REWILD YOUR SOUL ~ SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
YOGA & NATURE RETREAT
DATES: August 2-7, 2024 | TEACHER: Checka Antifonario | PRICE: $2895 - $3895
We know we are a part of nature. But when was the last time you had a chance to pause and really FEEL it?
To sense the wildness coursing through your heart, body and soul? Instinct and intuition pulsing from within you? To connect with life's ancient roots as you absorb the magic of the present moment? This is the experience that awaits us at Alladale Wilderness Reserve for this one-of-kind retreat.
This is Scotland in its wildest form.
Important travel note: Those traveling from the U.S. and some other countries will most likely be leaving their home airports on Thursday August 1, (the night before the retreat begins) - in order to arrive on August 2. More info below, but just a heads up!
This six-day, five-night trip has been years in the making. I knew that, when I led a retreat in Scotland, I wanted it to be somewhere very special - wild and adventurous, but also welcoming and comfortable. Somewhere infused with culture, history and vibrant, unrestrained nature. A homestead rooted in purpose and passion that would live on within us for years to come. I searched and searched and searched, and then...I found Alladale (and yes, that is a real photo of it at the top of this page!).
OVERVIEW & DAILY RHYTHM
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is located deep in the Scottish Highlands - 23,000 acres of wonder and beauty only one hour from Inverness Airport. Set within majestic mountains, deep glens, high lochs and two rivers, their beautiful lodges offer unparalleled experiences that allow you to unwind in a space more akin to a grand home than a hotel. Their dedicated hospitality and ranger teams are devoted to helping their guests fully experience this magical place on Earth.
For the past twenty years, the stewards of this epic land have worked tirelessly on conservation and rewilding, which are crucial efforts across Scotland and the entire globe. Over the last two decades at Alladale, a million trees have been planted, damaged peatlands repaired, the native red squirrel reintroduced, and the Scottish wildcat protected against extinction. They are a fully sustainable, zero waste property working hard every day to protect the land. Our stay at Alladale will directly contribute to ALL of these efforts and more!
A highly sought-after destination for folks from all over the globe, Alladale hosts only a few yoga retreats per year; I feel so fortunate to have secured these fantastic August dates! There will be a maximum of 17 folks on this retreat. Our days will feature two daily yoga practices in Alladale's brand new Willow Centre, a fully-equipped yoga lodge with giant windows and beautiful views. Each day we will dive deeper into our theme of rewilding as we move, rest, celebrate life and immerse into quietude so we can listen to our deepest innate knowing. We will savor locally sourced meals together in the main lodge (much of the produce is grown in the hydroponic gardens at Alladale) prepared by our talented chef with abundant options for all dietary preferences, and enjoy endless nature to explore literally at our doorstep. You might also like to relax in the sauna or book a massage, play a game of snooker, nurture friendships old and new, or hang out with the two friendly reserve dogs. Having FUN is such a beautiful part of being alive, and there will be no shortage of it on this retreat!
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
Two exciting excursions will be included in your retreat:
1. Expert ranger-guided vehicle tour of the reserve, during which we will venture through Alladale’s reforested glens, soak up the stunning views and keep our eyes out for native wildlife (YES, I am hoping to see the famous Highland cows!). This is not your generic tourist outing, but rather an exhilarating adventure into the breathtaking wilds of the Highlands.
2. Dunrobin Castle tour and falconry display. This famous seaside castle on the east coast of the Northern Highlands is one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300's. We will tour this beautifully preserved grand piece of history, home to Clan Sutherland, and also attend an amazing falconry display in the gardens.
The rest of your free time is yours to fill with mountain biking (bikes and helmets provided), wild swimming, and hiking (poles, backpacks and wellies provided) along with additional optional excursions including but not limited to horseback riding, whisky tasting, fly fishing, or a visit to the local coastal village of Dornoch. And don't forget the sauna and spa treatments available!
Keep in mind that those traveling from the United States will most likely depart from the U.S. on the night of August 1 to arrive in Scotland on August 2.
Precise travel guidance, such as the appropriate windows of time for arrival and departure, will be sent to you after registration.
General overview: Please plan to fly into Inverness Aiport (airport code: INV), or if you are traveling in Edinburgh or Glasgow before the retreat you can choose to take a train to the Inverness train station. From there our hosts will arrange your transportation to Alladale, and transport you back at the end of the retreat. Those transfers are included in your retreat cost.
Please be sure that your passport is valid through the entirety of your stay.
LODGING & PRICING
We are very lucky to have full use of both the main Alladale Lodge as well as Eagle's Crag, a charming three bedroom lodge located about one mile away from the lodge (transportation between lodges will be provided by Alladale, or you are welcome to enjoy it as a beautiful bike ride!). Comfort and serenity is prioritized in all accommodations, and every room has a full private bathroom.
1. There is one triple occupancy room available in each lodge; please note that the triple in the main lodge includes one sofa bed and two twin beds, while the triple in Eagle's Crag has three twin beds.
2. While you are welcome to register and be housed with friends, you do not need to register with others in order to reserve double or triple occupancy lodging - I will match you up with roomies!
3. Please be sure to specify which lodge you prefer when registering; all rooms are first come first served.
Triple Occupancy with Private Bath (three beds) - $2895 per person
Double Occupancy with Private Bath (choose two twin beds or one king bed) - $3295 per person
Single Occupancy with Private Bath (king bed) - $3895 per person
REGISTRATION, PAYMENT & TRAVEL INSURANCE
1. Registration opens on Monday, 10/16/23 at noon ET. Beginning then please email Checka Antifonario at email@example.com with your room request. I will respond to confirm.
2. Next you will receive an electronic invoice for a non-refundable deposit of $500 to secure your spot.
3. The remainder of your cost will be split into two non-refundable payments due 1/31/24 and 4/15/24. Invoices will be provided.
Purchasing travel insurance is recommended for ALL retreats. I personally recommend and partner with Wanderwell due to their excellent customer service and commitment to environmental responsibility as a Certified B Corp, 1% for the Planet business member, and Transformational Travel Council ALLY.
I would love to answer any questions you may have about this trip. I am so excited to share this journey to the heart of nature - to rewild our souls within the embrace of community ! Please reach out any time, and hope to see you in Scotland!
Five nights luxury accommodation at Alladale Wilderness Reserve
Transfers to and from the Inverness airport and daily transportation between lodges
Three abundant meals per day
Twice daily yoga with Checka at the Willow Centre
Access to gym, sauna, pool table, biking and hiking gear
Two group excursions (reserve tour and Dunrobin Castle / falconry visit)
All taxes and fees
Pricing timeline and discounts:
Early bird pricing is in effect until December 2, 2023, with $150 increases for all accommodations thereafter.
Current members of my Anyday Yogaway virtual yoga and meditation membership (with two or more months of membership at time of registration) will receive an additional $50 DISCOUNT on any price!