Satvada in the press

2017

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The Marrakech Express

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It’s a warm North African evening on a rooftop deep in the Marrakesh medina. I’m lying supine on the smooth tadelakt floor, surrounded by my fellow retreaters. We’re about to start our evening yoga practice, and I feel like I’m coming home. But it’s been over four years since I was on the mat… over four years since I last did a yoga class, or indeed any yoga at all.

Eastern sanctuary: a mindfulness weekend in Norfolk

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A suitably slow-paced yoga and mindfulness weekend is revelatory ...

Excerpt: We’re all tired. Some of us go on about it more than others (guilty) but most of us are wrecked most of the time. Which is why going on holiday to lie down in a darkened room for two days is not as weird as it might once have sounded. That’s essentially what Satvada Retreats offers on its winter weekends in north Norfolk: two days of mindfulness and yoga in the beautiful setting of West Lexham, a cluster of converted, eco-friendy farm buildings and treehouses (plus bell tents in summer) set in extensive grounds with paths winding through gardens and around a lake.


A frosty Winter's morning during a Mindfulness walk through the grounds

2016

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Yoga and walking in Morocco

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Excerpt: These gentle, five-day retreats combine yoga and meditation with daily two- to three-hour walks from your eco-friendly kasbah at Tahanaout, Morocco, in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, and the food (with cake and wine, if you want them) is rustic and good.

From £849pp, next retreat 7 November


Delicious Yoga Holidays for Summer 2016

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Yoga and Walking Holiday with Satvada Retreats, Croatia

Excerpt: Satvada Retreats lead this lovely holiday based at a seaside villa on a Croatian island. You can expect a relaxed daily schedule of morning and evening yoga for all levels, gentle walks, good organic food, swimming in the infinity pool or sea (a minute’s walk away). The guided walks (around two hours a time) take you through olive groves and offer amazing sea views.


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Marrakech Wellbeing weekend

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Escape the cold with some marvellous yoga and moroccan sunshine this January. 

Excerpt: Jet off to enjoy Morocco's guaranteed sunshine (it's just 3.5 hours away from London) for a January wellbeing weekend in magical Marrakech. Satvada Retreats is again hosting one of its wellbeing weekends in the vibrant moroccan city, suitable for all levels (complete beginners welcome!), where you will stay at one of the city's stylish riads. 


2015

Great Yoga Holidays for Summer

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From a chilled out retreat on an idyllic Croatian island to a family-friendly yoga and well-being festival in Somerset

Excerpt: The best yoga holidays get under your skin and make you feel fantastic, with asanas (postures), pranayama (breathwork), meditation and cleansing food to help you tone up, lose weight, re-energise, de-stress and let go of all the irritating niggles (and any larger ones) you face in daily life. The breaks that I’ve chosen are suitable for all levels. Do, however, ask questions before you book to check the teaching style is right for you.


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Yoga Weekend in Exotic Marrakech

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Satvada Retreats runs a variety of group yoga holidays around the world.

Excerpt: We went on one of their yoga and wellbeing weekends in the heart of Marrakech, where teacher and staff work together to create a friendly, uncompetitive atmosphere that’s perfect for beginners, those wanting to brush up their yoga, and those who want to explore this exotic city whilst taking care of their wellbeing. Your base is a riad (or traditional house) with a serenely peaceful central courtyard in the exciting medina (walled city). The traditional food is excellent, and Satvada Retreats is happy to accommodate particular dietary requirements.


Five Best Yoga Holidays

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Looking for the best yoga holidays in the world? Retreat guru Caroline Sylger Jones suggests five yoga retreats to suit different tastes


Excerpt: Though these holidays are open to all levels, many guests on Satvada Retreat holidays have no previous retreat or yoga experience, and the team’s gentle touch ensures your body and mind will feel safely taken care of. Teachers focus on mindful hatha yoga, with a focus on awareness and alignment, and meditation is always included. Their holidays include short breaks in the UK, wellbeing weekends in Marrakech and yoga and walking breaks in the Atlas mountains, where yoga takes place on a large terrace overlooking the swimming pool and surrounding mountains. The group trips run on set dates throughout the year.


