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Winter in the Lakes - a little bit of peace and tranquility before the flurry of Christmas…What a lovely thing to look forward to! 

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December 2021

Lake District winter retreat 

Brathay Hall

the yoga

The yoga sessions are to suit all levels and will either energise, strengthen and warm up the body, or relax, restore and stretch out tired muscles after hours spent walking. The pace is gentle, slow and mindful, inviting you to embrace your individuality and curiosity to develop body awareness.

Embodied yoga is based on sensory experience – you're neither in competition with others, nor there to challenge yourself to the point of exhaustion! Our aim is to empower and guide your practice to help you find freedom within your body and to explore your practice both on and off the mat.

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The Practice Space

Our space for practicing is a light and airy converted barn and just a 2-minute walk from the main hall.

In the light of the current Covid situation, it’s advisable to bring your own mats, blankets and props. There will be some spares on hand (sanitised of course) just in case, so don’t worry about that.

Mindful walking through woods, up craggy footpaths and managing descents that we might find a challenge…Enjoy the benefits of walking without undue wear and tear and the stress and strain on joints and muscles.

Widely recognised as one of the most effective self-help techniques for posture and awareness, the “thinking in action” helps us to let go of habitual tension, so that more energy is available for the sheer enjoyment of simply putting one foot in front of the other and appreciating the wonderful mountain environment.

If you have walking poles, bring them along and we can spend some time exploring how we might use them more effectively to further reduce wear and tear on the knees. Or, if you are considering using them in the future, we’ll have a few spare pairs if you’d like to try them out.

Walking level

The walking level is perfect if you love longer low-level walks, or if you’re new to walking, but already do some form of exercise fairly regularly. We are unlikely to climb higher than 450 m (1500 feet) and no longer than 9 miles, with less distance on Sunday. Saturday will be a longer walk, (approximately 4 hours) enjoying more time for a picnic lunch and/or a stop in one of the Lake District’s scenic cafés. On that day, there will also be flexibility to catch a bus back half way, for those who prefer more time to shop or simply relax.


Walking with The Alexander Technique

Typical weekend schedule


  •  16:00  Arrivals/welcome/tea and home-made cake

  • 17:30  Gentle evening yoga practice

  • 19:00  Dinner

  • 20:30  Introduction to the Alexander Technique and relaxation practice


  • 7:30   Morning yoga flow

  • 09:00 Breakfast

  • 10:30  Walking with the Alexander Technique journey, including a packed lunch.             Mindful moments in the woods.

  • 15:00  Free time - Tea and home-made cake available

  • 17:00  Evening nurturing yoga practice

  • 18:30  Time to unwind, relax, read a book, go for a wander

  • 19:00  Dinner

  • 20:30 Yoga nidra/meditation


  • 07:30  Morning yoga flow

  • 09:00  Breakfast

  • 10:30   Walking with the Alexander Technique journey, including a packed lunch.             Use of walking poles and enhancing the flow, 'forward and up'

  • 14:00  Gentle stretch/cool down

  • 15:00  Departures and good-byes


            (all activities are optional and subject to change) 

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Meals are to suit all diets, including gluten and dairy free diets and any medical allergies. However, we regret that we are unable to cater for personal preferences or complicated special diets.

Scafell Lodges

These superior rooms are the most spacious and enjoy an extra touch of luxury, situated just a stone’s throw away from the main hall.

 Helvellyn Rooms

These are newly refurbished twins in the Georgian splendour of Brathay Hall

 Loughrigg Rooms

These are a block of cosy single woodland rooms with their own carpark.

The Rooms

Brathay’s comfortable bedrooms are all en-suite and are located in and around the main hall. Most rooms have free wi-fi (except for the Scafell lodges), flat screen TVs, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

If you’re lucky, you might also spot wild deer when you’re gazing out of your bedroom window!


For more information on rooms, you can also visit Brathay’s website: 

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Single (Loughrigg) Room at Brathay Hall.

Dates and Prices

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December 2021

Single Occupancy:

  • Single (Loughrigg room)                            £350

  • Twin/double room (Helvellyn room)             £385

2 people sharing (per person):

  • Superior twin/double room (Scafell Lodge)    £385

Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please indicate your room preference (single - Loughrigg, standard twin – Helvellyn, or superior room – Scafell) when filling in the booking form, stating who you’d like to share with if necessary. 

If you’re travelling alone but would like to share, please tell us at the time of booking and we will match you with a roommate.

Included in the price:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation

  • All meals and including tea, coffee, fruit, snacks

  • All yoga practices and guided walking sessions

What’s not included:

  • Transport to and from the venue

  • Insurance

  • Soft and alcoholic drinks




Spaces are limited. It's advisable to get in touch and book early.

A deposit of £90 is required to secure your place - but please check first for room availability.

You can download a booking form here: 


"Jacqui's ability to read the room and adjust her teaching practise to suit a variety of needs and feelings at the time is intuitive and perceptive and something I have not found in yoga for a long time and Anita's boundless energy and zest for movement and life in itself, is energising and refreshing."