yoga, embodied movement and meditation
Clare Stephen - Clare has been practicing yoga for over twenty-five years and qualified as an Iyengar yoga teacher at introductory level in 1989. She has visited India to be taught by the Iyengars, and completed the intermediate level training in 2005.
Her commitment to her Buddhist studies and meditation practice also influences the way that she teaches yoga. Visit my website
Polly transitioned to teaching yoga in 2017 from a 15 year career in creative communications. Since qualifying at Raja Yoga Academy's 500hr training, Polly has worked as a travelling teacher in California, Thailand and New Zealand as well as well as the UK. She follows the Ghosh methodology and studies with Acharyas Ida Jo and Scott Lamps, sharing these teachings through a range of yoga styles. This therapeutic method is rooted in healing and integration: focusing on health, strength and functionality in the body and stillness in the mind, with the values of knowledge, humility and discipline at heart. Polly teaches yoga for all levels from restorative to dynamic, for private clients, retreats, studios, special events and festivals. Polly contributes to key projects and events for Buddhafield, her sangha.
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
These retreats combine introductory meditation teaching with a blend of traditional yoga and contemporary approaches to embodied movement. This playful synthesis of body based approaches to wellbeing (through meditation and movement) in the peaceful and beautiful environment of the retreat can help restore physical and mental vitality and balance in our lives.
We will cover an introduction to two traditional Buddhist meditations as well as give a solid introduction to the principals of meditation. We will also be exploring some traditional Buddhist teachings to get a flavour of how these might be relevant to our modern lives.
No previous experience of meditation, yoga or embodied movement is assumed so these retreats are suitable for complete beginners, but they are also a good refresher for those who already have some experience.
For more information see the retreat information sheet.
2022 Covid-19 update: We expect to be running this retreat with a maximum of 25 people including the team. Before booking, please read our Covid pre-retreat information sheet here for more information about what to expect.