Overview

The first week of the new year will gather in the most stunning of venues. The Quaives is such a special place nestled in between picturesque English villages and along the Little Stour river. The Quaives homes four perfect cottages, gardens and grounds with a hot tub and tennis court that opens up onto meadows and lakes. The yoga barn is second to none, with high ceilings, under floor heated and floor to ceiling windows that pour in natural light. This weekend is simply for you to indulge in you. A few days to be kind to yourself; to give your body and soul the attention and care it deserves. Enjoy energising and restorative yoga and soothing Yoga Nidra. Take in the fresh country air as you venture on wheels through Kent countryside. Nourishing gourmet vegetarian meals sourced with local organic produce.
New Years Retreat

What's Included

Daily asana practises (both dynamic and creative vinyasa flow and restorative yoga)

Yoga Nidra and guided meditation, chanting and pranayama (breathing exercises).

Carefully chosen guided cycle routes to take in the beautiful Kent countryside.

All meals, organically sourced with excellent vegetarian chefs.

Free time to explore the grounds

Most importantly, enjoying good conversation and company

Highlights

Amazing accommodation

Amazing accommodation

The Quaives has four cottages for hire as well as dorm accommodation

Supported cycle

Supported cycle

Get out on your bikes, pedal through some of Kent most stunning countryside

Daily Yoga

Daily Yoga

Led by our yogi Lydiana

Delicious organic cuisine

Delicious organic cuisine

Sourced locally and lovingly prepared by the Quaives chefs

The Quaives

Our retreat centre

Why the Quaives is great....

The Quaives Retreat is a hidden gem, surrounded by the peaceful countryside of East Kent, a real escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, which is in easy reach with the high speed rail from London to Canterbury West Station, just 15 minutes ride from us. 

Their aim is to provide a real sense of retreat with a touch of the luxury, with a range of accommodation, communal diner/lounge with log burner and onsite professional kitchen. They have a brand new beautiful yoga studio with high ceilings, lots of natural light and underfloor heating. There is a hot tub, tennis court, fire pit, and cedar wood pavilion for guest's use and beautiful formal gardens and grounds to explore, that open onto meadows and the lakes beyond. 

The Quaives

Rooms

Bumble bee cottage

Enchanting pocket-sized cottages with double beds

$755.00/pp

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Bumble bee cottage

Scandinavian Mixed Dorm

8 beds in a stylish, cosy, clean dormitory for grown-ups.

$549.00/pp

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Scandinavian Mixed Dorm

Song bird cottage

'Cosy and endearing'

$755.00/pp

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Song bird cottage

Fuscia Cottage bunk beds

'Nestled in the grounds of a 17th century estate'

$600.00/pp

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Fuscia Cottage bunk beds

Fuscia Cottage private room (double or twin)

'A warm cosy stay with all the comforts'

$677.50/pp

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Fuscia Cottage private room (double or twin)

Your Hosts

Lydiana Abbott

Our good friend Lydiana is the face behind KUASAYOGA and is one of Brake the Cycle's resident yogi's. First introduced to yoga over 10 years ago, Lydiana became instantly hooked. She found peace in the stability and routine of the set sequences of Ashtanga yoga.
2017 saw a year of traveling and teaching at festivals, schools, retreats and permaculture centres across South America. Back in London, she is excited to bring to her practice and teaching to the place she calls home. Lydiana is overjoyed to finally be offering a skill to others that she feels so passionate about. She comes to you with an open heart, ready to share what she has learned over the years.
Lydiana Abbott Retreat Teacher

Testimonials

Retreat Itinerary

Francesca Siracusa

Would I recommend Brake the Cycle? Yes, yes, yes! I am a London-based student and just came back from the Yoga & Cycling weekend mini-adventure in Norfolk. In summary, everything about this trip was perfect: - the Crew: a wonderful group of experienced cyclists who somehow managed to juggle it all (probably on far fewer hours of sleep than we got). Wonderful and complementary personalities, expert chefs, and great humours! They took such good care of us, letting us rest and enjoy the company of others while they took on the vast majority of the work. - the group: meeting the amazing, like-minded (but also so different at the same time!), and friendly group was probably the most meaningful part of the trip. - the FOOD: incredibly delicious homemade, vegan, organic food. Such a treat for the vegans AND non-vegans alike. - the farm: Walnut Farm was spectacular: beautiful, natural, isolated and the accommodation was second to none. It was quirky and beautiful, warm and dry, and just the perfect place to stay. - the ride: My first long cycle was fantastic! So pleased to have ridden more than 100 km, and am so excited to keep training and have cycle touring be a big part of my life. - the yoga: we were spoiled with 4 long yoga classes, and I don't think I've ever been more bendy than over the course of this trip! It was perfect, and my lack of soreness on Sunday was definitely due to the post-cycle yoga. Still riding the mental and emotional high from this weekend. If you're hesitating about going on a BTC trip - do it. If you're going on the trip alone, you'll leave with a load of new friends. I promise you won't regret it!

The Plan

Retreat Itinerary

Friday 3rd Jan

Arriving from 4pm you'll have the chance to settle in and land yourself in these amazing surroundings before stretching ourselves out in Vinyasa flow. We'll get to know each other over an organic vegetarian feast, followed by an opening circle and relaxing yoga nidra session before bed. 


Retreat Itinerary

Saturday 4th Jan

After a meditative start and a hearty breakfast we'll be jumping in the saddle for an brisk ride through the stunning Kent countryside. We'll be back to the Quaives for lunch, followed by some free time to relax or explore the grounds. In the evening we'll have a Vinyasa flow followed by dinner and a relaxing yoga nidra.  

Retreat Itinerary

Sunday 5th Jan

We'll be greeting the morning with a Vinyasa flow before filling our bellies at breakfast. We'll then be closing the retreat with a slow restorative yin session and closing circle. For here we'll feast one last time over lunch before heading our separate ways. 

From: $549 Per Person