Yoga Holiday and Retreats

Coming up shortly but still time to join this great opportunity relax and revitalise your yoga at half term. Both single or twin rooms available.

Yoga and Relaxation ~ Retreat 26 to 28 October 2016

Escape the bustle of half term to enjoy 2 night retreat in a beautiful house with calm space to explore and deepen your yoga.  In effect a midweek weekend to find the time to deepen your yoga that a weekly yoga class finds hard to match:

  • Arrive for supper or settle in from 4pm with welcome tea and cake
  • Hatha yoga before breakfast & longer workshop sessions
  • Time to relax and/or explore the gardens and area nearby
  • Smaller group with time for pranayama and meditation
  • Sharing the calm and stillness of this Quaker house and ancient building.

Yoga throughout the weekend

Hatha yoga to inspire and revive us. Always options to challenge or to ease off and modify. The yoga will be tailored to each participant, with moving sequences and postures, relaxation, breathing and meditation. Ease in to the stay after supper with the welcome session, gentle moving and lead relaxation. Let go of the week, release away your journey, and settle in. Start the day with yoga at 8am before breakfast. Unravel deeper with longer sessions on Thursday afternoon and before later lunch on Friday. Additional meditation session will also be offered.

Enjoying time to Relax

The Charney Manor Quaker retreat centre offers simple comfortable twin or single bedrooms. All the food is homemade and we can cater for any alergies or food intolerances. Home made cake to welcome you. The local area is open countryside for walking or may wish to visit the Wantage town.

Extra TLC

Because the benefits of a Reflexology or Ayurvedic Head, Shoulder & Neck Massage with Denyse can really enhance your yoga and relaxation. Sessions are pre booked for Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Want a longer escape then do start your weekend early with bed and breakfast on Monday and Tuesday. Please ask for details for both options.

Getting to Charney Manor

Do arrive for 4pm and settle early, enjoy the house and grounds. We can coordinate this closer if offer car sharing? Coming from further afield? Trains to Oxford or Didcot & then taxi, or there is a 3 mile walk from local bus (no 66), to Southmoor Village.


The retreat is from 4pm Wednesday 26 to 4pm Friday 28 October 2016. £310 per person in shared room, fully inclusive (single upgrade £38). Please ask for the booking form and settle the £120.00 deposit to secure your place. Balance in full as retreat is just 6 weeks away.

Yoga Holiday photos in previous years ~ find inspiration to maybe join me next year!

Take a look at the photos from June 2016, July 2011, May & August 2010 and Italy in June 2009 beneath if you want inspiration!

Italy Yoga Holiday 20 to 26 June 2016

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            Pool and outlook        Tree Poses in 2014            The House & Yoga 

The yoga holiday is mixed ability so are suitable for all levels. The sessions are designed around the group so everyone can progress their yoga. A balance of asana and time to explore pranayama and meditation and of course relaxation is even better in the warm.

The wonderful retreat centre for this years holiday holiday includes comfortable twin, double or single accommodation, with yoga equipment provided, three vegetarian meals each day, except for our trips out. We visit the beach ( a must for landlocked Oxford dwellers!) and a historical town for day time explore, and an evening meal out. Travel is not included but does include two arranged transfer times, from Pescara airport or good bus connections from Rome. We will confirm these two collection times  to be offered to and returned from the Centre. Please email for full details booking form and to secure your place with £150 deposit.

Yoga Holidays

Yoga Holidays


Summer 2014
Our Yoga holiday here in 2014 was a great week of yoga with the warmth and of care of our hosts, Stephanie and Ruperts’ in their joyful yoga centre. Do join us for the yoga holiday another year!

 UK Retreat with chance to blow away the cobwebs

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Autumn 2014 & 15 Williton is not too far to travel from Oxford but able to walk on the beaches and pop into the market in Watchet on the Saturday.

France was our destination in 2012

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Yoga Holiday proof that Summer 2012 South West France was so cool we needed the wood-burning stove in July!

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Comfortable accommodation Aubeterre 2011: full of antique and artisan shops

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May 2010: Yoga in the shala Pair work in Dancer pose; Hazel adjusting Pauline

May group predinner warmup Yoga room in France 2010

July 2011: Pre dinner warm up in the dinning room!; Well deserved Savasana at end of class.

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Aug 2010: Pair tree with birthday girl! Tadasana firmly on two feet and showing off on two hands!

Yoga Holiday with Brunch and Selfcatering – Ardeche and Tuscany

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Stunning scenery invited great walks, the yoga lessons a perfect balance to stretch tired legs in 2010!

Early arrivals of the group at our ‘local’ restaurant, a meandering 15min walk by the river and and irrigation canal.

The ‘local’ offered simple 4 course meal of the day, always tasty fresh local food.

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Comparing the locations of France and Italy, is the Ardeche converted farmhouse and the smallest dinning room; right is the Tuscan farmhouse. If you would like a similar holiday please get in touch as minimum numbers are required, booking in January. Advantageously this style of holidays are suitable for attending with non yoga partners. A sumptuous meal is included prepared by our hosts to celebrate the week.

Tuscany 2009

Contrast of two weeks in June 2009 we enjoyed one week with families and one adults only, both with the warmth of Italy. The villa within the vine-yards of Tuscany has been a hard act to follow but feedback highlighted the need for a peaceful place with a dedicated yoga space as top of our ‘wish list’.

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Tree poses is tricky with the pool reflections Inversions or relaxation options in the sunsine

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Double Dancer with Torie Warriors of Peace in the shade Tim balancing in Bridge






Sunset over the villa

The weeks both made the most of the area with some excursions locally, and on our doorstep olive oil and wine tasting and a Tuscan feast prepared by Marta in the ‘slow cooking style’ typical of the area. So if the opportunity to enjoy daily yoga inspires you to come to a peaceful and (weather permitting) warm location do come and join us.

The first week girls dress for dinner while Marta adds the finishing touches

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Some comments from the two weeks of Yoga Holidays in June 2009:

“We had such a relaxed and happy time – thank you!” Jan, Tim & Tori

“I loved the daily yoga and the guided meditations. All-in-all a prefect holiday” Cathy

“I liked the small group teaching in afternoon, with more chance to ask questions and get individual attention.” Heather