Day and half-day retreats

In-person retreat days across Hampshire

Gentle yet deep yoga, meditation and restful yoga nidra, complemented by therapeutic quality essential oils, to reconnect you to your body, still your mind and make space.

I offer regularly mini-retreats (half or full day) at a number of carefully selected venues across Hampshire. I also offer bespoke retreats – scroll to the bottom of the page for details.

I keep numbers for these events intentionally low so they tend to sell out quickly.
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I had only ever done ‘yoga at home’ before, [during] lock-down. Helen’s workshop was a total eye-opener. Focussing more on small (and very effective) movements and body awareness, I was able to tune totally into my body; feeling the beneficial differences as the workshop progressed. The use of various essential oils throughout was an additional bonus. The session ended with my first Yoga Nidra. I was amazed at how I felt after this; my mind was calm, quiet & still and my body relaxed and refreshed.” – Anna

We all tend to spend most of our waking hours ‘in our heads’. When we consciously reconnect to our body, we ground ourselves, giving our minds permission to stop, to be still. We make space for our Self.

I choose intimate venues and keep numbers intentionally low. This means I can really pay attention to the needs of each and every participant, ensuring a tranquil, peaceful experience for all.

Whether you’re a regular at my yoga classes, haven’t been for ages or have never managed to attend any of them, a Make Space retreat is the perfect way to press pause on your life for a few hours, making time to breathe, to be still and to (re)connect with your Self.

A Make Space day or half-day retreat is also a great way to spend some time with me if you’re considering working with me on a 1:1 basis to create lasting change in your life.

“I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Your … unique way of taking each posture a step at a time helped me to almost fall effortlessly, easily and thoughtfully into the postures and really experience what that feels like.” – Daphne

All Make Space retreat days offer a carefully curated balance of movement and stillness, of sound and silence, of awareness and deep, deep rest. They all include:

    • Gentle exploration of yoga asana (postures)
    • Suitable for all levels of yoga experience and none
    • Breath awareness
    • Silent sitting (meditation)
    • Deep rest through yoga nidra (aka yogic sleep)
    • High quality essential oils
    • Organic chocolate buttons
    • Full day retreats include all of the above plus an opportunity to explore an aspect of yoga philosophy

All One Step Forward retreats days are perfect for anyone who’s interested in taking time to reconnect and make space, with or without previous yoga experience.

“Helen teaches the most incredibly restorative form of yoga, perfect for anyone who needs time out from their stressful life or to ease painful limbs gently. She structures the time beautifully with the most gentle of yoga stretches, mindful breathing and meditative practices, which prepare you for the final ‘yoga nidra’ relaxation.” – Helen Cooper, My Wellness Connected

Private and group retreat days

In addition to my public Make Space retreat days I also work with small groups of friends or colleagues to create a bespoke, retreat-style experience at a time and place of their choosing. This can be a wonderful alternative to a spa day if you are looking for a conscious, connected way to celebrate a special birthday, forthcoming wedding or other milestone.

If you would like to know more, and you have a group and/or location in mind, please contact me to discuss your requirements.

“What a treat for my mind, body and spirit. Helen’s attention to care is obvious throughout as she gently guides you through movement and stillness. I can’t recommend Helen enough.” – Katy