Natural Flow ~ Yoga Retreat 2021

Hardwick estate, South Oxfordshire

Sadhama Rewild Retreats
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Jul 30 - Aug 1, 2021
Group size: 1 - 79
Natural Flow ~ Yoga Retreat 2021
Hardwick estate, South Oxfordshire

Sadhama Rewild Retreats
  • Facebook verified
57 reviews

Jul 30 - Aug 1, 2021
Group size: 1 - 79

About this trip

A space to connect with nature, community & your natural self.

A full immersion amidst the living wisdom of the ancient oak trees and wild water of Hardwick Estate. 

An invitation to connect with nature and to remember your natural self that is whole, healed and well. 

Come with us on a journey of joy, creativity, rest and courage. Music weaves through the days, supporting your yoga practice, guiding you into meditation and inspiring uplifting celebration. Use your hands to connect with elemental nature through sacred craft work. Allow your body and mind to relax  into the cool green embrace of the meadows. break through your boundaries and find your inner strength through a profound and transformative fire ceremony.

We will be living together as a community on the land at Hardwick Estate. We offer you daily wild swimming in the river waters, reviving yoga practices, guided meditations with ancient trees, discovery of ‘The Joy of Breath’, authentic workshops, sound healing, art therapy and a chance to connect as a community through the empowering ceremonies. There will be opportunity for therapeutic body work and personal healing treatments.

Reconnect with divine nature, shed your fears, and become empowered  to step into your true self.

Incredible musicians will share the good vibes to restore and replenish you, storytelling and singing by the campfire will give you the heartwarming gift of community connection. 

We will be eating fresh, organic, locally grown plant based meals lovingly prepared according to Ayurvedic principles. Our gorgeous fruit and veg will come from Tolhurst Organic farm who use stock free farming to produce the lowest possible carbon footprint, cruelty free food. Their work is truly inspiring and aligned with our ethos of re-connecting and re-aligning with mother nature to live in more harmony.

The retreat begins on Friday evening 30th July and ends on Sunday evening 1st August 2021.

Accommodation is provided on a secluded camping field next to the shores of the river with composting toilets and fresh water. Tents available to rent if you can not bring your own. 

Camper vans & caravans are welcome, dogs must stay at home!

There is plenty of space to keep within social distancing guidelines.

Surround yourself with 500 year old trees, wild flower meadows, stunning scenery, magical sunset views, wonderful wildlife & your community.

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Ticket Options

We hope to be able to accommodate all who are interested & feel drawn to come together as a community.  

We have tickets available for the Full  Retreat: Friday evening - Sunday evening which are limited in numbers to facilitate deep experience of rest and reconnection as a community.

Your Tickets include:

✔️ 2.5 days of full immersion into sacred lands and your beautiful self!

✔️ All activities, classes and workshops.

✔️ Fire Ceremony.

✔️ Delicious Ayurvedic food: 

Friday dinner, 3 meals a day on Saturday and Sunday. A selection of hot drinks will be available throughout the day.

✔️ Ground rent for your own tent.

✔️ Contribution for the building of a permanent retreat space here at Hardwick.

All tickets are booked on this website - tap the green Select  button on the right to secure your place. 

We can offer payment plans, please reach out if you need to pay in instalments. 

For those who would like to combine the fun of the retreat and karma of the service we have few Seva Tickets. These tickets are designed for those who enjoy getting involved in the running of the retreat by giving the core crew a hand with whatever is needed to be done on the day, or those who can't afford the full price of the tickets but still want to come.  If you’re keen to be involved, apply here.

All the ticket contributions will go towards supporting our teachers and building a yurt on the land at Hardwick to host yoga classes, community events and future retreats. We hope to build this platform for reconnection and rest.

COVID-19 Statement and Refund Policy

As with all events this summer we are at the mercy of government regulations regarding COVID-19. In accordance with the current government roadmap out of lockdown we will be operating on a private campsite with participant numbers limited to the legally permitted amount. We will be taking precautions as recommended during the event to ensure the safety and health of all participants.

If the regulations surrounding social distancing deviate from the current government predictions and do not allow us to go ahead with the event as planned, we will postpone the event and reschedule it for a time which is appropriate. In this instance all tickets will be transferable. If the option to retain your ticket until the event is rescheduled is not preferable for you, just let us know within 14 days of us announcing a postponement, and will refund you 100% of the ticket amount.

