Luxury Yoga Weekend in Bedfordshire, 20th – 22nd November
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Luxury Yoga Weekend in Bedfordshire, 20th – 22nd November
Escape to the peace and tranquillity of this very special historic 17th Century Manor for a wonderfully rejuvenating and replenishing pre-Christmas yoga weekend with Jeff Phenix. This beautiful, luxurious venue offers a peaceful, rural setting perfect to deepen your understanding of yoga and meditation, nurture your body with fresh and delicious vegetarian food, enjoy gorgeous country walks and indulge yourself with a massage.
By taking time out of your everyday life you can leave feeling recharged, reconnected and able to interact with the world in a more balanced and loving way.
Over the course of the weekend there will be four meditation sessions and four yoga sessions.
The morning yoga practices will be a dynamic, creative, playful and explorative ‘deep slow flow’ asana practice and will include meditation and pranayama. The afternoon sessions will be a mellower, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras, yoga nidra and meditation. This will be a deeply nourishing and blissful practise.
Your teacher Jeff Phenix has lots of experience teaching students of all levels. His depth of understanding, playful approach, ability to challenge students to safely explore their edge and his love of pranayama and meditation will give you the perfect opportunity to deepen your practice both physically and internally.
Between yoga sessions and mealtimes, you are free to do as you wish. There is time to relax with a book in one of the comfortable lounges, chat with new friends, enjoy the lovely grounds, take a walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside or if you prefer just find time be to be on your own and relax.
There will also be a therapist offering massages and other treatments so you can treat yourself if you wish. Tofte Manor also has its own labyrinth, the grounds are anchored with beautiful crystals which create a unique energy and space perfect for peaceful reflection and quiet time.
The manor has beautifully decorated grand bedrooms with their own fireplaces and sumptuous beds. The manor bedrooms share beautiful bathrooms with both big baths and showers between 2 or 3 bedrooms.
The manor has a large and comfortable drawing room and a welcoming study with huge sofas, as well as a cozy library offering quiet reading spots for the use of all guests.
The stable yard has 4 tastefully renovated cottages set around a courtyard leading to a secret landscaped garden. Most of these rooms are ensuite. All of the rooms at Tofte are of a very high standard.
7.30am: Morning Meditation
9am-10.30am: Free time
10.45am – 1pm: Morning Yoga
1.15pm: Delicious healthy vegetarian lunch
1.45pm – 4.30pm: Free time
4.30pm – 6.30pm: Afternoon Yoga
7.00pm: Delicious Vegetarian Dinner
9 pm: Evening meditation
Free time can be used for treatments, walking, relaxing as you like. Arrival is from 4.30pm on the Friday, to allow you to settle in before a welcome session and mellow yoga practice at 6pm. Dinner will be served at 7.30pm.
Departure is on Sunday after lunch from around 2pm although you are very welcome to stay and enjoy Tofte Manor a little longer but we request that you have departed before 5pm.
The retreat is lead by experienced and well-regarded London based yoga teacher Jeff Phenix. Jeff has been practicing yoga for 25 years and teaching since 2002. You can find him teaching at many of triyoga’s branches and he has been training teachers for the past 10 years.
He enjoys being creative with sequencing and postures, and love incorporating meditation and the traditional spirituality and philosophy of yoga into his teaching. His intention as a yoga teacher is to awaken his students’ sense of bliss and wonder and help them become more at peace and ease with themselves and the world.
Through his company Phenix Retreats Jeff has been offering regular UK and international retreats since 2005 so has lots of experience in making this a really special retreat experience.
This retreat is suitable for all levels from the relative beginner to experienced yogis and yoga teachers as Jeff is very experienced at giving lots of options so everyone can practice at the level that is right and appropriate for them.
You will be served three nutritious meals a day, cooked lovingly by our retreat chef. The food will be delicious, healthy and vegetarian with gluten-free and dairy-free options. We are lucky to have Sal the Food Witch catering for us for the weekend.
Tofte Manor bottles its own water that runs through the labyrinth pathway which makes it is delicious, pure and vital, energised potent water. It tastes delicious and is worlds away from our regular tap water.
£375 – Sharing room – up to 4 sharing depending on room (maybe less depending on bookings)
£440 – Stable Yard Twin/double shared bathroom – sharing
£540 – Stable Yard Private room shared bathroom – single
£470 – Manor House Twin/double shared bathroom- sharing
£570 – Manor House Private room shared bathroom- single
£495 – Stable Yard Twin/double ensuite – sharing
£595 – Stable Yard Private room ensuite – single
There are plenty of bathrooms for the shared rooms. All prices are per person. If you are coming on your own and would like to share we have 2 sharing rooms where you can share you with others of the same gender. We offer this so we can offer something for all budgets but they are still very high quality, lovely rooms.
- 2 nights accommodation
- All meals from Friday dinner until Sunday lunch
- Tea & coffee on demand
- 4 yoga sessions
- 4 meditation sessions
- towels & bathrobes
Does not include
- Travel Costs
- Massage treatments
What past guests have said
“I had such a great time and as a new Mum – the best night’s sleep in literally 2 years…!!! Jeff’s classes were challenging but so fun, engaging and original! It was fabulous taking some time for myself for some much needed self-growth and repair. The whole weekend was perfectly organised and Tofte Manor was a dream setting.”
“Thanks so much for such a great yoga weekend. It was just what I needed. I have felt very clear-headed and a lot calmer since. I loved all the meditation and the asana practice too. I feel so much better physically and mentally from the weekend’s practices. Plus amazing food and a group of people. I loved it”. Emma
“The Tofte Manor Retreat was amazing – it’s such a beautiful house! I have so much more energy and am stronger and straighter now. The yoga was a delight – Jeff is lovely to be taught by – positive, encouraging and kind, playful and funny, totally inspiring. Uplifting. Wise. I also found the meditations to be a bit of a revelation. It was like finally being able to swim after years of lessons.” Lucy
What to pack
- Yoga clothes & comfortable clothes
- Shawl/blanket for relaxation and meditation
- Slippers/indoor shoes
- Walking boots
- Ear plugs – especially if you are sharing a room
Location and how to get there
This is a private, intimate and exceptionally beautiful venue, set in 50 acres of beautiful gardens, less than one hour north of London. Its magic is held in its gardens, its history which dates back to the Knights Templar and the lovingly restored interiors which make this 17th-century manor house a truly wonderful space for a retreat.
Part of what makes Tofte Manor so special is that it is still a family home which adds to its unique atmosphere of privacy and comfort. It has an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, fire pit, grass labyrinth, and its own delicious water.
Arrival is from 4.30pm to allow you time to get settled before the retreat begins with a yoga practice at 6.00pm.
By Car: Only about one hour north of London. The venue is conveniently located near to the M1.
Nearest train station is Bedford which takes about 35 mins on the fast train from St Pancreas, London (slower trains take one hour). There are about 6 trains an hour. I would recommend taking the following train if you would like to coordinate with others to share a taxi.
Depart St Pancreas 15.47 Arrive Bedford 16.23
Tofte Manor is a 20 – 30 minute taxi ride from the station and costs around £15.
Local Taxi numbers:
A1 Cars: 01234 364444 / 800800
A to B:01234 212222
Atlas: 01234 445153
24-7: 01234 511247
We can help put you in touch with others to share taxis if you let us know what train you are getting.
To make an enquiry or book this Luxury Yoga Weekend in Bedfordshire send your request to the team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.