some nice comments…

I recently signed up for the Newbies Yoga class with Fiona. It was an online class and as a complete beginner I was a little apprehensive about starting, but Fiona soon put all of us ‘Newbies” at ease. Each session was relaxed and informative, Fiona talked to us about each of the postures, demonstrating each move before talking us through step by step. We have covered yoga postures and stretches, yogic breathing techniques and more. Fiona is a wonderful teacher, generous with her knowledge and experience and exudes an air calm. I would still class myself as a beginner at yoga but I am looking forward to continuing my yoga journey with Fiona. If you are looking for a yoga teacher, either online or face to face, I urge you to contact Fiona at Viveka Gardens, you won’t regret it. Lisa, South Molton

Thank you again for last evening it was just what I have been looking for and more! I am so grateful to have been able to experience your teaching already. The pace was perfect and even though we were on zoom you created a very safe and nurturing space. I normally find zoom to feel quiet an invasive vehicle by which to communicate. However yoga via zoom was actually wonderful. All of the normal inhibitions I experience in a group exercise class  were non-existent. This I believe is partly because of your attentiveness and care but also because I was able to be in my own home. I am amazed at how much I enjoyed this first session and cannot wait to come back again on Monday. Tracey, Taunton 

I slept wonderfully after the workshop and am doing since!
I found my thoughts really interesting during the class as I am not happy at work at the present and I don’t know quite how to deal with it and I felt this was a huge conundrum. Usually when trying to meditate keeping negative thoughts out is difficult but on Saturday only pleasant positive thoughts came into my head. I think that was the answer to my conundrum – step back from work some what and concentrate and focus on the positive things outside of work. I just need to practice it now!! I have put the next Friday Night Nidra in my diary. Susan, Bromley after Yin & Nidra Workshop

online class reviews

“I’m not a very techy person so Fiona’s suggestion of yoga via Zoom online made me wonder if I could deal with the tech set-up…but it was so easy, couldn’t believe it when, after following a handful of links, I’d done it! And how glad am I that I did? When everything else is shutting down round about, there’s still something healthy, engaging and fun to look forward to on Monday nights! It works really well, try it!” Susie, Bondleigh

“We had our first online class last night and I’m really positive about it. I don’t want to do without my yoga. It’s not quite the same as being together and I’m aware I lose a bit of concentration but the benefits are as good as before” Anna, Throwleigh

“Many thanks for the online session last night. I don’t how you kept your eyes on all of us, it was great. To me it was not “mechanical” and really felt like you were in the room with me. I also felt the presence of the others” Adrian, Lapford

“It’s really easy to get on to Zoom and the sound and vision is great. I need to sort out my space a bit but I’m looking forward to this and will probably do more classes now I don’t have to drive at night” Andy, South Tawton

“I had my first online yoga session with Fiona today and the technology did not fail me! It was a revelation to be able to have a live yoga session in my own home, with Fiona making comments on postures etc as if she were in the same room with me and the other participants. While they might take a bit of getting used to, I think the online lessons will be good as they’ll mean I’m not restricted by geography and can log into a different session if I can’t make my normal one on Tuesday morning. I think they’ll really help in the difficult months ahead. As I’m not very good at practising yoga alone, without the online classes I would probably just drift into giving up completely. Thanks Fiona!” Emma, Coldridge

I was really looking forward to today to give myself time to understand the menopause, how it is impacting me and how I can embrace it. This retreat has allowed me to reflect and look forward to the future, learning in a wonderfully safe environment. The yin yoga and nidra, tasty lunch, meditation walk combined with Ellen’s talk on diet has inspired me. Thank you. Ingrid, Morchard Road

Thank you for such a lovely day! I feel like I have reconnected with myself again. This retreat was just what I needed – a nurturing space to give myself. I loved the variety of the day – the yoga, the fascinating talk on nutrition, the meditation walk and the delicious homemade food. I will be recommending to my friends. It was great to meet some lovely new faces too. Sarah, Chagford

It has been truly valuable to reconnect with myself in a very safe an nurturing environment. I’ve really gained a lot from the yoga and the information on nutrition. Thank you! Sarah, North Tawton

This has been a really special day exploring the menopause with so many layers of richness. Fiona holds the space in such an intuitive and safe way and I had the opportunity really explore aspects of myself. Thank you. Rachel, Exeter

