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Perfect positions: 20 best yoga holidays worldwide

Guardian newspaper, Sunday 7 October 2018

Cocoon, Portugal

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, these retreats offer the chance to improve your practice in a beautiful setting.

Start the day with meditation under the pine trees and end it with an (optional) skinny dip in the lake. Cocoon Portugal is a new retreat on a 275-acre coastal farm near the fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar. Co-owner and yoga teacher Anton Brandt has hosted retreats around the world. The converted farmhouse has room for 24, with indoor and outdoor shalas. The vibe is distinctly carefree. Sheep and goats roam the fields and chickens provide fresh eggs. There are homemade granolas and yogurt for breakfast and Mediterranean stews, Japanese curries and pizzas from the wood-fired oven for dinner. On the roster of yoga teachers from 2019 is Jess Horn from London who favours a slow vinyasa flow (3-10 August with Between daily classes guests can hop on bikes to explore the Atlantic coast, which is 10 minutes away, or hike the stunning Coast Vicentina trail.

Jess’s next retreats: Goa, India 1-8 February 2019 | La Gomera, Canary Islands 8-15 June 2019Cocoon, Portugal 3-10 August 2019

Read more on the Guardian website

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Perfect positions: 20 best yoga holidays worldwide

Guardian newspaper, Sunday 7 October 2018

Yoga on a Shoestring, Ibiza

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, these retreats offer the chance to improve your practice in a beautiful setting.

Ibiza Moving Arts, an old farmhouse surrounded by forest, makes a beautiful base for Federica Clemente’s week-long retreat. Mixing yoga styles, from ashtanga to Iyengar, Federica brings a sense of playfulness and a wealth of knowledge to her classes. There are two free afternoons – allowing time for the pool and beach.

Federica’s next retreats: Ibiza 4-11 May 2019 | Kefalonia 11-18 June 2019

Read more on the Guardian website

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Downward dogs on a stylish isle

The Telegraph newspaper, June 2018

Top Ten Great Yoga Holidays
The Telegraph newspaper, June 2018

At this super island retreat just five minutes from the Ionian Sea, on the island of Ithaca, luxury accommodation is split between a Venetian-style house and five Mongolian yurts. Practice two classes a day on a platform overlooking the sea and between times enjoy relaxing and organic, veggie meals. Between May and October, retreats are led by different teachers such as Jodi Boone.

Jodi’s next retreats are:
13-20 July and 27 July – 3 August 2019


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Stretched and strong on a Yoga on a Shoestring weekend at Poundon House

Queen of Retreats website April 2018

Jane Dunford reviews a Yoga on a Shoestring weekend at a gorgeous manor house in the Oxfordshire countryside and finds all she needs to return to her life calm, clear and strong.

“Close your eyes and I’ll tell you when to open them,” says my taxi driver. A slightly strange request as we approach Poundon House – a short ride from North Bicester station in Oxfordshire – but the big reveal makes sense. There at the end of a long drive bordered by snowdrops and bare-branched lime trees stands a striking country pile, the Oxford sandstone glowing gold in the late afternoon sun.

I’m here for a weekend with Yoga on a Shoestring (who run a full programme around the UK and abroad), led by south London yoga teacher Tania Brown.

Yoga teacher Tania Brown is something of a legend in south London and she encourages everyone to leave their journeys behind as we start our first flow class. Her strong but light-hearted approach is welcoming yet professional – and inclusive of everyone.

Read the full article on the Queen of Retreats website.


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Deeply relaxing yoga with reviving winter sunshine

Queen of Retreats website April 2018

Yoga on a Shoestring, La Gomera, The Canaries

Yoga on a Shoestring’s unusual and insanely beautiful location on the Canary Islands is La Finca Argayall on the stunning island of La Gomera. An old-style finca farmhouse right on the edge of the ocean in a secluded bay and sheltered by volcanic cliffs, it’s been a hippy commune since the Eighties, that has since and rather marvellously opened its doors to retreat guests and you’ll share the space with long-term residents. Mix daily yoga and meditation with veggie meals and lots of downtime. La Gomera has a hugely varied landscape and lots of nature to explore, from rainforest hikes to sea kayaking and whale and dolphin boat trips.

Best for: Anyone frazzled or frantic. All levels of yogi are welcome, but it’s ideal for beginners to intermediates.

Not for: Anyone in needs of 5-star pampering or who feels allergic to a commune-style environment.

Read the full article on the Queen of Retreats website.

