New Year Yoga and Hiking Retreat

Jan 4 - 7 2019

After the celebrations and excesses of the festive season, join Gillian on a mid-winter retreat to rest, restore and revive body and mind for the New Year 2019. Surrounded by  vast and ancient woodlands, the retreat takes place in Somerset in the luxurious setting of 42 Acres. This is an inspirational location perfect for easily connecting to nature, tuning in to your self and sharing a transformational weekend of hatha yoga, hiking, nourishing food and meditation practice alongside others.

Practice yoga in the beautiful, heated yurt, enjoy meditation in the snug, and eat locally sourced, home-grown and home-cooked food prepared by the 42 Acres chef.  Sleep in gorgeous bedrooms, enjoy a massage and take time for your self in any of the beautiful resting places at the retreat. As usual, the number of participants is limited to guarantee individual attention and an intimate retreat.

Rough Timetable (subject to change)

4th January
5pm: Arrival, welcome, show around and settle in
6pm: Opening circle
6.30-8pm: Restorative Yoga focusing on spinal release
8-10pm: Delicious vegetarian dinner

5th and 6th January
7-9am: Morning Meditation and Sunrise Yoga
9.30am: Breakfast
11.30-12.30: Silent yoga hike (optional)
10.30am – 2pm: silent yoga hike/ free time / opportunity for massages / longer walks / rest and relaxation
2-3.30pm: lunch
3.30-6pm Free Time/ massages/ longer walks/ rest and relaxation
6-7.30pm: Restorative Yoga focusing on spinal release
8-10pm: Dinner

7th January
7-9am: Morning Meditation and Energising Sunrise Yoga
Closing circle
9am: Breakfast
10am: Departure

Night of 6th January
On the last night of the retreat, dance in the yurt, and enjoy the special winter’s pleasure of gathering around a roaring bonfire; set your intentions for 2019 and commit them to the flames.


Price includes 20% VAT
£499 per person for triple room ensuite
£449 per person for twin room shared bathroom
£449 per person for a double room shared bathroom
£499 per person for a double room ensuite
£599 for a private room

Many people come on yoga retreats alone so there is nothing to worry about, most rooms are sharing options and everyone always leaves having made really good friends. This is a highly sought after retreat venue and promises to be magical. Each room is slightly different with its own special charm, and the house is appointed to the highest standards, it is stunning.

For more information please email Gillian on


Practitioner: Gillian Evans

Gillian has been practising yoga for over twenty years. She is passionate about the transformational potential of yoga and leads yoga classes and workshops in London and Manchester.

Gillian teaches breath work, meditation and physical postures with a focus on the slow and safe development of strength, flexibility, stamina and deep relaxation.

Inspired by Sarah Jettoo and trained at Triyoga by Anna Ashby and Joey Miles in the alignment-based method of hatha yoga, Gillian guides students through 90-minute classes that conquer fatigue, cultivate good posture, improve mood and increase body and mind awareness.

Gillian is also an Urban Anthropologist. She lectures in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, and is preoccupied, like all anthropologists, with the question of what it means to be human. Gillian lends this question to her enquiry into the yoga tradition, and brings a unique anthropological perspective to her teaching practice and to workshops for fellow yoga teachers.

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