Winter Rest and Restore Retreat

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Winters Deep Rest Yoga Retreat

Interested in booking one of our courses? Call our office on 01453 759 034

Fri 15Nov
Sun 17Nov

Inner Stillness and Surrender

Facilitator: Mel Skinner

As we move towards darker days, it is the perfect time for us to drift and dream our way into the season of winter, and to accept all that we must let go of. Drawing on the yogic philosophical concept of abhinivesha (the fear of death and the will to live), and with an emphasis on restorative yoga and yoga nidra, we will explore the time of surrender, and the peace that comes from doing so.

Earlybird pricing until Friday 23rd August – limited Earlybird places available.  Earlybird places have now sold out – standard priced places available!


If you would like to share with a friend, please call Cathy on 01453 759 034 to make your booking – or email:

Event time: Fri 15th Nov 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 17th Nov 2024 at 2:00pm

At a Glance

  • Plenty of deeply restful yoga nidra – at least two practices a day
  • Soothing restorative yoga to really relax muscle tension
  • Grounding meditation walks and contemplation of nature
  • Accessible yoga philosophy teachings

Participants Will Gain

  • A deeper understanding of yoga philosophy, its relevance to this time of year, and coping with modern day stresses
  • The chance to release tension from mind, body and soul
  • Therapeutic and healing yoga nidra

The Beauty of Stillness

As we head closer towards the end of the year, many of us can find ourselves dreading the darker days. Others will find themselves longing to embrace the desire to hibernate and go inwards. For most of us, modern life can make it difficult for us to really slow down and discover the jewels that winter has to offer. This retreat is an invitation to discover the beauty of stillness and quiet contemplation.

This retreat will contain restorative yoga and yoga nidra as two deeply restful and contemplative yoga techniques that teach us how to soften, release and relax, plus the will be a nourishing an healing gong bath on Saturday evening.

Yogic Philosophy

When we are relaxed, it becomes easier to face things that may have felt overwhelming or challenging before. Mel will introduce the yogic concept of Abhinivesha, meaning fear of death, and we will use the beautiful surroundings of Hawkwood to observe and connect with the death and decay of nature around us. This will teach us not to be afraid, but instead to accept and acknowledge that all endings offer new beginnings.

By giving ourselves permission to rest, grieve, and feel, we actually become stronger, more resilience and balanced. We move out of “emergency” and “urgency” mode, and reconnect to the rhythm of our soul, and the rhythm of our Earth.

Price Options

£345 Non-Residential
£415 Residential Shared
£465 Residential Single
£293 Non-Residential Early Bird
£353 Residential Shared Early Bird
£395 Residential Single Early Bird


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Residential Single Deposit
£ 150.00
11 available
Non Residential Deposit
£ 150.00
11 available

Practical Information

Participants to bring yoga equipment (please see list below). Please also bring a journal/notebook, pen, 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.

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's retreats are deeply nourishing for the soul & her authentic nature & wisdom beyond her years really helps give myself permission to relax."

"Mel’s workshops and retreat have had a huge impact on helping me to manage my chronic fatigue syndrome in a way that nothing else has. I can highly recommend both, to those just wishing to treat themselves to some high quality R&R and for those managing stress or chronic illness."

“Mel gave us a well thought out programme alongside a philosophical, informed approach in a beautiful relaxed venue. Thank you."