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Winter at Poundon House is a season of light & warmth, of being outside in the cold, coming into the home and hearth, and is the ultimate opportunity to create ‘hygge’. As such, its one of our favourite seasons at Poundon House, where a brisk walk in the sleepy countryside is followed by a turn in front of the fire or AGA. Roasting chestnuts in the fire, warm drinks, it is a season to celebrate light and warmth, friends and family. There will be plenty of time to stretch and open in the shala with Charlie, cosy down in front of the open fire and build up your internal energy for the rest of Winter whilst we wait for nature to awake with Spring. It is a beautiful time of year at Poundon House. Retreating with us is a unique experience and one that will stay in your favourite memories forever.
Poundon House was built in 1908, in the Edwardian era, and was designed for sumptuous entertaining. Downstairs, there are three large reception rooms and a library. One of the large reception rooms is converted into a sacred yoga shala for the weekend. The second and third floors feature ten guest bedrooms; all are spacious double (or twin) bedrooms.
Keeping true to the original design, the bedrooms are luxurious and large without en suite bathrooms. There are five beautiful bathrooms shared between the bedrooms. The house provides towels, white-towelling dressing gowns, and natural products in the bathrooms.
Poundon House is a family home, with a family still living there, it has now been an event venue for 10 years and manages to combine luxury and efficiency with many homely touches. The house is light and full of the love and energy of those who have spent time there.
Once you arrive at Poundon, you will feel immediately at home. Whether it is settling down in front of a roaring open fire or taking a long bath in one of the unique bathrooms, going for a quiet walk in the apple orchard, or cartwheeling around the garden, for over a century, Poundon has been the perfect place to escape the bustle of city life and be at one with the countryside.
You are always welcome in the Poundon House kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the house and many problems can be solved while putting the kettle on or warming yourself by the Aga. On your retreat, breakfast or brunch will take place in the kitchen and dinners in the Yellow Room, one of the large downstairs reception rooms.
The shala is carefully curated by &Sister and their collaborators. It has beautiful Manuka eco-mats, natural blocks, bolsters, and woolen blankets to keep you cozy during meditation and Restorative practices. The sacred altar is an important part of the retreats, created with love and reflecting the theme. Guests are invited to bring anything precious to place on the altar for the duration of the retreat.
This shala becomes an integral part of the weekend, where guests can keep silence and retreat to for private meditations whenever they need to. This beautiful space is lit by radiant natural light flooding in through three large windows in the daytime and in the evenings, an atmospheric setting is created using low lighting and candles.
&Sister firmly believes in celebrating nature and especially the natural flow and change of the seasons. As well as providing a huge inspiration, these periods of transition are a fantastic opportunity to look inward, reflect, and find momentum for any change in your life that needs to happen.
There is no better way to wake up on a weekend than full of life, love, energy, yoga, and a refreshing walk in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.
On this autumn light retreat, you will experience Dynamic morning asana to energize your physical body, afternoon Restorative practices to nourish your souls, replenish with delectable healthy food, go deeper with meditation, balance with pranayama, refresh with a long country walk and connect with like-minded, lovely souls.
As well as a lot of time in the shala with Charlie, there will be a long led country walk, stargazing, hot baths to relax in, massages and treatments to release tension.
This carefully crafted retreat will build up your internal energy for winter. Retreating in Poundon House Retreats is unique and your experiences will remain etched in your memories forever. As well as the joys of the weekend, a retreat is a step on a path of discovery towards long-lasting connection and contentment with the deeper part of yourself.
The schedule is subject to minor alterations so please check the schedule in your room on arrival.
Your time is, well, your time. Poundon House wants you to enjoy the weekend to the fullest extent, therefore, it really is up to you, whether you want to join for the country walks or luxuriate in a hot bath or sit by the fire in the library reading your book. They do recommend that you attend all the yoga classes but if you feel your body needs a break, they respect this. There will be plenty of support on the retreat from the Poundon House team for the duration of your retreat.
One led country walk on Saturday is included in the price.
Charlie is a highly acclaimed and sought-after yoga teacher based in London. As well as her numerous private clients, Charlie teaches at The Life Centre, Evolve, Heartcore, and HotPod. She has been practicing yoga on and off for 15 years, coming to it initially from a workout perspective. Her public classes involve an innovative and forever changing style of dynamic Vinyasa flow. She is a perfectionist when it comes to correct body alignment, the synchronization of movement and breath, and the importance of a sumptuous meditative relaxation. Her classes are down-to-earth, fun, and creative.
Poundon House is the ideal location for a yoga retreat. The Queen Anne-style country house is stunning and spacious, set within six acres of landscaped gardens on the edge of the Oxfordshire - Buckinghamshire border. Despite the peace and tranquillity of Poundon House and the surrounding countryside, it is within easy reach of London, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, the Cotswolds and Bristol with fantastic transport links to the all of these places.
&Sister wants you to relish and enjoy the food, especially after a yoga practice or long country walk. They also want it to be nutritionally sound and match the aim of enhancing how you feel by the end of the weekend. Most of the retreat food is vegan, &Sister can also cater to all dietary requirements. The food will be healthy, clean vegetarian food prepared by one of the experienced retreat chefs.
There will be fresh smoothies or juices to kick your day off to a healthy start and fuel you for your energetic morning practice. There will be a big hearty healthy breakfast or brunch, a light lunch or afternoon snack in the early afternoon, and then a lovely candle-lit two-course dinner in the Yellow Room in the evenings. Healthy snacks will appear just when you need them, as if by magic!
&Sister provides one bottle of mineral water per person in the bedrooms. There is also plenty of fresh filtered water at various water and tea stations throughout the house. This is not only more eco-friendly but the filtered tap water is perfectly delicious! The kettles will always be on at Poundon because they love tea! You can expect a continuous delicious stream of herbal and fresh tea provided throughout the retreat.
&Sister offers a wide range of treatments with highly recommended practitioners. Prices start at 35 GBP for 30 minutes. Please enquire to &Sister for the list of available treatments.
The nearest train station is Bicester North or Bicester Village, which is around nine miles or 10 minutes from the house. A taxi will cost approximately 12 GBP. If you are getting the train, please let Poundon House Retreats know your arrival time so that they can help arrange a taxi share.
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