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When we tune into Nature and her rhythms an October retreat can feel like the most delicious medicine. As the wilderness sheds its skin, you might feel drawn towards moments of intimacy and surrender. From here we let time be measured by the length of our breath. We’ll tune into a space beyond right, wrong and the stories we tell ourselves. We won’t promise you divine transformation, but offer you an opportunity to meet yourself. Yet in true Maison Fish style, we will hold you with love and laughter may rupture from deep in your belly. We’ll come together as a cluster of humans for some precious days of living simply, beautifully; gathering around bonfires perhaps with a drum in hand. What might unravel from here could be something a little magical… we shall see.
What we can offer:
Ferny T will lead intelligent yoga in both morning and evening, inviting you to awaken to your body’s wisdom. A surf trip may appeal to adventurous souls, who may also enjoy a fresh water plunge each morning in our lake. Hiking to hillside forts or valleys deep, climbing trees or journaling by a near by river may sing to your wild nature. Night times can be spent in wonder soaking in our Five Elements hot tub, perhaps sharing a story or two with like minded new friends. We will feast together on food that really feeds us, and offer a fire side platform for any artists who may wish to share.
Fern is a kind and creative creature who has come to perceive the practice of yoga as energetic artistry. Her teachings stay rooted in traditional philosophy yet she enjoys weaving the body through an interconnected web of movement, offering a curious approach to the somatic self as a big adventure. You can expect work with the ground, celebrate your spine and mobilise your joints. Moving through creative vinyasa from the inside out, you will explore what it is to move with effortless effort within practice and life.
The human body holds incredible wisdom and Fern is fascinated by it. Through building an intimate relationship with our human form, we begin to unravel unhealthy patterns within the physical, emotional and mental. When we work openly with the practice, what can emerge is a sense of our true nature as humans, in all our grit, glory and that in between. Whole humans are welcomed with love.
This retreat will be held at Maison Fish DEVON, a treasure chest of a farmhouse in the middle of Exmoor National Park. You can expect rolling hills, forests of whispering trees and meandering rivers for us to splash in. Our farmhouse is a premium property, with wooden floors and open fire places. We’ll take our yoga in a converted barn, soak in our Five Elements hot tub under the galaxy, and take a plunge in either the slate swimming pool or private lake. Maison Fish Devon is our home away from home, and we just love watching people's jaws drop when they walk through the door.
Our live in chef will make sure we are all nourished deep down into our cells. Our menu is based around whole foods that taste amazingly good. This will be a heart feast of vegetarian retreat, and any vegans and dietary requests warmly welcomed. All of our ingredients are sourced freshly from local suppliers, and our eggs from the chickens in the field next door. Our chef will work in an open plan kitchen, and is happy to talk you through her recipes so you can go home with some new health food pointers and inspiration. We believe in not only serving a healthy menu, but also providing an education in how you can re-create it at home.
WHAT A DAY WILL LOOK LIKE
730am : Morning Nourishment
8am - 10am : Yoga
10am : Breakfast
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2pm – Big Lunch
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6 – 8 pm: Yoga
8pm – Evening Nourishment
9pm – Hot tub soak underneath the galaxy
*Space - opportunities to receive retreats, hike, surf, write, rest, write, hot tub, swim
THE ORGANISATIONAL STUFF
Guests will need to arrive at the farm by 5pm on Thursday 25th October. We'll have the fires crackling and yummy dahl on the hob awaiting your arrival.
The retreat will close Sunday 28th at 3pm.
The Maison really is in the middle of the countryside nestled away in the Exmoor National Park. Maison Fish plan the transport strategically to suit the needs of our guests so please be patient with us until we have all our Fish in line. The easiest train station from London is Tiverton Parkway and the nearest main town to the Maison is Barnstable. When you book your spot on the retreat we will discuss your transport needs so we can weave these logistics together.
THE MONEY STUFF
Guests are asked to select the following option when booking:
£400 Gypsy Fish – a futon style bed on a twin room. Room to be shared with a Premium Fish.
£475 Standard Fish – a single bed in a twin room. Room to be shared with a Standard Fish.
£525 Premium Fish – a double bed in a twin room. Room to be shared with a Budget Fish.
All rooms are spacious with the comfiest of beds and the softest of sheets for the cosiest of nights.
A non refundable deposit of £200 is required to secure your space. Or pay the full balance straight though the Maison Fish website.
5 x Yoga practices with Fern
All meals from Thursday night until Sunday lunch
Accommodation in a spectacular premium farmhouse within 200 acres of private land, hot tub, private lake and swimming pool.
What’s not included
The cost of travel from your home to the Maison.
Optional add ons
£40 for 2 hr surf lesson (including kit hire), or £20 kit hire (if you don't need the lesson)
£65/ £85 Therapeutic massage
£20 shuttle service from Tiverton Parkway station to the Maison
It makes Maison Fish sad when finances interfere with yoga and wellbeing. So if money is not flowing, just suggest a payment plan that is realistic for you.
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