Kirsty Davidson Great Britain
April 2017, BookMeditationRetreats
As a beginner I was unsure what to expect but the yoga teachers Rach and Amanda were fantastic in teaching all levels and abilities. The venue, facilities, food and teaching were fab. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested even as a complete beginner.
I first met Rach during the Om & Bass Yoga Festival that she organises in Braziers Park, Wallingford. With her Multi coloured mohawk wig and bright pink tutu! I thought, never had I seen a yoga teacher like it! Haha!
I've never quite got to grips with yoga in the past, being in jam packed classes where you're left to your own devises and not getting much support from the teacher I was pretty put off from the beginning. But having been to a couple of Rach's classes now, i can safely say that yoga is looking to become something im more interested in!
Rach is very encouraging and allows you to go at your own pace without that pressure of it being a certain way. She understands that each person is different and has different abilities and this means her classes are open to all levels and you never feel 'the odd one out'.
I have now joined a regular class with Rach and me and my body are happy.
Lots of people go to a retreat for a reason, I went for the love of yoga and got so much more! The House and surroundings are beautiful, loved the Yoga, I've been practicing for a while and felt like I got so much more out of the practice with Rach, I've even signed up for her weekly Yoga classes even though I have to travel it's worth it when you find a great teacher. Great itinerary with a mix of activities to take your mind off detoxing. The food was really good (not something you normally hear on a detox) but it really was! Freshly made, locally sourced, delicious and made with peace and love! It was my first retreat and at the risk of sounding dramatic it was life changing! I'd recommend this retreat for anyone...it's a must!
Another fantastic Wildhuman yoga retreat this last weekend. As I pulled up to this wonderful Eco house i instantly felt relaxed and happy and have to say wasn't disappointed.
I was met by Rachel Cox received a warm welcome and a heartfelt hug. I had finally arrived and my weekend spiritual adventures were about to begin.
I chose a detox A which comprised of fruit teas, smoothies and soup. I thought "what the heck..lets go the full hog". After an introduction to my fellow yogis we enjoyed actually i have to say, the best pumpkin soup i have ever tasted. What a relief detox food is tasty.
I unpacked my bags in a huge 3 bed dorm and met my room companions before heading down to the open basement, a beautifully set out yoga space with laid out mats, bolsters, blocks and stretching straps. The window sills were beautifully and calmingly adorned with irnate candle holders, ornamental elephants and an array of healing gems this is it, I am ready to welcome back my inner self.
Rachel took us through an inspiring and calming YIN journey, opening our hearts and souls with gentle and relaxing stretching, breathing and meditation. I felt like i was floating peacefully along a calm and endless river after which my endless river floated me up to bed and into a beautiful sleep.
The next morning our day started with a delicious fresh grated ginger and lemon tea a refreshing zing to wake us all up from our slumber.
Our first yoga session of the day started with some wonderful stretches and evolved into a slightly stronger Yin practice concentrating on breathing, lifting, stretching and twisting easing our spines gently to a younger version of ourselves. I have to say very painless and rather more satisfying. We undertook some delicious flow work and i felt my steel body gently soften to bamboo. We completed the session with a beautiful guided meditation taking us on a tour of every part of our bodies. I very nearly fell asleep at this point listening to Rachel's soft and gentle voice. We finished with a beautiful melody of Oms.
Another fantastic shake digested and scrub in the shower and i was off for a lovely dip in the salt hot tub enjoying the steamy bubbles then lunch. Beetroot and horseradish soup plus many more tasty ingredients, detox is delicious!
Now for breathing alchemy with our second teacher Karen. This involved lying down and breathing through a wide mouth, strange to be sure and my mouth was getting dry quickly, just as Karen started to mention that this happens to start with and soon you wont notice and sure enough, my next journey climbing mountains and casting my unwanted baggage away, just watch the rucksacks and rocks tumble down behind me. I realised that despite my gaping mouth, i was smiling well on my way to finding that little lost soul inside of me. A full stop with a gentle Om and we drifted back into the living area of the house.
Rachel was well into our included Reiki by this point treating us one by one. Noting our chakras in need of our help and attention and Karen took us on another journey through some longer holds and stretches and more relaxing meditation finishing again with an Om. I am feeling dream like, floating and at least a foot above the floor.
Dinner, then bed.
Sunday, my alarm crackled into life like a dinner bell and we all yawned into life on this Sunday morning.
Looking forward to the rush with my morning tea ready for our first practice. We all headed down to our silent den ready to go. A radient Rachel took us through some strong flows, stances and balances. After falling over a few times i realised that my balance had been left in bed that morning and started to smile and eventually wobbled myself back to balance. Great session finishing with 9 harmonious Oms followed by breakfast and reluctant packing. Then my Reiki session had arrived. Rachel's healing hands set to work and their warmth and energy flowing right through me. My two wantant chakras coming to light and oh so true absolutely spot on.
We were all off for a walk in the rain. Hopped into a couple of cars and into the countryside. We were met by a beautiful wooded area and instantly adopted by a lovely little dog, delighted with our bubbly troup passing by. Time for photos and a quick dash through the worsening rain back to our cars and home to our retreat. Lunch and greeted with a comforting hot soup rest then our final session of yoga.
Karen took our last session and with Rachel training next to me the whole group of new best friends and adventurers began our final journey of the weekend stretching, holding, breathing guided image meditation then Ohms.
Our journey was complete and after many warm heartfelt goodbyes and thank your i was on my way back out into the world feeling fresh, re generated and most definitely me an absolutely fantastic weekend and I am grateful for the chance to have been a fellow adventurer. Rachel worked so incredibly hard to get this retreat up and running she really is an inspiring and incredible WildHuman.
