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~ 2019 ~ R E T R E A T S ~ H O L I D A Y S ~ I N ~ T H E ~ S U N ~

                              (for UK retreats click here)

 

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1 - 3 March 2019
~ UK ~ Spring W.E Yoga retreat at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire

This hidden treasure, set deep in the beautiful countryside of south Oxfordshire, offers a relaxing break in nature & the opportunity to revitalise & enjoy reconnecting with self & others, all less than two hours from London.
13 - 18 May 2019



~ ITALY ~ A luxury yoga holiday in Puglia

Situated on a ridge of hills extending the length of Puglia, Masseria della Zingara, is close to a series of scattered white-walled medieval towns and villages each boasting their own culinary specialities. Heading down through the olive plains to the sea where there are many fabulous beaches to explore. This is the perfect place to restore and rejuvenate your soul.


MORE 2019 RETREATS  tbc ~ info coming soon...


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~ 2018 ~ R E T R E A T S ~ H O L I D A Y S ~ I N ~ T H E ~ S U N ~

 

                              (for UK retreats click here)

 

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~ Early Spring rejuvenating W.E retreat in Oxfordshire ~
 Braziers Park Manor, Oxforshire, UK

16 - 18 March 2018

Cost from £280

 

Braziers Park, this hidden treasure set deep in the beautiful countryside of south Oxfordshire, offers a lovely location for a relaxing holiday in nature, less than an hour and a half from London. A perfect opportunity to rest, revitalise & enjoy reconnecting with self & others in this grand gothic manor house & beautiful extensive grounds

 

The Daily Programme


There will be two yoga classes a day & the opportunity to book massage treatments (nb extra cost). Mornings will begin with meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) & asana class. In the evening we will have a shorter meditation and restorative asana class & yoga nidra.


Delicious vegetarian food will be served and plenty of time just to hang out and chat, meet new people, read, relax around a log fire and enjoy being in community in natural surroundings


CLICK HERE for full information & to book contact yogaonashoestring
 

 

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~ Peaceful summer yoga retreat weekend near the Dorset coast ~

Bonhays Eco Retreat Centre, West Dorset, UK

6 - 8 July 2018 
Cost from £275 camping from £245

 

Bonhays is a beautiful eco Retreat Centre, nestled in the hills of West Dorset, between Bridport and Lyme Regis and just two miles from the sea.

The settling is secluded and peaceful, surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Set around a central courtyard, with the soft curves of the straw buildings and the hills beyond, there is quiet and stillness here. Bonhays has lovely communal areas to relax and chat in as well as many peaceful and secluded spots for quiet and reflection. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool.

The coast and beaches are just 2 miles away if you want to get a dose of sea air and enjoy a beach walk, or you may simply want to enjoy a peaceful moment on the decking and watch the sunset, swim peacefully in the pool, share wonderful meals in the conservatory, practise yoga and meditation. Be and rejuvenate.

Evie, the chef at Bonhays, sources organic ingredients locally if she has not grown them herself and then with her imaginative palette she produces lovely looking, healthy and very tasty food. All the food is vegetarian.

 

CLICK HERE for full information & to book contact yogaonashoestring 


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~ GREEK ISLAND ~ A yoga & beach holiday on the island of Kefalonia 

 

1 - 8 September 2018

Cost from £400

 

'A feast for the senses as you take in the intoxicating smell of the pine and eucalyptus trees and the crystal clear, deep blue of the Ionian sea.'

 

The first thing to strike you about Vigla Village is it's sublime location on the Ionian Coast of the Greek island of Kefalonia. It's a feast for the senses as you take in the intoxicating smell of the pine and eucalyptus trees and the crystal clear, deep blue of the Ionian sea. Coupled with the welcoming and open hearted, Greek hospitality of Anna and Angelos, you cannot help but begin to relax as soon as you arrive.


Perched high on a clifftop, the clean and comfortable apartments with private balconies, overlook the inspiring panorama. Just a short stroll away you can take the picturesque path down to Vigla's own private beach and the warm and inviting sea.


