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Bala Brook

Retreat Centre on Dartmoor

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Dartmoor QUIETNESS; these events are 'retreats', rather than workshops, providing a precious opportunity to find one's quiet place within, detaching from the talkative modes of normal social life. Some days are held in silence.
FITNESS; the retreat programme is suitable for functionally fit people with some yogic experience. People who are a bit stiff or not yet adept can benefit if they understand that each of us is wending our way in a life-long yogic process.
PRANAYAMA; helps to qualify the mind for meditation, bringing our awareness into balance.
MEDITATION SESSIONS; Jo elucidates aspects of inspiring yoga philosophy which give rise to the practices. A formal sitting meditation posture is encouraged - but some people prefer to use a chair. The sitting periods are not longer than about half an hour, or are interspersed with walking meditation. Breath-watching is the basic practice, plus several other techniques such as visualisations and "Awareness" exercises.
NATURE; Dartmoor National Park - can show us ways out of the grip of ordinarily busy minds. As we encounter the deep essential stillness in trees, rocks, rivers, wild animals, our attention is guided into the essential stillness within.
Studio WALKS; up on the Moor are suitable for people who can manage rough ground, (some walks will be about two and a half hours, or longer depending on the weather). Some people prefer shorter strolls keeping to the lanes. Please bring outdoor clothing, wooly hat, stout footwear.
WATER-COLOUR PAINTING; is optional. Gouache, brushes and paper are provided - or you can bring your own.

or pay £15 to have your bed made up for you

Delicious vegetarian food, with professional cook.
Single rooms - Four nights, nearly five days.
October - £355 ensuite bathroom, £340 standard, shared bathroom,
£320 economy, shared bathroom.
December - £365 ensuite bathroom, £350 standard, shared bathroom
£335 economy, shared bathroom.

Daily Schedule
Both retreats only up to 12 people. Hathayoga, strong - gentle, suitable for functionally fit people with some understanding of Yoga. Pranayama, meditation with lead-in teaching, optional water-colour painting and Haiku creation.
7.00 Pranayama
9.30 Meditation with short talk/instructions
Tea break
10.45 Hathayoga
1.00 Lunch
afternoon; painting, walking or free time
5.00 Restorative yoga, meditation
6.45 Supper
after supper depending on weather, walk or something else

October 18th - 22nd 2018

Information and booking please contact
Jo Pelly


Arrival - please arrive by about 4.00 pm
in time to settle in before first session
Hatha yoga 4.45 pm
Departure - after lunch on the last day
Taxi Share - if you arrange to arrive at Totnes station sometime between about 2-3pm, we can put you in touch with others arriving around then.

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