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Scottish Wellbeing Retreat weekend (Yoga, Hillwalking, NLP)

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Bunrannoch House

Pitlochry

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Retreat highlights - join for our 7th Retreat at this location!
View more pictures and testimonials at: http://www.yoganuu.com/wellbeing-retreats.html

Our Wellbeing Retreat offers you a unique blend of Yoga, Walking and NLP Coaching, all set in a beautiful, remote Scottish Highlands location. Our aim is to provide an inclusive, caring and respectful environment, with the opportunity to rejuvenate, nurture yourself and improve your overall wellbeing. This is supported by daily yoga sessions, walks outdoors amongst some inspiring scenery and a chance to explore what really matters to you through some guided coaching activities.

Yoga sessions will encompass posture work (asana practice), breathing techniques (pranayama) and relaxation techniques. There will be a variety of coaching activities, designed to help you explore what’s really important to you and help you move forward on a goal(s) or issue(s). There will be a daily walk of varying length, exploring the local scenery which may include; lochs, rivers, waterfalls, hills and woodland. Activities will be tailored to suit all levels and are designed to enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing.

All of our activities are optional. We do encourage everyone to participate in as much as they can to gain the full benefit of the Retreat. However, we understand there may be times where you would prefer to enjoy an afternoon nap or have a lie-in, read a book, or simply take some time to yourself during your stay.

You will be:

  • immersed in picturesque remote surroundings ​ (lochs, hills, a cosy fireplace, wholesome home baking & more)
  • refreshed with walks in the beautiful hills
  • invigorated by daily yoga practices
  • renewed through NLP based coaching sessions
  • relaxed with an Indian Head Massage or Reiki Treatment available (at additional charge)

Who can come on the Retreat?
The Retreat is open to anyone over the age of 18 with an interest and willingness to participate in the Retreat activities. We welcome everyone, whether they come on their own, with a friend or with a partner. There is a range of accommodation available and we aim to suit your requirements. Please note that the venue is a Grade C listed building and is unable to accommodate wheelchair users or those unable to climb stairs.

No prior experience in Yoga, Walking or Coaching is necessary. Equally, for anyone with previous experience, we will adapt the Retreat activities to a suitable level.

View more pictures and testimonials at: http://www.yoganuu.com/wellbeing-retreats.html

What’s included?

  • Ensuite twin room accommodation for up to 3 nights in a beautiful Victorian former-hunting lodge, sharing with the same gender (unless otherwise requested). One set of bed linen, a hand towel and a bath towel will be provided to each participant.
  • Home-cooked, healthy food (wherever possible), covering: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day. As well as a variety of fruit, snacks and homemade cake available throughout the day.
  • A selection of teas, coffee and water/juice throughout the day.
  • Yoga sessions 60 minutes+, twice a day, led by a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher. Sessions will flex to reflect the Group but will likely include posture work (asanas) breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation and insight into Yoga theory and working with energy centres (Chakras).
  • Daily, guided low-level or mid-level walks, exploring the stunning scenery in the surrounding area.
  • Walks are led by an experienced and qualified Mountain Leader with an Outdoor First Aid qualification.
  • Guided coaching activities throughout the week to explore a goal(s) or issue(s) or other suggested topics. Sessions will be led by one or both of our qualified NLP Practitioners.
  • A guaranteed small group size with a maximum of 14 participants.
  • We aim to create an environment that is relaxed, fun and safe, with a learning, exploring and supportive atmosphere. See below for our technology policy.

What might a typical day look like?
This is an example schedule and will flex with the requirements of the group, weather conditions etc. All other time will be free to spend as you wish.

