Luxurious Sweat Lodge and Yoga Weekend Retreat in Somerset. The chance to practice yoga in an idyllic setting, experience a sweat lodge ceremony and walk the medicine wheel. A truly high-quality yoga and shamanic weekend at the stunning 42 Acres in Somerset.
Join Dory Walker for a weekend of revitalising yoga practices alongside a purifying sweat lodge with Gita Nicola Schneider and Pierre Corvione to reconnect to nature through exploring the wisdom of the medicine wheel. A wonderful opportunity for you to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and reawaken your spirit.
About 42 Acres
Set in 42 acres of private land, this beautiful retreat space is encircled by seven hundred acres of ancient forest. Sustainability and comfort are at the forefront of the 42 acres vision, with reclaimed materials used to outfit the interiors of the property, plus all of the power is renewable and self generated through biomass and solar.
The daily programme
Flowing, traditional hatha yoga sessions will naturally open the heart and nurture you to a space of surrender and stillness. A typical class will include asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), hands-on adjustments, guided relaxation, chanting and a taste of philosophy. Typically each class will last for 2 hours.
The retreat will begin on Friday at 5pm. We will gather, enjoy a grounding yoga class, a delicious vegetarian supper and introduction to the sweat lodge and native chants.
Saturday will begin with dawn ceremonies and chanting, followed by yoga. The rest of the day will be spent preparing for the sweat lodge, at dusk we will begin the sweat lodge ceremony after which we will enjoy a healthy feast supper.
On Sunday we will have a dawn ceremony, meditation, chanting and yoga. The retreat will end at 3pm on Sunday.
The sweat lodge
The sweat lodge is an ancient native ceremony which has been used since time immemorial for purification of body, mind and emotions. It helps to reconnect with the earth and to awaken old memories and connection with nature wisdom by using the four elements.
It is considered by native people as the song of the Earth. It has been an element in ceremonies for many different tribal communities all over the world (south America, north America, Europe, Scandinavia, Mongolia to name just a view).
During the lodge ceremony the lodge keeper calls on the wisdom inspired by the 4 direction to guide visualization, chants, prayers, set intentions and reflection for all participants. In a safe and gentle environment you will have the opportunity to leave the old behind and direct energy and intention to the new.
A sweat lodge is a covered round structure made from wood. Stones are heated in a fire and placed in a hole in the middle of the lodge to creative a sweat lodge; a natural sauna.
Accommodation options range from dormitories to twin and single rooms (en-suite room options are available) with luxury linen and towels provided. The centre has several communal spaces including a library and a meeting and reading space.
Delicious organic food will be served throughout the retreat. All meals are vegetarian.
42 Acres is a truly magical retreat: a sacred space of calm and peacefulness set in the restorative nature of Somerset...
42 Acres is a magical haven. The unintrusively cool interior design is in a league of its own and absolutely bang up to date, and yet, this beautiful home still retains its connection to the past. The setting is 42 acres of glorious nature, gorgeous English farmland, bounded by ancient meadows and forests. I experienced one of the most magical weekends at 42 acres and this place will forever be in my heart. I can't recommend it enough.
The house is beautifully appointed and has very comfortable luxurious rooms, the perfect place to get away from the stresses of everyday life and find some well needed peace. I will definitely be going back soon.
I am still feeling the positive effects from my break. The location was beautiful, the food fantastic, the people lovely and Dory, by far, is the best teacher I have had in 18 years...
I really enjoyed it all and found the space and quiet I needed ! Doing so much yoga was great! You are both so gifted at facilitating...so nurturing and calm. A joy!
‘I cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful retreat at 42 Acres, I had such a lovely, peaceful time. Everything was absolutely wonderful: the food, the location, the classes, the massages and the people. I left feeling thoroughly rejuvenated and really inspired to explore yoga more.’Alice
I really enjoyed it and I have to say that it was largely down to the skill of your facilitation and how well you work together. You both so clearly put happiness on the map from the beginning and it filtered through. Everyone relaxed and smiled! I loved the gentle humour too. I also appreciated all the hard work behind the scenes and your attention to detail. You were both so generous and thoughtful.
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Luxurious sweat lodge and yoga weekend retreat in Somerset, UK, 12 - 14 October 2018
Dormitory (3 sharing): £395
Twin room, shared bathroom: £445
Twin room, en-suite: £475
Single occupancy room, shared bathroom: £545
Single occupancy room, en-suite: £590
Master suite: double occupancy £525
Room rates are per person
accommodation, daily meditation, all yoga classes, the sweat lodge and workshops. Delicious homemade organic vegetarian food, beautiful nature walks and log fires.
Massage treatments are available at an additional cost.
Arrival is from 4pm on Friday 12 October 2018
Departure is from 3pm on Sunday 14 October 2018
Train, taxis & driving:
By car - 42 Acres is an hours drive from Bristol, 2.5 hrs drive from London
Address: 42 Acres, Holt Road, Witham Friary, Frome BA11 5HL
Gillingham (Dorset) 17 mins by car
Frome 19 mins by car
Castle Cary 24 mins by car
Westbury 33 mins by car
Taxis from the station:
Gillingham Cars - 01747 850 385
Castle Cary Taxis - 01963 351 333