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9 Days Samsara Meditation and Yoga Retreat in UK

  • The High Heathercombe Centre, Heathercombe Brake, Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9XE, United Kingdom

Cooking and Yoga Retreat UK

Throughout your busy and often demanding modern life, have you ever felt like you need to stop for a while and ponder on your life's purpose? This intensive and intimate retreat with Holistic Yoga Sangha can provide you the right space and environment. This is a great opportunity to take yourself away from everyday life and consider the big questions; life, rebirth, your purpose, and what part you play in this.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Two cooking classes
  • Daily meditation and relaxation classes
  • Explore the Tibetan "wheel of life" and the Indian Sankhya philosophy
  • Free time to relax or do activities of your own choice
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will be staying at The High Heathercombe Centre. It is fast evolving as a vibrant community space, offering the opportunity to experience the beautiful Dartmoor landscape to a wide range of groups and organizations. High Heathercombe is a purpose-built center that can accommodate groups of up to 26 people in six dormitory bedrooms.

There is a large, comfortable sitting room with dining room area with an open fireplace. Adjacent to the main room is a well-equipped kitchen, where all meals are freshly prepared on site. Separate from the main building is the forest room, which is a large, versatile recreational or workshop space with an efficient wood-burning stove. During the summer months, camping at High Heathercombe is another option.

This retreat is for those with former retreat experience. This will be an intensive practice retreat experience. Please ensure prior booking that you are aware and able to fully commit to this. The focus of this retreat will be on the cycle of life. You will explore the Tibetan "wheel of life" as well as the Indian Sankhya philosophy.

You will consider this in terms of your own existence and then relate this to your daily practice and life. Hence, the schedule will consist of philosophical discussion as well as physical and energetic practices and two sessions of cookery. Delicious vegetarian food and massage therapies will support this process.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 Wake up
  • 07:00 Gentle yoga, breathwork, and meditation
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Yoga postures, breathwork, and relaxation
  • 13:00 Lunch followed by free time
  • 15:30 Philosophy, relaxation, or discussion group (alternate days)
  • 17:00 Meditation
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening activity before bed
  • Virginia Compton

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)

    Virginia Compton teaches yoga classes and workshops, leads retreats, and offers massage therapy at various lovely venues in Devon, sharing her passion for the holistic yoga lifestyle. In her own practice, she incorporates the yoga teachings, as well as Ayurveda, using a physical Hatha yoga practice, breathing (pranayama), and meditation, as well as massage therapies and healthy vegetarian cookery to enhance the whole life experience.

This retreat will take place in a stunning and remote location in Dartmoor National Park, Devon, United Kingdom.

Activities
  • Cooking class
  • Massage
General
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen

During this retreat, you will be served daily healthy, vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 2 cooking classes
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Daily yoga and meditation class
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the venue
  • Personal expenses

Driving directions from Ashburton, if coming from Plymouth via the A38 or from Totnes

  • From the center of Ashburton turn into North Street (Spar on corner, Coop opposite).
  • Follow the road round left bend over the bridge (signposted Widecombe). Follow the road up for about two miles.
  • As the road flattens, turn right where the road broadens and there are white stripes in the middle, (name on signpost post Auswell) signposted Widecombe and Haytor.
  • After about two miles, turn left onto B3387 (signpost name Hemsworthy Gate) signposted Widecombe.
  • After a few hundred meters, turn right at signpost name Harefoot, after a while you will pass Hounds Tor.
  • After three miles, turn left at crossroad, signposted Heathercombe (signpost name Heatree).
  • Go round S-bend, past Heatree Activity Centre.
  • After a few hundred meters, go straight on where road bends to left, signposted Heathercombe.
  • Follow narrow lane down, through a couple of houses, keep going up.
  • At the top, follow car park sign, park and walk down to the center.

Driving directions from Bovey Tracey, if having come from Exeter via the A38 or from Newton Abbot

  • Follow signs to Widecombe, Haytor and Manaton.
  • About a quarter mile after the roundabout at Bovey fire station, follow the road to the right in the direction sign-posted Manaton (and Becky Falls) only.
  • After about four and a half miles, you will reach the Kestor Inn in Manaton village.
  • Continue a further wtwo miles on the same road until you meet Heatree Crossroads.
  • Go straight across in the direction signposted Heathercombe and Natsworthy and you'll soon see the Heatree Activity Centre on your left.
  • At the top of the hill, go straight ahead following Heathercombe signs.
  • Continue down into Heathercombe between two houses and continue up the steep hill beyond.
  • The short driveway to High Heathercombe is on your right near the top of the hill.

Driving directions via Callington, Gunnislake, and Tavistock

  • Just on edge of Tavistock, turn right onto the moor towards Princetown (B3357).
  • Follow signs for Two Bridges (B3357) and at Two Bridges turn left for Moretonhampstead (B3212).
  • Keep going through Postbridge and Warren House.
  • Turn right signposted to Manaton for couple of miles, then right at Heatree crossroads (signposted Heathercombe)
  • Go round S-bend past Heatree Activity Centre
  • After a few hundred meters, go straight on where road bends to left, signposted Heathercombe
  • Follow narrow lane down, through a couple of houses, keep going up.
  • At the top follow car park sign, park and walk down to the center.

Driving directions from Moretonhampstead

  • Follow the B3212 to Postbridge and Princetown.
  • After about three miles, having passed Bovey Castle and Miniature Pony Centre, turn left at Watching Place Cross, sign-posted Manaton.
  • Follow the road for about two and a half miles, bringing you to Heatree Cross.
  • Turn right at Heatree Cross, sign-posted for Heathercombe and Natsworthy, and you'll soon see the Heatree Activity Centre on your left.
  • At the top of the hill, go straight ahead following Heathercombe signs.
  • Continue down into Heathercombe between two houses and continue up the steep hill beyond.
  • The short driveway to High Heathercombe is on your right near the top of the hill.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Exeter International Airport (EXT).

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 13 days before arrival.