tresaith, west wales
May 22-25th 2020
with Ash Bond & Ashley Russell
Energise, engage, refresh…
Join Ash Bond & Ashley Russell for a 4 day Energising Vinyasa Yoga retreat with two of Bristol’s most dynamic teachers. Set in the luxurious surroundings of Glandwr house on the dramatic West Wales coastline. Energise, breathe and find space away from the city.
Our beautiful venue: Set in the tiny seaside village of Tresaith, on the stunning coastline of West Wales, this charming home is just a stone's throw away from the beach, coastal path, and waterfall. The Grade II listed Georgian house is nestled within secluded woodlands, meaning you really are in the heart of nature.
Rooms are stylish and comfortable, modern bathrooms allow natural light in through glass ceilings. The kitchen diner is large, bright and homely and there’s a couple of lounge areas to relax and chat, with plenty of yoga books to borrow. There are many walks off the grounds through woodland, and the beach is a short walk down our drive to the village steps. You will be welcomed as one of the family.
Our schedule: Every dawn will begin with optional meditation and journaling. We will then break for breakfast before diving into a juicy two hour long strong Vinyasa practice. After lunch there will be free time to explore the coastal paths, dip your toes in the sea, hike the hills or relax in the comfortable environment of the Yoga House. There will be an optional workshop in the afternoon for those wishing to immerse completely in the practice and then just before supper, there will be a delicious Restorative offering. The evenings are free, but there will also be optional mini-adventures (perhaps a walk along the beach or a trip to the local pub?!).
This is a playful, relaxing retreat with time for you to breathe into the spaces, to connect with friends or to retreat into yourself.
We look forward to holding this space for you,
Ash & Ashley x
Example Daily Schedule (we as Yogis of course remain flexible!)
7.30am (optional) Meditation & Journalling
10-12noon Vinyasa Yoga
3pm Optional Workshop
5.30pm Gentle Yoga
I have been a student and teacher of yoga for over 20 years working in Europe, the USA and now back in the UK. I am also a registered psychiatric nurse and have been practicing for over 25 years. I integrate many tools for wellness within my offering.
Iyengar is the foundation of my yoga practice. When I lived in New York City I managed a teacher training facility teaching new yoga teachers in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®.
Now back in the UK I teach vinyasa, hatha, restorative and yin style. I am one of the core teachers at the Bristol School of Yoga and bring with me over two decades of experience in yoga, teaching and psychiatry. I have helped many people with different stories and am inspired by others taking a leap of faith towards transformation. I am a Senior Yoga Teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance Professionals, a registered mental health nurse with the Nursing and midwifery Council.
The experience of life comes in many forms – the body, the emotions, the perceptions and thoughts. Understanding, creating story from these experiences is a strong human driver; accepting them for what they are can be harder. I do not promote anything that is esoteric or alienating and believe anyone can find a journey into their whole selves often using the gateway of the body. My values include integrity, honesty and discipline. I pride myself on being present, for plain speaking and celebrating achievements together.
Ash loves to tell stories, explore them, and ask what they mean. The thing is, we’ve all got a story that will break your heart, make you sigh, make you fall off your chair in tears of laughter and joy. What is ours? Where is it held in our bodies? And how, as teachers, do we help our students illuminate their own stories – help hold them up to the light and help embrace what is found there?
4 years studying Classics at Oxford, a few years after as an English teacher, one book published and with another in the works has given Ash notebooks full of daydreams, a bookshelf full of fairytales and a handy flair for weaving a tale.
Story is one of Ash’s most useful tools for teaching Yoga. Her toolkit is varied however – bodywork, inversions, partner work, animal walks, singing, silliness, journalling, a kick-ass playlist, a juicy yoga nidra… all find their place, depending on the students that she meets on the mat that day. With these tools Ash hopes to gently guide her students to a place of visceral connection that feels authentic, intuitive and deeply healing.
Ash teaches her story-based Yoga style on workshops, retreats and trainings throughout the UK and abroad. Ash also runs the annual Yoga Campout where yogis move, eat and dance together over one magical weekend. Wherever she is practicing, Ash seeks to offer a Yoga that is accessible to those who wish to enter a held space without judgement. guarding the yoga mat as a safe place of play and exploration.
Having lived the nomadic lifestyle for 5 years or so, travelling and teaching in Asia, Ash is now happily settled in Bristol where she walks her polar bear of a dog every morning at dawn.
“Yoga for me is a chance to remember what I have forgotten; to allow myself to feel.”
ROOMS & PRICES
3 nights accommodation
All Yoga (including workshops)
See pictures of rooms - prices TBC
Kingsize Double Ensuite (2 places available) – 495 each
Twin Ensuite (2 places available) – 495 each
King (shared bathroom) (2 places available) – 445 each
Small private single (1 place) – 350 SOLD
Twin (shared bathroom) (3 places available) – 445 each
Double (shared bathroom) – 425 each
**FIRST 5 PLACES: £25 off**
BOOK WITH A FRIEND? Another £25 off EACH!
£150 deposit is required to secure your booking.
To book your place on this special retreat,
One of the reasons we are keeping this retreat within the UK is to keep it as environmentally kind as possible. Please consider this when organising transport - perhaps use this Facebook group to find a person to share a lift with (we will be!).
Arrival: 4pm Friday 22nd May
Departure: 3pm Monday 25th
How to get there
The Yoga House at Glandŵr is in the small village of Tresaith on the west Wales coast of Ceredigion, overlooking Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea.
Trains and buses. The nearest train stations are Carmarthen and Aberystwyth with their connections to the rest of Wales an beyond. Both stations are about 1 hour’s drive away by car.
There are bus connections from Carmarthen and Aberystwyth to our nearest market town, Cardigan, and thence from Cardigan to Tresaith.
By car from the south, take the M4 and A48 to Carmarthen, then follow the A484 to Cardigan. Bear northwards in Cardigan along the A487 for some 15 minutes, then the B4333 for Aberporth at the Gogerddan Junction. At Aberporth bear right for just over a mile, following signposts to Tresaith. You will descend a hill into Tresaith. Just before the bottom of the hill our driveway will be on the right, marked by a large sign for Glandŵr.
By car from the north, follow routes to Aberystwyth in mid Wales, then the A484 southwards to Cardigan via Aberaeron and Synod Inn. Ignore the first signpost for Tresaith, continue driving until the next major crossroads at Gogerddan Junction. At Gogerddan bear right to Aberporth along the B4333. At Aberporth bear right for just over a mile, following signposts to Tresaith. You will descend a hill into Tresaith. Just before the bottom of the hill our driveway will be on the right, marked by a large sign for Glandŵr.
For satnav, our postcode is SA43 2JH, GPS 52.131626, -4.512805