Join me for a weekend of yoga, relaxation, great vegetarian food and warm company, in this stunning Jacobean manor house. Yoga weekends are a wonderful way to restore and revitalise as we step over the threshold into the winter season. Relaxing in the beauty of this venue, we will be safe in the rhythms of retreat, pausing, making space, healing and finding wisdom and peace. Perhaps this is the most profound way for you to prepare for the darkest months and make ready for the festive period ahead.
I offer yoga programmes to take participants deeper in their asana, pranayama (breath work) and meditation. This normally looks like four classes over the weekend, with two meditation and pranayama sessions. This is ideal for those of you who are curious about delving deeper into your yoga practice, these immersions are not suitable for the complete beginner. My background in Sivananda, Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga has cultivated a style that is flowing, clear and relaxing. As a lover of words and a teller of tales, my teaching is enriched with yoga philosophy, poetry and myths.
I am a keeper of words and a lover of stories, philosophy and poetry. My yoga offers clarity, suggests precision, offers strength whilst suggesting softness. Mornings will be dynamic and flowing and evenings restorative. I am a senior yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, I am a teacher of teachers and my quest is that of the pure spirit, my guides are integrity and joy. A keen ambassador for the Isle of Wight, I love sharing the footpaths and quite corners of this beautiful countryside with yogis who enjoy blustery walks or muddy runs.
Northcourt House is a magical venue. Nestled in its own botanic gardens in the centre of the island, it has access to the Downs and stunning views and walks in all directions. Rooms are sumptuous, yet it feels warm and welcoming. Our yoga is practiced in the stunning music room with lovely acoustics and a roaring fire.
I request local food wherever possible. We cook wholesome, nourishing, vegetarian and plant based dishes that offer balanced nutrition. We can accommodate genuine food intolerances. There is normally cake and healthy snacks available each afternoon.
Travel to the Island is straight forward. Foot passengers can use public transport to Portsmouth and then travel by Hovertravel or Wightlink Fast Cat to Ryde, where we arrange a taxi pick up and drop off. Those of you who like to bring a car over, then we recommend booking through Red Funnel or Wightlink early to gain the cheapest prices. Details are given on enquiry.
“Thank you so much! This years New Year retreat was even better than last years. Emma was fantastic, as was the accommodation and food. I also thought it was a really lovely group.” - E. Tuffey 2016/17
“I am just writing you this short note to express my gratitude for the teaching and guidance you gave this last week. I am sure you reached everyone in that room on several levels. Personally speaking, I got an awful lot out of the time spent at Godshill and thank you for the wonderful programme you put together. It was full of thoughtful words, authenticity and good humour — key components that will always hold my interest.” - A. Butcher 2016/17
“I came back so uplifted and inspired by your teachings. This weekend was absolutely perfect, you make everybody feel so welcome and at ease." - V. Alpe 2013