Secret Yoga Club retreat 22nd August – 29th August 2018 Villa Lena, Tuscany

The Secret Yoga Club has welcomed me to add my Yoga Philosophy and Psychology training to one of their retreats in Northern Italy this summer.  The retreat, in the lavender scented hills of Tuscany, will include creative workshops, sound baths, intuitive movement and mindful walks with other teachers. The idea is to create a reflective and renewing retreat for those who want to experience a deeper state of self-discovery.

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Photo by Birgit Tabbarah

Below are the details from the Secret Yoga Club:

Villa Lena is one of SYC’s favourites venues, there’s nowhere as peaceful and inspiring. Think Stealing Beauty: a yoga platform overlooking beautiful rolling Tuscan Hills, magical secret gardens, a mysterious deserted village, captivating views, figs, mist, olive groves, sky, sun and time out of life.

As usual, we’ll be be offering something unique and inspiring –  working with the Villa Lena artists in residence to offer a thoughtful programme of creative explorations to compliment the daily yoga practises.

We decided to do something a little different this year and create a yoga offering for those who already have an established practise and are interested in developing their understanding of the yoga tradition, how this vast and ancient knowledge evolved and how we can use it to enhance our experience of ourselves and enrich our daily life.

This is very much what we love about Zephyr’s classes, how each class is themed with a carefully considered introduction to frame sessions, as she weaves yogic wisdom easily between asana and pranayama. It’s a real treat to dive so deep, playing with these intricate psychological maps that can reveal neurological pathways, expand the mind and the energy body and guide us into a brighter and more fluid way of being.

 

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Summer Swiss Alps Yoga-Hiking retreat with Zephyr Wildman & Alida O’Connor 23-28 JULY, 2018

 

After an amazing holiday with family in Val d’Isere, France last summer, I was inspired to find a mountain retreat to offer a summer Yoga holiday for 2018. Sometimes a “vacation” with the family needs a follow-up holiday to recover, but the time I spent walking in the mountains with my family, practicing Yoga with majestic mountain back-drops and the clean, fresh mountain-air was such bliss. I wanted to find a spot where I could bring friends, students and clients and create the perfect summertime retreat. I think I have found the perfect place; Arosa, Switzerland is a stunning Alpine resort town in the heart of the Schanfigg Valley in the canton of Graubünden (2.5 hour train ride from Zurich). Known for its lakes, hiking trails and mountain-biking in the summer time, the resort town is becoming one of the more talked-about ski destinations for those looking for un-crowded, un-discovered ski destinations in the winter.

The most exciting thing about this trip is to be able to offer you a space at Arosa’s newest hotel. The Valsana is opening in mid-Decemeber of this year and the owner’s and management will host us to some of Switzerland’s most luxurious amenities including a purpose-built Yoga studio, spa, restaurants (including the Michelin starred La Vetta at the sister hotel Tschuggen Grand) and awe inspiring views from your room. This will be an active luxury holiday to remember.

A little twist with this retreat that I am excited about is I will be co-teaching with my very dear friend and colleague Alida O’Conner. She is a lovely yoga student and teacher in London who has invited me to Valsana to share this incredible venue with all of you. We study with some of the same teachers, so our styles and approach will compliment the experience. We hope to offer more retreats that either combine Yoga, Skiing and Hiking in the future!

The retreat is designed with simplicity and a touch of decadence in mind. Flights direct to Zurich from London are inexpensive and plentiful. Swiss trains depart hourly from the Zurich airport to Arosa and once you arrive the thought of busy life in London (or wherever you might be coming from) will be long gone. This is a trip for you and a friend or you and your partner to take a bit of time to indulge, energise and experience with the help of a bit of movement and pampering in the Swiss mountain air. I hope you can join us.

Dates- 23-28 JULY, 2018

Prices:

Single: Yoga & Hiking  2,240 CHF

Sharing: Yoga & Hiking  1,715 CHF per person

*50% non-refundable deposit to reserve your place and your room preference. The balance will then be due 8 weeks before retreat. Email ali@alidayoga.co.uk to receive details ask questions or anything else you might need.

