‘Yoga makes us sharp thinkers and gives us the power of flexibility, tolerance and endurance'( Debasiah Midha)
Well, we’ve certainly needed these this year. Though, for us at Valley View there has not been as much to tolerate and endure as for others, but our keyword in 2020 was flexibility. And it was actually really great to have time to reflect on our direction and to enjoy our own site.
My daily walk with Rosie around the new paths that Mark has made are a constant source of delight and have provided plenty of time for reflection. Something we realised early in the first lockdown, is that open or closed, we always have something to do. We moved here for a lifestyle and all that that involves, including a significant menagerie and the fun and challenges of being practically self-sufficient.
Our small group and personal retreats last summer and autumn, were very special, and many of our guests have booked to come back this summer, all being well. To remain within Government guidelines during the non lockdown periods of 2020, we ‘upgraded’ everyone who was not same household to single occupancy. The feedback was totally positive, even from friends who had planned to share, as being able to come back to personal space really enhanced the retreat feel of their stay.
So now Valley View cabin is getting a new luxury bathroom instead of the second bedroom. We have decided to continue to work with smaller numbers for our events.
Groups of four to six
So, with the exception of our Garden Room, which can have twin beds for same household visitors, all our cabins are now furnished with a double bed for couples, or single occupancy. Our expectation is that once we open again in 2021 our group size will be four to six.
We are not advertising many ‘open’ events, partially because of the uncertainty at the moment, but also because we have enjoyed hosting groups of friends travelling together. And we have found that couples particularly love our site, because of the many things to do in the local area, the amazing walking and, most of all, the healing power of our site itself. And then there is the fun of the aerial yoga challenge which has become an integral part of every retreat.
From virtual to studio
Who knows what the future will bring? It is a rather scary place out there. And I, like so many, have adapted to the virtual yoga which I believe is here to stay. But how better to top up a virtual yoga practice than with an annual retreat? And with all that time spent in front of a screen, a regular break in nature, has to be the best antidote. Hope to welcome you here soon.