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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. 


Spain (Extremadura)
11 - 18 May 2024

Join us for a magical 7-night retreat in the unspoilt countryside of Extremadura in West-central Spain. Extremadura is a region of great natural beauty with incredible landscapes and towns and villages steeped in history. The region is famous for the ‘dehesa’, sometimes called the Spanish Serengeti, which is a unique environment of cork and holm oak teaming with native wildflowers and birdlife.


This is an opportunity to deeply refresh and recharge in a truly beautiful and peaceful place. Fundamental to this there will be daily hatha yoga, meditation and yoga nidra (deep relaxation).


We stay in delightful ‘casa rural’, country house, less than 10 miles from Trujillo. The rooms are light, airy and spacious and all have en-suite facilities. The gardens and surrounding country are home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife literally on our doorstep and at night, with no light pollution, the stars are a sight to behold. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a number of terraces and lawns inviting the opportunity to truly unwind.


The price is £975 p/p based on 2 people sharing. Single room occupancy is possible however there will be a supplement (please contact us for details).

A non-refundable deposit of £250 p/p will guarantee your place.

We will also offer a payment plan from time of booking until 2 months before departure so that you can spread the cost.


The nearest airport is Madrid which is 2 hours away. Transfers can be arranged from here at additional cost. If more people arrive on the same flights or at the same place then the transfers become better and better value per person.


Flights, which are not included, to Madrid are offered from many UK airports by a number of airlines including EasyJet, Ryan Air, British Airways, Iberia, Iberia Express etc. so travel should be easy and affordable.


Week led by Nick Edge (SatyaDaya) and Nickie Short (Tulsi)

...........and Mungo is coming too!!


***We have only 3 spaces in twin en-suite rooms***

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***



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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