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Recalling the Elements: Fire & Wind

  • Poundon House Bicester UK (map)

"OYA at her most awesome, untrammeled OYA, is a weather goddess." ~ Judith Gleason

Join the OYA team for their first weekend yoga and mindfulness retreat together at Poundon House, a beautifully exclusive house and grounds located just 60 miles northwest of London. The retreat will include yoga, mindfulness, movement, vegetarian meals, as well as free time to explore the area, swim, rest, read, and relax. You can register here.



The elements are expressive and reflected in our own moods. We move between emotions of hot and cold, happy and angry, sometimes without even recognising or understanding why. At this weekend retreat we will explore the seemingly opposite poles that both fire and wind represent and how, in conversation with one another, transformation becomes possible. 

On the one hand, fire is irreplaceable in its warming capabilities, for example of food or the body, and it can even illuminate one's path. If untamed, however, it can burn and scorch everything in its way. Similarly, wind offers us a cooling system and can provide the energy we need to power up. At high speeds, however, wind becomes an indestructible force bringing chaos to anything it touches. This retreat will benefit anyone looking to find balance in the midst of the world's extremes.

The body is the only true home that we will ever have, so it's important that it be nourished and cherished. Over the course of the weekend, guests will be led in movement and mindfulness practice to do exactly that. Grounded movement and powerful Hatha flow sessions that invigorate will be balanced with soothing mindfulness exercises to leave guests feeling rejuvenated.

The retreat schedule is subject to change and will be released to registered guests closer to the date. Please have a look at our example schedule here.



Double and twin room occupancy available for a maximum of 18 guests. Each room is simply decorated with its own flare. There are shared bath- and shower rooms on each floor. One set of bedding, sheets, and towels are provided. And soaps and creams can be found in each bathroom.



The retreat is fully catered with dairy- and wheat-free vegetarian cuisine. On Friday evening a light dinner will be served. Saturday and Sunday morning, a warm broth will be offered before the movement session, and breakfast after the movement session. On Saturday, a filling and warm lunch will be served and a light and healthy dinner. On Sunday, guests will receive a boxed lunch, if they desire to take something with them on their journey home.


Travel Information

Arrivals are welcome from 4:00pm on Friday, 8 July. We ask that all guests arrive by 6:00pm so that we can begin the program punctually with a welcome at 6:30pm. The house requests that all guests vacate their rooms by 3pm on the Sunday, 10 July.

The Grand Prix will take place on the same weekend, so please plan more time to travel to and from the house. 

From London the House can be reached via trains leaving Marylebone station at least twice per hour. Upon arrival at Bicester North (or the new Bicester Village Station) a taxi can be ordered for approx. £10 - £15. If enough guests plan to arrive/depart at the same time, we can arrange for a shuttle van to transport you for a slightly reduced rate. There is also plenty of parking available on site.



Double/twin shared room: £400/person (£375 if paid in full by 8 May 2016). You can register here!

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of £200 is required upon reserving your space on the retreat. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the retreat, on 7 June 2016. Guests booking after 7 June will be required to pay the full price when reserving their place.

Rooms available on a first come basis. Please review room options here and indicate your preference. We will do our best to meet your requests.

The price includes all accommodations, meals, and yoga/mindfulness/movement sessions. Transportation costs are not included. 

Cancellation policy: Please let us know as soon as possible if something prevents you from attending the retreat. If you need to cancel more than 30 days before the retreat start date, we will refund you the full amount you've paid minus the deposit. Within 30 days of the retreat, we will not be able to refund you unless we can find someone to take your position. In that case, you will receive a full refund minus the deposit within 30 days after the retreat has ended.


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