Nourishing Retreat Day

Sunday 27 September 2020

14:00 to 17:00

Online via zoom

Amanda of Pura Vida Holistic Therapies and Yoga, and Jools of Replenish Yoga, Reiki and Nutritional Therapy, invite you to join them for this intensely nourishing and healing retreat day from the comfort of your own home via Zoom. We will encourage, guide and support you through a balanced itinerary which includes yoga, meditation, relaxation, nutrition and breath work. We hope that you leave the session feeling refreshed, re-juvenated and inspired to continue with your new healthy lifestyle. The retreat is suitable for complete beginners through to more experienced yogis.

Outline of the Day

Welcome and introductions.

Amanda will then lead you in a nurturing Cacao ceremony. Cacao is an ancient, healing sacred plant heart medicine that enables us to connect with ourselves personally using intentions and helps us release pent up emotions and that which no longer serves us. Cacao is a feminine plant spirit that will help to guide, support and bring intention to the light, open heart so you may live from the heart at all times and sparkle and shine your light. You can purchase your ceremonial grade organic cacao from : Alternative suggestions will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Benefits of cacao:

The benefits are many but here are a few:

Increases focus and concentration.
Brings a deep feeling of calmness and peace and is a natural anti-depressant
It is a powerful antioxidant and contains excellent levels of magnesium, copper, zinc, iron, calcium, manganese, sulphur and phosphorous, which our diet is generally deficient in
Our bodies need all of these wonderful minerals for our emotional and physical well-being and balance
Strengthens the cardiovascular system, heart function
Regulates blood pressure and blood sugar
Heart healing

Amanda will follow with a short, grounding meditation, focusing on the Earth element (Prithvi) to help us connect with the root chakra, Muladhara – meaning root, support or foundation – located in the base of the spine.
A nourishing Hatha yoga session with Jools will then follow, continuing the theme of the Earth Element, the first chakra which is associated with grounding, stabilising, security, safety, solidity and balancing. When the root chakra is balanced, we cultivate stillness, solidity, and stability giving us a feeling of being resilient, confident, flexible, strong and safe.

“It is not how far you move into a pose but how deeply you feel the pose that you are in”. – ANODEA JUDITH

Amanda will teach the second half of the yoga class, continuing to focus on the heart, the fourth chakra (Anahata) to open and expand the heart and to allow dissolution of ego and separateness. When the heart is open, we feel compassion, love, peace and kindness not only towards others, but also towards ourselves. And when the heart chakra is balanced, we feel radiant, joyful and generous. Amanda will focus on postures to open the chest and shoulders, backbends and breath openers, allowing for spaciousness and expansion.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it” – RUMI.

A 30-minute lunch break will precede the second half of the retreat day.

Join Jools and Amanda in four demonstrations of highly nutritious, nourishing and energising vegan and/or vegetarian plant-based cookery demonstrations. The recipes will use both raw and cooked ingredients. The recipe, method and benefits of each will be emailed to participants prior to the retreat day. Below are the four delicious delights:


Delicious green breakfast.

This delicious green breakfast is packed full of nutrients and contains numerous vitamins and minerals so it’s a fantastic way to start your day. It’s a great source of antioxidants, which help strengthen your immune system by defending cells against free radical damage and help increase the production of white blood cells, helping to protect your body against infections and disease, which is especially important at this time.

Organic cacao energy balls.

These healthy and raw organic Cacao energy balls are a snap to make and require no cooking, just chilling. A perfect pre or post work-out snack, portable pick-me-up or healthy sweet treat



What is Kombucha and its benefits?

Kombucha is a fermented tea which is full of beneficial probiotics, polyphenols and vitamin C, Kombucha helps increase the diversity of the beneficial bacteria in the gut. These probiotic bacteria help balance the immune system, regulate the metabolism and recent research points to a link between a health gut microbiome and a healthy mind. In addition, the probiotics help improve digestion and elimination and can be very beneficial to people suffering with disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease and leaky gut syndrome. Kombucha is lightly fizzy and tastes a little like cider but only contains a negligible amount of alcohol. It’s delicious and very refreshing when chilled and can be used as the basis of cocktails and salad dressings. It can be flavoured using fresh fruits, herbs and spices and it’s fun to experiment to find your favourite! Brewing your own couldn’t be easier and the raw ingredients are cheap and readily available.

