Friday 10 June – Sunday 12 June 2022
at The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay

With Gayl Long

“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived.” Aadil Palkhivala

Yoga is more than a physical practice, it’s a whole way of being that helps people to flourish in life – physically, emotionally and mentally. On this weekend you will learn the core principles and philosophy of yoga, explore the links between the body, breath and mind that lead to wellbeing and practise the balance between effort and ease. It’s an opportunity to rest, refocus and re-balance, to establish or go deeper into and extend your practice.

What exactly is a retreat? Quiet time away from your normal life for the purpose of restoring balance in your mind and body which in turns enables your own personal self-discovery.  

Go on re-treat yourself, you know you want to!

We asked participants on the 2021 retreat what was the most important thing they had gained from the retreat – here are their answers

“A sense of calmness and inner peace” – David Hickman

“Resilience and being in the moment” – Frances Hickman

“A wonderful weekend! A glimpse of how meditation can bring a sense of wonderful stillness” – Pete

“Overcome my anxiety and found a way to put it back in its box” – Becky King

“Peace, deeper understanding of some of the philosophies of yoga” –  Rhiannon Williams

“Perspective and deeper understanding of yoga” – Nicola Penfound

“Renewed energy and a better sense of balance” – Tania Stannard

“Sense of knowing (intuitively) where I am at peace…. Onward journey in a personal way” Frances Keeble

Adjectives used to describe the retreat by participants were:

The retreat will run from 3pm Friday 10th June finishing at 3pm Sunday 12th June 2022. Activities include:

  • Daily yoga
  • Daily meditation
  • Walking in the beautiful village and along the river
  • Quiet time for relaxing, personal reflection, reading
  • Fresh home cooked vegetarian food
  • Connecting with like-minded people

Who would value this retreat?

  • Those wanting a rest, time for themselves
  • Those with an interest in, and/or a love of, yoga
  • Those keen to explore how yoga can enhance their wellbeing
  • Those, whether experienced or new to yoga, who want to know more about true yoga beyond physical practice and how it works

What’s the cost per person?

£420 single room, £380 twin shared room – this includes all meals, teas, coffees throughout the weekend. Early bird (booked by 11th February) £405/£365).

What next?

To apply for your place, email

To secure a booking you will need to pay a £250 deposit per person, with the remainder due 8 weeks beforehand. Gayl will send you the details.

All deposits are non-refundable if you cancel. If we have to cancel the retreat due to Covid, your deposit will be refunded.


The Abbey is a small and delightful retreat and conference centre. It is a Grade 1 listed Medieval building with a 20th century Guest House, nestled in four acres of gardens and woodland. It has a lovely ’energy’ in the hall and main rooms which is one of the main reasons we chose the Abbey for our venue. It is a registered charity with aims and ethos of an intentional community and holding a space for spiritual development, education, exploration and transformation of community. It’s run by a small core residential community of four members, and helped by two volunteers.