Events, Retreats and Workshops

Yoga Weekend Retreat in Scotland with Andrew

 Pureland – Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery

From 20th to 23rd of September 2018


Experience serenity, calm and restoration with Andrew’s annual Yoga retreat set in the grounds of  the oldest Buddhist Monastery in Europe. Andrew has been running this retreat successfully for over 10 years.

Looking out over the River Esk in the peaceful hills of the Scottish borders, ‘Purelands’ at Samye Ling is an ideal setting to inspire, exhilarate and offer time for reflection in our busy lives. The retreat will offer asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra. There will be time and opportunity to walk around the meditation garden, venture up the fairy hill or talk a stroll along the river bank, maybe catching a glimpse of the otters in the unspoiled natural surroundings.

Samye LyngArriving on the evening of the 20th and getting together for an early supper, we will enjoy a relaxation/yoga nidra session to ground ourselves after travelling.

On the Friday and Saturday we will have an early morning Meditation and Pranayama session, followed by a mid morning Asana (yoga postures) practice. In the afternoon on both days there will be time for some questions and answers, followed by another Asana session with Pranayama and some Meditation.

On Sunday we will have the early morning Meditation and Pranayama practice, followed by the mid morning Asana practice. Departure is after lunch on the Sunday.

We will observe silence until after breakfast.

Friends are also welcome to observe or participate in the meditations and puja performed in the very colorful traditional Tibetan Buddhist temple.

All accommodation is in basic but comfortable single rooms with three home cooked vegetarian meals a day, drinks available throughout the day.

Price £ 355 which includes all tuition, a single room per person, breakfast, lunch and supper on Friday and Saturday, supper on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. The retreat offers fruit and hot drinks available throughout the day. Arrival time is flexible, departure is after lunch on the Sunday.


Bookings are now being taken, £150 deposit (non refundable) secures place, full payment by 10th of September please.
The monastery is about three and half hours drive from Manchester and Macclesfield.
Car sharing may be available.

Address: Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery Eskdalemuir Langholm,  Dumfriesshire, Scotland

NB this is a yoga retreat not a Buddhist retreat and is open to everyone from beginners to advanced students.





Yoga Retreat in Tuscany (Italy) from 29th September to 6th October 2018

with Andrew and Francesca

Welcome to a week of rejuvenation, relax and reconnection with nature.

Surrounded by a Mediterranean forest, Casale Pundarika ( is the special location for our week long retreat. A typical Tuscan country house ideally set in a magical place 2km from the village of Riparbella on the Maritime Hills a few km from the Tyrrhenian coast. A mixed landscape of woods, olive groves, vineyards and a skilfully-worked countryside reflect the agricultural origins of the town.

The programme offers:

Meditation and Pranayama early morning (one hour approx)

Yoga asana (postures) mid-morning (one and half hour)

Afternoon practice – Question and Answers followed by Yoga postures and Pranayama (one and half hour)

Late evening gatherings on some days.

There will be time for quietly enjoying contemplation and personal time. We will observe silence each morning until lunch time, as well as a full day of silence as part of our practice.

The cost of £695 includes all accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch and supper), all yoga practices and the use of the outdoor bath tub.

The nearer airport is Pisa – flights from Manchester to Pisa with and Easyjet are very cheap and already available to book. Transport from and to the airport can be arranged.

Bookings are confirmed with a (non returnable) deposit of £150. Cheques made to Pure Yoga Cheshire, bank transfer, Pay Pal or cash are all accepted.

For more information and bookings – email us – phone +44 7909 144 414




Yoga Weekend in Glastonbury 11th to 13th of May 2018

Spring is coming! Refresh, recharge and explore with Andrew’s weekend at Shekinashram!

Magic Glastonbury, King Arthur’s ancient isle of Avalon, has been a centre of pilgrimage for a wide range of people of different faiths and spirituality since ancient times.

Glastonbury Tor rises dramatically from the mystical landscape of the Somerset levels. Nestled just beneath the Tor, and within easy walking distance from the town is Shekinashram, the special location for our weekend retreat. T1404669706013 (3)he retreat offers the perfect opportunity to wind down, relax and practice yoga in a spiritual surrounding. The Ashram offers Bhakti yoga sessions like Friday evening Kirtan chanting and early morning fire ceremonies, which are optional and free for you to join.


£275 per person sharing in double room – £285 per single room (only 2 available)

Prices include full accommodation and all meals, yoga sessions, all activities and the use of a real sauna.

Bookings are confirmed with a deposit – £100 non refundable. Due to the very limited amount of spaces available, we ask to confirm your booking with a deposit as soon as possible. Cheques, bank transfer and cash are accepted.

This is a sample for the timetable – please note that times might change slightly:


3 pm Arrive.

