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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 28th to Monday 1st May 2023

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.

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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.

Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one (though we can provide one if you're intending to travel light!).  Other yoga equipment is provided (brick, block, strap, scented eye pillow... and a few blankets), but you may prefer to bring your own if you have any. 

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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) 

  • 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) 

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

  • 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

  • 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. 

Baladeulyn - formerly called Plas (all en-suite)                  

This is the main house overlooking the lake, mountains and gardens.
All bedrooms are on the first floor with either a bath with shower attachment or a shower. They are spacious rooms and all beautifully furnished.  
All have tea and coffee making facilities.

There are 3 single rooms available and 4 twin rooms.

 

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

typical twin room

typical single room

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Dates and Prices

Friday 28th - Monday 1st May 2023

Single Occupancy

  • Baladeulyn single                       £615

Sharing a Room

  • Baladeulyn twin                        £575

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

TESTIMONIALS

"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."