Itha108 is a Greek island retreat set in a place of outstanding natural beauty, providing a space specifically for peace, relaxation and practice.
Ithaca, home of Itha108, is one of the smallest in the Ionian islands that is radiating with Grecian authenticity. It’s shores play host to a long Homeric and mythical history whose many mysteries are sensed amongst animated panorama and secretive coves. Itha108 overlooks the sea and the eastern coastline of neighbouring Kefalonia from an elevated wilderness of olive trees and exposed rocks that provide the elements around which it is built, allowing its natural beauty to speak for itself. An emphasis on indoor-outdoor living ensures full use of the land and its treasures that extend to sweeping and hidden beaches below.
Join me again at The Wilderness Festival Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire OX7 3DG
I have joined forces with Emily Brett founder of Ourmala to raise awareness and funds to support UK registered refugees and asylum seekers. Emily & myself will be teaching a Breath-Centric Vinyasa Ourmala Class Saturday 4:30pm. To book, click here.
Emily Brett is a yoga teacher who’s dedicated herself to working with refugees and asylum-seekers, including survivors of war, torture and modern day slavery, since 2011 when she founded the non-profit Ourmala. Ourmala stands for compassion, interconnection and social justice and is lululemon’s UK national non-profit partner. Emily’s devoted to teaching yoga’s philosophical principles through her actions – whether teaching asana or running her organisation – and her style has its roots in the beauty and wilderness of life, Ashtanga Yoga, Vipassana Meditation, poetry and the teachings of classic yogis such as Ramana Maharshi. Emily’s practiced yoga and meditation since 1999 and her training includes multiple trips to Mysore, a 30 day silent meditation retreat, a Diploma in Global Mental Health: Trauma & Recovery with Harvard’s Refugee Trauma Programme, an MA in Creative Writing and a 500 Hour Yoga Teaching Diploma from the British Wheel of Yoga as a 500 Hour Yoga Teacher.
To support Ourmala in London you can attend my Monday 5:30pm Ourmala Yoga Class at The Life Centre Notting Hill or go to Ourmala for other classes and opportunities to participate in this amazing cause.
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.
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.
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
Single: Yoga & Hiking 2,240 CHF (~£1,630 subject to exchange rate)
Sharing: Yoga & Hiking 1,715 CHF per person (~£1,250 subject to exchange rate)
*50% non-refundable deposit to reserve your place and your room preference. The balance will then be due 8 weeks before retreat. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive details ask questions or anything else you might need.
To book contact: email@example.com
- 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
- Alcoholic beverages
- Extra spa treatments
- Travel Insurance
- Bike Rentals
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
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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
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.
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!
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.
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!)
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 the option to turn Double Bed into Single Beds:
£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 :
- 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)
- 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.
Please send £400 non-refundable and non-transferable 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 email@example.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!
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
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.
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.