April 14 – 17 Retreat for Yoga Teachers and Trainees

A warm welcome to Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm retreat for Yoga Teachers and Trainee Teachers.

Currently these retreats are still going ahead. Please have a look at Coronavirus: information and guidance

An opportunity to practice the ashram day, take a turn at teaching or leading a workshop, take part in co-mentorship, relax with your peers, gain spiritual nourishment and recharge. As we’ll be sharing good practice you can add it to your continuing professional development. If you’re a beginner teacher, rusty or for some reason have lost confidence, then this stay will support you. If you’re experienced you’ll get fresh input and the chance to maybe try out a new offering.

This retreat is at a reduced price to reflect we’ll be sharing the teaching and mucking in to maintain our container and mini-community. The schedule, approach and ethos is based on the ashram tradition; teachers from all schools and approaches are more than welcome in a spirit of sharing.

Be prepared to teach a class or lead a workshop and to join the karma yoga rota for cooking and cleaning, ashram-style. It’ll be a very light load with everyone involved.


Arrival from 2 on Tuesday and departure 1.00-ish on Friday. See link for full info and booking form. Anyone who would like to arrive a couple of days earlier for karma yoga is MOST welcome!  There will be garden work and house chores to do. Retreat finishes in time for a visit to the beach, walk on Dartmoor or early return home.

There is space for 8 people, and the reduced cost price is £295 (3 nights). I’m looking for the least amount of faffing, dear yogis, so to reserve your place sooner rather than later here is a booking form with payment options. You can also secure your place with £150 non-returnable deposit and pay the balance by 30th March.

Go to the accommodation pages and instagram page to see what it’s like here at Viveka Gardens.

Be in touch with any questions.

Next Teachers and Trainees’ Retreat 28 – 31 August Bank Holiday

Some comments from 2019’s teacher and trainee teacher retreats at Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm

‘Loved the Teacher Retreat! Thank you Fiona Sundari Law for this chance to share our teachings and soak up each others knowledge. This combined with the beautiful surroundings, the delicious vegan cooking, time to reflect and just ‘be’ and having ‘new friends’ to bounce ideas off made it the perfect recipe. Highly recommended for inspiration, nourishment and a little glow.’ Gina Hayes, Sunshine Yoga, Totnes

‘I was very much in need of a recharge, on a multitude of levels and coming on this Yoga teachers retreat has been a real joy and pleasure, I feel like I have got some bounce back. Its been needed time for “being” after too much busyness doing! Peaceful, lovely simple space; nourishing, supportive, comfortable surroundings, nice beds, nice nutrient-dense vegan food made with love and care. I thoroughly enjoyed that we all got to offer a class workshop to the group and learnt and shared in a non-judgement and supportive environment. Nice being in a small but varied group of teachers, from Newbies to highly experienced and long-standing teachers.🙏🏻 Thank YOU Fiona Sundari Law huge hugs with much gratitude X’ Susannah Nelson, Body Mind Unwind in the Midlands

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Teachers’ Retreat August 28 – 31
Please bring:

  • sun hat and cream if you use it
  • wellies and water proofs
  • slippers
  • layers
  • mat, cushion, shawl
  • flowers and/or fruits for the altar
  • if you have a sweet tooth, bring extras for yourself or to share

We cook and eat together, sharing the same food. Please respect the vegan yogi diet here (no alliums, caffeine, milk, eggs etc). Please practise mouna from end of evening meditation til after morning meditation.

Car sharing is strongly encouraged so let Fiona know on the booking form if you need/can offer a lift or could pick up from Exeter or Crediton station. See contact page for directions.


comfortable, calm and cosy dorm accommodation no bunk beds, vegan meals, fruit, teas



retreat for yoga teachers

Arrival from 2pm
4.00 yoga class
6.00 Supper
7.00 intro/tour Viveka Gardens
8.00 opening circle, meditation
10pm lights out

6.00 optional pranyama practice
6.30 group meditation and chanting
8.00 yoga class 
10.00 brunch
11.30 karma yoga 
1.00 workshop
2.30 personal study/walk/work in the garden
4.00 yoga class
6.00 supper
7.30 meditation walk

Thursday as Weds with maybe a Dartmoor walk or seaside trip after brunch

6.00 optional pranyama practice
6.30 meditation walk
8.00 class
10.00 brunch
11.30 closing circle and departure

Santosha Loft accommodation at Viveka Gardens