Deep Rest non-residential retreat

 

Is it for me?

These nurturing small group, boutique retreat weekends are a chance to slow down, re-connect and practice mindfulness together with some of the very soft, therapeutic elements of the yoga tradition, including restorative yoga and yoga nidra (deep guided relaxation). We will also enjoy period of silence and mindful walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside from the door. Definitely not for those seeking an active experience or a traditional dynamic yoga practice! Hosted by gorgeous studio nestling deep in unspoilt English countryside. This retreat is only 20 minutes outside Chelmsford, Essex near the village of Little Baddow.
"The weekend Deep Rest retreat exceeded my expectations on so many levels and I returned feeling inspired to make small changes in my own daily routines. The practical aspects - such as the beautiful location, facilities and food - made for a calming and healthy setting as a backdrop. It was rural, rustic and quiet. The books, magazines were a thoughtful addition too. 
I found the periods of silence very welcome and healing. The morning and afternoon sessions took me into a deep relaxation that I have never experienced before. There was an easy flow between which ever of you took the session and your skills and warmth came across as we learnt the positions  I also think the smallness of the group gave a sense of bonding and honesty. A sincere thank you to both Lucia and Vikki."  Emma Hopkins, October 2019 Deep Rest retreat

Yoga on the Deep Rest Retreat


Led by experienced yoga and meditation teachers Lucia and Vikki, these small group non-residential weekends build on the success of our long-standing and highly reviewed Mindfulness for Wellbeing retreats. They offer a rare chance for immersion in some of the most powerfully restful practices spanning both the yoga and meditation traditions.

As such, these retreat weekends will be a chance to slow down, re-connect and practice mindfulness - present-centred awareness; they are definitely not suitable for those seeking an active experience or a traditional dynamic yoga practice. (This is offered plentifully, and expertly, elsewhere).

Participants are welcome to book either the Saturday or the Sunday, or both days. Across the whole weekend, we will enjoy a series of inter-connected practices, including nurturing mindfulness sessions, super-gentle restorative yoga, gentle mindful movement and yoga nidra (a deep, specific form of lying down guided relaxation).

All sessions will be suitable for anyone who can get on and off the floor (eg a yoga mat) with reasonable ease. Many sessions will be taken lying down; others will give different options for posture. Some mindful walking, standing and mindful movement will be included - and again, options for posture (such as sitting on a chair) will be a priority.

Lunch and herbal tea and snacks will be provided on both days, and the lunch and tea breaks will be a chance to connect with fellow students or to take this time to yourself, perhaps by taking a walk in the surrounding fields and lanes.

We anticipate these weekends suiting anyone (of any age) in need of slowing down and taking time to care for themselves - both body and mind. They could also be suitable for those recovering from illness or those currently well, seeking tools to manage mild stress or anxiety. They are NOT suitable for those in the midst of an episode of anxiety or depression. Please email us to discuss if you are unsure.


About the teachers


Lucia Cockcroft
Experienced yoga and meditation teachers Lucia Cockcroft and Vikki Stevenson will teach this retreat. 

Lucia has been practising yoga for almost 25 years and teaching for 14. She has extensive experience and training in both the yoga and meditation traditions, having studied with Bangor university (at postgraduate level, over two years) to teach mindfulness and with Mindfulness in Schools. Other direct influences include Sarah Powers, Norman Blair, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Christina Feldman. 

Vikki is studying with London centre Yoga Campus to become a yoga therapist. She is an experienced and sensitive yoga teacher, with specialisms including restorative yoga, yoga nidra (need guided relaxation) and yoga and meditation for sleep. 

Fast facts

Dates and booking

  • Sat March 7 and Sun March 8, 2020

The cost of this 2 day non-residential retreat is £229 for both days or £119 for one. Healthy snacks provided - please bring your own lunch. For booking, please click our workshops page here.

Suitability


This retreat may be for you if you are:

  • Looking to go away on a retreat that combines VERY GENTLE movement and mindfulness, but requires no prior experience.

  • Seeking to take time out for your own wellbeing, in a holistic, nurturing environment.

  • Anyone new to yoga, mindfulness or meditation looking for a relaxed, informal setting.

  • Looking to take a retreat near home or a non-residential format.

Schedule


Saturday
  • 10am: Welcome
  • 10.30am: Mindful walking
  • 11am: settling practice. Inquiry: what is mindfulness and what is it not? Introducing the softer aspects of the yoga tradition.
  • 11.30am: tea break: herbal teas and healthy snacks provided
  • 12:00pm: Mindful movement
  • 12.30pm:Mindfulness practice
  • 1.00pm: Lunch
  • 2.15pm: Restorative Yoga
  • 3.45pm: Tea Break
  • 4.45pm: Yoga Nidra
  • 5.15pm: Finish

Sunday
  • 10am: Arrivals
  • 10.30am: Mindful walking
  • 11am: Settling practice. Inquiry: what exactly is deep rest, and why do it? Making time to rest in everyday life.
  • 11.30am: tea break: herbal teas and healthy snacks provided
  • 12:00pm: Mindful movement
  • 12.30pm:Mindfulness practice
  • 1.00pm: Lunch
  • 2.15pm: Restorative Yoga
  • 3.45pm: Tea Break
  • 4.45pm: Yoga Nidra
  • 5.15pm: Finish