Yoga Quota hosted its first ever charity retreat in/near Borden Village in Hampshire. As this picture of some of us curled up in front of the fire post-yoga implies, it was lovely!
Despite some last minute hiccups re: attendance, Yoga Quota's first retreat went well. We arrived at the beautiful campsite in Hampshire around 10am on Saturday and took a few minutes to absorb the stunning view of the Southdowns from the 'front doors' of our tents.
We then walked down through the Borden Woods to quaint Borden Village, where we would spend the day practicing yoga and eating yummy catered food.
On our way down to the village, we saw a huge frog, loads of june bugs, and a species none of us had any idea existed: a slow worm (we thought it was a snake)!
The village hall look almost like it was grabbed out of the set of Harry Potter, with framed photos almost entirely covering the wall from hip height to ceiling.
We practiced some vinyasa flow until lunch time, and then gorged ourselves on yummy home grown potatoes and ratatouille. After lunch some of us napped while others went on a short walk through the forest. Once we gathered together again, Anne led us through a guided meditation. We then partnered up for some partner and acro yoga, and had a bit of fun exploring inversions. After a tea time break, we all gathered around the fire with every pillow we could muster (there were SO MANY pillows in the village hall) and slowed down for a long and peaceful yin class. Dinner was a super yummy dal (again made with loads of garden veg). Afterwards we walked back up through the forest to our campsite and got a huge bonfire going (with heaps of marsh mellows, obviously). All that yoga gave us pretty ferocious appetites, so before bed we snacked on some firewood oven cooked pizza (which was cooked right in the field beside us!).
We had amazing weather until about 4am, when it began to pour with rain. We were very grateful that it happened while we were warm and snuggly in the dry safety of our tents! Unfortunately this meant cancelling 6am yoga, as we didn't think it would particularly safe to have everyone trudging on a very muddy downhill path in the dark back to the village. We consequently got to sleep in a bit, and when we emerged from our tents at 7:30am we were greeted by clear(ish) skies and the stunning Southdowns.
We had loads of fun and learned a lot that can be applied to future Yoga Quota retreats. I think we all slept very well on Sunday night too!