Vigla Village simply blows you away, it's the sort of place that you want to come back to time after time.

 
CLICK HERE for full information & to book contact yogaonashoestring 



 

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PAST RETREATS  ...

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~ GOA, India ~ Magical yoga and beach holiday in Goa, India

3 - 10 December 2017 ~


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~ GREEK ISLAND ~ A yoga & beach holiday on the island of Kefalonia 

1 - 8 September 2017


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~ SPAIN ~ A peaceful week of yoga & sunshine in Almeria, Spain
 

1 - 8 July 2017 

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Peaceful summer yoga retreat weekend near the Dorset coast ~

Bonhays Eco Retreat Centre, West Dorset, UK

16 - 18 June 2017 

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~ GOA, INDIA ~ Magical yoga & beach holiday at The Banyan Tree, Goa 

 22 - 29 March 2017

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~ ITALY ~  Masseria della Zingara, PUGLIA, Italy - A luxury yoga holiday 

 

9 - 15  October 2016 

 

A little bit of heaven on the unspoilt Italian coast!

 

The chance to practise your yoga in a beautiful setting with two classes a day. A truly high quality yoga holiday by the sea in beautiful Italy. Masseria della Zingara - the house of the gypsy. Built in 1710, now lovingly restored to suit all ages and tastes. All the interior has been beautifully restored with the highest attention to all details. A beautiful way to enjoy your yoga holiday.

 

Set in over 20 acres of olive trees, figs, cherries and almonds the views are stunning at all times of the year. The house has a beautiful swimming pool and wonderful sun terrace for soaking up the Italian sun and enjoying the views. You may choose to borrow the bicycles and explore the local region or just relax and unwind. Close to Polignano a Mare (also known as the ice cream capital of Italy) this holiday offers not only yoga but the very best in Italian food.

 

Situated on a ridge of hills extending the length of Puglia, Masseria della Zingara, is close to a series of scattered white-walled medieval towns and villages each boasting their own culinary specialities. Heading down through the olive plains to the sea where you can enjoy diving, windsurfing and secluded beaches just right for bathing. This is a wonderful place to restore and rejuvenate your soul.

 

Includes: Accommodation, all food (3 meals a day) except for one night out when you eat in the beautiful town of Alberobello. Morning and evening yoga classes.

  

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~ GREEK ISLAND ~ A yoga & beach holiday on the island of Kefalonia 

1 - 8 September 2016

 

~ TURKEY ~ A peaceful week of yoga at stunning Huzur Vadisi on the Mediterranean coast

4 - 11 July 2016

 

~ GOA, INDIA ~  Magical yoga & beach holiday at The Banyan Tree, Goa

 3 - 10 January 2016


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~ ITALY ~ Masseria della Zingara, PUGLIA, Italy - A luxury yoga holiday 

A little bit of heaven on the unspoilt Italian coast! 

 11 - 16 May 2015

 

~ GREEK ISLAND ~ A yoga & beach holiday on the island of Kefalonia
 September 2015


~ NEW YEAR retreat at West Lexham Manor, Norfolk 
 New Year 2015

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~ Morocco Atlantic Surf & Yoga A week of yoga with optional surfing on the Atlantic coast of Marocco

21 - 28 June 2014

 

~ A yoga & beach holiday on the breathtaking island of Kefalonia, Greece

6 - 13 September 2014


~ Masseria della Zingara, PUGLIA, Italy - A luxury yoga holiday

2 - 7 October 2014 

 

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A yoga holiday on the unspoilt Italian coast of Puglia, Italy

31 August - 5 September 2013

 

A week of yoga and optional surfing on the Atlantic coast of Morocco 

15 - 22 June 2013

 

A magical yoga and beach holiday, Leela Cottages, Goa, India 

 23 February - 2 March 2013

 

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LUXURY YOGA HOLIDAY nr Marrakesh, Morocco

26 May - 2nd June 2012 

 

