Rest and Restore Retreat

Friday 6th September - Sunday 8th September 2019

Enter into autumn with grace on this yoga retreat which promises to give you time and space to breathe. With two yoga sessions a day, including restorative yoga and yoga nidra, this retreat will give you the opportunity to connect with nature, to rest, and to step away from the to-do lists and responsibilities. Come and be nourished, and prepare to greet the darker days feeling more relaxed and well.  

The venue

Located within an enchanting 19th Century Grade II listed building surrounded by 42 acres of beautiful grounds, Hawkwood College is based just outside of Stroud, within easy reach from both the M4 and M5 motorways. A relaxed, quirky venue hosting a wide range of educational and nourishing courses and retreats and surrounded by woodlands, with simple accommodation, a generous kitchen, and a strong ethics at their core. I am always very honoured to be part of the vast and wonderful range of offerings here. 

The yoga 

From restorative yoga to take the body out of high stress mode, to slow long stretches to work deeply with physical tensions, and plenty of soulful yoga nidras, this retreat promises to boost your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Each morning after breakfast we will explore gentle yet powerful yoga practices including simple meditations and gentle yin and yang yoga. In the late afternoon we will use more restorative yoga practices designed to take the body and brain out of high stress, and into a state of complete relaxation. There will be yoga nidra, a form of meditation through deep relaxation, each day, and the afternoons you can join me to discuss and share poetry and philosophy, or if you prefer some time alone, you can use this time to read, walk or simply catch up on sleep. 

Although the yoga practices themselves are gentle and kind to the body, they are incredibly powerful. By creating the time and space for ourselves to find deep, nurturing rest, we are able to reduce tension in the body and mind, enabling ourselves to see more clearly, feel more calm, and be able to step into 2019 in a more mindful way.

The food

 The food at Hawkwood is mostly organic, mostly local, and totally delicious! You certainly won't go hungry on this retreat as we start the day with a delicious breakfast including scrambled and boiled eggs, a variety of toast including sourdough, cereals and muesli, fruit, and a selection of organic tea and  coffee. Lunch and dinner are home-cooked with love, and include meat and vegetarian offerings, and the quality of the ingredients will boost and support your digestion.

The Schedule

The aim on this retreat is to slow ourselves down. I encourage you to let yourself move at the pace of your body. You may be surprised by how tired you really are, so afternoon naps, relaxing with a book, or enjoying a stroll to the meditation hut in the woods are all welcome here. You are free to do as little or as much of the yoga as you like.

Check out an example schedule for last autumn's retreat here. This is subject to change. 

Bedrooms and pricing

Non-residential (breakfast not included) - £235

Shared room, shared bathroom -  £275

Single room, shared bathroom  £325

Please note travel, insurance and treatments (where relevant) are not included in these prices.

Booking is made directly through Hawkwood College for this retreat. 

I loved every minute of the course. It was so restful, challenging at times but a perfect blend of nurture, rest and laughter. It exceeded my expectations. I left feeling completely rested and content. Mel is a wonderful teacher. She seem to pitch it just right for all who are there, for the myriad of stories and challenges we bring Mel patiently helps us wrestle through and reach a place of peace.
— Jo

This booking is handled by Hawkwood College. Please contact them directly for further information. 

Terms and conditions



A retreat can be wonderfully relaxing, allowing you time to focus on yourself and taking away the every day stresses of life. However retreats can also be times of emotional release, as slowing down often offers the chance for reflection and contemplation. It is recommended that you slow down before your retreat if possible, and also allow yourself time to return to the everyday world, perhaps taking an extra day off work if you can, and avoiding making any unnecessary social engagements or obligation. 

It is good to prepare for all weathers, especially when retreating in the UK! For this reason, I recommend wellies and/or walking boots, waterproof clothes, comfy warm socks and slippers, a warm jumper or two, hat and gloves, sunscreen, and swimming clothes (when relevant).

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