The Best way to make Peace is to be at Peace

As the winter months unfold, why not plan to satisfy the universal yearning for deep rest, relaxation and rejuvenation on sunny shores.


For many years now I’ve been looking for a venue to host a yoga retreat which is very simply just about allowing the course members uninterrupted space to deepen their yoga practice surrounded by nature with views of the sea, sunset, and not much else, and does not involve a long-haul flight.

So I am very pleased to have been introduced to Karpasia in Northern Cyprus. The Oasis is a no-frills, 10 room hotel with two huge qualities: its location – it’s nestled between the sea and a 12th century site of worship, and its food; the hotel restaurant has a reputation for fresh, locally-sourced food which people come from miles around to enjoy. I will be returning there for the 4th year running to teach 9 classes in 2020 from 22 – 27 May, over the (English) Bank Holiday Weekend.

Arrive Friday May 22nd in time for dinner; class starts at 8am -11am on May 23rd through until May 27th inclusive. The course will end after the morning class on 27 May at 11am.

Our morning Yoga sessions will take place on a shaded terrace set between the sea, and an ancient ruin.

Evening classes will be recuperative and last for 90 minutes. There will also be allocated times for group meditation and an opportunity to learn to meditate. Optional cultural trips will be arranged some afternoons (these cost 10 euros each last year), and there are world-class beaches literally minutes away.


The cost for the 9 yoga classes is £340 GBP or €390, plus accommodation (€30 sharing, €45 single), food, insurance and travel costs.


Preferred Accommodation is at the Yoga Venue:

The Oasis

The room prices are €60 per room (€30 per person per night if sharing), and €45 for a single, and this includes a generous breakfast. This modest hotel only has 10 rooms and we will take them all; they are just metres from the sea with easy bathing access. These rooms fill up first to those who book early.


Alternative Accommodation

Accommodation is available at a nearby guesthouses for 55 Euros per night but you would need to arrange your own transport.


Camping at the Oasis

For those who prefer to camp in the grounds of the Oasis, there is a charge €15 a day for use of their shower facilities and breakfast. You must provide your own tent and camping equipment.


A deposit of £170 will secure your place on the Yoga course. This is fully returnable before March 2020. after which it is non-returnable. Full balance is due on 1st of April.


It is necessary to bring your own equipment so please remember this when buying your flights.
I recommend :
– 4 yoga blocks, Size : 305 x 205 x 50mm / 12.25″ x 8.25″ x 2″, Weight : 0.15 kg

– A yoga mat, these range from standard to high-performance
– A yoga belt, the D-ring variety are the most user-friendly.


How to get there

If you’re coming from London, I recommend direct flights to Larnaca. From there it’s around a 90 minute taxi ride and we can coordinate taxi shares.


To Book: contact Lorraine on

Lorraine McConnon is London based Iyengar Yoga teacher with over 33 years teaching experience who currently holds the Senior One teaching certificate and is on the Iyengar Yoga Therapy committee for the UK.