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Sunday, 20 October '24   6 days
Rydal Hall Ltd, Rydal Hall, Rydal, Ambleside, LA22 9LX
8 spaces available


Ashtanga Wanderer
Ashtanga Yoga & Mountaineering Retreat
20th - 26th October 2024
Ryder Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria.

Welcome wanderers to a very special retreat brought to you by Marque Garaux from Great Lakes Ashtanga Yoga and Jake Duckworth from Ashtanga Yoga York.

Ashtanga Wanderer aims to take you back to a more basic lifestyle and away from the distractions of day to day life and modern society. We will engage with nature through mindful activity, which extends beyond our yoga mat
into the mountains we climb, the rivers we swim in, the food we prepare and eat, the company we keep and finally back to our normal daily lives with hopefully a slightly different outlook and perspective.

Our journey together will take us into the heart of the English Lake District and the Cumbrian mountains, an area of outstanding natural beauty and an Unesco world heritage site. Our home for the next six days is the beautiful Rydal Hall, located between Ambleside and Grasmere and ideally located to a range of stunning mountain hikes and trails. The accommodation is simple, a bunkhouse with four large multiple occupancy rooms, large communal area, galley kitchen, shower facilities, drying rooms etc.

So here’s what to expect on this journey….

Mornings will begin with meditation & pranayama followed by an intensive Ashtanga Mysore practice followed by a cold water dip (if you feel like it!) in the waterfall directly outside the practice room.

As a group we will prepare and eat a healthy brunch, led and directed by the incredible Alice Cavazzuti who is joining us from Florence Italy, she is the head teacher and owner of Florence Ashtanga Yoga she also has a jaw dropping Ashtanga practice.

Then it’s off to the mountains navigating and exploring some of the most stunningly beautiful views of the English Lake District. We have chosen routes that are meant to be challenging so be prepared to test yourself physically.

After all the excitement of the day the evenings will involve a laid back lovingly prepared dinner, pyjamas and cocoa by the fireside, and congratulating ourselves on just how great we all are at Ashtanga and mountaineering!


Sunday 20th October;
Arrive from 4.00pm

Monday to Thursday (21st-24th October);
6.00am-7.00am Meditation & Pranayama
7.00am-9.00am Mysore stye - guided self practice
9.30am-10.30am Brunch
11.00am-5.30pm Expedition
6.00pm-7.00pm Dinner
7.00pm-7.30pm Meditation (optional)

Friday 25th October:
7.00am-8.00am Meditation & Pranayama
8.00am-11.00am Mysore style - guided self practice
11.00am-12.00pm Brunch
12.00pm-7.00pm Trip to Ambleside and Grasmere, communal dinner in a local pub or restaurant.

Saturday 26th October;
6.00am-8.00am Mysore Style - guided self practice (optional)
8.00am-9.00am light breakfast
9.30am Goodbyes and depart.


  • Monday - [ Langdale Pikes ] Loft Crag - Pike o’ Stickle - Harrison Combe - Harrison Stickle - Pavey Ark - Stickle Tarn.
  • Tuesday; [ Bow Fell & Esk Pike ] The Band - Three Tarns - Bowfell - Esk Pike - Angle Tarn - Rossett Pike - Mickleden.
  • Wednesday - [ Blencathra ] Threlkeld - Blease Fell - Gategill Fell top - Hallsfell Top - Scales Fell - Scaley Beck - Doddick Gill - Blease Gill.
  • Thursday - [ Helvellyn ] Red Tarn - Swirral edge - Helvellyn - Lower Man - White side

This schedule may change depending on the group, weather conditions or other extenuating circumstances.

A reasonable level of fitness is required to participate in this retreat, we suggest increasing overall activity levels in the preceding months running up to the retreat, particularly hill walking and mountaineering so as to familiarise yourself with this kind of activity.

Cost: £785.00
(You can choose to pay £100 non refundable deposit to secure your place and the balance four weeks before the event, contact to arrange)

What is included in the price?

  • Daily Ashtanga Mysore Style practice
  • Meditation & Pranayama
  • Cold water swimming
  • Two vegetarian meals each day (not including the arrival and departure days and the communal meal in a pub or restaurant in Grasmere or Ambleside)
  • Shared bunk bed style accommodation
  •  Hiking and mountaineering activities (including transportation to relevant locations)
  • Transportation from and to Windermere train station if required

What things do you need to bring?

  • Yoga clothing
  • Yoga mat (can be provided if travelling from abroad)
  • Slippers
  • Good quality mountaineering/ hiking boots
  • Good quality waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Walking/hiking socks (at least 3 pairs)
  • Walking/ hiking thermal base layers
  • Warm jacket such as nano puff or similar
  • Beanie hat, gloves and scarf
  • Sleeping bag (pillows provided)
  • Day sack 20-30 litre
  • Water bottle
  • Small first aid kit

Additional items,

  • Torch (ideally head torch)
  • Thermos flask
  • Compass
  • Energy snacks
  • Sunglasses


Terms & conditions
For all workshops and retreats we will provide a full refund (less 10% admin & inconvenience fee) to those who cancel 60 days before the workshop or retreat commences. After this time, there will be no refund unless your place can be secured from a waiting list, in which case your fee will be refunded (less a 20% admin & inconvenience fee). Should the event be cancelled by Ashtanga Yoga York you will be offered a refund.
Due to teacher cancellations, low bookings or other situations outside of our control, some courses may be temporarily or permanently unavailable. We reserve the right to make any changes to our programme, courses or teachers. Alternative arrangements are offered to the best of our ability but, if not taken up, we do not accept responsibility for any costs incurred, including travel costs.
We ask that you tell the teacher if you have any particular pre-existing injury or illness that is relevant. We advise that if you are feeling any pain or illness during any class you should stop and rest.






Rydal Hall Ltd
Rydal Hall
LA22 9LX