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The Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Open your Atlas

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Yoga and mountain walking in Morocco will have you refreshed and ready for anything

Excerpt: Gazing up at the Atlas Mountains in the early morning sunshine, I breathed in slowly and took it all in. The craggy landscape glowed red beyond the manicured lawns and olive trees, with snow-capped peaks beyond. It was the perfect way to wake up in Morocco. But I soon had to drag my eyes away when we were asked to bend down and put our hands on the ground. We were on the sun-drenched, stone roof terrace of our boutique hotel and it was the first yoga class of the day. It was part of our five-day yoga and mountain walking holiday, based just 30 minutes’ drive from Marrakech.

Easy Escapes: Yoga in Morocco

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Trish Halpin gets set for 2015 on a five-day walking and yoga holiday in the Atlas Mountains

Excerpt: Why go? To completely reboot your mind and body. Satvada Retreats runs a variety of three and five-day yoga and meditation breaks in beautiful locations in Morocco, Croatia and Suffolk. Whether you’re a yoga buff or a newbie, travelling solo or with a friend, these retreats - run by yoga teacher Lucia Cockcroft and her partner Darren Cooper - are super-friendly. Every day is properly structured but also very relaxed, so you can join in as much or as little as you like. My holidays usually involve a gaggle of husband, kids, siblings or friends, so this is my first-ever solo get away.


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Go slow: how to do less and take in more on holiday

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Off-grid escapes

Excerpt: Those looking for a tailored healthy retreat will find lots that’s new this year. British company Satvada Retreats is offering yoga and walking holidays in Croatia from May. 

Lucia Cockcroft’s twice-daily 90-minute classes combine yoga with mindfulness meditation.

Top Wellness Holidays

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Whether you want to take care of your body, soothe your mind, or just indulge in some rest and relaxation, there will be a break to suit, writes Caroline Sylger Jones

Excerpt: Only a few hours' flight from the UK, yet with a lovely warm climate, Morocco continues to sprout new healthy holidays. Go on a Wellbeing Weekend in a Marrakech riad with Satvada Retreats.

Yoga on the beach in Morocco

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Wish you were here

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Yoga retreats are perfect after most have indulged in too much of everything

Excerpt: Satvada Retreats has a new trip combining daily hatha flow yoga sessions with guided walks in the Atlas Mountain, followed by evening yoga and meditation session.

The deal: Five nights which include airport transfers, two-daily 75-minute yoga classes, daily guided walk and five nights full-board (except one evening meal).


From Eastbourne Air Show to wellbeing weekends in Marrakech: Travel agenda

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Chill out

Excerpt: A new wellbeing weekend, offered by Satvada Retreats, launches in Marrakech from September. The three-night weekend breaks feature six alfresco yoga sessions, a massage, healthy vegetarian food and a workshop on stress. Accommodation is in a five-bedroom riad, with a roof terrace and pool.

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Rooftop yoga at Hotel Tigmi Morocco

Norfolk, Amsterdam and Morocco: the best late travel deals

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Morocco

Excerpt: Satvada Retreats has joined forces with meditation trainer Shamash Alidina, author of bestselling book Mindfulness For Dummies, to organise this five-day yoga and mindfulness meditation break beginning on May 19. The retreat is an introduction to meditation. Guests will stay at the Hotel Tigmi, a boutique hotel just 30 minutes outside Marrakech with a new yoga and meditation studio.

Satvada Retreats is offering a five-day yoga and mindfulness break at the Hotel Tigmi, including full-board accommodation and all yoga and meditation classes.

Travel: Top 5 late deals, including yoga in Morocco

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Morocco

Excerpt: Besides guaranteed sunshine, the itinerary for this five-night healthy holiday to Marrakech departing on April 19 includes a 9am dynamic hatha yoga class, which will get you pumped for the day ahead, and a more meditative 5.30pm session to help you relax. You will sleep in a traditional riad, a mansion centred around an open-air courtyard.

Satvada Retreats is offering a five-night yoga holiday in Marrakech, including two daily yoga sessions, brunch, four vegetarian evening meals, a massage, a half-day walking tour and daily tea and cake.

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Late holiday deals: A yoga retreat in Suffolk, the only hotel on a traffic-free island, 19th-century grandeur in Vienna and more.

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Excerpt: A long weekend in the Suffolk countryside will give you the opportunity to take some much-needed time out before the madness of Christmas ensues. Potash Barns is a small retreat centre tucked away near the town of Framlingham, consisting of three listed barns on a smallholding and a dedicated yoga studio.

The emphasis of the weekend is geared towards resting and relaxation, through meditation, gentle exercise, healthy food and massage.

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