Monday, 14 August 2017

Summer Solstice Norfolk Yoga Retreat 2018

A couple of months back, me and 15 others returned back from our retreat weekend at West Lexham.
Enjoying the grounds on our Saturday night tour
I think we all agreed that it was a very special few days.  We were fortunate enough to enjoy lots of sunshine all weekend which meant that we were able to eat our brunch and dinner outside every day (and have our afternoon cake by the pool of course!).  Our food was absolutely delicious and prepared for us by two lovely ladies from Purple Plum Catering in Norwich.
 
Several members of our group also took the chance to swim in either the pool or take a swim in the lake.

We practiced yoga in the morning, afternoon and evening and explored lots of very gentle postures, restorative yoga, chanting and meditation.

Our food from
Purple Plum Catering
Our food from
Purple Plum Catering
On the Saturday evening, Simon, the head gardener, took us on a tour around the beautiful estate grounds, pointing out interesting flora and fauna along the way and letting us in on a few of the exciting plans that they have in the pipeline for the future.

I was also lucky enough to be given the opportunity to stay in one of the very special bell tents on the estate.  For me this was quite an adventure as I've had very few experiences of camping so far.  We didn't go on camping holidays when I was a kid and so my taste of camping had been limited to a week surfing and camping in Cornwall, a windsurfing and camping weekend in Devon in my twenties and a much less successful night's sleep several years back in Hainault in a £9.99 tent from Epping High Street (that's another story!).  So all in all, this was to be was my first night in a tent for a very long time.

Luxury camping at West Lexham
Camping at West Lexham however is an altogether different experience entirely.  My bed was large and made up with cotton bedlinen and a down duvet and pillows.  There were 2 bedside tables, vases filled with flowers picked from the grounds, a water bottle and glasses by the bed and (my favourite!) loads and loads of fairy lights.

I slept beautifully during both nights of my stay and when I woke up each morning, I was even able to treat myself to a bubble bath(!) before teaching our 15 yogis. 

The camping bathrooms are unlike any other campsite I've ever seen.  Each individual bath or shower rooms is individual and boutique  B&B standard with loads of quirky touches throughout and piping hot water ready and waiting.

Luxury baths in the camping
shower and toilet block at West Lexham
It was such a great weekend that the very next day after our return, I called to book another weekend for 2018 Summer Solstice

Although the weekend is currently full, there is currently no one on the waiting list so let me know if you want to be first in line.