THE ROU ESTATE - CORFU
ROOT TO RISE
GETTING GROUNDED TO FIND FLIGHT
YOGA RETREAT with Beth Peak
28th September - 3rd October 2020 - 5 nights - 6 days
(£1500pp single accommodation. Please contact us for shared room occupancy prices)
The concept of "Root to Rise" is that everything starts with a strong foundation & grows from there. All beings can't launch into flight without first being grounded & connected with the Earth. Things can't grow and thrive unless the roots have spread out & stabilised within the Earth.
In the physical practice of yoga, we can feel ourselves grounding before expanding out. The tools that we gain from a rooting practice is that we can mentally and emotionally ground ourselves before moving forward and making decisions.
The act of rooting creates mindfulness. The act of rooting creates stability. The act of rooting helps determine our intentions whereby we gain clarity & perspective to help access the core essence of who we are and the actions that we take.
During our week, we will be exploring a variety of yoga styles, from dynamic vinyasa with upside down playtime, to a gentle restorative style to reconnect you with body and breath. Regardless of style, getting grounded will be at the core, for without foundations our practice cannot flourish.
This retreat is suitable for different levels, catering to the beginners and to the more advanced yogis. Going upside down is not a requirement, though will be fully supported and great fun should you wish to experiment as the week progresses.
(Rooms allocated on a first come first serve basis)
*Option to stay on till Sunday 4th October
Transfers in Corfu
Sunrise & Sunset yoga class
5 nights Luxury Accommodation
3 delicious meals per day prepared using local Mediterranean ingredients
Personal advise on your practice through careful adjustments & giving you tips to guide you into your own personal practice
**Please note price does not include: extra treatments, 1:1 yoga, meals out of the Estate or car hire (if requested)
***This retreat does not include flights. You can book direct flights through Easy Jet & British Airways.
A TYPICAL DAY
Pre Yoga snack of dried fruits, nuts, fresh juice morning shot, coffee and tea
Breakfast - A buffet of homemade granola, yoghurts, fruits, local breads, honey, jams, pancakes, eggs
Free time: could involve a hike, local trip, or relaxation by the pool or beach. Option of 1:1 yoga
Lunch, a variety of nutritious Mediterranean inspired foods, locally sourced or grown, seasonal
Afternoon relaxation - massages, siesta, go exploring, hiking, option of 1:1 yoga
Late afternoon Yoga, as the sun begins to set, sometimes a Sunset Yoga & Meditation
Hang out, go to bed, read or star gaze
HOW TO BOOK
First you pay your 30% deposit to reserve your space. We will be in touch within 24 hours to send you important information. Your remaining balance is due 8 weeks before your retreat.
Please note: If the trip is cancelled due to low numbers, the deposit is fully refunded.
AND WHAT TO EXPECT
Beth’s style is rooted in a playful approach to challenge the body. She teaches alignment based vinyasa, with an emphasis on finding the breath to soften into postures, physically and mentally. Expect a physical challenge, with spirituality and story telling woven into classes.
Morning practice will take on a more dynamic and vigorous approach, interweaving different sequences. Beth will challenge you into a range of simple to more advanced postures in a creative, gentle and safe way. A more restorative practice will guide you into the warm Autumnal evenings.
YOUR YOGA TEACHER
Beth has been teaching yoga to adults, teens, children and GB athletes for over 10 years and is a registered senior yoga teacher from the UK. She owns a yoga studio in Cranleigh, Surrey which caters to all ages and levels. Over her years of teaching, Beth has been lucky enough to practice and study with world renowned teachers and has enjoying finding inspiration, but also carving out her own style from these experiences.
Those who attend her classes particularly enjoy her playful light style which encourages growth without taking oneself too seriously. Beth has hosted yoga retreats all around the world and is excited now to be coming to explore all that Corfu has to offer.
THE ROU ESTATE
We are delighted to be able to offer you our retreats at the well established Rou Estate, based in the North East part of Corfu, directly above the fishing villages of Agni & San Stefanos. Nestled amongst the cyprus and olive trees in the hills of Corfu, The Rou Estate was sympathetically restored by a British/Dutch couple in early 2004. Their vision and ethos was to create a haven away from the usual tourist destinations, surrounded by views that are not only breathtaking but have the ability to lift your soul.
