News & Updates

Coronavirus update

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

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

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 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

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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  • Spring Yoga Celebration


    A short break with Liz Lark to refresh and revive


All photos courtesy of Emerson College Trust Ltd


Join us for yoga with Liz Lark at the nature inspired Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex Explorative Creative learning centre in the heart of Forest Row, biodynamic farm shop attached within walking distance.

Our College sits within a 22 acre Botanic Garden with beautiful ponds, lawns and flower beds, a vegetable garden, an apple orchard and a wood full of blue bells in spring. 

It has many rare trees and over 100 medicinal plants. This creates a very relaxed environment for all our course participants.


Our venue is simple, natural, with a lot of light.  Free WIFI is available in designated areas. We have ample free parking.

All our land is managed biodynamically and is fully Demeter Certified.

All of our gardens are Demeter Certified and we are one of the first Biodynamic Botanic Gardens in the UK.  Our Vegetable Garden provides fresh vegetables to our kitchen providing soil to table nourishment for our guests.  We have an onsite apothecary garden created by our land partners, The Healing Garden,  where many species of medicinal herbs and plants are preserved and cultivated.

We encourage you to wonder around our 22 acre estate with ponds, small woodland full of bluebells in spring, a medicinal herb garden and many sculptures and flow forms created by our students.

Our kitchen garden supplies our kitchen with fresh vegetables, salads and herbs as well as hundreds of flowers. 

What we can’t grow ourselves we source locally and organically to create our vegetarian meals.

All meals are freshly prepared every day in our kitchen. Our meals are vegetarian and we can also cater for gluten free, dairy free and vegan diets. For those with other special diets we provide self catering facilities.

We support agricultural practices that renew and sustain the soil rather than depleting it.  We have a Kitchen Garden (small biodynamic vegetable garden) here on campus, providing us with fresh greens, lettuces, spinach, tomatoes, flowers and much more! And Tablehurst farm – a community owned biodynamic farm – is just next door to us.

Walk / Run along the Forest Way, enjoy cafes in Forest Row, explore Ashdown Forest, have a treatment in Willow’s Cabin : bring trainers and hiking boots !

Treatments / physio and healing Trager with Pete Roberts


Liz Lark (pictured right)  with be teaching 'Creative Yoga' with flow, dynamic alignment, awareness practises, and yoga nidra. It will be a celebration towards Solstice - the onset day of the year

Yoga will take place in the Eurythmy Studio - deep in the woodland.



2-3 pm Welcome Yoga in Eurythmy Studio

Check into rooms ( reception)  3 pm,

tea break in Pixton House or cafe opposite Reception

4.30-6 pm Yoga Flow

6.15 Supper

7.30 - 8.30 Meditation & Yoga nidra


8-9 am Breakfast

9-10 Wake up pranayama & somatics

Check out of rooms 10 am, coffee break

11-12.30 Yoga Flow ~ Spring Awakening Balances

12.45 Lunch





Our student houses

We have three main student houses Linden, Oaktree and Birch.

The houses provide opportunities to meet and socialise with other residents and guests, as well as quiet rooms for rest and time alone within Emerson’s diverse learning community.

Each house has its own style and character.  

As an ecologically aware organisation, we use specific cleaning products and procedures to minimise our impact on the environment and to reduce water use and waste.



We will be staying in single rooms with shared bathrooms.

We also have 2 rooms available for couples with double beds

Please be aware that all rooms are simply furnished (see picture)


Communal spaces

Communal spaces in Pixton House provide the social hub of the campus, with a common room, dining rooms and meeting rooms, as well as two libraries for quiet study.






Car: You may arrive by car (we will supply you with directions). 

Train: Take a train from Victoria Station to East Grinstead. Trains leave once or twice an hour at around 20 minutes and 50 minutes past the hour. The journey takes about an hour and costs £12-£15 depending on the time of day.  From East Grinstead take a bus or a taxi to the College which is about 4 miles away. ( You can even walk along The Forest Way from East Grinstead if you are travelling light).

Bus: There are buses from London Bridge, Victoria and Gatwick to Forest Row.

Includes - Accommodation, Yoga, Full Board

Not Included - Travel, Transfers, Treatments, Massages.





Per person

April 5 1

Creative Yoga

Liz Lark £225

We will be staying in single rooms with shared bathrooms.

We also have 2 rooms available for couples with double beds