4 Days Summer Bank Ayurvedic Meditation Yoga Retreat in UK

  • 40, Duchy Rd Harrogate HG1 2ER , Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Summer Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in UK

Learn Ayurveda and yoga techniques, to bring a healing balance transformation during the summer holiday in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Ayurveda encourages us to seek experiences that are harmonizing to our senses through Ayurvedic practices which will be explained on the retreat. You can learn to minimize toxic input and maximize nourishing experiences for both body and mind. Join the retreat and learn to enhance your ability to create health and happiness in our lives and for those around you.


  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Level 1 and level 2 Ayurvedic seminars
  • Learn the basic of Abhyanga - Ayurvedic massage
  • Ayurvedic cookery lesson
  • The opportunity to learn Neti
  • Daily Ayurvedic brunch and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
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During the retreat, you will be staying in a large, spacious comfortable, and beautifully appointed home, only 5 minutes walk from the renowned Valley Gardens and 10 minutes walk into Harrogate.

There are 3 large shared rooms that can accommodate up to 3 people ( but usually only 2 people per room ) and 2 single rooms on site, with another single room just off site. In the house, there is a large dining room, two lounges, and spacious gardens for guests to enjoy.


16.00 : Arrivals may be earlier if you have a treatment booked)

16.30 : Welcome / Yin style and Restorative yoga / meditation

17.00 : Meditation

18.00 : Hatha flow yoga

19.30 : Dinner

Saturday and Sunday

  • 07.00 : Opportunity to learn Neti
  • 07.15 : Meditation / Pranayama / Hatha / Sivananda flow class
  • 10.30 : Brunch
  • 11.30 : Ayurvedic seminar level 1 / level 2
  • 13.00 : Free time / options
  • 16.00 : Tea / meditation / Yin yoga
  • 18.30 : Dinner
  • 19.30 : Satsang


  • 07:30 Opportunity to learn neti
  • 07:30 Meditation, pranayama, Hatha flow class
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:00 Learn the basics of Abhyanga-Ayurvedic massage
  • 12:30 Lunch and free time
  • 14:30 Meditation and yoga Nidra
  • 16:30 Departures
  • Instructors

Anne-Marie Burford

Anne-Marie is committed to developing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and is a certified Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga teacher with the world renowned Chopra Centre for Well Being, California. The Chopra centre is the world leader in the field of mind / body medicine.

Anne-Marie is a professional member of the Pilates Institute and Back Care Organization (national organization to promote backs). She is also on the Register of Exercise Professionals, Level 3. Anne-Marie specializes in back problems; she is also a qualified pre/post natal Pilates and has worked with referred patients and staff in the physiotherapy department at Harrogate District Hospital.

Anne-Marie was named as one of the top Pilates instructors in the country by Harpers and Queen Magazine - Feb 2002. As well as teaching in the studio, Anne-Marie also runs yoga retreat days/weekends, Ayurvedic workshops and wellness training sessions in the community, workplace and at other retreat centers in Europe and Asia. Anne-Marie in conjunction with Dr. Martyn Speight (a leading musculo-skeletal specialist and osteopath) has bought out an internationally selling DVD - "Pilates on the Ball. The DVD is also sold and recommended by BackCare.

On retreats Anne-Marie will guide you through a unique personalised Ayurvedic / yoga style practice in the morning with a more dynamic, hatha flow class incorporating pranayama, chakra balancing and meditation. The afternoon practice will be more restorative and yin-based with meditation and yoga Nidra. In all sessions there will be an emphasis on alignment, posture and on each individual's specific needs with suitable variations given for any particular issues such as back, neck or joint issues or other health issues.

Anne-Marie's warm and welcoming teaching style, interlaced with gentle humour and fun allows you to explore all aspects of your being in a safe and nurturing environment. Anne-Marie is also a keen dancer - particularly Salsa and Argentinian Tango - and would be happy to teach a few moves if requested!

James Burford

James has spent 5 years of study and training in India to teach on our Harrogate Yoga Retreats. He is a Sivananda yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic massage therapist and a Reiki master. Combined with his knowledge of Hindu Philosophy gained from 3 years of Post-graduate studies at a top Indian University, James will provide in depth teaching of all aspects of yoga and its underlying philosophy.

Due to his interest in spirituality from a young age, James journeyed to South Asia on a spiritual pilgrimage in 2007. After two years of extensive travel, he settled to live in one of India's most ancient and holy cities, Varanasi. In 2012, after three years of intensive study, James completed his post graduate degree in Indian Philosophy and Comparative Religion at Banaras Hindu University. His academic studies and personal sadhana has focused primarily on Yoga, Vedanta and Tantric traditions, including extensive personal retreat and immersion into the esoteric teachings of Kashmir Shaivism.