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The Relaxing Yoga Break

Psychologies Magazine February 2018

Yoga on a Shoestring at Tigmi, Morocco

‘Dive into the grooves, cracks and crevices, and explore the unfolding of the “waves” and breath from within,’ says Lara Stapleton during her immersion week of Scaravelli yoga at this laid-back hotel near Marrakech. Space, breath and gravity are key, as the body is expanded. Classes focus on holding postures to release the fascia and loosen the spine so it becomes something more like Lara’s ‘waves’. Morning and evening sessions fly by, interspersed with chanting, pranayama and meditation. Days are free for the delights of the hotel, which has sweeping desert views and enchanting spots to sit beneath swathes of bougainvillea. There are two pools to cool off in after a walk into the lunar landscape of the Atlas mountains, or the sensory overload of a trip to the souk half an hour away, and a little hammam where you can have a scrub and massage.

Be swift to the buffet lunch of vital, colourful ingredients. Supper is a la carte, with whole fish or spiced lamb or chicken tagines – specify in advance any dietary requirements. Expect to leave feeling ‘taller’, with open hips and shoulders and a renewed enthusiasm for life.

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Seduced by the sea with Yoga on a Shoestring on Kefalonia

Queen of Retreats website July 2017

Yoga on a Shoestring’s yoga holidays on the magical Greek island of Kefalonia run for nine weeks a year at the clifftop,  family-run Vigla Village overlooking Spartia beach in the undeveloped south of the island. You stay in welcoming and friendly small apartments run with love by Anna and Angelos Liossatos, where you can salute the sun, the sea, the sky and the trees without boundary and without spending a fortune. Apartments are self catering, with a five minute stroll to the beach you’ll find authentic Greek fare at nearby tavernas.

Best for: Those who like their freedom – to eat what and when they choose, and to strike out independently by hire care, mountain bike or on foot

Not for: Those who like everything done for them. You will need to be a bit of a self starter if you want to do more than read and swim between yoga classes

Read the full article on the Queen of Retreats website.

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11 Under-the-Radar Yoga Retreats You’ll Want to Book Now

Yoga Journal, February 20 2017 - Rebecca Tolin

Yoga and Serenity on the Island of Ithaca, Greece

Bow to the azure waters of this mythical island with little more than passing sailboats and grazing goats to distract you. Home to legendary hero Odysseus, some say this sleepy isle hasn’t changed much since Homer’s epic poem. Ithaca is, perhaps, the perfect place for yoga. There are only a few thousand permanent residents on the wild, jagged patch of land, and the elegant Itha108 Yoga Retreat & Creative Resort has no traffic to speak of.

Seattle teacher Jodi Boone is leading two back-to-back retreats for sunbathing, stargazing yogis who want to step back in time. Start the day with meditation and an active Hatha practice from the wooden yoga platform, and wind down with yin and restorative from an indoor shala. In between, dive into the silvery waters of the Ionian Sea, get a Thai yoga massage, or cozy up in an Indian daybed on the veranda. The lodge is carved into a rocky hillside with a crisp white minimalism, every object handpicked with a globetrotter’s flair—Indian artifacts dotted around the stone fireplace, for instance. Indulge in mushroom polenta tarts and cinnamon-butter griddled peaches, all seasonal, organic fare straight from the island (or the one next door).

Read the full article on the Yoga Journal website.

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Best Yoga Retreats 2017

About Time Magazine website, February 2017

Searching for the best yoga retreats 2017? From alpine retreats to Greek island adventures, here’s our favourite yoga retreats all around the world this February 2017. Man, we love yoga.

What: Greek Island Yoga Holiday with Maurizio Marmorato.

The Lowdown: For a slice of paradise, sun, sea and gorgeous sunrise practices on the stunning yoga platform, you need to get yourself booked onto a yoga holiday with London based teacher, Maurizio Marmorato on the Greek island of Kefalonia. Warm breezes, unbroken sea views and a good dose of recharge…read the full article on the About Time website.

What: Goa Yoga Retreat with Belle Greenwood.

The Lowdown: If you love nature, simple living and yoga, whilst looking for an escape from the winter chill, then the beach and the beautiful surroundings of The Banyan Tree in North Goa are for you. It’s a real gem and must be seen. Join London teacher, Belle Greenwood, for yoga, sunshine and Goan vibes from 22-29 March 2017…read the full article on the About Time website.

