“She travelled to the ends of the earth, to find the courage, to be who she always was”.
Rebecca Cambell

This retreat is a new year pause, a deep breath of fresh air under the Big Norfolk Sky, and an opportunity for opening yoga practices ready for transformation and personal growth into 2021. Sankalpa is an intention formed by the heart and the mind. If you need some help to refresh, rebalance and have some space to get life on track this is the weekend for you. Set in the beautiful grounds of Norfolk’s magical West Lexham, you will easily find the space and time to find some clarity, all assisted by twice daily intentional yoga with a journaling and realignment workshop included, preparing for the year ahead.

When – 4pm Friday 29th Jan to 4pm Sunday 31st Jan

This is a retreat for women, most suitable for those who like to experience a yoga retreat that provides a self-connecting journey

Highlights
  • Twice daily yoga – focused on the 8 limbs. Taught by yogi and founder Jackie Heffer-Cooke. The yoga asana is not strong, but a reasonable level of fitness is required.
  • Motivational talks and Inspirational workshops
  • Use of grounds including wild swimming in the river, shell summer house, Japanese Pergola, long walks in the Norfolk countryside. The stunning North Norfolk coastline is just 30 minutes by car.
Skill level
  • Beginner and intermediate
Yoga styles
  • Hatha
  • Vinyasa
  • Restorative Yin
  • Focus on asana, pranayama, pratyahara, chakra
Health & Hygiene

West Lexham is declared covid safe by WHO.

To keep you safe and happy, they have new Covid-19 Secure procedures in place, but rest assured that the large open countryside views, relaxing and calming environment and the delicious and healthy food all remain the same.

If there are any ‘bubble restrictions’ brought in by the government, we will adhere to the rules of the present time.

Check-in/ out

Check-in is between 4pm to 5.30pm
Check-out is 2.30pm Sunday
Please be present for the whole retreat

Accommodation

The beautiful rooms and ‘The Barn Yoga Shala’ are created by Isabelle Colville, an interior designer from the Inchbald School of Design, who also studied at the Coaches training institute in London and New York. Rustic and earthy, with exposed beams, authentic brick, and lovingly sourced artefacts, West Lexham is truly loved and every inch of it holds personality.

The grounds

West Lexham is designed and cared for by Edmund Colville, landscape and architectural design expert. Proudly ran on sustainable values, West Lexham works hard to enhance the natural environment. The heat and electricity is 90% generated by renewable energy, with delicious drinking water drawn from their own chalk spring. Natural cleaning products are used across the site.

The site includes a heated swimming pool for the summer, wild swimming in the river all year round (for the brave), Shell summer house for meditation, Japanese Pergola healing area. It is beautifully and lovingly cared for, the trees that have been around on the site for hundreds of years, seem very happy.

Facilities
  • Purpose built Yoga shala with underfloor heating in the beautiful converted barn
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Outdoor pool in summer
  • Magical grounds
  • Wild Swimming
  • Massage and reflexology available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking

The venue has been designed from scratch, with love, by the West Lexham estate family and industry experts from the ground up. It is a visionary venue, with an all-inclusive approach to detoxing and wellness, and has simply magical grounds for you to escape into sunrise or sunset and breathe in the Big Sky and nature around you.  It is everything you need to refresh, rebalance, restore, and leave feeling positively transformed.

Big Sky is so happy to have teamed up with such an inspirational venue.

Wellness in every room, comfort in the communal lounges

Enjoy a stay in one of our light, rustic rooms, where you can contemplate, relax, and sleep deeply – fully recharging yourself.

Fancy a quenching herbal tea? You will find a selection at your fingertips in ‘The Barn’.

Spring or Summer day? Sunbathe in the perfect grounds by the lake, carefully created by landscape gardeners, and of course mother earth herself. Go for a wild swim in the river or take the boat out on the lake.

Autumn or Winters day? Snuggle next to our roaring open fires in our cosy and comfortable communal lounge with a hot cup of cacao and a good book.

Rooms:
  • Twin, triplet beds or a king size bed depending on requirements
  • Walk-in luxury shower room
Itinerary

We invite you to take part in the yoga, workshops and activities on offer but if you prefer to snuggle up, sunbathe, or just sleep – this retreat is for you – so do exactly what you feel.

