Join the OYA team for a weekend away at Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre, an ecologically built house that inhabits a sacred site where a castle once stood. The retreat will include yoga, mindfulness, workshops, vegan meals as well as leisure time for exploring, resting and relaxing.
The Art of Creativity is an awakening to our inner power. This retreat is for Black women and women of colour.
We have an innate desire to create in all forms. However, our creativity is often usurped by the circumstances of this world: doubt, fear, ego.
When we align our inner awareness with our deep impulse and desire to create, it becomes possible to manifest our external reality. We all have so much to contribute; let us not be hindered by doubt, fear and ego.
This retreat is for you, if you want to release the old, tap into the new and allow renewed creative energy to flow through you.
The exact retreat schedule is subject to change and will be released to registered guests closer to the date.
Activities and Treatments
There will be a number of activities and treatments on offer over the course of the weekend. We continually update the website with details, as they become available.
NEW ::: Pranayama with Natalie! Pranayama unlocks latent energy within the body and activates creativity and productivity in the mind. It is not often taught in yoga studios, but it is one of the most important elements of Yoga, deepening spiritual practice.
Pranayama is the ancient practice of expanding our life force energy. “Prana” is activated through a range of breathing techniques. This practice involves intentionally interrupting, altering, drawing out and extending our most natural and important energy.
NEW ::: Asana with Natalie! Asanas are the physical postures that interrupt the body, to unify the breath, body, spirit and mind. In this practice, we will be focusing on postures that require introspection, and a deepening of spiritual connection and an opening of the body.
A blend of slow, steady, and intentional movements will bring awareness to your whole body, unblock any energy that may be stuck and encourage creative energy to come out- from within.
NEW ::: The Artist’s Intuition with Sonja! In this workshop guests will tap into their inner creativity with the help of journaling and singing (nada yoga). The transformative power of sound will be revealed accompanied by mantras and the Tanpura.
NEW ::: Accessing the Goddess Within with Sonja! In this workshop guests will explore the mythology of some of the most powerful goddesses. Learning how to imbibe the essence of these amazing zeitgeists will empower, enrich and sustain you in believing and living your creativity.
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. Treatment costs are not included in the retreat package price.
Bedrooms with single and double occupancy are available. Each room is simply decorated. There are shared bath- and shower rooms throughout. Pillows and duvets are provided. Guests need to bring their own linens and towels.
The retreat is fully-catered with vegan and wheat-free delights. On Friday evening a light dinner will be served. On Saturday and Sunday mornings breakfast will be offered after the meditation session. On Saturday, a filling and warm lunch will be served and a light and healthy dinner. On Sunday, guests will receive a light lunch before departing for their journey home.
Arrivals are welcome from 5:00pm on Friday, 12 April. We ask that all guests arrive by 6:00pm so that we can begin the program punctually with a welcome at 6:30pm. On Sunday the 14th all guests should depart by 3pm.
The nearest stations are Moreton-in-the-Marsh and Banbury, which are served regularly from Paddington and Marylebone stations in London. From Banbury a taxi will cost approximately £25 - £30. There is also plenty of parking available on site, and we can help coordinate carpooling. The closest airport is Birmingham (BHX).
Prices include all accommodations, meals and sessions. Treatments and transportation are NOT included. Click the image to learn more about the accommodation pricing.