Sunday 15 August 2021
9am – 1.30pm
Harewood provides a sanctuary for so many who enjoy visiting to walk in the grounds, breathing fresh air and taking in beautiful views. If you are a regular visitor to Harewood you will already be aware of the peaceful walks, beautiful woodland, wildlife and calming bodies of water.
Over the past year as a collective we have all understood the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing and the role nature plays in cultivating a positive state of mind. A connection to nature, ourselves and others is the way we can continue to heal and stay centred as the world slowly opens up again.
Many of us have been unable to take part in a wide variety of activities over the last year due to the restrictions we have all been living under. We understand the power of trying something new, stretching ourselves and feeling the joy that comes when we are in community with others and surrounded by nature. Our retreat will allow you to thrive again after this very different year.
Outdoor Yoga by the Bothy lakeside
This year we have been in survival mode just trying to get through things and take care of ourselves as best we can. Now is the time to start to THRIVE again as we start to feel change in the air. Enjoy this deeply grounding yet energising Yoga practice which helps us rediscover our centre and build our inner energy reserves.
Guided walk through the Himalayan Gardens and Harewood Stupa
This mindful walk will take you through the Himalayan Garden where you can see blue poppies, orchids, cobra lilies, primulas and over 50 types of rhododendrons. The gardens are a beautiful place to pause and breathe with the sound of the waterfall helping to relax and calm minds. This gentle walk will take you through a gorge and over a bridge by the beck.
The Himalayan Stupa was built by monks from Bhutan in 2004 and is the only one of its kind in the UK. Here you will have the opportunity to leave an offering of something you have found along the walk. This will have fallen already and can be as simple as a leaf or flower. This Buddhist tradition helps us to reflect on life’s impermanence and helps to calm the mind before meditation practice begins.
Enjoy a warming herbal tea using locally produced seasonal herbs and a healthy energy snack from Harewood Food and Drink Project.
An Introduction to Meditation
If you are new to Meditation this will be the perfect introduction – if you have more experience you will enjoy this peaceful session and perhaps understand meditation in a deeper way and learn some new techniques. The session will start with some gentle hip, shoulder and spine stretches to prepare our bodies for being still followed by simple breathing techniques to calm the mind. Once prepared you will be guided into stillness. The session will end with the option to rest the body fully in savanasa (a relaxed lying down position) using yoga props for support and comfort. The session will end with a collective card reading which may offer insight as we navigate this next phase of our lives.
Wear Yoga clothes you feel comfortable moving around in. Bring a warmer layer for the cool down part of the class and in case the temperature drops.
Bring a bottle of water in case you get thirsty while you are away from the studio space.
We will provide all equipment, indoor and outdoor mats. If you would like to bring your own equipment please bring:
You will need to make your way to the Arch Barn Studio for the start of this session, which is located on the Harewood Estate. Full directions to the Arch Barn will be sent prior to the event. Be aware that you will need to enter the Estate via Weardley Lane (via A659), do not use the main entrance to Harewood.
If current Covid restrictions are still in place, you will be required to wear a mask indoors unless you are on your Yoga mat or eating or drinking.
Hand sanitiser will be provided in the Arch Barn.
Please do not come to the event if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.
Please let us know if you have any medical conditions or injuries prior to the event so we can ensure you are supported during the class.
The Arch Barn is a brand new, state of the art yoga studio space, set in the heart of Harewood Estate. We have taken inspiration from our surroundings with calming and vibrant greens, stone and wood featuring throughout. The facilities include a changing area, community space, treatment room and studio space.
Yoga Kula is a dedicated Yoga Studio in the heart of the vibrant Leeds suburb of Chapel Allerton. Yoga Kula Director Angela Sykes has been running Kula for the past 10 years. As well and running Yoga Kula she also works with partners including Harewood Holistics. Yoga Kula offer an authentic Yoga experience for the modern world. Our teachings are inspired by the East and made accessible to all.