Earth wind and fire

Yoga and Walking Residential for young people doing their Gold Dofe

(photos courtesy of Peter Robinson)

Monday 19 – Friday 23 August 2019 

This is a 5 day yoga and walking residential for young people doing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award. During the week we practise yoga postures (asanas), breathing awareness (pranayama) and meditation. There is an introduction to the philosophy and history of yoga. The practice is based on Patanjali’s 8-limbs of yoga. As the retreat is located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, we go for walks each day and spend time in the hills, mountains and valleys around us.

Each day starts with an early morning yoga class before breakfast. After breakfast we head out for a walk in the Brecon Beacons, for example up Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales or to Sgwd Yr Eira, one of the spectacular waterfalls in this area or in another beautiful location nearby. There is a yoga class later in the day and an evening gathering and meditation. During the retreat there is time to relax and get to know other participants. You will work in a group to carry out the day to day tasks of preparing food and clearing away afterwards, which is a very rewarding part of the retreat and the practice of karma yoga.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential –  contact Adam Alldridge at hampshire.futures@hants.gov.uk, 01962 846163 for further details or to book

Quotes from ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ Dofe Gold residential, HCC Mountain Centre, Brecon Beacons. 

‘Earth wind and fire has been a fantastic residential course. I have seen new and stunning parts of the Welsh countryside and spent a week among wonderful people, many of whom have become friends.’ Tom, 18, North Somerset

‘It has been a great week and I feel I have learned a lot: about yoga, myself and others. It was really good to learn more about meditation as I feel this will definitely help me in the future.’ Lois, 21, Shropshire

‘This week has been amazing. I have had the best time in Brecon with people I had never met but can now consider friends and I know I’ll see some again.’ Megan, 17 West Sussex

‘Great atmosphere. The relaxation was matched only by everyone’s enthusiasm to get on and enjoy themselves, even if they felt odd doing something like yoga at first.’ Henry, Winchester, Age 18

‘I’ve realised how I need to cope with the changes I will be faced with this summer as I go to university – keeping a calm spirit will really help me adjust and I am glad to have learned how to chill.’ Nilo, Leics, Age 18