Toasting marshmallows on the bonfire and sharing our dreams and fears.  Candy floss skies filled with pinks and swirly blues with only the sound of the birds to sing us to sleep.  Afternoons laughing on the boating lake, bikini clad girl gang.  Yoga in the morning and evening.  Creative workshops that brought us together.  A yoga retreat that was so much more than a yoga retreat.  Welcome to the White Light Yoga TRIBE.  Welcome to creative magic!

It has been a dream of mine to facilitate my own yoga retreats all around the world.  I have been teaching on retreats for three years now, from India to Ibiza and have gained so much experience as well as beautiful memories.

Over the last 3 years I have been offered work on a lot of retreats, A LOT, but, I always felt there was something more that I could bring to the retreat world that I didn’t feel was there.  And that is why White Light Yoga Retreats was born.  I started the business in August 2016 knowing I could offer yoga retreats that were so much more than your average.

My intention for White Light Yoga Retreats is to facilitate a healing space for people to connect with themselves and the natural world.  Through unique workshops we want to prioritise creativity and play and through the grounding yoga practices heal and liberate.

It is really important for me to plant the initial seed of the retreat and work from the ground up.  From the first vision all the way to the details of organising, the yoga, the team, the venue, the theme, the wholeheartedness of the retreat, it has to come from an idea planted by me, and it is the most incredible thing to see it all come to life.

  My retreats have felt so much more intimate than any other I have experienced even though I sometimes have 20 yogis with me.  I think that starts from the fact that from the very first email it is me you are speaking to, right through to the very emotional hug goodbye.  My yogis in Norfolk were totally blown away that I knew every single one of their full names, and yes there was 20 of them!

I want people to experience joy again, and sometimes when we are so stuck in our heads with work and worry it can be really hard.  I hand pick a very special team of healers to come on my retreats with me to offer their expertise and healing.  Through the yoga, the workshops, the massages, the great outdoors, open hearts and good listening, nourishing food, lots of laughter and openness, I believe that White Light Yoga Retreats do just that.  We give you the tools and space to connect back to you and that creative soul and playful quality we all have within us again!  And my god it feels so good!

Join me at a White Light Yoga retreat soon!

Love you,

Steffy x

For my regular weekly schedule in London – click on the “classes” tab.

26th March – Urban day retreat, London

6th – 10th April – Norfolk retreat – SOLD OUT

13th April – Flow in the dark with The Wellscene London – SOLD OUT

21st May – Secret Sunday – Planet Organic Wandsworth

10-16th June – Ibiza retreat – SOLD OUT

26th – 31st July – Obonjan Festival Croatia

19th August – Soul Circus Festival London

3rd September – The Fluid Flow workshop @ INDABA London – book via them

26th September – 1st October – Portugal retreat

10-20th October – Bali and Gili Islands retreat

MORE DATES COMING SOON!

 

 

 

 

Well, I think it is true what they say, turning 30 really is a milestone not to be afraid of.  In fact, I think it could be the best year yet.

Last weekend I celebrated my 30th Birthday with my boyfriend who so sweetly surprised me with a weekend trip to Iceland.  I had no idea where I was going until I arrived at the airport and was given a gift, a book wrapped up in the map of the world.  With great excitement I ripped the paper apart to find Lonely planet’s guide to ICELAND, screaming and jumping up and down, it was the best surprise ever, Iceland has been top of my list for so long!

My boyfriend had arranged for us to hike a glazier and go on a waterfall tour on my birthday which landed on the Saturday.  We aren’t usually the type of holiday makers to ever enjoy tours or organised trips but with only 3 days in Iceland and so much to see, this was a must do and we absolutely LOVED it!!!!  We went with Extreme Iceland on this tour. We were picked up in a mini bus at 9am to start our 2 hour journey to our first waterfall destination.  In winter, the sun rises at 10.30am so on our way to the waterfalls we stopped off at an incredible viewing point to watch the sun come up, greeting me into my 30th year, it was AMAZING and so, so special. We then hopped back in the bus and carried on to our first stop.  Our tour guide was really informative yet fun, we learnt a lot and really got a feel for the country.

 

Sunrise on the way to Seljalandsfoss waterfall 

Hiking the glazier at Solheimajokull 

The day was so long but oh so worth it.  After exploring three waterfalls and hiking across a breathtaking glazier, we finished off with a beer (a very expensive beer) on a black sand beach watching the sunset.  After that, the others on our tour left to go on a northern lights tour, but seeing as it was my bday, we just wanted to go out for dinner and drinks and hopefully see the lights the next night.  So we started the 2 and a half hour trip back to Reykjavik where we were staying.  On the way back, about 9pm, our driver started ponting out the window, we were in the middle of the dark on a quiet road, and he was like northern lights northern lights!!!!  I screamed!!!!  Peering out window with my nose squashed up to the glass like a child.  He stopped at the side of the road and we got up to watch the most amazing green stripe fill the sky!  I definitely had a tear in my eye and felt so lucky to see one of the world’s most mystical magical shows on my birthday.  We didn’t need to do a tour, we just needed some darkness to see the lights 🙂  Check out the aurora website for forecasts, we knew we were in for a good chance over the weekend and even saw another little glimmer of green the following night too.

