Satvada Retreats Blog

Welcome to our blog, where you'll find a wide variety of articles, thoughts, ideas and ponderings on the ever-widening world of healthy travel, yoga, meditation, walking holidays and retreats.

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Group doing Yoga outdoors
Once upon a time, the phrase 'yoga retreat’ may have conjured up connotations of a strict regime, lacklustre food and dorm rooms. Roll forward to the present day, and not only have standards of food and accommodation improved dramatically; the range of what's available, where, is dazzling. At Satvada Retreats, we are sticklers for cultivating a friendly, inclusive, relaxed environment, suitable for both complete yoga and/or retreat beginners, and those with a long-standing practice. Over the years we’ve heard a full range of apprehensions from guests taken by the idea of going on retreat, yet concerned about what (or who!) they might find. Based on a decade of experience creating and running retreats, here are five common misconceptions about what to expect from the experience of going on a yoga retreat: read more
The value of retreating: doing less, being more
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau With the Satvada team just back from our last Mindfulness for Wellbeing retreat of the current season, it seems fitting to reflect on the value of spending some time stepping out of our everyday routines and the demands that accompany them.  It is a deep pleasure to hold the space for a group of people stepping out of everyday life to go on retreat, and always a huge reminder for us, as teachers and facilitators, of both the power of practice, and the value of spending time out when we can.  For me, the importance of retreating could be summarised as follows: read more
Eating well this Winter
If you are lucky enough to be escaping for a few days on a yoga or meditation retreat this winter, nutritious, delicious food will be an integral part of the wellbeing agenda and a bounty of wholesome treats will regularly arrive for your consumption and enjoyment, lovingly prepared by someone else! Back at home, it can be far more challenging to eat well, and of course it's your responsibility. Here we offer a few essentials on eating well this winter, keeping body and mind in balance. read more
Mindfulness and Politics
This week, US scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn, the man widely recognised as the founder of modern mindfulness, addresses politicians from 15 countries around the world, to explore whether mindfulness can bring compassion and perspective to international politics. This extraordinary event has been organised by senior Conservative and Labour MPs, keen to discuss the potential of secular mindfulness meditation to build resilience and clear thinking. read more
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