Yoga festival to help refugees

A diverse yoga festival aimed at raising cash for refugees will take place at Halton Mill later this month.

Saturday, 29th October 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:03 pm
Sara Bailey (left) and Rebecca Ellis.

Leading yoga, tai chi and meditation teachers from Lancaster 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 while feeling frustrated at the plight of the Syrian refugees.

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

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

Tickets cost £30 and include two one hour yoga or tai chi classes, two 30 minute sound sessions, lunch and a hot drink. Tickets can be booked on

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 refugees in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. All money raised will go to City of Sanctuary helping refugees.

The event is to be held on Saturday November 19 from 9.30am until 4.30pm.