Yoga Retreats - UK

uk yoga retreatsIt has taken Amanda some time to find the right venue for her yoga retreats in England believing initially that yoga retreats in the UK in general were simply not a direction for Sublime. However, listening to her clients and valuing their opinion it seemed that many were simply unable to get out of the country for body and mind recharging and a constant request for yoga retreats UK based was heard.

With this in mind Amanda commenced her search for yoga retreats England and was unimpressed with many, looking for something either a little more exclusive or a little closer to London. There is many a beautiful yoga retreat UK located deep in the countryside but nothing as unique as Osea Island in as close proximity to London. 

Osea Island - A Beautiful Secret

Osea is an exclusive, private island resort set in the most idyllic surroundings and situated on the Blackwater at the base of the Thames Estuary, conveniently close to central London.  Enclosed by four miles of beach and coastline, this beautiful secret of an island provides an inspirational setting, as a marine sanctuary for an abundant variety of wildlife and rare birds.

Osea can only be accessed by car at low tide via a mile long tidal road built in Roman times connecting the island to the mainland. This only adds to its charm, timeless quality and serene character. This along with the convenience of access to the island and how one can feel so very cut off when so very close to London helped Amanda to fall in love with it this summer 2011. Hence it became the new venue for British corporate getaways, detox retreats and Yoga/Pilates fusion retreats. Sublime yoga retreats in UK. 

Accommodation

The accommodation we have chosen to secure on the island is the crème de la crème. The Manor House;  beautifully appointed, each of the 10 rooms elegantly designed, many with their own en suites, some with breathtaking sea views, all with SKY TV (which we don’t think you will need). A charming yet sophisticated country style kitchen on the ground floor with table to seat 10 and kitchen/breakfast rooms on each floor for convenience and use by the clients, gives the feel of a large home rather than a hotel. Formal dining for up to 20 people allows for our clients to dine and converse together at the end of the day before relaxing in front of the roaring fires in the winter time or taking a stroll along the beach for some fresh air and contemplation.

The Dining Experience…

The professional chef brought in for the island’s functions is also trained in body work, practices and teaches yoga. She is therefore well aligned with the values of Sublime and the requirements of our yoga UK retreats. Along with the Ayurvedic input from our nutritional expert, she has helped us to put together nutritionally energising, detoxifying, and most importantly, delicious menus for our all important clients.

My Partner Doesn’t Practice Yoga

uk yoga retreatsAs the accommodation calls for mostly couples, or decadent singles residing in double rooms (with two potential single beds in a little lounge area and dressing room respectively) we have created a retreat package for both members of one couple. We have taken into consideration that perhaps not all partners might want to get involved with either the yoga / Pilates practice or the detox aspects

We do often find that changes after a day and upon hearing the lively and inspired chatter around the dinner table. However, with this in mind, we have created a relaxing retreat programme to accommodate all palates so it is not a problem if one of you does not want to take part in the daily practice. There is much more involved. 

We may incorporate art workshops to bring out the creative side of our clients. Even if they don’t think they have one, it will be an enjoyable and relaxing experience; in the art barn overlooking the field with the wood-burner alight for a heart warming experience. And if you want to simply sit and drink tea taking in the atmosphere, watching others create that is also fine. 

There is also potential for boat trips on the river estuary, kayaking off the beach, learning how to cook an Italian meal, good old-fashioned sports day events complete with sack races and what we are most looking forward to this winter, a treasure hunt with prizes and bonfire to complete the weekend. Any combination of these events may be included in our sublime Osea retreats so do contact us to find out what will be in yours.

Contemporary Yoga & Pilates Retreats

osea islandPilates and yoga UK retreats are plentiful as interest in these fine art forms increases, the benefits becoming ever more publicised. However, luxury is not always a major ingredient of a yoga retreat vacation, many wanting to enjoy the simplicity of the practice alone. Sublime fuses the contemporary with the traditional and brings the ancient practices to a place of luxury living where delicious dining and pleasureable pampering treatments are a major component of the weekend getaway. This is why we have selected the Manor House and grounds, the ultimate of the island, as our chosen accommodation and practice location.* 

Our aim is to have you driving off the island, when the tide is safely out, feeling utterly sublime.  

Please take a look at the Osea Island website for further information of our wonderful British retreat venue and contact us for details of our next Osea Island retreat getaway

*Other accommodation in the way of pretty little cottages and apartments are also available on the island should you wish to bring children along and self-cater. Contact Joanne at the Island directly  joanne@oseaisland.co.uk for prices. You will still be invited to join us at the Manor House for daily practices and other activities.  Please contact us for details of the Sublime Osea yoga retreat only package.