News and Updates

Thomas Cook Airline Failure - what to do if it affects you

1) Get current information on everything so you can make informed decisions:-
First check with Thomas Cook's website for up to date accurate information.
If you booked via Travel Republic (who are ABTA bonded) then also check on their website, both under your individual booking and in their help section
Read your Travel Insurance Policy to see what you are covered for in the event of an airline collapse. This will depend on your level of cover.

2) Getting your money back in the event of airline collapse
If you booked via Travel Republic they should refund you as they are ABTA bonded
If you booked direct with Thomas Cook and paid with a credit card then you should be able to claim a refund from your credit card provider under section 75 rules
If you booked direct with Thomas Cook and paid with a debit card then you need to contact your bank and ask your bank to do a ‘chargeback’. This isn’t a legal protection – it is a Visa, Mastercard and Amex rule where your bank gets your money back from Thomas Cook’s bank as you didn’t receive what you paid for. It should work for most people

3) Rebook a new flight so that your holiday can go ahead.

Please Note: Any payment to Free Spirit Travel is governed by our terms and conditions, deposits are non-refundable, final payments ar refundable as per the table on your booking form. Please talk to us if your flight is cancelled and you cannot travel. If Free Spirit Travel cancels the holiday for everybody then you will receive a full refund, if you personally cancel your holiday you will only receive a refund within the booking form terms and conditions, you may however be able to claim on your insurance policy and we can assist with this.

Brexit and how it affects your travel

2019 - for those of you already registered for summer 2019 and beyond please  be aware that the venue may increase their costs to us due to exchange rate changes and if this happens we will, sadly, have to pass the increase on to you. We would expect the increases to be minimal.

Some prices have risen due to exchange rates - sorry!

Updates - flight delays

My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

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BWY Foundation Course

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  • June 2020 - June 2021

    £600 - 60 hours

    Deepen your yoga knowledge and practice - perhaps before teacher training or just to extend your understanding

The Foundation Course

Foundation Course 1 is designed to explore yoga in more depth. It includes practical and theoretical work on the eight limbs of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras Chapter 2 e.g. asana, pranayama, concentration and meditation. As well as the history, different paths and schools of yoga.

It is run nationally (in England, Scotland and Wales) and is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop their personal practice of yoga and widen their experience.

It provides a comprehensive grounding in basic practical techniques taught in the context of the philosophy that underpins Yoga.

It is an ideal preparation for those who may wish to train as yoga teachers in the future* but equally suitable for yoga students who do not wish to teach.

Award:: British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course 1 Certificate of Attendance.


1. Minimum of two years’ class attendance with a suitably qualified and experienced yoga
2. Students must join the British Wheel of Yoga if not already a member

Course dates :

The course is 60 hours in duration and will be taught on one Sunday a month for 10 months,
from September 2020 - June 2021.

The dates are Sept 13 2020, Oct 11 2020, Nov 8 2020, Dec 6 2020, Jan 17 2021, Feb 28 2021, March 28 2021, April 25 2021, May 16 2021, June 13 2021.

Course Outline

The core syllabus includes preparation for practise, asana (postures), mudra (sealing gestures), basic breathing, kriya (cleansing practice), pranayama (Breath control), concentration
techniques, relaxation techniques, chanting, talks and discussions on the context and meaning of Yoga.

Students are required to practise regularly throughout the course and are encouraged to reflect upon and make notes on their practice in journal form.

Other than this there is no home written work and the course is not formally assessed.

Tamsin Kelly

Tamsin Kelly went to her first yoga class 25 years ago and has been teaching since 2008. Her general classes cover yoga postures, together with breathing techniques and relaxation.

Tamsin believes that yoga is for everyone, and always adapts the poses to make sure that they are always safe and accessible.

She also teaches Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs and Restorative Yoga classes.
Her students range in age from 3 to at least 73 years old (but not in the same class!).

Lorna Chapman

Lorna Chapman has been teaching in Hampshire since 2003. She teaches hatha, vinyasa and restorative yoga in her general classes, which are suitable for all ages and abilities.

She also offers office yoga sessions and workshops for specific sports, such as cyclists and runners. In summer, she teaches SUP (Stand-Up Paddle board) Yoga on rivers and lakes.

She also teaches regular yoga holidays abroad



The course is at: Studio Yoga, Tiebridge Farm, North Houghton, Stockbridge, SO20 6LQ.

Studio Yoga is a dedicated and fully equipped yoga studio in a beautiful countryside setting with ample free parking.

The studio is fully equipped, but you are welcome to bring your own mats and any other props you like to use. Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be provided but please bring your own
lunch. There is a small kitchen area with a microwave.


Course fees will be £600.

This covers 60 contact hours of teaching with two very experience BWY instructors in a fully equipped, dedicated yoga studio, as well as all course hand-outs.

There is a non-refundable deposit of £150 payable on acceptance to the course followed by nine monthly instalments of £50 payable by BACs by 1st on the month from Sept 2020 - May

In addition to this, all students must pay a BWY registration fee of £60. This is paid via the course tutor to the BWY. All students must become members of the BWY (cost £39). Membership must be via BWY Central Office or website.

Refund Policy:

Should you decide not to complete the course, no further payment will be required but no refund will be given on anything paid. Should you miss a session payment will still be required for that
session. Please note certificates cannot be awarded for attendance for fewer than 8 of the 10 sessions. In the event of the course not taking place due to lack of numbers all money will be refunded.

Application Procedure

Contact either Tamsin or Lorna if you would like any more information about the course, or to register

Email Tamsin: or call 07764 949317
Email Lorna: or call 07775 732644

There is an introductory day on Sunday June 6th from 10.00am-1.00pm which all prospective students are strongly recommended to attend.