4 pm Wind down Yoga practice – Asana and Pranayama

6.30 pm Light supper

7.30 pm Kirtan at the ashram (optional)


6.15 am Meditation and Pranayama

7.00 am Puja Ceremony at the ashram (optional)

8.30 am Breakfast

11.30 -13.00 am Asana

13.30 pm Lunch – main meal of the day

5:00- 6.30 pm Asana and Pranayama

7.00 pm Light supper


7.00 am Vedic Fire Ceremony (optional)


7.00 am Silent Walking Meditation to the Tor

8.30 am Breakfast

11:30 -13:00 pm Asana

1.30 pm Lunch

2:30 – 3:30 pm Gentle Asana and Pranayama



Hatha Yoga, Pure and Simple – Workshop in Glastonbury.

Goddess House, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury BA6 9EJ

Sunday 27th of May – 10.30 am to 1 pm – £20

Join Andrew and Francesca at the beautiful Goddess House in Glastonbury  with a practice inspired by traditional Hatha Yoga incorporating Asana, Pranayama and Meditation.


Yoga defines the manifested Universe as Shiva/Shakti: Shiva being the masculine, contemplative, steady, grounding and still principle. Shakti being the primordial Cosmic Energy, the life force (Prana), the creative sparkle, the Goddess in all Her manifestations.Andrew Wrenn and Francesca Giusti offer you this practice of Hatha Yoga – Pranayama, Asana and Meditation, culminating with a rolling OM chant. We invite you to find the Sparkle and soothe your body/mind/soul with the ancient arts of Yoga.


Expect both strong and gentle practices, traditional pranayama and stillness. This event is suitable for all, both experienced and beginners yoga practitioners.

Francesca Giusti 

teaches yoga online at practiced the traditional Ashtanga Yoga sequence as taught in Mysore for many years, before embarking in a deeper journey that led her to train with the Yoga Arts school in Australia. The depth of her journey inspired her to share her practice with others, so she has been teaching since 2004 in Italy, Ireland (Cork area until 2012) and now the North of England.

Her passion for Yoga began in 1997 and deepened with a daily practice since 2000. Many trainings, retreats, workshops and teachers later, she is very much a student of yoga herself, the delight of the teachings that she shares are from her own experience. She teaches her practice with precision, compassion and integrity. Her daily practice includes Meditation, Pranayama and Asana. She is forever grateful to all her teachers, especially to Clive, whom she joins every year in his 3 week retreat in India. She moved from her beloved Cork City to the Uk after meeting her now husband, Andrew Wrenn, at her teacher’s yoga retreat in India.

Francesca teaches at her studio Pure Yoga Cheshire (, workshop and retreats in the Uk, Italy and other European locations, and online at Ekhart Yoga (

Andrew Wrenn

began his Yoga journey as an asthmatic more than 20 years ago. The regular practice of pranayama (breath work) helped him to overcome his condition. Embracing a daily Asana (posture) and Pranayama practice he found a perfect combination for strength, flexibility and wellbeing. He also found that his practice enhanced a balanced and focused mind and an inner depth that he explores everyday in his Meditation.

He is a British Wheel of Yoga trained teacher with influences from different backgrounds, having practised with many yogis and yoginis in different styles over the years. He joins his teacher Clive on his annual 3 week retreat in the jungle, where he challenges his fear of aquatic creatures swimming in a reservoir populated by crocodiles!

You can find him teaching at his studio Pure Yoga Cheshire in Macclesfield, UK (, leading yoga retreats and workshops in the UK and abroad, and also teaching online at Ekhart Yoga (



Opening to the Expression of Simply Being with Andrew Wrenn

The River Room, Halton Mill, Lancaster

Saturday 25th of November 2017 from 10.30 am to 15.30 pm


As yoga students, practitioners and teachers, how many times have we heard about the ‘journey or path’ of yoga? We practice and follow the eight limbs of yoga, yet again, this seems to be a sequential practice that is building up to something or leading somewhere.
Through the tools of asana, pranayama and meditation, realise it is not where we are going, or where we have been. The essence, the clarity… the love infinite, is ever present if we surrender to the expression of simply being, here and now in this present moment.
We will look at some of the symbology of yoga and introduce the philosophical ideas of OM and the experiential relevance this has upon our yoga practice and day to day lives. There will be OM chanting and meditation, practicing the concept of using the physical body and breath as a medium to present moment realisation (the expression of simply being).
We will apply the philosophy through the tools of Asana (limbering movements and classical postures) and in the afternoon we will share a Satsang (spiritual and philosophical discussion) with questions and answers.

The Day will run from 10.30 to 15.30:
Short meditation
Exploring movement ‘circles of delight’
Morning Pranayama
Afternoon asana and pranayama

The practice is suitable for all with an open heart and an enquiring mind.

Cost £40 and full payment confirms a place
Please email for payment details