YOGA BRUNCH CLUB RETREAT
Friday 1st Feb- Sunday 3rd Feb 2019
I am delighted to announce my first Yoga Brunch Club retreat will be taking place in Oxfordshire at the stunning Poundon House.
In February, you are invited to join me at the luxurious privately owned country house, Poundon House. A stunning family run country home, surrounded by 6 acres of beautiful countryside. It is the perfect opportunity to reset and intentionally carve out sometime for yourself at the start of the new year.
This is something I have been dreaming up for a while now and I am beyond excited to be hosting the weekend, spanning three days and two nights we will enjoy daily yoga classes from both me (Clem Balfour ) and guest teacher Cloudia Hill. As Yoga Brunch Club’s mission is about making yoga more accessible to all, this is very much a retreat open to all levels. If you have just taken a couple of classes and have always wanted to go on a retreat but never made the leap, or you have been practicing yoga for years, this is the perfect time to join me for a weekend of relaxation, time to unwind, learn something new, eat delicious nourishing food, chat and meet new people.
As the food is as key to the weekend as the yoga, I am thrilled to have Alexandra Dudley joining us for the weekend. Alexandra is a storyteller at heart, drawing on childhood memories of moments in her mother’s kitchen, her debut cookbook Land and Sea.
There will be plenty of opportunities for long walks, cups of tea by the fire for a natter or curled up with a good book, and most importantly to treat yourself to sometime away at the start of the new year.
Come alone or with a friend to enjoy the company and comfort of being a part of this small and intimate gathering. Hosted in the peaceful surroundings of Poundon House for a weekend of yoga, relaxation and nourishing food.
There will be daily yoga practices (5 in total) led by me, Clem Balfour and Cloudia Hill.
Saturday and Sunday will open with an optional meditation and two hour morning yoga class that will begin gently, progressing into a more dynamic flow, invigorating and waking up the body, focusing and calming the mind.
Gentler evening Yoga will explore asanas and breathing techniques, working with yin yoga and more restorative self practice, helping to refine awareness and prepare you for a good nights sleep.
The weekend will build from one day to the next, enabling the group to make progress in their practice with a toolbox of skills that they can take back home with them.
What you’ll be eating
If you have been to a Yoga Brunch Club before you will know that the food is just as important as the yoga and we take pride in the food that is provided.
A home cook at heart, Alexandra's cooking approach is heavily influenced by the food from her mother’s table and her European heritage. A curiosity for travel and a love for Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine play into the inspiration of her recipes which marry bold flavours with local ingredients. Alexandra is a firm believer in using seasonal, quality ingredients favouring neighbourhood markets and British farm produce. Sustainability is key to Alexandra’s way of eating and living and she is a firm believer in never throwing food away. Her debut cookbook ‘Land & Sea’ was published last year and is packed full of recipes for simple, sustainable, sensational food.
The stay includes 2 hearty suppers, a wholesome lunch and 2 nourishing brunches, plus plenty of snacks, tea, coffee and Alexandra’s homemade cookies and muffins. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies when booking so that we can take these into consideration when planning the menus.
What to pack?
Please do bring along plenty of warm layers and comfy clothes to practice yoga in, I recommend packing a shawl and some cossie wollies so you can really at home.
All yoga equipment, mats, props and blankets will be provided but if you would prefer to bring your own mat please do.
Remember to pack a bottle of wine or two if you would like to relax on the sofa with a drink in the evening or have a glass with dinner. I’ll have some bottles with me to buy for a small cost if you do forget or decide you fancy a glass by the fire.
See below for details of room types and prices.
Poundon House has been the home to the Roscoe family for almost 40 years and is still privately owned and lived in by the family making it full of warmth and life.
The house was built in 1908, set within 6 acres of landscaped gardens on the edge of the Oxfordshire/ Buckinghamshire border. Despite the peace and tranquility of surrounding countryside, Poundon is in easy reach of London, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, the Cotswolds and Bristol with fantastic transport links to the all of these places.
Each room in the house has been carefully redecorated and restored over the last five years, while staying true to the country house-style of the Edwardian era.
Image: Bridget Pierson, Poundon House
Alexandra is a storyteller at heart. Drawing on childhood memories of moments in her mother’s kitchen, her debut cookbook Land and Sea (published by Orion summer 2017) has received widespread shining reviews. Offering advice on using the whole ingredient Land and Sea brings sustainable eating to the table in true flavour and style.
Alexandra has a relaxed and approachable style of cooking that is loved by many, her food is exactly the right balance of healthy and indulgent which is exactly I think what you want on a retreat.
Clem is an adventurous, fun teacher drawing on her experience after finding yoga over a decade ago, to teach uplifting classes.
Clem teaches an ever-changing sequence inspired by vinyasa flow (aligning breath and movement), which allows her to respond to the energy in the room. Her classes are often set to a modern playlist, combining elements of Yin and Yang, to help balance out your energy and allow you to experience the effects of Yoga for your body and your mind.
Founder of the Yoga Brunch Club, she is on a mission to break down barriers and make yoga more accessible for everyone. The events and retreats are designed to give you the opportunity to pause, breathe, stretch, eat and connect with a new group of people who share similar interests. Combining open level, energising yoga sessions with great food in beautiful surroundings. What more could you want?
Cloudia found yoga whilst working as an actress on tour in the US, going onto train as a teacher with Stewart Gilchrist at The Power Yoga Company, 2012. She continues to practice, learn, train and pass on what she has learnt to you, whilst looking after two whippets and occasionally treading the boards on stage & screen. Cloudia’s natural and honest approach allows you to grow both physically and spiritually on and off the mat.
Sweaty Betty Ambassador Cloudia teaches at the Power Yoga Company and various other brilliant studios in London.
Prices start from £382.50
See below for details of room types and prices.
|Retreat package||Package price *||Early bird package price **||Deposit|
|Triple room||£425||£382.50||Pay deposit: £150|
|Double room (shared)||£495||£446||Pay deposit: £150|
|Double room (single occupancy)||£750||£675||Pay deposit: £300|
|Double room (booking two places)||£990||£891||Pay deposit: £300|
|Triple room (booking three places)||£1212 +||£1090 +||Pay deposit: £450|
|2x Double room (booking four places)||£1881 +||£1693 +||Pay deposit: £600|
+ Includes 5% group discount
* Amount to be paid in full by 30th October 2018
** Amount to be paid in full by 30th September 2018
Early Bird 10% discount available on prices above if retreat package paid in full before 30th September
Group discounts available for 3+ for details
*Please note that all deposits and bookings are non-refundable
All rooms share 5 luxurious bathrooms, with shower gel & hand products (Organic Surge) provided
Luxurious towels and white dressing gowns are provided for each guest.
We are very happy to arrange payment plans for you, please enquire for details.
Please note, travel is not included in the retreat price, direct trains run from London Marylebone to Bicester North
London (1h 30mins)
Bristol (1h 50mins)
Birmingham (1h 30mins)
Taxi ride from train stations:
Bicester North (London / Birmingham) - 15mins
Bicester Town (Oxford) - 15mins
Bicester Village (London/Bristol)- 30 mins
Oxford (London / West country) - 30mins