News & Updates

Coronavirus update

UK holidays and also holidays to Europe are all going ahead as scheduled

Holidays to India and Cuba have been moved forward to winter season 2022-2023

Please follow this link for a full update      Covid 19 update

Please be patient when contacting us,  we are a small company of only two staff

Kind regards

Jilly & Debbie

Booking Your Flight

Please always try to book your flight through a website or agent who are ABTA and ATOL members and pay with a credit card..Book a flight with a COVID guarantee who will refund you if the holiday does not go ahead. (such as Easyjet)

See our flight button

Brexit - travel rules have changed.

Click here for information on travel to EU countries

Travel Insurance

Always make certain that you have insurance cover as soon as you book your holiday or flight. If you do not have an annual travel insurance policy you can take out cover just for the dates of your holiday at any point prior to the holiday taking place. The Post Office Travel Insurance includes cover fro Covid.

Taking out cover straight away ensures that should anything unexpected happen that is covered by the insurance policy  you can make a claim . Travel insurance policies vary enormously ALWAYS read the small print

Brexit and how it affects your travel

Passport You will now need at least three months validity left on your passport when travelling to an EU country and probably 6 months for further afield. Be especially careful if you renewed your passport early last time you renewed as this does not include the extra time on your passport between the actual renewal date and the date it was due for renewal. Follow this link, click on the country you are travelling to and then click on Entry Requirements http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)  which gave free, or reduced rate, healthcare when visiting the EU has been replaced with the UK Global Healthcare Insurance Card (GHIC).

This is free of charge, visit nhs.uk.ghic to obtain yours. You can continue to use your old EHIC until it expires. Neither of these cards covers Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Do not forget to take out additional travel insurance as these cards do not cover all costs should you become sick or injured when in an EU country.
Remember that the GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.

Updates - flight delays


My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

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

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/holiday-cancellations-and-compensation/if-your-flights-delayed-or-cancelled/

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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Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for a fabulous weekend with Noemi at Champneys.

I would never have considered a spa/yoga weekend if we hadn’t been forced in to it by COVID. It was lovely weekend – and the luxury of only two of us in Noemi’s class.  I wonder if many people like me had dismissed it because it was at a Spa – but it was so relaxing and pleasant.  At first the price seems high – but factoring in no flights, tests, so little time and money spent travelling - and not being tired from a long journey – it was good value.  – I would definitely do it again. The yoga classes were amazing – as always with Noemi – it really improved my practise and got me back on track – I’m still feeling the benefits and continuing with regular practise.   I’d definitely sign up if Noemi runs another weekend there … can you organise it for the spring?  THANK YOU for organising it. Jackie

Noemi Franco - September 2022

 

"Just finished an Ashtanga / Vinyassa / Hatha yoga retreat with Sasha.  It was just perfect.  Being new to ashtanga I felt totally safe with Sasha, and able to push myself or give myself a rest as needed.  She planned calmer Hatha sessions for early morning, whilst still giving us plenty to work on, and more energetic Ashtanga evening sessions.  I loved the workshop aspect of the sessions too, where a pose was broken down so we could work on our own or with partners to really deepen our work.  I just wish I lived near Oxford to be able to go to her classes regularly."
Catherine - Yoga with Sasha Norton May 2019

Hi Jilly, hope you're well.

I've just spent the weekend at Champneys Henlow with Bev,  and want to leave a glowing review for her retreat.

Bev's classes were engaging, creative, challenging and relaxing. She brought everyone together and created a community spirit. She was also very open to anything we asked, and couldn't have been more accommodating.

I also found the experience of booking with Free Spirit Yoga to be excellent, everything was perfectly organised and explained.

Thanks to you and Bev, for creating a wonderful experience. I'll definitely be back for more !

Best,
Tabitha - March 2019

 

Hi Divya, Thank you for a fabulous weekend. The yoga was perfect and the pace just right. It was lovely to meet both you and all those other lovely people. I hope that we get the chance to do it all again. I am certainly feeling very relaxed and somewhat looser. Definitely a great thing to do at the beginning of December.
All the very best and thanks again. Liz x

Divya - December 2016

 

Hi Divya ! Missing you already. It was great to meet you . My spirit definitely took to you. I was so lucky to have this for my first retreat .
Thanks for a fantastic weekend. I loved the yoga , company , food venue and conversation..
Wishing you Joy love and light, Sonya x

Divya - December 2016

 

Thank you - Hannah and I really enjoyed our weekend learning from Ken.
Please pass on our grateful thanks. Pam
Ken Eyerman - November 2015

 

Hi Divya, Thank you again for sharing  such a wonderful weekend with us. I truly felt I had come home with your teachings.  I didn't want to take too much of your time, but just to say as it was my first "class" for a least six weeks I felt "held" and safe and now feel really ready again to return to my teachers.
That aside I also feel relaxed and ready to return to normal life, I do so with a clear mind and a better connection to my self. Such a pleasure to spend time with you and your amma, it added a certain something, a grounding, an appreciation of relationships and support.
I wish you well, and I am glad our paths finally crossed. I realise I am already on your mailing list!

Namaste xxxxx (April 2015)
 

Hi David,
As I didn't catch you before I left, thanks for an inspiring and enjoyable weekend at Champneys.  Looking forward to coming to another another event soon and in the meantime will try and remember to breathe and eat chocolate mindfully (even if it is torture!).

All the best David, Andix (New Year with David Sye)

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