Details of our upcoming yoga retreats and workshops
3 March 2018
Make 2018 the year you learn to handstand!
Upside down yoga postures can be fun, challenging and daunting all at the same time. In this workshop we'll concentrate on handstand: newer students will begin to experience what this posture is like and more experienced practitioners will be able to experiment with variations and different transitions.
What to expect
Warm up your body with a steady vinyasa flow yoga practice. We will increase mobility in key areas of your body such as shoulders, hips and hamstrings, and learn to engage the muscles that will support you in your handstand. Then expect plenty of time to experiment with going upside down in a fully supportive environment. Towards the end of the afternoon we'll cool down steadily and finish with a guided relaxation.
Suitable for all levels except those completely new to yoga. But all levels of handstanders are welcome, from beginners up!
Do I have to be able to do a handstand?
No – that’s the whole point of this workshop! Attendee numbers will be strictly limited meaning you will be fully supported by your teacher and other attendees as you learn to take more weight on your hands. You will leave with tips and techniques to practise at home to gradually build your strength, mobility and confidence. This workshop is open to everyone except those completely new to yoga.
Who is this workshop suitable for?
Anyone that has some experience of vinyasa yoga and wants to build confidence in inversions! Yoga students will learn under the watchful eye of an experienced teacher, while yoga teachers or teacher trainees will pick up tips on how to sequence classes for inversions plus strength and mobility drills and techniques to use in their own classes.
How much does it cost?
Book before 3 February to take advantage of our early bird rates. Or bring a friend and each get 10% off!
Early bird (book by 3 February):
- £30 for one person
- £54 for two people (works out at just £27 per person)
Normal price (booked 4 February onwards):
- £35 for one person
- £63 for two people (= £31.50 per person)
How do I book?
Click here to book your spot (how to: after login make sure you are in the 'classes' tab, then use the little calendar to navigate to 3 March 2018. Click 'sign up now', then 'make single reservation'. Then follow the simple steps to payment, choosing either to book just for one person or for you and a friend).
- When? Saturday 3 March, 1:30-4pm
- Where? EC1 House, Unit C, 45 Mitchell Street, EC1V 3QD
- What should I bring? All mats and props will be provided. Just bring yourself in comfy clothes that don't restrict your movement, and maybe a water bottle!
- How do I get there? If you search for 'Yoga with Olivia' in Google or iPhone maps our Mitchell Street location should come up. Or from Old Street tube station take the orange exit (exit 4) directly opposite the ticket barriers, signed to Clerkenwell and St Luke's. After a minute or two turn right off Old Street on to St Luke's Close, then right again on to Mitchell Street. We have a black front door with number '45' on it. Press the buzzer for flat C and we'll let you in - we're on the second floor. Since our buzzer sounds in the studio please don't press it once the workshop has started!
- How do I book? Click here to book your spot (how to: after login make sure you are in the 'classes' tab, then use the little calendar to navigate to 3 March 2018. Click 'sign up now', then 'make single reservation'. Then follow the simple steps to payment, choosing either to book just for one person or for you and a friend).
CASA YOGA MILANO
We'll be returning to the wonderful Casa Yoga Milano in spring 2018 for more alignment based flow and study of technique in inversions and arm balances (and probably laughter at my terrible attempts at Italian...). Watch this space for more details!
spring yoga retreat
19 - 26 may 2018
UPDATE 23/11/17: this retreat has now sold out! if you'd like to go on the waiting list in case of a cancellation, or to know first about our next retreat please let us know.
Join us for a week of yoga, relaxation and delicious food in sun-drenched Andalucia, Spain
This retreat will be the perfect way to shake off the winter and step into summer with a dose of warm, replenishing Andalucian sun. We will practice yoga morning and evening on a shaded balcony with stunning views over the neighbouring hills. During the day take the time to explore the local area, relax with a book, have a massage or even just take a nap in the warm sun - do as much or as little as you please! We will have one free day mid-week, allowing those that fancy it to venture further afield; perhaps by heading to the beach, climbing to the higher slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, or visiting the spectacular Alhambra palace in Granada.
