On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
13-15 September 2019
Relax and Revive Retreat
(Yoga Healing Kirtan)
Healing is most likely to happen when we take time to pause
Seth J Gillihan
Are you in desperate need of slowing down? Ready to take a step off the treadmill for a short time to make space inside body, mind and heart for some restoration and healing? Do you want to feel peaceful but revived?
Join Linda Premanandhi and Jyoti Kirpalani for the weekend to relax, let go of your everyday worries, and nourish yourself. Mindful yoga will open the body and get the flow of energy moving, pranayama (breathwork) will open the lungs and calm the nervous system, chanting and singing mantras will free the mind and bring joy to your heart.
The seaside environment will revitalise you, the nourishing food replenish you, and the nurturing yoga restore you. This retreat will help you recalibrate, take stock, rest and recover.
Yoga House Wales is an established yoga studio and yoga retreat centre, and home to Yoga Teacher and Kirtan Leader, Linda Premanandhi. Set in the tiny seaside village of Tresaith, on the stunning coastline of West Wales, this charming home is just a stone's throw away from the beach, coastal path, and waterfall. The Grade II listed Georgian house is nestled within secluded woodlands, meaning you really are in the heart of nature.
Rooms are stylish and comfortable, modern bathrooms allow natural light in through glass ceilings. The kitchen diner is large, bright and homely and there’s a couple of lounge areas to relax and chat, with plenty of yoga books to borrow. There are many walks off the grounds through woodland, and the beach is a short walk down our drive to the village steps. You will be welcomed as one of the family.
Whether you have no current yoga practice, or regularly enjoy a strong, dynamic Vinyasa flow, we dare you to go slower and deeper on this retreat, creating stability and resilience of mind and body. Challenging the myth that ‘slow’ means ‘of less value’, we will allow time and space for the holistic healing power of yoga to work its magic, helping us to reset and soothe our nervous systems.
Mornings will include slow hatha flow to open the physical and subtle body; pranayama - specific breath practices to effectively open the lungs and raise energy; guided meditation to calm the mind and draw the awareness inward.
Early evenings will offer the beautiful practice of yin yoga with deep, slow, longer-held stretches. We will soften and release muscular tension, surrendering into transformation.
Evenings will end with yoga nidra (yogic sleep), a totally guided meditation. It is wonderfully relaxing and all you have to do is lie down! A great way to completely let go and prepare for a great night’s sleep.
This retreat is suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced yogis. We will focus on comfort and accessibility for all, using props and equipment wherever necessary.
There will be a maximum of 10 guests on this retreat, so there will be ample opportunity for personal attention.
Kirtan, Mantra Therapy and Chanting
Kirtan is a call and response musical meditation that takes only minutes to learn, and makes you feel good just as fast. The practice goes back thousands of years and can be practiced by anyone. You do not need to be a good singer, a practitioner of yoga, or a follower of any religion or set of beliefs to experience the power of chanting and kirtan. IAn open mind and your voice are all that is required. Combining music, mantra meditation and full body, mind and heart participation, kirtan offers a rich, immersive experience that has the power to change the world, one heart at a time.
There will be two sessions of devotional chanting during the retreat when you will be able to experience the wonderful therapeutic and uplifting benefits of chanting mantra for yourself. Think of it as mantra therapy. After a short introduction to the world of Bhakti yoga and kirtan, we will learn two or three traditional chants together, ending with a beautiful chanting circle to close the retreat on Sunday.
Food and healthy nourishment is very important every day, but even more so when on retreat. Yoga House Wales is renowned for its good, fresh and healthy food. Many retreaters hosted by visiting yoga teachers here, want to return for the food! We can guarantee you wholesome and healthy food. All meals are vegetarian/vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, and are freshly prepared in our kitchen. You will not go hungry, and there’s always an occasional healthy treat!
A brunch style breakfast with fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, porridge, museli, granola, breads, smashed avocado, eggs or scrambled tofu if required. Lunch is usually freshly made soup, sourdough bread, or salads/avocado depending, a delicious two course, relaxed supper follows our evening yoga session.
