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Yoga Autumn Retreat

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The weekend

The weekend will consist of a meditation and yoga session each morning. There will be a choice of a mindful hatha class with Leonie or a Jivamukti (yoga flow) class with Tara. There will be an opportunity on Saturday afternoon to get out and explore the beautiful countryside on a lovely long walk, where we pass ancient stone monuments and an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture. There will be a much needed deep relaxation and light massage session after the walk. Throughout the weekend there will be plenty of homemade food to enjoy. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine, put your feet up and relax in the peaceful surroundings with good company. 

Weekend Itinerary


5pm Arrival and enjoy a selection of homemade cakes with tea or coffee.

8 pm Homemade Soup & introduction to the weekend.


7.30 am – 8 am Morning meditation

8 am – 10 am Yoga

10.30 am Breakfast – Toast, Cereal, Fresh Fruit Salad, Porridge, Selection of Herbal Teas

11 am – 2 pm Free time including buffet lunch of homemade soup and bread

2 pm – 4 pm Guided country side walk

6 pm Yoga Nidra Guided Relaxation

7.30 pm Dinner


7.30 am – 8 am Morning Meditation

8 am – 10 am Yoga

10.30 am Breakfast

11.30 am – 12.30am Breathing and Pranayama techniques with an opportunity for Q and A

1 pm – 4 pm Free time including buffet lunch of homemade soup and snacks

4 pm Departures

The food will be wholesome, homemade and vegetarian. 

The Venue

Fawcett Mill Fields is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets in the Lake District. It is an absolutely astonishing place, the perfect venue for a yoga retreat. The Mill dates back to 1517 and has been patiently restored over many years to retain original features in stone and oak. It is set in 5 acres of woodland that boast a wildlife garden, herbaceous borders and a large lawn. To see for yourself please visit their website on

The bedrooms at the Mill are bright, charming, comfy and clean – there are 3 double en-suites, 2 double rooms, 5 twin rooms and 1 triple (a twin and a double) The rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis or on a request to share.

There is also a 4 person sauna for that post yoga sweat and a couple of sitting rooms with open log fires for rest and relaxation.

Directions: Please visit the Mill’s website – Let us know if you don’t have transport so we can arrange for you to travel with other students.

The Teachers

Tara and Leonie have been teaching yoga now for several years. Tara has been practicing yoga for nearly 12 years now. She uses various styles when teaching including Ashtanga and Jivamukti Yoga. Leonie has been practicing for 9 years. Combining her background in Pilates, she teaches yoga in a gentle hatha style with an emphasis on postural alignment and strengthening the back and core muscles.

Booking & Payment

Price for the weekend is £205 per person, with a non refundable deposit of £50 required by 12/7/13 and the balance due 13/9/13. The price includes 2 nights’ accommodation, all yoga sessions and all meals. Students who book early will get the option to reserve a room of their choice.

Early bird price £195 if booked and paid for in full by 12/7/13.

For details of how to pay please contact Tara on 07821 607 505 or [email protected]



Holistic writing

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My other qualifications include a Certificate In Education, working in further and higher education, an Open Arts Degree (First) with The Open University and a Creative Writing Masters Degree (distinction) with Salford University. I am currently researching and writing articles on Pilates and Yoga to compliment my work as an instructor.


Private Tuition

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As I’m particularly interested in using Yoga and Pilates to help heal and ease pain conditions, I also teach one-to-one sessions at Gatley Physiotherapy Clinic in addition to regular group classes. Currently I am free to book in private pilates and yoga sessions on Tuesday afternoons in Manchester and on Thursdays and Fridays in Sheffield. One-to-one classes cost £40 and last an hour. Please email me if you would like more information about organising a private session.


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I teach matwork Pilates because it’s the most simple and accessible form and totally non-elitist; as long as you have a mat (or piece of carpet!) you can do it. In my sessions I will teach you the key principles of Pilates: relaxation, concentration, co-ordination, alignment, breathing, flowing movements, centring and stamina. I tend to teach multi-level groups, so will give you instruction on how to adapt your Pilates workout to suit you during the session.