Our venue is based on the edge of the Sierra Nevada national park within easy reach of both Granada and Malaga airports. There's only a small single supplement so it's ideal for solo travellers, and there's also the option to bring along a non-yogi friend or partner at a reduced rate.
All our previous retreats have sold out well in advance. So to secure your spot with just a 25% deposit click here! (how to: after login make sure you are in the 'classes' tab, then use the little calendar to navigate to 19 May 2018. Click 'sign up now', then 'make single reservation'. Then choose the room type you'd like to reserve and follow the steps to payment!).
We'll practice yoga morning and evening. Start your day with an energising but mindful vinyasa practice on our shaded balcony with stunning views over the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains (the photos here don't really do it justice!). You'll set yourself up for the day ahead by moving in time with your breath, and strengthening and stretching all your major muscle groups. Classes will be strictly limited to 10 people so there will be ample opportunity for personal attention, and to deepen your practice by learning how to adapt the postures to best suit the needs of your own body. Each evening we'll wind down with calming and grounding practice drawing on yin and restorative styles of yoga, rounded off with a guided relaxation. You'll float out of our evening sessions feeling relaxed, renewed and restored. In addition, we will also practice some simple meditation and breathing techniques that are perfect for keeping that relaxed vibe going even after you get back home to real life. Alongside our gorgeous balcony, we also have a bright and airy indoor yoga space available for use.
Our tempting meals will be prepared with an abundance of fresh, seasonal and local produce. Our hosts grow their own organic vegetables, and fruits for jam making. They are renowned for their delicious food and hospitality, so you can rest assured you will be well looked after. Artisan cheeses, wines, olive oil and honey are all produced in the local area. After working up an appetite on your mat, breakfasts will be a feast of fresh orange juice, cereals, fruits, yoghurts, breads, cheeses and honey from Jose the bee-keeper. And round off the day with a delicious 3 course dinner. Our chef creates exquisite meals using fresh, local ingredients, with the optional accompaniment of wines from independent vineyards across Spain. In addition, on one evening we will venture out to sample your choice of the varied local restaurants.
Our accommodation is a 400 year old mountain villa that was once an important family home with a wine press, olive oil store, barns and stables. It has now been transformed into stylish and comfortable accommodation with south-facing terraces, a garden and spectacular river gorge views. The old Alpujarra-style buildings are arranged around a Moorish courtyard garden, planted with fragrant wisteria and roses. A few steps through the garden take you to the terraces with breathtaking views along the valley and into the mountains. In the chic yet simple bedrooms they’ve kept the original chestnut beams with white walls and terracotta floors, and added comfortable beds, quality linens and a scattering of rugs. The bathrooms are modern with rain showers, huge mirrors and hand-made tiles inspired by the Moorish designs of the Alhambra. A large sitting room opens out on to our shady yoga terrace, which has stunning mountain views.
We'll be based in the stunning Las Alpujarras region of southern Spain. Situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the snow-capped peaks of the highest mountains in Spain, this is an area of spectacular natural beauty. The region is famous throughout Spain for its lush vibrancy - its terraced farmlands are constantly watered by the melting snow from above, giving a high altitude oasis of greenery that stands in dramatic contrast to the arid foothills below. Pine forests on the higher slopes give way to chestnut, walnut and cherry trees. A little further down olive groves and vines flourish, while lower still orange and lemon groves fragrance the air, and finally cede to pomegranate and quince in the valleys below.
The local region is renowned for its stunning walks and hikes. The Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada (covering over 3,500 sq km) are criss-crossed with goat paths, mule tracks and old silk roads, taking you through breathtaking mountain scenery and historic white villages. The area is home to over 2000 plant species, 60 bird, and 270 butterfly and insect species. The landscape, wildlife, and sun-bleached traditional stone villages make it a photographer's paradise. Despite this retreat's serene and secluded location there are markets, a swimming pool, local bars, restaurants and shops all nearby.
One day mid week will be a free day after breakfast, allowing you time to explore further afield if you wish. Choose to venture into historic Granada to shop in the souks and marvel at the spectacular Alhambra palace; head to the beach; explore local villages and hike higher up into the mountains or maybe just relax with a book in the flower-filled garden of our villa. We also have an excellent English-speaking local massage therapist who can visit us on site.
