Bala Brook, August 2018

  • Bristol City Yoga Bristol City Yoga
  • Aug 2, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018 (4 days)
  • Balabrook, Single Room with Ensuite - £495.00 Balabrook, Single Room with shared bathroom - £445.00 Balabrook, Small Single with shared bathroom - £425.00 Balabrook, Triple Room with ensuite - £365.00 Balabrook, Twin Room…

About us

Join Mel Skinner for a nurturing weekend retreat in the rugged Dartmoor landscape wilds of Dartmoor national park.  Take a break from your busy day-to-day, replenishing your energies, nourishing yourself and taking time to relax.

The Yoga

Practice in Balabrook’s light and airy yoga studio, with underfloor heating for cooler mornings and evenings, and doors opening up to the picturesque gardens and brook for warmer summer afternoons.

Mel will teach a mixture of Hatha, Restorative and Yin yoga, plus meditation and Yoga Nidra, with more rejuvenating morning sessions and relaxation in the evenings.  Her sessions are down to earth and are accessible for all levels of experience, adapting all the practices to suit the individual.

Mel is a Yoga Alliance associate teacher level II, teaching since 2014 with over 1000 hours of teaching and training experience behind her.  Yoga has given Mel a new way to reconnect with her body, to heal old traumas, and find a place of stability on this earth, she believes that yoga offers everyone the chance to fully engage with life. Mel loves reading, writing and talking about yoga to anyone who will listen.

The Venue

Balabrook is a dedicated Yoga and Buddhist retreat centre in Dartmoor National Park, surrounded by thirty five acres of moorland, gardens, open fields, waterfalls, rivers and woodland.

Moorland walks are easily accessible from the venue, you can choose from stronger walks up onto Dartmoor or more gentle walks through nearby woodlands.

There is a library with books on Yoga, Buddhism and other spiritual practices, poetry, nature and the local area.

Enjoy the delicious food with a garden view in the spacious dining area.

The Food

The food on this retreat will be lovingly prepared by Nemia (Come to Good Food).


There are a range of room types to suit your requirements.  There are a mix of twin, single and triple rooms with both ensuite and shared bathrooms.  The venue is simple and functional, set against a beautiful moorland backdrop.


You can view a sample schedule by using the link below.  Please note that this could change and may be adapted to the needs of the group.

Arrival at the venue is from 4pm on 2nd August, and we will depart by mid-afternoon on 5th August.


Prices include:

  • Yoga classes
  • All meals and snacks
  • Accommodation

A 50% deposit and booking form are required to secure your place.  Please fill in a booking form by following the link (above right), you will then be asked to pay your deposit.  If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us.

Full payment must be made 10 weeks in advance of the first day of the retreat.  Bookings made within 10 weeks of the retreat start date will require immediate full paymen

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Bala Brook, August 2018

at Bristol City Yoga

  • Aug 2, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018 (4 days)


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