Adventure Yoga Retreat

Adventure Yoga Retreat

from

450.00

Available:

6th to 10th August 2018

Duration:

4 Days & 4 Nights

from

450.00

Scotland Adventure Yoga Retreat

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

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

Robin, founder of Bliss by Robin is running the yoga retreat. She was the youngest fully qualified yoga instructor in the UK, is the teen yoga ambassador and has featured regularly on BBC television and radio. Read below for more of her story.

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

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

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Stunning walks along the river
  • Campfires along the river & in forest
  • White water rafting with qualified instructor
  • Healthy, vegetarian food (made vegan on request)
  • Visit the findhorn ecovillage and community - www.findhorn.org/visit
  • Ideal for teenagers and anyone wishing to embrace their youthful side!
  • Explore stunning Scottish coastline, heather, sand dunes and maybe even dolphins & seals!

Please Note

Please Note:

  • Vegetarian food
  • Shared accommodation in the bell tents with one member of staff in each bell tent
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Guided tour around the findhorn & yoga in the ‘universal hall’
  • Free minibus pickup and return to Forres town centre, ‘Falconer Museum’ 3 minutes away from bus stop

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

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. Ideal for teenagers with or without parents.
12 spaces.

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 19 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 47 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.

Ben is 17 & Isla 13, they will be assisting with food preparation, cooking and on hand to support and encourage guests.

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 mind, body and spirit.

White water rafting is an extraordinary way to see the stunning landscape of the lower 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 1 place for a member of staff.

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 microclimate 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!

Toilets and showers are nearby in the newly built toilet and shower block.

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

How to get to the Retreat:
Complimentary minibus collection from Forres at the Falconer Museum, just 3 minutes walk from the bus stop to ACE Adventures/ Hideaways.

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: please arrive at ACE Adventures & Hideaways (Auchnagairn, Relugas, Forres) at 15:30

Retreat Itinerary:

Day 1: 6th August 2018
Collection from Falconer Museum in Forres at 15:00
Starts at ACE Auchnagairn at 15:30
Welcome and site familiarisation tour
Unpack and settle in
17:00 Yoga session
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Relax by a campfire
21:00 Meditation introduction & practice
Restful sleep

Day 2: 7th August 2018
06:00 Optional pranayama and meditation early in morning with Robin
07:00 Yoga session
08:00 Breakfast
10:00 White water rafting & optional cliff jumping - team building & challenge
12:30 Light snack
15:30 Soup
16:30 Yoga Nidra session
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Campfire Stories
21:00 Meditation
Restful sleep

Day3: 8th August 2018
06:00 Optional pranayama and meditation early in morning with Robin
07:00 Yoga session
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 River Findhorn Walk - Nature art
12:30 Picnic Lunch
13:00 Logie Steading - Museum, cafe, galleries, book store
14:00 River Divie walk
17:00 Communal feast preparation - cooking together
18:00 Yoga session
19:00 Curry feast
21:00 Meditation
Restful sleep

Day 4: 9th August 2018
06:00 Optional pranayama and meditation early in morning with Robin
07:00 Yoga session
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Depart for Findhorn Bay
09:30 Coastal walk
13:00 Picnic lunch
14:00 Guided tour of Findhorn Foundation ecovillage
16:00 Yoga session in the Universal Hall
17:30 Return to ACE Auchnagairn
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Campfire
21:00 Meditation
Restful sleep

Day 5: 10th August 2018
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: from Easter Retreat 2017
‘I’ve enjoyed the retreat so much more than I imagined. I feel connected with everyone In the group. I feel I’ve been able to be myself and I’ve tried new things and challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone. The whole trip has had such a good vibe during and outside of yoga. I’m so thankful for all the thoughts and time put into making this retreat happen, I’m so happy I came.’ - 2017 retreat participant Aged 15