Imbolc & Candlemas Day Retreat Online

This is a day of rest, processing and intuition with yin yoga, meditation walk (I’ll give you a task for you to complete in your landscape), journaling and yoga nidra.

Imbolc is the Celtic cross quarter festival between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It is about the stirring of new life in the earth and the first intimations of spring. We’ll take the theme of fertile darkness. What is it gestating in you, waiting to see the light of spring?
It’s a potent moment of the year with Candlemass too; in the church festival candles symbolise Christ, light of the world, so we’ll use candles to bless ourselves with all that is positive, bringing hope and the knowledge we are loved. Also with the making of a Brigid’s cross, and a workshop to vision your next move, this will be a full, grounding and light-filled day.
Existing students, please make payment and message me for the link.
New to yoga classes with Fiona? Please go here – – to complete the new student form and arrange a pre-class consultation. This not only gives you a chance to explain your needs, wants and any health conditions, but also helps establish rapport between us. In addition, it is an insurance requirement for online sessions. No need to pay via facebook.
For the day you will need:
• A notebook
• A yoga mat, blanket or soft surface to lie on
• A bolster or roll pillows in a towel or small blanket, or put the bundle in a pillowcase, or roll up a heavy blanket. Two such bundles would be good, but can probably manage with one especially if you are more on the short and slim side
• Yoga blocks or cushions, one firm one off the sofa too
• Yoga belt or other long belt or scarf
• eye pillow or scarf to cover your eyes (optional)
• Layers of clothes and an extra blanket for warmth
• Light lunch
Fiona is a trained and experienced facilitator of yin and nidra. Based at her Viveka Gardens Retreat Place in Mid Devon, she brings nature and season-based visualisations to nidra.
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Feedback from the Winter Solstice Day Retreat
Thank you, Fiona, for a very peaceful and heartfelt day.  This is my second workshop with you and  my intention is to book more.  The great sense of serenity and wellness I am experiencing now at the conclusion seems very large and expansive for the relatively short period of time I spent with you and the group.  It has given me exactly what I wanted from it. Elizabeth, Hackney

What can I say, thank you doesn’t seem enough. A fantastic day. My mind has never, I was going to say for the last 2 years, but actually forever felt so rested and calm. I nearly never came, I was feeling very anxious . I’ve tried so many things over the last 2 years and nothing has helped me relax and calm my anxiety like today. Today worked for me because of the way you held the space. I dont know many that can do that and especially online! Sharon, Nailsea

What a wonderful winter solstice retreat! The day felt so relaxing, restorative and insightful. Fiona was a clear, warm and inclusive teacher and I look forward to joining her in future retreats, online, or even better, in person. Mary, Sarratt

Saturday 30th January 2021

10.30 – 4.00pm

Viveka Gardens is keen to make yoga available to all – bursaries for those on benefit/low income Please contact to discuss



10.30 arrival, opening circle

11.00 jounalling – guidance and practice

11.20 yin yoga and check in

12.30 lunch (jounalling maybe too)

1.30 themed meditation walk

2.00 Nidra workshop

3.30 next steps and conclusion

4.00 end