Spring Rest and Restore Retreat

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Fri 03Mar
Sun 05Mar

Embracing the Courage of Spring

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

As we enter the last few weeks of winter, the signs of Spring are all around us. This retreat will invite you to slow down, and take time to observe and connect with the awakening life all around us. We will use yoga to help us rest but also to gently re-energise, and find ourselves in the flow of Nature, as we begin to awaken from Winter.

Event time: Fri 3rd Mar 2023 at 4:00pm - Sun 5th Mar 2023 at 2:00pm

At a Glance

  • Early morning meditation and walks to the Woodland Sanctuary
  • Gentle flow and restore yoga to create space for breath and stretch and move
  • Opening to stillness and introspection with restorative yoga
  • Deeply restful yoga nidra
  • Nature-based creative journaling

Participants will Gain

  • Relaxation and space to breathe with yoga
  • The chance to reconnect with the cycles of nature, and the emergence of Spring through outdoor meditations
  • Time to slow down and process inner thoughts and feelings
  • The opportunity to share inspiring poetry and other inspiration

Emerging in Spring

March can be a month of uncertainty, sometimes we are greeted with occasional bright, warm days, then there can be rain, even frost, and the daffodils, snowdrops and blossom must persevere towards the light.

Inwardly we can often feel the same. Wanting to emerge and grow, but also reluctant to leave the cocoon of winter. We might feel a desire to break free, but also exhausted if we were unable to slow down and rest in the winter months.

Compassion Towards One’s Self

This retreat emphasises rest and restoration using a quiet type of yoga practice, but also the chance to awaken and re-energise with gentle movement and stretching. Yoga will be made accessible to all – you will be surprised at what your body can do! As always, Mel will teach in a quiet, invitational way, offering lots of space for self-inquiry, and the chance to practice non-judgement and compassion towards one’s self.

Build Your Connection with Nature

Yoga helps us reconnect with ourselves and find an inner sense of peace. From this place, we can better appreciate our beautiful surroundings and the changing light, which we explore early morning meditation walks to the woodland sanctuary. You will also be invited to bring any nature-based poetry, artwork or other inspiration to share, and we will build our connection to the nature around us with a creative meditation on Saturday afternoon – plus a nourishing gong bath on Saturday evening.

By taking ourselves out of “fight-or-flight”, stress and tension, and learning how to rest and find stillness, we can then uncover our inner courage, and cultivate the pioneering spirit of Spring into our hearts, and into lives.


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

£325 Non-Residential
£385 Residential Shared
£425 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Participants to bring yoga equipment. Please see list below. 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 mel@melskinneryoga.com to request equipment. Mel will also have blankets to sell.

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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“Amazing as always… I feel awake, inspired and reflective. What I loved about this course is the mix of yoga and to practice acceptance and welcoming in everything.”

"Mel is exceptional in every way!"

"Mel is a gifted and nurturing facilitator."