West Lexham Manor
Yoga with Lea Schlanz
Join us this April, 3rd - 5th for a magical experience of yoga, massage and nature at beautiful West Lexham Retreat Centre in Norfolk - a weekend to create the space you need to live life with ease, grace, softness and joy. A space to land, explore, relax and get quiet before Easter weekend.
After the seasonal craziness of Christmas, and with Easter to follow, we are going to create a little bit of peace and calm to take us out of the winter and into the beauty of springtime. We cannot wait.
West Lexham is a short 90 mins from London, but a world away...
West Lexham is an eco-friendly paradise, run on +90% renewables and organic principles in a pocket of Norfolk bursting with wildlife. 21 acres of beautiful garden surrounded by countryside.
You will wake up to the fresh air, and runs along meadow trails through idyllic nature, followed by guided meditation, before energising body and mind with a dynamic Vinyasa flow class.
After nourishing yourself with a freshly prepared and delicious breakfast you will enjoy free time to roam and explore, or perhaps book yourself a massage treatment. Find yourself wandering the beautiful grounds surrounding this 18th century rural pile, amongst grand trees and lakes.
For those wanting to put pen to paper, we will offer a few ideas to get some writing started and if you want to get on a slack-line for balance fun you can do that too. In the afternoon a nurturing yin yoga practice will help you wind down and relax even further, and after a wonderful evening meal, there will be plenty of time to get to know each other, be merry, dance, play games, or read a good book.
A weekend of deep relaxation, healthy movement and good eating will leave you ready to welcome in the spring and summer after the winter cold and the festive season's close.
The Teacher - Lea Schlanz
Lea is a yoga teacher with a degree in psychology and a Masters degree in Mindfulness: Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology. Her mindfulness meditation training with Michael Stone deepened her own meditation practice and provided her with great knowledge and skills for facilitating mindfulness meditation in others.
Lea bridges divides between the practices and philosophy of yoga with the world of western medicine.
She is a yoga therapist, and has successfully introduced yoga classes for patients in clinical environments.
She completed her initial 250-hour yoga teacher training with Jason Lu and Karin Charutz in Canada in 2013, in Ashtanga and Classical Hatha, and teaches a playful and dynamic vinyasa class that will make you breathe and work all areas of your body and mind. She enables her students to get out of their comfort zone in a fun and safe environment, and has a smile for everyone.
The Massage Therapist - James Huntley
James is a clinical massage therapist and has spent many years sharing knowledge with medical practitioners from different backgrounds. His work is intuitive and subtle. Every person is unique, and complete attention to each individuals needs enables a tailored and comprehensive treatment, that works on many levels.
Injuries are not isolated - their effects can manifest across the physiology. Easing the physical form is a powerful route to a calm and relaxed mind. The interconnectivity of the human body, and the world we live in, is incredible - and a holistic healing approach that encompasses all of your being is the essential way forward.
James is expert in numerous massage disciplines and will give you the treatment you need.
A Bit About Us
In our private practice we support clients through varying degrees of physiological and psychological trauma and take great pleasure in finding how beautifully our respective skillsets help others make the best of themselves.
James understands the integrated nature of a person's being, from the particularity of muscle and sinew as affected by daily physicality, to the way a person’s feelings have shaped their physique and the placement of internal tension in the body. He uses the subtleties of this understanding to help prompt a person to find release. Lea has an incredible intuition for the same, and a deep care for people that brings light into their lives. Her way of acting upon this caring nature is both instinctive and also grounded in learning and deep understanding.
We are very grateful to be able to help people in our different respective work – but even more grateful to find how beautifully our practices compliment eachother so as to change lives. Two people with evolved practical skillsets, open hearts and shared intention paying very close attention to the needs of others is special.
Example of schedule
The schedule is an outline - times may vary and you only have to join in when you want to. We are going to a tremendously beautiful place, and if you feel like skipping class and going for a wander we suggest you do!
5pm – Arrival/settling plus free time or massage – explore, laugh, read, write, play.
6.30pm - Yang to Yin flow
8pm – Dinner - Kat, our cook, is amazing!
The food is a highlight on our retreats: freshly cooked and seasonal vegetarian meals throughout.
8am - Meditation
8.30am – Morning run or walk (optional)
9am – Dynamic yoga
11am – Breakfast
11.30am - 5.30pm – Free time or massage – explore, laugh, read, write, play.
5.30pm – Yin yoga
7.30pm – Dinner
8am - Meditation
8.30am – Morning run or walk (optional)
9am – Vinyasa Flow.
11am – Breakfast
11.30am -2.30pm – free time or massage – explore, laugh, read, write, play.
3pm - Yang to Yin Yoga
5pm - Early Dinner and departure at 6pm
Please feel free to come on your own - many people come and make great friends on our retreats!
The retreat price of £450 includes:
3 days of luxurious accommodation in stunning Norfolk countryside (in the Cottages).
Expert tuition by an experienced friendly and wonderful teacher, always on hand to assist.
Meditation sessions to begin the day with clarity and calm.
Morning dynamic yoga practices to strengthen, stretch and invigorate.
Evening Yin Yoga sessions allowing deep tension release.
Runs and walks in lush countryside.
Optional writing session.
Swimming in the outdoor heated swimming pool (weather dependent) and lake, shared with other Lexham guests.
All food, 2 x fresh cooked and delicious vegetarian meals per day and healthy snacks throughout.
All yoga equipment and use of the yoga studio.
Delightful 21 acre grounds with Japanese garden.
WiFi & on-site parking.
Local beaches and cultural sites.
Handmade beds & pocket sprung mattresses.
Use of sumptuous towels, down duvets & pillows.
Mineral water from Lexham's own chalk well.
Nearest train station Downham Market.
Not included: All transportation (London travel/train/taxis)
Consultation and transportative massage treatment, available on request.
Please note swimming pool opening is seasonal and weather dependent, usually open April but can vary.
Solo room occupancy available on request for an additional fee. £200 deposit payable to reserve a place on the retreat - complete payment to be made by 31st March, payment plans are available to spread the cost.
Sadly cancelled due to Coronavirus....