Inspiring yoga & supper workshop
Many of you will know that we have a very close connection to the Banyan Tree Retreat in Goa and have been running retreats with Annu and Chinu, the owners, since they opened in 2017. Many YOAS retreats have taken place in this beautiful eco, authentic and friendly setting and we are deeply saddened that the retreat centre has had to close due to issues with land ownership linked to the pandemic.
Annu and Chinu are doing all they can to find an alternative location but this is going to take time and they have many challenges ahead. So we would like to do all we can to support them and we were sure many of you would like to be involved too.
We felt that a yoga and Indian supper fundraising workshop could be a positive way for us all to come together and support the Banyan Tree so they are able to find a new location to recreate this beautiful retreat and thrive once more.
The workshop will begin with a late afternoon yoga class with Jess Horn who has a deep connection with the Banyan Tree after leading many retreats there. This will be followed by an inspiring supper cookery class to make a delicious Goan curry with retreat chef, Ceri Jones. All funds raised will be donated to the Banyan Tree Retreat.
The workshop will run as outlined below (on UK time):
4.15 – 5.45pm - A nourishing afternoon practice with Jess Horn
Jess will lead a 90 minute slow flow practice, starting with some pranayama and ending with a chant and meditation to welcome in more healing energy for everyone at this time. We will explore how all of our actions, thoughts and deeds, no matter how small can have a ripple effect across the world and how connected we all are.
'The Banyan Tree is a place very dear to my heart and although the physical place is no more, it was always the people and their warmth that brought the magic. I am delighted to be part of this event to help raise funds to help the boys with their new retreat, wherever it is, it will be wonderful.' Jess
6 - 7.15pm - A delicious Goan curry cookalong with Ceri Jones
Join retreat chef and experienced cookery teacher Ceri for a hands on dinner cookery class inspired by Goan cuisine. Ceri will take you through her menu step by step, offering tips from knife skills to plating up with style. You will be left with a delicious supper and full confidence to recreate the recipe in your own time. The vegetarian menu will include a Goan-style curry, inspired by Goan cuisine and flavours but using British seasonal produce.
How it works
Book your workshop place though our website. The yoga and cookery classes will be live streamed through Zoom. If you don't already have it, download the Zoom app on your computer here: zoom.us/download or your phone (in the App Store or Google Play).
Once you have made a booking we will send further details about equipment needed and an ingredients list. Links to access both classes will be sent the night before.
We look forward to connecting with you all, practising and cooking together. Thank you for your support and for being part of our amazing community. All funds raised from this workshop will be donated to the Banyan Tree Retreat.
I am so grateful that Wendy and her lovely teachers took the time to provide us with such an incredible virtual retreat. The classes were a perfect balance of the best aspects of yoga and I learned so much from your teachers' knowledge and experience. The classes were woven with philosophical and spiritual teachings and practice that left me feeling revitalised and restored in my body and mind. So grateful for this opportunity. What a perfect day - thank you so much YOAS!Louise
I actually felt it was almost one to one, but with the wonderful feeling of everyone being together and able to chat with the class at the beginning gave it a very friendly feel. Thank you for organising the whole day - just Brilliant!Janet
Fantastic retreat. The Banyan Tree was sensational and Jess was inspiring and brilliant. I was also very pleasantly surprised by what a wonderful crew of people the retreat attracted. I knew no-one at the beginning and yet one week later there were 16 people all of whom I was more than happy to hang out with. Total five star experience!David
Just to say I had a brilliant time at the Banyan yoga retreat. I've never been on one before so didn't really know what to expect. It was way better than what I was expecting. Jess was an amazing teacher and I felt that I really learned a lot from her in that one week. She was just great. The staff, food, and services at the Banyan Tree were fantastic. The level of service, standard of food and care was impeccable.Angela
It was a magical week at the Banyan Tree. Anu and Chinu have beautiful souls filled with love and this permeates throughout everyone in the team.Elaine
Inspiring yoga & supper workshop to raise funds in support of the Banyan Tree Retreat, 13 February 2021
From our homes to yours.