Santosa Living Yoga and Bhakti Camp – Louisa Michel

The Santosa Living Yoga and Bhakti Camp is a two week Yoga celebration set in the heart of the beautiful Somerset countryside. With a jammed packed daily schedule of yoga-yumminess from over 40 experienced teachers, expect everything from Womb to Acro Yoga, Kashmiri, Kundalini, Laughter, Yoga Nidra and of course all the usual favourites too.
Founded by Yoga Therapist and Woman’s health expert Umi Dinsmore-Tuli,  Santosha was formed from a seedling dream some 12 years ago. As regulars, Umi and Iyengar teacher Amanda Brown (both mum’s with little ones in tow) loved everything about the Ickwell Bury Yoga for Health Centre, except the lack of kids activities, and dreamt of creating a more family-friendly UK Yoga Camp. When Jacob Jones of the Glastonbury Healing Fields got wind of the idea, he offered his land and festival structures; and in 2001 the first Santosa was born.

“Families need yoga too!”

– Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

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Family and friends are at the  heart of camp’s focus, and thanks to Santosa’s inclusive programme, yogis, yoginis and their children can play freely from dawn until dust! Kid’s daily activities include early bird singing, colourful craft space, football and cricket, wild food walks and an open invitation to explore the camp’s beautiful meadow.

“It’s a great big yoga family gathered in a meadow to share joy!”

Run mostly on the hard work of volunteers and Bhakti yogis, the spirit of community makes the Santosa experience particularly special. Come rain or shine three delicious meals are prepared and eaten together every day (included in the ticket price), along with may other offerings like Joyful Harmony singing, Intimacy workshops, Gong Baths and Biodanza – all contributed by, and for the community.

Inspired by Santosa, other Yoga camps have now flowered across the UK. There is an Irish sister, and a Cornish Surya camp, Hari Pyaril’s Bhakti camp and the Babaji Ashram Camp as well as theIndependent Yoga Network Summer Yoga Festival.

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Santosa: www.santosayogacamp.co.uk

For more about founder Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and her new book:

Yoni Shakti – A Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom through Yoga and Tantra www.yonishakti.co

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