Chaplaincy

Yoga and Mindfulness Retreats 2019/20

A weekend of yoga, mindfulness & outdoor activities at Firbush, on the banks of Loch Tay.

Our yoga & mindfulness retreat weekends will be returning to Firbush Outdoor Centre in October 2019 and March 2020.  The retreats are a collaboration between Sport & Exercise and Chaplaincy, which will be led by our Senior Instructor June Adamson and Associate Chaplin Ali Newell.

 

Dates:

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 October 2019

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 March 2020

 

Price: 

University of Edinburgh Students - £142

Non-students (staff and the general public) - £172

(The price includes; full board accommodation; evening meal, bed & breakfast, packed lunch as well as the yoga & mindfulness sessions and full use of the facilities & equipment).

Transport to and from Firbush - £20pp (round trip)

 

What to expect:

  • Guests are invited to arrive between 6.45 pm and 7.30 pm on Friday evening in time for supper at 8 pm.
  • Accommodation is basic bunk rooms (sleeping a max of 4 people) with shared bathroom facilities. Bed linen is provided but you are required to bring your own towel.
  • Guests are asked to make up their beds and clear their tables at meals.
  • There is no onsite shop and the nearest shops are located 3 miles away in the village of Killin.
  • All catered food on the retreat will be vegetarian, but please inform June if you have any special dietary requirements.
  • Free tea and coffee will be available throughout your stay.
  • Firbush has its own bar which sells reasonably priced alcohol including bottled beer, lager, cider, spirits, soft drinks and a range of wines.  A volunteer is needed to run the bar each evening.
Friday    

20.00

 

Light supper - soup and a roll

21.00 - 22.00

 

Introductory session

Saturday 

 

 

07.30 - 08.25

 

Early Yoga

08.30

 

Breakfast (choice of cereals, toast, cooked breakfast with tea & coffee). Prepare packed lunch after breakfast

09.45 - 12.30

 

Yoga & mindfulness

12.30

 

Packed lunch

13.30-16.30

 

Outdoor activities

17.00

 

Cake & tea

17.45 - 18.15   Optional yoga stretch
18.15 - 18.45   Optional advanced yoga session

19.00

 

Dinner (3-course meal)

20.30 - 21.30

 

Evening session

Sunday

 

 

07.30 - 08.25

 

Early yoga

08.30

 

Breakfast (choice of cereals, toast, cooked breakfast with tea & coffee). Prepare packed lunch after breakfast

10.00 - 12.30

 

Outdoor activities

12.30

 

Lunch

13.30 - 16.00

 

Yoga & Mindfulness

16.30

 

Afternoon tea (soup & scones)

 

Outdoor activities: 

There’s always a choice of instructor-led activities where you will be guided and supervised. For sailing and paddle sports full safety cover is provided. Firbush is also located on bike route 7, and there are plenty of opportunities nearby for cycling on local trails. Residents can dip in and out of activities as they wish and Firbush staff can advise on local sightseeing opportunities.  Activities will depend on season, weather and staff availability.  If you have a particular interest, please check beforehand if it will be possible.

 

What to bring:

You do not need to bring any specific equipment as Firbush will provide everything required for the activities. However, if you have your own equipment you are welcome to bring it along and our instructors will check for suitability on the arrival evening. Additionally, wetsuits and buoyancy aids and will all be provided.

Clothing:

  • Waterproof jacket
  • A few pairs of thick warm/woollen socks
  • Comfortable walking trousers
  • Thermals/base layers (best to pack several layers to regulate to the changeable Scottish weather)
  • Spare clothes
  • Hat
  • 2 Towels

General items:

  • Toiletries (shower gel, toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner etc.)
  • Medications or inhalers
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Thermos flask and water bottle for drinks
  • Plastic box for your sandwiches
  • Snacks or treats for yourself if desired

What’s recommended for water-based activities:

  • Swimsuit/shorts
  • Long-sleeved top (in cold weather we advise 2 layers)
  • A wetsuit (provided by Firbush)
  • Waterproof Jacket (provided by Firbush)
  • Thick socks with old trainers/wetsuit boots

 

General Firbush information:

1. Check-in is available from 5 pm onwards, if you arrive before this time, you may not be able to gain access to the centre. On arrival please report to the Duty Instructor with your completed declaration forms which are essential to conform to licensing, safety and fire regulations.

2. All private vehicles should be left in the upper car park thus ensuring access to the building by emergency vehicles at all times.

3. Residents should read the fire drill instructions which are situated on the back of all cabin doors and beside all fire alarms.

4. For Health and Safety reasons a NO SMOKING POLICY applies throughout the main buildings and basement at Firbush.

5. We have our own bar at Firbush but the Licensing (Scotland) Act (2005) prohibits Firbush from allowing residents to bring in private supplies of alcohol. Drinks at Firbush are reasonably priced. Please co-operate with us by not bringing alcohol to Firbush.

6. The Centre is not resourced to deal with family pets and we expressly request that you do not bring animals to Firbush.

 

Further enquiries:

Contact June by email: June.Adamson@ed.ac.uk or by phone:  0131 650 2376 (Mon-Wed)

 

How to book:

To secure your place on the Firbush Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat, please book at the Pleasance Sports Complex & Gym reception.

 

Location:

Firbush Outdoor Centre, Killin, Perthshire, FK21 8SU