Unleash your creativity in a celebration of springtime with some yoga, art and walking.
Led by artist and yoga teacher Tracey Roberts, the week is focused around a playful and creative approach to movement, releasing tensions in the body to help you feel stronger, more relaxed and more confident. Whether you’re experienced in yoga or a complete beginner, you’ll be guided to respond intuitively to create your own unique sequence over the course of the week.
Alongside daily yoga, there’ll be meditation and pranayama (conscious breathing practices) and guided relaxations, guided walks and plenty of time for socialising and relaxing.
Landscape artist Victoria Ward will show you how to make a simple sketchbook using paper-folding techniques and lead a walk along the lanes from Halsway, sharing her approach to capturing the landscape as a journey on paper. You don’t need to have any drawing experience, just a willingness to open your eyes wide and be curious about the landscape around you.
To round off the week, musician Gibby Swaine will teach some traditional seasonal dances to help celebrate the coming of May!
The Wellbeing Week is a chance to relax, have fun and take time for yourself in the wonderful setting of Halsway Manor, discovering and reconnecting with your sense of wellbeing. There will be plenty of opportunity to share with others and to find some quiet time for yourself.
Bring along your yoga mat (if you have one), comfortable yoga clothes, a journal or your sketch book and your walking boots, and be prepared to leave feeling calm, refreshed and ready to face the world again.
Arrivals from 4pm Monday, with an introductory yoga practice after dinner.
Tuesday – sketchbook making and a guided drawing walk in the morning; an in-depth yoga practice in the afternoon and a creative wellbeing session in the evening
Wednesday – yoga and meditation in the morning; a guided walk in the afternoon; yoga nidra (guided deep relaxation) in the evening
Thursday – yoga in the morning; learning some traditional dances after lunch; free time to walk or sketch; meditation and yoga nidra in the evening
The course finishes on Friday morning.
Who’s it For?
The yoga practices will be exploratory, mindful, nurturing and fun. We’ll explore yoga movement, breathing practices, relaxation and meditation. Everyone works at their own pace, so sessions are appropriate for beginners as well as those with an established practice. If you have any movement restriction or physical limitation please let us know before you book, so we can advise if the course is suitable for you.
The guided walks will be adapted as much as possible to meet the abilities of the group, but a reasonable fitness level is required as even short walks may include steep climbs. Car sharing may 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 spent many years working in the arts as a practitioner, trainer and mentor, nurturing people’s creativity. www.traceyrobertsyoga.wordpress.com
Victoria Ward is an artist who lives, works and walks in West Somerset, after a career teaching in Kingston upon Thames. She uses a variety of media including acrylics, soft pastels, digital painting and printmaking, but mainly ink and watercolour.
Recent work has featured Illustrated Maps of villages in Somerset based on 16th Century Ottoman Navigational maps. She has completed commissions for locations further afield (just finished one for a client in New Zealand). Victoria has also created a range of colourful and densely patterned Bird paintings. Both of these collections are added to regularly. Future work is planned to take a more abstract route….maybe. www.victoriawardart.co.uk
Gibby Swaine has been involved in music making and dance since childhood days. In 1971 she gained a teaching qualification, specialising in music, from Dartington College of Arts and Rolle College Devon. In the 70’s and 80’s she spent time in the West Country and West Cork raising a family, travelling, teaching and making music, returning to Somerset in the 90’s to work as peripatetic wind teacher in North Taunton schools.
With a Post-Grad Diploma in Music Therapy, she worked as a Music Therapist from 2004-2014 working in Mental Health, based at Pyrland Hospital Taunton. Now semi-retired, she offers “Music as Therapy” in care homes and hospitals, has run community choirs, and plays in several traditional music bands for dancing and concert performances.