Sample daily Itinerary

07:00 Morning Yoga (~1 hour)

08:30 Breakfast

09:30 Walk (sometimes with coaching activity) (~2–3 hours)

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Coaching activity (~2 hours)

16:00 Tea and cake

17:30 Evening yoga (~1 hour)

19.30 Dinner

What’s NOT included? / Know Before You Go

  • Alcohol is not included in the cost of the Retreat, with the exception of wine being served as part of the Welcome Meal for those that would like a glass. You are welcome to bring along your own alcoholic drinks to enjoy in moderation in the evenings throughout the Retreat.
  • There is a No Smoking policy in the Retreat buildings and gardens. You are permitted to smoke at the entrance to the grounds (1-2 minute walk away from the house).
  • For insurance purposes, the venue does not permit the burning of any incense or candles
  • For those who would prefer to stay in a room of their own, this is subject to availability. A single supplement of £50 per person per night will be charged.
  • The cost of travel to and from the Retreat location at the start and end of the Retreat is not included and needs to be arranged by the participant. Where possible, we will support participants in organising lift shares.

  • We are able to provide transport needed during the week for a small number of participants, e.g. to start of a walk, however, there may be occasions where we need to ask other participants to drive so that we can transport the whole group in the best way possible (any associated cost would be at the drivers expense unless otherwise agreed).
  • We recommend that you have travel insurance in place.

  • Laundry services are not provided as part of the Retreat. However, by arrangement, a washer-drier can be made available for participants to use. An iron and ironing board is also available.
  • Equipment for the yoga and walking activities are not typically included. However, by arrangement, there will be some yoga mats available to borrow and some walking items, such as spare clothing, available to borrow at no charge. If there are any items from the suggested kitlist that you are struggling to get hold of, please contact us to discuss, as we may be able to help you source these items.

  • In order to preserve a relaxing and community-based feel during the Retreat, the use of technology such as smartphones and ipads is restricted to your own bedroom and requested to be used only when absolutely necessary. If you are sharing in a twin, we would also ask you take into consideration use of these/impact on your fellow room companion.

  • All communal areas will remain ‘technology-free’ zones. This is to help encourage a deeper personal focus on yourself during your stay and creates a cohesive, inclusive, community environment. Also, an integral part of the Wellbeing Retreat is to give ourselves a rest from being surrounded by technology and the demands of communication with the outside world.
    • Mobile phone coverage is patchy at best in the Retreat location. There is a landline phone available for participants to use and the number will be provided in the final joining instructions for you to give to anyone that may need to contact you in event of an emergency.

What does the Yoga involve?
Yoga will be available daily as an activity, usually with a morning and an afternoon/evening session. As with all our activities, participation is encouraged but optional. As the Retreat progresses, you may feel increased benefits of doing a daily practice.

Lindsey’s style of teaching follows her Akhanda Hatha Yoga teacher training and Curvy Yoga training which she often adds to with elements from other yoga styles such as Bikram, Yin Yoga and others.

Yoga sessions will be tailored to suit the level and needs of the Group and is suitable from a complete beginner level up to intermediate level/someone who enjoys a regular, sustained practice. Everyone will have the opportunity to find their edge and move beyond it to discover new aspects of their mind and body through their yoga practice. Modifications are given to enable everyone to achieve the maximum benefits of their practice and enable any specific injuries or restrictions to be worked with.

Typically, a yoga session will be based around a theme, such as “resistance,” and we will explore how this works with your postures, state of mind and breathing. There is a warm up, followed by working through a number of core asanas/postures that typically focus on building and deepening flexibility, core strength, and balance, followed by a deep relaxation.

If you have your own yoga mat, please bring this with you to the Retreat. A small number of yoga mats will be available to borrow for those that do not have their own, at no extra charge. Other similar items such as camping mats, are not suitable for your practice.

Participants are encouraged and gently reminded to remember that yoga is a non-competitive, non-judgemental activity and that through connecting and tuning into your inner wisdom you will absorb many benefits from your practice. All this can help to re-energise and rejuvenate ourselves.

The mantra is to take your yoga seriously and yourself lightly.

The following is recommended in preparation for your yoga practice:

  • Aim not to consume food at least an hour before class
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing and come prepared to be in bare feet. You may wish to bring a blanket or shawl for your comfort during the relaxation
  • Bring water to sip during /after the class
  • Remove any jewellery/watch to avoid any injury during your practice
  • Remember to avoid stepping or standing on another person’s yoga mat as a mark of respect for other people’s space
  • Remember to wear your smile

What does the Coaching involve?
Both Cat and Lindsey are qualified INLPTA NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioners and our coaching sessions will be predominantly based on NLP coaching techniques. At times and where we feel it’s for the benefit of participants, we may bring in or include other coaching practices. As with all our activities, taking part in each coaching exercise is optional but encouraged.