To book contact: ali@alidayoga.co.uk

Price Includes-

  • 5 nights accommodation in Premium Double Room (south-facing terrace to soak up that glorious sunshine)
  • Complimentary transfers to and from Arosa Train Station
  • Access to spa at Valsana
  • Access to spa at Tschuggen Grand*
  • Two massages per person at the Valsana Spa
  • Yoga session twice a day** in purpose built Yoga studio on site
  • Breakfast and Dinner each day including  dinner at the Michelin Starred “La Vetta”
  • Guided hikes

* access to Tschuggen Grand spa included for two days, before 2pm  ** time permitting on arrival and departure days

Price Does Not Include-

  • Flights to Zurich
  • Transfers
  • Lunches
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extra spa treatments
  • Travel Insurance

 

What to expect-

Yoga with Zephyr Wildman & Alida O’Conner

8am- Each morning we will awake to tea and coffee, juice, fruit and small pastries to “awaken” for our Yoga practice.

8:30-10am Yoga practice followed by full breakfast.

11am-  Free to explore the area on your own, relax at the spa at the Grand Tschuggen or join us for a hike in the foothills of the mountains surrounding the valley.

2:30pm- Spa treatment/massage at the Valsana Spa.

5:00- 6:30pm-  Afternoon Yoga session as a group.

7:30pm- Dinner at one of the many restaurants.

*Depending on arrivals & departures. First day arrival there will be evening yoga. Last day there will be morning yoga & if time permits a hike.

 

 

Check out the press on Valsana

http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/hotels/valsana-hotel-arosa-switzerland

https://www.metro.news/the-hot-list-eco-chic-in-switzerland-and-a-leafy-shanghai-retreat/843988/

To book contact: ali@alidayoga.co.uk

Cornish Coast Yoga & Walking Retreat with Zephyr Wildman at Tresaton Hotel 26-30th November 2018

 

Tresanton Hotel

St Mawes, Cornwall TR2 5DR

Tel: +44 (0)1326 270 055

info@tresanton.com

@hoteltresanton

www.tresanton.com

I am so excited to collaborate with Tresanton Hotel in offering a special week long get away with Yoga & beach walking around the Cornish Coast line. Have a look at this unique getaway click here to see photos and to book click here.

Dates: Monday 26th-Friday 30th November 2018

Single Occupancy: £1550

Double Room Occupancy: £2200

This includes:

2 hours of energising vinyasa yoga in the morning and 1.5 hours of restorative yoga every evening with Zephyr Wildman.

Four nights of accommodation in the Tresanton.  There are 4 dog friendly rooms available at the hotel if you want to bring your dog, these will be subject to an additional charge of £25.  Room 1 has a terrace and Room 31 has its own garden.

Delicious breakfast, vegetarian lunch and dinner with a focus on fish/chicken.
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Azaren Luxury Yoga-Cycling-Hiking Retreat with Zephyr Wildman & Christian Robertson

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Azaren 13-18th March, 2018

I am so happy to announce a wonderful Yoga, Cycling and Hiking(!) retreat in Morocco. Azaren (just outside of Marrakech), as you may know, is one of my favourite locations to practice Yoga; amazing food, gorgeous private residence, soaking up the Moroccan sun all perfectly woven into the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.  I am excited to be back there with a small group this spring and, for this trip, I wanted to add something a bit different. Cycling and Hiking!

Now maybe you are not necessarily training for the Tour de France and perhaps cycling isn’t your thing, but I have a hunch it might be appealing to someone you are close to. My husband, in another life, worked in Morocco as a bicycle guide and fell in love with the country just as I have. We thought (yes, he’s coming on this one too) this would be a great opportunity to see if we could put together a trip, not necessarily just for spouses of Yogis, but for people that want to stretch the legs with peddle power and hiking as well as a bit of asana. Be it your spouse, your friend, your next door neighbour, whoever you know that might dabble in yoga and spend a bit of time in the saddle or on the trail as well, this retreat is for him or her and you!

Yoga and Meditation twice a day, massage & hammam treatments available, sun & pool, hikes & cycling, good food and all of this resting in the most heavenly place. Pure bliss!

 

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Yoga will be twice a day as normal with two-hour sessions in the morning and afternoon. Cycling will be in the morning and can vary from 25 miles of gentle cycling around the valley floor or for those keen there are routes around the base of Mt. Toubkal which offer breathtaking (literally) rides in the Atlas mountains. We will bespoke the cycling to all abilities as there are plenty of small roads with little to no traffic all over Morocco.

With all this activity, you might just work up an appetite.  The menu is always delicious, healthy cooking. The chef uses vegetables from the garden, traditional bread baked daily in an outdoor  red clay, wood-fired oven. The food is fresh and Moroccan-authentic with a wide variety of vegetarian dishes (and meat for those who need a bit of protein cycling everyday) prepared daily. Dietaty requirements are catered for.

