31 July – 2 August High Summer Yoga and Food Growing Retreat

A warm welcome to the Yoga and food growing retreat at Viveka Gardens

Yoga and food growing! Connect and ground yourself. Enjoy the peace of rural mid-Devon and soak in the prana of nature.

Full harvest abundance and a ripening feel to the days, basking in sunshine with all abuzz. It’s Lammas (or loaf-mass): bringing in what we’ve sown and giving thanks. With yoga, nidra and meditation we’ll also acknowledge the ‘dark harvest’ – that which hasn’t come to fruition. Glorious summer, hammock swinging, taking in the rays…relax. A chance to unwind and revive. We’ll be doing yoga, gardening, cooking, eating, practicing yoga nidra and meditating together. There will be time for rest and personal reflection too.

You’ll have a chance to deepen your understanding of yoga and develop some horticultural skills. Seasonal jobs include: sowing, pricking out (yes, that’s an actual term), planting seedlings, harvesting, pruning, weeding and soil preparation. Read Fiona’s blog The Joy of Germination for more about how yoga and food growing come together

These retreats are for people at mixed levels of yoga experience and options will be given in the class. As ever, maturity in practice is about breath awareness and connection, which will be facilitated whatever the fitness and mobility. Small group: only eight people residential stay

It is also possible to do Saturday as a Day retreat, 10.30 – 17.00, £50

Viveka Gardens: a retreat place where community and visitors can ground themselves through yoga practices growing and nature connection, and so connect with their true self to embody peace and unity

Yogic diet
A yogic diet uplifts and gives energy. We eat fresh, wholesome, delicious vegan food made with mainly local organic veg and organic ingredients. Recipes for prana and read more about the veganyogi diet.

Yoga and food growing
Fiona is both a very experienced yoga teacher and has worked in food growing. As well as having taught the RHS Certificate in Horticulture at London’s Agricultural College, Capel Manor, she co-ordinated a range of growing projects.

Peaceful, inspiring place…The house, yoga studio and food are spectacular! I loved the quiet neighbourhood and beautiful nature all around. Katy, North London

The property consists of two four-hundred year-old barns, in traditional Devon cob, tastefully and comfortably converted within the last 10 years. A contemporary conservatory links the accommodation and this is where we often eat. Click here to see the various accommodation options, for sleeping.

Extend your stay – bespoke yoga retreat
If you’d like to make your trip to Viveka Gardens longer contact us for basic B&B rates, bespoke yoga or coaching sessions

Retreat information, rules and Ts & Cs
The purpose of a retreat is to leave behind mundane matters to go within and find inspiration. At Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm we facilitate a space for this.

Car sharing and use of public transport is encouraged. Please see the booking form to offer/ask for lifts.

I stayed at Fiona’s yoga farm for just one night, but felt like I’d really found a home and that I’d been there a week. It was so utterly beautiful and had a peace and serenity that meant I slept and slept and woke so refreshed. It was wonderful to meet Fiona too, to be made so welcome, to feel so relaxed, and to have so many fascinating conversations. I will definitely return! R, Oxford

What Sundari has created here is really special! So much thought and wisdom put into making a spiritual and cleansing environment… I felt welcomed and accepted – and left feeling refreshed. Thank you. Jasmine

High Summer Yoga and Food Growing Retreat

31 July – 2 August

Cost £275

Day Retreat 1st August £50



Arrival from 3pm
4.00 yoga class
6.00 Supper
7.00 intro/tour Viveka Gardens
8.00 short group meditation
10pm lights out

6.30 optional group meditation
7.30 breakfast and free time

10.15 day retreatants arrive for
10.30 yoga class and short yoga nidra
12.30 lunch
2.00 food growing workshop
3.30 yoga class
5.00 departure for day retreatants with option to stay for
6.00 supper
8.00 meditation walk locally

6.30 optional group meditation
7.30 breakfast and free time or gentle tasks in the garden alongside Fiona
10.00 yoga class
11.30 rest or walk
12.30 lunch
1.30 – 2.00 departure

There is also the option to stay for a 1-1 session of yoga or coaching with Fiona

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