Coaching can take place around any topic you wish to explore. This could be something ‘big and meaty’ for example; a career change, relationship change or working towards an important goal. Or this could be something smaller but important to you, for example; wanting to start a new hobby, increase your fitness activity or to improve a relationship at work. Each individual is welcome to come with an idea(s) of what they would like to work on during the Retreat (some pre-thinking prompts will be sent out to you closer to the Retreat date to help you with this) or you may choose to just see what comes up during the Retreat. Both approaches work well. We will also suggest topics or themes that we can all explore and work on during the week.

Some coaching activities will be a one-to-one conversation with either one of us, or with another participant on the Retreat. In these cases, full guidance will be provided to help you to coach each other in a constructive and respectful way. Other coaching activities may be done as a group, guided by a facilitator, where each person can work internally (i.e. not speaking out loud) on a topic of their choice. Following all coaching activities, we will typically have a debrief session, where participants can choose to share (or not) their experience and reflections of that activity. Sharing may include comments on either the process and/or the content of what that individual was exploring.

Depending on the topic you choose, coaching can be an emotional and sometimes life changing experience. This may feel challenging and is a normal, natural response. We ask that participants respect others’ experiences and allow each other space for personal growth and discovery. Cat and Lindsey will be available and can be approached at any point through the Retreat to offer one-to-one support where necessary. With your permission, we may also provide you with personal feedback based on our observations from an NLP perspective. This may mean we are deliberately provocative to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone or to consider a wider view on life or a particular behaviour and impact it has on you/others.

Our Retreats can help you by providing a safe and nurturing space to think things through, to explore your situation through some guided processes and to reconnect with what is most important to you. At the very least, you will gain new insights into your own situation. You may find you discover a big change that you want to make.

Please visit the Reach the Peak Home page for more detail about what Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is, and how it is different from therapy or counselling.

What does the Walking involve?
We aim to include a walk of between 2-3 hours each day during the Retreat (weather dependant) and as with all our activities, this is optional. You can choose to join the walk or perhaps alternatively enjoy some time in front of the fire in the house. These walks will be based predominantly in and around the local area close to the house and may sometimes involve a short drive.

Our walks are tailored to each individual group based on their previous experience of hill-walking, levels of fitness and what they are looking to achieve. We always walk at the pace of the slowest person and take regular breaks to chat, admire the view, eat snacks and drink water (and get our breath back on any uphill stretches!). We may also do some coaching activities along the way, which can be a different and wonderful way to work through things.

For outdoor gear, we recommend you bring your own wherever possible. However, we will have a small selection of spare items available for use during the Retreat including: gloves, hats, scarves, waterproofs and fleeces. A good pair of worn-in walking boots is highly recommended. A suggested kit list will be sent out to you with your booking confirmation and details. If you have any problems finding items on the kit list or would like to discuss other options please give Cat a call as she has a collection of spare items which may be suitable for you to borrow.

By taking one step at a time, you may be surprised what you can achieve!

What else can I do during the Retreat?

In addition to the scheduled activities for each day, there will be periods of downtime, to spend as you wish. Here are a few ideas of what you could do:

  • Enjoy the peace of the garden, wander along the loch shore and explore the immediate surroundings
  • Relax in the comfortable lounge and dining room
  • Read a book or enjoy some ‘mindful colouring’ (a number of mindful based reads will be available along with a small number of colouring books and pencils. You are welcome to bring your own as well)
  • Continue and extend useful conversations from the coaching activities
  • Visit the nearby village of Kinloch Rannoch, a 15 minute walk away. Although small, Kinloch Rannoch has a village shop (which doubles as a Post Office) selling a basic range of foods. There is also Treats café which has a small selection of souvenirs and artwork including glassware, woodcraft and paintings for sale.
  • Visit the Fortingall Yew Tree, a 30-40 minute drive away. Experts estimate the tree to be between 1,500 and 3,000 years. It may be the oldest tree in Britain and is situated in a quaint spot.
  • Help with cooking tasks if it is something you enjoy doing.
  • Enjoy a holistic therapy. Cat and Lindsey are both Indian Head Massage trained and Lindsey is also a Reiki Master of healing energy. Additional fee applies and subject to time availability.


