Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) retreat, Devon, United Kingdom

The Power of Stillness

Samyama and Samadhi in Yoga

7th May - 12th May 2024

Note: This retreat is fully booked. Waiting list only.

This retreat will take place at the Bala Brook Retreat Centre on Dartmoor in Devon, South West England. 

The centre is a beautifully converted old farm house with a large yoga room, dining room and library.

There are 35 acres of gardens and grounds, an orchard, a small wood and a stream. There is wifi in the main house. 

Devon retreat

The Yoga

The focus of the retreat will be on the cultivation of inner silence, peace-fullness, bliss and Self-Realization.  

We will be holding three meditation sessions each day and two asana sessions. In the evenings there will be teachings on the philosophy of yoga. 


During the retreat we will be looking at the practice of samyama and how it relates to the process of spiritual awakening.

We will look at how the practice is described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and how we can work with it in our own yoga practice. 

We will also look at the process of entry into samadhi and at how we can work with samadhi to deepen our practice. 

We will especially look at the last four limbs of yoga:

  • Pratyahara
  • Dharana
  • Dhyana
  • Samadhi

And at how these four can play a part in all of our yoga practice and in our daily life. 


Teachings on the retreat will also include:

  • Deep Meditation – especially looking at the process of brining the mind to stillness and silence and the cultivation of the witness.
  • Spinal Breathing Pranayama – looking at the purification of the subtle nervous system.
  • Samyama – looking at the practices of samyama and cosmic samyama, and at how these relate to transcendence.
  • Asana practice – building a daily posture practice routine. 

Full instructions in practice will be given. The retreat will be led in English and will be suitable for people of all levels of experience. 

All yoga classes and meditation sessions are optional, so you can take the retreat at your own pace.


Tristan Dorling

Tristan Dorling

Tristan began the practice of yoga in 1985 at school when he was 16 years old. At the age of 19 he travelled to the Himalayas to live in a Mahayana Buddhist monastery. This was really his first introduction to the higher teachings and to the spiritual life. He had his first awakening experience a year later after a meditation retreat in a Buddhist cave monastery in Thailand…

Alex Wales

Alex Wales

Alex first came to yoga through meditation, and this practice continues to provide the foundation of his yoga journey and the inspiration for his teaching. He sees the practice of yoga postures as a means to integrate the subtle transformative effects of meditation with the physical body creating space in life for peace, energy and creativity to arise.


Home made Bread
Salad dish

Food will be vegetarian. The food served will support a yoga and meditation practice. We can also cater for vegan diets and gluten free diets, if you let us know in advance.

There will be two meals served each day (brunch and dinner). Fruits and hot drinks will be available all day.

Cost and booking

Per person:

  • One bed in the female dorm (max three people):   £595 per person   (Fully Booked)
  • One bed in the male dorm (max three people):   £595 per person   (Fully Booked)
  • Double room (2 sharing):   £645 per person   (Fully Booked)
  • One bed in a twin shared room (female) £645 per person   (Fully Booked)
  • One bed in a twin shared room (male) £645 per person   (Fully Booked)
  • Single room:   £695   (Fully Booked)
  • Small single attic room: £645 (Fully Booked)

The price includes accommodation for 5-nights, food and all the yoga and meditation sessions. 

A non-refundable deposit of £100 is required to secure a place on the retreat, with the balance paid 2-months before the retreat starts.

Once your place on the retreat has been confirmed, you can make payment by credit/debit card here, or by bank transfer. Booking terms and conditions are on the same page. 

Getting there and away

Bala Brook is near the village of Didworthy which is close to Totnes, Devon. The nearest train station is Totnes and the nearest airport is Exeter. 

Full travel directions can be found here (half-way down the page)

Old bridge on Dartmoor
Stream in woods

Retreat schedule

Tuesday 7th May 2024

16:00-17:00  arrival
17:30-19:00  asana, pranayama, meditation, samyama
19:30 dinner
21:00 evening meeting followed by silent period until 09:30 the following morning.

8th – 11th May 2024

07:00-08:30    asana, pranayama, meditation, samyama
08:40-09:40    pranayama, meditation, samyama
10:00 brunch
11:00 – 16:00   free time/ walking/ personal practice

16:00 – 18:00  asana pranayama, meditation,  samyama
18:00    dinner
19:30    evening talk/ questions and answers followed by silent period until 9:30 the following morning.

Sunday 12th May 2024

07:00-08:30 asana, pranayama, meditation, samyama
09:30 breakfast
10:30-11:30 house clean-up

11:30-12:30 farewells and departure

Tor on Dartmoor