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 10 cars.
Up to fifteen 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 three single en suite rooms. One is suitable for those with a disability. Two have double beds. On the first floor, there is one single en suite room, two single rooms with shared facilities, two twin rooms with shared facilities and one triple room en suite.
At Shraddha, there are two double rooms and two kuti (monastic style) single rooms on the outside of the building.
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.