I’m really looking forward to leading the third annual Writers’ Retreat with Yoga at the Arvon Foundation’s centre in Devon.
It’s designed for writers with some sort of work in progress – even if it’s just the germ of an idea – who need focused time to get some words on the page. Unlike other Arvon courses, there’s no writing tuition; instead, I’ll be leading twice-daily yoga and meditation classes designed to help everybody have a productive day.
Totleigh Barton is a gorgeous pre-Domesday manor house with two-foot-thick walls, flagstone floors and a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere that positively hums with stored up creative activity. It nestles in a remote valley, and you have to climb a hill to get reception on your mobile phone – a fantastic aid to concentration. The yoga takes place in a converted barn with underfloor heating, and meals (prepared by the group on a rota basis – don’t worry, it’s easy and fun) around a great wooden table worthy of Henry VIII.
Full board in a single room is £620 for the week; you can apply for various grants from Arvon to subsidise the cost.
Here are some of the nice things participants said in 2011:
“Lucy is an excellent teacher. I was a beginner who had never experienced Yoga and approached it with a little trepidation, but Lucy was kind and patient and I really enjoyed the sessions. Thanks to Lucy, Yoga has been a revelation and I hope to continue in the future. I can’t recommend her enough.”
“I found that the yoga enhanced my writing. I didn’t feel that it was taking time away from creativity, rather that it was preparing me so that the rest of my time was better used.”
“Thank you so much for the yoga, it made the week so calm and focused.”