2017 Event Reviews

Highgate House Weekend - October 2017
Highgate House Weekend - April 2017
Domus Mariae CPD Weekend,  Subtle Energy - February 2017
 


Highgate House Weekend on The Chakras, October 2017

The last Yoga weekend I joined was in the final days of Ickwell Bury over a decade ago. It was great to find that the spirit of the Bury is alive and well. For me the whole weekend was a great homecoming.

The team at Highgate house were all very extremely helpful and friendly. This was with an authenticity that speaks of a happy and positive culture within the organisation.

Each of the sessions was great in its own way with the theme of the Chakras giving a thread weaving through them all. I hadn’t worked with any of the teachers before but I found I got a lot from each session and learned several new techniques.

The food was excellent. Saturday night was a real highlight for me. Our table really got on well and we had great fun. To the extent that we began to realise that we had become the ‘loud table’.

In summary great fun, great yoga and great company. Looking forward a lot to next time.

Jonathan Randall

 


Highgate House Weekend on The Breath, April 2017

I attended the April 7-9 yoga weekend at Highgate House and I'm so glad I did! It was just the inspiration I needed to revitalize my practice. The focus of the weekend was The Breath. The yoga and guided meditation sessions seemed geared more to noticing rather than controlling the breath. I found this slowed down awareness and was very peaceful and have taken that thinking into my regular yoga and meditation.

Highgate House Hotel is a lovely place. My room was comfy and cosy with a nice bathroom, great shower and organic toiletries. There is also a very nice indoor swimming pool and a gym with sauna. The staff were welcoming, enthusiastic and helpful. The chef and serving staff were particularly professional and accommodating. The food was plentiful and delicious. A highlight for me was the always available coffee and basket of biscuits.

I was originally interested in this yoga weekend because of the Sound Bath on Saturday night. I have become more and more curious about the effects of vibration/sound at a quantum level and was keen to have this experience. Roz Crampton and Adi Scott from Earthdance were incredible. The Sound Bath was performed as we lay on our mats with eyes closed. Tibetan bells, didgeridoo , drums, chanting, rainstick, and singing were some of the sounds. After a while I began to see bright colours behind my closed eyes and to feel powerful vibrations in my hands. One person on a mat near me began to sing. I found it joyful and eye opening. Thanks Roz and Adi!

(The Sound Bath had powerful effects on several people; some found it to be a wonderful experience others that it was painful and very distressing. Ed.)

In fact, the whole weekend was joyful and eye opening for me. I will definitely attend another YHET event. It was a real pleasure to meet this lovely, inclusive and positive group of people.

Toye Jarrell

 


Highgate House Weekend on The Breath, April 2017

The Highgate House Yoga weekend is a date in my diary that I look forward to immensely, giving the perfect opportunity to nip away from the chaos of busy family life and for a long weekend totally relax and return feeling restored.

I have been to Highgate house with my neighbour Sharon for the past four or five years and we always manage to have  great fun in gorgeous surroundings, enjoy plenty of varied yoga, and have plenty of laughs with friends old and new and even a competitive game or two of scrabble thrown into the mix.

Highgate house is a lovely 17th century country house in a rural location in Northamptonshire and is surrounded by pretty countryside so it’s the perfect place to feel as if you have really got away for the weekend.  The accommodation is varied with a mixture of old and new but whether you are in the main house or the annexe buildings, the rooms are always clean and comfortable and the staff exceptionally helpful.

The food is always plentiful and delicious – so much to choose from and the staff go over and above with any special dietary needs.  You can also help yourself to fresh fruit, drinks and snacks as well as bottled water throughout the weekend which is a lovely gesture.

Sharon and I tend to arrive on the Friday afternoon which we love as it eases us perfectly into the weekend unwind  - Creaton must be part of a mini micro climate as we more often than not end up sitting outside in the sunshine in the pretty gardens in April which is no mean feat.  The weekend programme starts with a gentle class, before dinner, then everyone gathers together for the welcome introduction to the theme of the weekend – this year – ‘The Breath’- was the theme which supported the basis of the class themes over the weekend.  Each of the teachers used the theme in their classes which  gave new ways of thinking and moving using the breath – the classes really made you rethink and focus on slowing down the breath and being aware of finding stillness in the breath.

The variety  of yoga built into the weekend programme is always a real bonus.  It  really is suitable for everyone and you can dip in or dip out too, so you don’t need to feel pressured about going to every session if you fancy a lie in instead of an early morning stretch or a walk or swim instead of one of the daytime sessions!  Most sessions offer a choice of two classes simultaneously too so you can dip into whatever you fancy – general or remedial plus there are group meditation sessions and discussions which are always a great way to get involved or simply sit and listen.

The weekend also offers wonderful opportunities to try new experiences. One of the sessions this April was a ‘gong bath’ which I personally found extremely moving and  gave an insight into a completely different practice of teaching.  It also created a topic for discussion about how people felt about the gong bath and the feelings they experienced in the session  both – good and bad.

I would highly recommend the weekend to anyone wanting to enjoy sharing yoga  with like minded people in a gorgeous setting.

Many thanks to all involved in making the weekend so special.

Diana Civil

 


Domus Mariae CPD Weekend on the Subtle Energies of Inner Yoga, February 2017

This was my first visit to Domus Mariae having heard much about the venue. It was a dark weekend in February, the in between Christmas and Spring time when inspiration is required.

We were greeted and shown our accommodation, which was very comfortable and we enjoyed the communal kitchen for cups of tea and chats during the weekend. The food was really good, in abundance and delicious. The venue was very comfortable, clean and the room we practiced yoga in was very peaceful.

“The subtle energies of Inner Yoga” – I am not a yoga teacher and enjoy yoga and the varieties of yoga and teachers – I had no idea of what this workshop would be about but having been to several of the other weekends really looked forward to it. Really it was beyond expectations and took yoga to a completely different dimension for me. If ever there was any magic in yoga then I really experienced it during this weekend. Awareness was the key word, awareness of the body, breathing and sound, complete body awareness. The first evening on arrival during the introduction workshop delivered us to the venue and the work. Over the course of the weekend I can only describe as magical, the experience of my whole body breathing and being completely aware of being in my body, I really don’t think that I have ever experienced this before.

I have to really give a big thank you and acknowledgement to Tracy Gent, such a gentle but inspirational teacher. Tracy guided us gently through the workshop and helped us experience the awareness of the subtle energies of inner yoga. This is a practice that I now incorporate in my everyday life and has made such a difference to my feelings of wellbeing and awareness of myself and others.

Caroline Webster

 


 

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