In 1993, I packed myself off on a round-the-world trip. The heaviest item in my 55 ltr backpack was guilt. Although I was excited to be off, I felt torn leaving les miserables (no, not the musical) but a rag bag of needy folk – friends and family.
I felt indispensable to their happiness though, truth be told, I was eager to get away to spend time in places I’d long dreamed of: India, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, the USA. My body and mind needed the break from work and obligations to others, even loved ones. I wasn’t sure of the next step in my life but an inner rumble signaled that something needed to change. I buckled my seat belt and off I went into the unknown.
S-L-O-W-I-N-G down, travelling through untamed nature, sharing journeys, life, adventure and joy with others refreshed my whole being. The most important thing I learned is that there is a benevolent force that guides me if I had only been still long enough to recognise it!
The guilt was dumped at New Delhi airport – I trusted les miserables would manage without me. It didn’t take long before my mind cleared and I knew without a doubt what I wanted to do with my life on my return home.
With my mind and body aligned, everything fell into place with ease – each step leading me towards my dream. All because I prioritised taking time out to stop, slow down and tune in to my heart and soul.
Perhaps for some time now you too have been yearning for a little time out to re-calibrate your life BUT there’s the childcare, chores, errands, meals to organise, family/work/social obligations – and did I say guilt?! Or perhaps you believe you’re too old, too stiff and besides you need a B and B as you live further afield and…besides it’s too stressful to squeeze another thing into an already crammed week. The mind and its constant babble, eh?!
Well, you may not have time for a round-the-world trip but you may just manage a round-your-own-world trip in as little as four hours a month as from October 2018 I will run a series of mini-retreats one Saturday morning a month in the lush surroundings of a grand house and gardens, Rownhams House, just outside Southampton in Hampshire.
In fact, autumn and winter are the ideal time to turn your gaze inwards, establish a deeper, authentic connection to yourself and, just as nature does, cut back, let go and release the jaded and unnecessary so there is space to plant seeds of new intentions that will bloom and flourish in the spring.
Mindful Moon Mini-Retreats
I’d love for you to join me for this nurturing series of mini retreats where within a small, select group I will:
- Teach you yoga moves with a mindful tone to gently squeeze and release tension from your body and energy centres
- Take you into a deep, healing relaxation journey to unlock your joie de vivre and creative flow
- Offer you a wholesome Ayurvedic inspired brunch to cleanse and nourish both body and mind – flavours to nourish specific energy/life centres each month
- Guide a mindfulness meditation followed by time to journal, set intentions for the coming month, explore the woods, lake and lawns, relax and share with others.
- Join a closed Mindful Moon online group to stay in touch with others after the retreat and share your voyage of self-discovery with each other.
So, now there’s still plenty of time to make arrangements and, if you’re not Hampshire based, to even book your travel and B and B to make a weekend of it in the nearby New Forest and Hampshire countryside. You could even bring a friend to share the adventure with you!
I’m really looking forward to sharing these mini-retreats with you.
See the booking details below.
Healthy and happy regards,
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 13 October
Saturday, 10 November
Saturday, 8 December
Saturday, 2 February
Saturday 9 March
Booking a single retreat with advance payment: £60
Booking between 2 to 4 retreats with advance payment: 10% discount available
Booking all 5 retreats with advance payment: 15% discount available
PLEASE NOTE: if you choose to pay each month for a single retreat there is no discount available.
When booking please specify the date/s of the retreat/s you will be attending.
If you prefer to make an online payment by BACS please contact me at: email@example.com
If you are unable to attend the retreat the following cancellation charges will apply:
4 weeks before retreat date – No refund
2 months before retreat date – 75% refund
3 months before retreat date – Refund less 10% admin charge
In the event that your space is taken by another, a full refund will be given less a 10% admin charge.