About Satvada Retreats
Balance, small groups, relaxation
There are plenty of yoga holidays and retreats to choose from out there, so we thought if might be helpful to summarise what we're all about:
Firstly, a little about what we are not about. We're not about detoxes, faddy diets or boot-camps. We do wholeheartedly believe in living well, balance in all things, and self-care.
Secondly, we seek to be as inclusive as possible. We attract a high proportion of first-time retreaters, and those new to yoga or meditation.
Thirdly, our intention is to create a relaxed environment, where everything is optional. Daily schedules offer plenty of space for free time.
Mindful, inclusive teaching
Yoga is an ancient form of meditation that balances body, mind and spirit, with breath and awareness at its heart.
We aim to keep this historical context at the centre of our teaching and approach. In varying degrees, and to honour yoga's ancient roots, meditation is an important part of our retreats, especially in the evening sessions.
Whilst our teachers hail from a number of different styles and traditions, they have certain qualities in common: an open, mindful and inclusive approach that draws on alignment and safety. All our teachers love yoga and meditation and believe these practices should be as accessible as possible.
Small friendly groups
Having experienced large retreats of 30-40 people ourselves, we take care to keep our own retreats on the small side, with an average ten guests per retreat. An exception to this is our Atlas mountain Yoga and Walking retreats, where groups typically comprise 12-16 guests.
Keeping retreats and holidays small has many advantages for you, the guest - especially a friendly, supportive atmosphere and plenty of individual attention during classes. Guests often say that coming away with us feels like a break with good friends, and this is the environment we are keen to create.
Balanced foodie treats
Coming away on a retreat or holiday gives time and space to nurture your precious wellbeing.
This ethos extends to one of life's enormous gifts: good food! We like to spoil you when you're away with us by offering a balanced, nutritious, delicious, plentiful menu, lovingly prepared and served.
Food is locally sourced, delicious and organic where possible. In countries such as Morocco, where produce is so fresh and zingy with flavour, catering for you is made even more pleasurable!
Whilst this will include lashings of fruit and vegetables, we also serve afternoon tea (with accompanying nuts and fruit) and home-made cakes, plus home-made deserts with evening meals.
Yoga & Walking in the Atlas Mountains
A memorable five-night stay in an eco-friendly Moroccan Kasbah (castle), in the foothills of the superlative Atlas mountains. Wander in the lovingly landscaped gardens, swim al fresco in the fabulous pool, stretch and relax in twice daily yoga classes, be awe-struck by the scenery during daily guided mountain walks.
Marrakech Wellbeing Weekends
If you fancy a few nights of boutique accommodation, massage, yoga and amazing food, this one is for you! We run several Wellbeing Weekend Retreats each year, hosted by our favourite Marrakech centre Riads, which are true retreats in the midst of the city's colour and buzz.
Weekend retreats in the UK
Our UK retreats take place in Suffolk and Norfolk, within a couple of hours' train ride or drive of London. Running over three nights, these retreats always contain a large element of mindfulness meditation, taught in a way that is highly accessible for everyone, including newcomers as well as more experienced practitioners.
One some of the formats, we also explore gentle restorative yoga and how the easy and powerful asana can help reduce stress.