About the retreat
We are very excited to return to boutique retreat venue, 42 Acres, for a New Year Yoga Retreat to honour another New Year in idyllic surroundings with great facilitators offering, yoga, meditation, pranayama, mantra, and massage.
Dory and Rory teach strong traditional hatha yoga sessions that incorporate the mala and vinyasa approaches to practise. A typical class will include asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), hands-on adjustments, guided relaxation, chanting and a taste of philosophy. Typically each class will last for two hours.
Book early to make sure you can join us to mindfully mark the transition from 2019 into 2020. Come and celebrate life and friendship - on your own or with your friends, either way you're guaranteed to have a special time and begin the new year with a clear mind, an open heart and a rejuvenated spirit...what better way to start the year!
Set in 42 acres of private land, this beautiful retreat space is encircled by seven hundred acres of ancient forest. Sustainability and comfort are at the forefront of the 42 Acres vision, with reclaimed materials used in the interiors of the property, plus all power is renewable and self-generated through biomass and solar.
The New Year programme
This retreat will be an opportunity for you to have some quiet time, space and contemplation. Alongside the morning and evening programmes of yoga there will be space to reflect and re-set for the new year.
After dinner on the first evening we gather together to enjoy a delicious yoga nidra (yoga sleep) practice to set the tone of these self-nurturing days. The days will begin with silent meditation, pranayama and a little mantra chanting. This will be followed by the morning yoga class. We then have breakfast followed by free-time, massages and then the afternoon yoga practice which will build on what we have done in the morning and take us a little deeper into the poses.
In the evenings there will be other activities that may include meditation, yin yoga, yoga nidra and chanting. A retreat enjoying the full spectrum of yoga. Also on offer are beautiful countryside walks, delicious wholesome organic food, fireside chats and quiet time to contemplate, new friends to meet and a space to simply be. After dinner on New Year's Eve there will be a special evening programme.
Our schedule includes optional extras such as 'chanting the elements"'. Participants are welcome to offer talks or workshops over the four days which we will try to fit into our schedule. Spontaneity is very likely. This retreat is suitable for all levels of yoga.
Accommodation & food
Accommodation options range from a luxury dorm to a beautiful en suite master bedroom as well as twin, double and single occupancy rooms. The main house offers most room types including the luxe dorm and the master en suite. Set just a few steps away from the main house, Deer Cottages are all ensuite rooms offering twin, double and single occupancy options. Swallows Barn houses 6 smaller single occupancy single and double bed luxe rooms with shared bathroom facilities. All rooms have high quality linen and towels.
The venue has several communal spaces for relaxing including a welcoming kitchen with cosy chairs by the fire, a library and a reading space. Delicious local, organic food will be served throughout the retreat. All meals are vegetarian.
42 Acres is a magical haven. The unobtrusive cool interior design is in a league of its own and absolutely bang up-to-date and yet, this beautiful home still retains its connection to the past. The setting is 42 Acres of glorious nature, gorgeous English farmland, bounded by ancient meadows and forests. I experienced one of the most magical weekends at 42 Acres and this place will forever be in my heart. I can't recommend it enough.
I cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful retreat at 42 Acres, I had such a lovely, peaceful time. Everything was absolutely wonderful: the food, the location, the classes, the massages and the people. I left feeling thoroughly rejuvenated and really inspired to explore yoga more.Alice
I must also congratulate you on the fantastic choice of Dory Walker as our teacher - she is truly amazing. Incredibly warm and friendly, she made us all feel very welcome from the start and I felt really looked after...Dory has an incredible voice and aura about her and she is obviously really committed to what she is doing.Natalia
From the moment we arrived Dory made us feel welcome and at home. The yoga itself was sometimes challenging, but also invigorating. Dory has a way of teaching that enables you to explore what your body is capable of without pushing you, or comparing yourself to others in the room. The best part is the relaxation; covered in a cosy blanket with a lavender scented eye pillow, the evening falling outside...I don't think I have ever felt so relaxed. I will definitely be booking again.Thank you.Emma
The yoga retreat was absolutely amazing - we had a great bunch of yogis and Rory is an excellent teacher who clearly has so much knowledge - it was a pleasure to practice with him everyday.Victoria
...so much inspirational yoga from you and Rory as well as deeply relaxing breath and meditation practice too.Lucy
Dory and Rory really embody what they teach which is so inspiring and what made this the best retreat I've been on by a long way. I felt that they achieved the perfect balance between creating a space that was both sacred as well as down to earth and enjoyable.Tania
Luxury new year yoga retreat in Somerset, UK, 29 December - 1 January 2020
Prices are per person:
Deluxe dormitory (3 people sharing) £565
Superior Twin room (shared bathroom) £610
Twin or double room (en-suite) £655
Single occupancy room (shared bathroom) £765
Single bed room (shared bathroom) £735
Double bed room (shared bathroom) £755
Twin bed room (shared bathroom) £595
Double room (en-suite) £655
Master suite double (en-suite) £695
The cost includes your accommodation, daily meditation, all yoga classes and workshops. Delicious homemade organic vegetarian food. Beautiful nature walks. Log fires.
Massage treatments are available at an additional cost.
42 Acres is situated in Somerset 5 miles south of Frome which is the nearest town. It is about three hours from London by car and an hours drive from Bristol. The address is: 42 Acres, Holt Road, Witham Friary, Frome BA11 5HL
Taxis from the station:
Gillingham Cars – 01747 850 385
Castle Cary Taxis – 01963 351 333
*Please arrange a taxi before arrival