Joey is offering a week-long non-residential retreat at our cosy home studio near Hebden Bridge. Our well-equipped studio accommodates just 12 students at a time, which will allow Joey more time to spend with each student.
The week will consist of daily meditation followed by mysore-style Ashtanga yoga practice in the mornings, in the afternoons there will be three afternoons of hiking in the local area and one afternoon restorative yoga workshop.
9am – meditation and settling
9:30 – mysore-style practice
11:30 ish – tea break, time for breakfast or brunch
12:30 – 4:30 – walk – (bring lunch and snacks)**
4:30 – 5 – tea break
5 – 6:30 – meditation and sometimes a restorative pose or two**
*there will three afternoons of hiking, and one long afternoon restorative session. The restorative session will probably be on the Wednesday, but Joey will decide based on the weather which days are best for hiking, so the afternoon restorative could be on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday if that works better.
**timings are approximate – afternoons walks will vary from 2-4 hours in length. If the walk is only a couple of hours long, then the tea break will be earlier and the afternoon session will start earlier. The afternoon session will be short – between 45 mins and 1.5 hours.
9am – meditation and settling
9:30 – mysore-style practice
11:30 ish – long lunch break
2 – 5pm – long afternoon restorative yoga and meditation workshop
9am – meditation
9:30 – mysore-style
11:30 – tea + snack break
12:30 – closing circle
1:30 – end of retreat
This retreat is open to commited Ashtanga students who have been practicing for a minimum of one year and who maintain a regular practice. You must be confident practicing the Primary Series up to Marichyasana A with knowledge of the order of the poses and transitions between them. Students who are modifying their practice due to health reasons are very welcome.
For the walking, please read carefully below and ensure you are confident that you are in suitable fitness and health to join in, if in doubt, email us.
Joey will set a pace to try and make the walks accessible and enjoyable and there will be regular breaks, to catch your breath and take in the surroundings. We live in a beautiful Valley with some fantastic local scenery, including views of the surrounding valleys and towns (on a clear day) and quiet beech and birch-filled woodlands. There is plenty of wildlife, including birds, squirrels and deer, (if you’re lucky). Please note that all walks will involve walking up steep hills, through woodland and moorland, uneven and possibly boggy terrain. It may also involve walking along narrow paths and ledges and walking past herds of cows in the same field, (but not walking on narrow ledges past cows 🙂 ). (Farmers move cows from one field to another, so it is not possible to know, in advance, exactly where there will be cows.) These activities are undertaken at your own risk, Joey is not a professional guide, just an enthusiastic walker who knows the local area well; he takes no responsibility for any injuries during or as a result of these walks.
We have plenty of props here, but feel free to bring your own mat or props if you prefer. Do bring a notebook and pen in case any sessions do involve reflection exercises. It’s a good idea to bring lunch with you as shops and cafes aren’t that near and it’ll make for a more restful lunch break.
– your walking boots
– suitable clothes, be prepared for all weathers
– drinks, snacks, packed lunch
– walking poles
– swimming things, in case any of the walks involve a wild swim – (Joey will mention in advance during the week if there’s a day when you need to bring swimming things)
There are many airbnbs and other self-catering rental options around the valley. If you’re here with a car, Sowerby Bridge, Luddenden, Mytholmroyd, Todmorden, Cragg Vale are all within around 20 minute drive of our house in Brearley. There are also B&Bs such as the Hebden Townhouse. If you prefer a hotel, nearby Halifax is the best place to look.
For a cheaper option, the recently refurbished Hebden Bridge Hostel has a variety of different rooms, ranging from £25-£60 per night – (if you arrange to stay with friends in a 6-bed dorm it works out even cheaper than £25 per night). If you are having any trouble finding accommodation, do get in touch with us.
We live in an old textile mill in the Calder Valley, a 5-minute drive from market town Hebden Bridge, in little village called Brearley. Our address is:
9 Stoney Springs Mill,
Use the above postcode for your satnav. Ours is an easy turning to miss on a 40mph stretch of road between Luddendenfoot (at the bottom of a hill) and Mytholmroyd. If you’re coming from Halifax, driving along the Burnley Road, we’re at the top of the hill on the left once you’ve left Luddendenfoot, before you reach the dilapidated white pub ‘The Grove’. If you’re coming from Mytholmroyd, we’re past all the industrial units and the children’s park and it’s a right hand turn.
Please park on the slope when you turn off from the main road, with the field on your left. Please don’t park outside neighbour’s houses unless you’ve spoken to us first, our neighbours are very tolerant, but it’s important that we avoid stepping on anyone’s toes.
Our house is just off the main road and so is easily accessible by buses 590 and 592. To get from Hebden Bridge to our house on the bus takes less than ten minutes and from Mytholmroyd it is less than five minutes. During the week these buses are quite frequent – approximately every 15 minutes. Get off at Brearley (it’s between Mytholmroyd and Luddendenfoot).
Mytholmroyd train station is around a 25 minute walk from our house. From Mytholmroyd you can walk from along the woodland cycle path which is accessible instantly as you exit platform 1. Directions: turn left along the woodland path and follow it along until you go over a large green metal railway bridge (after walking for 15 -20 minutes from the station), keep going for another 3-5 minutes until you reach a crossroads. Turn left at the crossroads over the bridge which crosses the river and follow the road upwards towards the main road.
There will be a small park on your right hand side, take the path through the park and follow it right to the end. If you are happy to walk through the field – a little uneven and can be muddy in Winter – then walk along the path through the field to the mill where we live. Otherwise, walk up the paved slope to where the bus stop is on the main road and walk along the pavement to get to the the mill.
Hebden Bridge train station is around a 50-minute walk and the train station is just a minute away from the canal and the cycle path.
To take the cycle path, turn right out of the station, at the bottom of the hill go straight and follow signs for route 66. Once you get to Mytholmroyd Train Station follow instructions above for Mytholmroyd.
To take the canal, turn left out of the station and walk towards the main road, a path to the canal will be on your right within a couple of minutes walk from the station. Follow the path until bridge number 8. At bridge number 8, walk up the steep hill and turn left at the top, you’ll find a park on your right. See directions under Mytholmroyd heading for directions from the park.
The teaching is offered on a sliding scale from £150-£300, please pay according to your means. We prefer to have either a deposit of £50 or the full payment within 1 week of booking. The full amount is due one month before the retreat.