Puglia, Italy, Masseria della Zingara, a luxury holiday

26 - 31 July 2012

 

South Devon, UK - 5 days of yoga at glorious Hazelwood House

13 -17 Aug 2012

 

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5 days of yoga at glorious Hazelwood House, South Devon
~ 13 -17 Aug 2012

 

Hazelwood is the perfect place for yoga. Sitting in a valley, surrounded by acres of unspoilt nature, this idyllic spot, shared with a choir of birds, deer and foxes is a haven for the spiritual seeker and nature lover .An ancient oak tree guards the entrance of the house and the flowers in the summer are both stunning in colour and intoxicating in fragrance. As the night draws in to reveal its starry sky, the silence is broken only by the sound of its river and the call of the nights creatures.

It is a place to unwind and return to that quiet place within. Space to think, space to breathe, space to be - is what Hazelwood quite naturally has to offer.

 

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& other PAST RETREATS :

 

DAHAB, Egypt - 10 March to 17 April 2012 ~

Take time out & let yourself go on a holiday that might just change your life'

Come join me in the lovely Sinai ! A fantastic & accessible holiday by the blue, blue Red Sea, includes 2 daily classes & delicious brunch. Many other things to do there... sleep under the stars in the perfect silence of the Sinai desert, fantastic snorkeling and/or diving in crystal clear waters, or just lounge in the sunshine... I've been here many times & never tire of the perfect combination this place has to offer - AND just the best thing to shake off the Winter cobwebs & get some REAL sun & heat on your being ! 

 

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Weekend AUTUMN YOGA RETREAT in Oxfordshire, 28 -31 October 2010

 

with Belle Greenwood & Dory Walker

 

Braziers Park, this hidden treasure set deep in the beautiful countryside of south Oxfordshire, offers a lovely location for a relaxing holiday in nature, less than an hour and a half from London. A perfect opportunity to rest, revitalise & enjoy reconnecting with self & others in this grand gothic manor house & beautiful extensive grounds.

 

The Daily Programme


There will be two yoga classes a day, a workshop and the opportunity to book massage treatments (nb extra cost). Mornings will begin with meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) & asana class. In the evening we will have a shorter meditation and restorative asana class & yoga nidra.


Delicious vegetarian food will be served and plenty of time just to hang out and chat, meet new people, read, relax around a log fire and enjoy being in community in natural surroundings.


Arrival time on the Friday is 3pm onwards & we'll have our first yoga session together at 6pm. On Sunday, we'll finish at 4pm.

  

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LUXURY YOGA HOLIDAY in Marrakesh, Morocco - 5 to 12 June 2010

 

with Belle Greenwood

 

Tigmi, situated 24km south of Marrakech is set within a magical desert landscape. On the brow of the Berber hamlet of Tagadert, its labyrinth of narrow alleyways and flat-roofed village houses have a timeless, biblical feel to it.

 

'Tigmi', meaning 'my house' in the local Berber dialect, was built in 1840 for the local judge. As with many North African dwellings, the interior is all: a step inside, and the peaceful beauty of Tigmi is revealed. The first impression is of a lovely garden laid to lawns and paths, with banana palms, citrus and olive trees, and a swimming pool with soft, jade-coloured water.  The scents and colours of orange blossom and roses assail the senses. Fifteen tortoises live in this garden, adding to the unhurried feel of this tranquil oasis... Tempted??!

 

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Weekend SPRING YOGA RETREAT at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, 9 -11 April 2010

 

with Belle Greenwood & Dory Walker

 

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YOGA HOLIDAY in DAHAB, The Sinai, Egypt - 6 to 12 March 2010

 

with Belle Greenwood

 

A fantastic & accessible holiday the blue, blue Red Sea, includes 2 daily classes & delicious brunch - Amongst other things to do are : sleep under the stars in the perfect silence of the Sinai desert, fantastic snorkling and/or diving in crystal clear waters, or just lounge in the sunshine... I've been here many times & never tire of the Bedouin welcome ! 