Chris Burford

Chris helps host the retreats. He is a great cook and prepares most of the amazing Ayurvedic food, some of which comes from the Chopra Centre cookbook. He is also involved in Men's retreat work and is studying Psychotherapy part-time at Regent's College in London. One of Chris's long standing hobbies is Tai Chi which he is always happy to demonstrate and will teach a class if requested.

  • Anne-Marie Burford

    Anne-Marie is a highly qualified and experienced teacher (initially a secondary school teacher). She subsequently trained as a health education tutor, working in G.P practice with referred patients and later as an RSA YMCA exercise to music teacher Pilates and yoga teacher. Anne-Marie is committed to developing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and is a certified "Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga" teacher with the world renowned Chopra Centre for Well Being, California.

  • James Burford

    James spent over 5 years of study and training in India from 2007 - 2012. He is a Sivananda Hatha Yoga and Astanga Yoga teacher, as well as a Pilates teacher, Ayurvedic massage therapist and a Reiki master. James provides in depth teaching of all aspects of yoga and its underlying philosophy. He has sound understanding of Pilates and physiology with 10 years of experience in Pilates and appeared in Anne-Marie's DVD 'Pilates on the Ball'. James has a keen interest in sports, travel and music and is a grade 8 pianist and also plays the guitar and djembe drum.

Harrogate is "famous for its healing waters, this Victorian spa town oozes cosmopolitan charm, smart streets and quaint mews. Enjoy fabulous shopping, atmospheric cafs, fine restaurants and plenty of green open spaces. Browse antiques and unusual gifts in the stylish Montpellier Quarter or watch the world go by in Betty's Tea Rooms. Stroll around Harrogate, admiring its beautiful floral displays along the way. The most attractive green spots include:

The Stray, 200 acres of green lawns surrounding the town

Valley Gardens, featuring well-heads of Harrogate's famous spa water

Royal Horticultural Society Garden Harlow Carr close to lush, green pine woods

A visit to a local 4-star hotel spa / leisure complex

Ayurvedic massage

Browse antiques and unusual gifts in the stylish Montpellier Quarter

Dine in atmospheric cafes and fine restaurants

Enjoy fabulous shopping

Explore Harrogate's spa history at the Royal Pump Room Museum


Stroll around Harrogate

Tai chi / dance

Use of equipment: e.g. physiocacoustic sound wave chair, reviber

Visit Fountains Abbey Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site, Ripley Castle and Harewood House

Visit the Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate International Centre and the Royal Hall for concerts and ballet

Visit the Sun Collonades, Sun Pavilion in the Valley Gardens and several art galleries

Visit the Turkish baths

On this retreat, you have the opportunity to treat yourself to an Ayurvedic massage, Reiki, and also visit the Turkish bath and the local 4 star hotel spa.

You can also indulge in Aromatherapy massage (60 minutes), Reflexology (60 minutes), Hot stone full body massage, Acupuncture (60 minutes), Hypnotherapy (90 minutes), Hopi Ear candles (35 minutes).

For more information, please contact Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing.

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All yoga and meditation sessions
  • Ayurvedic seminar level 1 / level 2
  • Daily Ayurvedic brunch and dinner
  • Ayurvedic cookery lesson
  • Opportunity to learn Neti
  • Workshop on the basics of Abhyanga - Ayurvedic massage
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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    Review by Sally Seinen from Netherlands

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  • Review by Amanda Fakeerah
    10 out of 10

    "The location couldn't have been more perfect, and it was a beautiful environment to wake up in everyday and practice yoga. For me, the whole retreat experience was a very welcome pause from the crazy pace of modern day life, leaving me renewed and inspired, and able to reconnect with myself. The joint expertise of Anne-Marie and James meant that the twice daily sessions were wonderfully varied and balanced."

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  • Review by Melanie Richardson
    10 out of 10

    "I have just returned from the Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing's yoga retreat in the Maldives. There could not have been a more idyllic environment in which to practise yoga and meditation looking out over the white sandy beach and the turquoise sea! As ever, Anne-Marie and James were excellent hosts and teachers providing a more energising meditation and yoga practice in the morning and a more restorative class in the evening. I really experienced the benefit of twice daily classes and meditation and although I am not the most flexible person I definitely felt a marked improvement in my asanas. I took the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful facilities at the Barefoot Resort for an extra few days after the retreat and can honestly say that I can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed and refreshed after a holiday. Thank you Anne-Marie and James for a wonderful retreat and if you want to give yourself some well deserved time to restore mind, body and spirit then I can wholeheartedly recommend this retreat."

