Awaken Your Soul Yoga Retreat
Many of us dream about attending a beautiful wellness/yoga retreat on a sandy beach with bright blue skies somewhere abroad. However the majority of retreats that we lust after online seem overpriced. For someone who hasn't been practicing yoga for long and may be self conscious, these kind of retreats seem a little intimidating.
So when we discovered an affordable yoga retreat being held near by with no previous yoga experience needed we jumped at the chance! Not too heavy on the purse strings and packed full of activities in ONE DAY! (Vegan food, yoga, meditation and a fire ceremony).
When the day finally arrived we couldn't wait to see what was in store. We drove down a small winding country lane to find Bishopston Village Hall where the event was being held. Although close to the village the location felt remote and charismatic. We were welcomed by Ruth, the yoga teacher organising the event who was warm and friendly. We immediately felt at ease!
A beautiful shrine of crystals, flowers and candles had been placed in the middle of the hall. Our yoga matts circled the shrine, connecting our energy to the shrine and each other.
We were each invited to share why we'd chosen to attend the retreat which instantly brought the group together. It felt like a safe and caring environment where you could share without fear. The morning began very gently, warming our bodies up with stretches. One of the most special things about the retreat was that everything was accessible no matter what your background, experience or ability.
The day was filled with Kirtan chanting, amazing vegan food, a fire ceremony and an invigorating dive into the ice cold sea to offer the ashes from the fire ceremony to the earth. We know what your thinking, running into the sea on a Welsh summers day does not sound appealing but the day really inspired us to let go of our inhibitions and grab life by the balls! It's even encouraged us to consider cold water swimming as a hobby.
Everything throughout the day felt so genuine and heart warming. During the fire ceremony each of us had an opportunity to let go of any fears that we were holding onto. It was quite an emotional experience and we were touched by how brave everyone was, especially considering we'd only met that day. What shocked us the most about the fire ceremony was even though we were a group of very diverse women, we all shared similar fears about insecurity and not being good enough. This was an exercise that really brought us closer as a group of women.
It was such an uplifting experience and a day we won't be forgetting anytime soon. Thank you Ruth for being such a wonderful spiritual teacher and we really hope to join you on your next retreat.
For more information about Ruth's next retreat, 'Seeking Silence', head to her website here.