Santosa Yoga & Bhakti Camp, August 2014

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Santosa Yoga & Bhakti Camp, August 2014

Yoga & Bhakti Camp in Somerset overlooking Glastonbury Tor
Fri 22 – Sun 31 August, near Shepton Mallet

This is a peach of a yoga camp, very shanti, very gentle, in a field near Shepton Mallet with view across to Glastonbury Tor. A beautiful way to end the summer holidays, enjoying nature’s abundance at the end of August. 

Santosa ~ the happy acceptance of what is, as it is. This is the second of the Niyamas or disciplines, as described in yogic philosophy.

Yoga with Dr Kamaraj in the sunshine at Santosa 2012

I love it this camp and I’ve been going since 2010. Traditionally I go for resting and knitting, but I have also set up and run the kitchen to feed up to 150 yogis, and taught yoga. I’ve even been known to attend some yoga sessions too! There are so many amazing teachers, it can be hard to choose which session to head for. This year there will be nearer 250 people, and I will be teaching some kundalini yoga and also raw food sessions.  

Sharing a workshop on making raw snacks at Santosa 2011 The raw snacks workshop was very popular with the boys & men!

Santosa offers…

At Santosa you will find new friends & family, a vast and fabulous array of yoga classes (including plenty of Kundalini yoga alongside many other styles), a delicious menu of Bhakti yoga (devotional singing), and a sprinkling of Biondanza, knitting and healing therapies (including Inversion Therapy which I’ve recently discovered and have been wowed by). 

Take a tent and your yoga mat, your plate, mug & cutlery,  and join us for a glorious week of doing as much or as little of anything as you choose from the menu:

Knitting lessons with Habiba at Santosa 2012

  • an astonishingly vast array of yoga classes
  • chanting
  • singing
  • meditation
  • yoga nidra
  • gong baths
  • biodanza
  • chilling with friends
  • knitting, learn to knit
  • sauna
  • hot showers with the best view
  • bazaar
  • sun gazing
  • star gazing
  • Tor gazing
  • sharing meals with the whole Santosa community
  • sipping chai in the Chai lounge
  • tasting raw food delights
  • contributing with karma yoga
  • morning meeting with a mug of chai around the fire, greet each of your fellow yogis

Okay, these last 2 are strongly encouraged, to build the beautiful Santosa community.

A system of Karma yoga operates so everyone contributes to the community of the camp. You can help with  preparing meals, serving dinner, be a ‘toilet fairy’ to do the essential task of replenishing loo roll in the marvelous compost toilets, welcoming new arrivals at the gate, and more.

Communal Meals at Santosa

We dine together ashram-style (vegetarian meals) in the Big Top, or outside on the grass in the sunshine.

 Happy karma yogi helping with dinner prep in the Santosa kitchen, 2012 

Blessing our food before we serve dinner, Santosa 2012    

Willing helpers serve dinner at Santosa 2012

It’s a family-friendly camp and your kids will find plenty of activities just for them. There’s a sauna too. 

In the photos on this post you’re sharing my happy memories of Santosa Yoga and Bhakti Camp in 2011 and 2012.

'Avatar Yoga' with Felix at Santosa, 2011 Green juice from the hedgerows thanks to Feather Bliss and the Z-Star hand cranked juicer Hedgerow Green Juice at Santosa 2011

Santosa 2014

I’m looking forward to being there again from Fri 22 – Sun 31 August 2014.  You can come for the whole time, half a week, or just dip your toe in for a day. 

The programme will be posted on the Santosa website a few weeks before the camp starts.

The ticket is only £295 for the full duration of the camp, or £195 for half week (Fri-Weds or Weds-Sun), including all meals & yoga. The daily rate is £35 which includes lunch & dinner – do bring your yoga mat and a plate & mug for your meals.

“Join us at Santosa and be nourished on all levels.” Aradhana

Hari Om. Namaste. Sat Nam.

Yoga adjustments with Dr Kamaraj, Santosa 2012

The Santosa Bazaaar in the Big Top, 2012

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