Bala Brook comprises a main house and a separate modern annexe called Shraddha. The retreat centre is set in its own grounds besides a river flowing down from the moor. It offers privacy and tranquillity on retreat. There is immediate access to the surrounding countryside.
The retreat centre has been recently refurbished and it is run, as far as is possible, on sustainable and ecological principles. We use eco-friendly cleaning products and we have a re-cycling and composting scheme which we ask everyone to follow. The heating at Shraddha uses a ground and air source heat pump.
The house has been recently refurbished and there is a large, light, spacious vegetarian kitchen with an open-plan dining space. Doors open onto the garden.
There is parking for 15 cars.
Up to 20 people can stay overnight at the retreat centre. There are thirteen bedrooms in total, nine in the main house and four in Shraddha.
On the ground floor of the main house, there are two ensuite rooms, one double and one twin, which are accessed from the outside of the building. There is one ensuite single room which is wheelchair accessible (an extra bed for a carer can be provided in this room). On the first floor, there is one single ensuite room, two single rooms with shared facilities, two twin rooms with shared facilities and one triple ensuite room.
At Shraddha, there is one double room, one twin room and two kuti (monastic style) single rooms accessed from the outside of the building.
These share the two sets of facilities within Shraddha.
There are two large practice rooms. One is conveniently located in the main house. The other is in Shraddha and has stunning views through its glass walls. Both are aesthetically pleasing spaces with underfloor heating. They are equipped with yoga props and mats.
The land at Bala Brook is sacred. It is an ancient landscape which has a profound healing quality felt by everyone who spends time at the retreat centre. The sound of rushing water, the changing of the seasons, the benign presence of the trees, the proximity of the moor, the everchanging colours, the darkness at night, the deep silence – all of this is hugely beneficial to mind, body and spirit.