Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Sanctuary: Yoga Festival planned to raise money for refugees

Sara Bailey & Rebecca Ellis

A wide-ranging yoga festival aiming to raise cash for refugees will take place at Halton Mill on Saturday 19th November from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

Leading yoga, tai chi and meditation teachers from the area have got together to offer alternative and therapeutic sessions throughout the day long festival which has been called Sanctuary.

Sara Bailey, the event’s organiser, first had the idea for Sanctuary while feeling frustrated at the plight of the Syrian refugees.

She said, “I was feeling upset about those poor people. I was wondering what I and my community could do to possibly help and immediately thought of yoga.

“I love yoga, it helps me enormously and Lancaster’s yoga community is full of compassionate individuals. As it turned out, I was enormously moved by the amount of people that came forward and donated their time and skills”

She added, “We have got a really fantastic venue right on the river Lune thanks to Rebecca Ellis from Halton Mill. Some of Lancaster's best yoga and meditation teachers will be there donating their time to make this a real quality event.”

Sanctuary offers a full timetable of activities to try, including beginners, intermediate and lower back strengthening yoga. Also tai chi and sound sanctuary sessions, including singing bowls, mantra, meditation and music.

Tickets cost £30 and include a one hour yoga or tai chi class, a 30 minute sound session, lunch, a hot beverage and cake. Tickets can be booked on www.eventbrite.co.uk where you can also find more information about the range of sessions on offer.

Rebecca Ellis, a yoga teacher from Halton Mill, said, “I’m really excited about what the day will bring. The yoga will be amazing and I'm really happy to be opening the space up for such a great cause.”

The fundraising is in aid of local refugees in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. All money raised will go to City of Sanctuary, helping refugees.

For event enquiries call Sara Bailey on 0793 241 8648 or email saramia9@yahoo.co.uk. To book tickets go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Sanctuary on the search option box.

You can find out more about Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary at
and on facebook.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

This sounds brilliant. Well done girls!