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THE ART OF
Deep Dive Yoga Retreat and Immersion
A retreat to help you into a more peaceful way of practising yoga on the mat and in life.
4th - 8th July 2019 (4 nights) Mill Retreat Centre, Normandy, France
In this deep dive yoga retreat, you’ll experience a wonderful immersion in yoga and its broader teachings, surrounded by nature and in the supportive company of experienced teachers Sarah McFadden and Florentina Lam-Clark.
Described as “a slice of heaven on earth”, the natural beauty of The Mill Retreat Centre in France provides the perfect setting for this Deep Dive Yoga Retreat immersive experience.
Yoga has an incredible history and rich tapestry of interwoven practical, ethical, philosophical and spiritual guidance, from which to draw upon.
In the yoga sutras we find many wisdom codes, known as the Yamas and Niyamas that teach us how to live consciously and mindfully.
For many people practicing yoga means to do a physical postural practice (asana) a few times a week, or perhaps everyday.
Although this approach can yield many benefits, such as health improvements and more vitality - the real power and transformative nature of yoga is uncovered when we engage with yoga as a way of life.
"Yoga is universal and its teachings are applicable in all situations." Judith Hanson-Lasater
Every yoga technique - from posture to cleansing practices to breathing to meditation - are tools for discovering the inner happiness of your deeper self.
We can bring these teachings to life through practice on our mat and expanding our experience to include more of them in everyday life.
By integrating these teachings we are guided into a sense of ease and peace within ourselves and ultimately a better connection with others.
We can then also more easily live in a harmonious way with nature, our environment and our community.
On retreat, we will support you taking your yoga practice further to increase your awareness and presence in everyday life through these broader yoga teachings.
The retreat is led by experienced yoga teachers Sarah McFadden and Florentina Lam-Clark.
Our approach to teaching is mindful, with care and attention to detail that will enable you to deepen your yoga practice.
We combine our skills in the art of teaching the physical asana of yoga, pranayama (breath-work) restorative yoga and mindfulness meditation.
It is our intention to provide and hold a safe space for you to expand and deepen your practice, to encourage your curiosity and thirst for knowledge, to connect on common ground and rediscover important values, hopes, dreams and aspirations.
We'll help you understand more of yoga's universal truths and how you can benefit from using them conscientiously in your life.
You will be encouraged to develop your own practice in creative ways that are mindful and easily incorporated into daily life.
> An opportunity to take a unique deep dive into yoga and the breadth of it’s teachings, uncovering vital tools for mindful interaction.
> Enjoy the beautiful surroundings where you can connect with nature and really switch off from the stress and busyness of everyday life - there are 30 acres of stunning grounds, a spectacular 10 acre lake, enticing woodland and natural wildlife.
> Carefully crafted daily yoga practices to combine the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements of the practice.
> The chance to learn more about yogic philosophy, specifically, the yama’s and niyama’s and how to apply them to life outside of the studio.
> The chance to identify simple and kind living guidelines to look after yourself and the world beyond.
> A place to explore individual goals and passions, and alongside that, seek support and share inspiration from a community of life-minded people.
> Easy to get to from London, only 2.5 hours via Calais on the Eurostar, and a group minibus is arranged from there to the centre.
> The retreat will culminate in a closing circle with ceremonial Cacao to honour our experience and time together.
Why you'll love this retreat experience
In many modern day classes the emphasis is on the asana. And that’s great in many ways because we all need to experience the joy of moving more fully.
But with this somewhat limited focus we can miss out on many of the other amazing teachings that complement and support our movement practice. Teachings that help you create a more peaceful and meaningful life, and feel more balanced and happy in the everyday.
Modern life - it’s fast pace, and consumer culture - can leave us feeling disconnected from the things that really matter. We speed through our days, missing opportunities for noticing, learning and growing - the experiences that bring us real satisfaction and that ensure we are making a positive contribution in the world.
How we act in our lives off of our mats, and the way we think about ourselves and others is just as much yoga as touching our toes.
This retreat will give you the opportunity to:
Slow down, rest, reset, replenish and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.
Stimulate your senses and creativity surrounded by natural beauty.
Explore and practice yoga in its many different facets to grow, learn and deepen your experience and knowledge.
Reconnect to yourself and nature, take time out for reflection and contemplation.
Experience, quiet, peace and stillness, connect to your inner wisdom and intuition.
Enjoy the company of like-minded souls.
We encourage you to switch off from the outside world and totally immerse yourself in the retreat, so you can return back home feeling refreshed, newly inspired, relaxed and rejuvenated.
The yoga experience
In this retreat, Flo and Sarah weave the deeper philosophical aspects of yoga into the teachings so that you can have an understanding of the foundations of yoga and where yoga originates from.
This can add depth to your practice as you expand your knowledge and experience.
We will use the Yamas and Niyamas as a template to guide us through our asana, meditation and restorative practice. With take-home tools, teachings and practices to help integrate into your daily life.
Morning yoga classes will be strong and energetic vinyasa flow practices, infused with connection. These classes will be taught by Sarah.
Evening yoga practices will be more restorative, helping to melt away tension, encourage reflection while in a deeply relaxed state - where it is easier to look inwards. These classes will be taught by Flo.
The overall experience will help you uncover what the yama’s and niyama’s mean for you.
You’ll be guided to reflect on your own life about how to take learnings, love and peacefulness off the mat.
Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, firm foundations in the dynamic Vinyasa Flow
practice will encourage you to improve your strength, flexibility, stamina and balance.
The practice of pranayama (breath-work) will help you to breathe with ease, clear energy blockages and increase your vitality.
Guided meditations and yoga nidra will lead you into stillness and peace, and restorative yoga will encourage you to relax, rest and to let go of deep-seated tensions.
This is the yoga and meditation holiday you're longing for deep in your bones.
Feedback from our students about other retreats with us
"It was such an amazing asset to the retreat to have a resident yogini healer!
Florentina integrates many types of yoga so there was something to suit everyone.
Also, having a variety of healing treatments available to guests throughout the weekend made the retreat experience very holistic. Florentina's healing is compassionate and intuitive; she brings a wealth of experience with her multi-disciplined healing and yoga practices. The retreat left me feeling renewed and centred. It was everything I hoped for and more! I recommend it to EVERYONE."
Andrea White, Teacher, Sept 2018
"It was brilliant to have Flo as our yoga teacher, meditation leader and healer at the retreat.
Not only is she a beautiful person, with a lovely energy - but her skills are exceptional!
Flo’s yoga classes were enjoyable, varied and masterfully adapted to the needs and mood of the group. She paid close attention to everyone and gently offered adjustments and help where these were beneficial, as well as ensuring all skill levels were catered for.
With Flo’s guidance and great tools, I mastered how to use my breath properly during yoga, after years of trying - a breakthrough!
She taught us great meditation and relaxation techniques, that have proven invaluable in my everyday life since the retreat. I’d love to attend another retreat with Flo - she is a truly gifted healer and teacher, and a wonderful inspiring person to be around!"
Jolene Coloquhoun, Coach, Sept 2018
"Sarah's retreat was absolutely wonderful. There was the perfect balance of yoga, meditation and time-and-space to oneself. She is a fantastic teacher and it was a privilege to share so much time practicing with her. The venue and food were also fantastic and the weekend was exceptionally-well organised. I had an amazing weekend and came back feeling totally refreshed and like I had been away for ages. Thank you!"
Ellie Parkes, Fundraiser, March 2019
"I felt a real sense of well being during and after Sarah's retreat. I felt very safe and welcome there, no real awkwardness being with people I didn't know. Sarah held it all together beautifully and we explored a range of meditation and yoga. I felt carefree and had fun too. It was my first ever retreat and it has certainly left me wanting more. Thank you Sarah, what a great legacy."
Lisa Middlemas, Coach & Facilitator, March 2019
"The retreat with Sarah was a wonderful experience. I appreciated the peace, calm and space to focus on myself and my practice. A change from daily life. The retreat was very well run and I felt as if I was in safe hands. Came home feelng rested, calm and motivated to do more yoga and meditation as part of weekly routine."
Deborah Higgins, Trustee, March 2019
Sample daily programme
8am: Pranayama, Meditation & Yoga class (Vinyasa Flow)
11:00am: Optional morning activity session
2-5pm: Free time
5pm: Yoga & Meditation (Restorative)
Arrivals from 5pm on Thursday, and the retreat concludes after lunch on Monday.
4 nights full-board accommodation in this beautiful retreat centre.
8 yoga/meditation classes.
Exclusive use of the venue and all facilities - there are push bikes available for you to use to explore the area, a lake for swimming and a boat you can take out, plus lots of walking options from the centre doorstep.
Guidance on embracing the teachings of yoga in greater depth to bring more happiness and peace into your life.
Delicious and healthy vegetarian meals (mainly organic, local food), other dietary requirements can be catered for.
PLUS A BONUS...
Each attendee will receive a surprise goodie bag with some gifts to support your experience on retreat.
Transport to and from the venue. Travel is very easy from London, by Eurostar. Suggested travel time is the 12.58pm arriving in Calais 14.59. Transfer to the retreat centre from there is an organised minibus which is a 1.5hr drive to the centre. The cost is £55.00 pp return for a place on the minibus. Please read Part 2 of the Terms & Conditions document for more details on travel.
Travel insurance (recommended).
Additional massages and healing treatments (Flo will be offering body and energy-work treatments).
Sharing room (2 - 3 people sharing or couples/friends sharing) per person:
Super early-bird / Early-bird / Full price
£549 / £599 / £669
Sharing room with ensuite (2 friends or couple) per person:
Private room (single) per person:
Super early-bird / Early-bird / Full price
£629 / £679 / £749
Private room with ensuite (single) per person:
Super early-bird prices - SALES ENDED
Early-bird prices - SALES ENDED
Full price from the 1st of June.
Please read Part 2 of the Terms & Conditions document for more details on travel.
Spending 5 days the the gorgeous Mill Retreat Centre will Sarah and Flo and a will be a unique and special journey.
A very special gift for yourself - giving the opportunity to take more of the benefits of yoga into your life - to help you feel more grounded, connected and content.
You’ll be guided to understanding how to live and breathe your yoga more broadly, and to learn how the ancient system of yoga can transform your real life practices in every moment, with family, friends and beyond.
The Mill Retreat centre is a truly exceptional location. Surrounded by nature, it offers the perfect antidote to busy urban life and is an ideal environment in which to relax and replenish on every level while you immerse yourself in the teachings of yoga.
Travelling to this location is France is very easy from London. Only 2.5 hours via Calais on the Eurostar, with an optional group minibus is arranged from there to the centre.
We look forward to welcoming you there.