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21-254 - Yoga Retreat - Mel Skinner

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Fri 19Jul
Sun 21Jul

Gratitude, light and abundance

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

This retreat is designed to help you find the ability to rest, restore, and reflect using yoga practices and outdoor nature-based meditations as tools to reconnect with ourselves and with the land around us. These techniques invite us to find a sense of peacefulness and contemplation that may be otherwise difficult to access in our busy lives. In doing this, we will find gratitude for the abundance of light and beauty all around us at this time of year.

Early Bird places now sold out – standard priced places available!

If you would like to share a room with a friend, please contact Cathy to book on 01453 759 034 or email

Event time: Fri 19th Jul 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 21st Jul 2024 at 2:00pm

At a Glance

  • Early morning meditation walks to the woodland sanctuary
  • Gentle flow and restore yoga to create space for breath, stretch and movement
  • Opening to stillness and introspection with restorative yoga
  • Deeply restful yoga nidra
  • Sound bath on Saturday evening
  • Celebrate the summer energy with rituals incorporating Hawkwood’s labyrinth and natural spring.

Participants Will Gain

  • Yoga to release stress and tension, and create space and ease
  • Deeply restful yoga nidra
  • Outdoor meditations embracing Hawkwood’s stunning landscape
  • The chance to pause, reflect and replenish one’s energies
  • To discover a sense of gratitude and light already within you

Flow and Restore Yoga

This time of year is known as a time for renewal and abundance, as summer blooms in full glory. This yoga retreat will invite you to rest and restore your energies, to connect with the light inside of you, as well as the longer days outside.

With gentle Flow and Restore yoga to open up your body in the mornings and afternoon Resotrative/Yin style practices to release long-held patterns of tension and create more space for breath. This form of yoga is proven to support mental and emotional health, as well as improve physical wellbeing. We will also experience yoga nidra, a deeply healing and restful form of yoga that is proven to decrease feelings of anxiety and depression, support chronic pain and insomnia, and resolve trauma.

Engage With Nature

As well as twice daily yoga sessions, we will also explore nature-based activities, including using journaling to connect with the landscape around you, and optional early morning meditations in the beautiful woodland sanctuary.

On Saturday there will be a special nature-inspired session devoted to the energy of summer. This will involve optional barefoot walking in grass, lighting of candles, yoga nidra and “planting the seeds” of our intentions as we prepare to move forward – plus a nourishing gong bath on Saturday evening.

There will also be plenty of free time for you to drop out of “doing” mode, and to read, sleep, explore or whatever else you feel. This is truly a retreat to nourish your mind, body and soul.


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

£293 Earlybird Non-Residential
£353 Earlybird Residential Shared
£395 Earlybird Residential Single
£345 Full Price Non-Residential
£415 Full Price Residential Shared
£465 Full Price Residential Single


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Non-Residential Deposit
£ 150.00
15 available
Residential Single Deposit
£ 150.00
15 available

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Practical Information

articipants to bring yoga equipment*, plus a journal/notebook, pen and colouring pencils, and any poetry/readings they would like to share with the group.

*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

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

Arrival and registration will start at 4 pm and there will be an introductory session at 5 pm on Friday. The retreat ends after lunch on Sunday.

Please note that prices are listed per person.

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

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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“Mel is a wonderful , empathetic and skilled yoga teacher. She also sets an inclusive and non-judgemental, non-competitive environment, which is not always the case in the world of yoga.” - Barbara

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

“My best yoga teacher :-)” - Eva