Meditate at hallowed Welsh abbeys this summer

Friday 31 July 2015

Yoga enthusiasts can find inner peace at three historic Welsh abbeys this summer as Cadw holds a series of meditation events.

Picture of a yoga event at Valle Crucis Abbey

Yoga at Valle Crucis Abbey

Attendees will practice a mix of yoga and meditation at Llanthony Priory, Strata Florida Abbey and Valle Crucis Abbey, as the sites host events throughout August.

One hundred and twenty tickets have been made available for the six sessions, bringing together the ancient practice of yoga and these ancient ruins of Wales for the very first time.

Cadw has teamed up with Brahma Kumaris, Yoga Unite and Cathy Crick Stanton to host the unique events, which will cover various yoga practices including spiritual discussion and movement in meditation.

Rupdaye Chaitram, instructor at Brahma Kumaris, said:  “I’m very much looking forward to hosting meditation sessions within the hallowed walls of Llanthony Priory.

“The sessions will offer a calming antidote to the hectic school holidays and will take visitors on a journey to deepen their understanding of spirituality and self.”

With origins dating back to the 11th century, yoga and meditation has experienced phenomenal growth in the UK during the last thirty years, attracting more than 300,000 students every year.*

Emma Howard, instructor at Yoga Unite, said: “Valle Crucis Abbey’s remote location, combined with its beauty and serenity makes for a perfect meditation space.

“Yoga is an ancient tradition with a connection to Wales’s history – holding our classes at the Abbey is a great way of connecting the past to the present in a spiritual way.”

Cadw’s unique events will offer meditation within the abbeys for the first time in hundreds of years. In addition to their attendance at church, the previous inhabitants of the sites would have spent several hours a day in private prayer, reading the bible and engaging in spiritual contemplation.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, added: “We are always looking at new and exciting ways of showcasing Wales’s incredible heritage and to encourage visitors to appreciate our sites in a different way – offering yoga onsite is a great way of doing just that.

“Spiritual contemplation was once a part of life at these sites, so the pop-up events are a great way of bringing the majestic past of the abbeys back to life.”

For more information on the events and to book your place, visit the yoga and meditation events on our events section.