REST AND RENEW
SUMMER SOLTICE RETREAT
4.30pm Friday 19th - 3.30pm Sunday 21st June 2020
Potash Barns, Suffolk
Last March I hosted a retreat here at Potash Barns, Suffolk and it was all focused on balancing the Kapha dosha, coming into Spring. We loved it so much that I immediately booked some more dates!
For the weekend commencing 19th June 2020 not only will we be celebrating Summer Solstice, I also bring you the next instalment of your Ayurvedic journey - Pitta. During the Summer months the Pitta dosha becomes elevated in us all, but as you can guess even more so in those who are dominant in the dosha.
This retreat is ALL about the chill vibes and utilising the powerful Solstice energy in a way that will allow you the time and space to literally just slow down and encourage that sense of calm from within.
If you’re unsure of what your doshic profile is, click here to find out.
Regardless of your dominant dosha, this is where you need to be.
For Pitta - the fire element, summer is like fighting fire with fire. When you get so much heat, an explosion can happen any time. That could be in the form of an angry shout off, skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis or rashes, heart burn, or complete and utter burn out.
We’ve all experienced these things at some point and so I believe that we could all do with learning how to pacify that heat when it erupts and to maintain our inner balance.
With this weekend marking the start of summer, this is the perfect time to immerse yourself into a space of peace and harmony to prepare you for the rising warmth that we hope for during the summer.
During this retreat we will be practicing yoga daily, with a morning slow flow and evening yin style class. I will guide you through meditations created to let you unwind and you will experience the most chilled thing of all - yoga nidra (yogic sleep). I aim to create a welcoming environment for all abilities and so will offer you lots of options in your practice. I would advise that you need to be ok with walking up a flight of stairs (the studio is on the first floor of a barn) and that you are able to get up and down from the floor.
To help you better understand Pitta and how to create balance we will get together for a talk on Ayurveda complete with a workbook for you to take home and keep.
As well as a weekend of yoga and Ayurveda, we will take some time out for an optional day visit to Southwold for a trip to the beach and the pier.
Of course no retreat is complete without a treatment, which will be from the comfort of our home for the weekend. From personal experience, our therapist is the best in the business. All who came on the last retreat felt totally blissed out.
ABOUT POTASH BARNS
Set amongst stunning countryside, the three barns and yoga studio have been beautifully restored to provide a unique and comfortable retreat space. The barns have been designed as shared spaces with their own kitchen and cooking facilities and so you are welcome to bring extra food or drink to have alongside your daily delicious vegetarian meals. As well as the kitchen, there is a lounge space, two bedrooms with two dreamy beds (all rooms are twin) and a shared bathroom (maximum 4 people).
Some guests come with a friend and others come solo. If you are planning on coming on your own then don’t worry you will be thoughtfully placed with another solo guest. This worked really well on the last retreat and all made some wonderful connections.
For group meals and the workshop we will gather in the large communal lounge set in the heart of the two larger barns where you can find big, soft sofas and a huge dinning table and benches. This space is also a lovely area to come and relax, read a book or just to have a chat.
The yoga studio is gorgeous with floor to ceiling glass windows on either side allowing for beautiful views of the countryside. We have ample equipment for all including mats, blocks and bolsters. So no need to bring anything, although you're welcome to bring your own. This is where we will practice our morning and evening sessions, a place where you can forget the world outside and a place where you can focus on the present moment.
This is just to give you an idea of what our weekend might look like. I will be spending time drawing together inspiration for the retreat and so this schedule is subject to change. During your stay you will have time for your treatment with our amazing in house therapist, more details regarding your choice of treatment will be shared with you ahead of time.
Friday 19th (Arrival from 4.30pm)
6pm Welcome and snack
6.30-7.30pm Gentle flow/yin style to settle your energy after travelling
9pm Yoga Nidra beneath the stars
8.30-10am Morning Practice & Guided Meditation
10am Brunch/Free Time/Treatments
1.30pm - 4.30pm Day visit to Southwold (with packed lunch)
5 - 6pm Ayurveda Talk and cake
6-7.30pm Evening Practice & Guided Meditation
9pm Yoga Nidra beneath the stars
9 - 10.15am Morning Practice & Guided Meditation celebrating Summer Solstice
10.15am Brunch/Free Time/Treatments
2.30pm Closing Meditation & Goodbyes
Daily Yoga Practices
Yoga Nidra beneath the stars
Ayurvedic workshop with workbook
Accommodation in beautiful barns
A choice of treatment
Vegetarian DIY brunch, lunch, snack and dinner. Lovingly prepared in-house, we offer a plant-based menu, but if you have specific dietary requirements, let us know and we will ensure that we have what you need
Day trip to Southwold
Continuous support throughout the retreat, from myself to ensure you have a relaxing, enjoyable and comfortable stay
Special retreat gift bag
ROOMS AND RATES
Cart Lodge (Both bedrooms are twin)
Twin Rooms with shared bathroom
Old Oak (West wing of the main barn)
Twin Room with shared bathroom
Bedroom 2 (Double and single bed - could suit a group of 3 friends who are comfortable sharing)
Twin or Triple Room with shared bathroom
Goat Willow (East wing of the main barn, both bedrooms are twin)
Twin Rooms with shared bathroom
RECOMMENDED TRAVEL ROUTES
Potash Barns lies at the heart of deepest Suffolk in the hamlet of Brundish.
It is ideally situated for those seeking an escape from the rigours of town and city life, or those needing a beautiful base from which to explore everything this wonderful historic county has to offer.
4 miles from the town of Framlingham with it's 12th century castle and 12 miles from the Suffolk Heritage coast.
- Easily accessible from the North via A1/A14
- From the South via M25/A12
There is free on-site parking available
- Direct from London Liverpool Street Station and a short taxi ride