Wilderness and Yoga Retreat

Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire UK

29th August – 1st September 2019

This is a call out to all of you who can’t make it across to the Far East but can make it up North!

We are often presented with a choice of either leading a life of spiritual enquiry or one of social activism. This retreat is a retreat back into the world. It is an opportunity to refresh and renew in order to be able to engage with daily life with even more intimacy and presence.

Yoga is often described as an “intervention;” a way to break patterns that no longer serve and to widen perspectives. This weekend is a weekend to revitalise, rejuvenate and remember that there is no contradiction between self knowledge and social responsibility.

More often than not, we are led to believe that the answers lay outside of ourselves. That we need to travel to far off, distant or exotic places, or to study with the most famous teachers or recite ancient scriptures, in order to “practice yoga”. Yet what if everything you could ever need or ask for is already right here? This is an opportunity for you to literally place your bare feet back on the land, to practice outside, without the four walls of a studio, and to  literally soak up the wisdom and vitality of the Yorkshire Dales. 

The location is wild.  Pateley Bridge is stunningly beautiful and will offer an incredible venue for our daily practises and excursions.  We will explore meditation in motion through posture and breath.  There will be long morning and evening practices in a woodland cleaning. There will be daily walks through the hills and gorges that have been carved over thousands of years. You will receive guidance how to develop your self practice, learn how to honour the inner cycles of menstruation and life cycles, practices to support vitality and introspection, ways in which we can welcome the dualities of grief and love; pain and compassion. The “learning” will come through the remembering, that we never were “separate,” and that the cycles and rhythms that surround us are continuously mentoring and guiding our lives. There will be two home cooked vegetarian meals a day, as we feast in the rustic beauty of a barn, with the stars as our companions.

This retreat is open to all practitioners who can’t wait to cut through the spiritual jargon and remember what’s important. Its quite simply a weekend with awesome folk to immerse in the wonder of what it is to be wide awake and fully human in the world.

In the words of William Blake (who barely travelled 30 mile beyond his house in his entire life):  “To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour” ….this will be the ethos of our retreat, the foundation of exploration and celebration of all that life has gifted us inside and out!

Come and join me for four days of journeying through the wilderness and back to yoga. Remember the power of the natural world, and the necessity to tune into this flow of vitality  wherever you may find yourself or whatever situation life might throw at you.

Suitable for all levels of practitioners from teachers in need of some inspiration and beginners eager to travel beyond a conventional modern day yoga class.


Sample Schedule:

Topics of the day will be the themes incorporated into the classes and walks.

Thursday 29th August:

Topic of the day: Rita- The rhythms of the cosmos and how to embrace all that life gives and takes away

  • Arrive!
  • 5-7.30pm Welcome and practice
  • 8pm Evening meal

Friday 30th August:

Topic of the day: Yoga beyond the slogans. Life/death, love/grief, pain/compassion. We will take a look at some of the older philosophical ideas in yoga and explore how they can support us today.

  • 8-10.45am Extended morning practice including therapeutic flows incorporating mudra and pranayama
  • 11-12pm Delicious vegetarian brunch
  • 12-2pm free time
  • 2-5pm Walk through the hills
  • 6-8pm Evening yin yoga practice
  • 8pm Evening meal

Saturday 31st August:

Topic of the day: The inner yoga: Embracing and awakening the wisdom within that guides us through our menstrual cycles and life cycles. Filling the gaps and translating yoga into a woman’s body.

  • 8-10.45am Extended morning practice including therapeutic flows incorporating mudra and pranayama
  • 11-12pm Delicious vegetarian brunch
  • 12-2pm free time
  • 2-5pm Walk through the hills
  • 6-8pm Evening yin yoga practice
  • 8pm Evening meal

Sunday 1st September:

  • 8-10.45am Extended morning practice and integration
  • 11am Farewell brunch and check out.

Simply come ready to retreat into Nature, anchor in your heart and gift yourself this time to plug into the power of this land.

Check out the venue: http://www.studfold.com/ at Pateley Bridge.

Price (excluding accomodation):


Accommodation for 3 nights:

Ecopods (sleeps two) £75 per person

Bunks (sharing with six) £60 per person

Camping (bring your own tent)  £60 per tent

Please book independently at: http://www.studfold.com/

For additional camping and bunk house please book independently at https://www.howstean.co.uk/accommodation/

Local bed & breakfast nearby please see http://www.covillbarn.co.uk/

200GBP deposit required to secure place.

The event will go ahead rain or shine! Its time to align with the elemental divine.

Further information please contact: freedomthrumovement@gmail.com

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Another incredible moment of freedom captured by Breeze Krehbiel Karimi. http://www.tabrizikarimi.com/