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Forest to Sea Yoga and Mtb (Postponed to 2021 Dates TBC)

  • Date: 12:00 pm 26 Jun - 4:00 pm 28 Jun
  • Cost: £255.00 Location: CAT Centre Machynlleth


Forest to Sea Yoga and Mountain Bike Weekend

Join us on the edge of the Dyfi forest for a weekend of riding sweet flowing singletrack, a journey across the mountains to the sea  (swimming optional) and plenty of post ride yoga for optimal rest and recovery. Sound like your perfect weekend away? Read on……..

The Riding

The Dyfi forest is the home of the well known Dyfi Enduro, the Climachx trail which boasts one of the longest descents in Wales and now that the Atherton’s have made it their home, the Dyfi bike park. We won’t however be risking life and limb on the jumps at the bike park. The forest has miles and miles of off piste technical single track woven through it and it’s these trails that we will be playing on during our Friday and Sunday rides.

We save Saturday for one of our favourite rides in the area. An ancient drovers road offers natural technical riding with views of Cader Idris and the coast. We arrive at the beach for a swim before we head back inland again, along old pathways, past a secret lake and back towards our base for the weekend.

Please note – this is not a weekend for beginners. The trails in the forest are rocky and at times quite steep. You will need to be comfortable on red trails with a desire to push yourself on more challenging trails.

The Yoga

Yoga is the most perfect compliment to a day out on the bike. You will stretch out tight muscles and learn how to deeply unwind and relax both the body and the mind. This approach aids recovery so you will feel ready to ride again the following day. Each session will be suitable for beginners and the more experienced yogi alike.

The Venue

Our base for the weekend will be the Centre of Alternative Technology near Machynlleth. The accommodation is housed within a beautifully designed and award-winning eco facility right in the middle of the Visitor Centre and with stunning views across Snowdonia National Park. From here we can ride straight out onto the trails so no need for loading vans and trailers.

Bedrooms are either twins or doubles and are serviced with solar-thermally heated showers and basins and heated by CAT’s on-site biomass facilities. To find out more please follow this link  Accommodation

The Food

This is a fully catered weekend from dinner on Friday evening to lunch on Sunday. The CAT Centre cafe will be providing us with delicious vegetarian food over the weekend.

With gardens bursting full of seasonal produce, many of the ingredients the centre uses are grown and harvested from their own gardens. And what they don’t grow themselves they try to source from local, organic growers or to use fairtrade ingredients.Vegan and gluten-free options available.

Theres also a range of organic wine and locally brewed beer available to buy onsite.


Q: Can I drink alcohol on the weekend events/retreats?

A: In some venues there is an honesty bar and on our weekend yoga retreats we do serve wine with dinner. We neither encourage nor discourage drinking alcohol as we see it as a personal choice.

Q: Do you cater for special diets/vegan/gluten free?

A: We cater extremely well for most dietary needs. Often our gluten free puddings are the envy of everyone else at the table. Just make sure you let us know any dietary needs

Q: Is there wifi/phone reception?

A: In most of our venues we have limited phone reception and wifi. We see this as a rather good thing, giving everyone time to switch off and unplug.

Q: Can I have a single room?

A: In Elan Valley lodge everyone can have a single room if they wish. At some of our other venues the rooms are shared twins. We do have some single rooms available with a supplement. See individual events pages for details.

Q: What equipment do I need?

A: Firstly you don't need to go out and spend lots of money on expensive kit. It is good however to have a decent waterproof (especially in Wales!) and a decent helmet. You can wear trainers or old walking boots/shoes and use a small backpack for carrying food and drink. It's good to have gloves and some warm layers, sometimes we will be out on the hills and even in summer the temperature can drop. We carry bike tools, first aid kits and group shelters so you only need to bring what you need for the day. It is helpful to have spare inner tubes that fit your bike. If you are hiring then we provide these.

Q: Will I be the slowest person/won't everyone get tired of waiting for me?

A: As a group we can only go as fast as the slowest person. We focus on the journey rather than the destination and personally do enjoy taking in the views so don't worry about being slow (although we do like to get back in time for tea and cake!)

Q: How long are the rides each day?

A: On the beginners weekend we aim to cover 25km the first day and around 20km on day two. This might take us all day but we like to take in the scenery too. On the non beginners weeekends we typically cover 35-40km each day. Doesn't sound much? There's plenty of big climbs to make up for that!

Q: Can I hire a bike if I don't have one?

A: Yes - we can arrange bike hire.

Q: I'm a complete MTB beginner, will I cope?

A: The beginners weekends are aimed straight at you so you should be totally fine although we will offer sufficient challenge throughout the weekend to enable you to progress and gain confidence. The non beginner weekends can be fine for beginners too but the fitness requirements are a bit higher. That said if you approach the weekend with a positive attitude and a willingness to give it a go we think you might have a great time!

Q: Do I have to attend all the yoga sessions?

A: You can attend as many or as few of the sessions as you wish.

Q: What type of yoga will we practice?

A: I teach Hatha yoga with a emphasis on Vinyasa Flow. This is a freestyle form of yoga where poses are linked together with the breath to form flows. It's not necessarily fast but it is strong and dynamic. There will also be elements of Yin and Restorative yoga included.

Q: My balance is terrible, why is that?

A: It's very common to struggle with balance, especially if you are just starting out on your yoga journey. The best approach is to not worry too much about it. Don't focus too hard on trying to balance and definitely don't worry if you fall over. Focus on keeping the breath nice and steady and stay relaxed and with practice you will improve.

Q: Isn't yoga just about sitting and meditating?

A: Meditation is an aspect of Hatha yoga, however there is much more to yoga than sitting in the lotus position. We use a strong physical practice along with specific breath techniques to tap into our focus and concentration. We see this practice as a form of moving meditation.

Q: Are the yoga sessions suitable for beginners?

A: Yes! The sessions are tailored to be accessible for most people with plenty of options for more or less challenge. If you do have specific limitations or an ongoing condition or injury do get in touch to discuss.

Q: I'm not flexible at all, can I still do yoga?

A: Yes! You don't need to be flexible to practice yoga. The practice itself will improve range of motion, strength and flexibility so being stiff is all the more reason to start.


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