The 18 traditional houses within this hamlet, all interweave amongst the various landscaped paths, each has their own unique flavour. The Yoga Garden Retreats are delighted to be able to use 4 of the houses: Lavandula, Lillium, Muscari & Laurus. Each house has their own plunge pool within their own private garden and terraces. A large communal pool is found at the epi-centre of the Estate, surrounded by cacti and diverse Mediterranean plants.
Corfu, cradled in history, is the largest island of the Greek Ionian Islands. As illustrated in Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals, Corfu is surrounded by incredible nature and diverse surroundings.
The capital city of Kerkyra, also known as Corfu Town, is steeped in sophisticated history, with a tapestry of cultural influences, from the Venetians, French & British as well a dose of the Austrian empire. Interweaving through the city are a myriad of pedestrianised streets selling anything from local Corfiot produce, your typical tourist trinkets and some high fashion boutiques. Savour some Corfu delights whilst sipping hot frothy coffee on the Liston promenade, a place that is central to Corfu life. We will be heading into Corfu Town towards the end of our retreat to experience this vibrant town.
Winding up the coast, about 45 minutes from the city, you will reach The Rou Estate. Dotted along the coast are some quaint little fisherman villages, with a choice of tavernas serving the usual Greek delicacies. There are a range of pebble & sandy beaches about 10 minutes below The Rou Estate: jump into the wonderful Ionian sparkling waters and relax under the Mediterranean sunshine. For the more active, there are a number of beautiful hiking trails, some part of the infamous Corfu Trail, along the coast of the North East of Corfu and on the doorstep of The Rou Estate..
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
How do I get to CorfuThis retreat does not include flights. You can book direct flights through Easy Jet, British Airways, Thomson, Norwegian Airlines.
Can I have a single occupancy accommodation?Our accommodation prices are based on shared occupancy. Yes Upgrades are available for Single Occupation. All accommodation is based on first come first serve
Do you have mats and towels?We provide a range of yoga mats, bricks & blocks, cotton belts, blankets and supportive bolsters. You are more than welcome to bring your own mat, if you prefer this option.
I have never practised yoga before. Can I come?Yes – we are always happy for beginners to start with us. All our teachers are especially skilled at teaching the fundamentals and guiding the student in a safe & harmonious way. A retreat is an ideal way to immerse yourself in daily practice without interruptions.
What shall I pack?Wear something comfortable that allows you to move freely and with ease. We want you to feel the connection of your bare feet on the earth, so you can leave your shoes at the door. Post practice: In the late Spring and at the tail-end of the Summer and into the Autumn, the days are warm and evenings can vary. We always recommend to pack a light jumper and trousers just in case. Normally we will send you a weather report a few days before hand. At times, Corfu may have a rain shower: we will move our practice indoors if this is the case. Other items: The usuals: suncream, insect repellant, Summer footwear, Walking/hiking shoes, Swimming stuff, prescribed medication. You will not need to pack beach towels (all included).
What is the weather like in Corfu?May tends to be a very pleasant month in Corfu. The sun shines brightly and raising the average temperature to 18°C (64°F), with highs of 23°C (73°F) and lows of 13°C (55°F). Daytime could be warm but evenings can be cooler. We recommend bringing long trousers & lights jumpers & a light coat. The tail end of the Summer into the Autumn, the days are warm and balmy of around 26°C and the evenings can be around 18°C.
What can I expect?The teacher may apply a hands on adjustment to help modify and correctly align a pose or possibly help you to express a deeper aspect of the pose. If you prefer not to receive assists, please feel free to let your teacher know.
Whay if I have health concerns?We will be sending you a health questionnaire and we would be grateful to be made aware of any health issues so that we can accomdate you.
Will I need a passport?Only if you are a non-EU citizen
Will I need insurance?We always encourage you to buy your own health & travel insurance, in case of cancellations, emergencies, or travel issues.
I have an allergy or a specific dietary requirement?Just let us know and we will tell our in-house chef!
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