YOGA and SUP Retreat 2016

YOGA and SUP Retreat


The Best of Both Worlds in The Algarve this October

 If you believe that life is about balance – between rest and movement, fun and relaxation, challenge and recovery, land and sea – then this could be for you.

 Join me and other like-minded souls for a 7 day retreat by the stunning beaches and islands of the Algarve just as it’s starting to get cold over here again.

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October is the perfect time in Portugal – plenty of sunshine, mild enough to do yoga outside, and the sea is warmer than at other times of year, so perfect for watersports.

Set in the Butterfly House retreat, offering boutique accommodation, a swimming pool and a tranquil rural setting, we will be staying just on the edge of Ria Formosa Nature Park with its sand dunes and estuary, and only 20 minutes from Faro airport.


Parque Natural de Rio Formosa

Flights to Faro are cheap and available from several major as well as local airports, from as little as £80 return. Fly from Exeter, Bristol, Gatwick, Stanstead, Manchester, Liverpool, and Glasgow, amongst others.

The Retreat includes:

  • 7 days of full board, including 3 nourishing meals a day cooked by a local chef specialising in healthy Ayurvedic-inspired cookery made from fresh, seasonal ingredients, and all bottled water.
  • A choice of accommodation to suit all budgets at the Butterfly House retreat, in one of the lovingly restored farmhouses, set in beautiful gardens with plenty of hammocks for chilling out in.
  • 2 x 90 minute classes EVERY DAY with me , Flow Yoga Teacher Gillie Sutherland. I will be designing a programme of yoga classes for the week to compliment your stand-up paddleboarding, and leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised. Given the gorgeous weather of the Algarve, we have the opportunity to use the outdoor Yoga platform which is surround by beautiful countryside and the sound of bird song.
  • SUP lessons, including all equipment hire, for 4 days of the week run by a local watersports school. This will include at least one away trip in the week (pick ups and picnics provided).
  • Great company! It just seems to happen that these retreats attract fabulous people 🙂

Mealtimes at the retreat

Extras are available such as Ayurvedic treatments, horse riding, kayaking, kite surfing, and boat trips, and we may arrange a trip to one of the islands one day for those who are interested.

But for now, all you need to do is choose your accommodation, pay your deposit and book your flight. I am limiting this holiday to 12 spaces on this retreat, as I have found this to be the ideal number for a good group dynamic and individual attention. Your place will be confirmed upon receipt of the deposit of £250.

Date:               Saturday 8th October 2016 – Saturday 15th October 2016

 Location:        Butterfly House, Quelfes, Algarve (near Parque Natural de Rio Formosa)      

 Accommodation Options:

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 Shared Apartments

Large double room, 2 x single beds, bathroom shared with 3 others = £785 p/p

Upstairs glass fronted Mezzanine room, 2 single beds with shared bathroom (3 others): £725 p/p

(Please note that this room has a 100 Euro reduction because although the room is comfortable the ceiling is slightly sloping and is 2 meters at the highest point)

Private Rooms

Double bed with Ensuite bathroom (only 2 available)

  • Single Occupancy = £975 p/p
  • Double Occupancy = £805 p/p

Double bedroom (double bed) bathroom shared with a max of 2 others (2 available)

  • Single Occupancy = £925 p/p
  • Double Occupancy = £785

A deposit of £250 is payable upon booking and full balance by August 10th 2016. Email me on for details of how to book.

For further details on the Venue, Location, Activities and Accommodation please see the website








Massage at Wild Yoga Camp!

I am super excited to announce that joining us on Wild Yoga Camp is my old colleague from my days running fitness retreats (and friend!) Suzanne Burgess.

Suzanne is one of the special therapists out there who has a “foot in both camps”, you might say. A highly qualified massage therapist, but with a spiritual and nurturing side. Her exceptional knowledge and expertise, combined with her empathetic nature gained us outstanding feedback week on week.

Suzanne Burgess, Sports Massage Therapist

Suzanne Burgess, Sports Massage Therapist

When she wasn’t healing the achy muscles of our tired retreatants, she had the enviable job of massaging the legs of the Stoke City Football players.

Suzanne will be available for massages throughout the camp at a special reduced rate.

£25 for 30mins, or £40 for 60mins

You can rest assured, you will not be disappointed.

