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Adventure Yoga Retreat

Adventure Yoga Retreat

from

470.00

Available:

12th to 17th August 2019

Duration:

6 Days & 5 Nights

from

470.00

Scotland Adventure Yoga Retreat

Unique Yoga retreat in Scotland brought to you by Bliss By Robin

Connect your mind & body at this unique adventure yoga retreat in the stunning Scottish Highlands.

The aim of the retreat is to use yoga, meditation, nature & adventurous activities to develop personal wellbeing and confidence.

This is the third year, Robin, founder of Bliss by Robin will be running the adventure yoga retreat at ACE in Moray.

You will leave the retreat feeling refreshed & awakened with skills to introduce into your daily life.

'I really liked the yoga classes, learning new poses and relaxing. The food was delicious & healthy & the rafting day a great experience.’ - Ishani

Highlights

  • Nature art activity
  • Daily yoga practice
  • Massage treatments
  • Stunning walks along the river
  • Campfires along the river, beach & in the forest
  • Healthy, delicious vegetarian food (made vegan on request)
  • Lighting fire's - wildlife tracking, foraging and cooking
  • White water rafting and optional cliff jump with qualified instructor
  • Visit the Findhorn Foundation Ecovillage - www.findhorn.org/visit
  • Explore stunning Scottish coastline, heather, sand dunes and maybe even see dolphins & seals!

Upgrade to a luxury glamping shepherds hut - ideal for couples

Please Note

Please Note:

  • Vegetarian food
  • Shared accommodation in the bell tents
  • Raft guides are fully qualified, of a high standard, first aid trained and committed to our safety
  • Robin is first aid trained, DBS checked and cleared, completed a child safeguarding course, fully insured & qualified

What is Included

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day & snacks
  • Art activities
  • All yoga and meditation classes
  • Rafting with optional cliff jumping
  • Comfortable mattress in bell tents
  • Thick wetsuits, buoyancy aid & helmet
  • Supply of logs for woodburners in bell tents
  • Yoga mat, blanket, eye pillow (for use whilst on retreat)
  • Complimentary pickup and return to Forres town centre
  • Guided tour around the Findhorn Foundation & yoga in the ‘Universal Hall’
  • 30 minute massage treatment

What You Need to Bring

  • Towel x 2, toiletries
  • Journal/diary & Book
  • Walking Boots or sturdy footwear
  • Yoga wear, comfortable easy to move in
  • Arrange own transport to Forres town centre
  • Jumpers/warm clothing, wet weather coat and trousers
  • Pillow, bed sheet, sleeping bag (can be hired for £10.00)
  • Shoes for rafting or hire wetsuit boots - £2 proceeds go to charity
  • Optional spending money for tuck shop, Logie Steading or Findhorn Foundation
  • Optional Bushcraft skills course - needs to be booked in advance

Details

Connect with your mind and body in the stunning, serene Scottish Highlands. Spend time next to the river Findhorn; both walking and paddling down.

Sleep under canvas in amongst the trees in a peaceful forest, in warm bell tents with a cozy wood burner and comfy mattress.

Enjoy comfortable simple living, healthy food, time to relax the mind and nature to explore.

Who this retreat is for:
Anyone who has a desire to learn or develop the practice of yoga in natural surroundings and has a taste for adventure. We have 12 spaces in total and welcome anyone from 12 years old up to 70 years old.

Who is running the retreat:
The retreat is being delivered by family members that are living evidence of the benefits that nature and mindfulness have to offer.

Robin is 20 and has been using yoga, including meditation in her daily life from the age of 13. Amazed by the profound benefits to her mental and physical health she decided to train to become a yoga instructor when 16 years old. Robin completed her 200hr yoga teacher training at the age of 17 and has since been dedicated to sharing yoga with as many people as possible, from going into schools delivering presentations and workshops to running weekly teen and adult classes from Stroud, Cheltenham & Tetbury. She also teaches privately, facilitates retreats, speaks at conferences such as the ‘Instill conference’ in London and teaches yoga in an all-female prison. Find out by following Robin on Facebook and Instagram @blissbyrobin. Website: www.blissbyrobin.com

Jim is 48 years young and the founder and Managing Director of ACE with a lifetime of experience in adventure tourism and outdoor education. The purpose of ACE is to enhance people's lives through adventure and access to nature. Jim has worked all around the world as a professional river guide, is an assessor for the International Rafting Federation, 1st Aid Training Instructor, Personal Development & Life Coach.

Benefits of the retreat:
Plenty of healthy, tasty food will nurture the body in preparation for the daily yoga and exercise. Food is sourced locally and organic where possible.

Relaxing accommodation set in a quiet natural landscape, simplistic in form allows for an enhanced experience to connect with nature free from the distractions of walls that insulate sound. Abundant wildlife will be heard and seen.