 

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LUXURY YOGA HOLIDAY in Marrakesh, Morocco - 6 to 13 June 09

 

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INDIA  ~  24 January – 7 February 2009

 

Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat in a wonderful setting amongst coconut groves in Kerala, India

With Belle Greenwood & Rachel Auburn

 

Kerala

Considered to be one of the most healing and culturally rich areas in India, Kerala is known as ‘God’s own country’ with its rich lush green vegetation, rivers, lakes and beautiful beaches, it’s a perfect place to unwind. The retreat is open to all levels of yoga practitioners, whether you are a beginner or wish to deepen your existing practice. This is the perfect way to start your New Year; -combining Asana, Meditation and Pranayama, with soothing Ayurvedic massages and tasty healthy South Indian food at a relaxing hilltop Ayurvedic retreat centre, set on a dramatic cliff top overlooking the sea in Varkala, Kerala, South India!

 

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YOGA SUNSHINE Holiday in THE GAMBIA

Easter 08 - ( other previous retreats - Christmas & New Year 07/08 & March 07)

 

Week 1 : Fri 14 - Fri 21 March 08

Week 2 : Fri 21 - Fri 28 March 08

 

 

Having recently returned from a fabulous Christmas & New Year yoga holiday, we've decided to head back for Easter to my good friends' dreamy 'boutique' hotel, Gecko Lodge - set in beautiful, lush nature, amongst the palms & giant mango trees, singing birds and yellow & purple friendly geckos, hence the name... (click on Gallery to your right!)

 

What guest say about us...
“What can we say except it’s been a wonderful experience. Have had an amazing time and met wonderful people, eaten fantastic food in a relaxing environment. Belle and Oli have been great hosts making us feel like part of the family. We will be back !” - Geraldine McG, London - New Year 07

 

" Dear Oli, Ancelle, Gabbie and Belle, thank you for a truly fantastic holiday. I have not felt so looked after and spoiled for a long time ! What a wonderful, relaxing and peaceful place to have the joy to find.” - Sarah D, London - Christmas & New Year 07

 

"About the Gecko Lodge vibe, I found it a haven of peace and calm given its location in the local flora and fauna. The close walking proximity to the beach was a boon…. All the people I came into contact with at GL were lovely - it felt like being part of a family… My room was loverrrrrly.. ….I loved the food with its emphasis on fresh fruit, veg and fish.
The yoga was great - I particularly enjoyed the breathing exercises which we did. I liked the balance of it with other excursions especially when I could only be there a week (how I wish it could have been longer)..." Fiona W, London - March 07

 

Read more FEEDBACK (click)

 

What’s there waiting for you? YOGA, BIG nature & glorious sunshine, warm ocean surf & magnificent endless beaches vibrant with energy, alongside beautiful wildlife - all this points to a BIG CHILL OUT, to bathe in the heart of mama Africa, both in the people and the land... So if you’re interested in taking time out, developing your yoga practice, relaxing in peace amongst friends this trip is for you. Come & unpeel the onion layers of city pollution, stress & winter chill, have fun and enjoy the true healing power of YOGA, NATURE & SUNSHINE ! … read on…

 

The Gambia & its beaches Situated on the west coast of Africa, geographically The Gambia stretches along the banks of the Gambia river which snakes into Senegal, trumpeting out onto a beautiful coast line of open, wide and secluded beaches. It is often described as the smiling coast of Africa with its friendly and open people. And the weather is fab: all-year-round sunshine with temperatures not dropping below 30'c. Direct flight time to Banjul is approx six hours from the UK - same GMT time zone, so not a hint of jet lag. This is THE PLACE to unwind - the vibe is ' Gambia-no-stress time' with the ubiquitous greeting of a broad smile and an outstretched hand. Gambia is also rich in beautiful and varied wildlife especially exotic birds, open landscapes and great to explore and soak up the local flavour of African music, markets and culture.

