OUR AUTUMN HEALTH RETREAT BASED IN LINCOLNSHIRE - WITH HELEN BELL BSc AND DR SANDRA McCUTCHEON Copy
29th - 31st October 2021
BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS OF OUR FIRST UK RETREAT, OUR SECOND HEALTH AND WELLNESS RETREAT BASED IN LINCOLNSHIRE WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 29th - SUNDAY 31st OCTOBER 2021
Autumn is a wonderful time of year – time for quiet reflection, golden leaves, gathering and hunkering down, some say it’s the year’s last loveliest smile.
Hosted again by Helen Bell BSc and Dr Sandra McCutcheon with special guests Jenni Herbert (MBAcC Dip Comp Therapies/Dip Nutrition/Naturopathy & Psychotherapy) and drum circle facilitator Andy Harris – the focus of this Autumnal retreat is to empower you with the knowledge and techniques that will help you to build up your bodily and mental resilience in preparation for the winter months ahead.
Discover how to make positive changes around how you wish to live your life. Feel cared for, nurtured and nourished as our dedicated team of professionals takes you on a journey of learning health enhancing practices and techniques that will empower you to live a healthier and happier life.
This is a wonderfully relaxing retreat but also an adventure into nature and self exploration and how to nurture your own resilience. For example, you will be lighting and maintaining your own fire which harkens back to an earlier way of life when we were more deeply connected with our environment although you will be sleeping in a super king size snuggly bed. Your private luxurious hot tub is heated by sustainably sourced logs - you’ll be responsible for lighting and caring for it - although we will provide the champagne.
This special experience takes place at a brand new, purpose designed retreat centre based in Lincolnshire where luxury meets eco and time stands still. The location is easily accessible from main routes both north and south.
And so .... we shall be waiting patiently to welcome you into the forest where you will find "silence" of the mind in this age of noise.
Below is our bespoke programme:
Masterclass: with Dr Sandra McCutcheon - breathworks talk and experiential exercises – learn how to notice your own breathing patterns and understand how they relate to different well-being states. More so, we will learn how our amazing breath can be used to self-sooth and cool down a busy mind and body, one single breath at a time!
Natured inspired Yoga with Jenni Herbert as she shares with you the secrets of strength, balance and flexibility and how yoga can help with sleep and general health and wellbeing. Suitable for men and women, beginners and experienced yogis.
Eight silk brocades – an introduction by practitioner Helen Bell to the beautiful and elegant ancient Chinese art form and gentle exercise known as Qigong – a moving meditation centred on breathing techniques and co-ordinated movement set to beautiful music. Qigong is the perfect way to relax the mind and body and achieve flexibility and balance. The eight silk brocades are a practise that you can take home with you to do anyplace, anytime, anywhere in order to feel calm, balanced and glide through life like a piece of silk!
Guided relaxation for sleep with Dr Sandra McCutcheon (supported by music) – wind down and learn how to sleep deeply and naturally during Autumn so that you wake up feeling refreshed and raring to go!
Masterclass followed by informal discussion with expert Jenni Herbert on “taking a naturopathic approach to managing stress and anxiety, including a brief consideration of holistic nutrition”. Jenni will share “life hacks” that will enable you to become more resilient and conserve energy as we ease into winter.
Saturday evenings will never be the same after you have experienced an evening around the firepit discovering the power of the drum to connect a group of people. A magical and fun evening led by accomplished drum facilitator, Andy Harris.
Discover the Wisdom of the Hands with Les Mueller as you whittle a piece of wood in Nature whilst enjoying the warmth and glow of sitting around the circular firepit. There is something distinctly satisfying about peeling the bark from a branch, watching thin ribbons of wood spool away from the edge of a knife to drift and settle in a pile at your feet. It’s tactile harmony, a meshing of body and mind with a beautiful personal piece that you can treasure.
Create your calm as you get your ‘Zentangle on’. You will be completely immersed as you create your own beautiful artwork under the expert guidance of Dr McCutcheon. Zentangling is known for its therapeutic effects in helping to relieve stress and anxiety as well as promoting improved mood states, self confidence and wellbeing.
Learn the wisdom of the native American talking stick with Helen Bell as you discover the art of how to really listen to the voices of our families, friends and loved ones.
Lighting and releasing candles on the lake, perhaps sending a happy memory into the world (with Dr Sandra McCutcheon and Helen Bell).
Connect deeply with the soothing power of Autumnal nature as you discover and experience for yourself, the pleasures of the Japanese practice of guided “forest bathing” or “shinrin-yoko” as they call it in Japan. Learn with Dr Sandra McCutcheon how this simple activity can improve your health, lower your heart rate and reduce blood pressure and symptoms of stress. Please note that this guided experience will be different in content to the Summer experience.
There will also be some limited opportunities to book a half hour body work session with Jenni Herbert in the comfort of your own accommodation dome. Depending on the individual’s needs and wants this may for example be an essential oil massage, a clothed shiatsu type massage or reiki and chakra work.
Please note that these must be booked ahead of your retreat and bookings will be on a first come, first served basis.
Collectively creating a beautiful Autumnal nature inspired mandala.
Enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea with your new friends followed by a special closing ceremony that brings our wonderful retreat experience to a close.
Optional free time activities include: relaxing in your own private wood-fired freshwater eco hot tub; go nature based mindful walking in the peaceful and tranquil woodlands (the treasure of pleasure); take a moment in time to gaze out over the tranquil lake whilst observing the delicate dance of the dragon flies as you enjoy a cup of Purusha blended tea; watching the clouds whilst lying on your back in a wild flower meadow or observing the twinkly stars at night as you lie in your luxurious king size bed, or just simply “being” and romance the ordinary!
Everything is of course optional, simply dip in and dip out as you please!
Luxury sleeping accommodation in your own private geodesic dome in your own private space in the woods, where you can listen to the sounds of nature and observe the stars at night through the transparent roof. Options include a snuggly super king size bed or two twin beds with organic, vegan and completely chemical free mattress and pillows.
Your own private, hand built, wooden shower room where you can indulge in a range of complimentary natural soaps and shampoos before drying yourself off on a soft and fluffy organic towel and then wrapping up in a beautiful dressing gown – ready to relax.
Your own private, two person, wooden, wood-fired freshwater eco hot-tub – a totally unique and wonderful experience.
Private luxury eco designed, compost toilet.
Your own private wood burning stove to keep you warm on cooler evenings.
Six beautifully presented, nature inspired, vegetarian meals, prepared lovingly by our personal on site chef and nutritionist Holly Nelstrop.
A quintessentially English afternoon tea served by the lake on the Sunday afternoon.
Unlimited fresh and loose leaf teas and coffees with energy efficient making facilities.
Use of sunset yoga/exercise Dais (raised platform overlooking beautiful open countryside), woodland soundscape circle (an acoustically special area suitable for meditation reflection).
Use of the Kula Dome and absolutely luxurious yoga/exercise equipment and mats for private practice during free time.
Unlimited access to the tea hut that sits on the edge of a beautiful lake , a lovely little nook to connect after class or take time to pause during free time.
All classes and experiences as described, fully guided by our hand picked team of experts who are passionate, caring and rather special people.
You really don’t need to bring anything with you except an open mind and heart. This retreat will change your life and we are waiting here to welcome you!
£ 695 Per Person
Based on two people sharing a private geodesic dome. Single occupancy rates available upon request.