Dates: Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th November

Yoga Kula is excited to announce its first luxury, hygge-style winter break in the scenic Ribble Valley. We will be staying in a stunning country house for three nights set in beautiful surroundings on the edge of the Forest of Bowland.

Hygge (pronounced hooga) is a danish word which means to get warm, cosy, homely, and comfortable, getting together with family and friends and like-minded people.

Yoga and hygge go together so well as, with our yoga practice we are looking to become comfortable within ourselves and our own skin. Our natural state is to be at ease and hygge-style living has ease at its heart.

We will spend our winter break surrounded by candle light, drinking warming drinks, wrapped in blankets around the fire pit and soaking outdoors in the hot tub. What could be more hygge than that?

The weekend will include six yoga sessions with Senior Yoga Teachers Angela Sykes and Lara Heppel.

Yoga styles:

Yoga Nidra

Hatha Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Gentle Yoga Flow

Somatic Approach to Yoga

Dynamic Vinyasa Flow

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Extra things to look forward to:

  • Candle-lit evening meditation and sleep prep with NEOM products
  • Cacao ceremony and chocolate meditation
  • Delicious, vegetarian home-cooked meals, organic red wine and local cheeses
  • Use of the outdoor sauna and hot tub for the duration of the winter break
  • An evening around the fire pit with warm wine/hot chocolate, blankets, yogic storytelling
  • Kirtan (yogic songs) accompanied by the Shruti Box
  • Ayurvedic yoga massages (£ prior booking required)
  • Mizen Therapy sessions available on request (£ prior booking required)
  • Yoga one to one sessions (£ prior booking required)
  • Hygge Yoga shop – a chance to purchase some of our favourite hygge items (£)
  • Use of tennis courts for anyone up for a winter game

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The rooms:

To secure your place, please pay £50 via Mind Body and email us to let us know your room selection.

First floor:

  • Room 1: Luxury double with en suite – £540 per person (two people) or single occupancy £780
  • Room 2: Luxury double with en suite £540 per person (two people) or single occupancy £780
  • Room 3: Luxury double with en suite – £540 per person (two people) or single occupancy £780

Second floor

  • Room 4: Relaxed double – £450 per person (two people) or single occupancy £660
  • Room 5: Relaxed double – £450 per person (two people) or single occupancy £660
  • Room 6: Cosy twin room with en suite – £450 per person (two people) or single occupancy £660
  • Room 7: Cosy twin room with en suite – £450 per person (two people) or single occupancy £660


We will invoice you for the full payment once you we have received your £50 deposit via Mind Body and room selection. The full payment will be paid by bank transfer due 5th October 2017.



Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by Rocket Catering. Vegan and gluten-free options available. There will be one uncatered lunch to allow you to explore local pubs, cafes and restaurant – or feel free to use the kitchen facilities at the house.  

We will provide a list of recommended pubs and restaurants in your Student Welcome Pack.

Optional ideas whilst on retreat:

  • Enjoy walks in the local country side with options to stop off at the cosy local pubs to sample local brews (£)
  • Lunch outing to quirky greenhouse cafe, Stydd Gardens  – just a two minute walk from the cottage (£)
  • Lunch in local country pub

Where you will stay: Somerwood

Set out over four floors, Somerwood has eight bedrooms all with gorgeous views across the rolling countryside and five en-suites. The property has a modern yet cosy feel with soft and contemporary furnishings with underfloor heating and hygge-style wood burning stoves.  Other amenities include relaxing gardens, outdoor hot tub, sauna and firepit as well as a cinema room, pool table and tennis courts. There is also space for off-road parking.

The retreat will be expertly guided by Angela Sykes who is the founder of Yoga Kula and Lara Heppell.

About Angela

Angela has been studying Yoga for 13 years and teaching for 9 years. Angela spent over a year immersed in a yogic life in india and has been lucky enough to study with some of the yoga greats including BKS Iyengar and his associates in Pune, Shiva Rea, the Kumar brothers of Mysore India, David Swenson and Julie Gudmested. Angela’s classes are themed, inspiring and informative with plenty of time allowed for rest and stillness. Expect to learn about the deeper aspects of yoga during her classes through anecdote, story telling and ancient and modern wisdom. Angela teaches in a holistic way so the classes are well balanced and include asana (posture), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, mantra and mudra. Angela spent 5 years living in the East and brings to life her experiences there in her yoga sessions.

Angela is the founder of Yoga Kula Leeds, the Sweaty Betty Ambassador for Leeds and a Senior Yoga Teacher registered with YAP.

About Lara Heppell

Lara’s classes have a meditative focus, where breath awareness, mindful  movement and flow are important, opening up space in both the body and mind, an invitation to unfold. Her classes aim to build inner strength, stamina and tone, with integrity, whilst at the same time inviting you to relax, let go and have fun.

Lara has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for twelve. Originally trained in dance, Lara discovered Dynamic yoga in 2000 and was hooked and went on to train as a Dynamic Yoga teacher with Godfrey Devereux, the founder of “Windfire Yoga”.