Sunset at the black beach

For dinner we headed back into Reykjavik and went to a restaurant called Snaps which was recommended to us by a local and we loved it.  It was super cool vibes, great 60s music and quite a soho house feel to the bar area.  Food was great and the cocktails even better, horrendously expensive but welcome to Iceland, it makes London feel cheap!  After dinner we headed to a great bar called Kaffibarrin which I would definitely recommend and then danced the night away in Prikid, a hip hop lovers dream. Well it was my 30th after all, I had to show the kids how to party.

We spent most of Sunday nursing a hangover and gently exploring the capital Reykjavik.  It is brilliant for coffee stops and indulgent treats so we did just that. Again and again and again.  Luckily the perfect hangover hang was just around the corner, we booked into the very famous Blue Lagoon for an evening of deep healing 😉 and relaxation.  Hire a car so you can get out of the city without paying a fortune on expensive taxis.

 

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon truly is the disney world of geothermal bathing but honestly, you cannot miss it.  Yes there are lots of tourists, like us, and yes it is really overpriced.  But, it was so amazing and just what we needed.  We paid over £100 for us both to get in, what that included was an algae face mask which we very proudly wore whilst having our swim, a drink of our choice, so we drank beer with our face masks on and a bath robe.  We aren’t sure how much we would recommend paying for the bath robe as ours were stolen, who can blame them, it was -5 degrees, we were left to scamper out of the 40 degree water into freezing temperatures wearing nothing more than our undies.  Blue lagoon was magic, go there and don’t get your hair wet, it will ruin it for months to come.

Fontana

On our last day, we explored the golden circle.  The golden circle is a route combining some of Iceland’s most breathtaking sights.  We loved having our own car so we could make up our own little tours and adventures.  Gullfoss waterfalls, Geysir and lots of other famous sights were on the list and we were not disappointed.  Those two were definitely my favourite and I would make sure you visit them!  Gullfoss blew my mind, especially in winter, it looked like nothing I have ever seen before.  The pure power and beauty of the falls were incredible.

Gullfoss waterfalls 

And finally, before heading back to the airport, we couldn’t resist taking one more dip into Iceland’s amazing hot springs.  Just off the golden circle is Fontana spa, and at £10 each for entry it was CHEAP as chips in comparison to Blue lagoon and had incredible scenery.  It isn’t as vast or dramatic as Blue lagoon but it felt much more authentic, like a locals place.  Hanging out in the hot springs is like hanging out at the local pub for us, it is very much a big part of Icelandic culture and after a long day out in the cold it really is the biggest treat.  Iceland we love you and we can’t wait to come back and visit for longer next time, there is so much more to see but this was a really good start!

I am super excited to be back and bringing you the first Secret Sunday of the year!  This is going to be so special.  Join me for a beautiful 2 hours, starting with 90 minutes of playful vinyasa to get us warm and sweaty, followed by 30 minutes of deeply relaxing yin yoga with a very special guest.

When: 26th of Feb 2017, 10am-12pm

Where: The platform at Habitat on the Kings Road, Fulham

£20 per person

 

 

Do you want to join a White Light Yoga Retreat but not sure what to expect?  Here are some beautiful comments written by beautiful souls who joined me on my WLY retreat just last weekend.  Reading these I am literally beaming from ear to ear. I put my heart and soul into my retreats and sprinkle magic from start to finish. It is my vision, and so much love has been weaved into every moment to really give you guys an experience of a lifetime. I really hope you take the leap and join me on a White Light Yoga retreat soon!

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“Morning Steffy !!! 

Just wanted to send you the biggest hugs and the biggest thanks for an absolutely magic weekend ❤

Wow!!! It really was simply amazing!!!! …and can’t even put it into words really!!! I haven’t stopped smiling from ear to ear or talking about it since we left on Sunday.

I learned so much and knew in the first hour when you played Devi Prayer I was going to be in for a very beautiful Journey! God I’m getting choked up now thinking back to it all – It was just magic”

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I had been looking forward to the weekend for so long and despite being CONVINCED it was exactly what I needed, I never ever would have expected it to have quite the impact it did, and I can’t thank you enough as YOU are the reason it was so special. Your yoga makes my week every week and has taught me so much, strengthened my mind and body, and (steadily) helped me believe in and accept the real me, something I’m really working on now! However for a retreat to really work, it takes a special something to bring a group of strangers together and bring them to embrace their collective vulnerabilities and open their minds and hearts to both themselves and the others around them. I can’t believe how in such a short space of time that really really happened and it was because of you! You get the perfect balance between being the ‘teacher’ and ‘organiser’ running the show, whilst also making it feel like you’re a friend. You are such an inspiration to so many of us!”

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Hope you’re basking in the glow of the light you gifted to us this weekend darling.

Thank you so much … wonderful you and your hand-picked team facilitated much magic, laughter and upshifting.

You supported me so kindly, so deeply authentically from your heart. Thank you. Many aha moments and that delicious melting into trust of you holding the space for me, which I find challenging to do!

You are amazing. My heart and mind happier and freeer.

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Thanks for a really lovely weekend. The people, location, vibe …. delicious food and truly beautiful yoga was just fab ( I would say absolutely fabulous …. but does that make me even more patsy like 😉😊).

Loved it loved it loved it.

Go for it Steph – you were FAB – the sky’s the limit !

 


I’m sitting on the train back to London and starting to digest the wonderful weekend you organised in Oxfordshire. Despite never having met you previously your warm spirit and vibrant personality came through online and on social media and I’m so glad I went with my heart and booked this retreat.

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