In this gorgeous getaway not far from London, I’ll be leading a weekend-long yoga and meditation retreat for those looking to step away, reset and deepen their practice.
What to expect
Join Ellie for a celebration of early summer yoga as we step into a lighter, brighter way of being in a stunning eco-home in Sussex.
After a welcome Friday afternoon tea and a nose around the woods, we’ll relax the mind and body with an artfully-blended yin and restorative yoga session before being led to the dinner table for a candlelit feast of local produce.
In the mornings we'll practice a brightening Hatha yoga and guided meditation designed to stretch, energise and invigorate mind and body. In keeping with the season of light, heat and expansive energies, we’ll be working on poses and breath-work that align with the body’s rhythms. Traditional cleansing techniques will be taught alongside a mindful nature walk in which to delight in the season’s growth and fullness.
For those who know my classes, I love to teach therapeutic embodiment: bringing wakefulness to the whole body through conscious breath, careful sequencing and mindful transition so that we can enjoy greater liveliness, a connection to the whole and a glorious sense of peace and ease. Plus a good dose of the real life stuff - modern philosophy, psychology, a little neuroscience, perhaps :)
Plenty of time between brunch and tea will be yours to walk the beautiful Sussex countryside, curl up in a hammock or on the sofa with a book, natter with friends old and new, or nap and journal the time away. The land has a meditation log circle amid the bluebell woods, a pond and even a fire circle, so who knows what might happen in those spaces?!
In the evenings we'll gather together for quieting yin and restorative as a way of winding down ahead of dinner and a deep, restful sleep.
Most importantly, your retreat time is a sacred space in which to decompress, revitalise and reconnect with nature, yourself and one another. With no need to plan anything other than what book or sunglasses to bring, you'll be free to carve a space in which to bathe in abundant, joyful rest.
Food: the really important part!
All our meals will be provided by the wondrous Alice, whose specialty lies in creating fresh, vibrant, seasonal food high in prana.
As an ex-chef, what we eat and how we eat matters hugely to me, so I've been sure to collaborate with someone who knows what's what!
No need to lay the table, think about food prep or wash up afterwards - all will be taken care of.
The beautiful, sun-filled kitchen and living space
Price & finer details
3 nights accommodation
6 yoga classes
Light breakfast, a hearty brunch, tea and cake and supper all included from a top notch yoga chef
All props provided (though feel free to pack an eye pillow or your favourite blanket/mat)
+ All the nature these London lungs could do with :)
= £490 based on a twin share with 1 double available for a small supplement.
4 of the rooms are en suite with a balcony while downstairs, the 2 remaining bedrooms share a well-sized bathroom.
*Please note that once payment is taken, your spot is confirmed. All payments are non-refundable.
I'll leave you with a gem of a yoga quote to uplift and inspire you:
Yoga is a dance between control and surrender
- between pushing and letting go -
and when to push and when to let go
becomes part of the creative process,
part of the open-ended exploration
of your wellbeing.
~ Joel Kramer
I hugely look forward to welcoming you on what's set to be a beautiful, season-shifting, practice-deepening, rest-inducing, wonder-filled weekend!