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8 Days Mindfulness and Shinrin Yoku (Forest Therapy) Yoga Retreat in Scotland, UK

The Old Farm, Invermoriston, The Highlands, IV63 7YA, Scotland, United Kingdom

Meditation and Tibetan Dream Yoga Retreat UK

Come and join Universe Mindfulness in forest therapy practice and training, mindfulness meditation, and introduction to Tibetan Dream yoga that will be the focus of this retreat. The vacation component includes half day and full day outings to famous Scottish castles and magical places like the Isle of Skye. It's a complete package designed to provide you with long-lasting memories and take away stress management and wellness tools.

Meet the instructors

Helene Emma & Carlos
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Highlights

  • Introduction to Tibetan Dream yoga practice
  • Stargazing and outdoor night meditation session
  • Daily mindfulness meditation practice with MBSR basics training
  • Daily practice on the Japanese preventative medicine Shinrin Yoku
  • Private row-boat tours on to the waters of Loch Ness and River Moriston
  • Outings to Isle of Skye, Fort Augustus, and Eilean Donan Castle
  • 7 nights accommodation in the beautiful Scottish Highlands
  • Daily freshly made meals with organic wine

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 7
Airport transfer included: Inverness Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

During the retreat, you will be staying at Old Farm Cottages: The Bothy and The Granary. Both are very popular vacation rentals and are original buildings within the grounds for more than 250 years old. The Bothy is a stone building which was used in the old days to store and clean the hunt of the day. The Granary is located in the main courtyard that was part of the farm utility buildings. Refurbished completely, both have since been continually updated to an exacting high standard, faithful to both the original structure and their historical importance and heritage of the Highlands.

The Bothy

This cottage is set at a higher level than the access road and so has elevated views of both the grounds and Loch Ness. The rustic stone walls and warm interior, it is the perfect hideaway. With an open plan design to the living and kitchen area; it is well equipped with all the necessary for those 'master-chef' days. For those colder evening, there is a beautiful log burning stove. The attic sleeping area has a spacious king-sized bed. The well-appointed shower and toilet will not disappoint.

The Granary

This larger cottage is located in the cobblestone courtyard of the main farmhouse and flanks the western side. It was transformed into a living space in 2013. Access to the accommodation is through the main door that leads directly into the beautifully equipped kitchen and dining room.

There is a double bedroom with a separate family 'his and hers' showers on the ground floor. An open plan stairway leads up to the lounge, dining area on the first floor. There is also a quiet reading area. Here, you will find the master bedroom with 'his and hers' en suite shower. Both double rooms offer luxury king-sized beds.

The third bedroom, which accommodates two guests in single beds, is on the ground floor and has private access from the back of the property. The decor and refurbishment of the Granary, maintaining its original features is a testament to the exquisite taste and high standards you can expect from this delightful holiday destination.

Program

Retreat element

In the midst of a hectic and stressful life, one often feels disconnected from the body, its movements and sensory perceptions. The tendency is to live in your heads and get lost in your thoughts, detached from your senses. Feeling scattered and pulled in opposing directions by daily challenges seems like the new norm.

By practicing mindfulness in nature, in stillness, and in motion, you can reconquer your inner resources. Learning to anchor yourselves in your body, fully aware of your movements, and sensory perceptions provide you with reliable, strong, and clear signals. You can then come back to your natural selves, to your innate sense of ease and peace even in the middle of the strongest life storm.

The seminar element offers training on mindfulness techniques, supported by guided meditation practices. You will also include forest therapy practice and training sessions, contemplation and study of topics around mindfulness and mindful self-compassion. This year, there will be additional “Introduction to Tibetan Dream Yoga”, a glimpse at these ancient Buddhist teachings with a practical application to your daily life.

Morning and afternoon practice sessions to be held outdoors, weather permitting. Evening activities include your choice of enjoying the farmhouse’s grounds; joining informal evening sessions explaining the history of the area; sitting around a bonfire; poetic readings or any other bonding activities the group may be interested in.

If you play a musical instrument or have any performing talents you’d like to share, this would be a great opportunity to do so. An alternate option would be to immerse yourself in the immediate surroundings, 50 acres of park and forest, which offer a great space for solitude and contemplation.

Typical daily schedule

Day 1 - Saturday: Arrival day

  • 12:00 Arrivals, registration, and check-in
  • 17:30 Introductions, tour of the premises
  • 18:30 Reception with prosecco and hors d'oeuvres
  • 19:00 Welcome dinner
  • 20:30 Program overview and orientation

Day 2 - Sunday: Full retreat day

  • 07:30 Wake up
  • 08:00 Morning meditation practice
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Free time
  • 10:00 Introduction to forest therapy
  • 10:30 Shinrin Yoku session 1 in the forest
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Afternoon mindfulness session
  • 18:00 Free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Introduction to Dream yoga

Day 3 - Monday: Half-day retreat, half day-outing

  • 07:30 Wake up
  • 08:00 Morning meditation practice
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Free time
  • 10:00 Shinrin Yoku session 2 in the forest
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Departure for Urqhart Castle and Drumnadrochit
  • 14:30 Walking tour in Urqhart Castle and Drumnadrochit
  • 17:00 Return to the farmhouse
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Bonfire and prosecco

Day 4 - Tuesday: Full retreat day

  • 07:30 Wake up
  • 08:00 Morning meditation practice
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Free time
  • 10:00 Shinrin Yoku session 3 in the forest
  • 13:00 Picnic lunch in the forest
  • 14:30 Free time
  • 15:00 Afternoon mindfulness session
  • 18:00 Free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Dream yoga group activity