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  • Review by Vicky Fleming

    "Having just returned from a weekend at The Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing I can't recommend the retreats here enough. Anne-Marie, James and Chris were so warm, welcoming and knowledgeable in yoga and meditation techniques and the Ayurvedic lifestyle in general. A fantastic start to the New Year; I learned so much more than I'd hoped, alongside a group of really lovely and interesting people. I shall definitely be back to learn more, either to another retreat in Harrogate or to experience the retreat in Kerala!"

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  • Review by Melanie Richardson

    "I have just returned from a two week retreat with Anne-Marie to Kerala in Southern India. We were due to spend a week at Ahimsa Garden Retreats and a week at the Turtle Beach Hotel but in fact ended up staying 11 nights at Ahimsa with three very relaxing days at the lovely Turtle Beach at the end. Ahimsa is the brainchild of Dr Daisy Kuchinad who founded the retreat centre with her husband in 2013 to preserve nearly 400 species of Ayurvedic medicinal plants including rare and endangered species. Although Daisy is a doctor trained in conventional western medicine, she was drawn to learn more about Ayurveda after a member of her family became seriously ill a few years ago and her quest is to holistically combine the best of both medical systems to ensure that the body is kept in balance."

    "Upon arrival, you have a consultation with Dr Nair, the consultant Ayurvedic doctor, who assesses what treatments will be beneficial to balance your body. Each day began with meditation and yoga in one of the two beautiful indoor yoga studios which are positioned high up to make the most of the panoramic views over the treetops. What a stunning experience it was to do Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) to the backdrop of the most spectacular sunrises. "

    "The daily Ayurvedic treatment followed, the like of which I’ve never experienced before. Two young ladies (male therapist for the men) worked on your body for up to two hours with a variety of ayurvedic massage techniques which included warm oils and hot herbal poultices. The massage was like a carefully choreographed dance as they both worked in complete unison on each side of your body and I was interested to hear that their intense training takes them a year to complete. I was lucky enough to experience the sublime Shirodhara for my last three days of treatment which involved hot oils being drizzled backwards and forwards across your forehead – absolute bliss! Where time allowed, we also incorporated a late afternoon meditation and yoga practice into our day."


    "The vegetarian food at Ahimsa is delightful and freshly cooked using many ingredients which are grown in the garden and the spice level can be adapted to suit your taste."

    "The stay also included a number of trips including a cruise on the backwaters on a houseboat accompanied by Indian classical music, a visit to a local convent, orphanage and old people’s home, a display of traditional Indian dance and a demonstration of an Indian martial art based on yoga called Kalaripayattu which had me astounded at the strength, agility and flexibility of the students. Given everything that is included in the retreat, I do think it represents excellent value for money."

    "One of the most important aspects of the stay at Ahimsa for me was the time which Daisy devoted to spending with us. It was like having your own personal tour guide and I learnt so much from her about the life and culture of India as well as benefiting from her wisdom on anything and everything over some lively dinner conversations! She is a truly visionary lady and I can’t help but think if there were more people like her, then the world would be a much better place. "

    "It’s hard to describe just what a magical and inspirational place Ahimsa is. I went on the retreat to the Maldives last year and whilst I had a wonderful time, the experience at Ahimsa was in a different league for me. The experience has truly nourished my heart and soul and I didn’t want to leave. For anyone who may be considering whether to go to Ahimsa and a little unsure, I’d urge you to just do it. I know you won’t regret it and I for one will be back."

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  • Review by Emma Ashforth
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend the retreads offered by the Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing. The Ahisma Garden Retreat in Kerala has been amazing! What a little gem! I have tried various treatments and therapies around the world over the years - in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. but Ayurvedic treatment is in a league of its own."

    "It is possible to visit an Ayurvedic centre after chemotherapy and radiation to restore the immune systems; it is unique and highly effective. Dr Daisy Kuchinad, the founder of Ahimsa, knows only too well as her own beloved son had Cancer aged only 20. A physician based in the US, she researched the planet to find someone to help her son and found Dr Nair. He is a top Ayurvedic doctor based in Kerala. There is something very special about this man; his intuition is incredible - he truly has a sixth sense. He treats patients with panchakarma, Ayurveda's premier mind-body healing treatment; a unique programme of deep cleansing, purification rejuvenation to detoxify the mind and body, strengthen the immune system and restore balance."

