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Yoga and Walking with the Alexander Technique retreat

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Snowdonia spring 4-day retreat 

Aerial view of Trigonos retreat centre

Friday 8th to Monday 11th April 2022

A beautiful part of the world, with stunning views, gorgeous food, and a reputation that ensures people keep coming back year after year - you won't be disappointed!

Trigonos is a not for profit retreat centre, based on social and environmental responsibility. The beautiful buildings are located on an 18 acre estate in a magical and quiet valley in Snowdonia, the Nantille valley. The nearest railway station is Bangor, 12.6 miles away.  If you are travelling by public transport, we will try to connect you with anyone else, to share the cost of the taxi journey.

 

The buildings and grounds border a lake, with a superb view of the west face of Snowdon. Most of the delicious vegetarian and vegan food is sourced from the gardens on their grounds, which are a joy to wander around, especially the meadowland which leads down to the lakeside. 

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.

Anita at Trigonos

Practice space at Trigonos

The Practice Space

Our space for practicing is a light and airy studio, with under-floor heating.  Huge windows provide excellent natural light and a view of the lake and mountains.

It’s advisable to bring your own mats and blankets - but we have all other props. There will be some spares on hand too (sanitised of course) just in case, so don’t worry about that.

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Walking with The Alexander Technique

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 Snowdonia’s scenic cafés.

 

Typical weekend schedule

FRIDAY

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

  • 17:30    Gentle evening yoga practice

  • 19:00    Dinner

  • 20:30   Short Alexander relaxation practice

SATURDAY

  • 07:30    Morning vinyasa yoga flow

  • 08.45    Breakfast

  • 10:00   Walking with The Alexander Technique (take packed lunch) walk from       Trigonos, around Mynydd Y Cilgwyn, through the fascinating UNESCO recognised slate landscape, ( approximately 9 kms, 200metres ascent )

  • 15:30    Free time, including drinks and home-made cake

  • 17:30    Evening nurturing yoga practice

  • 19:00    Dinner

  • 20:30   Yoga nidra/meditation

SUNDAY

  • 07:30   Morning vinyasa yoga flow

  • 08.45   Breakfast

  • 10:00   Walking with The Alexander Technique (take packed lunch) minibus drop off at Rhyd Ddu, walk up through forest to Bwlch Y Moch, views of Snowdon, then down the stunning Nantille valley to Trigonos (approximately 8kms, 100 metres ascent, 250 descent)

  • 15:30    Free time, including drinks and home-made cake 

  •          (Thai Yoga Massage treatments available at additional cost) 

  • 17.30    Evening nurturing yoga practice

  • 19:00   Dinner

  • 20:30  Fire ceremony

MONDAY

  • 07:30   Morning vinyasa yoga flow

  • 08.45   Breakfast

  • 10:00   Applying Alexander Technique into daily life and/or free time

  •          (Thai Yoga Massage treatments available at additional cost) ​

  • 13:00   Lunch

  • 14:00   Departures and good-byes

(All activities are optional and subject to change)

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Meals

If you've never eaten at Trigonos before, then you're in for a real treat as the food is exceptional. Meals are vegetarian with an emphasis on fresh produce which are home-grown according to organic principles in their own gardens. Trigonos chefs are also very experienced in creatively meeting a wide range of essential dietary needs including vegan, gluten-free and many others relating to significant health issues such food allergies, coeliac disease and the like.

Delicious cakes are baked daily and there's always a wide range of teas and coffees, including caffeine free and herbal.

The Rooms

All rooms are comfortable, cosy and full of character and offer wi-fi throughout. Since Trigonos is purpose-built for retreats, there are no television or bar facilities, but guests are welcome to bring alcohol if they wish. 

Dol Wennol - (non – en suite) is a single storey building with access from the Courtyard, with views of gardens and the orchard.  Twin and single rooms available.
Bedrooms share 2 showers and 2 WC’s

Dol Gwydion - recently refurbished single rooms and all en-suite.

Tea and coffee making facilities are always available in both buildings.

If you are coming on your own and would like to share a twin, we will do our best to match you up with a room-mate of the same gender, but we may not be able to guarantee this.

 

For more information on rooms, you can also visit the Trigonos website: 

Dol Wennon twin

dol wennon single

dol gwydion single en-suite

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Dates and Prices

Friday 8th - Monday 11th April 2022

Single Occupancy

  • Dol Wennon (with shared facilities)                        £550

  • Dol Gwydion (en-suite and newly refurbished)          £575

Sharing a Room

  • Dol Wennon – Twin room with shared facilities         £535

Please note - this is a women only retreat, therefore if you are single and would like to share a room, be assured you will only be sharing with another woman.

Included in the price:

  • 3 nights’ accommodation

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

  • All yoga practices and guided walking sessions

What’s not included:

  • Transport to and from the venue

  • Insurance

  • Alcoholic drinks

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

A non-refundable deposit of £120 is required to secure your place.

 

Mobile: 07835685123 or email jacq@yogasapien.co.uk