Rest and Be Thankful

This year for the first time, we’re delighted to introduce our new wellbeing yurt - the Rest and Be Thankful - with plenty on offer over the weekend for all ages and abilities. Numbers get bigger every year for Mark’s morning yoga class; come and also try out some chi walking, Pilates or special children’s yoga and mindfulness sessions. We hope you enjoy the quiet and restfulness of this space over the weekend. (The name is a playful borrowing from this famous spot on the A83, a place of beauty and contemplation).


Morning yoga with Mark Russell

Ease yourself off after a night under canvas with this chilled, yet beneficial morning of movement and meditation.

Mark has been studying Yoga for the past 12 years, travelling the world to seek out some of the world’s foremost authentic teachers.  He is a Solas Stalwart and will bring his regular humour and expertise to the morning session.

Chi walking with Nick Constantine

Walking lighter is a gentle practice that reduces the stress on your joints and improves your physical and mental wellbeing and fitness.

Nick has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, teaching in Whitley Bay and across Scotland.


Kids’ yoga with Donna Nelson

For families and 3-7 yr olds; 7-11 yr olds, and teens (12-16 yrs). The classes will be fun, based on some breathing exercises, asanas (postures and movements to warm up the body) and guided relaxation to leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and calm and in the festival mood!

Donna has been practicing yoga since 2001. She believes yoga offers a holistic and healing system for supporting children and adults and their families, and for helping them to live the healthiest, most vibrant, and meaningful lives possible. 

Pilates and Mindful Movement with Jen Wilson

Pilates - all levels and ages

A mat-based class that strengthens, tones, relaxes, and improves posture and flexibility.

Mindful Movement

All the best stuff for your body, mind and soul: Pilates, yoga and meditation combined into one class.
Jen Wilson is an award-winning yoga, pilates and meditation teacher.


Lindsey Porter

Mind your yoga

This 60-min session blends yoga postures (including modifications) breath work and sharing ways to support better mental health. Suitable for beginner to intermediate levels.

Kids’ yoga (ages 3-10)

A 30-min session of fun and creative yoga with a summer theme, with some mindfulness and breathing activities. Please advise of any allergies or conditions before the session.
Lindsey has practiced yoga since 2003. She’s passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga for health and mental wellness.


Sarah Rose Graber - Serendipity: Creativity Through Happy Accidents

If you thought good fortune in your life is all down to chance, then theatre artist and Fulbright scholar Sarah Rose invites you to think again. Come along for her TEDx talk and participate in a playful workshop to learn how you can create happy accidents in your own life.

Morgan Windram - Yoga and Ultrarunning

Morgan is one of the best ultrarunners in Scotland! Come and hear how she blends yoga and running, and be prepared to do a little movement too...

Lorraine Close - Yoga for inclusivity

A discussion around the work of Edinburgh Community Yoga, the importance of encouraging inclusion and accessibility in yoga, and the role of yoga in supporting good mental health. We’ll begin with a breath-based practice focussing on compassion, and end with a nindra for deep rest.

Lorraine has a background in nursing in a wide variety of settings.