Yoga, walking and singing combine in a playful and relaxed week, discovering and reconnecting with your sense of wellbeing in inspiring landscapes and good company.
Join yoga teacher Tracey Roberts and singing and drumming teacher Helen Napper to take a creative journey into the natural rhythms of movement, breath and heartbeat. These three themes will weave together through the week, with plenty of opportunity to learn new things, to share with others and to find some quiet time.
All the sessions are optional, so you can do as much or as little as you want. Beginners to yoga are very welcome.
Bring along your yoga mat (if you have one), comfortable yoga clothes, and your walking boots, and be prepared to leave feeling calm, refreshed and ready to face the world again.
Outline Programme for the Week:
Monday: Arrive from 4pm, dinner at 6.30pm. Followed by a yoga practice to relax and release from your journey.
Each morning there’ll be an in-depth yoga practice, exploring the natural movement of the body and the ways in which we can release tension, promote healing and bring ourselves into balance. There’ll be a focus on the breath – how to breathe well, how to explore the breath in a mindful way, discovering its innate rhythms. Each practice will end with a relaxation, allowing mind and body to integrate the experience.
After lunch there’ll be guided walks, to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the countryside of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A singing session before dinner will be about learning how to nurture our voices and enjoy singing together. A simple repertoire of songs will help complete beginners to build confidence and those with some experience to try out harmonies and develop their musicality.
On Tuesday and Thursday evenings join in with pranayama practices, meditations and yoga nidra (deep relaxations).
On Wednesday evening we’ll hold a djembe drumming circle. We’ll follow our own inner rhythm, establishing a strong pulse based upon the human heartbeat, and see where it leads us. No prior experience needed, just a willingness to follow the beat and have fun!
Friday: Breakfast and farewells.
Who’s it For?
The yoga practices will be exploratory, mindful, nurturing and fun. Everyone works at their own level, so sessions are suitable for all, from beginners to those with an established practice. We’ll explore yoga movement, breathing practices, relaxation and some meditation.
The singing sessions will be based around a small repertoire of mainly contemporary songs with minimal lyrics, in simple arrangements, but with maximum impact. They will suit equally those singers who are experienced, as well as those who might lack confidence and are yet to really find their voice. All presented within a positive, vocally nurturing, non-note-reading space.
The afternoon walks are optional and will be tailored to meet the requirements and abilities of the group, but a reasonable fitness level is required as even short walks may include steep climbs. Car sharing will be necessary for some of the walks.
Tracey Roberts is British Wheel of Yoga qualified and has been teaching since 2008. Her teaching focuses on self-inquiry – exploring creative, intuitive, natural movement, alongside breath-awareness, meditation and embodiment practices. She is interested in how a yoga practice that improves the natural functioning of the body and observational capacity of the mind can help us live more comfortably and happily in the world. She encourages exploration and an individualised approach which is both playful and confidence-building.
Tracey is also an enthusiastic walker and sketcher of the great outdoors. Originally trained in the visual arts, she has spent 28 years working in the arts as a practitioner, trainer and mentor, nurturing people’s creativity. www.traceyrobertsyoga.wordpress.com
Helen Napper qualified and worked as a Senior Speech and Language Therapist with the NHS for 15 years, eventually specialising in the Pathology of Voice/vocal disorder.
20 years as director of Somerset-based ‘Fun Folk Guitar’ music tuition company and work as music coordinator in several West Somerset Primary schools saw her establishing choirs, leading whole school singing sessions and offering group tuition in guitar, ukulele and percussion. She is the lead singer and guitarist with Somerset-based World Music band ‘Soulcake’ and is currently working alongside one of the South West’s most established Natural Voice Practitioners and helping to prepare a newly arranged repertoire of songs rooted deeply in traditional English folk music in a largely acapella style.