Covid-19 Update

Regretfully, we have decided not to continue to host retreats for the remainder of 2020 due to Covid-19.

However, please feel free to get in touch with us to arrange a personalised retreat.


Filling our yoga studio – virtually

Filling our yoga studio - virtually

My immediate reaction to the idea of teaching on line was  ‘No way!’ I am a natural technophobe. The idea of filling our yoga studio virtually filled me with horror. While I accept the need for on line PR, and booking information, working with the computer has  never been my favourite job. In fact I’d put it below cleaning out the chicken coop and sorting the laundry cupboard.

Keeping busy

The Yogandspice menagerie

There is always something to do at Valley View. I was having a good time looking after our menagerie. And I was doubly blessed to have my daughter, Honor,  home from Europe and watching her rise to the challenge of becoming a care worker.

Homemade treats for Yogandspice retreats

Moreover we were stocking the the freezer with homemade treats for future retreats. I had even started sewing at night and have ten curtain tie backs and two bolsters under my belt! Filling time is never a problem at Valley View.  Finding time….. that’s another matter.

Filling our yoga studio

On rainy days Mark has been busy varnishing our yoga studio. It was was only formally opened in March and the final touches were scheduled for next winter. It’s been Honor’s gym and my private practice space. But it was designed and built to be shared.

Then, a few weeks into ‘lock down’, and feeling very blessed by our surroundings I began some on line training myself.  This enabled me to re-connect with the some of the Seasonal Yoga Team in Glasgow, and across the UK. And I discovered yet another silver lining of this unprecedented situation, for those of us lucky enough to be fit and well. A chance to participate in events which would normally involve an impractical journey. And I realised how important my yoga community is to me.

So that was the lightbulb moment. Now I am thrilled to have connected with former and current students and a couple of new ones too – creating our own yoga community.

On line classes

I am teaching seasonally. The level is accessible but I try to add interest and challenges for those who need them. There is a choice of times.

Monday 6 – 7 p.m

Wednesday 7.30 – 8.30 p.m

And Friday 7.30 – 8.15 a.m

If you can pay at this time, it  is £5 or £20 for the month and do as many classes as you can.  You can reach me via the Contact form. Email me on Or What’s App on 07962505906.


The Guardian 10 of the best UK wellbeing retreats 2020

The Guardian 10 of the best UK wellbeing holidays
Yogandspice seasonal yoga and food week-end

Yogandspice was noted for food, foraging and five hours of yoga in the Guardian 10 of the best UK and wellbeing retreats. And of course our spectacular location. We are in the North York Moors National Park, but within walking distance of the beach. We know this is a special place.  But it is great when someone spreads the word as in The Guardians Jane Dunfords piece Recipe for a detox.

Food foraging and five hours of yoga

Food, foraging and five hours of yoga are part of our flagship Seasonal yoga retreats. The next one, featured in the Guardian 10 of the best UK wellbeing retreats, is  Seasonal yoga and food 19-21 June. These are full on week-ends for students who enjoy an energising style of yoga. And for people who want to participate in workshops and activities during their retreat. But there is free time to relax by the Valley View stream too. And a chance to chat with friends around the log fire in our new mezzanine relaxation area with and forest views.

Ayurvedic detox

Coming even sooner is our Spring Ayurvedic detox 20-23 March. While supporting yoga is part of the schedule, the focus of this four day/three night break is the healing power of nature. And eating home grown Seasonal home grown foodseasonal organic food to restore gut health. According to Ayurveda ‘dis-ease’ results from undigested food particles, or emotions/experiences  which form a substance called AMA. This AMA makes its way into the bloodstream and then wreaks havoc in the body. By following a simple diet of vegetables, and easily digested grains and pulses (no wheat or gluten) we can encourage the AMA to make its way back to the digestive tract where it is eliminated.


By joining a group for detox where all meals are prepared you remove a De stresslot of the stress that would accompany following a special diet in your home of work environment. And as stress contributes to toxic build up, de-stressing is part of the detox process.

The schedule includes time for walking, guided relaxation and cooking sessions so you can re-produce the Ayurvedic dishes at home. This enables you to continue the detox at home.

Because, according to Ayurveda we all have a different balance of the elements or ‘Dosha’s in our make up, some foods are more helpful to some than others. Every participant will be do an Ayurvedic assessment at the start of the week-end to make sure the diet and herbs are supportive.