Day 5 - Wednesday: Full day excursion

  • 07:30 Wake up
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Prep time
  • 10:00 Departure to Eilean Donan Castle and Isle of Skye
  • 11:00 Arrival and walking tour around the castle
  • 11:45 Continuing on to Broadford, Isle of Skye
  • 12:15 Arrival at Broadford
  • 12:30 Packed lunch to be enjoyed by the sea
  • 13:30 Free time to spend in Broadford
  • 15:30 Meetup and drive back to the Old Farm
  • 17:00 Arrival at Old Farm and free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Optional group activity

Day 6 - Thursday: Full day retreat, evening outing

  • 07:30 Wake up
  • 08:00 Morning meditation practice
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Free time
  • 10:00 Shinrin Yoku Session 4 in the forest
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Free time
  • 15:00 Afternoon mindfulness session
  • 17:00 Free or prep time
  • 17:30 Departure for Fort Augustus
  • 17:45 Free walk around Fort Augustus
  • 19:00 Sunset Dinner by the lake at The Boathouse Lochside Restaurant
  • 21:00 Optional group activity

Day 7 Friday: Full day retreat

  • 07:30 Wake up
  • 08:00 Morning meditation practice
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Free time
  • 10:00 Shinrin Yoku session 3 in the forest
  • 13:00 Picnic lunch in the forest
  • 14:30 Free time
  • 15:00 Afternoon mindfulness session
  • 18:00 Free time/packing
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 21:30 Farewell bonfire and prosecco

Day 8 - Saturday: Departure day

  • 08:00 Wake up
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Check-out
  • 10:30 Closing mindfulness session
  • 12:00 Farewell packed lunch by the lake on the property
  • 13:00 Closing circle and departure

Included excursions

Monday

Enjoy afternoon excursion, a visit to Urqhart Castle on the Loch Ness, and walking tour of the village of Drumnadrochit.

Wednesday

Enjoy a full day excursion, stop at Eilean Donan Castle, continue to Broadford, Isle of Skye. Stopping along the way for photo, enjoy a packed lunch by the seaside, and explore the natural beauty of the fishing town.

Thursday

Enjoy evening excursion to Fort Augustus, walking tour around the picturesque town, and a visit to the locks and later Sunset Dinner by Loch Ness at The Boathouse Lochside Restaurant.

Instructors

Helene Emma Wisser

Carlos Ponte

Location

The scenery in the Scottish Highlands is renowned for its mystical beauty; stunning skies, and nature. All of these can be experienced within the grounds alone at Old Farm Estate by the town of Invermoriston.

There are around fifty acres of grounds to explore, with meandering paths through the trees and over a mile of shoreline along mystical Loch Ness. The grounds have been nurtured and landscaped over the years resulting in this jewel nestled in the heart of the Highlands.

The changing seasons have drawn the visitors back time and time again. The winter snowdrops and hoar frost give way to a magical display of daffodils as spring bursts through the grounds. In the warmth of the late spring and early summer, you can take the little row-boat and venture on to the waters of Loch Ness or just relax in the summerhouse watching the sunset and reflections on the water. The autumn brings its own wealth of colors in gold, russet, and copper that are breathtaking.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Massage

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

During the retreat, you will be served Highland’s inspired recipes, freshly cooked on site, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks will be provided during morning and afternoon tea and coffee breaks. There will be a good selection of tea and coffee. You will also get bottled water every day. Selection of European wines will be included with dinner at no extra cost. Domestic non-alcoholic beverages are also included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Either right before or after the retreat, you can plan to spend a few days in the Inverness area with plenty of amazing places to visit. These include Fort Williams, the famous eco-village in Findhorn. You can also arrange and book the “extended vacation” option.

During breaks and free time, you have the possibility to explore the extensive grounds of the Old Farm Estate. The village of Invermoriston is within walking distance, a beautiful scenic walk along the forested River Moriston, by the Invermoriston Falls and historical landmarks.

Wildlife photography

Most of the UK's mammals have homes in the area. There are red squirrels, pine marten, red deers, Sika deers, and birds of prey, to name a few. Plenty of pheasants are found throughout the property which is raised by the neighboring Glenmoriston Estate.

What's included

  • 3 daily mindfulness meditation sessions
  • 1 daily 2-hour forest therapy session
  • MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) basics training
  • Introduction to Tibetan Dream Yoga philosophy and daily practice
  • 2 prosecco and bonfire evenings by the Loch Ness
  • 1 full day tour to magical Isle of Skye stopping over at Eilean Donan Castle
  • 2 half-day outings: 1 to Port Augustus and 1 to Urquhart Castle and the town of Drumnadrochit
  • 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • Tea, coffee, and snacks breaks
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Pick up and drop off to and from Inverness airport
  • Private use of 50-acre forest and gardens for solitude walks
  • One on one coaching sessions (limited time slots available)
  • Group activities, short row boat tours, creative writing and outdoor games

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional activities at excursion destinations
  • Admission to museums and castle tours

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Inverness Airport (INV). You will be provided a transportation from Inverness Airport (INV) to the Old Farm Cottages. A 55-minute ride leading right through the historical town of Inverness, then through beautiful countryside along the River Ness and along shore of the Loch Ness, through very picturesque townships like Drumnadrochit, and driving by Urquhart Castle. The trip from the airport, is definitely a tour in itself, a great introduction to the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Airport: Inverness Airport Airport transfer included: Inverness Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday August 31, 2019
Departure: Saturday September 7, 2019

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