- Noon-12.30pm Relaxation/visualisation/breathing practices
- 1.00pm Lunch
- 5.00 – 6.30pm Afternoon Yoga practice
- 7.00pm Dinner
- 8.30pm Evening meditation and talk.
What To Bring
Please bring comfortable yoga gear, yoga mat, yoga brick and/or block, meditation cushion, swimwear, walking shoes, notebook and pen.
Walton Hall is easily accessible by car from the M40. From M40 (North) exit at junction 13. Turn left and then the first right. Continue through to Newbold Pacey. Turn left at the T-junction in Wellesbourne. Turn right after the Watermill and continue down the single lane for 1.5 miles. From M40 (South), exit at junction 15. Take the fourth exit onto the A429 to Cirencester. Continue through Barford and turn left at the roundabout for Wellesbourne. Turn right after the Watermill and continue down the single lane for 1.5 miles.
If you choose to travel by train, Warwick Parkway station is about 10 miles away from Walton Hall. We would organise a taxi to collect you from Warwick Parkway.
If you are flying, Birmingham International Airport is the nearest to Walton Hall, and we can organise a taxi to collect you from the airport. Otherwise, there is a train connection to Leamington Spa or Warwick Parkway from where we can arrange a taxi to collect you.
From £345.00 for 2 nights for a shared room, and £395.00 for two nights for a single room, from friday afternoon to sunday afternoon, full board including all Yoga tuition and use of the hotel swimming pool, sauna and gym. There is a supplement of £40 – 60 for a luxury suite in the grade II listed Hall.
How to Book
For more information or for booking please email me or use the contact form below.
Once you have decided you would like to join the weekend, I will send my bank details for transfer of a £100 non-refundable deposit to secure your place and a registration form. Please let me know if you require a single or shared room, or if you would like to upgrade to a suite in the Hall. The balance will be due on October 4th, one month before the Yoga weekend begins. Once I have received your deposit and completed registration form, I will send more information to you about welcome arrangements for the weekend.
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