We head to the luxurious setting of the 42 Acres retreat space in Frome, Somerset for a magical winter weekend of yoga and an opportunity to revitalise and enjoy reconnecting with self and others.
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
Dory and Rory teach strong traditional hatha yoga sessions that incorporate the mala and vinyasa approaches to practise. 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 two hours.
The days will begin with silent meditation, pranayama and a little mantra chanting. This will be followed by the morning yoga class. We then have breakfast followed by free-time, massages and then the afternoon yoga practice which will build on what we have done in the morning and take us a little deeper into the poses.
In the evenings there will be other activities that may include meditation, yin yoga, yoga nidra and chanting. A weekend enjoying the full spectrum of yoga.
Accommodation options range from dormitories to twin, double and single rooms, Some ensuite, others with shared bathrooms and all with luxury linen and towels provided. The venue has several communal spaces including a welcoming kitchen with chairs by the fire, a library and a 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...
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.
42 Acres is a magical haven. The unobtrusively 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.
I must also congratulate you on the fantastic choice of Dory Walker as our teacher - she is truly amazing. Incredibly warm and friendly, she made us all feel very welcome from the start and I felt really looked after as a pregnant lady too. She always made sure I had an alternative when I needed one and was very supportive throughout. It was also great having such a dedicated all-round 'yogini' to lead the course. I had never experienced meditation / chanting before and it really was quite other-worldly and magical. Dory has an incredible voice and aura about her and she is obviously really committed to what she is doing.Natalia
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 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
Thank you for a wonderful reviving autumn retreat at 42 Acres with Dory and Alison. All the sessions were well planned and enjoyable. I really enjoyed Dory's teaching style, and I've taken away and reflected on many of the insights she shared with us over the weekend. Will book again next year!Helen
I can’t thank you enough for the weekend - you got rid of my middle-aged aches and pains and I am still feeling lovely and calm! The yoga was advanced (for me) but nothing hurt, it was worth the effort and it was so refreshing to have the chanting and a mini harmonium. You have a wonderful aura. My cranio-sacral massage was amazing, cosmic in fact! I also really enjoyed Alison’s evening writing session. 42 Acres is a beautiful place, the team were most welcoming.Emma
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An inspirational and luxurious winter yoga weekend retreat in Somerset, UK, 8 - 10 February 2019
Triple room ensuite £435
Single occupancy room ensuite £610
Master double ensuite £540
All prices are per person
Daily meditation, all yoga classes and workshops
Delicious homemade organic vegetarian food
Massage treatments are available at an additional cost
Arrival is from 4pm on Friday 8 February
Departure is from 2pm on Sunday 10 February
Train, taxis & driving:
By car - 42 Acres is an hours drive from Bristol and 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