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1. Take air into the lungs and then expel it, especially as a regular physiological process
1.3 Be alive; remain living
Fill with enthusiasm and energy; reinvigorate
– Oxford English Dictionary
What Are breathe Escapes?
breathe is the combination of everything we do and believe in. We like to see it as the antidote to (what’s become) ‘modern living’ and it aims to reconnect, refresh and reinvigorate your body and mind through adventurous experiences in wild places.
If you’re already an outdoorsy type then, chances are, you’ll inherently know some of the physical and mental health benefits that can be gained from having adventures outside. In a world of constant distractions and increasing detachment from nature you’ll likely be seeking more and more from these experiences. A breathe Escape takes this concept and moves it to the next level…
“We all know that to get the most out of your kit and equipment you have to maintain it from time to time but we’ll often forget that the most important component in any ride, run, swim, climb or paddle is YOU!”
A breathe Escape will not only improve your skills and take you on amazing adventures in stunning natural places but we’ll also use our professional knowledge, skills and experience to guide and coach you into getting the most benefit to your body and mind from the experience.
With our academic and professional background in Outdoor Education, Experiential Learning, Mountain Guiding, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Yoga and Mindfulness, the Adventure Pedlars team is uniquely placed to take you on this journey of discovery into what it means to be alive and will leave you feeling refreshed, invigorated, balanced and healthy with an improved skill set and enhanced self awareness… just don’t forget to breathe…
All breathe Escapes are unique and may have different activity focusses or ability levels to them but all will be delivered using a combination of the following:
- Secluded & wild locations – It’s important to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and connect with nature. All of our locations are special in different ways.
- Comfortable, unique accommodation – The ‘feel’ of our accomodation is really important. You’ll be catered for in comfortable, simple accommodation that enhances the experience and encourages a sense of community. We’re not promising the Ritz but then that’s not what this is about..
- Expert guiding and activity skills coaching - Whether you’re looking to improve your skills or just be taken to the best local spots, we’ll get you the most out of all the activity sessions whatever your ability.
- Morning and evening yoga sessions - Whether you’re a dedicated yogi or a complete newcomer; we believe that all levels of yoga practice can dramatically enhance anybody’s experience of adventurous activities through improved strength, flexibility, balance, injury prevention and a greater awareness of your body.
- Guided mindfulness meditation – There’s nothing strange or mysterious about this. Learning how to focus the mind, not be distracted by our thoughts, manage pain or increase ‘flow’ is all a big part of most adventurous activities. We’ll use our experience and knowledge to help you develop these skills.
- Healthy eating – Getting mealtimes right is a priority for us; keeping you well fuelled and feeling the benefits of eating healthy, honest, nutritious and ethical food. Like any system, what you put into your body determines what you get out of it.
Upcoming breathe Escapes:
Two night Mountain Biking Escape in the Lake District
5th-7th Ocober 2018
Location: Grizdale Forest, Lake District, Cumbria, UK
Timings: Arrive after 5pm on Friday evening and depart 2pm on Sunday
To book your place:
- Gain clarity of thought and experience how yoga can enhance your biking.
- Each morning and evening practice yoga tailored for mountain bikers. Improve your mountain biking by looking after both body and mind.
- Enjoy guided meditation in the woods and delicious vegetarian food.
- Grizedale Forest offers a range of mountain bike trails that cater for all abilities. Over the weekend our guide will run a range of skills sessions and led rides, with something for all levels. During free time you can also explore the well-marked trails on your own.
Combined with yoga, mountain biking offers a potent way to be present in the moment. Connect with the earth through your bike, feeling it hug the ground as you roll over obstacles and gain traction uphill. The concentration required dispels any mind chatter as bike and body demand complete attention.
Skills Sessions: Improve your technical ability in both ascending and descending, along with the opportunity to work on more isolated skills such as cornering, bunny hops and manuals.
Introduction to on-trail bike maintenance: Learn how to be self-sufficient whilst out on the trails with a lesson in basic repairs.
Self-guided rides: Grizedale Forest offers a range of trails for a wide range of abilities and fitness levels. We pick out the good ones and suggest self-guided routes suitable for your level.
Indoor lockable bike storage, a bike wash and tools will be provided for use at our base. Our mountain bike guide will also be on hand to advise on simple repairs. You will need to bring a suitable bike in good working order, or arrange hire (we can point you to a local company), along with a helmet and basic on-trail repair kit.
Yoga for Mountain Bikers: Twice daily yoga classes will stretch and condition muscles used for biking, allowing you to experience total escapism in the woods. Put daily worries to the side during the morning’s yoga practice and take a new clarity of thought onto the trails. See how your biking is improved by a calm mental state.
Forest Bathing and Outdoor Guided Meditation: As well as indoor yoga, weather permitting we bathe in the forest environment during guided meditation.
Getting meal times right is a priority for us. We always use fresh ingredients, many of which are organic. All food is cooked from scratch and is healthy, wholesome and nutritious. Everything we serve is vegetarian. Other dietary requirements are catered for so please let us know your preferences when you book. We try to make meal times inclusive so if there is someone in the group with a specific dietary need, we aim to cater for them by preparing meals that everyone can eat together.
You may be asked to assist with laying the table and washing up. Rather than being a chore, in our experience this is a really positive way to bring the group together and create a communal atmosphere.
We stay in the converted stables of a Quaker meeting house in the Lake District, near the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Our retreat centre is surrounded by its own private deciduous woodland and is a short ride from the mountain biking trails in Grizedale Forest. The area has a sleepy, peaceful feel to it, with windy roads and leafy hedgerows.
Accommodation is simple but has everything you need; a bit like a hostel. There is one female dorm and one mixed dorm, both of which share a bathroom with toilets and shower facilities. Please note that whilst there are individual shower cubicles each with a lockable door, the bathroom as a whole is mixed sex. The kitchen is well equipped and the open plan lounge area is kept cosy with a wood burning stove.
Sheets, pillows and pillow cases are provided. A duvet can be rented for an additional £5, or bring a sleeping bag.
There is no wifi and very little phone signal so you can digitally detox over the weekend too. In case of emergencies the centre does have a landline. You will also likely experience periods of signal whilst out riding.
If you travel by car we are around 30 minutes’ drive from the M6 though remember to take a map as there is no mobile internet signal as you approach the centre. Trains are available to nearby Ulverston and Grange over Sands, from which you can take a taxi.
5pm onwards – Arrivals
6:30pm to 7:30pm – Welcome Yoga
7:45pm – Dinner
8:45pm – Campfire
7:30am – 8:45am – Meditation and Yoga
9:00am – Breakfast
9:45am to 3:00pm – Skills sessions and self-guided rides
3:30pm – Refreshments at the centre
4:30pm to 5pm – Woodland meditation
5pm to 6pm – On-trail bike maintenance lesson
6:00pm to 7:15pm – Yoga
7:30pm – Dinner
7:30am – 8:45am – Meditation and Yoga
9:00am – Breakfast
9:45am to 12:45pm – Skills sessions and self-guided rides
1pm – Lunch
2pm – Departures