Overview

Suitable for beginner, advanced, and intermediate practitioners
Affordable retreat
Dynamic and restorative yoga asanas
Meditation
Thai massage
Pranayama
Guided relaxation
Nature walks
Instruction in English
Max. 15 participants
This retreat is perfect for those interested in deepening their yoga practice and their understanding of all aspects of yoga. Head to the secluded Dartmoor National Park for a week-long retreat among the serene rhythm of nature. Explore both the dynamic and the restorative sides of yoga asanas, find clarity with meditation, connect to the present with breathing techniques, and find rejuvenation with guided relaxation. Treat yourself to therapeutic massages and nourishing meals. Enjoy the long, sun-drenched days of summer as you hike through surrounding woodlands, meander along a trickling stream, and relax beneath grand trees. Leave the weekend feeling grounded and restored. 
24th August to 29th August 2022
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Program

The retreat begins on Wednesday evening and ends Monday after breakfast. After settling in on Wednesday, unwind with an introductory yoga class. Every morning starts in silence and includes pranayama and meditation. After a light breakfast, partake in a dynamic, two-hour asana practice. Afternoons are left free to embark on nature walks, treat yourself to a massage, or simply relax in the beautiful surroundings. In the evenings, reconvene for a more restorative Hatha yoga practice. 
Day 1
5.30pm
Introductory class and wind down
7pm
Dinner, free time, massage
Day 2
7.45am
Pranayama (breathing practice) and meditation
8.30am
Light breakfast
10am
Main asana class
12.15pm
Lunch, walks, massage and/or free time
5.30pm
Hatha yoga
7pm
Dinner, free time, massage
Day 3
7.45am
Pranayama (breathing practice) and meditation
8.30am
Light breakfast
10am
Main asana class
12.15pm
Lunch, walks, massage and/or free time
5.30pm
Hatha yoga
7pm
Dinner, free time, massage
Day 4
7.45am
Pranayama (breathing practice) and meditation
8.30am
Light breakfast
10am
Main asana class
12.15pm
Lunch, walks, massage and/or free time
5.30pm
Hatha yoga
7pm
Dinner, free time, massage
Day 5
7.45am
Pranayama (breathing practice) and meditation
8.30am
Light breakfast
10am
Main asana class
12.15pm
Lunch, walks, massage and/or free time
5.30pm
Hatha yoga
7pm
Dinner, free time, massage
Day 6
7.45am
Finishing class
9am
Breakfast and departure

Accommodation

Nature setting
Caters for vegetarian and vegan diets
Minimalistic house with single, en-suite rooms
Riverside
Yoga studio and yoga shala
Kitchen
Extensive nature trails

Check-in

16:00

Bala Brook is a retreat center situated among beautiful grounds on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. On site, there is a minimalistic home with views over the garden and surrounding landscape. The accommodation is fully catered with primarily single rooms to fit up to fifteen people. There is a yoga studio and access to an abundance of nature trails. 
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Single room
Private room | $799
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Double room
Shared room | $765

Location

Nearby Towns

How to get there

Driving directions from Exeter

  • Driving south after Exeter, leave the A38 at Marley Head, (north-east of South Brent).
  • Wriggle North - Westwards around lanes following signs to Avon Dam.
  • Arrive at Shipley Bridge public car park, beside river Avon.
  • At Shipley Bridge, cross the River Avon, follow the lane turning around to the left, southwards over a cattle grid.
  • After 2 minutes down the lane, go past one farm on your right, down a little hill over a little bridge and look out for Bala Brook sign on your right beside a timber gateway. This is the second habitation on your right after leaving Shipley bridge.
  • Do not use the Bala Brook postcode as it is shared with other locations. Use the GPS co-ordinates instead.
  • If you get lost please call the land line above rather than knocking on doors.

Arrival by train

You can take a train until Totnes station, then you will have to take a taxi to get to Bala Brooke.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis from Totnes are 20 - 25ish GBP. Lift shares can often but not always be arranged through Neville or another student if you let them know in advance. If you get a taxi, ask them to take you to Shipley Bridge public car park, beside river Avon. At Shipley Bridge, cross the River Avon, follow the lane turning around to the left, southwards over a cattle grid. After 2 minutes down the lane, go past one farm on your right, down a little hill over a little bridge and look out for ‘Bala Brook’ sign on your right beside a timber gateway. This is the second habitation on your right after leaving Shipley bridge. Most taxi drivers in Totnes now know where Bala Brook is.

GPS

  • 50 26.802'N
  • 3 51.710'W
Nearest airports
EXT Exeter International Airport
Transfer not provided
44 km
Nearest train stations
Ivybridge
7km
Buckfastleigh
8km
Staverton
11km

Instructor

Neville Cregan
Neville
Neville has been teaching yoga in retreat centers, yoga studios, work places, and beyond for over 20 years. He discovered the roots of yoga while traveling in India and Nepal in his early 20's and began studying yoga philosophy and ideas. Although Neville's initial interest in yoga was rooted in meditation and philosophy, he expanded his reach and studied massage therapy. Neville believes in living a balanced life combining clean diet, meditation, hatha yoga, massage, and cardio exercise. He primarily teaches residential courses and classes on yoga history and philosophy. 

What's included?

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Yoga tuition
  • Supported walks
  • All bedding

What's not included?

  • Thai massage
  • Towels (can be hired for 6 GBP)

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

No refund if you cancel in advance.

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
24th August to 29th August 2022
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