What: Luxury Yoga Holiday with Jaya Jaks

The Lowdown: The chance to practice yoga in an idyllic setting at the stunning Masseria della Zingara in Puglia, Southern Italy. This farmhouse has been lovingly restored with a stylish interior that is luxurious and comfortable with the highest attention to detail. Set in over 20 acres of land with olive, fig, cherry and almond trees, the views are stunning at all times of the year…read the full article on the About Time website.

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New Year Yoga retreat, Norfolk

The Guardian, 29 November 2015

Healthy (and fun) retreats for New Year

If you think New Year’s parties are over-rated, escape the mayhem on a healthy retreat and start 2016 feeling zen.

This retreat is in a bohemian Georgian manor near Swaffham, in gorgeous grounds with stream, water meadows and lakes. Rooms range from a budget mini-dorm to luxury en suites. The programme includes twice-daily meditation and yoga. Food is homegrown, organic and vegetarian, with a special meal on New Year’s Eve.

Read the full article on the Guardian website

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World’s Top Ten Yoga Retreats

Yoga Magazine, December 2015

Jane Egginton handpicks the best yoga retreats in the world for 2016

Yoga on a Shoestring. This yoga operation offers something unusual and much needed: affordable yoga holidays that provide a touch of luxury. Don’t expect slick, five star accommodation, but do expect experienced, committed teachers who provide a reasonably priced yoga retreat to remember.

Choose a magical beach-side retreat with masterful yoga teacher Ali Gunning, or a luxury new-year retreat in Morocco. Other inspiring locations around the world include the unspoilt Italian coast, a tiny island in Greece and the pretty Norfolk countryside.

Jane Egginton is a yoga teacher and highly experienced travel and health writer. She writes about yoga for a range of publications, including Yoga Magazine and Huffington Post.

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Yoga in Puglia, Italy

The Guardian, 8 May 2014

Top 10 activity holidays in Europe

Yoga on a Shoestring aims to make yoga holidays more affordable by gathering a variety of teachers in a host of locations running yoga holidays throughout the summer.

Its September trip to Masseria della Zingara (the house of the gypsy) in Puglia houses you in a beautiful and restful 18th-century building surrounded by olive groves and cherry trees and offers two yoga classes a day as well as opportunities for bike rides, beach time and the chance to explore the area.

Read the full article on the Guardian website

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Itha108, Ithaca, Greece

Yoga Magazine, December 2015

Jane Egginton handpicks the best yoga retreats in the world for 2016

ITHA108. This is not just a yoga retreat, but a creative resort created with love. ITHA108 is a Grecian island retreat on Ithaca, one of the smallest Ionian islands and home of Odysseus.

In an area of incredible natural beauty that is very much authentic Greece, here guests get to relax amongst the oliver trees, swim in the warm blue water and enjoy yoga from dedicated teachers from around the world

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Suleyman’s Garden, Huzur Vadisi, Turkey

Guardian newspaper travel, 5 January 2013

Best bargain beach holidays by Rhiannon Batten

On this new, week-long yoga break at Huzur Vadisi’s second venue, Suleyman’s Garden, you stay in cute, rustic cottages surrounded by terraced vegetable fields and flower-tangled gardens, overlooking the sea.

Morning and evening yoga classes mean there’s plenty of time between sessions to explore the coast. Less than 10 minutes’ walk away is a small rocky cove great for swimming.

Read the full article on the Guardian website

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Top five affordable yoga retreats

Greener Ideal website, 25 May 2012

Yoga and Dance at Finca Argayall, La Gomera, The Canary Islands

This is a seven night yoga retreat where Sue Pendlebury teaches yoga, dance, voice meditation and pranayama to free your body, open your heart and find your inner dance of joy.

Finca Argayall is a magical venue set on the gorgeous island of La Gomera, nestled in the cliffs in a secluded bay.

The schedule includes morning meditation, two asana classes each day, free time and creative workshops.

Masseria della Zingara, Puglia - yoga holiday

Top five affordable yoga retreats

Greener Ideal website, 25 May 2012

Yoga at Masseria della Zingara, Puglia, Italy

This yoga retreat takes place by the beautiful Italian sea. Masseria della Zingara is set in over 20 acres of olive trees, figs, cherries and almonds and is located near Polignano a Mare, the ice cream capital of Italy. The yoga classes focus on movement, breath, relaxation and meditation.

The week long retreat starts at $646.64 to $1,333. The price includes accommodations, three meals a day and morning and evening yoga classes.

Read the full article on the Greener Ideal website.

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