This was my first yoga retreat and it was wonderful. I met an AMAZING group of women and I enjoyed the company of every single one of them. Paula (instructor) put enormous effort into our time together. I found it all beneficial and did return home very relaxed and in a better mental zone. I also came away with good correctional advice on my positions, new positions to practice and determination to practice more regularly on my own. I appreciated the 'full on' programme, though some of the events were optional (no additional cost and no pressure to attend),which left what was for me sufficient periods of 'free' time for wandering about. The grounds and surrounding area were outstandingly beautiful and we were very lucky with the weather. Nonetheless, I went for the yoga so wanted to attended everything. The paired yoga was a lovely way to end our yoga practice together and was also fun to do. I attended with a friend but it would have been completely fine to have come on my own - as others of those who attended did. I wouldn't hesitate to attend again by myself if anyone reading this has concerns about this. I would attend again full stop.
Paula is an excellent instructor who created a fantastic atmosphere amongst the group. The yoga sessions were a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions catered to all different abilities and with some wonderful meditation/more spiritual elements too. The extra sessions offered, such as hand massage, yoga nidra, bowen technique and walks in the peak district really added to the experience. The hotel is set in a beautiful location and the accommodation, though a little basic, is comfortable, quiet and private. The food was lovely and seemingly never ending. An all round great experience which I would do again.