Soulful Sunday

I love it when you stumble across an event and it’s everything you hoped for and more.  Soulful Sunday was just that.  A wonderful concept from Hollie and Tim of Freedom Retreats bringing yoga to the outdoors in a little green pocket in the city of Belfast.

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Sun Salutations. Photo courtesy of Freedom Retreats

Freedom Retreats fuses physical fitness and wellness to create unique events in beautiful places around Northern Ireland.  The Soul Sunday sessions provide a little taster of these events focusing on the rejuvenating and restorative practices of Pilates and Yoga.  Held in Terrace Hill Garden in the National Trust managed area of Minnowburn the sun thankfully shone down on my 90 minute outdoor session.

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After a very tranquil morning walk along the river and through the trees I had arrived at the historic walled garden.

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With it’s colourful borders in full bloom and a vista of woodland and rolling hills the garden provided the perfect backdrop for our yoga session with Carla of Connect Yoga.  No headstands or contortions just breathe led gentle meditative poses allowing us out to connect with our bodies and stretch out for the day ahead.

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Warriors.  Photo courtesy of Freedom Retreats

Afterwards we came together in conversation over a delicious breakfast of fruit, yoghurt and Hollie’s own homemade Granola.  Soaking up the morning rays of sun it was difficult to tear ourselves away.

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I came away in a blissful state of serenity, refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead.  A wonderful way to awaken the soul.

The summer sessions of Soulful Sundays have come to a close but speaking with Hollie she hopes to find the perfect venue to connect with nature during the cold winter months.

Hollie and Tim offer a range of escapes and retreats including Mountain Biking, Fitness, Wellness and Meditation.  Hearing about her new year beach retreat I definitely look forward to participating in another event soon! Check out the website for future events.

Namaste x


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