plus optional 3-day extension - day rates also available
This 3-day course is suitable for practitioners of all levels. The classes will be tailored to the abilities and interests of the people who attend.
Maya Schlomka will provide a comprehensive program that will take advantage of the amazing landscape of Shetland, to enhance and deepen the experience.
The program will include transport in Shetland, touring, daily meditation and yoga, in addition to discussions on health, nutrition and overall best practices for a healthy mind and body.
This classical Georgian house is located on the island of Unst (pop. 600), the most northern isle in the UK. It has been exquisitely restored by volunteers and managed by a trust for the benefit of visitors and the residents of Unst.
The venue and location is perfect for a retreat, and walking distance from the waterfront village of Uyeasound, with it's quaint harbour and beautiful views.
In addition to spending the nights here, the house will be used for yoga, meditation and home cooked participatory meals.
You'll be picked up at the ferry terminal or if you arrive by plane, you'll meet the group in Shetland's historic port capital of Lerwick. We'll let you know where. After introductions, you can explore old Lerwick and have lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants. Then the group will board the minibus for a tour through the main island.
There will be visits to sites of historic interest, and a stop for a meditation session at a site of awesome beauty. Then a short ferry ride to the island of Yell, and then another short ferry to the island of Unst.
After settling in to Belmont House, we'll cook dinner together. After the evening meal and a short rest, you'll be ready for the evening yoga session and maybe a stroll through the grounds of the estate.
You'll be up early for pre-breakfast meditation and yoga, then a hearty country breakfast. Like all our meals it will be veggie & vegan. Then we'll hop in the minibus for a quick trip to nearby Uyeasound village, and stroll past the old harbour to the village hall, where you'll share a yoga session with a few locals followed by a wellness discussion.
After the session we'll take a look at the nearby Muness Castle, then off to the village of Haroldswick for lunch at Victoria's Tearoom by the water. Next door is Maya's northern home called the 'Hamars', currently being restored by her family. there should be time for a quick tour of the property
Another short drive to Skaw Beach, the most northerly beach in the UK. There we'll have a meditation session and/or a nice ramble on the heath.
Then back to Belmont House to wash up, have some free time, and prepare the evening meal
After dinner there will be various options offered depending on peoples' interests, and may include further yoga and/or meditation, and a chance to discuss any aspects of your practice where you have questions.
You'll be up early again for yoga and meditation before breakfast. Then we'll pack up and be ready to depart Belmont House by noon. There will be another yoga session mid-morning before taking the ferry to Yell, and a scenic tour through this beautiful island.
If the weather is fine we'll have a picnic lunch and discussion at one of Yell's scenic spots or beach, with a little free time to take a stroll and and soak up the ambience.
Those of you who have chosen the 3-day extension will remain on the island for additional activities while the rest of the group continues via ferry to the main island, visiting several sites before being dropped off at the ferry or the airport bus.
Program subject to change.
Those of you participating in the extension will have spent the night either back at Belmont House or the nearby hostel in the village of Uyeasound (depending on the number of people).
The coming days will be tailored to the needs of the group. Daily meditation, yoga and wellness discussions will be included.
In addition there will be several activity options that could include the following*:
On the final evening (day 5) there will be a festive dinner with music provided by harpist Sunita Staneslow. Several local friends will be invited to the meal and we'll host a discussion on the glories and challenges of island life.
The final day will feature a grand tour of the main island, visiting historic and natural sites, with a midday pause for meditation and reflection on the experience.
You'll be dropped off in Lerwick for the ferry or the bus to the airport.
Those of you who sign up for the optional extension will receive a questionnaire about your interests and priorities. We'll try and accommodate everyone's interests as much as possible. The final itinerary and schedule of activities will only be decided after consultations with the group.
Program subject to change.
* Some of the optional activities may include an additional fee.