Five Day Summer Yoga Course at Bala Brook Retreat Centre, Dartmoor. Wednesday July 31st - Sunday August 4th 2024

Upcoming Yoga Holidays & Retreats

Wednesday July 31st -  Sunday August 4th 2024 . An opportunity to really deepen or kickstart your yoga practice over five days in summer. Optional supported walks are included and Thai massage and/or Reflexology are available.


Over the five days  we will explore dynamic and quiet practices to different effect including asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), deep relaxation, body centring and meditation. All practices are designed to bring us to our own energised and calm centre.

Bala Brook

Is a small residential yoga centre on Dartmoor quite close to the large village of South Brent and about 8 miles from Totnes in south Devon. It feels secluded and quiet and is not really within walking distance of anywhere apart from amazing Dartmoor and a nearby reservoir. It's a special place in my opinion. 

It is recently refurbished and has an extended yoga room (with under floor heating), a large kitchen-diner/conservatory area, library and common sitting areas. As accommodation it is simple, comfortable and warm if necessary. 

There is a very large garden with fantastic trees and the brook flowing through. There is a little waterfall at the top of the garden. It is easy to walk directly out on to the moor from several directions or to take lowland wooded walks.  More information on the venue - Bala Brook Website 


Atmospheric and wonderful – we are situated in a green river valley and it's possible to walk out onto the high moor from the house easily, or there are easy local woodland and valley walks. I am not an outdoor leader but I'm happy to come out with you on the understanding you are responsible for your own saftey and can assess your own ability to walk on the moor. Or you can just strike out with a map if you know the moor or have experience hill walking. Either way bring your boots if you fancy this. In warm weather (or any weather for some people) outdoor swimming in one of Dartmoor's pools or rivers maybe possible, but this is your own responsibility.  

Daily Structure


5.30 pm – 7 pm – Introductory class and wind down.

7 pm – Dinner, free time, massage.


Morning silence until breakfast.

7.45 am – 8. 30am – Pranayama (breathing practice) and meditation

8.30 am – Light breakfast  

10am – 12 – Main asana class

12.15 pm – 5.30pm – Lunch, walks, massage and/or free time.

5.30pm – 7pm - Hatha Yoga 

7 pm Dinner, free time, massage.



8 am – 9.30 am – Finishing Class. 

9.30  – Breakfast and departure.    

Thai Massage and Reflexology.

Please book treatments in advance if possible - Emma Cayless , a very experienced practitioner will come in for Thai massage. Massages are generally 1, 1.5 or 2 hours. Information about Emma here. Lisa Wood will come in for Reflexology, information about Lisa here. 

Booking Information

Please read all the course information and e mail, call 07915 650106 or fill in the form below before paying  to check the type of room you would like is available if you have a preference. You can either pay by bank transfer , please email for the BACS information, or you can also pay by debit or credit card through Pay Pal above to the right. Deposits are non refundable and non transferable. Any differences must be paid at least two weeks before we start.  From two weeks before the course no refund is possible, it may be wise to have travel insurance to cover any eventualities that may stop you coming. Feel free to call/text/WhatsApp me on 07915 650106 or email if you want to discuss anything.


IMPORTANT : Please contact me first, before making a payment.


Date Duration Venue Cost
2024-07-31 5 Days Bala Brook Retreat Centre, Dartmoor, Devon £580 single room. £540 shared room

*All inclusive apart from Thai massage  and Reflexology.

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Include 4 nights’ accommodation, 3 vegetarian meals a day, drinks, snacks, yoga tuition and supported walks. Only Thai massage and Reflexology are not included.


Maximum 15 people on the course.


All bedding will be provided and beds made up. Towels are not provided but can be hired for £6. 


Vary from single rooms with en suite bathroom to simpler rooms with shared bathroom arrangements. There are not separate prices for the standard of rooms, except  a couple of smaller single rooms which are the price of a shared room. All the rooms are of a decent standard but the larger en suite rooms will go on a first come first served basis. Some of the shared rooms are large and ensuite.

Single or double rooms. 

There is enough room for ten people to have single rooms and up to four rooms can share.


In Devon all meals are provided and are vegetarian, and teas, coffees and snacks are available at all times for free. Some special diets can be catered for, for example vegan and gluten free; anything more complex than that then please ask, we can be flexible up to a point, but we have one cook , not a staffed kitchen.

Yoga teaching - levels and experience.

As an experienced teacher of 25 years I can accommodate most levels of experience from beginners through to teachers. If you are a complete beginner try at least some classes before you come on a course like this. If you have significant health issues or body limitations then please talk to me; most things can be worked with, but not everything.


We have use of the library which has some fascinating yoga books, old and new; general interest books and books on Dartmoor.


It is possible to walk onto the high moor from the house or there are also valley and woodland walks. I am not an outdoor leader but I'm happy to come out with you on the understanding you are responsible for your own saftey and can assess your own ability to walk on the moor. The nature of any walks can be discussed.  Or you can just strike out with a map by yourselves if you know the moor or have experience hill walking. Either way bring your boots if you fancy this. Outdoor swimming in one of Dartmoor's pools or rivers maybe possible at your own responsibility.

Phones and communication

There is no mobile phone reception at the house but there is wifi in the kitchen area. The land line for the house is 01364 649482 and calls can me made or received here if need be.

South Brent

Is the nearest village with shops and is a 10 minute drive or a 45 minute walk. Most forgotten things can be provided at the house.

Taxis and lift shares from Totnes train station or Totnes

Taxis from Totnes are £20 - £25 ish. Lift shares can often but not always be arranged through me or another student if you let me know in advance. If you get a taxi ask them to take you to Shipley Bridge public car park, beside river Avon. At Shipley Bridge, cross the River Avon, follow the lane turning around to the left, southwards over a cattle grid. – After 2 minutes down the lane, go past one farm on your right, down a little hill over a little bridge and look out for ‘Bala Brook’ sign on your right beside a timber gateway. This is the second habitation on your right after leaving Shipley bridge. Most taxi drivers in Totnes now know where Bala Brook is.  Instructions on how to get to Bala Brook are on the website Bala Brook Directions. 

Please bring 

Clothing for all possible weather  and a yoga mat if you can – though if it is a problem there are plenty of spares at the centre. A towel if you don't want to hire one. 


Feel free to call/text/WhatsApp on 07915 650106 or email if you want to discuss anything.