women

at Braziers Park, Ipsden, Oxfordshire, OX10 6AN

from Friday, October 18, 2019 – 11:00
to Sunday, October 20, 2019 – 15:00
with Laura Hinde and Lou Stanion

A nourishing autumnal retreat with plenty of opportunity for deep relaxation, stillness, space and rest. A journey back home.

The Sacred Care: Women’s Retreat is fully booked.
If you would like to put your name on the waiting list please email Laura.

During this weekend retreat, we’ll be enjoying:

✶ Circle time: There will be an opening and a closing circle (the only two things that we ask everyone to be at) and plenty of time to check in throughout the retreat.
✶ Morning Sadhana: Rise up and connect.
✶ Meditations: Connecting with the heart, the womb, the divine.
✶ Womb Yoga: A gentle, feminine yoga practice. Indoors and (hopefully) outdoors.
✶ Walks in the countryside: Autumnal colours and earthiness.
✶ Kundalini Yoga: Raise your consciousness and find sacred purpose in your life.
✶ Hatha Yoga: To centre ourselves and fully inhabit our bodies.
✶ Moon cycle teachings: Reflecting on and dancing our own cycle of inner sustainability.
✶ Kirtan Chanting: Sacred heart songs
✶ Yoga Nidra: Yogic sleep. A deep, heart-based, meditative practice.
✶ Gong Bath: Melt into the vibration of sound.
✶ Restorative Yoga: Deep release through minimal effort as we prop the body into comfortable, supported yoga postures.
✶ Self Massage: Using gentle techniques to relax, release and nurture.

This weekend is for you if:

✶You are a woman.
✶ You would love a relaxing and nurturing weekend away!
✶ You want to connect with like-minded sisters.
✶ You want to experience deeper relaxation and well-being.
✶ You want to learn to surrender more to your body and your inner wisdom.
✶ You want to learn life enhancing / rejuvenating practises that will nourish you going forwards.

Why a women only retreat?

✶ When women come together there are things that happen for them that are not possible in a mixed environment. There is a deepening of self that unfolds within a supportive network of women of all ages.
✶ Women hold within them the wisdom of inner sustainability in the form of the menstrual cycle. Post-menopause we can track the same seasonality by the moon. The Cosmology of Menstruation, from menarche to menopause, can be addressed properly on a women only retreat.

The Venue

Braziers Park is situated within the Chiltern Hills, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will be making the most of this! It is right on the edge of the village of Ipsden (where the yoga hall is situated) and close to the town of Wallingford. To the north lies Oxford and to the south, Reading.
The drive from St Albans to Braziers Park is 53 miles and takes just over an hour depending on the traffic. We have chosen the start and finish time of the retreat to (fingers crossed) hit the ebbs from a traffic perspective.
Braziers Park is a community, a residential college and an architectural treasure. It was founded in 1950 as an educational trust, and is a continuing experiment in the advantages and problems of living in a group. Community members share responsibility for running the mansion house (a Grade II listed building), 55 acres of land, organic kitchen garden and livestock, facilitating courses and organising events assisted by visiting volunteers from around the world. These community members who live at Braziers (including men) will share the dining room with us.
We will all be sleeping in the mansion house in either a twin or a single room. The rooms are all different shapes and sizes, simple, comfortable and clean, each with a different view. Bathrooms will be shared between course participants.
We have sole use of the drawing room, with doors which open out onto a large level terrace that leads onto the lawn.
We will be using Ipsden Village Hall for most of our sessions. It is about a 20 minute walk to and from the mansion house, along a quiet country lane. The walk provides a natural transition time but it is also possible to drive if you’d prefer.


The Food

The food at Braziers will be vegetarian, nightshade free, wheat/gluten free for the main meals and wheat/gluten free options at breakfast (bread and other wheat alternatives will be available for those who like toast but it will be possible to create a meal without it). The food is delicious and there is plenty of it.

Your Investment

Your investment for the weekend includes tuition, accommodation (twin or single rooms available) and all meals.
Twin room: £395    Single room: £445
(Early bird price until 17th July: Twin room £365, Single room £415)
Bookings and payments can be made through The Yoga Hall website: www.theyogahall.co.uk/shop
The maximum number of participants for the retreat is 20. Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you would like to bring your beloved female relative with you, you are most welcome: bring your mother, your best friend, your (adult) daughter, your favourite auntie, your mother-in-law, your niece, your god-daughter, your favourite female neighbour.
For questions please contact Lou on 07730 430 330 or Laura on 07974 653 661.

