Wild Swimming, Camping & Yoga

3 Day Retreat

8 – 11 September 2022

Camp Plas, Mid Wales

Camping, yoga & paddleboarding retreat

Serenity of Water – Water Rocks Life

Welcome to a retreat with a difference – taking you back to nature and back to basics. Allow yourself to connect with yourself and nature around you. We welcome you to a self-catering camping retreat during which you’ll be staying in a stunning setting at a greener camping site in Mid Wales, enjoying plenty of yoga and meditation and exploring the wonderful world of wild swimming.

Everything is outdoors; we have a lovely open sided barn to use for our yoga and meditation practice or plenty of open fields and riverbanks if the weather is kind to us. The setting is absolutely beautiful, completely quiet and wonderful in a valley by a river.  All camping pitches are in the meadow by the river (except campervan pitches which are on the next field with stunning views) and as this is a greener camping site, there will only be a few pitches available and oodles of space between pitches. The whole site is booked for the retreat so there will only be people on site who are part of our retreat.

This retreat will be raw and beautiful, filled with making memories, gazing at stars (it is one of the best places for star gazing in the UK!), dancing in the wild flower meadows (if you so choose), feeling the earth beneath your feet and connecting with all elements especially water. Come alone or with friends, this will be time to connect and share, to let go of stress and worries and find a real connection – with yourself, with nature and with other like minded people.

*Please note – This is a self-catering retreat, you need to bring your own tent (unless you are staying in the boatshed or one of the two kitted bell tents) and food, which is reflected in the price. However some basic ingredients and snacks are included throughout the retreat. This retreat is inclusive of all with respect to each other.

About the campsite and its owners

Hidden away in the heart of Wales near lake Vyrnwy, Camp Plas is a haven for animal lovers, walkers and those who simply want to get a little closer to nature. Each pitch is nestled within a beautiful wild flower meadow next to river Vyrnwy (apart from campervan pitches which are on the next field), with its own fire pit area that’s perfect for fireside story-telling and star-gazing. Facilities include wonderful warm rain showers, flushing toilets and a communal kitchen area with gas hob, big fridge, kettle and microwave.

The site is a sheep farm which cares for its animals and their welfare. The owners, Charlotte and Barney keep rare breed sheep on site, most of them have names and you might find Charlotte cuddling a sheep from time to time…. They also have 3 dogs and a cat, pigs and plenty of chickens.

You will need to bring your own tent unless you book on for the one glamping hut or one of two kitted bell tents. This is a greener camping site and I can’t emphasise enough what a difference it makes, the pitches are very spacious and beautiful.

For more information about this place: https://www.camp-plas.com/ or follow them on instagram @camp_plas

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on lead. Sorry no children under 16 on this retreat.

Camp Plas

About the wild swimming and yoga

A professional wild swimming guide, Andrea, will be gently guiding you through our sessions (read more about her below). Whether you dip your toe in the water or want to explore a few strokes in the river, this retreat welcomes you.

As Andrea so beautifully says:

‘There is zero requirement to be a fast professional water rat or indeed to go beyond ankle dipping if you don’t want to. Everyone will be accepted as they are and will be asked to indulge in their own needs whilst always respecting the river and safety of others. We will be using the river’s serenity and listening to our inner child too to slowly immerse ourselves in it’s gentle flowing cloak. We may end up identifying a rock, a flower, watching a bird or a fish or jumping in, splashing and whooping too, who knows!’

You can contact Andrea for any questions about the wild swimming on the retreat on: Anchovie33@gmail.com and find her page on Facebook: A2Z Swim

A message from Anja and the yoga practices:

I’m Anja, yoga&mindfulness teacher based in Mid Wales near Camp Plas. I offer a safe space for your practice, and a nurturing guidance to support your health and wellbeing. Yoga is for every body and every soul – I offer a blend of styles from gentle flow and qigong to stronger physical practice and relaxing yin yoga. I also want you to have some fun on the mat – not only as a result of my bad jokes but also during your exploration on the mat. A little playful light-heartedness is oh so important for us adults. I am passionate about sharing yoga and qigong in the outdoors, embracing the seasons and connecting with nature. I also love sharing aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as acupressure and seasonal wellbeing during my teaching. But most importantly there are no ‘shoulds’ or expectations on the yoga mat, you arrive as you are!

Growing up around the water environment in Finland, I aim to share this passion for true connection to nature with you. I grew up wild swimming  in local rivers and lakes, summer or winter and my love for this was re-ignited when I moved to Wales. During this retreat I will be sharing movement practices to support your wild swimming experience.

 

About Andrea:

Obsessed with natural science & very keen to share its lessons. A childhood spent in the water bodies of France & the Isle of Purbeck (UK) with a younger brother which taught her how to thrive while she guarded his safety and witnessing her own two girls explore water, led to a desire to help many more people find some genuine aquatic joy.

A level 2 swimming teacher and open water swimming coach, to mention a few of her qualifications, she is also a National Aquaphobia Trainer Assessor, focussing on helping swimming teachers globally understand how to help the water wary. Andrea is fuelled by a passionate mixture of determination to see positive change for water wary learners of all ages and a natural curiosity about what others do successfully to find and employ their inner Aquatic voices. In February 2021 she was invited to the board of The Lifesaving Foundation CLG which gathers together drowning prevention researchers.

