With a relaxed rythym over this four-day-three-night retreat, each participant shares a 90-minute practice, workshop or talk from their mission. It might be body-mind-soul, or landscape-based to make the most of Viveka’s resources (yoga studio and land), or with another creative/playful or liturgy focus. In addition, you may like to offer a simple morning or evening contemplation.
We follow a light rule and make a community for this moment in time. The suggestion is we practise silence from end of evening session til after morning worship.
All in all, it’s a chance to expand into rest, explore vocation and share the joys and woes of ministry together. Viveka Gardens is a liminal place, nowhere-ish geographically, utterly rural and in tune with the rhythms of nature. There is time and space to escape to hammocks, lying in the grass, comuning with trees and walks on the quiet lanes here.
Last year this was run as a Pioneer Retreat weekend, and this builds on the sharing good practice of long established retreats for yoga teachers (Fiona is a yoga teacher).
The accommodation is shared in two lofty converted barn spaces.
Go to the accommodation pages and instagram page to see what it’s like here at Viveka Gardens. Fiona is a good vegan home cook and you can look forward to wholesome and tasty food. Please respect the vegan diet here.
August 22 – 25 2023
stipendiary/household income £40k+ £345
reduced cost if self-funded £295 (and household income under £40k)
Viveka Gardens is keen to make yoga available to all – bursaries for those on benefit/low income Please contact to discuss
This retreat is at a reduced price to reflect a collegiate sharing of the container. I’m looking for the least amount of faffing, dear colleagues, so do secure your place with £150 non-returnable deposit and pay the balance four weeks before the retreat.
Arrival from 2pm
4.00 gentle yoga practice to land and embody
7.00 intro/tour Viveka Gardens
8.00 contemplative compline
7.00 meditation/morning prayer or similar
9.00 – 10.15 session 1, then break
11.30 session 2
4.00 session 3
7.30 meditation walk or campfire storytelling 10pm silence
day 3 as Saturday with maybe a Dartmoor walk or seaside/river trip after lunch
7.00 meditation and Celtic Morning Prayer or similar
9.00 – 10.15 session 6/7, then break
11.30 closing circle
12.00 lunch, closing worship and departure
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