The Springtime retreat element of the yoga teacher training is co-hosted by Maison Fish, whose retreats cultivate adventure, connection with nature, creativity and magic. Besides creating time and space for immersive practices, retreat experience allows us to connect to seasonal rhythms and our true nature.
The retreat portion of the Yoga Teacher Training will be a time of deep practice, immersive study and connection to community that is supportive and nourishing, while also being challenging and powerful.. We will be creating a sense of an authentic yogic lifestyle, an ashram experience, despite being outside of India.
We will eat a nourishing and delicious vegetarian diet, take our sunrise sādhana practice and share our morning tea while practicing mauna or sacred silence. As a sangha, or community of learners, we will all participate in seva, or moments of service to the community and the communal living space. Our practices will range from dhāraṇā (contemplation) and dhyāna (meditation) to āsana and prāṇāyāma (postures and breathing) as well as pūjā, or sacred ritual practice, within a non-religious context.
We will move together, breathe together, learn together, eat together, get things wrong together, grow together, cry together, be vulnerable together, and giggle together.
We will support each other in our fullness as humans.
We will be an intimate group of whole humans moving into a new phase of life.
This premium estate is located within the scenic heart of the Peak District. With 10 acres of open ground and woodland high in the Peaks, the property has impressive views of limestone hills. Near to us is the market town of Bakewell, home to the infamous Bakewell Pudding, a delicious tradition that our hard working students must try!
We promise the gift of space across these seven days. The Maison Fish DERBYSHIRE estate is spread across a Manor House plus three additional cottages. We shall transform the spacious function room into our yoga shala, and lace it with sacred intricacies. We promise the Grace & Presence students ample space in morning practice, as well as break away space to run their own practice classes in the afternoon. Maison Fish DERBYSHIRE also includes a heated indoor swimming pool and games room for moments of down time.
The Maison Fish live in chef or ‘Mamma Fish’ will make sure we are all nourished abundantly deep down into our cells. The menu is based around whole foods that taste amazingly good. As a nutritious, full vegetarian retreat, any vegans and or dietary requests will be warmly welcomed. All of our ingredients are sourced freshly from local suppliers, with high quality and organic ingredients whenever possible. We refuse to compromise on the fresh and organic quality of any eggs, dairy or butter provided.
A sample day timetable:
6:30 am meditation
7 am light tea and fruit
7:30 – 9:30 vinyasa yoga
9:30 big breakfast
11:30 – 1:30pm workshop 1
3:30 – 6:30 workshop 2