Green soup

A delicious, quick and easy to prepare vegan soup, which is a powerhouse of nutrients including vitamins, minerals and phyto nutrients. The soup is made from an array of green vegetables which are known to contain substances which act as powerful antioxidants in the body. The soup promotes the health of the liver, is anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic and anti-viral. The high fibre content helps eliminate toxins in the body and the high level of beta carotene and polyphenols promote the health of the skin, bones and internal organs. The ingredients can be varied to suit whatever is available and in season and is ideal to use up any surplus vegetables from the allotment or garden. You will be amazed at how good this tastes!

Jools will then lead the group through a calming Pranayama practice, Nadi Soshana, helping to bring the energy channels of the body, the Nadis, into equilibrium. This will lead into our final practice of the day, a wonderfully relaxing Yoga Nidra, or yogic ‘sleep’, designed to lead you into a stage of deep relaxation, whilst maintaining full consciousness of the workings of the body, mind and emotions.


Yoga has been a part of my life for over 30 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and courageous, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.

As a qualified Home Economist specializing in nutrition, Education Specialist, Reiki and Massage Therapist, I have spent my career in adult education, organizing, managing and developing courses in personal development, mindfulness and nutritional therapy. I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Diploma with Yogacampus and I am proud to say, graduated in December 2019, with a view to specialising in the teaching of Hatha yoga for beginners and improvers, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for the over 50s, Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness.

Yoga is the relationship that is built between the body, the mind and the breath. My mission is to work with you to enable you to find ways of improving your quality of life through helping you to be better able to cope with life’s constant pressures and demands. My yoga classes are designed to help you to grow stronger and more flexible both physically and mentally so that you are able to live life more fully, with a sense of joy and serenity.

My classes are planned creatively to allow you to develop your yoga practice at your own pace. Sessions are fun, supportive and relaxing. My aim is that through nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga, you will leave sessions feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.


(See yoga page)

Investment: – just £40.00

What to wear – loose, comfortable clothing

What to bring – a smile, yoga mat, bolster, blocks, bricks, belt and a blanket. If you don’t have any yoga equipment, you can improvise with a large towel, some A5 sized books, cushions and a tie or strap.

Please log into the event 10 minutes before the event starts to allow yourself time to settle into your space and so any technical teething problems can be resolved.

Comfort breaks will be built into the day.

Cancellation: places can be cancelled provided 48 hours-notice is given. Cancellations of less than 48 hours-notice are non-refundable.

Booking: Either via Eventbrite (small booking fee applies) or personal message Jools or Amanda for details of BACS payment.

We are excited to welcome you on 27 September 2020.


Amanda and Jools

Hatha Yoga and Gong Relaxation Sound Bath

Sunday 11 October 2020

14:00 to 17:00

Denby Dale Methodist Church

273 Cumberworth Lane

Denby Dale

Huddersfield  HD8 8QT

Join Amanda Kitchen and Craig Eddington for this transformative Hatha Yoga and Gong Relaxation Sound Bath event.

The event will begin with one hour and 15 minutes of Hatha Yoga by Amanda which will be suitable for all abilities as alternatives and modifications will be given followed by a 45-minute gong relaxation sound bath by Craig.


The class will begin with some settling, grounding and arriving on the mat followed by a nourishing warm up.   This will lead into the main asana (postures) section focusing on asanas relating to the earth element (prithvi). The earth element is associated with the first Chakra, Muladhara or root Chakra which is located in the base of the spine. This element is associated with security, stability and safety. When the earth element is balanced, we feel grounded, confident, flexible, safe, resilient and strong. We will mainly be focusing on standing and balance postures and we will practice a gentle Surya Namaskar (sun salutation).  The session will finish with the breathing technique, Nadi Shodhana (alternative nostril breathing) in preparation for the gong relaxation meditation.

The Gong Relaxation Experience.

A Gong Relaxation Sound Bath is a fantastic way to leave behind the stresses of modern life. It is also a great introduction to Sound Healing and Sound Therapy. The Gong is played gently along with Himalayan & Crystal Singing Bowls. The captivating tones will lull you into a deep, restorative relaxation.

