September 7 – 9 Beginners’ Retreat


This is a gentle retreat to welcome tentative newbies, wary rusty people and anyone else tempted but daunted by yoga! You know the benefits but for one reason or another haven’t got round to properly seeing what yoga can do for you. And yes, there’s a lot of lying down.

Come to the tranquil and natural Viveka Gardens, tasteful and comfortable accommodation in 8.5 acres of gardens, fields and woodland. Fiona is an experienced, intuitive and kind teacher who will ensure you move at a comfortable pace through the weekend. Plus lovely vegan food.

Arriving on Friday we’ll have a gentle yoga and yoga nidra in the evening to land and set some intentions for the weekend.

On Saturday morning there’s an introduction to yoga workshop and in the afternoon a meditation workshop. There’s a gentle walk in the evening.

Sunday will be a gentle start, with optional early meditation, another yoga class and some optional gentle work in the garden before departing after lunch.

Accommodation is in simple single-sex dorm style accommodation with shared bathrooms in tasteful and comfortable converted cob barns. There is the Bliss Barn and the Santosha Loft.  Non-caffeinated teas and barley cup, as well as fruit are available all day.

Coaching and 1-1s with Fiona are possible after breakfast and after supper, and at the end of the retreat. If you are coming to yoga it is likely you are looking to make some changes in your life all round. Fiona is an experienced coach, Sankalpa Coaching.

Had a wonderful retreat day at the yoga farm! Fiona (Sundari) was so kind and thoughtful and tailored the yoga classes to our needs. Had delicious indian vegetarian lunch and a walk through the meadows to look at the trees planted. Such a beautiful and healing place with lovely energy. Would highly recommend. K, Exeter

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 B&B

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 

As elderly newcomers to Yoga we had 3 – 90 minute sessions with Fiona. On each visit we became quickly relaxed learning to use muscles we had forgotten existed. The whole experience was in enjoyable surroundings and we felt calm and refreshed by the visits. Fiona is a kind and understanding teacher with whom we look forward to continuing our exploration of Yoga. S & G, Coldridge

Beginners’ Weekend Retreat Investment: £260 

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Viveka Gardens is keen to make yoga available to all so bursaries are available for those on benefit. Please contact to discuss.


Friday 7th September
Arrival from 2pm
4.00 gentle yoga class
6.00 Supper
7.00 intro/tour Viveka Gardens
8.00 yoga nidra – deep relaxation
10pm lights out

Saturday 8th September
7.30 breakfast and free time 6.00 Supper
10.00 Introduction to Yoga Workshop (including break)
1.00 lunch
2.30 Introduction to Meditation Workshop (including break)
5.30 free time
6.30 supper
7.30 optional walk
10pm lights out

Sunday 9th September

7.00 optional group meditation and chanting
7.30 breakfast and free time
10.00 gentle yoga class
11.30 tea and optional karma yoga in the garden or fields
1.00 lunch
2.30 closing meditation and departure

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

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