Retreats

Please scroll down for yoga holidays in Goa and Italy 2017 and yoga weekends in 2016/2017. Also some testimonials…don’t delay booking as retreats tend to get full!

We had a fantastic time…if you are thinking of going on a yoga retreat, he is one of the best teachers in London!’ Leo Lourdes

We both wished to thank you for such an amazing week of yoga. Your generosity of time, knowledge and spirituality made it a very special week with a huge learning curve through a very deep practice. So many aspects of yoga were covered and we both really appreciated that. It was also a really fun week – having the children there was lovely too and they added a special fun aspect to the holiday in a way that only children can. The group, the venue and friendships made or deepened also made the week very special.’ Maria and Andrew Baranowski

I’ve tried many yoga teachers over the years and Jeff is undoubtedly one of my absolute favourites. He has an acute attention to detail when it comes to the postures and he is great at educating the class on the philosophy behind yoga.

I went on a yoga retreat of his in Goa and the experience really blew me away. By the end of the week I had noticed a huge development in my yoga…from really perfected asanas through to very profound levels of meditation. Jeff is able to create a great atmosphere in his classes, as he encourages and challenges people at the right pace, whilst keeping it light-hearted and focused.

I’ve recently been suffering from sciatica and Jeff has been the one teacher that showed me ways in which I could do the poses without experiencing anywhere near as much pain. He managed to give me focused attention whilst still maintaining a real flow to the class. I highly recommend him.’ Nina Constantin

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RETREATS AND WEEKENDS

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St Katherines, Parmoor, Buckinghamshire

2017 Weekend Retreats with Jeff Phenix

Fri 27th to Sun 29th January 2017
Fri 12
th – Sun 14th May 2017
Fri 13
th – Sun 15th October 2017

£345 twin sharing ensuite, single options available

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Join Jeff Phenix for a full schedule and spectrum of yoga practices at St Katherines, Parmoor, an historic Victorian Country Manor near Marlow in Buckinghamshire. The Parmoor estate, which dates back to the 15th century, was once owned by the Knights Templar and is situated in the picturesque and verdant Chiltern Hills. This peaceful, rural retreat is easily accessible from London and is set within lovely grounds, there are beautiful local walks and the fresh and delicious vegetarian food is is always of a high standard, with some ingredients coming straight from the estates walled garden. This special and unspoilt environment offers an ideal setting for spiritual practice and will give you the chance to immerse yourself in yoga, recharge and relax and enjoy the peaceful and natural surroundings.

Yoga classes take place in the large hall, an atmospheric space, with wood floor, characterful wood panelled walls, lovely natural light and views out onto the garden.

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Schedule

Arrival is on Friday afternoon from 4pm and our schedule together starts with a short evening yoga class at 6pm before dinner and an evening meditation afterwards. Saturday morning will begin with pranayama and meditation at 7.30am before breakfast and a longer more vigorous ‘yang’ style morning session from 10.30am until lunch at 1pm. You will then be free for a few hours to relax or explore the surrounding countryside before we have a mellower more ‘yin’ style class at 5pm. After dinner there will be a short meditation. Sunday morning will be the same format until we are free to leave after lunch re-charged and revitalised or stay a bit longer and enjoy the countryside.

All meals are vegetarian. Let us know if you have any food allergies.

Accomodation

A range of accommodation is available, either in the main St Katherine’s House or in the more basic St. Josephs annexe.

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Room Type

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Rate

St Katherine’s

Twin/double ensuite

£345 per person

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Single ensuite (shower outside)

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£395 per person (2 available)

St Joseph’s

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Single non ensuite

£335 per person

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*If you wish to take a twin ensuite in St Katherine’s as a single there will be a supplement of £80 making the cost £425

For local students who want to attend the whole retreat there is a non-residential rate of £235 available which includes all yoga, mediation and meals from Friday 4pm – Sunday after lunch (6 meals) but no accomodation

Guest are required to bring their own towels and indoor shoes

Payment and cancellation policy

A deposit of 50% is required to confirm your space. The balance is payable 6 weeks prior to the retreat. A full refund less a £60 admin charge will be given if cancellation is made at least 6 weeks prior to the retreat. Cancellations made after this date will only be refunded if the space can be filled. Payment to be made by bank transfer, we will send the details to you on request. Any charges incurred by international transfers are to be covered by the payee.

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How to get there

Address St. Katharine’s, Parmoor, Frieth, Henley-on-Thames, RG96NN T: 01494 881037 office@srpf.org.uk www.srpf.org.uk

By Road

For detailed directions from M40 & M4 see St Katherine’s website:-

http://www.srpf.org.uk/find.html

Train
The nearest train stations are High Wycombe and Henley-on Thames.