There are several health benefits associated with achieving this state of deep relaxation: lower blood pressure, increased blood circulation, balancing of the nervous system, reduced mind chatter, better sleep patterns. Some people gain mental clarity or feel very energised by the sessions. The session may even enhance your creativity.

Some people also experience a reduced sense of pain, plus relief from symptoms of ongoing medical conditions and illnesses. The sound helps to induce our natural relaxation response, taking us out of ‘fight or flight’ mode and into our restorative, parasympathetic state.

In my experience, people with auto-immune conditions and conditions involving the nervous system seem to feel considerable benefits.

Participants generally leave with a feeling of inner peace and tranquillity and a reduced sense of stress, anxiety or worry.

A Gong Relaxation works on all levels of your being – mind, body, soul & spirit. The sound vibrations will provide a ‘sonic massage’ to your physical self and subtle energy fields, leaving you feeling relaxed, refreshed and restored.

About Amanda – see yoga page of website.

About Craig:

Being a musician from an early age, Craig has always had a keen interest in sound. He experimented with synthesisers in his teens and this was the start of his love for creating unusual soundscapes.

In 2016 Craig embarked on 350+ hours of training over 18 months with BAST, whilst working full time as a Professional Sound Practitioner. Prior to this Craig trained and worked as a Life Coach and more recently has gained qualifications in Mindfulness and Meditation.

Craig uses a mix of Sound Therapy, Mindfulness and Coaching techniques to help people find calm and balance, plus transcend challenges in their lives.

The host of many Gong Relaxation Experiences, Craig also works on a deeper level with groups and individuals. Helping bring relief to physical symptoms, unhelpful thoughts and behaviour patterns, plus bringing harmony to the energetic self. He facilitates many group workshops under the umbrella of ‘Transformation through Sound’.

What to wear: comfortable clothing

What to bring:

For the yoga:  A yoga mat, blocks, bricks, and a belt.  Due to the current restrictions with regard to Covid 19, unfortunately, I’m not ab le to provide yoga equipment.  If you don’t have any yoga gear you can improvise as follows: A large towel in place of a yoga mat.  Cushions in place of bricks, 2 A5 sized books in place of blocks (blocks/books will only be necessary if you aren’t able to get your hands down to the ground when folding forwards), a strap or tie in place of a belt.

For the gong relaxation sound bath: 2 blankets and 2 cushions to make yourselves a cosy cocoon.

Exchange: £30.00 payable in advance either via Eventbrite at the following link or via BACS. (Details to be provided by PM by Amanda).

Cancellation: Places can be cancelled provided 48 hours notice is given. Cancellations of less than 48 hours notice are non-refundable.

A thorough risk assessment will be carried out prior to the event with regard to Covid 19 and all government guidelines followed to keep everyone safe.  Places are limited to 10 due to the 2 m spacing rule.

We look forward to welcoming you on 11 October 2020.


Amanda and Craig.

Pura Vida Yoga and Holistic Hungarian Retreat at Hullam Villa

13 – 18 September 2020

5 nights

Spaces for 14 people

From £450 per person

Yoga Retreat

We invite you to leave the stresses of the world behind. Pause and make time just for you to reflect and transform your body and mind. Relax, rejuvenate and heal your body by immersing yourself in our yoga retreat. Learn how to connect your mind with the body, breath, emotions and soul and enjoy the magic of nature at Lake Balaton in this little-known beautiful gem of a place.

Hullam Villa’s relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere offers the perfect location for this yoga and holistic retreat. Their bright Mandala yoga studio (40m²) with its large windows overlooking the lavender garden is the perfect place to practice yoga. The Villa’s spacious pool-side terrace or the green garden is also an ideal place for open-air yoga sessions, weather permitting to open our senses and free our bodies and minds.

An opportunity is available to sail on the waters of Lake Balaton and let the wind sweep through your hair, blowing the cobwebs away or hire a bike and cycle along the shores of lake Balaton.

Visit the Stupa at Zalaszanto and experience the surreal energy that has been created by its magnificent presence and afterwards, bathe in the thermal waters at Heviz, Europe’s largest natural spa to soothe, heal and restore our bodies and minds.