Retreat Facilitators

Laura and Lou have been working together since 2006 and in 2011 started to team teach a monthly Restorative Yoga workshop. In January 2014 they jumped in a car and sped to their first ever Red Tent, held by the women of Brighton! Inspired and enthused, they co-founded Red Tent St Albans a month later. Soon after that they formed a small ‘Guardians’ circle to support the Red Tent space and have been sitting in Women’s circles ever since.

Laura Hinde was fortunate to find her teacher, Faustomaria Dorelli, in 1992. After 3 years of increasingly immersive classes with him at his Innergy Yoga Centre in West London (Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Bhakti Yoga in the form on Kirtan Chanting), he encouraged her to take the Yoga Teacher Training Course at the Sivananda Yoga Headquarters in Canada, which she completed in 1995. She remained living on the Sivananda ashrams for a year, teaching in New York State, New York City and on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, followed by a year at the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico where she continued to teach Hatha Yoga and learn about Living Foods.
Returning to the UK in 1998 she continued to teach full time at Fausto’s Innergy Yoga centre, training and immersion in Hatha, Raja and Bhakti Yoga. Encouraged by Fausto, she began teaching women Pregnancy Yoga, first learning “on the job” with the women she taught and later training with Janet Balaskas at the The Active Birth Centre.
In 2002 she married and moved to St Albans, founding The Yoga Hall with her husband and fellow Yoga teacher, Finlay Hinde. The birth of her children in 2004 and 2008 motivated a whole new exploration of specialist women’s teachings, training with Birthlight (Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Francoise Feldman) and Peter Walker (Developmental Baby Massage), as well as a post-natal apprenticeship with The Active Birth Centre.
Inspired by the spiritual depth of Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa‘s teaching, she travelled back to New York City in 2013 to undertake the Khalsa Way Pre-Natal Yoga training. This was where she experienced Kundalini Yoga for the first time and was deeply moved by the experience. It was particularly the quality of the women’s teachings that motivated her to a daily practice of Kundalini Yoga, and to begin exploring Kundalini Yoga more intensely.
In 2015 she took the Women in Power initiation.
In 2016 she completed her Kundalini Level 1 teacher training course at Amrit Nam Sarovar in the French Alps, and is currently approaching the end of the two year Level 2 training.

Lou Stanion. Motivated by a desire to calm her mind, Lou’s interest in yoga started in 2004. In 2006 she qualified as a Yoga teacher in India, trained by the Sivananda Organisation. Much of her teaching is inspired by time spent with Faustomaria Dorelli at the Innergy Yoga Centre in London. Part of a dynamic yogic Sangha (community), and alongside this working in a busy commercial role promoting African Safaris, Lou gained a lived understanding of how to integrate yoga into daily life. It was at Innergy that her love of singing was re-kindled and monthly chanting (either in London or St Albans) became a regular part of her life.
Since then she has trained with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (Womb Yoga & Total Yoga Nidra) and Judith Lasater (Restorative Yoga). She has studied with and been inspired by Angela Farmer, Donna Farhi, John Stirk, Sarah Powers and Chinnamasta Stiles.
Her love of the cyclical rhythms of nature has inspired a quarterly Seasonal Yoga workshop and Seasonal Celebrations of ritual and sharing that honour the festivals of the Celtic calendar. These gatherings weave together the Red Tent community and St Albans Men’s Group and are honoured in her weekly Yoga Nidra classes.
Later in 2013 Lou undertook Shadow Work training with John & Nicola Kurk. This led her to the ‘Women in Power’ programme, an initiation that unearths and honours buried aspects of the feminine soul and psyche. She continues to staff on this programme, supporting women both during and after their initiation.
In 2015 Lou met Alexandra Pope, co-founder of Red School, whilst attending one of her menopause weekends. Just on the cusp of menopause herself, this inspired her to join the 2016 Woman’s Quest Apprenticeship, a radically new approach to leadership training for women. In 2017 she trained as a Menstrual Medicine Circle Facilitator and Red School Menstruality Mentor, working one to one with women to access the gold hidden within their menstrual cycle.
And in early 2019 she completed a 500 hour Yoga Therapy & Mindfulness Training with Heather Mason at The Minded Institute and is beginning to practise as a one to one Yoga Therapist.

Om Shanti