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Vegan Cookery & Baking Weekend with Jane Easton

"Fantastic place! fantastic course! fantastic meals! fantastic instruction! Jane was so knowledgeable and helpful in terms of advice about a vegan diet"

See Janes blog  and look out for dates of the next weekend. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list for the next course, please email: info@overtherainbowwales.co.uk

Yoga Morning Retreats with Rose Thorn 2016           Saturdays 10am-1pm

In 2016 we will be exploring the ancient yoga philosophy of the Yamas - how we live our life in the world with regard to others and the Niyamas - living in regard to ourselves. In these reflective sessions we will move with yoga postures, breath and meditation to enliven our body, mind and spirit. We will then nourish ourselves with a delicious vegetarian lunch.

*Some of the morning retreats will be followed by an afternoon Gong Bath session with Sally Davies

After lunch Sally will be creating a relaxing and energising session where you can immerse yourself in the healing sounds of the gong.

2016 Retreats

February 13th* AHIMSA Nonviolence - love embracing all.

July 9th APRIGRAHA   Non-possessiveness - practicing letting go.

March 12th* SATYA Truth - standing in one's truth

August 13th SAUCHA  Purity -clarifying our intentions

April 9th* ASTEYA Non-stealing - giving of oneself.

October 8th SANTOSA   Contentment - having faith in life.

June 11th* BRAHAMACHARYA  Revering the creative life force within.

November 12th TAPAS Burning desire - alive with enthusiasm.

Each Yoga session starts at 10am and ends at 1pm with delicious vegetarian lunch.

*sessions followed by a Gong Bath, 2pm-3pm with Sally Davies.


Fees: Each workshop is £32 / £28 conc. (£20 discount if you book and pay in advance for the full set of 8 yoga workshops).  A non-returnable £10 deposit will confirm your place for one workshop. If you want to stay for the afternoon Gong Bath, there is an extra charge of £8.

Click here to book a place To pay, please phone: 01239 811155 with your debit card details ormemail for details of paying by bank transfer.

Yoga teacher Rose Thorn trained with Inner Yoga Trust  and enjoys the subtle teachings of Scaravelli. She has been running Yoga retreats at Over the Rainbow for 5 years.  

Previous students have said:  

I’ve never before felt the emotional connection after Yoga..... I was much more body aware, working at a deeper level

Women's Walking Holiday 2016: Exploring Cardigan Bay Coast & Country

Blessed with beautiful spring weather, the walking group enjoyed a relaxing few days in May discovering the gems of Cardigan Bay:  Ffynnone mansion, waterfall and shell house;  Aberaeron, New Quay, Llangrannog and Cwmtydu sections of the coast path plus a fantastic boat trip accompanied by several dolphins.

See pictures of the holiday here.  Why not join us next May for a few days away from it all?

email Marie  for details of the 2017 holiday See Facebook Pictures of previous holidays.

Salsa with Yoga Weekend:  30 September - 2 October 2016

Salsa at Over the Rainbow   Get away from it all and join us a unique weekend of salsa dance and yoga, with delicious vegetarian food and award winning accommodation in a beautiful West Wales setting. You can treat yourself to a place on the entire weekend; book for just one day or join us for the Saturday night party and meal. All classes led by experienced, qualified teachers. Open to absolute beginners, improvers and advanced dancers. No partner needed, everyone welcome.

Dance workshops are led by Norma Daykin. As well as salsa there is an opportunity to learn popular club dances such as cha cha cha and bachata. You don’t need to bring a partner, and classes are suitable for all abilities, including absolute beginners. There will be an opportunity to practice your technique or simply relax and make new friends at our Saturday evening party.

Yoga sessions are led by Sarah Waterfield. These are interspersed throughout theSarah Waterfield Yoga Tutor  programme, to invigorate and relax your body and mind, keeping you light and refreshed and ensuring you get the most out of the weekend. Yoga sessions are suitable for all levels of yoga experience

The Teachers  Norma Daykin has been dancing for almost her entire lifetime and is a qualified instructor with over 16 years’ experience of teaching salsa and other dance styles. When not on the dance floor, she is also a busy musician, collaborating with performers from all over the world. Her unique combination of skills allows her to draw on an in depth knowledge of latin music and rhythm in order to help you to put real musicality into your dancing.

Sarah Waterfield has been teaching yoga for over 16 years, is a qualified teacher as well as a trainer of yoga teachers. She also loves dancing and her yoga sessions this weekend are uniquely tailored to address the needs of dancers’ bodies and minds.

This was a great weekend. Lovely place, lovely food, lovely hosts, lovely teaching of dance and the yoga meant that I did not ache at all. Lots of laughs. Good for the soul!

Arrivals from 3pm on Friday: A welcome drink and introductions will be followed by a delicious home grown / home cooked vegetarian meal.