Clare United Kingdom
Invigorating but at the same time restorative weekend. Quality of teaching was excellent and very attentive, Rachel and Mel are both very enthusiastic and supportive. I would highly recommend Wild Human's retreats. Lovely and peaceful location.
I discovered this peaceful jewel in the British countryside. It was my very first time in this area, and it was my very first time teaching on a yoga, arts and mindfulness festival.Rachel Cox did create an amazing experience, and i'd be always thankful for the wild adventure! Full of love, laughter and sharing. Thank you Brazier's Park Community, for welcoming us all on your land. I will be there next year, for sure, as I did love so much everything we did with all these beautiful people full of openness! Profound gratitude! From deep in my heart
Caroline United Kingdom
I just wanted to say how lovely the Wild Human yoga classes and retreats are. When I first started I needed a little lie down during most classes. At first I felt a little awkward and nearly gave up but Rach gave me lots of encouragement (& of course love) to progress at my own pace.
Sarah Piotrowski United Kingdom
I have been lucky enough to practise with Rach from Wild Human in many different countries around the world, most recently in her Croatian retreat. Rach's classes are dynamic, challenging and so much fun! Always hilarious!!! Did I mention she offers massages.....oh so deep.
Anita Lewis United Kingdom
I really feel empowered to tell you about my wonderful experiences with our yoga teacher and her yoga retreats.I have been to three of Rachel's Yoga Retreats so far and each has been an incredible journey both spiritually and physically. Rachel's unique training style blends both traditional and innovative flows and movements taking into consideration the body's physical needs from dawn to dusk. Rachel is an extremely well accomplished and learned Yogi with a superb penchant for teaching all abilities, maximising each and every individual and personal capability regardless of age, mobility and even health. By the end of each retreat journey, we all establish long and happy friendships and a wonderful feeling of calm and happiness, ready to take on life's challenges once more...looking forward to our next blissful retreat experience, be it Spain, Malta, Canary Isles, Thailand or India. I hope to inspire your readers and recommendations to sample one of Rachel's lovely retreats.
a traveler United Kingdom
Rach is a very competent and fun teacher. A high quality teaching combined with humor and knowledge.
Alan United Kingdom
The retreats Rachel have been a wonderful opportunity to go even deeper. The people she brings together for these are very supportive too.
Daniella United Kingdom
Her retreats which takes place in beautiful places in Europe got the same positive vibe. They're good, fun and got the right amount of seriousness. Rachel helps with anything you may need help for before and during the trip. The groups are a good size not to big and it's easy to get involved with everyone. At one of the retreats I did, we did some kickboxing too, which was great and in some way it matched the whole yoga vibe too.Really awesome and great retreats, cant recommend these retreats more. Rachel does a great job.
Laura Hart United Kingdom
I attended a retreat in November 2014 at Braziers Park in Oxford. This was a life changing experience for me. Rachel is really down to earth and unique in her style and way of being. Her big smile and intuitive nature allows yogi's of all levels to ease in with confidence. As well as being affordable, these retreats provide a totally enriching space, leaving yogi's ready to go home feeling totally fantastic! I will be attending as many as I can - next stop, the Wales Retreat in July 2015. I highly recommend you to sign up and experience this; there will be laughter, deep rejuvenating sleep, superb people, fresh air, good food, incredible energy and a wonderful opportunity to explore the self in a safe and loving environment.
The Easter weekend retreat at Braziers Park was fantastic. The yoga classes were challenging (especially the pre-breakfast classes!) but great fun and I learnt a lot. We also experimented with different forms of meditation and I particularly enjoyed the art mediation. I was really pleased that we learnt some Thai yoga massage techniques too. All in all it was a lovely weekend with lovely people, lovely food and lovely surroundings! I was very sad to leave on the Sunday afternoon. I would definitely recommend a retreat with Rach (Wild Human/Yoga Lovin'), she's bonkers but great!
Sophie United Kingdom
I had the pleasure of joining a Wild Human retreat at Braziers Park over the Easter weekend. It was an absolute joy. Rachel is an excellent teacher and a lovely human being! :) The retreat struck the perfect balance for me...it was fun, revitalising, engaging and completely unintimidating. I really felt the benefit to my practice and would highly recommend Wild Human. I will definitely be booking on to another retreat in the near future!
Kath United Kingdom
Rach, you've been part of the start of my self discovery - it's only just started and it's crazy exciting!You're classes are humbling, and they're teaching me self discipline in the best way. Something I need so I can truly learn the reality of who I am :) you are incredible!
It was honestly a 10 out of 10 retreat. It was a fantastic experience, Rach was a great teacher, fantastic location and beautiful group of students. It was a true yoga retreat, not a retreat with a little yoga on the side. Rach gave amazing guidance both emotional and in practice and facilitated such a great environment. Highly recommended to all!
Dee Forde United Kingdom
I went to the Yoga retreat in Croatia last year and had an amazing time. Yoga and meditation on a mountain top is incredible and I came back fully recharged. Rachel is an wonderful yoga teacher. Her style is relaxed and accessible for people of all abilities. I love the fact that she will make you comfortable with how much you want to do yourself but will also teach you to challenge yourself and make better progress. There are also times when you need your arse kicked into shape and she's not afraid to do that! Above all, the classes are fun and you will always have a feeling of well being after.I would definitely recommend it especially if you are on a budget. It is affordable for people who may not otherwise have the means for an expensive retreat.
Bronwyn United Kingdom
I had the pleasure of experiencing Wild Human yoga retreat with Rach at Brazier park. It was inspiring, uplifting, spiritual, nurturing and thoughtful. Definitely thinking of doing another one and soon. Much love.
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