I loved the Gentle Retreat Day, linked with a grounded connection with nature. I particularly enjoyed the meditation walk and guided yoga nidra session where I felt light, centred and peaceful – can’t wait to practise more!  Elizabeth, Chulmleigh

I found the Gentle Yoga Day Retreat at Viveka Gardens a really inspiring and enjoyable day. As I had hoped, it was a great introduction/reminder of the benefits of practising yoga but also provided a fascinating historical context which will definitely enhance my practice. The meditation walk around the fields at Viveka Farm on such a beautifully sunny day was truly enchanting and the Yoga Nidra was relaxing beyond description! As well as being an inspiring and encouraging teacher, Fiona’s extensive knowledge and experience of yoga provided many valuable insights into both theory and practice.
And the food was amazing! Lesley, Morchard Bishop

With her knowledge and scope for variety, Fiona’s yoga classes are health-giving and life-affirming in their comfort, range and challenge. It’s wonderful to share the experience with a group who smile at familiar faces and welcome new ones. Marina, Chagford

The atmosphere is gentle, positive and affirmative and the the sessions are joyful while extending our ability to hold the poses. Taken together with the relaxation and breathing exercises I come out relaxed and positive, looking forward to the next session with this great group led by a joyful, effective teacher. Linda, Chagford

The Quiet Day at Viveka Gardens provided me with the rest and reflection I really needed. The environment, food and retreat schedule were perfect. The Yoga nidra session and meditative walk were really special. Fiona holds a safe and open space so well. What a lovely day for Autumn reflection. Esme, Ashburton

The quiet day has felt so nourishing and gentle. I feel I’ve been held in a beautiful, safe space for the day. This has enabled deeper reflection to allow things to surface and come to light. The surroundings are beautiful, nestled the depths of Devon, with delicious vegan food and wonderful gardens. The unique combination of yoga, vegan food and gardening is just wonderful! I feel deeply rested and nourished after my day here. Thank you so much. Rosie, Dolton

The Quiet Day was one of my best experiences in yoga. The whole day was brilliant and went only too quickly. Warm, safe and very welcoming and the food was amazing. I will definitely return. Brie, Melksham

A day might not seem like a long time but it only takes a moment for things change in your life. At Viveka Gardens Fiona cultivates in some magical a way a quiet day where these moments of importance and change seem to be pulled out of your heart and gently presented to you. It was a peacefully emotional day, a day which I feel will be very important to me. Also, the food was an unbelievably delicious, healthy vegan feast. (Quiet Day) Helen, Manchester

Viveka Gardens provides the perfect sanctuary. It is brimming with the sights and sounds of nature which you can soak up helping in Fiona’s garden or going for a scenic stroll in the woods. I have been truly spoint by the tasty vegan dishes daily which luckily include fresh fruit and veg from her garden!  I wholeheartedly recommend the Quiet Day Retreat. Fiona has a gift for holding asafe, warm and supportive space in which to delve into some inner work. Her yin yoga and yoga nidra practices are beautifully guided and held, and have given me clarity and healing.  Abbi, London

I love coming back here as it always allows me to drop back to my true self. Viveka Gardens offers back to basics essentials: good food, good company and delicious yoga practices. It’s a sanctuary away from everyday life and allows the opportunity to stop, reflect and have real introspection.  Sharon, Bristol

Viveka Gardens is than extraordinary place to discover yourself and reconnect to nature. The quiet surroundings and beautiful Devonshire countryside offer real insight – in more ways than one! From the moment I arrived, the expansive stillness was echoed in the retreat. Fiona’s clear communication and instruction meant the day was predominantly in silence. This offered an opportunity for true connection for fellow retreaters and myself. She carefully and masterfully led us through a yin and nidra yoga session. This aided me to arrive at various conclusions and release emotions in the safe space which was created. This retreat will resonate with me for many years and I believe it will have a profound impact on my life. Fiona is professional, caring, nurturing and an incredible yoga teacher.  Oh, and did I mention the food? DELICIOUS vegan lunch/snacks as well as some Ayurveda knowledge from Fiona! I would highly recommend this retreat for anyone looking for clam, release and a space to share. Zach, London

I had 3 1-1 sessions at Viveka Gardens to help me build the confidence to practice yoga alone at home. Fiona is a very warm and welcoming person and an amazing teacher with a vast amount of knowlegde and experience to share. The yoga sudio is in a wonderfully peaceful location, It is full of natural light. Fiona has created a relaxing and inspiring environment to learn and practice in. Matt, Crediton