Under normal circumstances, if we are continuing with the event as planned but you decide to cancel for any reason, we will refund 50% of the cost of your ticket.

Under normal circumstances, in the unlikely instance we have to cancel the event for any reason other than COVID-19 restrictions, we will refund 93% of the cost of the ticket to you.

We do this to cover any administration and infrastructure costs we have incurred in preparation for the event.

If you are unhappy with these terms let us know within 48 hours of buying your ticket and we will cancel your purchase and the full cost will be returned to you.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Site & Travel

Hardwick estate is only 40 minutes by train from London (Paddington), and just 20 minutes by car from Junction 12 on the M4.  Easily accessible from the main transport hubs at Reading, yet set in the rolling countryside of the Chilterns AONB, Hardwick is ideally located for a weekend getaway of peace and tranquility.
If you have a spare seat in your car and are happy to share a ride, or if you need a lift to the gathering, here is the link to the our retreat community Whats app group: Natural Flow Shares

What’s included

  • Daily Wild Swimming
    We are blessed to have a clean and pure section of the Thames on our doorstep. Listed as one of the best wild swimming spots in UK.
  • Daily Morning Yoga
    Morning yoga will help us connect to the natural state of our body/mind...relaxed awareness, presence, peace. Expect embodied movement and breathwork to charge your life energy for the day ahead.
  • Tree Meditation
    This is a great opportunity to learn effective methods of meditation with the help of the the timeless stillness and living wisdom of trees - our traditional supporters on the path to enlightenment .
  • The Joy of Breath
    In this workshop we reclaim the ancient wisdom of breath as a vehicle for expanded states of joy, inner peace & connection.
  • Relaxing Yin/Nidra Yoga
    We will journey into a gentle lucid state....helping us access the deep states of relaxation and intuitive insight available through yin yoga and yoga Nidra. Enjoy rest and lightness of rejuvenation.
  • Sacred crafts
    Walk into the welcome green of the forest. Enjoy reconnecting with the divine life force in this space of vitality, using sacred crafts as our medium and the bounty of the forest as our inspiration.
  • Fire Ceremony
    Experience the ancient ceremony to deepen the connection to nature, feeling of unity to overcome your fears, break through internal barriers and discover your personal power - experience your change!
  • Live Music
    Sacred sound round the campfire will be heart-warming songs about nature, green futures and what it is to be human, lead by specially invited renowned musicians.
  • Foraging Walks
    Join us for the unique opportunity to explore the abundant flora and fauna of the wild flower meadows and magnificent forest of Hardwick with an expert guide in local biodiversity of plant kingdom.
  • Ayurvedic assessment
    Personal Ayurvedic assessment of your constitution will be offered. Understanding of your own nature provides enhanced tool set for self healing and wellbeing.
  • Boat Rides
    We will have few boats, paddle boards & kayaks available at our camp side throughout the gathering for you to enjoy the river Thames rides
  • Meals and hot drinks
    All our food is organic and locally sourced and lovingly prepared with your health and satisfaction in mind. We are so lucky to be surrounded by passionate and ethical growers!
  • Ground Rent
    Accommodation is provided on a secluded camping field next to the shores of the river. We have an option to rent tents which you can add before you checkout. Tents for rent are limited.
  • Massage (cost)
    There will be professional therapist on site offering rejuvenating massage and deeply healing bodywork. This will be offered at a reduced rate but is not included in the package price.
  • Kinesiology (cost)
    Kinesiology is a holistic therapy that uses muscle testing to find imbalances in the body and find what is needed to re-balance, whether that be on a physical, emotional or energetic level.
  • Tent - accommodation
    Accommodation is provided on a secluded camping field next to the shores of the river. We have an option to rent tents which you can add before you checkout. Tents for rent are limited.
  • Bedding
    Please bring your own sleeping bags, blankets, pillows etc
  • Cutlery and crockery
    Please bring your own plates, bowls, cutlery and mug. This will help us stay clean and hygienic.
  • Yoga mat
    Please bring your own yoga mat. Let us know if you cant access a mat we have a few to borrow. Please also bring a blanket for end of class relaxation.