For more about Suzanne, read below.

Suzanne Burgess is the practising therapist, brains and soothing hands behind BMG Sports Therapy.  Living and working in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Suzanne qualified initially as a therapeutic masseuse in 1995, following a 12 year military aircraft engineering career.
With a love of things sport and exercise related, she went on to further qualify as a sports massage therapist; practising her skills in self-employment and with a number of amateur athletes and sports clubs, gaining FA “treatment and management of injury” accreditation before studying at degree level for 3 years to become a full time Sports Therapist.

Since qualifying in 2005, she has worked in professional football, where she is currently still employed in the Premier League, and also spent 4 years working in the weightloss boot-camp field. Believing in Balance, Suzanne’s approach to body wellness is holistic and multi-modal, and she will attempt to help restore balance with a variety of techniques, advice and potential referrals to other practitioners where and when appropriate.  In line with this approach, she has added Indian head massage to her skills list in recent years, and has an interest in Reiki, being attuned to the basic level 1.

Here Comes Summer

Here comes the sun (salutations!)

Here comes the sun (salutations!)

Today is the 1st June, so even if the weather not may seem that way today, I think we now officially call this summer.

So I am letting you know about my new summer schedule of classes and workshops. As you will see, I am using new venues in and around Topsham.

If you’ve not been there already, Highfield Farm is a sunning rural setting with lots of parking, and is park of an organic farm and campsite. The Court Barn which I use for classses and workshops is spacious and light, with lovely views out to the fields. Everyone who has been just loves it, and we are also able to easily cater there.

Yoga in Nature at Highfield

Yoga in Nature at Highfield

I am also open to any suggestions you have for venues you know of. Any questions or suggestions please feel free to chat after class or give me a call.

Topsham Summer Schedule From July 2nd 2015 – September 4th 2015

NB There will be no classes from June 15th to July 1st as I will be away teaching on retreat in Spain. For details see

Weekly Yoga Classes in Topsham

Mondays 6.15–7.15pm Mindful Yoga Highfield Farm (all levels, beginners welcome)

Mondays 7.30 – 8.30pm Mind Over Matter (weight loss group)Highfield Farm (parking available)

Tuesdays 9.30am Yogalates (yoga and pilates for all levels) at St Matthews Hall (upstairs)

Tuesdays 6.30pm Flow Yoga (a more dynamic class) Highfield Farm

Wednesdays 9.30am Yogalates (fitness and wellness class) venue Pebblebed Vineyard, Clyst St George (parking available)

Wednesdays 6.30pm Mindful Yoga  (all levels welcome, ideal for beginners)St Matthews Hall

Thursdays 6.30 – 7.30pm Flow Yoga (beginner to intermediates)Highfield Farm

Fridays 9.30 – 10.30am Yogalates (strengthening and stretching for all levels) at St Margarets Church

*Classes are £8 for one class, or £12 for two classes. Book a block of 4 for £30. Private sessions are £20 per session for upto 4 people (July and August only, usually £30)

  **Thursdays and Fridays I am available 9am – 5pm for private sessions and workshops for individuals and businesses. Also some Friday evenings andSaturdays. 

Upcoming Workshops and Events

(Held at Highfield Farm unless stated otherwise – visit for details and directions)

Sat 4th July  YogaDance Workshop 10.30am – 12.30pm

Fri 17th July  FeelGood Friday Karma Yoga class (donation only for MIND charity) 6.30-8pm

Sat 1st Aug Eco Yoga Workshop 10.30am – 12.30pm

Fri 14th Aug FeelGood Friday Sunset Yoga and BBQ (option of camping and Saturday classes)

Sat 29th Aug SALUTE TO THE SUN! (just 108 times) donation only 12 midday

Getting ready for chakra workshop

Getting ready for chakra workshop

For more details and bookings email or call 07530 012 490.

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Please bear with us whilst we get our new website up and running.

In the meantime, you can contact us on or 07530 012 490.

We offer the following:

* Yoga Classes in Topsham

* Yoga and Meditation workshops in Devon

* Mindfulness Workshops for businesses

* Corporate Wellness Days

* Motivational Training and Coaching

*Healthy Eating Workshops and Private Catering for Events

* Retreats in Spain