Meditation and mindfulness undertaken on a daily basis will create stillness and peace, hugely beneficial in aiding stress, anxiety and depression. Yoga postures allow you to feel really comfortable, strong and healthy physically. The end result is you feel connected in mind, body and spirit.

White water rafting is an extraordinary way to see the stunning landscape of the lower river Findhorn gorge which is largely inaccessible. Rafting the river Findhorn is an opportunity to work directly with a base element, paddling through quiet calm stretches and negotiating apparently chaotic noisy rapids. Quite the metaphor of life! It is an excellent way to induce team building and collaboration at the same time as stimulating the senses and being aware of the changes in the self throughout the journey. The benefits of meditation and mindfulness become apparent.

Cliff Jumping (optional) provides an opportunity to practice and use some of the breathing techniques practiced in yoga to overcome anxiety and nervousness. The team will coach each person from simple short jumps into a deep part of the river, working your way up to the equivalent of an olympic diving board.

Facilities at the Retreat:
ACE Adventures will provide some adventure activities from their team of highly trained guides that have a passion for awesome customer service. All safety equipment is provided to ensure you are warm and comfortable.

ACE Hideaways offers cool camping and glamping in stunning Birch woodland. Guests will sleep in huge six meter canvas bell tents which have a wood burner and comfortable mattresses. There will be 2 bell tents with 6 sleeping places.

Yoga will be practiced outside on mats, if there is bad weather we will practice in spare bell tents, however weather is normally dry & pleasant in the micro climate of the Findhorn. On our trip to the Findhorn Foundation we will practice in the Universal Hall. www.universalhall.co.uk/facilities.

Cooking is done at the outdoor communal camp kitchen and from fire pits with bbq grills or gas ring cooker. One meal will be cooked and eaten alongside the river Findhorn - a meal with a view!

Toilet and shower block.

Free wifi is available at reception where phones or electronic devices can be charged and snack food and drinks available for purchase from a modest kiosk during the day.

How to get to the Retreat:
Complimentary minibus collection from Forres at the Falconer Museum, just a 3 minute walk from the bus stop.

From abroad/England,Wales,Ireland: flights to Inverness airport then transport through to Forres. Train www.scotrail.co.uk or bus www.stagecoachbus.com to Forres

From Scotland: Or your own transportation by car; please arrive at ACE Adventures & Hideaways (Auchnagairn, Relugas, IV36 2QL at 14:30

Retreat Itinerary:

Day 1: 12th August 2019
Collection from Falconer Museum in Forres at 14:00
Starts at ACE, Auchnagairn at 14:30
Welcome and site familiarisation tour
Unpack and settle in
17:00 Yoga session - everyone to be here for then
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Relax by campfire
21:00 Meditation introduction & practice
Restful sleep

Day 2: 13th August 2019
Morning:
Optional pranayama and meditation early in morning with Robin
Yoga session
Breakfast
Daytime:
White water rafting & optional cliff jumping - team building & challenge
Yoga Nidra session
Evening:
Dinner
Campfire stories
Meditation
Restful sleep

Day 3: 14th August 2019
Morning:
Optional pranayama and meditation early in morning with Robin
Yoga session
Breakfast
Daytime:
Rest day with massage. Reflexology treatments possible or opportunity for some time to yourself, journaling, reading etc
Late afternoon:
Art activity
Evening:
Dinner
Campfire
Meditation
Restful sleep

Day 4: 15th August 2019
Morning:
Optional pranayama and meditation early in morning with Robin
Yoga session
Breakfast
Daytime:
River Findhorn walk - Nature art
Picnic lunch
Logie Steading - museum, cafe, galleries, book store
River walk back to ACE - mindful walking exercise throughout with some nature yoga on the way
Evening:
Curry Feast
Meditation
Restful Sleep

Day 5: 16th August 2019
Morning:
Optional pranayama and meditation early in morning with Robin
Yoga session
Breakfast
Daytime:
Depart for Findhorn Bay - coastal walk
Picnic lunch
Guided tour of the Findhorn Foundation & Ecovillage
Yoga session in the Universal Hall
Return to ACE
Evening:
Dinner
Campfire
Meditation
Restful sleep

Day 6: 17th August 2019
06:00 Optional pranayama and meditation early in morning with Robin
07:00 Yoga session
08:00 Special leaving breakfast
09:00 Closing ceremony
11:00 Depart ACE to Falconer Museum for links to public transport

Testimonials: Easter Retreat 2017
‘I’ve enjoyed the retreat so much more than I imagined. I feel connected with everyone in the group and feel I’ve been able to be myself and I’ve tried new things and challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone' - Grace Delnevo