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Friday Evening

We will welcome you to our beautiful location between 4-6pm. There will be time to settle and orientate, put up your tents and relax into your space before we gather. 

There will be an enlightening introduction into the Ayurvedic techniques which will inform your practice and meals throughout the weekend.

We will then enjoy our first meal together before holding the opening ceremony circle with Live Music & Sacred songs to rejoin as a community around the camp fire.

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Sadhama Rewild Retreats
57 reviews
A space to connect with nature, community and your natural self. Our retreats are crafted to offer the experience of rest, grounding and self-realisation. We share the unparalleled beauty and healing nature of Hardwick Estate, tuning into the living wisdom of the ancient oaks and sacred waters. We bring a profoundly nurturing connection, rewilding the biorhythm of the body within, and bringing ourselves into harmony with nature's elements and rhythms. The experience of connection, joy and oneness is our natural birthright.


What a wonderful weekend, the company, the sense of community, the peacefulness. Karen’s cooking was absolutely amazing and the guidance received from Dmitry is very much admired and appreciated. I will be back next year in May. Andy was absolutely fantastic at facilitating the sweatlodge, I can’t wait to do another.
By Jessie M for Sweat and Serenity - Deep Cleansing Retreat 2023 September on Sep 05, 2023
Had a lovely evening, was a nice way to start off my long weekend on the Hardwick Estate!
By Jessie M for Return To Nature on Sep 05, 2023
It was a very relaxing time, to say the least. I'm not sure I learnt a great deal but it was very calming, which is always important on holiday. Some brief and concise points I noted. Apologies in advance if they seem negative. I like to get to the point and it is purely to give feedback. Translations of chants would have been very helpful. Some of the chants may/may not have been questionable (from a religious/ethnicity/moral) point of view. There were dozens of fascinating mollusc-like creatures that I'd never seen before inside the dry toilets. Were they to help biodegrade the human fecal waste? I didn't feel the system for using the dry toilets was working. They should not smell. The instructions for use of dry and wet toilets needs to be much clearer (maybe labels on the bin lid and on the toilet lid)? I would have super appreciated some hooks/pegs to hand my coat/bag/other on the toilet door. I wasn't sure about the safety of slowing one's breathing right down. The reason for this was because I experienced some dissociation (depersonalization) upon returning home the same evening. It was unnerving and a bit worrying. I discovered online that profound meditation can cause dissociation. This wasn't something I had hoped for and it was a side-effect of meditating rather than a pleasant, controlled feeling. I wasn't sure about the questions in the quiz (were they representative of the population? Were they inclusive? Did they make perfect sense?) I'm also not sure about the truth of over 90% of participants being 'pitta dosha'. I didn't feel very confident about the anonimity of the food (no 'meal titles', no labels, no written information, no allergen info...) The musicians and leadership required more minority representation. It felt more like a community than a family. I didn't quite feel part of this. Activities needed more explanation e.g. 'looking to the third eye'. If participants do not receive a super clear goal, thet feel lost at the end of the exercise. I was told by activity leaders not to be nude, which I felt was a little hostile. Legally, nudity is allowed in the UK. I understand the land is priavte and people have the right to decide what other do on their land but I'm unsure whether the estate has the right to tell users how to look (i.e. haircut, clothing, body image and so including nudity).
By Alice B for Natural Flow ༄ Yoga Retreat 2023 on Aug 28, 2023
Dear Alice, it is always hard for us not to take these kind of reviews too closely, as we pour our heart and soul into what we do, and especially when we consider the additional lengths we went to to ensure you were able to attend this retreat. Luckily we do not get too many of these sorts of reviews but they are a good opportunity to talk more in detail about what we do offer. We hear your feedback on the compost toilets. There are two other toilet blocks available at the retreat site with flushing toilets, so there was ample opportunity for you to use those if the compost toilets were not to your liking. We are working with the estate to upgrade the compost toilet facilities to the standard of the other toilets available on site, and improvement works have in fact already been made since the last retreat. The teachers on the retreat are very experienced and would have been happy to talk through any concerns you may have had about the practices offered, or if you needed any clarification during the sessions, if you had raised them with us at the time. We also give out full contact details for all the teachers afterwards, including as part of a group whatsapp chat, with their personal phone numbers, so we would have been happy to help you through