The Winter Detox Retreat: Yoga, Meditation & Ayurveda to Nourish the Soul

Carthew Farm, St Issey, Wadebridge PL27 7RQ | Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th January 2019

Bring in the New Year in the best way possible, surrounded by the wild beauty of the North Cornwall coast for five healing days of Yoga, meditation, walks and delicious food to warm the heart & nourish the soul. 



YOGA: Two yoga classes will be taught each day by Ruby Reed and Christabel Reed (founders of Advaya Initiative). We will take a deep dive into the practice while building strength and flexibility. We will prioritise breath development and incorporate elements of movement, chanting, pranayama and meditation.

HEALING FOOD: Delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunch & dinners will be cooked and prepared by our healing chefs Atty and Bea. Atty & Bea have cooked on many of our retreats in the past and never fail to create incredible meals that warm the heart. Recipes will be inspired by balancing Ayurvedic traditions using locally sources and organic ingredients wherever possible.  

SUSTAINABILITY & ORGANIC LIVING: This retreat will be healthy and nourishing in every way - for both people and planet. We will be sourcing food which is organic, local and plastic free!

CRAFT, WALKS & WORKSHOPS: We will lead wild walks in the magical surroundings each day, and host optional nature workshops, from sit-spots to deep awareness practices that connect us with the natural world. Some of the very brave might have a cold swim, while the rest of us will get cosy in warm baths. We will host a workshop in Ayurveda and explore the constitutions and doshas in detail. We will take this further by applying the principles to the food we eat and consider new step. Ruby and Christabel will also host an afternoon workshop on ‘Practicing For Peace Within & Without’, through which we will look at two ancient Yoga texts and see how we may practically apply this wisdom in our daily lives. We will set up an art station, and throughout the weekend we invite you to paint, draw and read, engaging with your natural creativity whenever you can. There will of course be plenty of opportunity to relax in our beautiful home and it's gardens and take all the time you need to rest for the most important thing of all, your self-care.

WHAT NEXT? All inclusive prices from £250 to £650 . To reserve a place and choose your room please contact us. We will then ask you to pay a 50% deposit before paying the full 7 days before the retreat starts.

For more information about the type of yoga you will practice please see Ruby and Christabel's websites: //


Ruby Reed - Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation

Ruby is an activist and yoga teacher interested in embodiment, breathwork and nature connection as sources of healing and empowerment. She has been practicing Yoga for the last 10 years, which has been a transformative process in widening her levels of awareness. She began her practice within the Ashtanga tradition, studying with Ursula Scott in London and at KPJAYI in Mysore, but has been increasingly drawn to a therapeutic application of the practice to balance and harmonise the body and mind along the principles of Ayurveda, in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and his son Desikachar under the guidance of Colin Dunsmuir and Miranda Taylor. 

Her passion for the oceans and connection to the natural world inspired her to co-create Advaya Initiative towards the end of 2015, an environmental and holistic wellbeing platform sharing a story that empowers young people to take action for healthier, more environmentally aware and globally considerate lives. Ruby has travelled extensively around the world living with diverse communities and coming to understand different ways of perceiving who we are and the Earth we are part of.

She has an MA in Countercultural Art in Latin America and the Eastern bloc from the death of Stalin in 1956 to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and an MA from Edinburgh University in Spanish and Art History with a focus on ideal beauty and the body in the early Renaissance.

Christabel Reed - Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation

Christabel is a yoga teacher, activist and the co-founder of the environmental and holistic wellbeing platform Advaya Initiative. Currently completing a 4 year advanced teacher training with Colin Dunsmuir in the tradition of Professor T. Krishnamacharya & T. K. V. Desikachar, Christabel is working towards becoming a Yoga Therapist and is deepening her knowledge of how the many tools of yoga may be applied to all kinds of individuals, meeting them where they are at and developing individual practices so they may evolve as efficiently as possible and overcome whatever they feel afflicted by.

Teaching many weekly 1-2-1s as well as group classes in West London, Christabel is fascinated by the concept of peeling back the conditioned layers that prevent individuals acting from their inherent peace and power and thriving as they naturally should. Uniting breath with movement whilst honing their awareness, students are encouraged to develop compassion for themselves alongside acknowledging their power to act, replacing limiting or unhealthy patterns of action, thought and attitude with positive ones that nourish their relationship with themselves and the world around them. Christabel teaches that yoga is fundamentally a tool for freedom.

Practicing yoga as a teenager helped liberate Christabel from years of chronic anxiety and the constructed narratives that limited her ability to fulfil her potential and really enjoy life. This transformation led her make the resolution to learn how she could apply these tools to others. During Christabel’s History BA at Manchester she went back to India to do her first teacher training in Hatha Yoga. After graduating Christabel went on to do a second training in Viniyoga and Vinyasa Krama before beginning her Masters at SOAS, University of London, in The Traditions Of Yoga & Meditation.


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3.00pm - Arrive
6.00-7.30pm - Yoga
8.00pm - Dinner


7.00-8.30am - Yoga
8.30-9.30am - Breakfast
9.30am-12.30pm - Cliff walk
1.00-2.00pm - Lunch
2.00-600pm - Relaxation, Workshops & Creative Down Time
6.00-7.30pm - Yoga
8.00pm - Dinner


7.00-8.30am - Yoga
8.30-9.30 - Breakfast
10.00am-2.00pm - Cliff Walk to Fairy Glen
2.00-3.00pm - Lunch
3.00-6.00pm - Witch Museum Trip or Creative Down Time
6.00-7.30pm - Yoga
8.00pm - Dinner
9.00pm - Moonlight walk


7.00-8.30am - Yoga
8.30-9.30 - Breakfast
10.00am-1.00pm - Cliff walk or Art workshop
1.00-2.00pm - Lunch
4.00pm-5.00pm - Ayurvedic workshop
6.30-7.30pm - Yoga
8.00pm - Dinner
9.00pm - Last night dinner, celebration & reflection


6.30-7.30 - Silent walking meditation as a group
7.30-9.30 - Yoga
10.00-11.00am - Brunch/breakfast


Our Home for the Week

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Carthew Farm is a beautiful family home set in one of the most picturesque areas of North Cornwall overlooking the Camel Estuary. With woodlands for walking and seas for swimming this is a very special retreat space.

Affordable options available - please get in touch for details.