Yoga Retreat at September Equinox

Let’s tune to the September Equinox change of season.

Taking cues from nature, landscape and crops here at Viveka Gardens (8.5 acres) we’ll value our own inner nature, landscape and personal harvests.

We’ll harvest fruits in the orchard and gardens, plant out over-wintering crops and sow new seeds. In the wider landscape we can forage blackberries, and rejoice in hedgerow fruits and turning trees.

With comfortable accommodation, lovely gardens an orchard and land, Viveka Gardens is an idyllic place to rest and re-ground. Gentle yoga, restorative yoga, yoga nidra and morning meditation will relax the nervous system, offer space to reflect on our personal seasons and open to inspiration for what next.

To harvest there will be winter squash in the kitchen garden, first apple varieties and pears from the orchard, and blackberries from the hedgerows on the land. There’ll be kale and radicchio to plant out, to nourish through the winter, and green manures to protect and restore the soil. We’ll plant bulbs and sow flowers that’ll delight spring into summer.

This retreat features:

  • food growing sessions with sowing, tending, harvesting and horticultural input
  • growing without animal inputs (all vegan place)
  • campfire
  • vegan soulfood food
  • sitting or lying in the field/orchard/gardens/hammocks…or bed

See the here for LOADS of images to visualise yourself here

Please be in touch to arrange a chat about your needs and wants

More about Viveka Gardens and Fiona

Joy of Germination (short blog): how yoga and food growing come together

Gentle yoga includes breathing exercises, movement, going towards holding of classical yoga postures and a lot of lying down!  You will be encouraged to listen to your body and do what is right for you, and adaptations will be suggested. If the group wants a stronger hatha class, or yin yoga we can go for those approaches too.

Restorative yoga is a lot more of lying down, with the body supported for constructive rest of muscles and so tendons and other deep tissue, as well as the nervous system.

Yoga nidra is a guided lying-down meditation for deep rest and personal insight.

“A wonderful yoga retreat in a quiet corner of Devon. Fiona teaches 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” E, Madrid

What a joy to meet Fiona and spend time at Viveka Gardens. My spirit, my body and my mind were gently nourished with yoga, meditation, beautiful vegan food and Fiona’s intuitive care of her guests. Bliss. D, Southend

A wonderful Yoga retreat centre. I cherish my time there and will be back for more nourishing food, astounding nature, restorative yoga and comfortable and clean surroundings. All my senses were attended to and I came home refreshed and able to take on all my challenges. I also met some wonderful people that I hope will become friends. C, Exeter

“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” C, Buckfastleigh

seed sowing on yoga and food growing retreat at Viveka Gardens

Yoga Retreat at September Eqinox

September 20 – 23 2024

4-day-3-night stay £395


£200 deposit on booking and balance four weeks before the retreat

Viveka Gardens is keen to make yoga available to all – bursaries for those on benefit/low income Please contact to discuss

Please take a look at Ts & Cs


Day 1

arrival from 2.30pm

4.00 yoga class

6pm dinner

tour of Viveka Gardens

8pm yoga nidra

Day 2 

7.15 group meditation

7.45 light breakfast

10.00 Workshop (day retreat guests may join)

with restorative yoga, meditaton walk in nature, sowing-tending-harvesting and yoga nidra

4pm garden tasks or rest/reading

6pm dinner

8pm group meditation walk or firepit (group decides)

Day 3

7.15 group meditation

8.00 yoga class

10.00 brunch

12.00 optional session in the kitchen garden

2pm snack

4pm yoga session

6pm dinner

8pm group meditation walk or firepit (group decides)

Day 4 

7.15 group meditation

8.00 yoga class

10.00 brunch

12.00 closing circle and departure