Winter's Deep Rest Yoga Retreat

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Winters Deep Rest Yoga Retreat

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Mon 12Dec
Wed 14Dec

Rest, restore and renew

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

As we head more deeply toward the winter’s solstice and skies become ever darker, this Winter Yoga Retreat invites you to develop a sense of self-inquiry through restorative yoga and yoga nidra. These gentle, slow and relaxing yoga practices offer us the chance to contemplate our “inner life”; thoughts, emotions and sensations and find inner peace and stillness reflecting the darkening days.

Event time: Mon 12th Dec 2022 at 4:00pm - Wed 14th Dec 2022 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Gentle early morning walking meditations to the Woodland Sanctuary
  • Yoga which releases tensions through softening, rather than stretching
  • Poetry sharing and journaling to support your retreat towards your soul

Participants Will Gain

  • Deep relaxation of body and mind
  • Connection with the season of winter
  • Reflective self-inquiry through journaling

This is often a time of year when many of us feel the desire to hibernate, yet the pace of modern-day life rarely allows for rest and restoration to take place. This retreat is an invitation for you to listen to that deep call of your body, mind and soul to withdraw from the outside world for a couple of days, and to practice yoga and meditation in an easily accessible, supportive and nourishing way.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

The Winter Yoga Retreat will draw upon both restorative yoga and yoga nidra, two types of yoga practice accessible to all. Restorative yoga helps us release physical and mental tensions by using yoga equipment to help us hold postures without muscular effort. This allows us to relax profoundly and move out of a high-stress, anxious state of being. Yoga nidra is incredibly restful and can help us deal with fatigue, exhaustion and burnout. Both types of yoga can be especially helpful when we are dealing with grief, loss and trauma by helping us move through our emotions, rather than deny them.


Self-inquiry really means to listen, and this is what we will do on the retreat: we learn to listen to our body’s wisdom, the callings of our heart, and the longing of our souls. We will support the yoga practices with journaling techniques, and nature-based meditation on the beautiful landscape we find ourselves within.

This retreat will allow you to slow down to winter’s pace, to take time to reflect and process, to connect with the land, and importantly, to find the true relaxation you desire. 


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

  • Mindful walking through our woodland trails
  • Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
  • Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
  • Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£295 Non-Residential
£355 Residential Shared
£395 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Participants to bring yoga equipment: yoga mat, yoga bolster (can substitute with pillows), yoga bricks and blocks x2 each (can substitute with pillows), blankets for warmth - 2-3 is ideal, yoga strap, eye pillow, cushion for head.
Please also bring: a journal/notebook, pen, and any poetry/readings they would like to share with the group.

Note: Mel can provide some equipment, please email direct at to request equipment. Mel will also have blankets to sell.

The first session will be at 5pm on Monday.

Mel Skinner

Mel has been teaching yoga since 2014, and works with groups and individuals, online and face-to-face, to support those looking to develop their spiritual life, as healing from trauma, excess stress, menstrual and womb health, fatigue, sleep problems, and general body aches and pains. She is also a writer, astrologer and reflexologist. She lives just outside of Bristol near the river and the trees with her husband and daughter.

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“This retreat has given me the chance to reconnect with myself and find stillness. It has been a peaceful experience and I am determined to take away what I have learned into my life. Thank you.”

“10/10- connecting, spiritual, healing and welcoming.”

“Mel is a gifted teacher, I am very grateful to her. This course has been transformative.”

“Mel has a wonderful way - you couldn’t hope for a better teacher to guide you gently, warmly, kindly through the weekend - this has been the perfect restorative retreat.”