&Sister Wellbeing yoga retreats at exclusive country housePoundon House, Oxfordshire by Alicia Fearon.
Back in 2012 I left behind the greyness of the legal world for the colour of the wellbeing life and returned home to set up the yoga retreats side of Poundon House – our family business – an exclusive private country house venue in Oxfordshire. ‘Poundon’ comes alive as a wedding venue over the summer months but we wanted to make the most of it outside of the wedding season and, having grown up there, I knew it was an ideal location for yoga retreats and well-being events.
Four years on, I like to think that we have turned Poundon into a vibrant destination yoga venue. And last summer, my sister Natalie and I went one step further and established our own retreats company (appropriately called ‘&Sister’) that allows us to put our own special touches on the retreats that we host at the house.
We take the passing of the seasons as the focus for the themes
of our retreat and tie that in with the bucolic surroundings of Poundon. We are so lucky that our countryside location allows nature to provide the perfect backdrop to each of our events.
As well as the atmosphere and production of our retreats we invest a huge amount of research (and time spent on yoga mats up and down the country!) in discovering teachers that truly match up with our brand. One such teacher is the ethereal Saskia Price, who is hosting our next retreat, Indian Summer (September 30 – 2 October 2 2016).
As well as Saskia leading morning and evening meditations and asana practices, together we incorporate barefoot portal walks, blind-folded yoga and fire and sound ceremonies into our unique and experiential retreats.
We are very excited about our third collaboration with our beautiful yogini Saskia Price. For our Indian Summer retreat at Poundon House, guests can expect a peaceful yet dynamic weekend of immersive yoga set in the beautiful surroundings of Poundon House. Saskia is an experienced and dedicated yoga teacher and will guide you expertly through your retreat. Continuing with our theme of working with the seasons at Poundon House, the retreat will aim to extend the summer by being outside as much as possible, provided the weather is fair. We aim to harness energy to prepare for the autumn from four sources – nature, our time with Saskia in the shala, from the open fires and warmth of Poundon House, and healthy nutritious food prepared by our retreat chef.
As well as morning meditation and asana we will be doing a barefoot dusk meditation walk on Saturday and firebowl celebration. Saskia will take us on an immersive journey and a deep exploration of practice and philosophy plus an introduction to new concepts. Saskia’s calm presence, her in-depth knowledge of philosophy and her strictness on alignment make her a truly inspirational teacher to practice with
We have a few spaces for Indian Summer with Saskia, Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October, and are now offering a discounted price of £295 pp for space in a shared room (reduced from £380)! Come and join us for a truly memorable weekend!
If you can’t come to Indian Summer but want to come to a retreat, our upcoming retreats are:
Autumn Light with Charlie Morgan 4-6th November (sold out)
Winter Glow with Charlie Morgan, 3rd – 5th February 2017
Email [email protected]
call Natalie on 07866453831 for more information and to book a space.