Retreats

LENDRICK LODGE, Brig 'O' Turk, The Trossachs, Scotland

 2022 retreat dates:-

September 9th-11th (twin  available) 

NEW: 2023 retreat dates (4 days, 3 nights) Friday(3pm) to Monday (3pm)

Rooms already going! 

April 21st-24th, available rooms;- 6 twin ensuites and 1 twin 

September 8th-11th, available rooms:- 2 singles, 7 twin ensuite and 1 twin 

The extra day for the 2023 retreats  has been added so you can really feel the benefit of tuning into the surroundings. It might need a little planning to ensure the day off but Mark and I felt it enabled us to offer the flexibility of running longer for those who wanted to on the Sunday morning and have some recovery time in the afternoon rather than rush off home! 

The  programme for 2022 retreats is described below. This is NOT a Bootcamp but a reset,  a work in not a workout. Perhaps giving people who are very active or wish to become more active some space to reflect on their movement and re-focus in a lovely setting. The extra day for the 2023 retreats will mean more options such as a longer run/walk/swim and yoga. What is there not to like! 

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 what do we think about what we do? what do others think?

Start to finish it was the best.......................................
The whole group just gelled so well and I feel I have some new friends hopefully for life. It’s enriching to be with like minded people and to feel totally safe in the environment free if judgement. 
 
Your passion for this lifestyle and desire to share with others is magic. Thank you and I will see you there next year. If we can have the same weather that would be even better! 
 
I particularly loved the focus on running together ....... I received lots of encouragement, positive vibes and excellent advice on all aspects of ultra running from everyone I spoke to. The opportunity to run, rest and repeat allowed me to safely “test“ my body and it restored my confidence.... I felt like myself again, recharged and able to pass all that positivity on!
 
there was a real emphasis on running together and there is nothing like doing the things you love with other like minded souls

 

Details and programme overview

Lendrick  Lodge (Brig O Turk, Callander, Scotland) has rooming options including single and twin ensuite, single and twin and some triple availability with the associated price/room. The cost includes full board, Friday evening meal, Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast and lunch, together with yoga and running instruction.  Lendrick is a non-alcohol wifi-free zone with Vegan food and can cater for certain food allergies as well but not preferences. Folks have loved the accommodation and we have many who come back year after year. The running element is light to moderate but there is the option of a more intense speed/hill session on Saturday afternoon and the possibility of running an extended long run of  13 miles around Loch Venachar on Sunday morning (Strava route link https://www.strava.com/routes/23883315)  

These weekend retreats are NOT an effort camp, marathon training camp, ultra camp but a switch-off, battery recharge retreat. A place to give yourself time to move lighter, breathe well, and enjoy being in the moment. We run, we work out, these weekends are a work in.

A typical weekend follows these threads of activities:-

Friday, arrive at or after 3pm, , easy run at 4pm (around 6 miles)  before dinner at 7pm, then light yoga and intro chat. 

Saturday, early morning (7:30am) yoga wake up followed by breakfast at 8.30am.  Then the morning focusing on walking and running form with some light yoga at around 12 midday. . Lunch at 1pm. Then at around 2.30pm either a more intense (longer run) running session, swim, walk to Yoga at around 4.30pm or down time to Dinner at 6pm. Own time from 7pm. Fire pit booked for the evening. 

Sunday:- morning yoga (7:30am), Breakfast for 8:30 then medium to long run around the Loch Venachar (12 miles) at 9:30am. Back for lunch at 1pm. Farewells at 2:30pm:).

For the 2023 retreats rather than rushing home on Sunday afternoon, the long run can be followed in the afternoon by complete relaxation which is ideal!

KIT LIST for Lendrick Lodge

  • Bring towels 
  • running kit for two/three days for 2023. Scotland has three seasons if not 4 in one day. waterproof, gloves and hat and some hydration holder all useful.
  • trail shoes, Lendrick Woods is muddy and rarely dry
  • Yoga equipment provided but you can bring your own
  • wetsuit if you would like to dip into the Loch 

 

'“Meeting Nick  has transformed my running....... I ran my second half marathon in March, injury free, without a knee brace and 12 minutes faster. I loved it. Truly life changing. Running at your own pace in a beautiful country surrounded by wonderful, like minded people. Yoga, meditation and amazing food.... Running light and long. My son asked me when I arrived home if I had grown taller. Of course I hadn’t but it feels like I have. I hope I can return next year and make it an annual event just for me. Thank you Nick and Mark for allowing me to be part of this amazing experience.”

'‘the advantage of a  retreat over shorter workshops was obvious. The loop of learning/drill/practise/get feedback/to adjust can be repeated as often as you are willing to do in the time - with the invaluable presence and scrutiny of ‘coach’ Nick. I think i learned a huge amount in this short time, not always quantifiable, but I felt real progress was made and there is much material for long term training. Two tangible examples: my VO2max went up a few notches within days. And the time for my daily 11k route decreased by a full 8 minutes (!) simply due to learning about gears and practising. The beautiful environment is, of course, a huge motivator - running in stunning scenery is the best!’