To book, contact: zephyrbw@gmail.com

Details

Azaren is located 30 kms south of Marrakesh in the beautiful Ourika valley. It’s airport benefits from excellent connections both with low cost and regular airlines. It is a luxurious private residence that is all ours for the five days of the retreat. Spring in Morocco is warm in the day-time and cool at night. It is the perfect time to be outside cycling or practicing Yoga. Cycling is as challenging or as easy as you wish and if you are not a cyclist but your friend/partner is we have priced the trip accordingly. Every effort will be expended to keep you comfortable and safe whilst out riding or practicing Yoga. Prepare to sleep well and rejuvenate, tapping in to the serenity and elation that comes with moving your body and being in good company.

Yoga- what to expect

  • Two sessions daily morning and afternoon in an indoor/outdoor purpose built yoga studio or by the pool
  • Yoga, meditation and theory lectures, all props and mats provided
  • Cyclists can participate in daily Yoga as each day’s ride will end before the afternoon yoga session. Great way to stretch tired muscles

Hiking-what to expect

  • Breathtaking views across the Ourika Valley. Hiking on a trail through the foothills of the snow capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains
  • A 3-4 hour max hike with a gradual ascent to a Berber village
  • lunch hosted by a Berber family and a discussion about Berber culture and history

Cycling- what to expect

  • Well maintained road bikes with all the accessories (we’re not talking’ Cervelo P5X’s here, but they will get you down the road)
  • Daily routes designed for group abilities. Average rides will be anywhere from 25km-75km depending on level of group. Rides will start in the morning and can end in time to meet the group for lunch back at Azaren or continue for more riding and lunch on our own off-site.
  • More challenging options for those avid cyclists keen on conquering the Atlas (100+km loops with routes of 1600m+ vertical gain)
  • Bicyclists should be of recreational to avid cycler ability. Beginners might want to stick to Yoga and Hiking on this holiday.
  • E-cycles are available if hills aren’t your thing.
  • Full van support with food, water, directions, encouragement.
  • Full bicycle mechanical support if needed (you won’t have to change a tyre should it go flat!)

To book, contact: zephyrbw@gmail.com

Accommodation

There is ample space for the bedrooms to be made for two separate single beds if not sharing a bed. Each Suite and Villa have generous ensuite bathrooms.

Rooms with Double Beds Only:       The Master Suite        Coral Suite        Saffron Villa

Rooms with the option to turn Double Bed into Single Beds: 

Blue Suite     Lavender Villa      Red Villa      Orange Villa    Purple Suite     Turquoise Villa

£2400 Single Accommodation Yoga/Hiking/Biking

£2000 Single Accommodation Yoga/Hiking Only

£1900 Sharing Accommodation Yoga/Hiking/Biking

£1500 Sharing Accommodation Yoga/Hiking Only

Price Includes :

The Leisure

  • Luxury Accommodation 6 days 5 nights
  • 3 meals a day (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available)
  • all alcoholic beverages included
  • picnic in an organic garden with cultural immersion discussion with local guide
  • apero each night before dinner on the roof terrace, by the pool or cozied up next to the bonfire under the Berber tent
  • daily house keeping, pool towels, use of the amenities (swimming pool, tennis court, billiard room, steam room, gym)
  • high speed wifi-internet (ridiculously fast, available everywhere on the property)
  • airport transfers (when arriving with the group)

The Activity

  • 4 hours a day of yoga & meditation classes, Yoga mats & props provided
  • road cycles provided, van support for cyclists, daily routes bespoke to the group abilities
  • more challenging bicycle routes for those that want to go out on their own
  • purpose-built gym and yoga studio available for your use at anytime
  • guided hike into the Atlas Mountains, visit to Berber Village for lunch
  • all transfers to and from hikes, rides, cultural visits, etc.
  • a few extras we have planned which will be sure to delight

Price does not include:

  • Taxi if you don’t arrive with the group
  • Spa treatments, all available on-site
    • Hammam £35
    • Table Massage £40,
  • transport (4×4 with driver about 100€ per day) for exploring the medina of Marrakesh or the nearby villages.

Click here for recent reviews and comments about past Yoga retreats I have hosted at Azaren.

To book-

Please send £400 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place and your room preference. The balance will then be due by the 14th of February 2018 via bank transfer. Email zephyrbw@gmail.com to receive details ask questions or anything else you might need.

Highly recommend that you invest in travel insurance for your trip to ensure peace of mind.

