Somatic Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training
7th – 20th April 2020
Bala Brook is a residential venue for Yoga and Buddhist retreats and Dartmoor appreciation for groups of 15 with a range of single and twin rooms with en suite and shared bathroom facilities. It is situated in Dartmoor National Park and on the edge of the open moor. There are thirty five acres of delightful gardens, fields, mature oak trees and woodland adjoining the waterfalls of Bala Brook, which tumbles down to join the river Avon. There is a resident flock of Hebridean sheep.d
Walking on the Moor: A gate from the meadow leads out onto the wide open Moor. From the front it’s a short walk up the lane to Shipley Bridge and pedestrian track leading up to the Avon reservoir and higher open Moor. An exhilarating walk Northwards brings strong hikers to Princetown in the centre of Dartmoor. Another walk westwards leads to the famous ancient oaks at Piles Wood alongside the exquisite river Erme. There are other, gentler walks around, some through woodland.
Accommodation at Bala Brook
There are thirteen bedrooms some with en-suite facilities, others share a bathroom. Nine in the house and four in the Shraddha building.
There are two beautiful light and airy spaces featuring wooden floors with underfloor heating. Folding doors open onto the gardens and the Brook. There are a selection of mats, blankets, bolsters, blocks etc.
A quiet seating area with books on Yoga, Buddhism, poetry, spiritual paths, Devon, birds and nature and maps. There is a small bedroom attached to the library.
Kitchen – Dining – Living Room
A cosy warm large kitchen area with an Aga cooker where students can relax. The tables in the dining area can be arranged to suite the size of the group. Folding doors open onto the garden.
Travel Information – Getting There
By Plane and Train
Fly to Exeter, Bristol, London, Birmingham.
Exeter is the closest airport, Bristol the next closest and then London or Birmingham. From your chosen airport get the train to Totnes, Devon
Book train tickets early here www.trainline.com
Transfer Taxis will be arranged from Totnes to Bala Brook.
Driving south after Exeter, leave the A38 at Marley Head, (north-east of South Brent,) wriggle north-westwards around lanes following signs to Avon Dam. Arrive at Shipley Bridge public carpark, beside river Avon. At Shipley Bridge, cross the River Avon, follow the lane turning around to the left, southwards over a cattle grid. – After 2 minutes down the lane, go past one farm on your right, down a little hill over a little bridge and look out for ‘Bala Brook’ sign on your right beside a timber gateway. This is the second habitation on your right after leaving Shipley bridge.
Approaching on the A385 from Totnes, cross the A38 at Marley Head and follow as above.
Approaching from the South (from Plymouth) turn off the A38 for South Brent. But avoid going through the Village by taking a left turn soon after leaving the A38, where there is a big main sign ‘South Brent twinned with…’, and signs for Brent Mill Business park and Aish. Then you will definitely need our map to navigate the lanes. Go under the railway and around to the right to reach a T junction. Turn left up to Aish and thence on up, nearly 2 miles towards Shipley Bridge. After a ‘weak bridge’ , look out for Bala Brook on your left in a dip just before the little Bala bridge. If you arrive at Shipley Bridge, you have gone too far. (Please do not enter any unsigned properties).
Food at Bala Brook
At Bala Brook we provide full board vegetarian/vegan healthy food during the course of the training. We use local fruit and vegetables, grains, pulses and rice as the basis for our diet. We provide a simple porridge and fruit light breakfast, a hearty full lunch, and a dinner of soup, salads, and bread. Breakfast and lunch are catered for Monday – Friday by our cook, and dinner is prepared by the students on a rota system. Students are welcome to all day mineral water, tea and coffee and there are allocated times when students can use the kitchen. On weekends students self cater on a rota system with the kitchen stocked up.
The village of South Brent is 1.6 miles away and walkable from Bala Brook where there are some simple local shops, a few restaurants and pubs.
Totnes and Dartington are approx 30 mins drive from Bala Brook and are both wonderful places to visit on the weekend with thriving alternative communities. The Friday and Saturday markets are great and you can find everything you need in Totnes from great health food stores, vegan cafes, banks, ATM machines, supermarket and many independent shops. The river runs through Totnes so there many beautiful natural places to hang out in.
If you have time do visit Dartington a truly beautiful estate originally founded in 1925 as an experiment dedicated to exploring new ideas and projects with the aim of building a better society. It has attracted some of the greatest creators, thinkers and change makers of the 20th Century whose work and “many sided philosophy” has had a profound influence in the UK and beyond. Now there are many projects and initiatives to be found within Dartington dedicated to the arts and along with positive social and environmental transformation check out www.dartington.org
As food and accommodation is all inclusive in the residential price of the course students will not need so much additional spending money however if they wish to go out at weekends and they need money there are ATM machines in South Brent and Totnes.