Retreat v. 'to withdraw to a quiet or secluded place' 

In its simplest form ‘retreat’, means ‘to withdraw, to drawback.’ Throughout the ages certain traditions have understood retreat to be an important part of spiritual formation.  That is, time consciously set aside for themselves, a change of focus, a deliberate act of stepping outside of normal routine by withdrawing (not running away) from the noise and pressures in order to be in a quiet place where all our senses are open and ready to listen and receive.

In partnership with Learning to Listen and supported by Myogi Yoga our second retreat was a 'roaring' success combining holistic therapy with equine therapy, yoga, meditation and fireside rituals.  It lived up to all expectations providing our guests the opportunity to withdraw from the daily grind of life.

I attended the recent retreat at East Hall Farmhouse on Wednesday this week which was a most enjoyable day. The time passed so quickly and it was a relaxed, well organised occasion with treatments that made one feel so much better within myself. It has helped me to feel more relaxed and in control. The sitting around the fire experience was unique and I think we all gained so much from it. The lunch was delicious and being in the fresh air and sunshine for most of the day was so invigorating. I would like to commend the team on their friendly and helpful approach to myself and fellow participants. Well done to you all. Best wishes.
— Rosanne, Kent

Connection & Intention Setting

The day began with an intention setting session where the guests were given space to connect with their true self and begin to understand what they wanted to achieve from the day and to set their intentions accordingly.  "We put our guests totally at the heart of what we are doing and make it all about them" said Sarah Tomlin, a Haelan therapist who hosted lunch and a nutritional talk.  She continued "our retreats create a safe space for our guests to bring their hearts and voice their feelings".

Each guest received a personalised plan which included a one-to-one yoga session, an equine facilitated coaching session and a holistic treatment.   Teresa, a guest on the day said of her experience "For me it's the "little things" that are important that make experiences like this what they are.  From the added reiki healing on my dodgy knee during my massage, the unlimited supply of herbal teas / coconut water and lovingly homemade energy balls and treats...the aromatic oil smells and blankets during yoga and the added bonus of the fire pit made this day which went above and beyond my expectations and provided a very special unique retreat experience full of genuine support and love and one that I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to take a day out to invest in themselves."

Fireside Ritual

The highlight of the day however was the fireside ritual.  Led by therapist Karenanne, the guests were given the opportunity to take their space to release old patterns of behaviours and beliefs into the fire and heal at a soul level.  They each used the Reiki drum to represent their rhythm of life and presented offerings to the fire of kindling, chocolate and tobacco.  Kindling keeps the fire burning, chocolate represents harmony and the sweetness of life and tobacco enables peace and the end of hostilities.

The fireside ritual created a sense of kinship, blurring the lines between guests and facilitators and enabled us in that moment to be at one. 
— Sarah Tomlin, Haelan Therapist

Unique offerings

Our retreats are truly unique and non more so because we combine holistic therapies and yoga with Equine Facilitated Coaching sessions.  Through our partnership with Learning to Listen we are able to offer guests the opportunity to gain insights and wisdom from the horses about where they are now in their lives and where they want to be.  After their one-to-one session the guests were given the opportunity to consider what had come up for them and journal any ideas, thoughts or understanding that might help them move through a particular block in their life.

I had a profound experience and learnt so much from Jo using equine facilitated therapy. It became a catalyst for me to be able to find the words to verbalise what has been going on internally. At first I was shocked as when Jo asked me questions about my feelings and current emotional space I couldn’t find any words and was really struggling and stumbling my speech. In such a short space of time with Jo’s compassionate and supportive help and questionning and the healing of Boo a beautiful pony with the softest coat in the world....I was able to tease out the emotions that needed healing and find the words to verbalise them, which amazed me.
— Teresa, Wigan
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Our Mind, Body and Soul retreats will return in 2018 and will be themed by the changing seasons.  The investment is £250 per person and we offer payment plans to spread the cost. 

18th May (Spring)

9th July (Summer)

24th Sept (Autumn)

30th November (Winter)

To book your place or for information please contact us indicating which retreat you would like to attend.