Yoga and Walking with the Alexander Technique Weekend summer Escape in Snowdonia for Women

Register your interest for 2022

strengthen the body, free the mind, feed the soul


A view across the lake at Trigonos

Time for you to take a pause...

Treat yourself to a few days away in a beautiful place, nestled in nature and away from your everyday routine and busyness of life. A time to stop and evaluate what you're doing and where you're going. The escape has evolved from collaboration between Anita Grey and Jacqui Wallace, who share the same values and are also passionate about sharing their time and skills in a whole variety of ways. This holiday combines Yoga with walking with the Alexander Technique.

Call Anita on 07585 974323 or email anitasurfsister@aol.co.uk to register your interest for 2022!

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The Retreat

A typical day will begin with an energising yoga practice, followed by a mindful walk applying some of the principals of The Alexander Technique. At the end of the day you'll be nourished with gentle flowing and restorative yoga with guided meditation or yoga nidra.

Of course, space will always be created for sharing, talking, music, laughter...or simply silence or rest if that's what you need.  The weekend escape allows you time to review what’s important and to make decisions about the things you'd like to start doing and the things you may need to stop doing. 

A time to re-connect with yourself and nature, enjoy sumptuous and wholesome foods, make new friends, relax deeply and return home with fully charged batteries.

All levels are welcome, from beginners to more advanced.

What To Expect

  • 5/6 yoga sessions to frame your days 
  • 2 guided walks (incorporating the Alexander Technique)  
  • Experienced yoga teacher, Jacqui, and international mountain leader, Anita
  • Free time to unwind, relax, read a book, or just to do your own thing
  • Delicious food, teas and coffee
  • Homemade cake
  • Fun, laughter and meeting new friends

The Venue

www.trigonos.org


Aerial view of Trigonos retreat center

Trigonos is a not for profit retreat centre, based on social and environmental responsibility. The beautiful buildings are located on an 18 acre estate in a magical and quiet valley in Snowdonia, the Nantille valley. The nearest railway station is Bangor, 12.6 miles away. If you are travelling by public transport, we will try to connect you with anyone else, to share the cost of the taxi journey.

The buildings and grounds border a lake, with a superb view of the west face of Snowdon. The grounds are a joy to wander around, especially the meadowland which leads down to the lakeside.

Most of the excellent vegetarian and vegan food is sourced from the gardens within the grounds. The centre grows its produce according to organic principles, and is now in the process of developing the gardens to adhere to Biodynamic practices. With advance notice Trigonos can accommodate special diets, including gluten or dairy intolerance, and any medical allergies. Please make sure to request any dietary requirements when you book.


Trigonos Meeting Room

Yoga

The yoga sessions are to suit all levels and will either energise, strengthen and warm up the body, or relax, restore and stretch out tired muscles after hours spent walking. The pace is gentle, slow and mindful, inviting you to embrace your individuality and curiosity to develop body awareness.

Embodied yoga is based on sensory experience – you are not in competition with others or there to challenge yourself to the point of exhaustion! My aim is to empower and guide your practice to help you find freedom within your body and to explore your practice both on and off the mat.


Practice space at Trigonos

Practice Space:

Our space for practicing is a light and airy studio,with an adjacent comfortable lounge for meeting and socialising.

In the light of the current Covid situation, it’s advisable to bring your own mats, blankets and props. There will be some spares on hand (sanitised of course) just in case, so don’t worry about that.

Walking with The Alexander Technique

Mindful walking through woods, up craggy footpaths and managing descents that we might find a challenge…enjoy the benefits of walking without undue wear and tear, and the stress and strain on joints and muscles.

Widely recognised as one of the most effective self-help techniques for posture and awareness, the “thinking in action” helps us to let go of habitual tension, so that more energy is available for the sheer enjoyment of simply putting one foot in front of the other, and appreciating the wonderful mountain environment.

If you do have walking poles, bring them along. We can spend some time exploring how we might use them more effectively to further reduce wear and tear on the knees. Or if you are considering using them in the future, we’ll have a few spare pairs if you’d like to try them out.

Walking level

The walking level is perfect if you love longer low-level walks, or if you’re new to walking, but already do some form of exercise fairly regularly. We are unlikely to climb higher than 450 m (1500 feet) and no longer than 9 miles, with less distance on Sunday.

Saturday will be a longer walk, (approximately 4 hours) enjoying more time for a picnic lunch and/or possibly a stop in one Snowdonia’s scenic cafés. relax.

Typical weekend schedule:

FRIDAY

  • 16:00 Arrivals/welcome/tea and home-made cake
  • 17:30 Gentle evening yoga practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Yoga Nidra/meditation

SATURDAY

  • 7:30 Morning yoga flow
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Walking/hiking longer route (take packed lunch)
  • 14:30 Free time
  • 16:00 Tea and home-made cake
  • 17:00 Evening nurturing yoga practice
  • 15:00 Time to unwind, relax, read a book, go for a wander
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Yoga nidra/meditation

SUNDAY

  • 07:30 Morning yoga flow
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Walking/hiking shorter route
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Departures and good-byes

Meals:

Meals are vegetarian only, and the vegetables and herbs are mostly from the organic gardens of it ‘s own grounds. Trigonos will accommodate special diets, including gluten and dairy free, and any medical allergies. Delicious cakes are baked daily, and there is always a wide range of teas and coffees, including caffeine free and herbal.

The Rooms:

There are en- suite rooms upstairs in the main house, the Plas, and single en suite rooms that step out into the courtyard of the adjacent building, which is next to the yoga Studio. All the rooms are comfortable, cosy and full of character. There is wi fi throughout. Because Trigonos is a purpose - built for retreats, there is no television or bar, but guests are welcome to bring alcohol if they wish. Tea and coffee making facilities are always available in both buildings.

Couples, families, friends and singles are made welcome, and encouraged to be part of our small, inclusive group, where everyone will feel safe and respected.

If you are coming on your own, and wish to share a twin, we will do our best to match you up with a room – mate of the same gender, but we may not be able to guarantee this.

Costs

Costs to be confirmed for 2022

Booking

Call 07585 974323 or email anitasurfsister@aol.com to register your interest.

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