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Courses in Kriya Yoga and Creative Writing


Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this retreat due to the Covid crisis. We hope to offer it next year.

Yoga and Creative Writing with Tarik Dervish and Anne Aylor

OCTOBER 14-18TH 2020

Holiday Inn, Algarve, Portugal

We are delighted to be able to offer a unique retreat experience where you will be able to withdraw from the world for a few days. Yoga and Writing are a perfect partnership. When the body is light and the mind is clear then the soul is free to express it’s nature. You get the impulse to dance, write, draw, laugh and sing. Why not gift yourself this experience. It’s certainly the kind of retreat I would always have wanted!


Holiday Inn Algarve

Avenida Marginal

Armação de Pêra

8365-909 Portugal

Date: Wednesday, 14 October – Sunday, 18 October 2020

Time: 10.30AM – 7.30 PM

Length of course: 4 days


Double/Twin room Promenade view: £542 (Early bird deal £492 till May 31st 2020)
Double/Twin room shared with sea view: £588 (£538 Early bird deal till May 31st 2020)
Double/Twin room single occupancy sea view: £662 (612 Early bird deal till May 31st 2020)

If you want to kickstart your writing or yoga, this exciting workshop in the heart of the Algarve will help you develop your creative writing skills and explore your yoga practise. This course co lead by Anne Aylor and Tarik Dervish will include:

  • 2 yoga sessions per day: 10:30-11:30am and 1600-1730)

2 writing sessions per day: 12.00 – 13.30 & 1800-1930

  • the opportunity to have writing done in the workshop read and discussed
  • techniques to start writing or develop work-in-progress
  • daily practice of gentle postures, breathing and meditation techniques to help fire up your creative juices

 Here is a general outline of a typical day:

0800-0830: Meditation with Tarik
1030-1130- Gentle Yoga and Medtation
1140-1200- Tea break
1200-1330- Creative Writing 1
1330-1600 Lunch and Afternoon break
1600-1730- Yoga/Relaxation/ Creative visualisation
1730-1800- Afternoon Tea
1800-1915- Creative Writing 2


Both Yoga and Creative writing workshops will be suitable for all levels. Sessions will be conducted in a friendly, constructive atmosphere.


Holiday Inn Algarve is situated in southern Portugal in a prime beachfront location with stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.


Course members can check in at the Holiday Inn Algarve after 3.00PM on Wednesday.


If you’d like to see the venue, I have created a 4-minute video of a writing workshop I lead at the Holiday Inn Algarve in 2011. In 2012 writer Trevor Baker produced an appreciative and detailed description of this course for Writing Magazine. writing-mag-review.pdf??


You can choose to have a land-view or sea-view room. 


You may request a shared room, however if there is no one to share with you, you will have to pay the single room rate. You’ll need to pay the difference between the shared room rate and the single room rate directly to the Holiday Inn on your arrival. 


Non-resident prices on request.


The Holiday Inn Algarve can cater for vegetarian and vegans. Please provide information on any special dietary requirements when booking.


You’ll be kept busy during the workshop itself, but you may choose to extend your stay in Portugal either before, or after, the course. Tennis and horse riding facilities are nearby, as well as Zoomarine where visitors can interact with dolphins.


  • Bound notebook, pen & a spare. Clipboard (optional)
  • Yoga mat
  • Loose clothing for practice


Air: There are multiple direct flight from UK airports to Faro International, including easyJet, Jet2,KLM, Norwegian Air and British Airways. Road: The Holiday Inn Algarve is 262 kilometres from Lisbon (approximately 2 hours driving time) and 244 kilometres from Seville, Spain (driving time approximately 2 hours).


If you are a passport holder from a country outside the EU, you will need to check if a visa is necessary to enter Portugal. Students are responsible for obtaining any visas, or other travel documents, necessary to enter the country. You are advised to travel with a passport which has a minimum of 6 month left before its expiry.


The Holiday Inn have a transfer service (approx €50 each way for up to 4 people). Taxi: You will need to establish the price once you are there. Bus: You can book a shuttle bus from Faro International Airport to Armação de Pêra by clicking here. Please note: Course members arriving by taxi, rental car or shuttle bus will need to make their own arrangements to get from the airport to the Holiday Inn.


Our first dinner together will be at 7.30PM. There won’t be any tuition on Wednesday night, just the chance to get to know each other a little before the course kicks off on Thursday morning. I would encourage any non-residential members to join us for this meal as it’s a relaxed way to be introduced to the course, myself and the other participants.


The course finishes at 13.00 on Sunday. Check-out time is 11.00AM. Luggage can be left in the lobby.


