The historical buildings and extensive, beautiful gardens of Commonwork will host our annual summer charity yoga event, the Yoga Garden Party in aid of The Hope Foundation, now in its 5th year.
Following our tradition, the actual Yoga Garden Party is held on the Saturday, this year on 1 August. For the second year running, we have expanded the event into an optional residential Yoga Weekend for Hope from Friday to Sunday, taught by Simon Low and Eija Tervonen.
Proceeds from all the events at the weekend go directly to The Hope Foundation, an Irish- and UK-based charity, of which Simon Low feels fortunate to be a patron.
Here is a short video from last year’s event:
The Hope Foundation has been providing homes, safety and healthcare, clothing,
education and food to the abandoned street and slum children of Kolkata since 1989. As have many others, Simon Low has seen first hand just how desperately the children on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata need our help. At events like these – our fifth Yoga Garden Party and our first Weekend for Hope – we are raising funds for the invaluable work that The Hope Foundation does for so many of the deprived and destitute children of India, the country that has given yoga to the world.
We have a great line-up of yoga teachers for the Yoga Garden Party on Saturday 1 August, including John Scott, Bridget Woods-Kramer, Clive Fogelman, Fiona Agombar, Philip Xerri, Francoise Freedman, Gary Carter, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Simon Low, and many more generous-spirited teachers holding classes on the day. . There will be the usual treats for the mind, body and soul, offered by various wellness therapists, bookable in advance, and, if space allows, on the day also.
Simon is particularly excited to have acclaimed mantra musicians and singer/songwriters Edo and Jo from Australia to offer kirtan and devotional chant circles on both Saturday and Sunday. Simon has experienced the delights of kirtan with Edo and Jo on his travels in Asia in the past couple of years, and Edo has also completed The Yoga Academy’s Yin and Yang Yoga Teacher Training and Study Immersion in Thailand in March this year. Simon can promise you are in for a real treat with Edo and Jo!
Our venue Commonwork is a beautiful old Tudor estate comprising renovated historic barns within a courtyard and the main manor house with Jacobean and Victorian extensions, surrounded by a wonderful lawn and an ancient walled garden with a beautiful lily pond. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the entire estate is now a working organic farm and serves as a residential training and education venue in a variety of fields of education. Along with yoga classes and therapies in the converted Large Barn and studios at the education centre at Commonwork, there will be food and gift stalls selling a wide range of organic, ethical and well-being produce as well as a luxury raffle, music and kirtan within the gorgeous grounds of Bore Place House.
This is most certainly a child-friendly event. In fact, we are also making a huge effort this year to entertain and educate children with yoga classes for kids, crafts, pond dipping and an opportunity for kids to see a day in the life of a child in the care of The Hope Foundation in Kolkata. So please come along en famille... there is lots of space at Bore Place!
Tickets for Saturday’s Yoga Garden Party alone are £25 per person, and children under 16 go free. Each ticket entitles the holder to a 60-minute yoga class of their choice (the teachers teaching are listed on the website), and subsequent classes can be booked on the day. There will be limits on places in our children's yoga classes, so you can book you and your child/children in and both enjoy some yoga independently, but on the same premises. Please click here to book your tickets.
Have a look at the Yoga Garden Party website for the full line-up of teachers on the Saturday, the selection of wellness treatments available and more information about the day.
For more information go to www.charityyogaday.org.uk
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