Once upon a time... We all relate to and understand life, each other and ourselves through story and metaphor.
Life is a journey, so in brief, here is my journey thus far. After school, instead of choosing Uni, I went straight to work in the City. I was very fortunate enough to be young and working there in the 80’s and I had a ball. Life and work was fun. Fast forward a few years and after an “annus horribilis”, I questioned what and who was really important to me and reassessed my priorities. I was then 30, a single mum and after an adventure to Australia, decided to retrain and create a new life and career for myself.
I trained in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and left the City to set up my own therapy and training business. I followed this training with Life Coaching and NLP Training, integrating the bits that I loved into my work. I found a particular interest and affinity with Archetypes. I was questioning: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose?
At the same time, I became more interested in a healthy lifestyle, eating good, tasty food and creating a joyful life. I found yoga, or yoga found me, and I fell in love with it. Yoga helped me through challenging times and I wanted to share the magic of yoga with others, and so I did my Yoga Teacher training. The more I was working with clients in therapy or coaching, the more I felt the body had to be involved with any change or transformation work. I found people often knew themselves pretty well, but were disconnected from their body. I never intended to teach yoga classes, just to integrate yoga into my existing therapy sessions, but it seems the Universe had other plans for me and yoga classes kept landing in my lap!
I’m passionate about working with women to connect to their truth, find their feminine power through yoga and energy work. I'm passionate about building communities and being part of a tribe of like minded people. My work now is to bring all of this together, to share through retreats, workshops, courses, classes and one to one sessions.
I love yoga, the sunshine, being outside, turquoise, learning new things, chocolate, the ocean, travel, flip flops, orange, sunsets and sunrises, Bali, my son, laughter, joy, colourful clothes, connection...
Come and join me on the journey - deep spiritual energy work mixed with light-heartedness, deep joy and inspiration.
Goddesses, I invite you to join me for this special weekend as I share all that I am passionate about with 4 aspects of Shakti; Durga, Saraswati, Kali and Lakshmi.
It is fascinating to to learn about the different aspects of Shakti, via the Goddesses, but it is only when we Awaken, Invoke and Embody them that we are aware of the inner resources we have and how they can be used practically in our every day life - whether that is in our intimate relationships, our business, career, family life, health, spirituality and deeper purpose in life.
Through the weekend we will go on a journey to meet each Goddess (and via the 4 elements of earth, water, fire and air. Expect dynamic flows and restorative yoga, yoga nidra, pranayama, ritual, journeying and journalling.
We will practise our yoga in the wonderful yurt, working in a circle....which is the natural way for women to gather and share. Tilton offers beautiful, boutique twin rooms, the most amazing, nourishing and warming food and a truly, special nurturing atmosphere.
As well as yoga in the yurt, there is a cosy library we can use for evening chats, and the most stunning grounds for walks in nature and a sauna. Our food is eaten in the beautiful, homely kitchen where we will enjoy 3 delicious meals per day.
4pm - Arrival
5.00pm - Opening ceremony and practise dedicated to Durga
7.30pm - Supper
9pm - Yoga nidra.
8am - Meditation / walking meditation
9am - Breakfast
11am - Practise dedicated to Saraswati
1.30pm - Lunch
Afternoon free time
5pm - Practise dedicated to Kali
7.30pm - Supper
** hopefully a fire ceremony in the evening.
7.30/8am - Meditation / Pranayama
9am - Breakfast
10.30am - Practise dedicated to Lakshmi
12.30pm - Free time.
1.30pm - Lunch
2.30pm - Closing ceremony
Places are limited and all rooms will be on a twin share basis. (There are 2 rooms that can be used as triple share if you are 3 friends who wish to share a room).
The Early Bird price for this special weekend is £395.
The Early Bird expires on 31st Dec 2018.
From 1st Jan - the Full Booking price will be £450 per person.
If you would like to reserve your place a non refundable deposit of £100 is required.
The balance is due no later than 31st May 2019
“I have been to many of Ally’s retreats abroad and her day retreats, the reason I keep coming back is because Ally has such a welcoming and warm nature. She’s a great teacher and I learn a lot from her yoga both physically and emotionally. Yoga makes me feel strong and ready to take on any challenge that comes my way. I also have a giggle in her classes and love the music she plays, she really knows how to make yoga fun!” ~ LORNA, LUTON
"There’s something for everyone at Ally’s classes. You can drop in for an amazing stretch or a life changing experience to something in between. I have laughed until I’ve cried and cried until I’ve laughed again." ~ CAROLYN, ESSEX
"Allison is everything you could ever want in a yoga teacher, she's a real life spiritual gangster. Her classes have something to offer everybody; whether you are looking for a new hobby, a different kind of workout, a deeper meaning to life or some much needed RnR, you can find it all in her studio. Her use of music and aromas create an escape from reality into a world of self discovery and spiritual awakening. Allison's intuition is incredible and she is always in tune with the energy of the class and with each individual. She will make you laugh, she will push you further than you thought you could go and she will open your eyes to another world. Yoga is such an important part of my life now and it has helped me get through some challenging times. No matter how I feel or what is going on in my life, I know that when I am in the yoga studio I am in a safe place full of love and compassion. ~ LUCY
"I love how Allison tailors the lesson to the classes needs so if we are tired then she'd change her plans to nourish us or if we are ready for a challenge, she has plenty of ideas where you end up upside down or stretched in places where you didn't think it was possible. Allison is warm, loving and fun." ~ B. ESSEX
"Your yoga for me is such a precious time, it centres, balances and reconnects me to my true self - it is an oasis in a busy world. You as a teacher give so much of yourself, you provide a safe, protected, caring and mindful space in which to share your knowledge, to nurture your students. You are a very special person, warm and supportive, innovative and professional. I love your classes because of you!" ~ T. ESSEX
"Every yoga class is a truly wonderful experience. The classes are diverse, challenging and fun with a lovely relaxation to finish. The studio is intimate and calming with fairy lights and great music. Allison is an amazing teacher and makes every class a real pleasure as well as a workout. Great for mind and body!" ~ LOUISE F