The Quaives Retreat is a hidden gem, surrounded by the peaceful countryside of East Kent. A real escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, which is in easy reach with the high speed rail from London to Canterbury West Station.
Set within 19 acres, The Quaives provides a real sense of retreat with a touch of luxury. There are beautifully manicured secret gardens, tree-lined fields, a tennis court and a wood-fired hot tub. A haven in nature awaits. The yoga studio is a stunning barn conversion full of natural light with high ceilings and underfloor heating.
The Quaives estate also has some interesting history being previously owned by Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac for 25 years.
The first class will be on Friday evening, followed by a delicious dinner. Sunita will then lead you through two classes on the Saturday, a more dynamic morning class to align to body and breath and an afternoon practice to delve deeper into the postures and relax and restore.
Each morning will start with meditation or a guided walk. On Sunday there will be a morning practice before breakfast, another shorter class before lunch and the end of the retreat.
Each day after morning yoga and a healthy breakfast, there will be the opportunity to walk, have a massage, relax and wonder through nature in the stunning grounds. Arrival time on Friday 11 November is from 4pm onwards. The first yoga session will be at 5.30pm. The weekend will finish on Sunday 13 November after lunch at 2pm.
Things to do
From The Quaives there are lots of beautiful walks to go on through neighbouring picturesque villages with traditional Kent oast houses and mills. There are plenty of relaxation spots for you to take advantage of in the gardens.
Beneath the pine trees in the far open field there is a Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub to enjoy the vast sky, views of the tree lines and surrounding countryside by day and stargazing at night.
Accommodation & food
There is a range of accommodation options from double and twin bed cottage rooms to shared dormitories nestled within the grounds.
All rooms have a luxury contemporary feel with modern comforts and beautifully designed bathrooms. The cottages have lounge areas offering a haven to relax and rest in. The beautiful Scandinavian style dormitory has adult bunk beds in a stylish, cosy, clean spacious room, with 3 modern toilet and shower facilities.
Delicious organic, vegetarian food will be served throughout the retreat - delights to nourish body and soul.
My partner and I have just come back from a retreat that was held at The Quaives. It was a much needed respite for me and the balance between the yoga sessions and free time worked well. Sunita the teacher was fantastic, very eclectic in her approach and clearly has a good understanding & knowledge of yoga that she communicates in a way that helps the individual maximise the wellbeing benefits. Finally, the food was simply gorgeous - best food that I have been served at a retreat, tasty, great flavour combinations and the level you would find in gourmet/Michelin starred restaurants!Arif
I had a really beautiful weekend at the Quaives near Canterbury with Sunita. The location is amazing, the yoga was just what I needed and the food was delicious. I left feeling revitalised and uplifted. Look forward to another YOAS trip soon!Laura
Top marks for the retreat this weekend. Wonderful teaching from Sunita gets a ten plus as does the fabulous beautiful food and surroundings. It was the perfect pre Christmas stress buster.Diane
A wonderful escape from everyday life. I received a warm welcome and the cottage was lovely; clean, cosy and beautifully decorated. The classes were great; excellent instruction, loads of guidance and new learning. The food was fantastic and there was plenty of it! The gardens and countryside were beautiful. Keep up the good work - this is a gem of a place.Suzie
Everything is perfect! The location is easy to access from London, the property is magical with loads of green space to chill during the day and escape the city. The yoga practice was a unique experience and I learnt a lot. The food was another special touch - healthy, delicious and different!Ana
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A yoga weekend in the beautiful Kent countryside, UK, 11 - 13 November 2022
Luxury bunk bed dorm room sharing 3 bathrooms £450
Cottage 2 person bunk bed room with shared bathroom £510
Cottage single occupancy room with shared bathroom £745
Cottage twin room with own bathroom £675
Cottage double room for a couple with own bathroom £675
All rates are per person
The cost includes your accommodation and all yoga classes.
Delicious homemade organic vegetarian food.
Massage treatments are available at an additional cost.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel.
Friday 11 November 4pm to Sunday 13 November 2pm
The nearest train stations are Canterbury West and Canterbury East.
A taxi ride is £15 one way and takes 15 minutes.
Cabline Taxis 01227 555555
Green Light Cabs 01227 722222
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Canterbury City Taxis 01227 498888