We know that your holiday time away from home is precious, and that some of you would like to spend it with a friend or loved one while also being on retreat. So we have created an option for you to bring along a non-yoga participating friend at a reduced rate. In addition there is only a small single supplement, meaning this holiday is also ideal for solo travellers. Our early bird prices are available for bookings made before 31.12.2017, and you can secure your spot now with just a 25% deposit:
Early bird (available until 31.12.2017)
- SOLD OUT: £173.75 deposit (£695 total per person - sharing with one other guest)
- SOLD OUT: £186.25 deposit (£745 total per person - your own gorgeous room)
- SOLD OUT: £297.50 deposit (£1,190 total per yoga and non-yoga pair - sharing a double room)
NB. Where a deposit is paid, the remaining balance is due by 10 February 2018. Payment plan available upon request.
Regular prices (booked from 01.01.2018 onwards)
- SOLD OUT: £795 per person (sharing with one other guest)
- SOLD OUT: £845 per person (your own gorgeous room)
- SOLD OUT: £1,290 yoga and non-yoga pair sharing a room
When is it?
Arrive on Saturday 19 May and depart on Saturday 26 May 2018.
What’s included in the price?
Everything you need for the perfect rejuvenating week is included:
- 7 nights accommodation in our mountain villa
- 10 yoga classes (leaving one day free for a trip further afield)
- fresh, wholesome breakfast every morning
- 5 delicious 3-course dinners at the villa
- unlimited tea, coffee and herbal tea
- towels and handmade soap
NB. Non-yoga participating friends or partners receive all of the above except the 10 yoga classes
What’s not included?
- your flights
- airport transfers
- travel insurance (this is required)
- a yoga mat (please bring yours with you!)
- massages (if you choose to have one)
- lunch (we find that after a big breakfast and with a substantial dinner in the evening guests prefer a very light lunch. You can easily shop for wonderful local fruits and vegetables, fresh bread and healthy snacks and prepare them in our own kitchenette during the day).
How do I get there?
Most international flights land at Malaga airport. Airlines operating daily direct flights to Malaga include Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways, Iberia, Bmibaby, Flybe, among others. You can also fly with British Airways from London City to Granada airport (90 minutes away).
There will be a group taxi transfer to our villa departing Malaga airport on the Saturday afternoon of arrival (19 May 2018). If you are flying into Malaga please book flights that arrive before, but as near as possible to, 15.30. On Saturday 26 May book flights that leave Malaga after 14.00 (taxis will leave our villa at 10.00 and arrive at Malaga airport at about 12.30). The cost for this will be split between all passengers and will be around £25-30 per person. The journey time is normally about 2 hours from Malaga airport.
Can I come on my own?
Absolutely, lots of guests on each of our retreats arrive independently. There is always a warm and welcoming atmosphere with communal activities available, plus ample opportunity for you to take some quiet time for yourself too. Also, this is the perfect retreat for you as there isn’t a large single supplement for you to have your own room.
Is it all group activities or can I take some quiet me time?
We will eat our meals together and people often group together to go on trips, take a walk or just have a chat. But everyone is also positively encouraged to take time to themselves to read, take a stroll through the gardens, go on a solo adventure or just nap in their room.
How many people will there be in class?
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, so lots of opportunity for individual attention. All our previous retreats have sold out well in advance but you can secure your spot now with just a 25% deposit.
How do I book?
Click here to use our online booking system. After logging in make sure you are in the 'classes' tab, then use the little calendar to navigate to 19 May 2018. Click 'sign up now', then 'make single reservation'. Then choose the room type you'd like to reserve and follow the steps to payment!
I have a question - is there someone I can speak to?
Of course! You can email Olivia directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
What have other people thought of your retreats?
"Thanks for such a wonderful weekend away. It already feels so long ago! I enjoyed every part of it and thought it was very well structured in terms of timing of yoga/food times/free time and the types of yoga we did in the morning and evening. I liked that we did more advanced poses on the last day - I left with very well worked abs! Thanks and looking forward to the next one!" (LD., 2017)