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. 




Glastonbury, Somerset
7 - 10 January 2021

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 using the sound of the gong).


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.


From £295-00 per person in a twin/double share to £375-00 for single occupancy of an en-suite twin room (max. 14 places) - this includes accommodation, all meals and all teachings. A deposit of £95-00 will secure a place.


Led by Nick Edge (Sw. SatyaDaya)

*** Full - waitlist open ***

*Cancelled due to the world going mad*

Isle of Mull, Scotland
14 - 20 & 21 - 27 May 2023

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 the seabirds of the Treshnish Islands (weather permitting) – famous for breeding puffins. We will also spend a day on Iona – a place of peace and renewal for centuries.

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

£595-00 per person (max. 10 places) - this includes accommodation (in twin-share rooms), nearly all meals and all teachings. A deposit of £250-00 will secure a place.

Does not include - all travel to and from Mull, cost of trip to Iona, cost of trip to Treshnish Isles or lunch on either of these days.

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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