About Braziers Park
This hidden treasure, set deep in the beautiful countryside of south Oxfordshire, offers a relaxing holiday in nature less than two hours from London. This weekend retreat is an opportunity to revitalise and enjoy reconnecting with self and others.
Braziers Park is a warm country manor house (formally home to 007!), set deep in beautiful countryside and the rolling Chiltern Hills of South Oxfordshire, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The location is perfect for a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating retreat.
The old manor is Grade II listed in the 'Strawberry Gothic' style; it has so much character and beauty. Real log fires, plentiful sofas and a grand piano are amongst its charms - all set in 57 acres of land with beautiful gardens. Braziers is a working eco-community with sheep, chickens, a walled vegetable garden and an ancient orchard. The community welcomes you to enjoy the rustic old charm of Braziers Park and join in with the community.
The daily programme
Nigel will offer a hatha based yoga practice with the integration of other traditions that will naturally open the heart and nurture you to a space of vitality, surrender and stillness.
A typical class will include asana (postures), breath-synchronised movements, guided relaxation and cultivation and refining of mindfulness. Typically each class will last for two hours.
The day will begin with standing Qigong in the delightful grounds (weather permitting). This will be followed by the morning yoga class, and an opportunity to share in a session of Buddhist chanting. The group will then have breakfast followed by free time, massages and the afternoon yoga practice.
In the evenings there will be other activities that may include meditation, bonfires and chanting.
Things to do
Braziers Park is very quaint and quirky with plenty of space to nestle down with a book. There's the library, the study, dining room and an informal space by the log fire and grand piano.
There is a lovely woodland walk, which is a great opportunity to experience some of the wildlife beauties of the estate. There will be delicious vegetarian food and plenty of time just to hang out and chat, meet new people, read, relax and enjoy being in the community in natural surroundings. A variety of massage treatments will also be available at additional cost.
Accommodation at Braziers Park
Braziers Park is an attractive listed Grade II building set in 50 acres of land. All rooms are comfortable and charming. All bathrooms are shared. A limited number of single rooms are available.
I wanted to thank you for what was a really wonderful weekend. I had been to Braziers Park previously (in 2009) and it was exactly as peaceful and welcoming as I remembered it. This was my first retreat with Yoga on a Shoestring and being a very on-again / off-again yogi, I worried I would find it difficult to be part of. I was completely wrong, I absolutely loved your approach to classes, they were the perfect blend of challenging as restorative for me and I left the weekend feeling completely renewed. I don't often spend a weekend away from my family and I had placed a lot of expectation into my first retreat since I had my son three years ago, this retreat more than met my expectations.Aisling
A short weekend was simply not enough. I arrived feeling in need of re-connection, I left feeling re-balanced. The wonderful meals, attentive teacher, room to myself, sense of companionship, wonderful country surroundings was just what I needed. Great value for money, this weekend should be offered for longer...! I would do this again!!Monika
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! xx
Braziers park was such a wonderful weekend. I really can't say anything critical at all - the place was unique and cozy, the food was really impressive, the people were all friendly, the yoga was brilliant, the other activities were varied and fun (film, walks around house, chanting, time on ones own or chatting with new friends).
The whole weekend was a wonderful experience...the venue was great and the food was fabulous. So as you can see I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Will definitely be booking again!Janet
I wanted to say how grateful I am for having this opportunity of learning yoga from you. After the weekend at Braziers Park I feel not only my body is stronger and mind more balanced and clear, there is definitely a shift towards other important change on my life journey. You have inspired me to go deeper into my yoga pratice and spiritual quest. It was a very very special weekend. What else to add? Charming venue, good food and nice company of other participants. The whole event was flawless only passed too quickly.
Share this holiday
Peaceful early summer yoga retreat in Oxfordshire, UK, 7 - 9 June 2019
Sharing a twin room £310
Double room for a couple £310
Single occupancy room £370
All prices are per person
The cost includes:
Your accommodation. Daily meditation, all yoga classes and workshops. Delicious homemade & home-grown organic vegetarian food. Beautiful nature walks & log fires.
Arrival time on Friday 7 June is from 3pm onwards and the first yoga class will be at approx 4pm/5pm. Will finish after lunch on the Sunday 9 June.
Getting to Braziers Park
Braziers Park is less than an hour and a half from London and just under two hours from Bristol. We will try and arrange lift sharing where possible.
Full travel details on the Braziers Park website.
Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford OX10 6AN