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Essential Nature

Yoga and Meditation Retreats


"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit."

Edward Abbey

At Essential Nature Yoga we aim to make time experiencing the natural world as much a part of our practice as our yoga postures and meditation. This can range from seeing flocks of geese in the winter sky, experiencing tens of thousands of breeding seabirds in summer or simply taking the time to truly look at a wild flower on a stroll through a summer meadow.


Our yoga postures and meditation open us up to being more receptive to the wonder of nature. We begin to feel a sense of connection to the wider play of life going on around us at all times.


There are so many benefits in this for all of us - it allows the mind to quieten, by being immersed in nature we can let go of our day to day troubles which if only for a short time can do us so much good. Our breathing will relax and deepen - and we'll be getting some fresh air.


Most importantly it can stir the soul. It can ignite, or reignite, a sense of wonder and awe for life, and our place in it. And it's great fun. 


Walsingham, Norfolk
28 Nov - 1 December 2024


A 3-night weekend of practice, stillness and sahring at Walsingham, a world famous centre of pilgrimage, where our practice will include hatha yoga, meditation and yoga nidra.


We also spend time on the beautiful Norfolk coast with its stunning scenery and abundant wildlife - in the winter Norfolk is famous for flocks of wild geese numbering into the tens of thousands.


The price is £395-00 per person based on twin share (max. of 12 participants), which includes accommodation, all teaching and sessions and all meals.


A non-refundable deposit of £150 p/p will guarantee your place.

Weekend led by Nick Edge (Sw. SatyaDaya)

***2 spaces left***

Isle of Mull, Scotland
8 - 14 September 2024


Due to cancellation we have 1 twin share space left only

on this 6-night retreat.

Get in touch for more details.

Glastonbury, Somerset
9 - 12 January 2025


Enjoy a 3-night retreat in the Somerset countryside at the foot of the legendary Glastonbury Tor. We take the time to refresh and renew for the year ahead through yoga postures, meditation & yoga nidra (deep relaxation).

There will also be time to further relax and unwind by making use of the heated swimming pool & steam room on site.

We will travel to the Avalon Marshes to witness the spectacular starling murmurations - sometimes numbering half a million birds or more! And of course we’ll take a walk up Glastonbury Tor.

£375-00 per person in a twin/double (shared bathroom)
£395-00 for a single room (shared bathroom)
£395-00 twin/share double (ensuite)

14 places - this includes accommodation, all meals and all teachings. This year we will be catering for the retreat.

A non-refundable deposit of £150-00 secures your place.

Led by Nick Edge (Sw. SatyaDaya) & Nickie Short (Tulsi)


Iona, Scotland
10 - 17 May 2025

Enjoy a 7-night retreat on this spectacular island, known for centuries as a place of deep peace and spiritual renewal.

Iona is known as a ‘thin place’ – a place where we are more able to connect with the mystery that lies at the heart of our being.

Our time together will include daily hatha yoga, meditation & yoga nidra. As importantly we allow time and space to explore and simply be on this magical island. We spend a day with thousands of seabirds on the Treshnish Islands (weather permitting) – famous for breeding puffins (the cost of this trip is extra).

£795-00 per person (max. 9 places) - this includes accommodation (in twin-share/double rooms), all meals and all teachings.

(There is a triple room option available at £695-00 per person if we get 3 people who wish to take up this offer)

A non-refundable deposit of £250-00 will secure a place. Travel to and from Iona is not included.

**Fully booked - waitlist open**

Led by Nick Edge (Sw. SatyaDaya) & Nickie Short (Tulsi).

Isle of Mull, Scotland
18 - 24 May 2025

Enjoy a 6-night break on this spectacular island. Our time together will include hatha yoga, meditation & yoga nidra – as importantly we take time to explore the nature and beauty of Mull.

We spend a half-day with thousands of seabirds on the Treshnish Islands (weather permitting) – famous for breeding puffins.

Mull is famous for its stunning scenery, otters, eagles and a host of other wildlife. We hope to show you much of this during your stay.


£650-00 per person in a double or twin share or £745-00 in a guaranteed single (shared facilities) - this includes accommodation, nearly all meals and all teachings.

Does not include - all travel to and from Mull or the cost of the trip to Treshnish Isles. We often go out for a meal together at the end of the time and this too is not included in the cost. 

A non-refundable deposit of £250-00 secures a place.

**Only 7 spaces left**


Led by Nick Edge (Sw. SatyaDaya) & Nickie Short (Tulsi).



This is a selection of practices for you to enjoy at home and to get an idea of what we practice when on retreat together - the first one is a chakra based relaxation/meditation and the second a compassion based practice called Tonglen, both recorded at Walsingham in 2019. I'll get them more polished at some point - however for now I hope you enjoy them. 

Chakra ShavasanaNick Edge
00:00 / 28:04
Tonglen Nick Edge
00:00 / 25:31
Inner Smile MeditationNick Edge
00:00 / 26:04

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