Residential Fees: £270 Full board and shared accommodation, all tuition, all workshops. (£50 single supplement - 2 available)

Non-Residential Fees: £150 all tuition, all workshops. £50 Saturday daytime workshops & lunch.  

Saturday night party with meal: £30.   Saturday night party only: £10  Sunday all workshops & lunch: £55 

You can book your place here or for further information email Marie at Over the Rainbow.

Join our Facebook group for updates! Salsa & Yoga @ Over The Rainbow

A Week Long Yoga Retreat with Jenny Beeken & Bridget Whitehead

The Transforming Power of Yoga 21-28 July 2016

Jenny Beeken Yoga Retreat  A week long retreat focussing on the psychological processes that Yoga can bring up and how we can use postures, breathing and meditation to move through and help others.  Bookings now being taken.

A wonderful yoga retreat led by Jenny Beeken and Bridget Whitehead being held in West Wales. The retreat is open to those wishing to deepen their yoga practice and to qualified yoga teachers. During the week the teaching will explore the transforming power of yoga through:

  • Asana: the movement of energy through the chakras and how that shifts your whole consciousness
  • Mudra: how attitude shapes your whole self
  • Pranayama: noticing in which situations in life you restrain your breath and how you come back to the natural breath moving through the body
  • Meditation: focussing on the different ways of meditating to energise, calm and see things as they are. Vipassana.

See Inner Yoga Trust website for full details or to book a place.

NB, there are only camping/campervan places left on this retreat.

Dates for the 2017 winter retreat are 1st - 6th February.

*NEW*  Time to Write - A Women's Writing Retreat with Victoria Villasenor

13-19 November 2016  See Global Words website

Get Inspired - Get Writing

One of the most difficult parts of writing is finding the time to write. And, once you've written, it can be hard to find someone to give you honest feedback. Let your creativity run free at this gorgeous writing retreat. Join a small group of writers for a week of writing deep in the Welsh countryside. This week of workshops and tutorials will be creative and special. The knowledge and support you gain will last for years to come, not to mention the friendships you'll develop with other writers!

Victoria is a long time editor for a New York publishing house, as well as a multi-published writer. She runs England based Global Words / Global Wordsmiths, a company that works with aspiring writers as well as marginalized communities on writing projects.

For more information about the content of the retreat please contact Victoria 

Fees include:
Workshops and critiques; one-to-one sessions offering personalized writing feedback; accommodation for residential bookings.

  • £625 Full board, shared ensuite rooms
  • £710 Full board, single occupancy
  • £445 Full board, Campervan
  • £385 Non-residential including all meals.

Your partner isn't a writer....why not bring them along? They're welcome to join you, there's plenty for them to do while you're writing.

  • £270 Non participating partners (B&B only)
  • £385 Non participating partners B&B +Evening Meals

A deposit of £200pp will secure your place.  Booking Form

Over the Rainbow achieves Green Tourism 'Gold' Award


Having established OtR over 13 years ago with a commitment to a strong green ethos, we have been more than thrilled to achieve the 'Gold' standard at the first assessment.  In the summer of 2014 OtR underwent a thorough inspection from the Green Tourism Association, here are their thoughts: 

"a vegetarian guest house providing quality accommodation and venue hire in a stunning location near Cardigan Bay. The business does exceptionally well to enter the scheme with the prestigious GOLD award. Although situated in an older building with an oil boiler, much has been done to ensure energy impacts are minimised, with high levels of insulation and low energy lighting throughout, solar PV and thermal systems in place, and good use of the site's own wood to power the wood burning stove. Food travel miles are well managed through the extremely productive polytunnel, and good use of other local suppliers where possible.

Other highlights include the range of courses held on site which include yoga retreats, walking holidays and permaculture courses, which lend themselves well to the peaceful setting and stunning grounds. Waste management systems are effective, and there is excellent support and encouragement available to those wishing to use public transport. Overall a great new member who can be expected to progress well through the scheme"

We look forward to implementing the helpful recommendations suggested by GT to further consolidate the green Gold Standard.

Beta Jones Parry; Her family and Tyllwyd her home 

Plas Tyllwyd is an 18thC Georgian style mansion, once the main house of a much larger Tyllwyd estate. This book, written by the grand daughter of Beta Jones Parry is a compelling social and family history, illustrated with photographs from the mid 19th & early 20th century. At the heart of the book are memories of Beta's 1870s Welsh childhood and the stories her relatives told of their ancestors going back over 150 years to the early 18th century at Tyllwyd. Taken from Beta's 'notes' written in a red student's lined notebook when she was 89 years old. 

Copies are now available from Over the Rainbow at £10 plus postage. Email for more information.





Over the Rainbow - West Wales Tel: 01239 811 155 emailinfo@overtherainbowwales.co.uk   Plas Tyllwyd, Tanygroes, Nr Cardigan, Ceredigio n SA43 2JD. SMS 07818 000 243