October 18 – 20 Teachers’ Retreat

A warm welcome to Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm and the Autumn retreat for Yoga Teachers and Trainee Teachers, 18 – 20 October 2019.

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, this stay will support you.

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 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 Friday, departure 12.00-ish on Sunday. 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 £195 (2 nights). 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.

Some comments from 2018’s teacher and trainee teacher retreats at Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm

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, and to all the yogis who shared this lovely teachers’ retreat. Jasmine (Ishvari) Teachers’ Retreat, May 2018 

I was at Viveka Gardens for a Yoga Teachers retreat. It was so homely and I loved that it was ashram style so I could really get back into my self practice. The daily routine and general ambiance of this stunning space was one of relaxation and introspection. Fiona is a wonderful yoga teacher too. Highly recommend. Angela, Atherton

Peaceful, inspiring place… I joined Fiona and seven other wonderful people for a Yoga Teacher’s Retreat. It was an amazing experience, exchange of skills and knowledge, boost of confidence and injection of motivation and deep relaxation. The house, yoga studio and food are spectacular! I loved the quiet neighbourhood and beautiful nature all around. Katy, North London

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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 – 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 four vegan meals, fruit, teas




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 group meditation and chanting or yoga nidra mini-workshop

6.00 optional pranyama practice
6.30 meditation walk
8.00 class
10.00 brunch
11.30  workshop

12.30 closing circle and departure