Despite the fact that quite a few of the Braziers regulars were missing, this weekend must rank as one of my favourite yoga retreats.
The weather for one thing – not a drop of rain in sight. Instead, plenty of late September sunshine to warm the silent walkers and many readers lounging in the grounds on Saturday afternoon.
The presence of children is another; this was a kid-friendly retreat. So alongside the 22 adults were six children to keep our three company. Children’s highlights included the “training centre,” a woodland adventure playground, a ‘noisy walk’ and staying up late beneath a clear starry sky to build a fire with Angus, toast marshmallows and, best of all, eat them.
Once the children had bedded down, out came the wine and soon after the song!
But what makes a retreat are the people. Maybe it’s because there were sisters on board this time – two sets – bringing family solidarity to the group; maybe the three couples attending brought a love-vibe with them that spread amongst the Batterseayogis or, maybe, just seeing so many friendly faces, returning yet again to settle comfortably back into Braziers, did it? Either way the connection between everyone seemed effortless.
Having attended a retreat myself this summer where there was little yogic glue connecting the 40 or so attendees, I am delighted to notice how friendly the BatterseaYoga retreat experience is.
Long may they continue.