    "I genuinely feel different after a week of treatments - plus the added bonus of looking younger with less cellulite! Daisy has set up a lovely, homely villa with beautiful tropical gardens in which she is conserving rare Ayurvedic plants and the most incredible yoga studios with wooden floors restored from ancient temples, set at tree level amidst the Indian jungle."

    "In accordance with panchakarma, Daisy's wonderful staff serve delicious, organic, mainly home-grown, Ayurvedic, vegetarian food to cleanse the body for the duration of your stay."

    "There is time to relax and recharge and time to experience the amazing Indian culture with a boat trip on the stunning backwaters, live traditional Indian music and dance, a visit to a Hindu temple and an Indian yoga and Kalaripait martial arts' show."

    "This has been a trip of a lifetime! It is life changing! I truly feel that Ayurveda is a lifestyle to be as healthy as possible in a non- aggressive way, one that I intend to continue to follow. I now feel that annual Ayurvedic treatments are key for today's busy life in the West. I think I would have burned out and become seriously ill if I had not taken the time to heal myself and it is an ongoing, lifelong healing process. The combination of East meeting West with a top conventional doctor and top Ayurvedic doctor means you are in the safest of hands with the best advice from both schools of thought. Ahimsa is not only an Ayurvedic retreat but also a yoga retreat, with our own highly experienced, international teacher - Anne-Marie Burford leading the yoga"

    "At meal times, Dr Kuchinad leads inspiring discussions, putting the world to rights, including chats about Ayurveda, modern medicine, philosophy, yoga and praynama, to name a few."

    "I have learned a lot; I feel enlightened, inspired and extreme positive! All this for a very reasonable price. I am so grateful and I shall be back!"

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  • Review by Liz Gibson

    "This retreat was a unique experience. Arriving at Ahimsa we were given a most warm welcome from the staff and were truly made to feel at home. Dr Daisy Kuchinad is a warm, passionate and very funny lady who goes out of her way to give her guests the best of experiences. The aim of the retreat is ultimately to cover the costs of the garden that Dr Kuchinad has created, trying to save endangered plants and medicinal herbs while giving her guests the best traditional Ayurvedic treatments available. There are two magnificent yoga studios. Each studio is at tree top height affording beautiful views. Our morning meditation and yoga practice was enhanced by bird song and music from a nearby temple while watching the sunrise. The delicious home made food was made from organic fruits and vegetables from the garden. The lovely staff were prepared to make us our favourites. The Pranchakarma treatments are prescribed according to our constitutional type and individual problems. Treatments are performed by professional therapists who I found to be charming and caring. Cultural experiences were organised for us either in house or by arranged visits. We enjoyed traditional music, dance and martial arts and a fantastic Back Water house boat trip. Panchakarma and yoga were the main reason for my visit but I experienced so much more. We all left visibly rejuvenated in appearance and also in body and mind. I can't wait to return."

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  • Review by Tony Byrne
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was an incredible experience and one that I’m looking forward to repeating next year. The retreat has two purpose built yoga studios and the views from both are breathtaking. It is almost impossible to explain the sensation of practising yoga whilst watching the sun rise above the lush green Keralan landscape, you must experience this for yourself to fully appreciate. Ayurvedic treatments are available and are carried out by an incredible team of practitioners. Treatments are bespoked to fit your specific requirements as prescribed by an Ayurvedic doctor. I cannot pretend to understand the full content of the treatments but I can say for me the results have been excellent, resulting in amongst other things, a more relaxed outlook, better sleep and greater energy levels."

    "The food at the Ahimsa Garden Retreat was consistently of the highest standard. The bedrooms were spacious and of good standard. All rooms had access to ensuite facilities. The grounds were amazing with an incredible array of flowers, herbs, trees, fruit and vegetables all growing across the three acres. Additional activities included performances by local musicians and traditional dancers laid on at Ahimsa Gardens, both exceptional."

    "The standout memory for me will have to be boating on the Keralan backwaters and watching the sun slowly set. The staff at Ahimsa Gardens made it feel like my home and for that I am grateful, their hospitality knew no bounds."

    "Final word must be for Kerala and its people. Beautiful place, beautiful humble people who through both their gentleness and kindness have truly inspired me. I didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to return."

