Replenish, renew and reflect
Facilitator: Mel Skinner
At this point of midsummer and the longest day, take time for yourself to both nourish and restore your energies. This weekend retreat will offer nature-based meditations, free time to explore and rest, a gentle ‘flow and restore’ yoga practice for the mornings and deeply restful restorative/yin based practices for the afternoon. With optional early morning meditations in the woodland sanctuary to a closing summer solstice based ceremony on the Sunday afternoon, this retreat promises to boost your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. All are welcome.
Event time: Fri 18th Jun 2021 at 4:00pm - Sun 20th Jun 2021 at 2:00pm
At a glance
- Slow down, reflect and take time to recharge
- Calm your nervous system, boost immunity and balance your hormones with yoga
- Connect with the beautiful surroundings through silent morning meditation walks, nature-based journalling and the gift of free time and space
What will participants gain
- Reduce feelings of anxiety, fatigue, stress and more
- Time to slow down, reflect, and turn inward
- Experience deep rest for mind, body and soul
This time of year is as a time for renewal and abundance, as summer blooms in full glory. Therefore, on this yoga retreat we 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 Restorative / Yin style practices to release long-held patterns of tension and create more space for breath. It is proven that it supports our mental and emotional health, and improves our physical wellbeing. Experiencing yoga nidra, a deeply healing and restful form of yoga to decrease feelings of anxiety and depression, support chronic pain and insomnia, and resolve trauma.
As well as twice daily yoga sessions, we will also explore nature-based activities, including using journaling to connect with the landscape around you. Optional early morning meditations in Hawkwood’s beautiful woodland sanctuary. On Sunday we will have a special nature-inspired session devoted to the summer solstice, which takes place on the 21st June. This will involve optional barefoot walking on grass, lighting of candles, yoga nidra and ‘planting the seeds’ of our intentions as we prepare to move forward.
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, and all are welcome.
This retreat is suitable for all, even those brand new to yoga.
Please bring a blanket and a small pillow for cushion for your head. You may also like to bring a yoga mat if you have one (mats will be provided, but in this type of yoga it can be more comfortable to have two). If you have extra yoga equipment, such as blocks and bolsters etc, please bring this with you (make sure it is clearly labelled). Wear warm, comfy clothes that you can move freely in, including warm socks. You may also like to bring walking boots and extra layers for the early morning walk.
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 became a qualified yoga teacher in 2014, and since then has spent time undertaking intensive study with a number of skilled and inspirational teachers in the UK and India, as well as exploring her own home practice. Mel has specialised her training in restorative yoga, yoga nidra and yoga for women’s wellbeing and teaches classes, workshops, retreats and one-to-one sessions with an emphasis on healing, connection and relaxation.Visit Tutor's Website
“I always love Mel’s courses, they are well balanced, thoughtful and enjoyable. Mel is a fabulous tutor, she is receptive to the needs of students, acting with compassion
and intuition.” - Melisa
“More restful than I could have imagined. Mel was lovely. She was wise beyond her years and very caring and held the group so well.” - Cristine
“This was retreat was more than I could have hoped for. I’ve got so much out of the course. Mel is made for this. Calm, kind, clear and helpful. I would recommend
everyone to do this,”