Retreats

Myofascial Yoga Retreat

When: December 9-11th 2022

Where: West Lexham, Norfolk (website HERE)

Join Claire on a Winter Retreat aimed at giving you a window of rest and relaxation before the festive season. Hosted at the glorious West Lexham in Norfolk, you will enjoy bespoke en-suite accommodation, full use of all the on-site facilities and the beautiful grounds, as well as partaking in multiple classes and workshops, a special sound bath from SahaSarah and all meals and refreshments included for your entire stay! You will also have the option of adding in hands-on Myofascial Release treatments from the wonderful Catherine Franks. 

Theme: Embracing Rest and Journeying Within

In this modern day world, our nervous systems are often switched into a heightened, activated state nearly all of the time, leaving our bodies working hard and fast constantly, powered by stress hormones. Winter is the season when the natural world quietens down and enters into the energy of rest and restore. Nature teaches us that if this season of rest is not honoured, the yield tends to not be as abundant in the spring (showing us how important resting really is). 

By learning through experiential practices different ways to switch off and also how to recognise when we are activated, we are given the gift of awareness in how we are within our bodies, thus promoting optimum health and well-being. This in turn means less pain, more energy, less tension and more resilience.

Using the myofascial yoga approach, meditation and an extremely special sound bath experience facilitated by guest teacher SahaSarah, we will be using this retreat to learn how to enter into and recognise the gifts of resting in our own bodies.

By engaging the fascia mindfully, learning about nervous system states, tensegral range and principles such as interoception and proprioception, you will be invited to learn your own body’s language and how it speaks to you. This includes:

  • Exploring different movements without causing harm
  • Identifying your own ranges of movement
  • Learning how to recognise what your body is telling you
  • Using breathing exercises to influence nervous system states
  • Utilising myofascial unwinding to release stuck patterns
  • Practicing myofascial rebounding to aid regulation

These empowering tools will help you be better able to support your own overall health and wellbeing as well as reducing pain/tension, enhancing balance in the body’s systems and promoting relaxation.

What is Myofascial Yoga?

Myofascial Yoga invites you into a conversation with your body, giving you time and space to learn how to listen and communicate more deeply. By learning to recognise what your body is saying, it is possible to reduce pain, improve movement, build resilience and increase well-being; all whilst having fun at the same time!

Myofascial Yoga was developed by Christine Wushke, an myofascial release practitioner, yoga therapist, Hakomi teacher and functional movement trainer. By recognising and applying the commonalities between traditional yoga practice and the latest fascial research, Christine has developed a way of working with the body that meets you where you are at, allowing you to move forward with your recovery from wherever you are.

Accommodation:

We will be staying in the luxury holiday cottages at West Lexham for this retreat. All rooms benefit from underfloor heating, bespoke sustainable design and most are en-suite (see below for details). We will eat together in the wonderful communal space and our classes and workshops will be in the beautiful Village Hall. All rooms are ground floor and within a minute’s walk of the Village Hall. You will also have access to all facilities at West Lexham for the duration of your stay including it’s rolling, peaceful grounds, wild swimming and heated outdoor pool. 

You can see the venue here: Village Hall

Room options:

Hall Cottage
AVAILABLE Quench (2ppl) – One super king or two singles – En-suite with walk in shower (£425/£795/£650 options)
BOOKED Myriad (2ppl) – One super king or two singles – En-suite with walk in shower (£425/£795/£650 options)
AVAILABLE Paragon (2ppl) – One super king or two singles – En-suite with walk in shower (£425/£795/£650 options)

Arch Cottage
BOOKED Odyssey (2ppl) – One super king or two singles – En-suite bath & overhead shower (£425/£795/£650 options) 
AVAILABLE Delphi (2ppl) – One super king or two singles – Shared bathroom with walk in shower (£375 per person)
AVAILABLE Tybalt (2ppl) – One super king or two singles – Shared bathroom with walk in shower (£375 per person)
3/4 AVAILABLE Troy (4ppl) – Four singles – En-suite with walk in shower (£325 per person)

About Your Teachers:

Claire Sangster – Claire has completed a 200hr Myofascial Yoga Teacher with Christine Wushke and is currently working towards the 500hr certification. Claire has trained extensively with John F. Barnes in the USA in the practice of Myofascial Release (MFR) and is also an experienced reflexologist, a Holy Fire III Karuna Reiki master teacher and trained massage therapist. Claire recognises the individuality of each person, and her holistic approach responds to the causes of your symptoms, your body and you. Claire has had her own journey with chronic pain and is always excited to help others find freedom, space and peace within their own bodies. 

SahaSarah – A trained Gong Master and Kirtan Leader, Sarah is passionate about the profound healing power of sound. Sarah has completed a 200 hour training in Kirtan (also known as the Yoga of Sound) with Nikki Slade as well as a plethora of gong and sound trainings, and is also qualified in Holistic Massage, as well as being a Reiki II practitioner.

Sarah believes in the innate healing wisdom we all have within and works to help her clients access and connect with this. She aims to enhance her client’s overall sense of physical and emotional wellbeing. As well as facilitating monthly sound baths, Sarah also offers one to one tailor-made sessions in holistic massage, sound healing and reiki or a combination of these.

Catherine Franks

Catherine discovered the power of her healing hands through the gentle, body aware world of myofascial release in 2014, after training and working as a remedial massage and manipulative therapist. She has undertaken around 150 hours of practical training with MFR UK along with many more in the theory and latest knowledge of fascia and its importance to our health. She happily describes herself as a fascia geek and has truly found her calling through her practice in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

Her approach is simple – your body is unique and knows what it needs to be healthy; it just needs a little help from hands that are able to listen and let it feel safe enough to do what it needs. Catherine is so excited to be part of this retreat and to bring one-to-one hands-on treatment that will help deepen your experience.

Investment: 

Shared en-suite dorm room: £325 per person (4 people per room)

Shared double room with shared bathroom: £375 per person (2 people per room; bathroom shared between 2 rooms only)

Shared en-suite double room: £425 per person (2 people per room; 2 single beds; assigned by hosts)

Double Occupancy en-suite (if booked 2 people together): £795 (super king or 2 single beds)

Single Person Supplement: £650 (en-suite room to yourself with super king bed)

(A £100 deposit per person is required upon booking)

Payment Options:

To make this experience as accessible as possible, there are multiple payment options available. You are very welcome to spread the cost over the months leading up to the retreat in any way you wish, provided the balance is paid by 13th October 2022. 

There may also be a couple of sliding scale places available for those who cannot afford the full investment but would like to attend 

Please contact Claire to discuss payment plans and concession places on clairesangster@hotmail.co.uk 

To Book: 

Please click HERE to book. You will be asked to pay your £100 deposit payment either via PayPal at paypal.me/clairesangster or if you prefer to pay via bank transfer, the details will be in our confirmation email.