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  • Review by Jenny from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The Yorkshire Centre for wellbeing truly deserves a 5* rating. Both Anne-Marie and James work very hard to ensure all classes are tailored to each individuals needs and fitness levels. They also adapt their classes to help people who may have injuries...allowing them to still benefit from the classes they offer but in a safe manner. As a qualified physiotherapist I find this extremely reassuring. Both Anne-Marie and James have an excellent knowledge of yoga and Pilates and their yoga retreats both in the U.K and abroad are fantastic. They provide the perfect setting for a holistic therapy approach."

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  • Review by Marie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I love going to yoga and pilates at the centre, it keeps me on track physically but also helps to keep my stress levels at a minimum. The studio is lovely as are both Anne-Marie and James."

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  • Review by Lucy
    10 out of 10

    "I attended this Centre for the first time over the New Year for an Ayurvedic Yoga Retreat. As a clinical psychologist, I take self-care very seriously and this was the perfect start to 2016! Anne-Marie, James and Chris were welcoming and knowledgeable hosts, with extensive training in yoga, pilates, and Ayurvedic theory and practice. They were happy to share their learning and I came away with a number of tips and tricks to maintain health and wellbeing; some of which I hope to pass on, in turn, to my clients. The yoga studio itself is a wonderful and well-equipped space. What more can I say? I will be back!"

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  • Review by a traveller from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "This bank holiday weekend I joined Anne-Marie, James and Chris at their home for my first Yoga Retreat. What a joy it was! Such a warm welcome: reassurance, individual attention and wonderful food. The yoga and meditation were good too! The classes catered for all levels of ability - from inexperienced (like me) to students who have been yogis for years.We learnt about, and lived, as far as possible, an Ayurvedic life during the retreat, and the knowledge I gained has given me such insight into how I can continue to modify my lifestyle and eating habits to become healthier, happier and fitter without feeling I am being punished.It is notable that having been prescribed a high dose of SSRI anti depressant/anti anxiety drugs for over 20 years, plus beta blockers and painkillers, I am now free of the pain killers and beta blockers, and have so far reduced the SSRI by half - I expect to be free of them in a couple of months. I've only been able to do this through accessing the classes and support."

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  • Review by Claire Chew
    10 out of 10

    "Anne-Marie and James are two of the most wonderful people I've ever encountered! Their knowledge and wisdom is truly inspiring and In just 3 days it's encouraged me to live a more healthy lifestyle! I will certainly be back in the very near future! I can't thank them both enough for how I felt after the retreat! If you're looking for, Peace, Zen, Contentment, Relaxation and more then get yourselves to one of their retreats!"

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  • Review by Selina Kizildagli
    10 out of 10

    "Since leaving you all on Sunday I have been digesting the wonderful weekend. From the initial warm welcoming smiles with the offer of delicious energy balls (hedgehogs)! It was a weekend full of knowledge, laughter, mind and body connection and a chance to learn how to really start loving myself. The peaceful meditations, the Ayurvedic seminar, the yoga practices, the massage, the food, the walking in the garden, the talking, the chill out time in the snug.The list goes on! I cant thank you enough for giving all of this and more. With the tools you have equipped me with I have learnt how to give time to myself and how important it is to let things just be'. Thank you from a very big, warm heart!"

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  • Review by Nicola Rooze
    10 out of 10

    "I cant begin to describe how I feel. It touched every part of me, physically and emotionally and I just want to do it all over again. I will treasure my memories."

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  • Review by Stephen Ross
    10 out of 10

    "Fantastic day! I have done yoga and meditation before but as two different things, but today has been one of the best experiences because of the combination of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, crystals, etc. The whole day was continuously informative; I havent felt so relaxed in years. Even if we could live part of our lives with the information you have given us it would be 100% better!"

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  • Review by Jaclyn Daly
    10 out of 10

    "Anne-Marie and James are beautiful souls who took us on a journey of Ayurveda Yoga. The knowledge and wisdom they both possess is incredibly enlightening. Not having such an interest in the spiritual side of yoga Anne-Marie taught us to be open even if we are not willing to accept. By the end of the trip I think everyone had gained some insight into their spiritual side and by the guidance of the teacher have learnt to love the whole of oneself and everything about them. This has been an amazing trip where everyone grew. I would come back every year if they were here."

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  • Review by Gemma Thompson
    10 out of 10

    "Anne-Marie and James were the highlight of the retreat ."

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  • Review by Katie Batham
    10 out of 10

    "My time here was phenomenal. I enjoyed every second. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and I look forward to coming back with Anne-Marie and James next year! Everyone must do this at least once in their lifetime. Such an amazing, life-changing experience. I honestly can say I never want to leave, missing everyone so much already. Thank You... Thank YouThank You. "

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