 

The story Over the past four years, I’ve spent some wonderful times in the Gambia and nearby Senegal with my good friends Olivia & Ancelle who have settled there. With their joint architectural & construction skills, they have been building their dream, a lodge amongst beautiful palm and mango trees of the African bush forest about 1km from the ocean - (construction is very restricted beach-side in The Gambia, hence miles of lovely unspoilt shores.) - So, all in all, the perfect place for a yoga retreat !

 

Yoga & big chill - Daily YOGA practice will include Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control) and exploration of meditation to develop and deepen your practice in the warm African breeze. Yoga in the heat encourages the body to open up, the fresh unpolluted air to energize and cleanse your every single cell, the natural beauty, big horizons and tranquility of the environment to sooth your mind and soul – all this for you to truly benefit deeply from your yoga practice whilst in the Gambia and return from your holiday refreshed on all levels!

 

Gecko Lodge's location is Southwest along the coast, away from the tourist beaches & package hotels, near the villages of Gunjur & Kartong which edges the Casamance Senegalese border - this area has been earmarked for small scale eco-tourist developments : miles of endless golden sands and warm ocean surf ...

 

The rest of your time … your choice - swim and sun yourselves, shell-comb, body board, fish, (nothing like fresh grilled lady fish for dinner !), do nothing (always a challenge...), treat yourself to a range of massage & beauty treatments, siesta with a good book, head canoe-style up nearby river to bird watch, lunch on authentic Italian pizza from Vincenzo's wood-burning oven, cycle & explore the surrounding villages, play/sing/make some music (I’ll be bringing my guitar & voice), we can organize some drumming & African dance tuition – (if you think you’ve danced, try this for size, a seriously exhilarating workout !) And Sat nights, if you wish, you can dance barefoot under the stars & mango trees to the tunes of Ancelle's sound system!

 

Exploring - Amongst many other excursions possible, we found a great place for a meditation & pranayama boat trip down a tributary to the Gambia river - Tourist area (and airport) is approx 40 mins drive away if you wanted to check it out some more - if only to realize that paradise is in your back garden - but just so you know, you will not be miles away from a cappuccino and breakfast at the ex-pats favorite joint! And to explore further, trips can be organized to vibrant African markets, especially great for fabrics and wood carvings & artefacts etc and if you’re tempted by the bars, there is no curfew ! but your yoga mat will be patiently awaiting you in the morning & the irrefutable law of cause and effect!

 

Conscious Tourism … This area around Gunjur & Kartong is pretty much un-developed and you’ll still find beautiful bush forest with huge mango, palms and baobab trees, which is pretty absent in the touristy strip. The vibe here is emerging independent travel and the people I’ve met are working to develop eco tourism further – Part of the ethos of this trip is to support this kind of responsible tourism & and I am exploring ways we can contribute further for those interested - i.e. bringing out pens and school materials, contributing to local charities (a portion of this holiday's proceeds is earmarked for a Children's hospital project - http://www.bansanghospitalappeal.com).

 

A bit about Belle and her traveling shoes … I’ve journeyed quite extensively including in India, South America, Africa, both East & North and South & West over the years and of course Europe, (I am half French/English and was brought up partly on the continent) – in fact travel has always been one of my enduring first loves and it is very fitting to be returning to The Gambia, as it was the desitantion of my first trip out of Europe (but a few moons ago!) and my first taste of ‘proper’ heat and sunshine and experiencing real ‘difference’ both in the people, culture & land – my travelling shoes have been firmly on ever since ! And places of true natural beauty and energy, both in land and people, have always been high up on my 'favourits' list – and for me, Gecko Lodge & The Gambia delivers ! You'll let me know if it does it for you?

 

Things to pack :

 

Good factor Sunscreen

Sun Hat

Beach wear

Beach Towel

Torch (wind-up? no batteries required!)

Cotton Long sleeve top

Cotton Long trousers

Light Fleece for evenings

Yoga wear

Yoga Mat

Meditation shawl

Small rucksack

Sandals/ Comfortable walking wear

Malaria Tablets (pls make informed decision - www.nelsonspharmacy.com for Homeopathic Malaria Tablets)

Mosquito repellent

A good book

pen and paper

...a seeking spirit & a good time smile!

