Seeding Deep Change - Yoga, Nature & Behavioural Change Retreat

The Quadrangle, Shoreham Place, Shoreham, TN14 7RX (45 mins from London by train)

5pm on Friday 20th September to 5pm on Sunday 22nd September, 2019

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How can we create Deep Change? How can we empower ourselves and each other for the radical transformations called for in these times? How can we step into our brightest selves and truly awaken within and around us the most beautiful and thriving life possible?

The weekend will consist of two yoga sessions each day taught by Ruby Reed and Christabel Reed, both yoga teachers and yoga therapists according to the principles of Ayurveda. Each session will integrate meditation, breath work, postures and chanting according to the time of day and group. We will be strengthening, deepening and reintegrating our practice for the long haul, having a deep effect on the body, mind and spirit.

Through sessions of discussion and enquiry we will look at some of the deep structural and cultural conditions that drive difficulty and crisis within ourselves, our communities and the world around us. We will consider how we can bring about deep change that is both personal and political, structural and cultural, social and spiritual.

In outdoor sessions we will visit the woodlands and swim in the river; we will explore how we relate to nature, our environments and world around us through embodiment, ritual and ceremony. We will consider how we can empower ourselves by living in alignment with the cycles of nature. We will explore how we can connect and build relationships with the human and more than human realm.

If our culture is suffering a crisis of relationship, how can renewing our sense of interconnectedness support us in a transition to a thriving reality, to a joyful and deeply connected Inter-Being?



Ruby is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist according to the principles of Ayurveda and the practice tradition of Krishnamacharya. Her teaching style engages a subtle and embodied approach that uses the breath to guide a slow, strong and creative practice.  She brings an excellent knowledge of anatomy and physiology to a passion for the authentic teachings of yoga philosophy and Ayurveda, blending these in an informed and full approach to the study of Yoga. 

Ruby first practiced yoga in India in her teens, which begun a passion with a practice which would go on to change her life. Later, she developed a daily practice of Mysore style Ashtanga Vinyasa under the guidance of Brett Porzio and then Ursula Scott, which over 4 years led her from dark early mornings in the Soho shala, to practice with the Jois family at KPJAYI in Mysore. Her formal training began on the rigorous BWY and YA accredited two-year training at Triyoga, London in 2014 with Susannah Hoffman and Jeff Fenix, during which time she had the opportunity to take a deep dive into authentic meditative practices, from pre-classical yoga to the creative exploration of Tantra and beyond, under the guidance of Carlos Pomeda. She has just completed a transformational four-year training in Vinyasa Krama and Ayurveda in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, under the watchful eye of her teachers Colin Dunsmuir and Miranda Taylor.

Ruby remains continually in awe of the powerful practice of yoga to unstick and shift negative patterns, opening the doorway for change. She is also a passionate free-diver and is learning more about this amazing technique and the way it expands our consciousness, mind and body. She is an advocate of an embodied approach to life, where the breath comes first as we cherish and remain present in every moment.

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Employing the practice therapeutically and according to the individuals in front of her, Christabel focuses on breath development and the cultivation of a calmer mind, whist guiding students through dynamic movement. Initially drawn to Yoga through its ability to release her from quite severe anxiety that she had been suffering with for years, Christabel likes to nurture within her students the practice of non-judgemental observation, becoming aware of, and accepting, where we are and how we are. By working at this level we can gradually bring about positive changes to our actions, thoughts and behaviours, as when we are aware of our actions we are no longer prisoners to our habits. Classes generally include asana, pranayama, relaxation, chanting and meditation. Christabel has been teaching for 3 years and is currently finishing off her Masters at SOAS in the Traditions of Yoga & Meditation. Although completing two Teacher Trainings in her early 20s Christabel is now in the second year of her third TTC, taught by Colin Dunsmuir. This deep and progressive four-year course in Ayurveda and the Tradition of Krishnamacharya has already been transformational to both her practice and her teaching and she looks forward to ever-expanding her knowledge.

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Retreat Details:


This immersion will take place from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September 2019. You are welcome to arrive in the afternoon after 5pm. Please make sure you are with us in time for dinner by 7pm. We will finish on Sunday by 4pm.

Each day will include a variety of practices, workshops, discussion and enquiry, both as a group and individually, indoors and outside in nature.

A detailed schedule will be confirmed soon. Please get in touch if you would like to see a draft version in the meantime.


Delicious home cooked vegan/vegetarian meals will be provided (with organic and locally sourced produce wherever possible), as well as snacks, tea and coffee and some wine with dinner. Please be sure to let us know if you have any allergies or special dietary requirements.

The Quadrangle: Venue & Accommodation:

The Quadrangle Trust is a large Victorian model farmstead built in 1870 that is now used as an education, workshops and arts space. It is close to Shoreham, Otford and Sevenoaks train stations in Kent and just 45 minutes from central London. See for travel info.

Accommodation is provided on site, including in a comfortable dormitory, optional outdoor sleeping (weather dependent!), and a few private rooms are available on request. All the rooms can be seen here.


We are asking for a contribution based on individual means for one of the shared sleeping options (in the region of £195-350). There are only 2 private rooms, which are priced differently. The offering covers all the costs of the weekend: food, drink, accommodation, workshop and running costs. We are a not-for-profit enterprise but would like to make this experience accessible to as many people who have a calling to join us. Please offer what you can, and if payment is a barrier to participation don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss.