plus optional 3-day extension
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.
George Watson and Maya Schlomka have teamed up to provide a comprehensive 3-day program that will take advantage of the amazing landscape of Shetland, to enhance and deepen the experience.
The program will include transport, 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, 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 (pop. 600).
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 guided 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 (where George lives), and then another short ferry to 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.
Then off in the bus to take a look at the nearby Muness Castle, then 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. There will be the opportunity to explore the Zen approach to grounding, breathing and energy cultivation through a swim in the North sea.
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 a walking meditation and yoga before breakfast. Then we'll pack up and depart Belmont House, taking the ferry to Yell, and a scenic tour through this beautiful island.
A yoga session and lunch will be at a friend's seaside converted croft on the island at a beautiful location. There will be a little free time to walk the beach and soak up the ambience.
Those of you who have chosen the 3-day extension will remain on the island while the rest of the group continues via ferry to the main island, visiting several sites before being dropped off at the ferry or airport.
Program subject to change.