  • 4 nights’ accommodation & full buffet breakfast for course residents
  • Tuition fee for workshops


  • Flights to/from Faro
  • Ground transportation to/from Holiday Inn Algarve

• Drinks

  • Personal travel insurance
  • 1-2-1 writing tuition with Anne (optional) 


If you want to know more about Anne Aylor Creative Writing Courses, check out “About Anne” link by clicking here. To see what students say about her teaching, click here. To discover more about Tarik, click here.


A PayPal deposit of £100 reserves your place. The balance can be paid by bank transfer, or PayPal which allows you to use your credit/debit card. Bank transfer: If you prefer to pay your deposit / full amount by bank transfer, please ring 0207 263 0669 (DO YOU WANT TO USE YOUR MOBILE NUMBER?) for bank details. Payment in full is due by 1 September. To view Terms & Conditions, click here.

Places will be limited. CLICK HERE TO PAY £100 DEPOSIT to secure a place. 

Alternatively, you can pay the whole amount right now and just forget about it till the cold winds of autumn start to blow in next year then you’ll be happy you treated yourself to this break!

Click on the type of room you wish to book below:


T: 0871 423 4878 (from UK)

  +351 282 320 260 (Front Desk)

E: info@hialgarve.com

W: www.hialgarve.com



Introduction to Kriya Yoga

Unfortunately, I have had to cancel this course due to the Covid crisis. I hope to be able to offer it next year.



5-7 JUNE 2020

Cost: £199 (hotel not included)

Fri 5th June 10-1pm and 2-4pm
Sat 6th 10-1pm and 2-5pm
Sunday 10-1pm and 2-5pm


The practices of Kriya Yoga were propagated by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati from secret teachings described in the Yoga and Tantra Shastras. The kriyas, as taught by Satyananda Yoga, are one of only two systems of Kriya Yoga recognized the world over, the other being that of Paramahamsa Yogananda.

The word kriya means ‘activity’ or ‘movement’ and refers to the activity or movement of consciousness. Kriya also refers to a type of practical or preliminary practice leading to total union, the final result of practice. Kriya Yoga does not curb mental fluctuations but purposely creates activity and awakening in consciousness. In this way all faculties are harmonised and flower into their fullest potential.

Kriya Yoga originated in antiquity and evolved over time through practice and experience. The full form of Kriya Yoga consists of over 70 kriyas out of which only 20 or so are commonly known.

The kriya practices are inscribed in numerous tantric texts written in Sanskrit. To date only a few of these have been translated into other languages. The most authoritative magna opus on the subject of Kriya Yoga today is A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga & Kriya, its companion volume is Kundalini Tantra.

My beloved teacher Swami Nishchalananda wrote the Systemic course and I was lucky to learn from him directly for many years. I spend 6 months living at the Mandala Yoga Ashram near Carmarthen in Wales where my understanding of yoga completely transformed.

The Ashram have given me permission to teach the foundations of Kriya Yoga so that they are better prepared for the course when they learn it in full at the ashram itself. Kriya Yoga must be learned in a protected environment because the practices are very powerful and transformative.

Why not book a weekend in Brighton to practice yoga and learn about this ancient system. You will be inspired.

Email me to book!

If you are interested in finding out more or to see what is planned

About Anne Aylor

Anne Aylor is a professional writer and teacher who has had short stories and poems published by the Arts Council of Great Britain, Oxford University Press, The Literary Review,London Magazine and Stand Magazine.

Her first novel, No Angel Hotel, was republished in 2012 in a revised edition. Her second novel, The Double Happiness Company, was published in 2011. She is 90,000 words into her third and is working on a fourth.

A number of her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio. In 2008 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and in 2011 for the Fish Short Story Prize. In 2014 she was the winner of the Historical Novel Society Short Story Award.

Her stage play, Children of the Dust, won a playwrighting competition and was co-produced by the Soho Theatre and Theatre Warehouse, Croydon.

She worked in post-war Bosnia where she practised Chinese medicine and taught ballet. She taught ballet at Morley College in London and is a member of PEN and 26. In 2007 she was a shortlist judge for the story competition held by the Wimbledon Book Fest and in 2011 she was the judge in the Peter Barry Short Story Competition.

Here’s some feedback from previous retreats with Tarik Dervish:

I very much enjoyed the whole experience and feel more equipped to meet my new goal. More positive, inspired and relaxed.
What a wonderful, enlightening surprise this weekend was.
Great information, Great experience. Great people. A fantastic experience.
I’ve gained new insight into myself that gives me a direction of travel for change. Lots of ideas to work on and tools to do that.

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