Win! Genuine Teams up with Scapa Yoga & Adventure Festival for a Weekend Retreat Giveaway!
Scapa Yoga and Adventure Festival is a community gathered around yoga, movement, adventure and mindful living. The festival runs from the 4th – 6th of May at the scenic Ardkinglas Estate in Loch Fyne, Scotland in a haven of calm, mature woodland and Scotland’s spectacular mountains.
During this 3-day event, visitors will have all the yoga their hearts desire with classes from nearly all yoga practices from Vinyasa Flow, Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga to Lunar AcroYoga. With instructors hailing from both Scotland and across the globe, many classes are offering bespoke sessions exclusive to Scapa Fest.
In addition to yoga, the one-of-a-kind family festival promises adventure for all ages. A ‘place for families to share discoveries and practices’, activities include den building, fire lighting, woodcarving, night walks, story-telling and meditation plus the opportunity to explore wellbeing and mindfulness. The real perk here? Kids go free!
After a 1000-km solo cycle trip around Iceland, Scapa Fest’s director Clemence Cocquet made it her mission to share the deep peace and connectedness the experience had given her. Four years later and her vision is becoming a reality.
We speak to Clemence to find out how the festival came to be, its vision and what she is most looking forward to at this years fest.
Have you been passionate about yoga and outdoors for a long time? How did your journey start?
Yes, nature and natural movement have always been a big part of my daily life. Sleeping outside, cooking outside, making things out of things I find… I grew up in the middle of a natural reserve on the Northern coast of France, surrounded by the forest and the sea. Exploring my environment and weaving adventure into my life has always been something I have been passionate about. Yoga came later, and has never been to yoga in a studio. I’m a big advocate of yoga off the mat! How else can you weave in together the inside and the outside if you are constantly surrounded by walls?
The seed for Scapa Fest was born in the Westfjords of Iceland in 2014. I was a 1000-km solo cycle trip, when about half way through, a deep shift in me took place. I was cycling 12h a day, living off water from glaciers and smoked salmon, and sleeping in a tiny 800g-tent and carrying less than 8kg of belongings (bags included). Wherever I was, I left no trace, I was eating just enough for my body to keep going happily, I was physically achieving what was only a few months before just a dream. My senses were sharpened like I never experienced before. I could hear all the animals and creatures around me. I could sense the weather changing. The feedback I received from my environment was so strong, it altered my way of moving, thinking, being. I came back to the UK feeling fundamentally different and to put it simply, more balanced. I became passionate in recreating the circumstances that allowed that shift in me to happen, and gradually, I realised that what I really wanted was to share it with other people. Little by little, the idea of gathering a community of people around the elements of the shift (mind-body health, environmental action and outdoor education) became more and more obvious, and by 2016, the seed had sprouted into a strong and viable project.
Do you have anyone or anything that inspires you, like a guru?
I am inspired by people who do things differently. There are a number of people I highly respect and that inspire me.
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and Finisterre founder Tom Kay are both figures I look up to for their deep integrity, outstanding values in sustainability and transparency in business.
Women explorers such as Robyn Davidson, for embracing the powerful simplicity of her dreams. Our visions and dreams are more powerful than we allow them to be, and the people I mentioned are all expressions of the infinite possibilities that open up to us once we start making them a priority in our life.
And I really love receiving my daily Notes from the Universe! Everybody should sign up to them I think!
What are you looking forward to most at the inaugural Scapa Fest?
The process of embodying a vision on such a big scale is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Watching people celebrate at the Opening Ceremony is going to be a very, very powerful moment for everyone involved. I’m also really looking forward to our daily ‘Bardic Fire’, which is the most traditional form of a ceilidh, which simply means ‘sharing’.
To celebrate the launch of our new look, we are giving away two weekend passes to one very lucky winner. All you have to do is like and share our Facebook post and let us know what being Genuine means to you.
Deadline Thursday 12th April at 5pm.
Don’t want to wait? Book your ticket here: