Mountain Retreat | August 2020

AUGUST yoga retreat


Rural Wales
Mountain Retreat


ceremony | story | celebration

ceremony | story | celebration

August 28-31st 2020

with Ash Bond
& Yoga On A Shoestring

We had a lovely time at Garth Barns with Ash. As a 50-something who practices yoga less often than I’d like to, I find Ash’s all inclusive approach very reassuring. The effort we put in is entirely our own choice and there’s a wide and interesting variety to the poses she teaches. She is such a calm and inspiring teacher to spend time with.


The perfect combination of beautiful location, great facilities and accessibility, set amidst rolling hills of rural Wales. Garth Barns sits nestled in unspoiled and natural beauty in the countryside that surrounds the historic and pretty town of Llanidloes. A world away from it all, deep in the charm of rural Wales and yet easily accessed from London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham.

The two large barn conversions that house the Yoga Shala and all of the accommodation are heated from renewable biomass and the drinking water is from the farm’s own pure spring water source. The barns surround the old farmyard, now a lovely space with gardens, a stream and an outdoor dining area for warmer days. There is also a gym and Finnish sauna. For wild swimmers there is a swimming pond. The venue is set within 200 acres of farmland with plenty of walks in the hills and valleys right on the doorstep.

Walking the hills…

Walking the hills…

The Daily Programme

There will be two yoga classes each day with Ash. Mornings will begin with a quiet meditation and gentle pranayama followed by an energising yoga asana practice. In the evenings there will be a shorter relaxing restorative yoga class to ease you into your evening.

Each day after morning yoga and breakfast there will be the opportunity to explore, take a dip in the wild swimming pool, have a sauna, join the afternoon workshop or simply relax.

Arrival time on the Friday is from 3pm onwards. The first yoga session will be at 5pm. The weekend will finish mid-morning on the Monday after yoga and breakfast.

The Yoga Shala

The Yoga Shala

This retreat is organised by the wonderful folks at Yoga On a Shoestring - further details are on their website:

Me and my mum had a wonderful time away at Garth Barns. Neither of us are true yogis, having both just done a course and a few classes, but Ash was brilliant, the food was amazing, the scenery and barns were wonderful, the swimming lake and sauna were perfect too. I can’t say enough how much we both loved it. We will definitely be back!
— Clare & Kath

Your Teacher

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Ash Bond

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.”