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Weekend retreats and workshops

BTS110304_02_galAyurveda and Yoga retreats

Refresh body, mind and soul by escaping to the countryside for a rejuvenating retreat. Immerse yourself in Ayurveda and Yoga, enjoy Ayurvedic food  and explore the stunning Somerset countryside. Weekends are held at The Weavers House in Batcombe, 4 times a year. Please add your name to the newsletter list to be kept informed. Click here for more on the next retreat in March 2016- Spring into health.

Recent feedback:

“The yoga was wonderful. Jojo is a creative, gentle, thoughtful teacher – the classes were varied and sensitive to the needs of the moment”

“The weekend provided an intensive yoga and meditation practice which was suitable for beginners to advanced alike, with time for relaxation and lovely company.”

“A very friendly, comfortable, beautiful venue. The food was nutritions, creative and plentiful. The Yoga was well paced, with good knowledge and the Yoga space was beautiful. The weekend exceeded my expectations in every way!”

Ayurvedic Workshops

Joanna offers various workshops with a digestible blend of theory and experiential learning! A typical day is 7 hours long, consisting of theory, discussion and feed back. All include a handout and other Ayurvedic goodies to take home! Get in touch if you are interested in hosting a future workshop at your Yoga studio, workplace or home….

“Just wanna say I loved the workshop, if flowed well & you are a great teacher.” (Deborah)


Introduction to Ayurveda 

Ayurvedic theory may appear complex, with lots of Sanskrit terminology! However, its principles are beautifully simple and are as relevant as ever in the 21st Century. This workshop covers:

  • The basics of Ayurveda and its ancient philosophy handed down by the sages and seers of India
  • Exploring your ‘dosha’ or Ayurvedic mind body type
  • Using the doshas to better understand ourselves, partners and others
  • How life in the 21st century has the potential to unbalance all 3 doshas
  • Ayurvedic daily routines- why it makes sense to do a bit more than brush your teeth
  • Why massage is considered so essential in Ayurveda, and how to give yourself a free daily massage
  • You are what you eat, balancing the 6 tastes, and the effects of food on the mind
  • Useful Ayurvedic herbs and spices that you may already have on your spice rack, and some home remedies for seasonal ailments


Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking 

Draws on both Ayurvedic and Yogic principles. If food is indeed medicine, what is the best diet for you and your dosha?

  • How to nurture our digestive system (known as ‘agni) and get rid of the effects of improperly digested food (‘ama)
  • The three types of digestive imbalance seen by an Ayurvedic practitioner
  • Why modern wheat and pasteurised dairy is hard to digest and what to do about it (including making your own sourdough bread)
  • A powerful ten day home detoxification programme using mung bean soup
  • Preparing and eating some delicious vegetarian dishes, including one pot meals for busy lifestyles, ghee, fresh chutneys, and mung bean soup
  • How Ayurvedic cooking is about principles not rules so you can be creative. And it doesn’t have to be Indian food!
  • Take home samples of chutneys, spices such as hing (asafietida), fresh turmeric and curry leaves


Ayurveda and Yoga 

Ayurveda can offer useful insights into practicing Yoga. Discover why some forms of yoga are too heating for Pitta types, whereas Kapha types need warming up. By uniting the sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga, we can move away from the ‘one size fit’s all’ approach yoga towards more tailored approaches to feeling good. We will cover:

  • How the classical texts don’t mention Ayurvedic Yoga – but how there is much to be gained from bringing these sister sciences together.
  • How different Yoga postures make us feel, and their effects on the doshas. Did you know that forward bends are ‘cooling’ and backbends more ‘heating’ for the body?
  • Assessing Doshic imbalances in yourself and others
  • How we all need to work on balancing Vata dosha in the 21st Century
  • Personalising your yoga practice to balance your Dosha
  • Ayurvedic insights into how Yoga can change with the seasons, as we age, or with digestive complaints, insomnia/ anxiety and other common problems
  • Ancient insights on detoxing with Ayurveda (Panchakarma) and Yoga (Shatkarma)


Ayurveda Beauty and Body care 

Ayurveda is a very practical science and this workshop offers a chance to play. It covers:

  • Dosha questionnaire to assess your Ayurvedic psychosomatic constitution (inc. your skin type)
  • The Ayurvedic daily routine- cleansing the 5 senses- including how to use a neti pot and tongue scraper
  • How to turn your bathroom into an Ayurvedic spa
  • Making a simple but effective skin product out of ingredients good enough to eat
  • Why massage is considered so essential in Ayurveda, and how to give yourself a free daily massage
  • Relaxation session/ Yoga nidra session
  • Indian head massage practice session to try on friends and family


Ayurveda Pre-conception & Pregnancy Care 

Women generally take very good care of themselves when they get pregnant- cutting out alcohol and caffeine for example, and taking up pregnancy yoga. However, Ayurveda gives great importance to the preparation of both partners prior to conception. The birth of a healthy child is seen as equivalent to planting a tree, for which we need a seed, soil, time and the right nourishment.  Taking care when conceiving as well as during pregnancy can  be seen as the ultimate in preventative medicine having lifelong effects for your child. Workshop covers:

  • Preparing mother and father to be for 3 months prior to conception
  • Nourishing your unborn baby with herbs, diet advice and healthy recipes
  • Yoga in Pregnancy and birth- including practical session
  • Self massage in pregnancy
  • Preparing oils to use throughout pregnancy and during labour- take home a sample bottle of each