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Shunya Retreats for your Soul

I plan my retreats to be holistic. A holistic retreat is a type of retreat that focuses on promoting physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Holistic retreats often incorporate practices such as yoga, meditation, healthy eating, and nature walks, along with workshops and classes that focus on personal growth and self-discovery. The goal of a holistic retreat is to provide a space for individuals to disconnect from the demands of daily life and to focus on their overall health and well-being. The approach is holistic, meaning it considers the person as a whole, rather than just treating physical symptoms, and aims to create a harmonious balance between the different aspects of a person's life.

Holistic Retreat - 25th May 2024

Join us for a day full of calmness at the Shunya Holistic Yoga Retreat in the tranquil Dorset hills. Away from the hustle & bustle of the city, this carefully chosen location will offer you absolute harmony. The day has been perfectly filled with well-planned activities to unwind and reconnect with your inner-self. A yoga retreat like no other to settle into absolute mental peace culminating with fire meditation to balance your chakras.

  • Day begins with welcome drinks & briefing

  • Flow with Breath (Gentle Yoga & Workshop)

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Silent Walk followed by experience sharing (sensory experience)

  • Pranayam (tapping into subtle energies)

  • Meditation & Chakradharna

  • Yog Nidra

  • Guided fire meditation to balance your chakras (weather permitting)

During the day, you will be treated with well-crafted food.

✓ Light breakfast

✓ Fresh Fruits

✓ Selection of tea & coffee, cookies

✓ Homemade Cake

✓ Hot vegetarian food

Location

The retreat is going to be held in Blandford Forum. The location offers exemplary view of lush green pastures dotted with grazing animals, providing a picturesque landscape. The streets are quiet, with a slow pace of life and a focus on preserving the natural beauty of the area. The town has a strong connection to nature, with easy access to outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking, biking, and fishing.

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Retreat Location

Merkabah Retreat Ltd
Downview Farm
Waters Lane
Winterborne Houghton
DT11 0PE

Website: https://www.themerkabahretreat.co.uk/

There is ample parking available onsite. Please use the below map to plan your visit.

About Blandford

Blandford is a town located in the county of Dorset in the south of England, United Kingdom. It is known for its Georgian architecture and well-preserved streets, which are considered some of the finest examples in England.

The town has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Iron Age. It was an important market town in the Middle Ages, and became a center for the production of cloth during the Industrial Revolution.

Today, Blandford is a vibrant and charming town, with a mix of historic buildings, independent shops, and restaurants. There are many interesting cultural and historical sites to visit, including St. Peter's Church, The Heritage Centre, and the Corn Exchange. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the nearby Dorset Downs and the River Stour.

Blandford is well connected, with good road and rail links to nearby towns and cities. It is a popular destination for tourists, especially those interested in history, architecture, and outdoor activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the schedule for the retreat?
    The retreat will begin at 10am and close at 5:30pm. You can arrive an hour early if you desire and stay back for another hour.
  • What kind of accommodation is available?
    There is no accommodation available for this day retreat.
  • Are meals included in the retreat?
    Yes, meals are included in this all-day retreat. Vegetarian meals along with fresh juices and snack will be served during the day.
  • Is transportation provided to and from the retreat location?
    No, transportation is not provided. The participants will need to plan their commute to the retreat centre.
  • What is the dress code for the retreat?
    There is no specific dress code for this retreat. It is recommended to wear any comfortable loose clothing as participants will be expected to join in light stretches and asanas.
  • What is the policy for photography or videography during the retreat?
    We are expecting to take pictures discreetly during the activities. If you would not like to be photographed, please let one of the organizers know.
  • Are there any restrictions on clothing or attire during the retreat?
    It is recommended to wear any comfortable loose clothing. Please also bring in some warm clothing as we plan to take up serene nature walks and sit outside towards the end of the retreat for fire meditation.
  • What activities or programs are included in the retreat?
    The retreat day has been carefully filled with breathing exercises, light stretches, home-made fresh fruit juices and vegetarian food. For more details, please see above.
  • Are there any specific fitness levels required for the activities offered?
    No, there are no specific fitness levels required for this retreat. All exercises are light and instructions will be provided to modify them if there is a need to do so for individual participants.
  • Will there be any opportunities for individual or group counseling or therapy?
    There are breaks planned throughout the day for personal time. You can use these to connect one-to-one with Kamu for any advice.
  • What is the policy for cancelling or rescheduling the retreat?
    Rescheduling is not allowed for this retreat. Cancellation is allowed with specific terms & conditions: 1. More than 90 days: 100% refunded 2. Between 60 to 90 days: 75% refunded 3. Between 30 to 60 days: 50% refunded 4. Less than 30 days: No refunds Please note a processing fee of £5 will be levied on cancellations.
  • Is there a payment plan option for the retreat fee?
    All payments must be done in full to reserve your spot for the retreat.
  • Are there any additional costs or fees not included in the retreat fee?
    There are no additional costs for this retreat. The fees include cost of all activities, food and refreshments. There may be merchandise for sale onsite on the day of retreat which participants can purchase for marked price.
  • Is there cell phone or internet access available at the retreat location?
    On-site, there is no public internet access. To ensure that you get the most out of your retreat, we will advise you to put your phone away.
  • Are there any restrictions on electronic devices during the retreat?
    We will request you to keep your phone switched off during the retreat.
  • Are there any age restrictions for the retreat?
    Participants must be older than 16 years to attend this retreat.
  • Are there any medical or health requirements for the retreat?
    There are no particular medical or health requirements. Though if you have any specific medical need, please do let the organizers know well in advance.
  • What is the emergency plan or procedure in case of a medical emergency or natural disaster?
    Evacuation procedure will be discussed with the participants before the event begins. For any medical emergency, we will rely on national medical emergency phone line. Kamu is certified to provide any first-aid required.
  • Will I have free time during the retreat?
    Yes, the retreat has been planned at a very relaxed pace to connect with your inner self and meditate with ample number of breaks for personal time.
  • Are there any dietary restrictions or options available during meal times?
    Due to nature of the retreat, all food served on the day will be vegetarian. If you have any specific needs such as allergies or vegan dietary requirements, please let the organizers know.
  • Can I bring my own equipment or props for yoga or meditation practices?
    Participants will be provided with all equipment and props, but for your personal use, please bring a light blanket and a water bottle. If you prefer to bring your own equipments, please feel free to do so.
  • Can I arrive early or stay late if needed?
    Yes. Feel free to come up to an hour early or leave an hour late from the scheduled time.
  • Can I bring my own books or reading materials?
    Yes please, feel free to do so.
  • Is the retreat location accessible for individuals with disabilities?
    The retreat venue is easily accessible by car and has mostly accessible facilities. However, there is a planned nature walk (weather permitting) that may not be accessible for all. If you are unable to join us for the walk, alternative activities can be arranged. Kindly inform us in advance if this is the case.
  • Are there any cultural or language requirements for the retreat?
    There are no specific cultural requirements for this retreat. All instructions for the activities will be provided in English.
  • Will there be any opportunities for outdoor activities or nature excursions?
    Yes, we have planned for a short nature walk during the day retreat if weather permits.
  • Will there be any opportunities for volunteer work or community service during the retreat?
    Volunteer positions are available for those who are interested. For more information, please reach out to the event organizers.
  • Are there any opportunities for personal growth or self-discovery during the retreat?
    There are breaks planned throughout the day for personal time. You can use these to connect one-to-one with Kamu for any advice.
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