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UK Yoga and Meditation Retreat

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A unique getaway for healing and soothing the overworked body and mind. Join Samadhi Retreats & Meditation for a relaxing and refreshing weekend meditation retreat in the beautiful and tranquil Charney Manor in the countryside of Oxfordshire. During this retreat, you will be guided in an array of deeply relaxing meditations that allow you to completely unwind and relax and let go of any stress and tension you’re holding. You'll surely leave feeling refreshed, nourished, and stress-free, with new tools to reduce your stress and anxiety and to feel more positive and peaceful.

Meet the instructors

David & Manuel
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Highlights

  • Daily morning Vinyasa yoga sessions
  • Explore the causes of stress, anxiety, and calm and de-stress with Dharma talks
  • 5 sessions with David Johnson, international meditation guide and retreat leader
  • Relaxing guided meditations which are easy to follow and can be practiced at home
  • Have local countryside walks and places of interest nearby
  • 3 acres of beautiful grounds to explore and enjoy
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and snacks
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

3 days with instruction
Group size: 15-22 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

The venue

Set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, Charney Manor offers an attractive rural setting, spacious grounds, and a sense of history. Parts of the manor date back to the 13th century. With its unique atmosphere of peace and tranquillity, tempting homecooked meals, and a warm welcome, this venue is the ideal setting for a weekend of relaxation, reflection, and renewal.

All bedrooms come equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, towels, and complimentary shower gel. Most bedrooms are ensuite, with two having private bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms has very different characteristics, which makes each totally unique. The character and history-filled rooms all benefit from beautiful stone windows with fantastic views over either the extensive front and side gardens, the paddock, or the central courtyard, all of which comes to life in the summer months.

  • Is there parking available?

Yes, the manor has ample free parking available for guests.

  • Is there Wi-Fi available?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available in all facilities and bedrooms.

  • Is there an electric car charging point?

Yes, the venue does have an electric car charging point. There is an additional charge of 5 GBP per full charge organized directly with the venue.

Program

The retreat schedule will consist of a number of inspiring workshops and guided meditations inspired by Buddhist psychology, complimented by laid-back Vinyasa yoga in the morning and countryside walks in the afternoon. The workshops will explore the inner causes of stress, anxiety, and provide you with tips and innovative ways to calm and de-stress at home.

Sample daily schedule

  • 08:00 Morning Vinyasa elements yoga (with Manu)
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Session 1: Meditation and workshop (with David)
  • 11:00 Mid-morning tea, coffee, and biscuits
  • 11:45 - 13:00 Session 2: Meditation and workshop (with David)
  • 13:00 Lunch in the 13th-century dining room
  • 13:30 - 17:00 Free time
  • 15:30 Afternoon tea, coffee, and cake
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Session 3: Meditation and workshop (with David)
  • 18:30 Dinner in the 13th-century dining room
  • 20:30 Evening guided mediation (with David)

Arrival on Friday is from 4 p.m. and the retreat will begin at 6 p.m. with a welcome session and guided meditation and dinner at 7 p.m. You are free to go home after afternoon tea on Sunday, from approximately 3:30 p.m. onwards. You will be provided with a schedule on arrival. During your free time, you can relax, read, or take a walk in the lovely countryside as you wish.

Instructors

David Johnson

Manuel Orozco Jimenez

Location

The grounds

The retreat takes place on three acres of beautiful grounds that include mature trees, horse paddock, a secret garden, a fruit orchard, and tranquil seating areas, which all guests are welcome to explore and enjoy. There are also lovely walks through the old village and along the meandering river, Ock.

Local interest

As well as guests being able to participate in a variety of local countryside walks, starting at the manor, there are also places of interest nearby. Charney Bassett has a lovely family-run village pub. This is a few minutes walk away from the manor and has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

The White Horse Hill, located in the small village of Uffington, is an incredible sight to see. Wayland’s Smithy is a neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb site near White Horse Hill and Uffington Castle. The historic Kelmscott Manor is also a short distance away. The historical city of Oxford is just 23 minutes away by car.

Distances

  • Oxford - 23 minutes
  • Cardiff - 1 hour and 49 minutes
  • London - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Southampton - 1 hour and 12 minutes

Food

The retreat is fully catered with fresh and enticing vegan delicacies. Meals consist of a continental breakfast, two-course lunches, and two-course evening meals with a choice of desserts. There will also be mid-morning and afternoon tea, coffee, and homemade cookies or cakes. All meals are freshly prepared to the highest quality and cooked on site.

Can Samadhi cater to dietary requirements?

Yes, the private chef does cater to a wide variety of dietary requirements. Please ensure you have submitted your dietary information at the time of booking to make sure that the private chef caters accordingly. If a diet is extremely specialized, then there may be a supplementary charge of 7.20 GBP per 24 hours.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Relaxing and restoring Vinyasa yoga sessions every morning
  • 5 sessions with international meditation guide and retreat leader, David Johnson
  • Relaxing guided meditations which are easy to follow and can be practiced at home
  • Dharma talks (Exploring the causes of stress, anxiety, and tips to calm and de-stress at home)
  • Bonus 5-week online Mindful Living course for free
  • 2 nights accommodation in en-suite bedrooms
  • Tea, coffee, and cake on arrival
  • Daily continental breakfast with a wide selection of items to choose from
  • Daily mid-morning tea, coffee, and homemade cookies
  • Daily 2-course freshly prepared lunch served in the 13th-century dining room
  • Daily afternoon tea, coffee, and homemade cake
  • Daily 2-course freshly prepared dinner in the 13th-century dining room
  • Complimentary car parking for the duration of your stay (electric car charging available)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in all delegated bedrooms
  • A chance to discuss with others and ask questions

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Any transfer to and from the venue
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions

Charney Manor is readily accessible by car from the M40 and the M4. It is 12 miles from Oxford and from Didcot railway stations; there is a bus service from Oxford to Southmoor, just two miles away.

  • When is the arrival time?

Arrival is from 4 p.m. on Friday. On arrival, go straight to "Reception" where you will be greeted by the venue hosts. They will show you to your room and the welcome area for tea, coffee, and biscuits. The introductory session will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

  • What happens if you arrive late?

Please advise Samadhi in advance if you expect to be delayed. This will allow them to make arrangements for your key to be left in the reception, access will be available to you where you will find your bedroom details, directions to your bedroom, and details of how to access your bedroom.

If you are likely to arrive after dinner, they will make sure that your meal is plated for you and left in the guest fridge in the dining room. Once you have found your bedroom, then you can arrange to have your meal in the dining room. There is also a microwave for guests to use.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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Special discount

The prices below included an special discount of 100 GBP per person, to benefit book at least 2 months before your preferred retreat start date. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 15 participants

Sunday August 7, 2022
(3 days / 2 nights)

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