Hullam Villa is a charming “green” hotel nestled in the natural heart of Lake Balaton. Their lavender-scented garden on the shore of the Lake, cosy guestrooms and warm hospitality are certain to make your stay in Hullam Villa a very special one.

Hullam Villa is a charming “green” hotel nestled in the natural heart of Lake Balaton. Their lavender-scented garden on the shore of the Lake, cosy guestrooms and warm hospitality are sure to make your stay in Hullam Villa a very special one.

The day will begin with a cup of ayurvedic tea followed by an early morning yoga class including spending time in pranayama (breathing techniques) to connect our mind with our breath and calm and energise the body. We will practice meditation to awaken our senses, build resilience and find inner peace, happiness and joy.

A fine buffet breakfast will then be served and for lunch, fresh salads and bread. In the evening, a delicious three-course organic vegetarian dinner will be served to nourish ourselves. Their fresh, nutritionally balanced ingredients are sourced from the best local and sustainable producers, farmers and growers and are home cooked. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.

This special Pura Vida yoga and holistic retreat includes the following:

  • Yoga classes with Amanda
  • Meditation and pranayama workshops
  • Morning tea
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Three-course organic vegetarian dinner
  • Reverse osmosis filtered drinking water
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Treatment room – 1 x holistic therapy treatment
  • Accommodation in twin/double rooms with private bathrooms (fridge, LED-TV, free WiFi, air-conditioning, security box
  • Shuttle bus from Budapest Airport and return
  • Day excursion to a Stupa (Buddhist Temple) at Zalaszanto and Europe’s largest natural spa in Heviz.
  • Please note travel insurance is not included

A full itinerary will be available nearer the time, but the agenda is very relaxed. Spend time with like-minded people, each person contributing their own uniqueness in a community we can safely let go of that which no longer serves us and embrace the things we love. Take yourself on a unique journey of self-discovery in this extra special place

COST: £450.00 per person

Single room surcharge applies of £25.47 per night

Flights and travel insurance not included.

Bike hire is available at a cost of 7 euros per day.

Sailing on Lake Balaton (extra cost. Prices to follow)

A non-refundable deposit of £100.00 secures your place.






Choose one 45 minute treatment from the following:

  • Back massage choosing from Swedish or Aromatherapy.
  • Back of body deep tissue massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Holistic Face Life Massage
  • Reflexology

(See treatment menu for descriptions of treatments)

The yoga we will explore will predominantly be Hatha based but we will also explore elements of Vinyasa flow.


Hatha Yoga works at a slower pace and works with individual postures and includes pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation and relaxation.   It is ideal for those beginning their yoga journey and who are newer to yoga or for those who want to improve their practice.

Classes will begin with some pranayama to settle you on the mat and connect your mind with your breath and body followed by a nourishing warm up leading into an energising asana practice (postures) to improve your flexibility, stability, strength and muscle tone.  Awaken your senses with a guided, restorative savasana (relaxation) followed by a guided meditation to cultivate a calm, steady mind and connect with your inner-self and boost feelings of wellbeing and happiness.


Vinyasa flow is a dynamic, creative style of yoga in which the asana (postures) are linked together and synchronised with a yogic breath. This style of yoga allows you to feel the physical power of a yoga practice. When we begin to move through a physical flow with the breath our inner energies begin to flow more freely through the body leaving us feeling energised and revitalised.  This style is rooted in Ashtanga so often includes an Ashtanga style ‘vinyasa’ to link sequences – unlike Ashtanga, you will enjoy and experience a creative mixture of postures and sequencing rather than it being set. Sessions typically begin with pranayama to connect the mind with the body and breath followed by an energising warm up. A cool down is followed by a short savasana.


We will explore different forms of Pranayama to switch on the Parasympathetic Nervous System to cultivate a calm mind and help alleviate stress, anxiety and mild depression.  We will also explore some pranayama techniques that are more energising for the body.


Control and/or quieten the mind focusing on different meditation techniques such as visualisation using nature and the five great elements, (earth, water, fire, air and space), mantras, a word repeated to aid concentration, chanting, focusing on internal sound (nada) and chakras to bring you into conscious being and connect with your inner-self to cultivate joy and happiness.  Just being rather than doing.

“Yoga is meditation and meditation is yoga”

B.K.S. Iyengar

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