May 4 – 6 Yoga Teachers’ Retreat

A warm welcome to Viveka Gardens for Yoga Teachers. A chance to practice the ashram day, take a turn at teaching and/or cooking, relax with your peers, gain spiritual nourishment and recharge. As we’ll be sharing good practice you can add it to CPD hours. 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 will be based on the Sivananda tradition; teachers from other traditions and approaches are 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 Friday, departure 4.30-ish on Sunday. Anyone who would like to arrive a couple of days earlier and/or stay later for karma yoga is MOST welcome!  There will be garden work and house chores to do.

Please bring:

  • wellies and water proofs
  • slippers
  • layers
  • mat, cushion, shawl
  • flowers and/or fruits for the altar if you can manage it
  • 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 – let Fiona know if you need/can offer a lift or could pick up from Exeter or Crediton station. See contact page for directions.

There is space for 8 people, and the reduced cost price is £108. I’m looking for the least amount of faffing, dear yogis, so to reserve your place sooner rather than later here is a form with payment options.

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

Be in touch with any questions.

Swami Sivananda 1887 – 1963

Swami Vishnudevananda 1927 – 1993

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

Booking form with payment options


Friday 4th May
Arrival from 2pm
4.00 yoga class
6.00 Supper
7.00 intro/tour Viveka Gardens
8.00 group meditation and chanting
10pm lights out

Saturday 5th May
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 group meditation and chanting or yoga nidra mini-workshop

Sunday 6th May
6.00 optional pranyama practice
6.30 meditation walk
8.00 class
10.00 brunch
11.30 karma yoga 
1.00 workshop
2.30 yoga class
4.00 closing meditation and departure