Body Poetry: Back2Roots Retreat

in Collaboration with Avalon Wellbeing Centre

Thursday 30th July - Sunday 2nd August 2020

Back2Roots Retreats is the mutual heart child of Lara Zilibowitz and Brooke Elliston. Inspired by the ancient and authentic teachings of Yoga and Tantra, this retreat is a portal into the realm of the extraordinary, as we immerse in the sacred texture, colour and artistry of our very real and raw ordinary life experience.

Through meditative movement, creative expression and divine play, immersed in nature’s most exquisite playground, we begin the journey of mapping and tracing our wild internal topography; becoming poets and pilgrims of the vast and untamed territory of our inner and outer ecology.

Join facilitators Brooke Elliston and Lara Zilibowitz, accompanied by vocalist and musician Benny Holloway, for a three-night immersion in the fairytale setting of Avalon Wellbeing Centre, on the majestic and historic grounds of Broughton Hall Estate.

The unique retreat space is set on 3000 acres of beautiful countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. From bathing in wild swimming pools and gathering for sacred ritual and shamanic sound journeys at the fire temple, to revelling in state of the art treatment facilities and the hydrothermal suite, you will be completely nurtured in body, mind and spirit.

In true Back2Roots style, you can expect four days of adventuring from the outside-in, surrounded by the most breathtaking natural beauty. The full spectrum experience will include daily meditation and movement, workshops including ancient yogic philosophy, Thai massage, creative expression, art and live music.

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Brooke’s classes reflect her nature—a touch of unexpected quiet intensity, blended with a saucy playfulness. Her flows are slow, deep, and progressively ripening in ways that allow all bodies and experience levels to access new degrees and dimensions of depth in body, psyche and soul.

Every moment for Brooke, is an invitation into the Full Body Yes—a shattering of the idea that the practice is about rising above or transcending the human experience, but rather an invitation to be all in, in every moment. When she teaches, she invites students to let go of aiming for some idealised state of perfection, to instead become intimate with the raw fluctuations of daily life.

Brooke tours around the globe teaching yoga and Tantra through retreats, workshops and teacher trainings. When she's not teaching abroad, she teaches locally on the East Coast of Australia, and is an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica.

Lara is an internationally touring yoga teacher and artist with a long-standing passion for creative expression through the body. Movement and creativity have been her medicine in her own quest towards health and she revels in the opportunity to share this inner alchemy with students.

She is renowned for her fluid and dynamic teaching style delivered with heartfelt poetic prose, inviting students to savour the texture of every sensation and the flavour of every breath as a portal into revelation and dynamic moving meditation.

She spreads this energy across the globe leading workshops, retreats and teacher trainings, including an assistant to global movement alchemist Shiva Rea. She is the face for yoga & lifestyle brands such as Lululemon athletica, Wanderlust festivals and Aveda hair and skin care, and has graced the cover of Yoga Journal Australia. When she isn’t teaching, globe-trotting, and empowering others, you’ll likely find Lara making her signature ceramics and artwork in the beachside town of Byron Bay, Australia.


Benny Holloway is a soulful soundophile and self-taught artist based out of Byron Bay, Australia.

Through live electronic looping and weaving his voice with guitar he creates psychedelic ambient sound baths encouraging the listener on a compelling introspective journey.

His stirring and evocative tones are like sonic acupuncture, penetrating the densest layers of body and mind to encourage that deeper state of inward connection.

He has become renowned for playing live alongside Lara and Brooke, as well as other influential teachers including Shiva Rea, Janet Stone and Meghan Currie.

The second sequel to Back2Roots at Avalon, this promises be a powerful journey into the inner arts of yoga.

Proposed schedule:


2pm - Arrival and check in

4pm - Welcome circle and Yoga practice

7pm - Dinner

8pm - Sound journey - Benny


7am - Meditation

7:30am - Vinyasa practice

9:30am - Brunch and free time

11am – connection games and expression session

1:00 - Light lunch

4pm –  Zen Thai Shiatsu (partner massage)

6:30 - Dinner

7:30 pm – Yin yoga and live sound


7am - Meditation

7:30am - Vinyasa

9:30am - Brunch

11am - Adventure morning

1:00 - Light lunch

4pm - Creativity / painting / art

6:30 - Dinner

7:30pm – Yoga nidra


7:30am - Meditation and yoga

9:30am - Farewell brunch

10:30am - closing circle

12pm - Checkout



According to ancient yogic philosophy, the mandala symbol represents the connection between microcosm and macrocosm, where the body is the link to the whole universe and practices centred around the body are a gateway towards experiencing that flow of nature inside.

Join Lara and Benny for this full-spectrum pilgrimage, incorporating slow-simmering vinyasa accompanied by a soaring live soundscape of voice and guitar, to embody the great truth that what is out there, exists also inside: breath, blood, muscles and bone are of the earth; they are the air, rivers, animals and minerals inside, not separate from, but the same.

By meditating on the body as nature, our attention is drawn to the foundations of existence and our place within the cosmos, where our yoga practice can become a call for conscious connection with ourselves, and the world around us.




Make yourself comfortable, close your eyes… listen, feel, receive…

Join Benny for a celebration of life through sound. Unifying our hearts and our voices through bhakti yoga, kirtan and powerful sound meditation.

Be prepared to lose yourself and in doing so find yourself so completely as you are saturated by an ocean of sonic vibration layered with soaring vocals and live electronic looping of acoustic and electric guitar.

This unique sonic experience is an invitation to simply sit back and receive, giving full permission for any memories or emotions to arise alongside the stirring melodies, and to be washed away by the tide of your exhale breath.


Booking Information

Guide Price from £480 all inc with accommodation within one of the

beautiful holiday homes on the Broughton Hall Estate Sanctuary


Or for accommodation within the stunning Historic House

'Broughton Hall' guide prices are from £665 all inc


There is also the option to bring your own tent / caravan and camp

within the grounds of our beautiful sanctuary for £440


Non-Residential retreat tickets are also available:

Full retreat pass £375

Day Pass Friday £150

Day Pass Saturday £150


For enquiries or to book your place contact our partners at Wellbeing Escapes