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.
Day one Friday 19th August Arrival in Shetland
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.
Day 2 Saturday 20th August A day in Unst
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.
Day 3 Sunday 21st August Yell & departure
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*:
2-6 hour walks or light hikes through some of the most beautiful Shetland landscapes.
Guided cycling tour of the nearby small island of Fetlar, an even more remote island with a population of just 61 people. (highly recommended)
Swimming in the sea.
a session at the local leisure centre, including a swimming pool, gym, squash court, and a range of CV machines and fixed weight equipment.
Volunteer work on the restoration project of the historic 18th century Hamars property that Maya's family are restoring to its former spendour.
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.