any experiences you may have had after leaving the retreat if you had contacted us. Please do send us an email if you would like any further support with the feelings you experienced after the retreat. The ayurvedic quiz which you are referring to has been developed by Indian practitioners to gain a general understanding of the basic tendencies recognised by ayurveda in a broad population. So, yes, it is designed to be inclusive and representative. We would have been happy to offer any clarification if you had raised any questions with us. You are right that there is no truth in over 90% of the participants on the retreat being 'pitta dosha'. There were many discussions had over the dinner serving table about why a majority might be 'pitta' on a retreat like this, and how that made sense in a wider understanding of ayurveda. It's a shame perhaps you missed these conversations. We would be happy to explain this to you further if you are interested, please just drop us an email. It definitely wasn't over 90% though :) We pride ourself on the food served on the retreat being part of the overall spiritual practice and experience. All allergen and dietary requirements of the participants are recorded at booking, and then taken into consideration when the menus are designed. Therefore, our menus are designed to be allergen free for the participant cohort who are with us for the weekend, negating the need for everything to be labelled with potential allergens. This was explained in our orientation. Moreover, the chef is present at each meal, serving the participants of the retreat, and personally explaining each dish as it is served and answering questions about it. There was ample opportunity for you to ask about any of the dishes as you were being served. We find this personal touch is much more appreciated and effective at engaging people with the food they are eating, rather than leaving it on a table for people to help themselves and read signs. It is also much more effective in ensuring people do not cross contaminate dishes or accidentally help themselves to items which they may be intolerant to. We are a small group of friends who collaborate on this particular retreat, and yes we are all white. We invite musicians and other collaborators based on their skills and talents as facilitators and artists, rather than their ethnic background. Incidentally, our 'in house' retreat musician at this event, who played the most over the weekend, is of British Asian origin. The only chants we can think of which were not sung in English, was in one song where our musician was repeating 'may all beings be happy' in many different languages and from all different religions, after first having sung it in English. We're sorry if this wasn't clear from the piece that this was what was being sung, and also sorry if this did not feel inclusive enough for you. We strive to create a welcoming environment where people feel like they are part of a community while they are with us, and after they have left us. We're glad this seemed apparent to you, but sorry if you did not feel included. We really do try our best to tailor each person's experience to something which is wholesome, joyful and restorative. It is interesting you mention nudity as we actually received a complaint from the same retreat you attended that some people were nude and other participants were finding it offensive! It does go to show you really can't please everyone, no matter how hard you try. You are right that while we are guests on the estate, which is private land, we need to abide by the (very few) rules which the estate sets down for the people using its campsite. One of those is a request to refrain from entering the river nude for the comfort of all other campsite guests, who may or may not be comfortable with nudity for a variety of valid reasons, the public who walk the Thames path directly on the opposite side of the river, and the groups of school-age children who rent the boathouse in the adjacent field and regularly row past the campsite beach. This request is not a hostile act. We are sorry for any parts of your retreat experience which did not meet your expectations. We would have loved the chance to rectify any of these issues during the retreat so you could have had a more comfortable time, which we would have absolutely tried our best to do if we had been made aware of them. It is very difficult for us to do this for you once the retreat has ended. We wish you well in your journey. Blessings, Karen and Dmitry
By Sadhama Rewild Retreats on Aug 30, 2023
My third time ! I love this retreat so much. Thankyou for everything and see you next year!!
By Grace K for Natural Flow ༄ Yoga Retreat 2023 on Aug 10, 2023
We had a lovely time. Beautiful nature, great team and delicious food. Singing and music was special. Thank you 🙏
By Julia D for Natural Flow ༄ Yoga Retreat 2023 on Aug 02, 2023
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This is the real deal. If you are looking for a true expression of the essence of Yoga you don't need to look further. I have had the warmest of genuine welcome, been nurtured, eaten amazing food which is prepared and served with love. The teachings and course leadership are authentic and based in deep understanding of yoga. The setting is perfect, an oasis of nature unspoilt on the bank of the splendid Thames. The sweat lodge is authentic and transformative. I can't recommend this any more highly.
