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Join Nadia Raafat at Yavington Studio in Hampshire

A One Day Retreat and Yoga Immersion this September 2020.


  • A chance to withdraw from the urban intensity of London living…
  • To immerse yourself in beautiful nature less than 90 minutes from London…
  • To dedicate eight uninterrupted hours to deepen your yoga and meditation practice…
  • To discover Heart Yoga and learn how to turn your practice into a prayer.
  • To experience deep connection with yourself, with others and with the great harmonious whole.


This September, Nadia is returning to the beautiful Yavington Studio deep in the Hampshire Countryside for a one-day Autumn retreat and an opportunity to gather together again for practice and connection after the lock -down of this spring/summer period..

There will be two three hour sessions. The morning session will begin with an extended asana, mudra and pranayama practice during which time we will explore the inner life of the body; the architecture of asana and the importance of physical self-inquiry during practice.

As part of the architecture of asana element, we will focus on preparing the body for heart yoga with a series of practices and sequences devoted to raising the energy levels, activating the heart centre, mobilising the shoulders and spine and supporting the back body.  We will explore a number of backbends during this practice and back-bending pathways for every level of experience and every type of body.  The morning will finish with a 20 minute Entering the Heart meditation followed by a closing circle and sharing of experience.

This is followed by a silent walk through the stunning countryside and along the river Itchen to a lovely country pub for lunch. You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch and rest in the gardens around the studio.

The afternoon will be divided into two parts; A philosophical Introduction to Heart Yoga – how it represents the evolution of your Yoga practice and explore the teachings of Tantra on the lotus of the heart and learning to live with more joy, stability and clarity.  This will be followed by a 60 minute Yin Yoga and Yoga nidra practice followed by a second 20 minute Heart awareness meditation.

The day will conclude with a healing gong and sound bath facilitated by Candice Joyce of Sound Quest. A gong bath or sound bath  is a form of sound healing meditation using a variety of instruments including the incredible gong. It is the most bewitching experience for the body and mind, profoundly harmonising, energetically cleansing and can have transformative effects. A beautiful end to a heart-opening day.


The cost for the full day is £95 – this will exclude lunch.  You are invited to bring a packed lunch or buy lunch at the local pub where we will have tables reserved.  Tea and biscuits will be available throughout the day.

Due to this retreat already being a deferrment of an earlier retreat in April, in the event of further restrictions a virtual retreat experience will be offered instead.  After 14 days from the event no refunds can be offered.

Yavington Studio is near Alresford, 15 minutes from the centre of Winchester and an hour and a half from London Waterloo.

Venue: Yavington Farm, Lovington Lane, Avington, Winchester SO21 1DA

Bring: a yoga mat and a blanket. 

Blocks, belts and blankets will also be supplied.

Any questions, please email nadia@nadiaraafat.com or call: 07771687128.

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