Yoga in the Woods - A Yoga Retreat with Janet Richards and Sonja Appel

Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2019 (inclusive)

Do you fancy spending a weekend getting away from it all, taking time out to practice yoga and recharge your batteries?  Then this weekend retreat could be just what you are looking for.

Our founding teacher Janet Richards is off to The Haybergill Centre, which is a private hidden Scandinavian style centre situated in woodland near Appleby in Cumbria and she is inviting you along to share a weekend of yoga, relaxation and peace in the Cumbrian countryside. She can guarantee you a wonderful experience in a superb location, however the weather is beyond her control!

We have exclusive use of the Scandinavian lodge and all bedrooms are twin (shared) and have their own bathroom..

Janet is accompanied by her teacher Sonja Appel and the weekend promises to be a fabulous experience.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday 19th July
6.00 pmArrival and Dinner
9.00 pmYoga Nidra with Sonja

Saturday 20th July
7.30 am to 9.00 amVinyasa Flow for all levels with Sonja
10.00 amBreakfast
11.00 am to 1.00 pmYoga for Stress Relief with Janet
1.00 pmLunch
3.00 pm to 5.00 pmYin Yoga with Janet
7.00 pmDinner
9.00 pmYoga Nidra with Sonja

Sunday 21st July
7.30 am to 9.00 amHath Yoga with Sonja
10.00 amBreakfast
11.00 am to 1.00 pmFinding the Sage and Goddess Within with Sonja
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pm to 4.00 pmYin Yoga with Janet
4.00 pmClosure

Book Your Place

Our Yoga in the Woods Retreat runs from Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2019 (inclusive) and costs £390 all inclusive.

Deposit on Booking: £100 (non-refundable)

Cancellation Policy:

Deposits: All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Full Payments: For places paid in full and then cancelled the following applies:

More than 12 weeks before the start of the retreat: 100% refund less the deposit.
8 weeks before the start of the retreat: 50% refund less the deposit.
Up to 8 weeks before the start of the retreat: No refund will be given.

If you are interested in finding out more, then please get in touch with us by either phoning Janet on or dropping her an e-mail at

If you want to book your place, then you can do so online by clicking on the following link – Book Your Place.

If you want to pay your deposit of £100, then you can do so on line by clicking on this link.

If you want to pay the remaining balance of £290, then you can do so on line by clicking in on this link

Course Teachers

Sonja Appel

Meet Sonja Appel

“I believe in an holistic approach to the study of yoga, giving people a well-rounded yoga education. I combine alignment techniques of the body, with breath techniques for calming and balancing the mind. I also use focus and visualisation to balance the body and brain. And without chanting or music there is no inspiration and concentration. These techniques are consistently employed to enhance Meditation (the ultimate reason for the practice of asana). “

“The philosophy behind the practice of postures has to relate to a wider focus on all the 8 limbs of a proper yoga practice”.

Sonja keeps up with a daily Mysore self-practice as taught to her by her late Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore and her own practice of Vinyasa Flow. Sonja’s Teachers are from all over the world and have greatly helped and influenced her, they are: Shri Pattabhi Jois, Sharat Rangaswamy, Saraswati Rangaswamy, Shri Sheshadri, Cathy Louise Broda, Leela Miller, John Scott, Edward Clarke, David Swenson, Claire Best, Anna Ashby, Daniel Aaron, Simon Borg Olivier, Rolf & Marci Naujokat, Emil Wendel (yoga philosophy), Yat Malmgren (movement psychology), Mercia Hetherington (Ballet) and Imogen Claire (Ballet). She has a B.A. in Classical Theatre and Acting and an M.A. in Contemporary Dance. She comes from a professional performing arts background and has found yoga disciplines to be invaluable in balancing and maintaining calmness in her life. Sonja is a writer and has a certificate of Yoga Philosophy from Oxford University. She also conducts workshops in Ashtanga, Sushumna Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Mysore self-practice & Sushumna Yoga Pranayama & Meditation.

Sonja does not believe in organised religion or the dogma that goes with this. Her living Guru now is Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Meet Janet Richards

Janet didn’t discover yoga until she was 46 years of age. She was suffering from stress and poor health and turned to yoga as an act of desperation. Slowly she regained her health and control of her life with the help of a regular yoga practice and in 2013 went to India to study with Sonja Appel at Sushumna Yoga. She found this a profound and life changing experience. She has continued her yoga journey training with Bernie Clark, Lucy Crawford Scott, Karen Kirkness Breneman and Josh Summers.

She is the owner of the successful The Yoga Studio, a small boutique yoga studio and she is delighted to be hosting this event in the historic City of Carlisle in Cumbria.

Find Out More

If you have any questions about this retreat, please do get in touch.

You can fill out the form below, give us a ring on 07850 668402 and speak to Janet direct, or e-mail Janet on