A beautiful, calm and relaxed space. Cool, peaceful and simple design. Bed was really comfortable, and the sleeping area had a positive vibe. Delicious food, especially the lemon shortbread and Shepherdess Pie! Liz, Exeter, bespoke retreat

We had our 2019 staff retreat at Viveka Gardens, and to date it was the best one we have had. The simplicity and the comfort of the space meant that we could focus our energy on our planning and thinking, knowing that our food was being prepared for us and we had yoga and relaxation to look forward to. Fiona is a compassionate host and looked after us so well. We came away energised and alert to what we needed to do going forwards. An absolute joy to spend time in touch with nature and ourselves Sara Bennett, CEO Balloons Charity for Bereaved Children

It’s my third retreat here now I think! I love Viveka Gardens and whether it’s a yoga teachers’ retreat, or a general retreat, it’s just what I need to recharge my batteries, connect with people, and immerse myself in my yoga practice. Beautiful space, great food and atmosphere. Camilla, Buckfastleigh

Spent a weekend at Viveka Gardens which is nestled in the beautiful Devonshire countryside. Fiona was welcoming and is full of knowledge and wisdom which she teaches and embodies. The energy of the farm impacted me immediately and was the perfect space and time to relax and heal. Definitely recommend visiting. Leela, Yoga teacher, Winchester

A wonderful yoga retreat in a quiet corner of Devon. Fiona teaches yin yoga and hatha yoga from the heart, and can tell you lots about sustainable food growing too. The farm is a lovely place, away from it all – as soon as you walk in you relax. Warmly recommended 🕉 Esther, yoga teacher, Yoga and food Growing Retreat

A little slice of paradise, we loved it. Amazing venue, we even discovered our horticultural abilities, and the Yoga and the vegan food were excellent. We will definitely be back. Thanks so much Fiona for a wonderful day and the introduction to Yin Yoga Roberto, Madrid Yoga and food Growing Retreat

So, I have been to my second yoga class at The Clubhouse Chagford with Fiona. I doubt I am the most flexible participant or certainly not the youngest but I loved it. Fiona managed to make us all feel that our levels of participation were encouraged and appreciated. I think we all felt good about our part in the practice whatever our level of ability.The atmosphere was gentle, positive and affirmative and the the session was joyful while extending our ability to hold the poses. Taken together with the relaxation and breathing exercises I came out relaxed and positive, looking forward to the next session with this great group led by a joyful, effective teacher. L, Chagford

I signed up to do some 1-1 yoga sessions with Fiona to brush up my practice after a few years lapse. I found her an ideal teacher because she was open to my story and we worked on a routine that enabled me to continue alone at home. She knew when to push me a little further but was also sensitive to my limitations (arthritic hip). She’s very experienced and generous with her knowledge and the sessions with her are a great joy. S, Black Dog

A lovely relaxed day of learning. Nothing felt rushed but everything got done. Learning through doing as well as theory. And delicious food! Thank you (Eat for your Dosha Cooking Workshop)

Fantastic day of coming together to prepare, cook and eat delicious wholesome food. Fiona’s place fees like is designed specifically for what she offers. Fiona is a person so warm and welcoming. She is very in tune to each person’s needs. I would highly recommend Fiona’s retreats and I hope I am lucky enough to return. (Eat for your Dosha Cooking Workshop)

Very enjoyable day, well-organised and lots of healthy recipes. It was fun to cook with others. Thank you. (Eat for your Dosha Cooking Workshop)

The day was so well prepared which meant we were all focused and fell into sharing the experience from the moment we men in the kitchen. Beautiful combinations of ingredients, delicious result! Thank you, Susy, Black Dog

Great day. Explanations about Ayurvedic way, doshas and food qualities – all done in a non-judgemental encouraging way. Delicious food and interesting group discussions. Come with an empty belly! (Eat for your Dosha Cooking Workshop)

Friendly, heartwarming, genuine and the perfect place to heal body mind and soul. Fiona is very welcoming, and I found Viveka Gardens to be a beautiful oasis of peace, calm and serenity, and also a place to refocus, and re-energise. I felt at home, and will definitely be returning. Highly recommended . I’m not hugely experienced with yoga practice, but have to say Fiona is an excellent teacher, and the health benefits from my session lasted several weeks. The communal meal afterwards ( a delicious and hearty vegan soup ) was also well worth staying for. Thank you Fiona. Liz, Spreyton

