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Meditation and Yoga Retreat UK

During this retreat, led by Buddhist meditation teacher, David Johnson, and accredited yoga teacher, Manu Orozco, you will explore methods for cultivating tranquillity (Shamatha) and insight (Vipassana) through body, breath, and mind. David will explore the ancient teachings and practices of Shamatha and its union with vipassana. These practices are designed to help you unwind, let go of stress and worry, and cultivate mental and emotional balance. With a calm, clear, and focused mind, you will then venture into Vipassana - getting to know yourselves better, cultivating inner resilience, and learning new ways of relating to challenge and change.

Meet the instructors

David & Manuel
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Highlights

  • Mornings of Noble Silence
  • Pranayama session in the afternoon
  • Deepen your experience of meditation
  • Daily relaxing and restoring Vinyasa yoga sessions
  • Local countryside walks and places of interest nearby
  • A chance to discuss with others and ask questions
  • Fully catered with freshly-prepared vegan meals
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 21 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

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.

Program

This retreat will have periods of silence, usually the mornings until lunch, after which silence is broken and open discussion is encouraged. Manu will share practical breathing and asana practices from the yogic traditions which enable you to deepen your tranquillity and enhance your concentration. The soothing and healing yoga sessions also help to improve physical flexibility, strength, and resistance.

Typical schedule:

Day 1

  • 16:00 Check-in and arrival
  • 15:45 - 19:00 Introduction
  • 19:00 Dinner in the 13th Century Dining Room
  • 20:30 Evening guided mediation (with David) (Body Scan)

Day 2

  • 08:00 Morning Vinyasa Elements yoga (with Manu)
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Session 1: Meditation and Workshop (with David) (MoB - Whole Body) (45 minutes remaining)
  • 11:00 Mid-morning tea, coffee, and biscuits
  • 11:45 - 13:00 Session 2: Meditation and Workshop (with David) (MoB - Abdomen) (30 minutes remaining)
  • 13:00 Lunch in the 13th Century dining room
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Pranayama (with Manu)
  • 15:30 Afternoon tea, coffee, and cake
  • 17:00 - 18:!5 Session 3: Meditation and Workshop (with David) (MoB - Nostrils) (30 minutes remaining)
  • 18:30 Dinner in the 13th Century dining room
  • 20:30 Evening Vinyasa Elements yoga (with Manu)

Day 3

  • 08:00 Morning Vinyasa Elements yoga (with Manu)
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Session 4: Meditation and Workshop (with David) (Mindfulness of the Body) (45 minutes remaining)
  • 11:00 Mid-morning tea, coffee, and biscuits
  • 11:45 - 13:00 Session 5: Meditation and Workshop (with David) (Mindfulness of the Body) (30 minutes remaining)
  • 13:00 Lunch in the 13th Century dining room
  • 14:45 - 15:30 Afternoon Vinyasa yoga (with Manu)
  • 15:30 Afternoon tea, coffee, and cake
  • 17:00 - 18:15 Session 6: Meditation and Workshop (with David)(Mindfulness of Mental Events) (30 minutes remaining)
  • 18:30 Dinner in the 13th Century dining room
  • 20:30 Yogic breathing and singing bowl experience (with David & Manu)

Day 4

  • 08:00 Morning Vinyasa Elements yoga (with Manu)
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:45 - 11:00 Session 7: Meditation and Workshop (with David) (Mindfulness of Phenomena) (30 minutes remaining)
  • 11:00 Mid-morning tea, coffee, and biscuits
  • 11:45 - 13:00 Session 8: Meditation and Workshop (with David) (30 minutes remaining)
  • 13:00 Lunch in the 13th Century dining room
  • 15:00 - 15:50 Final goodbye session
  • 16:00 End of retreat

Instructors

David Johnson

Manuel Orozco Jimenez

Location

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 home-cooked meals, and a warm welcome, this venue is the ideal setting for a retreat of relaxation, reflection, and renewal.

The Grounds

The retreat takes place on three acres of beautiful grounds that include mature trees, a 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 walks 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.

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

What's included

  • Tea, coffee, and cake on arrival
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Continental breakfast with a wide selection of items to choose from
  • Mid-morning tea, coffee, and homemade cookies
  • Two course freshly prepared lunches served in the 13th-century Dining Room
  • Afternoon tea, coffee, and homemade cake
  • 2-course freshly prepared dinners 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
  • Relaxing and restoring vinyasa yoga sessions every morning
  • Vinyasa yoga sessions in the afternoon
  • Pranayama sessions in the evening
  • Workshops 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
  • Mornings of Noble Silence
  • A chance to discuss with others and ask questions
  • 3 acres of beautiful grounds to explore and enjoy
  • Local countryside walks and places of interest nearby
  • BONUS* - 5-week online Mindful Living course for free

What's not included

  • Travel costs
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR). You can also book your flight to arrive at Birmingham Airport (BHX) or Bristol Airport (BRS). Please contact Samadhi Retreats & Meditation for more information. 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 2 miles away.

Driving by car:

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% 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.
4 days / 3 nights
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Thursday March 31, 2022
(4 days / 3 nights)

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