Christmas Day Yoga
We offer Christmas breaks, for those who wish to get away this Christmas an celebrate in style in a beautiful area of the uk. Choose from our comfortable self catering apartments, close to Three Cliffs bay in the heart of the Gower Peninsula.
Planning your Christmas Break –
Planning a Christmas Break is reasonably easy especially when there is easy access by road and no flights to catch! Take a look at what’s on over Christmas and new year in Swansea and the Gower.
How about planning a Christmas day excursion – it can be a beautiful time of year to go walking on the beach or visit Cefn Bryn and King Arthurs’ stones!
Christmas Day – Places to eat:
Mamma Mia is an Italian restaurant in Swansea that uses only the freshest ingredients to create their delicious dishes. With a Christmas lunch and dinner menu available offering both traditional Christmas meals as well as delicious pizzas
Cosy Christmas festivities
Pre – Christmas events:
Winter Wonderland on the waterfront:
This ice rink is an award winning attraction offered in the run-up to Christmas, offered both children and adults in Swansea, close to the marina..
Christmas Parade 2015
Santa will visit on Sunday 15 November from 5.00pm to switch on the Christmas Lights.It starts near the Dylan Thomas Centre, before continuing through the town and ending at the Guildhall.
Gower Heritage Centre Christmas Craft Fayre with Artisans selling their waits in a festive atmosphere. Enjoy freshly baked cakes and hot mulled wine and cider. The perfect place to buy handmade gifts for Christmas! Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November 10.00am – 5.00pm
A concert to get you in the Christmas spirit. Taking you on a journey through winter wonderland you are sure to recognize some of your favourite Christmas pieces. Packed full of festive treats, enjoy highlights including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, music from the frost tale of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tickets: £10-16 Grand Theatre Box Office: 01792 475715
To create the conditions for a peaceful retreat we need ensure that the conditions are right externally as well as internally. It actually requires a change of pace. Going to a calm quiet location is great, however we need to really allow ourselves to adapt our pace to suit the environment. This could involve something a simple as slowing down the pace of our walk, say on a beautiful beach. Perhaps walking barefoot in the sand or water – salt water will in itself have therapeutic properties, as well as giving our body the message that we are in a different environment – encourage relaxation and perhaps even conjure childhood memories.
In addition to this, we can also encourage deeper stillness – when was the last time you let yourself just sit and watch the sea? Or the passing seagulls? Being in nature is the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern living, so make the most of it. Its surprising how many people go out for a lovely walk and take their phones with them, spending large portions of time in conversation rather than taking in the surroundings around them. There are many triggers to keep our minds busy – and mobile phones are definitely one of them…
If its your intention to de-stress, and find more inner calm, try to stick to this goal, by setting up your day accordingly. Its so easy to re-create a busy schedule for ourselves when on holiday just like our busy home life. To set up a retreat you need a different intention. The word ‘retreat’ can mean to ‘withdraw’ – in other words to step back from business and familiar routine. It is about finding stillness – and experiences that are less to do with what we are doing and more to do with what we are not doing. This is so deeply needed, and yet to those who need it the most, who are accustomed to being entrenched in a busy workload it can be a surprisingly difficult feat to achieve. Mental chatter, habits of being always busy, addictions, poor diet, difficulty sleeping and other obstacles can get in the way of our genuine desire to give ourselves a break.
This is where practices such as mindfulness, yoga, tai chi and meditation come in as even more essential in showing us the way to find restore calm and balance amidst what is often an unsustainable and unhealthy routine of fast lane living, with increasing pressures and stress levels.
Alexander Technique for Health and Back Care
DATES COMING SOON!
A practical introduction, focusing on how to care for your back in rest and movement, ease discomforts such as stiff neck/shoulders, with gentle movement to encourage mobility. With qualified Instructors, Bel Spencer and Robert Ripley.
If you’re interested in learning ways to look after your self effectively with tips for caring for your spine, relieving stress and preventing strain, misuse and excess tension this course is a good introduction
The Technique can enable you to increase awareness in movement, and may help with the relief and prevention of excess tension and aches and pains. The benefits can be long lasting and have been tested via NHS studies to be effective for back pain sufferers.
Time: For more details call Bel on 07942 816 502
Balanced resting position
Past Courses and Retreats:
A retreat can be something quite personal to you, it can be a way to reconnect with yourself and the things that matter to you. Generally a retreat is thought of as a quiet, contemplative experience, enabling a sense of peaceful connection. It might involve spending time in nature, possibly in meditation or quiet contemplation and this could be done either alone or in a group. In literal terms, the word ‘retreat’ can mean ‘To move backward or away; withdraw or retire’. The opportunity to get perspective on things can really involve just this: stepping away or going on a journey that takes you out of your everyday environment and routine. This way, there are none of the usual stimuli that we might be habitually familiar with. You could say, then, that it is a break from habit and routine. It could possibly involve the forming of a new routine, or the breaking of an old pattern.
Relaxing Retreat on the Gower Peninsula
Many people when they go on retreat like to limit the use of their mobile phones. Our link to our everyday world can be very much perpetuated by a phone, and many people feel that they cannot truly experience the full benefits of a retreat if they cannot disconnect or at least limit their use of such technology, at least for a significant portion of this retreat. This is sometimes easier said than done, however, with appropriate planning and communication to others that we are unavailable, this can be possible and provide the necessary breathing space to accomplish the true aims of our retreat.
So what are the benefits? How soon can we expect changes? Can the benefits be lasting? Well, this will depend on the individual and their individual aims, what help they receive, and so on. Many people find that it takes several days at least to really ‘switch off’ and get into a different ‘zone’. The noticeable results of this could include feeling visibly more relaxed, more ‘in the moment’ and, ultimately, more peaceful. Some will feel the need for some spiritual enquiry, while for others it may be more simple – getting plenty of fresh air, relaxation and or exercise to help bring a general sense of well-being.
These results are not necessarily achieved straight away. Sometimes it takes some work, we will need to alter aspects of our habitual routine – such as going to bed a little earlier and changing some of our dietary habits – even if only temporarily – so that we give our bodies a break from caffeine and other stimulants and enable some internal cleansing from toxins.