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

Thank you Fiona for a very enlightening day. I learn a lot more about yoga than I expected to and will work towards to continuing development of my understanding of yoga practice. Although this was a menopause day I got more out of that just help with understanding menopause and the symptoms. It was a privilege to be able to share stories with the other women. I look forward to returning in the spring. Julie, Newton St Cyres

Really lovely day. Not quite what I expected, but I really got a lot from the day, and plenty to think and reflect on… Lovely supportive group, sharing experiences was helpful and interesting. Caroline, Morchard Road

Another lovely, deeply nurturing day. Gentle yoga and wonderful yoga nidra practices. Enjoyable walk outside, spending tie in nature. Fiona guided us through our menopause experience and shared he wisdom. Highly enjoyable and recommended. Thank you J Ooh and gorgeous food again! Lou, Halwill Junction

The retreat was in a beautiful location, the yoga room was peaceful and the food throughout the day was tasty and nutritious! Fiona has a lovely voice and found myself relaxing deeply during the nidra sessions. The day was a great mix of discussions, yoga and lovely walk around the grounds. Thank you for a great day and for all the information about yoga and nutrition! Mary, Plymouth

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

My one to one classes with Fiona were excellent. I had neglected my yoga for a few years and needed to find my way back into a regular practice. Fiona’s gentle and intuitive understanding during my class, was an extremely positive experience. When my life has calmed down after these busy summer months, I will be rebooking my one to one class.  She is a very fine teacher indeed. Sue, Bondleigh

A lovely venue and a charming host, full of wisdom and an excellent vegan cook. I spent a lovely Yoga Nidra day here. A lovely, peaceful day….many thanks James, Livaton

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 really enjoyed my day on the summer solstice today at viveka gardens. It was wonderfully led by Fiona in such a gentle clear way to hug all into finding out so much about the benefits of yoga. What a stunning place. It was such a treat to have time to reflect and look inward. Thank you to Fiona and all there today. B, Kingsteignton

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

After a profound evening of Yoga Nidra, I couldn’t rate Viveka Gardens or Fiona more highly; Fiona is incredibly warm, welcoming and a master of her art, I felt immediately comfortable and held. Viveka Gardens has a great energy in which to practise and I look forward to going back again and again! J Chittlehampton

I love my yoga sessions at Viveka Gardens – it’s a very special place & a real pleasure to have somewhere like this in Mid Devon. J, Crediton

Staying at Viveka gardens gave me so much energy and inspiration. I was there for an advanced teachers retreat and I was so uplifted by the amount of natural energy from the land, flowers and abundant wildlife. There is so much potential there…I found it already like a mini Findhorn. You can see already the positive effects on the surrounding land due to the yoga and spiritual practices held there, in the way that it’s so alive! The perfect place to rest, recharge and connect with nature. Emma Brown, senior yoga teacher Sadhana Intensive Peer Refresher, August 2017

At Viveka Gardens Fiona provides an idyllic setting for spending some time with ourselves, and a day retreat offers an opportunity to simply take some time out from our daily routine for a fresh perspective. Sharing her knowledge and experience, with gentle and loving guidance, Fiona invites us to move towards greater connection with ourselves, our environment and the people around us. JM, Okehampton (Divine Mother Nidra Day retreat)

I thoroughly enjoyed my whole experience and look forward to applying it to my life in the future. Fiona’s voice is entrancing and the whole was totally lovely LG, Yeovil (Yoga Nidra Day Retreat)

Thoroughly enjoyed the day – like a holiday Rob, Crediton (Yoga Nidra Day Retreat)

Thoroughly enjoyed the day. A good balance between practice and chat and facts. Fabulous food. Safe and peaceful environment conducive to spiritual growth. Many thanks!! SB, Crediton (Yoga Nidra Day Retreat)

After my first Yoga session with Fiona I spent the rest of the day in a very relaxed and contented state of mind. The following day I experienced a surge of energy and vitality accompanied by a positive and clear mental state. My sensory perceptions seemed heightened, colours, sounds, taste appeared enhanced. Amazing. Glenn, Torridge (1-1 bespoke sessions)

Wonderful atmosphere in the old Church House. A very peaceful, natural, authentic class by Fiona. Will be back! Hannah, Sticklepath (about class at South Tawton)

