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On this cosy two night stay in the Cotswold, you will recharge from the winter months and invite a focussed boost for the summer months ahead. Set in the homely surroundings of Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre offering a retreat feel whilst inviting us to reconnect with nature through the landscaped gardens and woods. Expect to leave feeling refreshed, restored, and ready to use your energy wisely throughout summer.

LOCATION

Holycombe Holistic Centre is set in a lush valley on the edge of the Cotswold village of Whichford and it’s easy to see the owners renovation inspiration came from Tolkein’s description of Rivendell in the Lord of the Rings. It’s a peaceful space for reflection with a shaded coppice just off the garden and over the meadow is the ancient Whichford wood with rare trees and plants. There are lots of seating areas dotted around so you can sit and just be with nature.

The wood provides a beautiful backdrop for mindful strolling but if you have more energy there are a few local walks to enjoy so pack your walking boots or wellies!

ACCOMMODATION

At Holycombe House there are various options of accommodation from shared twins to own or shared doubles. There are three shared bathrooms and one ensuite. Holycombe House is run as an eco-house for this reason you are asked to bring your own pillow cover, sheet and towels for the weekend.

FOOD

Justine from Sweetyoga has a repertoire of recipes from running her popular retreats in Portugal. Her vegetarian dishes are diverse with good gut health in mind. Lots of healthy comfort food with colour and texture to celebrate nourishing yourself.

“Justine’s homemade food is absolutely delicious, thoughtfully planned and very kind to the gut.” – Emma Roberts, London

YOGA

The atmosphere will be nurturing, inviting you to build on your knowledge throughout the weekend retreat. Justine likes to teach practices that are accessible in your normal busy lives so expect lots of hints & tips during your time together. In keeping with nature’s energy cycles, your morning practices are uplifting then skillfully balanced with afternoon relaxation ~ intended to boost your reserves and invite tender curiosity as to what serves you best. Through therapeutic flow, mindful meditations, breathing awareness and tension releasing techniques, you will sense how to hold your experience on the mat within the larger context of your life. Cultivating your presence in the practices and not falling into habitual patterns will guide you to a new energised you. Justine will provide individual attention and modifications for anyone that needs it.

PROGRAMME

Friday –  Our weekend will begin on Friday evening at 6pm with a gentle coming together practice followed by a delicious group dinner.

Saturday –  On Saturday, we will practise in both the morning and early evening with free time to explore Holycombe’s gardens and woods. Venturing away from Holycombe, walk through the village to Whichford Pottery, a lovely place to visit and worth popping into their cafe and shop. The village is pretty with houses built in Cotswold stone with a church, village green and local pub. Further afield by car is the well known Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold. Massages can be organised if sufficient people request one in advance.

Sunday – Our morning and post-lunch classes will bring the ‘take-home’ parts of the weekend together with explanation on how to use your yoga gift to keep your energy levels topped up throughout summer. We can say our farewells before departing at 4pm.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

All meals are included.

Mid-afternoon energy boost with tea & raw snack

Private consultation for anyone needing guidance about their home practice

A yoga gift to take home is included.