Our first Yoga Quota YTT retreat was held over the last weekend in August and it was a truly amazing experience! Harriet, Anne, Venetia and 8 wonderful trainees escaped to an idyllic glamping site in the Cotswolds for a weekend of yoga, learning & amazing sunsets.
Read Harriet's recap below, with lots of photos!
The weekend began on Friday evening with an opening meditation and amazing sunset yoga session. We were treated to an amazing curry by Venetia, and then followed up dinner with our module on meditation including Loving-Kindness, Trataka (Yogic Gaze) & Yoga Nidra. We enjoyed a campfire and then trundled off to sleep in our very very cosy (real!) beds.
The location & facilities at our retreat venue were simply amazing, and we all felt so wonderfully at home.
Saturday morning started bright and early with Anne leading a yoga practice, then breakfast. We moved on to tackle the day's topics: advanced asana, Yoga Sutras and Yin & restorative yoga. Venetia cooked us up a Mexican-themed feast for dinner and we spent the evening around the campfire chatting the night away.
On Sunday we took every opportunity to practice outside and sit on the deck: we started the day with advanced sequencing, before moving on to and entire afternoon dedicated to the trainees practicing their yin & restorative teaching skills. It was truly BLISSFUL. Sunday evening saw us treated to another lovingly-prepared meal (roasted veggies, mac & cheese) and another campfire session.
We rounded off the weekend on Monday morning with a final practice, gratitude meditation & group photo.
It was truly such a special and phenomenal weekend, and totally re=iterated for me why retreats are such an important part of the training process. To be away for concentrated amount of time with a community of people who really share the same goals and ideas as you is so so important. There were many breakthroughs on the weekend, and lots of laughs. Another great outcome was being able to talk more about charity opportunities available to the trainees -- it made me so proud to see how eager they are to give back already!
If I had to pick three highlights they'd be our sunset session on the first night, our acro-yoga play time on Sunday afternoon, and the visit from our feathery Peacock neighbours (and Venetia's amazing food!). That's four highlights! It was such a fantastic weekend it's hard to narrow it all down.
We loved the venue, Campfire and Stars so much that we're going to be using it again for all our training retreats in 2018. For now though, Anne and I have plenty of work to do getting ready for our next round of training which starts at the end of September!
Enjoy browsing more photos below!