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Weekend Forest Retreat – September 2023

Gingi Lee and Liz Lark are co-hosting this affordable weekend retreat in the beautiful Ashdown Forest, just an hour’s train journey or drive out of South London. Held in a nature inspired Explorative Creating learning centre set within a 22- acre Botanic Garden, the retreat includes seven yoga sessions, locally sourced biodynamic vegetarian meals and the opportunity to spend a nourishing and uplifting weekend with like-minded yogi/nis.

Weekend Forest Retreat - 15 September to 17 September 2023

Gingi Lee will be running this nourishing and uplifting weekend retreat set in the heart of the magical Ashdown Forest, just an hour’s train journey or drive out of South London. There will be six yoga sessions across three days days including energising flow yoga, pranayama, chanting and meditation and two workshops with Liz Lark. The retreat is set in a beautiful peaceful setting with simple modest accommodation and three locally sourced vegetarian meals a day included.

Your teachers

Gingi Lee – Founder & Co-Director of the Shala & The Shala School of Yoga, RYT-500 Lead Teacher Trainer, Senior Ashtanga Yoga, Aerial & Yamuna Bodyrolling Teacher

Gingi is the Co-director of the Shala and founded the studio in 1997 as one of London’s first dedicated ashtanga yoga centre. He has been teaching yoga for over 25 years and is one of the country’s most senior ashtanga yoga teachers.

For 25 years, Gingi has focused his energy on teaching at his centre in South London, alongside hosting yoga holidays and workshops abroad. He has played a key role in popularising ashtanga yoga in the UK and has taught, trained and inspired many British yoga teachers. In 2016 he established the Shala School of Yoga teacher training programme with co-teachers Kath RobertsMark Kan and Norman Blair. Gingi is a well-respected teacher who has remained at the forefront of the yoga community. His teaching is characterised by sensitivity, warmth and a deep commitment to the practice.

Liz Lark – Teacher Trainer

Liz has been teaching yoga for 25 years. Liz is a Board Member of Yogacampus since its inception in 2003, where she teaches on their trainings and shares sequencing, adjustments and teaching skills in addition to running her own retreats and workshops (see Liz brings together Nature, Travel & Art with her inner travels to share Yoga through creative sequencing, somatic practises, visualisation, meditation & relaxations. Tending the Self is a major theme in Liz ’s practice, inspired by Pema Chodrun’s quote: “the root of compassion is compassion for oneself’.

Great inspiration and drive carried Liz through the Astanga Vinyasa system (1990’s), training in Astanga vinyasa under Derek Ireland. She then diversified into other Hatha Yoga practices to broaden her learning through the British Wheel of Yoga.



Liz and Gingi met 30 years ago in Crete when they were both practicing and studying ashtanga with Derek Ireland and they have had a long history of collaborating together since those early days. 

About your stay

Emerson College is a nature inspired Explorative Creative learning centre in the heart of Forest Row. A biodynamic farm shop and café  is attached within walking distance. It sits within a 22-acre Botanic Garden with beautiful ponds, lawns and flower beds, a vegetable garden, an apple orchard and a wood full of bluebells in spring. All the land is managed biodynamically with many rare trees and over 100 medicinal plants, all of which creates an enchanting environment. The magical Ashdown Forest with its many walking trails lies just beyond.

The venue is simple, natural, peaceful, with lots of light and space.

The kitchen garden supplies the kitchen with fresh vegetables, salads and herbs. Any food that is not grown in the garden, is sourced locally and organically to create nourishing vegetarian meals. Gluten free and vegan diets can be catered for on request and for those with other special diets self-catering facilities are available.


Single rooms are in shared student chalet-style houses, with shared bathroom facilities. The rooms are simply, modest rustic, quiet and comfortable. 

  • All rooms are single occupancy. We may be able to book one or two twin rooms on request. 
  • Bedrooms have shared toilets and showers. 
  • Some bedrooms have a wash basin. 
  • Bed linen and towels are provided and are included in the price.  
  • Free WIFI is available in designated areas of the venue


  • 3:30 – 4:45 pm | Arrivals
  • 5-6:00 pm | Opening Practice | Emma Landolt
  • 6:15 pm | Dinner
  • 7:30-8:30 pm | Evening Meditation & Chanting | Gingi



  • If you are arriving later than 4:00 pm or for the 4:20 pm, please email us in advance.
  • 4:20 pm option pick up from East Grinstead Train Station (must be booked separately here:
  • If you do need to cancel this pickup, please do so at least 48 hours in advance so a space can be released to the waiting list, if necessary.



  • 7 am | Gentle Awakening Practice | Gingi
  • 8 am | Breakfast
  • 10.30-12 pm | Dynamic Flow | Gingi 
  • 12.45 pm | Lunch
  • 1:30 pm | Free time (explore the forest, walk 7 minutes to Tablehurst Farm Shop/Cafe, have a rest, chat…)
  • 3.30 pm | Afternoon Tea
  • 4.15 pm | Afternoon Workshop | Liz
  • 6.15 pm | Supper


  • 8 am | Breakfast
  • 9 am | Room Check Out
  • 9:30-10.30 am | Gentle Practice | Liz
  • 12.45 | Lunch
  • 2:00-4:00 pm | Workshop | Gingi
  • 4:00-4:30 pm | Closing


Opportunity to explore of the area – see recommendations below

Walks:  Forest Way, Ashdown Forest
Cafes in Forest Row: Tablehurst Farm, Seasons
Places to Visit: Eridge Deer Park, Wakehurst Place

Gingi Lee
Liz Lark Yoga
 Prices & Payments
  • Residential – £365 
    A non-refundable deposit of £160 is required on booking a Residential Place. 
           accommodation x 2 nights
           breakfast x 2; lunch x 2; dinner x 2
           yoga sessions x 7
           admin fee
    Not included: treatments, massages, one-to-one private tuition, snacks and drinks
  • Non Residential – £269 (limited to 5 spaces only)
    A non refundable deposit of £62 is required on booking a Non-Residential Place. 
           breakfast x 2; lunch x 2; dinner x 2
           yoga sessions x 7
           admin fee
    Not included: accommodation, treatments, massages, one-to-one private tuition, snacks and drinks
  • Deposits & Payments 
    £160 of the fee is taken on behalf of Emerson College (£62 for Non Residential) 
    The deposit is non refundable and non transferable.
    Final payment is then taken four weeks after booking. Please note that if you book within 30 days of the event, full payment will be taken.
    Please ensure that your card details are saved so that the second payment can be automated. Thank you.
  • Additional Retreat Dates – if you cannot make our retreat this September, please join us in 2023:
    19 – 21 May 2023
    15 – 17 September 2023 



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Weekend Forest Retreat – September 2023