What a great weekend, it was lovely to be surrounded by like-minded folk. Nick Constantine and Mark Russell's organisation of the weekend was superb. They were both well aware of the individual needs and were able to offer their expert advice to help people on their running journey

feedback from retreat

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(Total investment( Brackets 2023,  3 night prices(approximate based on 2022 Lendrick lodge costs)) :- Single ensuite 350.00GBP(480.00GBP), single 330.00GBP(450.00 GBP), twin ensuite 330.00GBP(450.00GBP), twin 315.00GBP (430.00GBP), 

Deposit for 2023 is 150.00GBP and is non refundable and non transferrable unless we can find a replacement for your space. 

 

"To create the conditions to allow energy to flow"

A running mind and yoga mind are no different. Alignment, relaxation, focus, breath and core strength allow you to move to your edges of purposeful practice. You should be aiming to move in stillness and complete awareness in both disciplines. This is at the heart of the weekend; developing a practice orientated approach to your running with an application of particular yoga asanas’ to develop and discipline your mind and body. You will receive individual attention with your yoga and running; filming of both practices and individual feedback to take away with you. There will be time for group discussions and video review of your form together with time for individual practice and reflection.

 

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All retreats have the following main themes

  • Leave with a greater understanding of the fundamental yoga asana's that will support and strengthen your running.
  • Have a greater understanding that balance, flow, alignment, breath and control in your running are at the heart of developing a lifelong practice whilst also fulfilling your performance goals.
  • Have a greater awareness of your running form during the weekend/retreat
  • The quote below captures much of what we are trying to achieve and share with you at the end of any retreat.

'The hall mark of practice is wholeness, wholeheartedness, not being in conflict.......it is not about pushing through the pain or overcoming pain, no pain no gain. If you are having to be brave and courageous in order to stoically withstand excessive intensity you are pushing too hard, you are fighting. Never fight yourself. Intensify when appropriate. Practice skilfully. The optimum degree of intensity is the amount that elicits your fullest attention.’ (Schifmann) 

A SoulinMotion and Kridaka Yoga and Movement for runners retreat is NOT a boot camp. It is believed that creating a fluent, focused movement allows you to achieve the maximum in your running. It is not about running into pain, or beyond a 'productive discomfort' level.   

 "Hi I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you. Using the techniques has made a massive difference to my running, not just reduced pain levels but has renewed my enthusiasm............. I will be looking out for further courses and I'm spreading the word. Perhaps all hope of racing again is not lost....."

What a great weekend, it was lovely to be surrounded by likeminded folk. Nick Constantine and Mark Russell's organisation of the weekend was superb. They were both aware of the individual needs and were able to offer their expert advice to help people on their chi running journey’

"I feel I have come such a long way since my first session with you early last year. I was trying out new things to give meaning to my life as my work was reducing. I had joined the running club and was starting to make friends, but without the good teaching I've had from you both I've no doubt that running would be one of those things that I beat myself up on over not getting out there. I know from last experience it's so easy to let it all slide.

 ‘I loved how the yoga complemented the running and how both teachers are focused on helping everyone get the most they can from their practice. They were never dogmatic…’

'I was a battered and frustrated plantar fasciitis sufferer, and unknowingly also a strange backward leaning runner I learned from the video……but things have gotten better.., I felt so much better on the uphills in particular almost instantly.....both my distances and times are improving, in fact I just last week set a new 10k PB of 45:18, which I'm super pleased with as it smashed my previous 46:59 which was (count 'em) 9 years ago, and before having two kids (now 2 and 4 years old) and mangling my hip joints with SPD! I'm up to 10.5miles distance now... going to go for the Great Scottish Run half marathon in Oct... we'll see.'

 This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen practice (if you have attended a Yoga and movement day) or be introduced to the idea of Yoga and movement practice for runners. Mark Russell has been a qualified yoga teacher for many years and has an established practice in Glasgow. He has worked with runners and athletes of all abilities and is triathlete and ironman. His practice has been informed by personally working with the likes of Gary Carter (https://www.naturalbodies.co.uk, AG Mohan https://www.svastha.net/), Leslie Kaminoff (https://principles.yogaanatomy.net/His knowledge and detail of how yoga can be practised is extensive. Nick Constantine(me) has been involved in Sports coaching for many years(30 years at last count). He has coached runners of all levels from Olympic level to new runners, of all ages and experience in between (www.soulinmotion.co.uk and https://www.facebook.com/soulsinmotion/). As he states about his own practice, 'I have 2000 runners behind me, students in front of me, my own practice beneath me and teachers above me' Nick has also completed his studies with Mark to become a yoga teacher for runners, after starting a yoga practice almost 25 years ago! Nick has a post graduate qualification in Sports coaching and comes from a strong background in holistic coaching principles. He has also studied with A G Mohan and is now working and studying Yoga therapy with svastha.net. He is also an adult educator with the Open University and comes from a background in designing the best learning experiences for adults from a world-class learning organization.

Nick and Mark

Interested?

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