We will alternate different schedules between days, and you will have lots of free time for relaxing, walking or your pre-booked massage or reflexology treatments.

Walk, breathe, yoga, eat, sleep, repeat.

Standard class rota – subject to change:
Friday
  • 18:30 – 20:00 Arrival, grounding yoga practise
Saturday
  • 08:00 – Morning meditation and releasing yoga practise
  • Reflexology available all day
  • 11:00 – Workshop – aligning the pathway for transformation
  • 15:30 – Cacao
  • 16:00 – Workshop – transformation using yoga practices to help
  • 20:00 – Restorative unwinding Yin by candlelight
Sunday 
  • 08:00 – Morning meditation, alignment and ajna yoga practise
  • There will be a short silence until journaling to help facilitate the creative process
  • 11:00 – Journaling, positive seeds of change, and meditation
  • 12:00 – Check out rooms
  • 13:00 – Closing ceremony and blissful connecting practise
The following meals are included:
  • Supper on Friday
  • Self-catered Breakfast and brunch from a selection of eggs, avocado, grains and cereals, breads, yoghurts and fruits.
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner on Saturday
  • Self-catered brunch on Sunday
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Teas
  • Juice

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free

If you have special dietary requirements, it’s a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

 What’s not included
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel
  • Massage or reflexology
Cost

Price – Cost £330 occupancy in twin room, £660 single occupancy

Travel

BY TRAIN

Nearest station is Downham Market, with direct trains from London Kings Cross (1hr25) and Cambridge (40m). We recommend pre-booking your taxi from Downham Market Station (25 mins). If you’re visiting for a retreat or event, you could organise to share a taxi with a fellow participant.

BY CAR

2.5-hour drive from London, 40 minutes from Norwich, and plenty of onsite parking. You will arrive accurately at our location by searching PE32 2QN in your sat nav, with the turning for West Lexham clearly sign-posted on the A1065.

 

Other retreats by Jackie Heffer-Cooke at West Lexham
4pm Friday 26th February to 4pm Sunday 28th February

Self-Care Wellbeing Weekend – be your own valentine. Anahata yoga and meditation, aromatherapy massage workshop, snuggly sunrise mantra meditation at dawn and a morning intuitive walk in the beautiful West Lexham grounds.

Accommodation in twin room included, Yoga tuition included, Meals included.

Women Retreat.

Cost £330 occupancy in twin room, £660 single occupancy

4pm Friday 18th June to 10am Monday 21st June Big Sky Summer Solstice

Yoga and workshop led weekend event with influential and inspirational yoga teachers, music and the arts, massage and open air hot tubs. The yoga will range from strong asana to soft yoga nidra, so you get to choose your practise. Fire Pit Ceremony, Gong and Sound Bath, Magical Dawn Ceremony – chanting and yoga on Summer Solstice dawn to welcome summer with the best intentions and an open heart. 40 spaces open, teaching in bubbles if necessary.

Accommodation in twin room included, All yoga, workshops, gong bath and ceremonies included. Due to the scheduling of ongoing workshops and events throughout the weekend, this is a self-catered event.

Women and Men Retreat.

THIS IS AT THE INCREDIBLE PRICE OF £350 FOR 3 NIGHTS!! occupancy in twin room, £700 single occupancy.

7pm Monday 28th June 2021 to 10am Saturday 3rd July

Sardinia Sunset Yoga and Meditation Retreat Daily yoga and meditation looking at the 5 Koshas of yoga, leading to sunset beach ceremony.

Accommodation in Dorm or bedroom at villa, Yoga tuition included, Brunch and 4 evening meals included (on Thursday we eat out at a beachside restaurant) Flight not included.

Transfer extra £70. Bedding extra £15.

Women retreat

Cost £575 twin occupancy in double bed, £525 occupancy in dorm of 4 beds, £800 single occupancy in double bed.

 

4pm Friday September 10th to 4pm Sunday 12th September Tuning In.

Delving deeper into Chakra Yoga and Meditation Weekend. Yoga, meditation and chakra aromatherapy workshop. A blissful weekend to really learn to listen to your body, your mind and your soul. The asana at this weekend will be stronger, so a reasonable level of fitness and asana practise will be required.

Accommodation in twin room included, Yoga tuition included, Meals included.

Women retreat

Cost £330 occupancy in twin room, £660 single occupancy