Regular Trains to High Wycombe with Chiltern Rail from Marylebone take approx. 30 mins. The station is approximately 7 miles from St. Katharine’s. A taxi ride takes about 20 minutes. There is a taxi rank outside the station but will be more expensive than if you book ahead:- Neal’s Taxis 01494 852 2555.

Henley-on-Thames is served by First Great Western Railways, originating from Paddington Station in London. The station is approximately 6.5 miles from St. Katharine’s. A taxi ride takes about 20 minutes.  There is no taxi rank at this station so book ahead:- Henley Taxis 01491 540 036


Please contact Jennie on jen@phenixyoga.com or t.07954 578 439 for more information or to make a booking www.phenixyoga.com

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Bamboo Retreat, Patnem Beach
South Goa, with Jeff Phenix
Sat 11th – Sat 18th February 2017

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Venue

Join Jeff Phenix (who trains teachers and teaches at London’s leading yoga centres, Triyoga and The Life Centre) is returning for a very special week of transformative and inspirational yoga at the stunning beach yoga holiday venue, Bamboo Yoga Retreat, which is located right at the end of Patnem Beach in South Goa. Considered one of the most amazing spaces to practice yoga in Goa, we will be practicing in the the open-air Shala, which has soul-feeding views over Patnem beach and out to sea.  Jeff is very experienced at teaching students of all levels and the depth of his experience, playful approach, ability to challenge students to safely push their boundaries and his love of meditation, will give you the perfect opportunity to deepen your practice both physically and internally.  In this amazing environment right on a beautiful beach you can enjoy making new friends, eating delicious, healthy food and can return home feeling recharged, energized and relaxed.

Please see www.bamboo-yoga-retreat.com for more pictures and details.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in beautiful, simple shared ensuite beach hut bungalows.  As we will be sharing the retreat centre with other guests who are doing ‘drop-in’ classes with local teachers and the number of huts that are available to our group is limited we would like to encourage people to share.  Consider coming with a friend or if not we can pair you with someone else of the same sex who is also travelling alone.  Often a large proportion of people coming on Jeff’s yoga holidays will be coming alone so sharing is part of a retreat experience and is a great way to make new friends.  For those who prefer their own space a limited number of singles are available.

This was the best yoga holiday I have ever been on.  Everything about the yoga holiday was perfect, just stunning…) the teaching, people and food  -  an excellent and amazing experience with a warm and generous teacher.  It couldn’t have been better!” Cathy T 2014

Cost

£589 per person sharing

£859 per person single (£270 single supplement)

Price includes:-

-       accommodation in simple yet beautiful ensuite bamboo beach bungalow

-       Fresh fruit salad, fresh juice of the day and chai early am

-       Delicious buffet vegetarian brunch

-       Delicious buffet vegetarian dinner

-       2 long yoga sessions a day

-       Boat trip

Price does not include flights and transfers

Schedule

Arrival day is on Sat 11th February 2017 when we will have a welcome session in the late afternoon and then there will be 2 yoga classes per day. There will be one afternoon without any yoga to allow for longer excursions (very probably a dolphin boat trip which is included in the holiday price), or more relaxation on the beach!

The morning session at 8am will be around 2.5 hours and will be followed by a delicious vegetarian brunch. It will be the more vigorous and dynamic practice and will usually include some meditation and/or pranayama. A creative, playful and explorative ‘deep slow flow’ asana practice emphasizing the breath, mindfulness and skilful appropriate action that will – by using and building up through a range of appropriate options – allow students, from the less experienced to the more advanced, to discover how to find and work peacefully at the level appropriate to them.

The afternoon session at 4.30pm is around 1.5/2 hours and will be a more mellow, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras and meditation. A delicious vegetarian evening buffet will then be served.

The rest of the time will be free to do as you please…enjoying the beach, hammocks, massage, reading, optional activities and excursions, coconut trees and sunsets etc!

There will be a final optional yoga session on the morning of Sat 18th February if your travel timetable allows. Taxi transfers to and from the airport can be arranged.

If time allows consider taking an extra few days on either side of the retreat to help you acclimatize, get over jet lag and enjoy spending more time in beautiful Goa.

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Payment and cancellation policy

A deposit of £250 is required to book your space. This is refundable up until 12 weeks before the retreat, after that it can only be refunded if the space can be filled. Final payment is due by 30th November 2016.  Any refunds given will be less a £50 admin fee.

Insurance

It is a condition of this holiday that each person has personal travel insurance appropriate to activity and fitness centred holidays and cover for travel expenses in case of cancellation.

How to get there

Bamboo retreat is roughly a 90 minute taxi journey from Goa airport.  International charter flights and national flights arrive at Dabolim airport in Goa.  Overseas charter companies offer direct flights to Dabolim International airport in Goa. For flights from England try www.icelolly.comwww.southalltravel.com and www.cheapflights.co.uk. Domestic flights fly from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kochin and Chennai. For domestic flights Bamboo recommend Deccan Air, Jet Airways and Spice Jet and www.makemytrip.com. Pre-pay government taxis are available as you exit the airport terminal or Bamboo can organise a local taxi to collect you. We can arrange this for you with Bamboo if you provide us with your flight details.

