Cultivating balance through yoga and mindful living


Gambia Yoga Retreat

11 - 18 Nov 2019

I just love Gambia, this will be my fourth visit. We had an amazing time here this year (2017) and I couldn’t wait to re book, with its brand new yoga space, plunge pool, great organic locally grown food and incredible wildlife it really is a wonderful venue. Foot Steps is an award winning Eco Lodge & is operated on sustainable & ecological principles. To reach the beach you walk through the women’s farm.

The lodge is in a stunning, rural & tranquil location in the bush. Situated next to a protected forest with an array of bird life & monkeys. Only a 20 – 30 minute walk to deserted, golden sandy beaches. This peaceful sanctuary is an ideal place for Yoga. The lodge offers authentic, intelligently designed, cool accommodation in natural relaxed & friendly surroundings. There is a variety of accommodation options, there are roundhouses, log cabins & Sunbird house. The Lodge is completely off grid with solar panels, hot water, composting toilets & grey water recycling. The grounds are full of fruiting trees, vegetables and flowers. It also has the only fresh water pool in Gambia.

There are many excursions available such as trips to the monkey or a Nature Reserve with its abundant bird life, monkeys & crocodiles. Take a relaxing boat through the mangrove forests or visit the thriving local fishing village. Walk with the lodges knowledgeable local guides who can fill you in on the local wildlife, fauna & flora or give you an insight into village life. There are lovely walks or you can hire a bike.

Price includes breakfast, accommodation, three course vegetarian dinner (meat or fish available at a small additional cost) yoga & use of lodge facilities. Guests can help themselves to fruit growing in the grounds. Not included are flights, transfers, travel insurance, lunch and drinks, any treatments & excursions. It is just a 5 – 6 hr flight from the UK & is the same time zone as the UK, so no jet lag! You fly to Banjul Airport which is just 1hrs drive from the lodge. Transfers are available at £20 per person one way. Cost – Life into Balance Students £520 sharing / £620 Single.

For more info bookings are through free spirit yoga.

Palm Tree Yoga - India

next planned tbc

We had such an amazing retreat here in 2015 – I’m very happy to be able to offer this experience again, this venue provides a wonderful, colourful taste of India, friendly faces everywhere and a lovely shala with an incredible view.

Palm Tree Yoga Centre is magical with its ocean views and its roof-top yoga shala. It is placed just above the beach in a beautiful bay, yet is only a half hour stroll or a short rickshaw ride from the shops and restaurants of Kovalam.

Accommodation: Is spread over three houses arranged in a triangle. For large groups there is a fourth house.

Food: There is an on-site restaurant. Each day after your morning yoga class a delicious breakfast will be served. On four evenings each week dinner will be provided. Kerala has great vegetarian cuisine so on other evenings we can explore the many local restaurants.

Kovalam Village: Kovalam Village is two bays away and you can either stroll in along the road or take a tuk tuk. This is a great place to shop, visit restaurants, treatment centres and places to change money.

Massages: Palm tree has its own massage centre on site & there are many massage and beauty parlors in the nearby village providing massages at extremely reasonable rates.

Swimming: The beach is in front of the venue, sunbeds and umbrellas can be hired at a discount. The Indian Ocean can be quite vigorous and have a strong under-tow so there are well trained life guards on all beaches. The Leela beach is 5 minutes walk to the left of the venue and is protected by a reef so there the sea is normally calm and suitable for swimming (you can also swim in hotel swimming pool at Sumadra Beach for a small daily fee – usually £2 to £3).

Excursions: can be arranged for you, just ask Halin our manager, he will arrange transport and the excursions for you.

Yoga: Twice daily – except for the weekend – when we have free days to allow time to explore.

Price: £775 sharing / £975 single includes transfers &13 nights (This is an early bird price booked before May 2017)

There are many pictures here of our last trip

To book or find out more look at: freespirityoga

Yuva Eco-Holiday Centre Southern Turkey

14 - 21 Sept 2020

My seventh time teaching at Yuva and one of my favourite places in the world to be, Yuva creates the perfect conditions for us to put down our baggage, unwind, reflect & become a little playful. This landscape invites you to free your mind and nurture your soul. Suitable for guests who love to live simply,close to the trees, the rocky coast & the wildlife . . . . . I can’t express what a wonderful environment this is to reconnect with nature and with our own spirit and sense of joy.

You will find slide shows of past retreat in resources & pictures of previous trips to Yuva in our gallery

2 yoga sessions each day, excluding 1 day which will be free for an optional day trip, sometimes we hire a boat and have a fantastic time. There will be opportunities to join walks in the surrounding area, to swim and snorkel in the beautiful turquoise sea, to read, enjoy a treatment or simply relax & rejuvenate in the 40 acres of Yuva nature reserve. The yoga will be gradually progressive over the course of the week, leaving us with a deeper awareness & a very real sense of connection with our bodies.

Accommodation is mostly shared log cabins or rustic Anatolian style houses, built of natural materials. All rooms have en suite toilet & shower. Hot water is solar heated. The food is plentiful, village style vegetarian, using many local organic ingredients 7 breakfasts – 7 dinners & 5 lunches are included.

£510 per person shared Anatolian en suite room.

£490 per person shared twin en suite cabin

£540 small single Anatolian ensuite room

£120 single supplement large Anatolian room.

£80 single supplement twin cabin.

Contact me / Lisa to book or for more info or look at

Lisa – I just wanted to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for the experience of Yuva. A multifaceted experience: the spirit of the place, the unwinding and the chance for reflection, the bonding with a diverse group of people, the cultural ambiance and Turkish hospitality and, of course, the yoga. I was quite taken aback by the effect that Yuva had on everyone, as evident from the laughter and the tears. It’s not an easy task creating the right conditions for this to take place, but you did it with your usual commitment, sensitivity and good humour. Namaste Jane