Day and half-day retreats
In-person retreat days in the heart of the South Downs
I offer regularly mini-retreats (half or full day) at Milland Memorial Hall near Liphook and Rebalance Pilates & Yoga Studio in Hambledon (between Portsmouth and Petersfield).
I’m also planning to hold some pop-up retreat days over the next few months in different venues, so let me know if you have any suggestions!
“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 to ensure that each mini-retreat offers a tranquil, peaceful experience for all participants.
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 mini-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 experience and none
- Silent sitting (meditation)
- Deep rest through yoga nidra (aka yogic sleep)
- High quality essential oils
- Make Space for stillness half-day retreats include extra focus on breath awareness and other meditative practices (which may also include movement)
- Make Space for movement half-day retreats allow for a deeper exploration of specific asanas (yoga postures)
- Full day retreats include both of the above plus an opportunity to explore an aspect of yoga philosophy
All One Step Forward retreats days are suitable 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