Indian Visas

All foreign nationals visiting India require a visa to enter India.

UK passport holders and many other nationalities can now get an online e visa https://indianvisaonline.gov.in

Trailfinders can process your Visa application for a fee, Visa applications must be filled out online: http://www.trailfinders.com/visas/india-visa

Please contact Jennie on jen@phenixyoga.com or t.07954 578 439 for more information or to make a booking www.phenixyoga.com

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Locanda della Quercia Calante, Umbria, Italy
Yoga Holiday with Jeff Phenix
Sat 12th August to Sat 19th August 2017

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Venue

Join Jeff Phenix for an amazing week of transformative and inspirational yoga at La  Locanda della Quercia Calante, a beautifully restored farmhouse, nestled in fertile Italian countryside close to the Tuscan border, just 150km/90miles north of Rome.  The farmhouse is perfectly situated within a verdant park, surrounded by wooded hills and grassy glades, close to the majestic city of Orvieto and makes the perfect venue to achieve true wellbeing and restoration.

There will be two yoga classes and three delicious meals each day, with lots of opportunity for relaxing by the pool, exploring the local countryside, reading, chatting to new friends and napping between sessions. The property has a spacious and fully equipped yoga studio, outdoor yoga deck, two swimming pools, a whirlpool, elegant rooms, and a restaurant serving local Umbrian cuisine. There is an organic farm on the property and local wineries that supply the restaurant.  See more details on their website www.querciacalante.com

There will also be optional activities and excursions to local attractions, including the historic walled city of Orvieto, the thermal baths at Fonteverde, and wine tasting and cookery lessons, which are available at La Locanda for 30Euros per person. Ayurvedic oil massages, deep tissue massage and other therapies are also available at La Locanda.


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Schedule

Arrival day is Saturday 12th August 2017 and will begin with a welcome session short practice late afternoon.  Morning sessions will be a dynamic mixture of stillness and movement incorporating pranayama and meditation and will be at 8am for approx. 2.5 hours.  You are then free for the day to relax by the pool, enjoy a massage, explore the countryside, visit a nearby lake or local historical villages, or thermal baths until the late afternoon session at 5.00pm (there will be snacks!) for approx. 1.5 – 2 hours which will be a mellow, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras and meditation. Departure day is Saturday 19th August 2017


Accommodation

Single, double, or triple rooms are available. All rooms are ensuite and have a wisteria clad terrace overlooking the gardens. Rooms are simple yet charming and furnished in typical Umbrian style, with individual thermostats, terracotta floors, wooden ceiling beams and brick walls. All rooms are renovated with the most innovative natural architectural criteria: only natural mortar, paint and wax; no electromagnetic fields thanks to electric circuit breakers; water is heated by a solar panel system and electricity is generated by photovoltaic panels. 

Cuisine

The food at La Locanda della Quercia Calante is fabulous, and being typical of Umbria and Tuscany, is based on local products, made fresh daily, and 90% organically grown on the Locanda della Quercia Calante farm. Meals can be both with meat or all vegetarian. For those who wish to partake the wine list is also carefully selected and includes quality wines from small local vineyards. Let us know if you have any serious food allergies.


Getting there

La Locanda can be reached by train from Rome’s Termini Station (accessible by train from Rome Fiumicino airport)  to Orvieto and taxi from Orvieto station to La Locanda, or we will offer a shuttle bus pick up and drop off to/from the Rome Fiumicino airport on August 12th in the afternoon (approx 12:00pm departure from airport, check-in 2:30 pm to La Locanda). More details will be given on booking.


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Costs, Payment and cancellation policy


Triple £835 per person

Twin £940 per person

Single £1245 per person

Let us know your accommodation preference and we will do our best to accommodate you.  If you are coming on your own and would like to share we will put you in a room with others of the same sex.  **please note the triple rate is only available if we have 3 people to share the room

Price includes accommodation, 2 yoga sessions and 3 meals a day.  It does not include flights, transfers, excursions and activities.

To confirm you space please transfer a 50% deposit and email back the registration form.  The balance is due 8 weeks before the start of the retreat (17th June 2017). Bank detail will be provided on registration.

Cancellation policy as follows:-

More than 60 days before the holiday a refund given less a £100 admin charge.

Less than 60 days before the holiday a refund (less a £100 admin charge) will only be given if the space can be filled.


Insurance

It is a requirement of this yoga holiday that you have travel insurance, including cancellation insurance to cover any eventualities or should your plans change.

For  full details and bookings contact Jennie at jen@phenixyoga.com or t.07954 578 439