Look forward to another wonderful Holiday at Azaren.

Beaming you all blessing, laughter and future Yogic adventures!

Zephyr x

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Azaren Luxury Yoga Retreat with Zephyr Wildman 4-10th June, 2018

I am so happy to announce another wonderful Yoga retreat in Morocco at Azaren. For those of you that have heard me talk about it, this is one of my favourite places in the world for a Yoga retreat.  Its exotic, luxurious, serene and welcoming and that just describes the bedroom suites.  I love Azaren because it is on the doorstep of history where modern architecture and art meet the ancient footsteps wandering the souks of Marrakech. Time passes a bit slower at Azaren and the stillness of the morning with the call to prayer in the distance is only surpassed in beauty by the sun setting on the Atlas Mountains at the end of a desert evening. Practicing Yoga in one of the most beautifully serene and thoughtfully designed environments is for me one of the most fulfilling experiences and I am grateful to be able to invite you to come join me.

The Details- 6 Nights/7 Days

Yoga and Meditation twice a day, massage & hammam treatments, sun & pool, hikes & good food all resting in the most heavenly place. Pure bliss!

The food is outstanding. Always delicious, healthy authentic-Morrocan cooking. The chef uses vegetables from the garden, traditional bread is baked daily in a red clay, wood-fired oven. The food is fresh, and local with a wide variety of dishes with an emphasis on vegetarian, prepared daily. Dietaty requirements are catered for.

Azaren is located 30 kms south of Marrakesh in the famous Ourika valley. It’s airport benefits from excellent connections both with low cost and regular airlines.

Places are limited as the property only can accommodate a small group. This is a private residence which is ours for a week and while there are all kinds of amazing opportunities to explore Marrakech, Essaouira and the Atlas mountains with your free- time, not leaving the property is just as inviting as this is a 16 acre true desert oasis.

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Cornish Coast Yoga & Walking Retreat with Zephyr Wildman at Tresaton Hotel

 

Tresanton Hotel

St Mawes, Cornwall TR2 5DR

Tel: +44 (0)1326 270 055

info@tresanton.com

@hoteltresanton

www.tresanton.com

I am so excited to collaborate with Tresanton Hotel in offering a special long weekend get away with Yoga & beach walking around the Cornish Coast line. Have a look at this unique getaway click here to see photos and to book click here.

Dates: Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th November 2017

Single Occupancy: £1550

Double Room Occupancy: £2200

This includes:

2 hours of energising vinyasa yoga in the morning and 1.5 hours of restorative yoga every evening with Zephyr Wildman.

Four nights of accommodation in the Tresanton.  There are 4 dog friendly rooms available at the hotel if you want to bring your dog, these will be subject to an additional charge of £25.  Room 1 has a terrace and Room 31 has its own garden.

Delicious breakfast, vegetarian lunch and dinner with a focus on fish/chicken.

Transfer to the Hotel Tresanton from St Austell train station for those catching the 6pm train from Paddington on Wednesday 15th November and returning on the 1.57pm train on Sunday 19th. Read More

Azaren, Morocco Luxury Yoga Retreat 18th-22nd October 2017 with Zephyr Wildman ***SOLD OUT***

***SOLD OUT***

to be put on the waiting list email: zephyrbw@gmail.com

Azaren Luxury Yoga Retreat with Zephyr Wildman

18-22 October, 2017

I am so happy to announce a wonderful Yoga retreat in Morocco at Azaren. As you can see, this beautifully created holiday home is fill with aesthetically stimulating details, spacious surroundings to curl up, renew oneself and soaking up the Moroccan sun which is all perfectly woven into the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.

Yoga and Meditation twice a day, massage & hammam treatments, sun & pool, hikes & good food all resting in the most heavenly place. Pure bliss!

The way of eating in Azaren, on a yoga retreat, is delicious, healthy cooking. The chef uses vegetables from the garden, traditional bread is baked daily in an outdoor wood red clay oven. The food is fresh, authentic with a wide variety of vegetarian dishes prepared daily. Dietaty requirements are catered for.

Azaren is located 30 kms south of Marrakesh in the famous Ourika valley. It’s airport benefits from excellent connections both with low cost and regular airlines.

Places are limited.

To book, contact: zephyrbw@gmail.com

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Photography by Sophie Fauchier

Accommodation

*There is ample space for the bedrooms to be made for two separate single beds if not sharing a bed. Each Suite and Villa have generous ensuite bathrooms.