Linda is a qualified, registered yoga teacher (500hrs) and kirtan leader. She trained in classical Rishiculture style of yoga, with its roots in the Gitananda tradition She found yoga later in life and fully appreciates how finding a practice like authentic yoga can help develop a balanced, healthy and peaceful life whatever one’s age, size, shape or gender. She has trained with mainly excellent teachers including Yogachariya Jnandev of Satsang Ashram, Yogachariya Deepika, Norman Blair, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nikki Slade, Mathew Sanford, Sarah Powers, Noah Maze. Linda also studied Mindfulness at the Samye Foundation in Cardiff.
Her yoga path has led her to teach classical hatha yoga, vinyasa flow, yin yoga, yoga nidra, ante-natal and post-natal yoga, as well as chanting and mantra therapy. She likes to focus on helping her students to slow down and find peace through yoga and chanting, working deeply in a mindful way to achieve resilience and stability of mind and body. She specialises in supporting women through all cycles of life, and is particularly interested in helping women find beneficial practices to help with menopause and healthy aging in general.
Jyoti is a Kirtan leader and has studied sound, mantra and Kirtan with Nikki Slade. She regularly leads kirtans in and around London.
Brought up in an Indian family, she was immersed in bhajans and kirtans from an early age. Recently through her own healing journey, she has connected to her authentic voice and rediscovered her love for chanting.
Jyoti is also a Reiki Master, an energy healer trained at The College of Psychic Studies, London and a Soul Planner. She has also worked in the NHS supporting end of life and palliative care patients.
Building nervous system resilience requires a kind and patient approach to yoga practice. The focus for this weekend is to really slow down and make space to heal and replenish. You will be sincerely encouraged to work within your own limits, at your own pace, whatever that might be on the day in question. There are so many demands on our nervous systems these days, constantly at the beck and call of the digital world, always bombarded by stimuli. No small wonder we feel frazzled and suffer from nervous exhaustion.
We may not even realise how worn out we really are until we stop. Take the opportunity to nap, relax, walk barefoot on the beach, read a book. None of our offerings are compulsory – feel free to choose your own practices.
Accommodation and Prices
These costs include 2 nights’ accommodation, all yoga sessions, mantra therapy workshop and all meals, drinks and snacks. We also provide free wifi should you need to use it.
Shared twin room with single beds
£300 per person
Two rooms available : Penbryn and Saith
£320 per person
( single occupancy : £365 )
£350 per person
( single occupancy : £375 )
Twin room with two double beds
En suite bathroom
£355 per person
Superking 4-Poster bed
£355 per person
( single occupancy : £425 )
The Yoga House at Glandŵr is in the small village of Tresaith on the west Wales coast of Ceredigion, overlooking Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea.
Trains and buses. The nearest train stations are Carmarthen and Aberystwyth with their connections to the rest of Wales an beyond. Both stations are about 1 hour’s drive away.
For convenience, and should numbers allow, we can arrange at cost a minibus to collect and return you to a railway station. Likewise, we can also arrange a taxi to pick you up and take you back.
There are bus connections from Carmarthen and Aberystwyth to our nearest market town, Cardigan, and thence from Cardigan to Tresaith.
By car from the south, take the M4 and A48 to Carmarthen, then follow the A484 to Cardigan. Bear northwards in Cardigan along the A487 for some 15 minutes, then the B4333 for Aberporth at the Gogerddan Junction. At Aberporth bear right for just over a mile, following signposts to Tresaith. You will descend a hill into Tresaith. Just before the bottom of the hill our driveway will be on the right, marked by a large sign for Yoga House Wales.
By car from the north, follow routes to Aberystwyth in mid Wales, then the A484 southwards to Cardigan via Aberaeron and Synod Inn. Ignore the first signpost for Tresaith, continue driving until the next major crossroads at Gogerddan Junction. At Gogerddan bear right to Aberporth along the B4333. At Aberporth bear right for just over a mile, following signposts to Tresaith. You will descend a hill into Tresaith. Just before the bottom of the hill our driveway will be on the right, marked by a large sign for Glandŵr.
For satnav, our postcode is SA43 2JH, GPS 52.131626, -4.512805
Distances by car:
Cardiff: 106 miles : 2 hours
Swansea: 70 miles : 1 hour
Carmarthen: 38 miles : 45 minutes
Aberystwyth: 35 miles : 1 hour
Bristol: 145 miles : 3 hours
London: 250 miles : 3.5 hours
Birmingham: 155 miles : 3 hours
Manchester: 170 miles : 3.5 hours
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