Now booking Spring Yoga Renewal weekend retreat 5-7 April in Vale of Evesham

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Alexander Technique promotes well-being by retraining our awareness and habits of posture to enable minimum effort and strain. Hatha Yoga is an ancient system seeking union between mind and body, individual and the universe. Both traditions honour the innate wisdom of the human body.

What they say

“Tanya’s hands-on encouragement to get me to adjust my posture when in certain poses felt gently reassuring. This, together with Chris’s wonderfully mindful yoga teaching were literally a tonic. I loved the emphasis on relaxing into poses rather than forcing the body to stretch beyond its limits.” Gill Tunstall
“Truly brilliant. I feel I have learnt so much. The attention to detail has really helped me understand what yoga can be and helped me start to feel in touch with my body, which I haven’t felt for years. Thank you hugely.” Kate Byron
“I learnt a lot, reconnected with my body and relaxed. Very many thanks and hope to see you again.” Anouska Madden
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Chris Holt

Getting there

By road:

Holland House is in the village of Cropthorne, 14 miles from Worcester, 10 miles from the M5 (junction 7 or 8).See map here.

By rail:

Evesham mainline station (2 hours from London Paddington), then 10-min bus ride or £12 in a taxi to Holland House, Cropthorne. Check train times and prices here.

Hands-On Yoga weekend retreat, Vale of Evesham, 21-23 September 2018

Gentle Hatha Yoga and the postural awareness of the Alexander Technique come together for a weekend of exploration and compassion towards our bodies and ourselves.

“One of the best treats I’ve ever given myself. Chris and Tanya created such a beautiful space and environment for us to restore our balance in life. Great to see all the people changed by the last yoga session.” Mariko Lavender-Jones, Yoga Therapist

This weekend retreat will combine Hatha Yoga (postures, breath and meditation) with Alexander Technique's extra focus on awareness of how we move, our patterns of tension and holding.

Two experienced teachers who share a philosophy of “less is more” will help you explore the innate wisdom of the human body. Through movement, relaxation and meditation we will be learning something that, deep down, our bodies already know.

Workshop sessions

Starting on Friday evening and ending on Sunday afternoon, there will be seven workshops exploring Alexander Technique and a gentle approach to Hatha Yoga, deep relaxation and meditation. The gentle, hands-on touch of Alexander Technique will help you to experience deeper release and ease in yoga postures.

We guarantee a small group will be led by two highly experienced practitioners, giving a quality of individual attention not always available in larger retreats.

Experienced Teachers

Tanya Shoop has practised Alexander Technique for 20 years and been teaching since 2003. With a practical, down-to-earth approach, she is skilled at helping people improve their posture and feel more comfortable in their minds and bodies.

Chris Holt has practised Hatha Yoga for 20 years and since 2008 has been teaching yoga and meditation, specialising in gentle therapeutic and restorative yoga for people who think they’re not fit or bendy enough to do yoga!

Nourish yourself

As well as Hands-On Yoga, there will be time to walk in the beautiful gardens, or simply relax with a book or stare at the sky…

The retreat centre

Holland House is a tranquil retreat centre set in three acres of beautiful gardens at Pershore in Worcestershire. It is centred around a 16th Century half-timbered, part thatched building with the River Avon flowing by. We will have the run of the old house with its drawing room, library and beamed dining room and our workshops will take place in the light and airy conference room.

A member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, all food is prepared and freshly cooked each day from local ingredients: fruit juices from the Vale of Evesham and honey is from beehives in the garden. Meals are generous and there are home-baked cakes and biscuits for afternoon tea.


Price per person
Sharing twin room £345
Single room £385

Price includes accommodation, all meals, Hands-On Yoga sessions, use of the grounds. Does not include: travel, yoga mats.

For further information or to make a booking, please contact us by Contact Chris or call 07866 801177.