Rooms with Double Beds Only:       The Master Suite        Coral Suite        Saffron Villa

Rooms with the option to turn Double Bed into Single Beds

The Blue Suite     Lavender Villa      Red Villa      Orange Villa    Purple Suite     Turquoise Villa

£1800 Single Accommodation

£1200 Sharing Accommodation

Including :

Accommodation, 3 meals, non-alcoholic beverages, 4 hours a day of yoga & mediation classes, Yoga mats & props provided, daily house keeping, pool towels, use of the amenities (swimming pool, tennis court, billiard room, steam room), wifi-internet, airport transfers (when arriving with the group).

Extras :

Taxi if you don’t arrive with the group, alcoholic beverages, Spa treatments, Hammam £35, Table Massage £40, transport (4×4 with driver about 100€ per day) for exploring the medina of Marrakesh or the nearby villages.

To book, please send £300 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place and your room preference. The balance will then be due by 15th August 2017 via bank transfer. Email zephyrbw@gmail.com to receive details.

Highly recommend that you invest in travel insurance for your trip to ensure peace of mind.

Look forward to another wonderful Yoga Holiday at Azaren.

Beaming you all blessing, laughter and future Yogic adventures!

Zephyr x

Sweat Life Lululemon Festival Saturday 22nd July 2017!

Lululemon Sweat Life Festival

I will be there offering my Yogic Experience to the festival!

A one-day festival packed from morning to night: sweat. yoga. learn. party.

Picture this: Squat, lift, punch, plié, burpee and dance with the best studios in London; downward and upward facing dogs with our local and global ambassadors; run club like you’ve never experienced before; and development workshops that will blow your mind – and that’s all before lunch. Then take in a gong bath (yep, you heard correctly), join a ping-pong tournament let loose on a bouncy castle and finish off with a kundalini yoga rave. Oh, and did we mention the dance party with Grand Master Flash? Mic drop.

Saturday July 22nd 2017 just got better.

Book tickets: http://tickets.thesweatlife.co.uk/

Got questions? Email info@thesweatlife.co.uk

Lululemon Website

Sweat Life Facebook Page

Lululemon Sweat Life Instagram Page

Yoga Garden Party 29th July 2017

The Yoga Garden Party 2017 will take place on Saturday 29th July at Bore Place, (formerly Commonwork Farm), near Sevenoaks, Kent. 

I will be offering a talk at 1pm

Zephyr Wildman– Yoga and it’s Power for Healing

The definition of Yoga has roots firmly grounded in a focus on self-understanding. The more we understand ourselves, our habits and our suffering the more we have choices to align ourselves with the true path and the state of balanced flow. The equilibrium and harmony of a balanced life takes in to account the spiritual, the mental and the physical. Yoga, at its fundamental core is an exercise in developing and refining a strong and balanced state for all three. Yoga puts the same amount of emphasis on, and gives an equal importance to, the emotional health as it does physical health. Through using Yoga as a therapeutic tool we increase our potential to heal on many levels. I look forward in sharing the key concepts that bring a layer of potential healing to our asana practice

and a full practice at 4:45pm

Zephyr Wildman – The Prana Vayus
Prana: Life-force, Vayu: Winds. The 5 movements of shaping the breath to manage our Life-force for optimum health and vitality.

These Prana Vayus govern different areas of the body as well as their physical and subtle functions. This class will offer the application of the 5 stages of working with Prana to draw our attention to the 5 Prana Vayus in a practice. This practical application of:
* sensitising our awareness in how Prana moves within us,
* experiencing the creation of alchemy in asana, pranayama and bandhas
* and finally awakening and intensifying our Prana culminating  into a concentration of Prana which then directs us to higher states of consciousness in our meditation practices. A class focussing on the 5 Prana Vayus and an applied practice using Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Kriya and Meditation.

For the full schedule and to book tickets go to www.charityyogaday.org.uk

Yoga Garden Party Facebook Page

Yoga Garden Party Instagram Page

Trew Fields: Cancer Awareness & Holistic Health Festival 8th & 9th July!

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I will be teaching on the Saturday 8th July a class for ALL!!!!

A holistic health, cancer awareness, comedy and music gathering launching on July 8th, 2017! Bringing together a community to explore, learn, connect, have fun and feel more empowered around health 🙂

Look forward to supporting this Trew Fields Festival in Thatched House Farm, Dunsfold, Surrey.

To book tickets go to www.ticketsforgood.com

Go to their Facebook Page Trew Fields

Go to their Instagram Page Trew Fields