Join the OYA team for a weekend mini-festival together at Oxon Hoath, a beautifully exclusive 73 acre estate located just 45 minutes southeast of London. The retreat will include yoga, mindfulness, movement, interactive talks on health & wellbeing, vegetarian meals, as well as free time to explore the area, rest, read, and relax. You can register here.
Each new year is entered with a great deal of enthusiasm about all of its possibilities and potential. Often too much emphasis is placed on the new year rather than the new - or to be more precise - transformed energy required to utilise opportunities that are placed before us.
At this retreat, we will reflect on the past year, release its unwanted aftereffects, and revitalise a positive mind set. This weekend of sessions is perfect for you, if you are looking to begin the year by introducing and/or reaffirming a sustainable self-practice surrounded in support and sisterhood.
May the opportunities that best support you appear open in front of you. May the activities that you don't really need be like a door closing behind you.
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.
The exact retreat schedule is subject to change and will be released to registered guests closer to the date.
Talks and Treatments
There will be a number of talks and treatments on offer over the course of the weekend.
NEW ::: Kemetic yoga taught by Amani! Egyptian yoga originates from Ancient Kemet, now known as Egypt. It is a restorative system which has unique postures and principles. It combines physical movement, deep breathing and meditation to help achieve balance, peace, order and discipline which is known as Maat.
NEW ::: Workshop on holistic journaling hosted by Jackee! Holistic Journaling is an invitation to bring your whole self to your journaling writing. Starting inwards, using images, collaging and colours, writing prompts and writing extracts this is a dee dive into the sensual and sacred self through a practice of conscious presence. Learn how to best use journaling and therapeutic writing for illumination and divine introspection.
NEW ::: Workshop Who am I and where am I at? with Ratna! Let us take a journey, simple in delivery yet profound in its content in discovering “Who am I” at a physical, mental and spiritual level! Add time and goals to this mix and discover the world of wisdom in the sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga. Understanding our time here and the objectives of our life together with the knowledge of who we are makes for a life of purpose and service which is truly empowering!
NEW ::: Sound healing with Ratna! Mantra Therapy is an important part of Ayurveda. Mantras are sound formulas, packed with energy and intention, which have a profound effect on the body, mind and emotions. When these sound waves (mantras) are combined with thought waves (intentions) they become powerful tools for insight, healing, creativity and spiritual growth. This sound energy helps to heal our minds at a subconscious level where the root of all our problems exist. Let us sing, chant and move to our own inner rhythm and get onto the highway of devotion and bliss.
Treatments will range from deep tissue massage to Reiki. In the registration form you can indicate if you would like to book a treatment, so that our therapists can be in touch with you directly. Treatments are not included in the retreat package price.
Single, double/twin and triple room occupancy available for a maximum of 45 guests. Each room is simply decorated with its own flare. There are shared bath- and shower rooms on each floor. One set of bedding and sheets are provided. Towels are offered at an extra charge. 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.
Arrivals are welcome from 4:00pm on Friday, 13 January. 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 2pm and leave the premises by 4pm on the Sunday, 15 January.
From London the House can be reached via trains leaving London Bridge, Charing Cross, East Croydon and Gatwick. Upon arrival at Tonbridge a taxi can be ordered for approx. £16 - £18. 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.
Single room: £450/person (£400 if paid in full by 10 September 2016); limited availability
Double/twin shared room: £400/person (£325 if paid in full by 10 September 2016)
Triple room: £300/person (£250 if paid in full by 10 September 2016); limited availability
5 superior rooms with ensuite bath: £500/person
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of £200 is required within 7 days of registering in order to reserve your space on the retreat. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the retreat, on 14 December 2016. Guests booking after 14 December 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, talks and yoga/mindfulness/movement sessions. Transportation and treatments 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.
You can register here!