Rest & Restore Yoga Retreat

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Fri 04Sep
Sun 06Sep

Reclaim Your Right to Rest

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

Prepare to move from summer to autumn with deeply restful yoga. Rather than pushing ourselves into postures, this retreat will encourage you to let go of tension and worries. Using restorative yoga to reduce stress and tension and yoga nidra to rest deeply, this is yoga to leave you feeling more relaxed and at ease regardless of ability.

Event time: Fri 4th Sep 2020 at 4:00pm - Sun 6th Sep 2020 at 2:00pm

At a Glance

  • Practice a soft, gentle and nourishing type of yoga to rest aching muscles and weary bones
  • Explore meditation through complete relaxation, known as yoga nidra
  • Connect with the beautiful surroundings through silent morning meditation walks and the gift of free time and space

What Participants Will Gain

  • Reduce feelings of anxiety, fatigue, stress and more
  • Time to slow down and prepare for a new year
  • Deep rest for mind, body and soul

The course will start on Friday evening, with some relaxing and calming yoga before a nourishing dinner. On Saturday morning we will take a short walk in silence to the woodland sanctuary, then practice a short meditation. We will have breakfast and then open up the body with some gentle stretches, made suitable for all abilities. After the morning tea break we will enjoy a yoga nidra meditation; a deeply restful state of effortless meditation.

After lunch you will have free time in which you can read, rest, walk or catch up on sleep. We will do some restorative yoga with yoga nidra practice in the later afternoon. This is a type of yoga that uses equipment to remove the need for muscular effort. We will focus on releasing tension in areas such as the hamstrings, lower back, psoas muscle and diaphragm. The ability to breathe freely and fully is essential to maintaining a healthy and balanced sense of well-being, and can help us cope with what life has to throw at us.

After this practice it will be time for dinner, and after that some more free time. Sunday will take a similar format, with a yoga nidra practice before lunch. After this it will be time to depart, hopefully feeling more rested and rejuvenated as we head into a new season.

This retreat is suitable for all, including those who are new to yoga.

Price Options

£240 Non-Residential
£280 Residential Shared
£320 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Please bring a blanket and a small pillow as a cushion for your head. You may also like to bring a yoga mat if you have one (mats will be provided, but in this type of yoga it can be more comfortable to have two). If you have extra yoga equipment, such as blocks and bolsters etc, please bring this with you (make sure it is clearly labelled). Wear warm, comfy clothes that you can move freely in, including warm socks. You may also like to bring walking boots and extra layers for the early morning walk.

Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Mel Skinner

Mel Skinner has been teaching yoga since 2014, sharing hatha yoga, restorative yoga, yoga nidra and well-woman yoga therapy practices to groups and individuals. She teaches classes, workshops, retreats and one-to-one sessions in Bristol as well as around the UK.

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“I always love Mel’s courses, they are well balanced, thoughtful and enjoyable. Mel is a fabulous tutor; she is receptive to the needs of students, acting with compassion and intuitive.”

- Melisa

“This was retreat was more than I could have hoped for. I’ve got so much out of the course. Mel is made for this. Calm, kind, clear and helpful. I would recommend everyone to do this,”

- Audrey