Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation in the Southern Lake District

meditation and yoga practicing at sunset
Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Mind & Body

In yoga, the practice of postures, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation promotes flexibility and a calmer and more focused mind. Mindfulness Meditation allows you to pay attention to your thoughts and feelings, becoming more aware of them but not enmeshed in them, and therefore better able to manage them.

Holiday Highlights

  • Practice yoga postures, breathing and relaxation
  • Learn the key principles of Mindfulness Meditation
  • Our experienced tutor is on hand to give advice and answer your questions

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • Guidance and tuition from a qualified leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday

Trip Notes

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Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for better and best rooms). Please join us for afternoon tea.

During your stay

Each morning there will be an optional early morning meditation before breakfast. After breakfast, we will meet for a full yoga and mindfulness meditation session which will take us to lunchtime, when we enjoy a house-based lunch, such as soup and a sandwich. Afternoons are free for you to practise the techniques, or explore the local area or simply relax at the country house. We meet again late afternoon to learn more about mindfulness and practice mindfulness meditation.

Departure day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Monk Coniston

Wrapped in manicured gardens with stunning views over Coniston Water, Monk Coniston combines country house grandeur and romantic, gothic-style charm with contemporary touches to great effect among the rugged landscapes of the Lake District. Rocky mountains and grassy fells loom all around this handsome home, once owned by Beatrix Potter, and more latterly turned hikers’ hotel and owned by the National Trust. Fell-flecked scenery unfurls from the windows of the bedrooms in the main house, adjoining cottage and counting house. While the setting remains traditional and the grand entrance recalls a traditional era, the interiors have been swept into the present with bold patterns and comfy fabrics. Beyond the house, trails from the doorstep set off to explore the Lake District. Climb famous summits including Bow Fell, the Langdale Pikes and the Old Man of Coniston. Bag a series of Wainwright summits. Alternatively, slip into the beautiful valleys and stroll picturesque lakeside paths in search of secret corners such as Cathedral Cove in Little Langdale.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 32 rooms, Monk Coniston has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Rooms with a view are well worth the extra spend as you’ll be overlooking the gardens or the lake.  Our favourite is Room 9 on the first floor, which contains some of the original features from when it was first built in 1885, a striking sailboat-patterned wallpaper and opens on to beautiful views of the gardens and fields that slope down to the shore of Coniston Water.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, Lakeland barn for activities, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Lake District, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds with their putting green and croquet lawn and uncover the hidden walled garden on the hill behind the house. Take a turn around the National Trust nature trail and look out for the fabulous, rare mature trees. Stumble on the small secret folly stood quietly among the bluebells when they’re out and the lush green grass when they’re not. Catch up with fellow guests in the bright and spacious lounge or grab a drink from the airy bar and wander down the garden to the bench overlooking Coniston Water for the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner – you might even spot the restored steam yacht Gondola cruising the five-mile length of the lake. After hours, duck into the converted Lakeland barn with its exposed beams and rustic chandelier for evening activities and skittles.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Monk Coniston is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its giant fireplace and oversized mirror hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. From a cup of Monk Coniston walled garden vegetable soup to a Wabberthwaies Cumberland sausage – the only Cumberland sausage to have a royal warrant and to be served on Concorde – to twelve-hour slow cooked Cumbrian lamb and Ravenglass crab and Morecambe Bay shrimp cakes, the kitchen puts out the best of the Cumbrian countryside. Look out too for the Kendal Mint cheesecake among the assiette of deserts.

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What to Bring

No special clothing is required for your holiday, but it is recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothes to facilitate easy movement. Please also bring a non-slip yoga mat and a small blanket.

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Duration:
3 nights
Interests:
Mind & Body

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