By Bob S on 03 Jun, 2023
I have left deeply transformed at the end of the retreat - at peace, empowered and joyful. I shall share with you a poem I penned at the end on Sunday after most people had set off. What brought me to this point? Was it just being at the right place at the right time? Was it just the practices, the setting, the energy, the company, the food? It was all of the above, and beyond! First of all, all the organisers and teachers at the Sadhama ReWild retreat I have just attended at the Hardwick Estate in South Oxforshire live and breathe what they teach. It came across strongly and informed the ethos, the energy and the vibration of the whole experience for everybody. People gelled and I made many new connections with some like-minded and like-hearted people which I am relishing. There was an all-embracing welcoming of everybody with no judgement. We practised yoga, danced around the fire, swam in the Thames, did forest bathing and much much more, all within a very safe and sustaining space magically magnified by the idyllic setting. I have sadly lost an old sangha due to various reasons, but have now got a new one - a new yoga family who has taken me in to walk alongside and with me and I with them. Second of all, the practices sometimes reminded of what I already know but have forgotten, at others I learnt new things. But, I found that perhaps we always experience things anew, as we are moment by moment changing. Practices were delivered and shared with joy. The structure of the day was honoured. It all was flowing without too much ado! Thirdly, the food, freshly prepared, vegan, organic, was very nourishing and absolutely delicious. I was sustained not just by the food itself, but by the ambience, the loving, compassionate, all-embracing energy and people. Now for the poem inspired by this experience, as promised earlier is called: JOY What does joy look like? What does joy feel like? What does joy smell like? What does joy sound like? Where does joy live? What dance does it dance? What song does it sing? Joy is seen on children's faces Joy turns up in some unexpected places. Joy sometimes surprises, takes you unawares Joy whispers sweet nothings, when it seems nobody cares. Joy's fairy-like nature can be felt in a tree Joy speaks to the heart when there's nothing to see Joy shines throughout our beings divine Joy reassures it is now and forever fine. Joy constant like a steady, strong mountain springs forth like a wild water fountain refreshingly fresh, always anew washing away all unwanted residue. Joy wakes up the dormant, heavy heart and the whole body, each and every part of our whole being sacred, infinite our spirits and souls dance happily within it. Joy is multiplied when shared Joy comes in when its summons are heard Joy sings and twirls sweetly around when it hears that most welcome sound of our inner being emptied of waste - in it comes, with its sweet-smelling taste hurriedly enters with an enthusiastic haste filling our heart, mind, body and soul with love so that our being is below as it is is above! Joy is when a sangha is sadly lost, but a new one is found Joy is when compassion, generosity and freedom abound Joy's gifts abundant as it is overflowing Joy brings us back to our own inner knowing. Written by (me) Mary Mallia "JOY" on Sunday 12th September 2021 after the Sadhama ReWild Retreat at The Hardwick Estate, South Oxfordshire and inspired by my experience there and at that time.
By Mary M on 14 Sep, 2021
I attended the Sweat snd Serenity Retreat - it was indeed a magical experience. Waking up to a bracing and refreshing wild swim, followed by daily yoga followed by a wonderful breakfast. The days activities were well planned out and varied ranging from a sweat lodge, forest bathing and meditation. We spent every evening around a fire, sharing, singing, laughing, crying and witnessing one another, it was such an impactful experience being in community and meeting wonderful people. The sweat lodge was held on Saturday and was an incredibly deep experience and one I shall always remember - the space and fire was held by Andy and his fire keepers who made you feel safe and connected which enabled you to go deep within. I can still smell the sweet grass in my nostrils. I throughly and surprisingly enjoyed the daily yoga ( and this was something I was least looking forward to having not embodied the practice myself) Bara was able to draw something out of each one of us despite what level one was at. She herself had a deep spiritual practice which really enabled me to see yoga in a different way, connecting to myself and something bigger. The food was absolutely amazing, so much thought and time had gone into its preparation and to ones ayurvedic dosha and accommodate each dish as particular digestive needs. The gong bath as a treat - lying still as the sun set feeling waves of energy flow through you. Walking to the splendour of the Oak tree ended our retreat and we sat there in beautiful community, in connection, with this ancient Oak - breathing in his breath and him breathing in ours - the reciprocal relationship we share. What a wonderfully nourishing experience - thank you - very much looking forward to the next one Marsha
By Marsha L on 13 Jun, 2021