Yoga and Mindfulness weekend November 2017 – Somerset

by | Aug 10, 2017 | Retreats

Yoga and Mindfulness weekend November 2017 – Somerset 

A weekend of Yoga and Mindfulness with Jasmin and  Jake.
Friday 10th, Saturday 11th,  to Sunday 12th November 2017.

Timings for the weekend
Arrivals from 4 pm Friday onwards, there is an option to arrive a little later in the evening. Saturday will be a full day of practice and ends with a cozy bonfire in the evening, Sunday will include a morning of mindfulness and silent practice to mark Remembrance Sunday. The weekend finishes on Sunday at 4 pm.

Mindfulness sessions spread out through the weekend.
Yoga sessions during the stay, for all levels of ability.
Relaxing evening sessions with either Yoga Nidra or Loving Kindness Meditation options.
The practices are for all levels and both teachers are on hand to support all students.
Walking in the Countryside, with plenty of time for rest and time to recuperate.
Full board with delicious homemade vegetarian food.
All juices, drinks, and refreshments are available throughout the stay.
Free time for walking, relaxing, reading, or enjoying the venue.
During the free time slots, you can arrange a one-to-one session with either Jake or Jasmin.

Who can join?
This Yoga and Mindfulness weekend is open to all levels of ability. For anyone who might be looking to deepen their practice, or for someone fairly new to Yoga and Mindfulness who wishes to learn more. With expert guidance from both teachers, you will be fully supported throughout your stay.

The Mindfulness will include seated meditation, gentle movements, and lying down practices. These will help to develop greater awareness of the body and to gain more perspective on our emotions and thoughts.

The Yoga sessions will include guided asana and pranayama, with poses to help strengthen and release key body parts. Some slow-flowing Yoga sequences, building to stronger and deeper holds, suitable for different levels of ability.  Each practice will help to nurture the body and still the mind in preparation for Savasana, Yoga Nidra, or Restorative Yoga.

Jake and Jasmin will hold supportive discussions on self-practice, philosophy, and Q&As with large and smaller groups. One-to-one time slots will be available for people looking for further guidance in their self-practice. To help create a reflective and open friendly environment, there will be a mixture of silence and conversation times throughout the weekend.

What is included in the fee?
The fee includes all classes and sessions. Accommodation is in newly built rooms, each with its own unique style, all with en-suite facilities. The rooms are for two people sharing and there are some double beds with options for single occupancy. There will be access to refreshments during the weekend.  Homemade-cooked food is provided for the duration of the stay, A meat-free weekend, there will be wholesome and tasty vegetarian and vegan options.

What about the venue?
The weekend will be held in a rural location in Somerset, at Clayhill Arts Centre. The venue has been lovingly built and restored to a magnificent standard. All of the stone has been recycled from the old farmhouse buildings. It consists of an open plan kitchen, dining area, and library, with an upper mezzanine, and beautiful roof lighting into the studio, where the Yoga and Meditation will take place. Surrounded by open windows letting in plenty of natural light you will be able to absorb the scenery and local landscape. With four interlinking barns, there’s plenty of room and space for quiet time, exploration and development.

Your teachers
Jasmin Bahia has practiced Yoga since 1998 and has been a student of Zen since 2007. She is Practitioner Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor. As the Direct of Bahia Yoga, she has studied and trained in both classical Hatha and vinyasa flow styles of Yoga. Jasmin is also a teacher of Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, and Pranayama. Jake Dartington has practiced Meditation since 1995, following a three-year teacher training with Christina Feldman he has taught retreats at Gaia House since 2007. Jake has also trained as a Mindfulness teacher with Bangor University and regularly teaches Mindfulness for Stress Reduction to individuals and organisations. A former college teacher who has master’s degrees in Buddhist Studies and Philosophy, Jake has also completed a 200 hour Yoga teacher training programme.

To book your place
Please book online here. The venue has limited places and will only be open to 12 students. If you have any queries or questions about the weekend, please email us.

On a final note – on your way to, or returning from the venue, we highly recommend stopping off at Gloucester Services enroute which has its very own farm shop, perfect rest stop on your journey.


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