I am so grateful to Fi for introducing me to Yoga. Her Hatha class is a real highlight of my week and helps energise my body and calm my mind every Tuesday. I love it! I would recommend Fi’s classes to anyone looking to try yoga or develop their practice. Simon, South Tawton

I really enjoy Fiona’s Hatha Yoga Classes. Her class is a good balance of pranayama, asanas and yoga nidra. I always leave the class energized and relaxed, which is such a good combination. I feel very lucky to have found Fiona in Devon. Marie Tholstrup Greve, Jacobstowe

I thoroughly enjoy my trips to Viveka Gardens. The feeling of retreat definitely resonates with me, and the practice is incredibly authentic – helping each of us to relax and discover more about how our bodies should move and feel. Fiona brings a genuine and honest approach to yoga, and has a knack of making you feel completely comfortable – especially with her enchanting mantras! The soup after practice usually involves some delicious pulses and organic vegetables – in a vegan yogi way – what a wonderful way to finish! I feel totally revitalised by the time i leave, within a matter of two hours! Amazing. Sophie, North Tawton

I love my yoga sessions at Viveka Gardens – it’s a very special place & a real pleasure to have somewhere like this in Mid Devon. Jo, Crediton

Fiona’s years of experience and extensive knowledge of yoga theory is evident in the way she provides background information on the reasons for the postures and processes, which adds a wonderful extra dimension to yoga practice. Vanessa, Bow (The Habit of Rest workshop)

Fiona’s classes are well run and very informative. The location of Church House in South Tawton is peaceful and relaxing, and very appropriate for the classes. I found the yoga nidra class to be incredibly relaxing, and very well taught. I would recommend the classes whole heartedly. J, South Zeal

I never knew I could switch off, until now! S, Moretonhampstead

I loved participating in the Chanting workshop! the content felt full and rich. I enjoyed the fun warm up exercises to begin with which I didn’t know about. I feel Sundari shared a wealth of knowledge with us and held space with heart for us to practice chanting and explore the topic together. There were opportunities for practising leading a chant and playing the harmonium – yey! I felt excited and safe enough to have a go under Sundari’s guidance and with the support of the group also. All in all it was a really positive experience and I feel encouraged and inspired to build on it. I have a new respect and appreciation for all the teachers out there that make leading chants look so easy. And – great handouts! I feel blessed, thank you. Teresa (Chanting workshop)

Deeply nourishing workshop thank you. Fiona holds a lovely safe space and executes it impeccably and in a very personable way. Gavin Frank (Autumn Yoga Nidra Workshop)

I had never considered having a coaching session until I won a free session with Fiona. I highly recommend it even if you don’t think you need it! It made me realise I could use my time more effectively, especially as I am studying alongside work. She gave me some useful ways of punctuating my routine with yoga asanas and refreshed my attitude toward yoga practice. LL (one-to-one, coaching option)

Fiona led a wonderful Yoga Nidra workshop which was very nourishing and calming to mind body and soul. She explained the origins and theory behind this powerful practice as well as guiding us through gentle yoga exercises and three yoga nidra meditations. These allowed me to relaxed far more than I had for quite a while and I found the workshop really inspiring. I look forward to practising further yoga nidra and trying some of Fiona’s other workshops. Claire, October 2016

I highly recommend Fiona’s yoga. I’m a newbee to it all and happy to find some of it involves simply laying still and connecting to the body! Good to know as my last yoga experience was painful and off putting. This is like a gateway yoga! Go on, you know you want to! DH (gentle class with yoga nidra)

I felt very relaxed after the session, quite floaty and intrigued by this and novel experience. I didn’t really understand to begin with but lying there it sort of became clear and I developed a bit of an understanding. I had a very deep sleep that night. JL (gentle class with yoga nidra)

Yoga nidra offered me new insight into my creativity and this insight infused the following week positively. Invoking the feeling of gratitude (can be part of the process) really resonated and the seed metaphor too. BC (gentle class with yoga nidra)

I found Yoga Nidra  a safe, soothing and very relaxing experience. Sundari lead the class thoughtfully and with care acknowledging my disabilities and age restrictions so that I was comfortable sitting in a chair whilst allowing a more able member of the class an opportunity to benefit from floor work. I was aware of a gradual release of tension during the gentle movements and breathing consciousness. By the end of the meditation a calm feeling of wellbeing washed over me. I was peaceful and rested in mind, body and spirit. Susan (gentle class with yoga nidra)