 

Further reading:

The Rough Guide - The Gambia - Nov 06

www.hiddengambia.com

Lonely Planet - The Gambia and Senegal

http://www.makasutu.com/

 

COST

Week 1 : Fri 14 to Fri 21 March 08

Week 2 : Fri 21 to Fri 28 March 08

 

 

Price includes: Yoga, twin, shared en-suite bungalow accommodation, delicious brunch & evening meals, airport transfer & local transport, 2 weekly excursions.

 

~ Flights not included.

~ As with all responsible travel, please ensure you have proper travel insurance.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

14-30 days before arrival - 50% of total cost.

Less than 14 days before arrival - 100% of total cost.

 

TO BOOK & further INFO, call 07771 877 587 or email belle- looking forward to hearing from you !

 

Flights to Banjul airport, The Gambia : www.thomascookairlines.co.uk, www.firstchoice.co.uk/flights, www.gambiaflights.co.uk, www.thomsonfly.com also The Gambia Experience: www.gambia.co.uk

 

To offset carbon emmissions of your flight, click here

 

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PUGLIA, SOUTHERN ITALY (down in the 'heel')

 

YOGA RETREAT @ SANTA MARIA DEL SOL

Dates: Thurs 26 June to Thurs 3 July 08

 

Morning Asana, Pranayama & Meditation – lunch – pool time – trips to the beach – evening class – dinner – also trips to local town and socializing.

 

Cost includes :

 

double room with private bathroom

transfer airport

3 meals per day

mats, bolsters, water

red wine at dinner

one day excursion to the beach

 

Nearest airport : Brindisi

 

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YOGA HOLIDAY in DAHAB, Egypt - 20 April to 4 May 08

 

Teaming up again for a second year with fellow teacher & friend, Rachel AUBURN, - an accessible holiday by the beautiful Red Sea, 2 classes per day, trips to the desert, amazing snorkling, diving etc ... -

 

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PAST yogabelle HOLIDAYS & RETREATS since 2005

WORLDWIDE : 

Goa, India - Jan 13, Jan 16, March 17, Dec 17
Spain - July 17
Huzur Vadisi, Turkey  - July 16
Kerala, India  - Jan 09,
Kefalonia, Greece  - Sept 14, Sept 15, Sept 16, Sept 17
Morocco  - June 09, June 10, Sept 11, May/June 12, June 13, June 14
Puglia, Italy  - June 08, July/Aug 12, Aug/Sept 13, Oct 14,  May 15
The Gambia  - Easter 07, Christmas/ NY 07 & Easter 08
Dahab, Egypt  - May 07 & May 08, March 10, April 11, March 12
Moonbeach, Egypt - Dec 05 & July 06


UK RETREATS :

West Lexham Manor, Norfolk  - New Year 2015
Dorset  - June 17
Lake District  - July 12
South Devon  - Aug 12, Aug 13
North Devon  - Feb 08 
Symondsbury Manor, Dorset  - July & Nov 05, May & Oct 06, June & Oct 07, May 09
Braziers Park, Oxfordshire  - May 10 & Oct 10, Oct 11& Dec 11, New Year 2013
Littleton Mill, Wiltshire  - Nov 13, April 14, Oct 14

 

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Sailing in Turkey!


belle in the Gambia - Welcome !


Yurt in Turkey


Banyan Tree double room


Goa Retreat in Jan 16


Belle in Puglia, Italy


Gecko Lodge & People (gallery)


The Gambia (gallery)


Gecko Verandah & Living Room


Olivia, our hostess !


Beach Warrior


Essential packing


Veranda & hammock


Sangyang Beach lounging


Fishing Boats on Allahein River


Busy beaches !


River Pirogue


Backflip !


Magestic Baobab trees


ferry across Allahein river into Casamance, Senegal


Sunset - ahhh!

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