What is the food like? /General food information
Our aim is for food during the Retreat to be home-cooked, healthy food (wherever possible), made from fresh ingredients and catering for both vegetarian and meat-eating preferences. We will provide 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner). In addition, home-made cakes, fruit and a selection of teas and coffees will be available throughout the day.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please specify on the booking form ahead of the Retreat so that we can discuss and do our best to accommodate your requirements. Please bear in mind that due to our remote location, the ability to source food types that we were not aware of before the start of the Retreat will be severely limited.

Please see below for some more detail about the type of meals we will provide (as an indication only):

Breakfast: will typically include a hot and cold option every day which will vary throughout the week. Examples of Hot options: pancakes/banana pancakes, porridge, scrambled eggs. Examples of Cold options: cereals, fruit, bread and marmalade/homemade jam.

Lunch: will typically include a vegetarian wholesome soup and home-made bread along with cheeses, pickles and salad, or baked potatoes with a range of fillings. Fruit will be available for dessert.

Dinner: will typically include hearty home-cooked fare, ranging from stews and casseroles to fajitas, with both meat and vegetarian options provided. On occasion, a fish alternative will also be offered.

Alcohol is not included within the price with the exception of the Welcome Meal where a glass of red or white wine will be offered. If you would like to enjoy a further glass of wine/beer or other type of alcoholic drink during the Retreat, please bring it with you. Our request is that consumption is kept to a moderate level.

Both Cat and Lindsey are Level 2 ‘Safe Food Handling in Catering’ certified as well as Food Allergen trained so you can be reassured that meals will be prepared and cooked according to best practice hygiene standards.

Participants are welcomed into the kitchen to help with meal preparation if they would like to. Some find food preparation and cooking a relaxing and enjoyable past-time and part of the community spirit of being on a Retreat. However, there is absolutely no expectation for you to help in the kitchen.

What is the venue and accommodation like?
Our Retreat is at Bunrannoch House, a Victorian former-hunting Lodge, just outside the quaint village of Kinloch Rannoch. It is a Grade C listed building built in 1860 which has recently undergone considerable renovation to make a comfortable Retreat location. The house is surrounded by green fields and stunning Scottish mountain scenery and is just 5 minutes walk from the picturesque Loch Rannoch. Whilst we have exclusive use of the house, the caretaker lives in private quarters attached the house.

The house is spread over 4 floors, with 7 large high-quality bedrooms on the upper two floors, all equipped with modern ensuite facilities as well as additional communal facilities on the two lower floors. Accommodation included in the Retreat standard price is based on sharing a twin bedroom with a private ensuite bathroom. All bedrooms are to a very good standard and are presented to a modern design. One set of bed linen, a hand towel and a bath towel will be provided to each participant.

Rooms are spacious and have windows with a view. Allocation of participants to rooms is at the discretion of the organisers/hosts and will be done in the best way possible.

For those who would prefer to stay in a room of their own, this is subject to availability. A single supplement of £50 per person per night may be charged.

The house has a beautiful lounge overlooking the countryside and local mountains, where you can relax around an open fire. There is a large dining room which we will use for both eating and coaching activities. Yoga will take place in the ground floor living area.

The small village of Kinloch Rannoch is one mile away, sitting at the eastern end of the 10-mile long Loch Rannoch. One of Scotland’s most famous munros, Schiehallion (the Fairy hill of the Caledonians) sits just behind the House. Due to its remote glen location, a range of wildlife can often be seen from the house, including deer, red squirrels and birds of prey.

Please get in touch to discuss any aspects further.
Lindsey at: yoganuu@mail.com or Cat at: reachthepeak.co.uk

View more pictures and testimonials at: http://www.yoganuu.com/wellbeing-retreats.html

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