Ayurvastra - The Fabric of Yoga: a creative retreat exploring sustainable clothing as spiritual practice. Including natural fabric dyeing, eco printing, foraging for plants and dyes, mantra embroidery, mindfulness,


Join natural dyer and yoga teacher, Justine Aldersey-Williams for a therapuetic weekend infusing clothing with the healing colours of nature. Sanctify your ‘second skin’ with locally foraged plant dyes, ancient patterning techniques and sacred mantra embroidery. Leave having tried natural fabric dyeing, foraging, shibori tie-dye, embroidery, yoga and meditation in an area of outstanding beauty.

EARLY BIRD RATE (before 31/03/17) Twin (shared) Ensuite = £325 Single Ensuite = £345 STANDARD RATE (after 31/03/17) Twin (shared) Ensuite = £365 Single Ensuite = £385 Fee includes dye materials, fabric samples, a silk scarf and all food/refreshments.


You will:-

  • Hear about the fascinating history of natural fabric dyeing and the benefits and uses of living colour
  • Discover and use the real ‘Indian Saffron’
  • Forage for local, seasonal plant dyes
  • Meditate on plant consciousness
  • Colour and pattern your own item of yoga clothing using ancient ‘Shibori’ resist patterning techniques
  • Learn how to maintain, revive and spiritually charge your clothing for lifelong use
  • Practice yoga and meditation in your sacred garments

Does your clothing affect your vibration?

Ayurvastra is a little known branch of the Indian ‘science of living’ Ayurveda concerned with the use of clothing as a healing tool. If you consider that our clothing carries the stories of those who created it, the provenance of cloth can impart either helpful or detrimental effects.

From the chemicals used to control pests during cotton growing to the working conditions of the people who stitched your garments together, cloth carries physical and energetic pollution when produced in an unconscious way.

The fashion industry is currently the second biggest polluter on the planet with a terrible human rights record so when we buy clothing produced that way we not only endorse cruelty to both humans and the planet but also wear the vibration of suffering.

But what other choices do we have?

We may not be able to solve this worldwide problem but we can make gradual improvements in the choices we make.

Your clothing can be a sacred element in your yoga practice

Ayurvastra involves challenging the mass consumption required by the fashion industry by empowering individuals with the knowledge to create, colour and maintain their own lifelong garments infused with sacred prana (life force energy.) Cloth is sourced from sustainable, ethical producers before being infused with colour derived from plants.

The ancient craft of natural fabric dyeing

Natural fabric dyeing is a heritage craft almost extinguished by the Industrial Revolution when synthesised colour was discovered. Prior to this humans better understood the vibrant consciousness of plants, knowing that their living colour, taste and medicinal properties could be beneficial.

In this era of increased ecological awareness, natural fabric dyeing is experiencing a renaissance that could reduce both our rate of clothing consumption and the toxicity of its production methods and for yoga practitioners, Ayurvastra is a way to peacefully protest whilst advocating for sustainable clothing.

Inspiring reverence

Any experienced yoga practitioner will agree that yoga isn’t just a healthy form of mind/body exercise. With time, yoga encourages a deep reverence for ALL life which impacts the choices we make.

Having developed more compassion for all living creatures, questions about the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the effects our consumption has on the planet begin to emerge.

Yoga isn’t about expensive, designer leggings

We sometimes look to gurus for inspiration on how to live and although the West has some famous yogis with slick branding and clothing sponsorship deals, in the East gurus prefer to tread lightly following age-old traditions when it comes to what they wear.

Far from slinging on a pair of designer lycra leggings, yogis in India are often seen wearing ‘Saffron robes’ and whilst the image has become iconic, few of us have probably considered why.