Andrea has always been interested in learning survival skills, doing conservation work and expanding upon how we are enriched by the great outdoors. She will complete her Forest School Leadership training in 2022.

A message from Andrea:

‘If you are an avid water vole or want to meet your outdoor water self for the first time this is a great opportunity because the swimming spots are stunning and the company soooo generous of spirit. If you have any questions just ask. “Water rocks life” is my motto and I can’t wait to meet you all and explore what it means to us all in this beautiful setting together.’

 

Schedule and what to expect

 Thursday – Arrive

  • Arrivals from 17:00 on Thursday to set up camp and chill out. You will receive a welcome drink and a snack pack for the weekend on arrival.
  • Welcome circle, meditation and yoga nidra (deep relaxation) under the summer night sky (or yoga barn) once everyone has arrived

Friday – Settle

  • We will greet the morning with a qigong inspired flow yoga in the meadow by the river. Depending on the size of the group we have two morning sessions available: one for those who like doing an early morning yoga and one for those who love a lie in
  • Late morning wild swimming session on site
  • Thai Yoga massages and acupressure massages available throughout the afternoon
  • Late afternoon wild swimming session on site
  • Friday evening fireside yin yoga practice. Cosying around the fires, a beautiful slow yin yoga for the season to close the day.
  • This place is perfect for star gazing so you can enjoy a magical evening under the stars

Saturday – Explore

  • We will head for a short walk along the river to a beautiful spot for our main wild swimming session for Saturday. The session will start with a qigong and yoga practice by the river to connect with yourself and the location.
  • Thai Yoga massages and acupressure massages available throughout the afternoon
  • Late afternoon wild swimming session on site
  • Evening hatha yoga practice
  • On Saturday evening we welcome you to join for a joint meal/bbq and connect with like-minded people or enjoy some quiet time by your tent

Sunday – Relax

  • Sunday is time to relax so we enjoy a slower flow practice a little later on and closing meditation with intention setting to close our retreat together
  • You have an option for a last dip before you head home
  • Departures by 12:00 on Sunday

 

Lake Vyrnwy is located only 15 minute drive away from the site offering water sports (paddleboarding, kayak and canoe) for adults and children. As my friends run the hire place I can organise hire in advance as the site can get quite busy in the summer. This is at an extra cost. There are also lovely walks by the lake and I can recommend routes and places to visit after the retreat. Please note, swimming is not allowed at lake Vyrnwy.

If you want to stay extra nights before or after the retreat, please let me know and I will guide you on how to book.

 

Pitch Types and Prices

  • Tent/Campervan pitch: £395 if shared with a friend (£197.50 per person) or £295 single occupancy of a whole pitch. Each extra person £100. Maximum 4 people per pitch. You need to bring your own tent/campervan. Max one large tent or 2 small tents per pitch or one campervan per pitch
  • Basic kitted bell tent: £445 if shared with a friend (£222.50 per person) or £345 single occupancy of the tent. This tent is on the main camping field by the river and is a 5 meter bell tent set up for you with a high quality double air bed, bedding, towels, table and chairs and outdoor seat. Each extra person £100. Maximum 4 people (one double bed and two singles)
  • Fully kitted bell tent: £495 if shared with a friend (£247.50 per person) or £395 single occupancy of the tent. This tent is in the woods in a more secluded location but still close to the site. This is a fully kitted bell tent set up for you with a proper bed, small basic cooking area and its own private compost toilet. Please note, there are steps to this tent and it is about 200 meters from the shower block. This is for someone who wants a little bit more privacy. Each extra person £100. Maximum 4 people (one double bed and two singles) .
  • Glamping hut/boatshed: £545 for maximum 2 people (£272.50 per person), no discounts for single occupancy. This is the real deal, a stunning hut with its own balcony overlooking the river. It is beautifully decorated with its own bed, bedding, kitchen, log burner, private toilet in the hut. The hut also has its own private beach by the river. Here is the link to the boatshed: https://www.camp-plas.com/the-boatshed

Deposit of £80 is payable on booking, final balance is 60 days before retreat (payment plans available -please get in touch to discuss). Please see full terms and conditions here.

 

What is included:

  • 3 nights in this stunning greener camping camp site with so much space
  • Use of communal areas for cooking, beautiful warm rain showers and flushing toilets.
  • All yoga classes stated in the programme throughout the retreat
  • All guided wild swimming session as stated in the programme
  • One 20 minute thai yoga or acupressure massage
  • Fire wood on each pitch
  • Welcome drink and cake and welcome snacks such as granola bars, fruit and nuts.
  • Basic cooking ingredients: eggs, porridge oats, granola, local jam and honey, yogi teas, coffees throughout the retreat. Spices and herbs for cooking and basic ingredients such as pulses, rice and pasta

What is not included:

  • Tent (unless you are staying in the kitted bell tents or glamping hut)
  • Main meals – this retreat is self-catering but some ingredients and snacks are provided as stated above.
  • Travel to and from the retreat.
  • Travel insurance

Booking

Camping, yoga & paddleboarding retreat

Initial Booking

Wild Swimming, Camping & Yoga Retreat

Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 September 2022

Make your initial booking below and pay the non refundable deposit (£80) to secure your spot. Please read the T&Cs for further information.