Yoga Seaside City Retreat in Brighton // 2 – 5 August 2013

Brighton “Smell the sea and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly”

It´s a dream come true to announce details of the Yoga Seaside City Retreat in Brighton!

THE SETTINGBrighton's Palace Pier, England.
Brighton: city by the sea, alternative, creative, quirky, charming, cosy, a quintessentially English seaside town, eclectic, open-minded and fun!

Geographically, Brighton is a sunny town, located on the south coast, and the vast seaside panorama certainly adds to the spacious feeling. Colourful, eclectic and creative, it contains more than 365 restaurants, an attitude of celebrating individuality, many independent boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants, a place that´s easy to be a vegan or vegetarian (or not!), shopping that is unique and fabulous and did i mention the vintage?

Pubs, bars, live music, festivals, food markets, massage, arthouse cinemas, supper clubs, car boot sales, spas, pug meetup groups, beautiful architecture, beach life, history, minutes from Brightonthe south downs nature, beautiful parks, museums, galleries, paddleboarding, cosmopolitan atmosphere and cycle rides along the seafront, the list is really endless. Brighton has something for everyone. It can provide the wild party nights (and days) and leave you breathless if you have the energy, but it can also be a quiet and calm resort, full of pampering, meandering cobbled streets and alleyways finding solitary space and peace.

THE INTENTION
Many know that Brighton is my spiritual home. I lived here on and off for 10 years. It´s where my yoga journey stepped up, and i took my first teacher training. It´s where i felt life began. The city is vibrant and open, accepting and easy-going. Anything goes, and this sense of freedom and magic is certainly one of the many reasons i will always love it.Pavillion

Ketil and I lived in Brighton before we moved to Bergen in 2010. We want to share this special place and create a haven amidst all of this inspiration. To get away from it all, yet connect with others, have many adventures, get to know this city at your own pace (tailor-make your stay according to your hearts desire) and eat some of the finest food of your life (no understatement!). All of this, in combination with your yoga practice, incorporating the inspiration and experience on and off the mat.

We will be providing a guided tour of the city in bite-sized chunks, and you will also be provided with a Brighton pack, incorporating all of our “must-see” recommendations, walks, maps, secrets and top tips to ensure your stay is magical.Brighton

A summer treat with time for yourself, and a new experience, new friends and a deepening of your practice.

THE YOGA
There will be five yoga sessions during your stay including one workshop, a Yoga Disco and weather permitting, outdoor yoga. There will also be focus on meditation techniques.

The sessions will be a balance of dynamic and restorative yoga open to all levels, beginner or experienced, and individual attention to focus on deepening your practice (a questionnaire will be sent on booking, where you can detail your specific requests).

THE FOOD
Breakfast and lunches are included in the stay. All meals will be healthy, nutritious and hearty (with options for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans).Brighton

Breakfast will be served at the loft, a smörgåsbord including muesli, fresh bread, fresh croissants, cheese selection, jam, yoghurt, juice, coffee, teas, fruit, eggs, seeds and nuts. All organic.

For lunch we have cherry picked three different Brighton eateries, institutions in their own right, with the highest quality ingredients, where you can choose your meal and drink. One of the lunches will be the obligatory Sunday roast (!).

Dinner with the group is optional, however we will book seats at three of the finest restaurants and details will be in your arrival pack. If you would prefer to make your own dinner plans that´s no problem.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma MarshallPhoto credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

Photo credit: Emma Marshall

 the “heart and soul” of Brighton, the luxurious, spacious loft conversion of Vine Street Studios is our base. The space is brand new, and opening this month. Exquisite craftmanship in every detail and nestled in the heart of the North Laine. We have a quiet and calm yet central location including our own yoga space. The best of both worlds, our tranquil haven the vibrant and eclectic community. More pictures here.

THE TRANSPORT
To those of you outside of England, we recommend you fly to Gatwick as it is a short 20 minute hop to the city by train. Norwegian fly direct from Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger.

If you fly to Heathrow, get the National Express Coach to Pool Valley coach station (central Brighton), or a train via London (changing at Paddington, the tube to Victoria, then train to Brighton).

THE DETAILS
The retreat runs from Friday 2 August – Monday 5 August. Our retreat will kick off on Friday at 21:00 (this allows time rail travel from Gatwick for the last flight from Bergen). We check out of the studios at 10:00 on Monday, and will wrap up after our leisurely lunch.

Investment is 4.000 kr inclusive of all classes, workshops, breakfasts, lunches, tours and accommodation.

BOOKING
*Places are limited, and places are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
*To register and reserve one of 10 spots, a 1000kr non-refundable deposit is required.
*The remainder of the payment of 3.000kr is due by 3 June 2013.
*Pre-pay bank account: Dionne Elizabeth, 1203 91 73059
*Please mark your payment with your name as a reference.
*Deposits and full repayments are non-refundable unless we can fill your space.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to email me directly: dionneyoga@gmail.com

Check out images from our Yoga & Creativity Retreat in January!

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