Day Retreats

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Previous Workshops and Retreats...

Introduction to Shiatsu Yoga
At Yoga Wise Studio in Mayland, Essex, UK
Saturday 10th November 10-5pm

Experience yoga through the perspective of shiatsu - align your knowledge of yoga poses with the flavours of shiatsu energy that support them. Develop your awareness and self-care skill and learn how to care for others in self- and partner-shiatsu.

The union of Indian yoga with Japanese shiatsu can bring benefits of an intuitive approach to yoga with easy feedback through the sensations of energy channels and points, by holding and massaging areas of the body physically and with the mind in meditation.

In this day workshop you will learn about how shiatsu can support your yoga practice and I hope experience the deep links between these two disciplines, to manage and prevent injury and long-term health issues for men and women.

This day workshop is £50 per person.

Women's Yoga & Shiatsu
Afternoon Retreat
Saturday 9th September
1.30 - 5.00 pm
At The Tree Room in Colchester
Essex, UK

Be guided by your feminine energy in this invigorating afternoon of womb yoga and the extra-ordinary vessels in self and partner shiatsu.

No previous experience of yoga or massage is required, no particular strength or flexibility is expected... come just as you are to develop trust within yourself to do exactly what you need to do to honour your body, the flow of your energy, your cycles and the cycles of nature. Learn to listen to and appreciate your power, wisdom and natural ability for creativity, calm and healing in a circle of women that is mutually supportive and deeply nourishing.

Please bring a notepad and a few coloured pens or pencils as you may find the yoga and meditation invite your creativity... and wear loose and comfortable clothes that are easy to move in and help you feel beautiful.

You may also like to bring a snack or a plate to share after this retreat, before Sarah-Savitri's Kirtan... see details below.

After this session, Sarah-Savitri will be guiding an evening of Kirtan - the yoga of voice. An uplifting way to enter a state of deep meditation. Chant and sing ancient Sanskrit mantras. This accessible heart opening practice is accompanied by the resonance of the harmonium. No experience needed, all voices warmly welcomed.

For bookings please email sarah at or phone 07956664702

Red Tent Day Gathering & Workshop
Saturday 2nd July 2016
with Keziah Osborne and Clare James
in Earls Colne, Essex, UK

Red Tent Saturday Gathering
(connecting to the inner mother)

How to Hold Your Own Red Tent Workshop

Welcoming women to join us for a day of celebrating the gifts of the Earth as we move into the fullest part of summer, exploring the fullness and richness of what it is to be a woman in today's world...

In the Red Tent Gathering we will be exploring the archetype of the mother, letting ourselves be held and supported by Mother Earth as we sit in circle, honouring the connection with our mothers and grandmothers, however that may be, and most importantly, the reason we come to red tent: mothering ourselves... through the care, compassion and time we give to ourselves. The dark moon is on the 4th July, the sign of Cancer, the element of water which is deeply nourishing for our emotions, and the sign of the crab: snappy, soft and sensitive!

The Red Tent Workshop is for women who are keen to start their own red tent, would like to support others, or would like help and support for their existing red tent and increase their contact with other red tents. We will talk about the guidelines we have used over the last few years at Essex Red Tents, such as deep listening, non-judgment and anchor points. There will be space for sharing what you wish for your own red tent and any difficulties or successes you would like advice for or just to be heard. The format of the workshop will be sitting in circle, so we will practise red tent guidelines as we hold the workshop.

Stay for the whole day or just one part, but we recommend that women attending the afternoon workshop also come in the morning to get the greatest benefit from their workshop.

For the Red Tent Gathering, please bring whatever you find helpful for the circle, chocolate is always a good idea! Something for the altar, a photograph of someone you would like to think of... perhaps you would like to offer an activity, a meditation or exercise you can lead or teach? As we will be there over lunchtime, it can be nice to bring food to share... We ask everyone to bring £5 to cover costs like herbal teas, nibbles, craft materials and flowers to make our Red Tent a charming place to be. Please let us know if you are coming so we can make sure we have enough for everyone :)

The investment for the How to Hold Your Own Red Tent Workshop is £35 which includes a little red tent box of goodies to help start and sustain your red tent. Booking with full payment is required to secure your place.

You can read more about Essex Red Tents here:

We look forward to circling with you!

Winter Afternoon Retreats
At The Tree Room in Colchester

Stress-Less Christmas
Saturday 19th December 2015 1-5pm

Creative New Year
Saturday 2nd January 2016 1-5pm

Breathe some space into your Christmas and New Year this year and make time for yourself!

These four-hour afternoon mini-retreats of self-shiatsu, meditation and yoga will encourage you to find your own flow, help you to rest deeply and move gracefully without forcing or needing to compete... Yogis, yoginis and meditators of all levels of experience are welcome, including complete beginners.

A small investment of £20 per person for these luxurious sessions of self-care and rejuvenation.

Womb Business Workshop
Saturday 21st November 9am-1pm
At The Tree Room in Colchester

The art of deep listening in working with colleagues,
clients and our own intuition.

Inspired by my experience of working with free software, the raw material that makes the internet possible, and using practices developed in Boudicca's Circle, a support group for teachers, therapists, creatives and entrepreneurs in Colchester, this workshop is training for the exciting new world of empathic, satisfying and collaborative business in the 21st century.

We will introduce topics such as understanding cycles of development in business, creating a working environment that nourishes spontaneity, innovation and self-support and the sacredness of money.

The morning will include mindful movement and meditation, creative exercises, circle and discussion. Refreshments also provided.

This workshop is open to men and women of all ages, in all careers and careers-in-making.

Just £20 per person for this full morning session, to book your place, click here.

Women's Yoga Mini-Retreat
Saturday 22nd August 1-5pm
At The Tree Room in Colchester

An afternoon of luxurious relaxation including yoga nidra, womb yoga, chocolate ceremony and more... In the inspiring Tree Room in Colchester, this mini-retreat is just £20 per person, so be quick to book and ssshhhhh don't tell anyone or they might get your chocolate ;) Bookings are being taken here.

A divine £120 that includes camping, activities and ALL delicious homemade meals and snacks, only £50 deposit secures your place. A whole weekend immersing in the Love that is Red Tent, deep in the lush North Essex countryside, camping and delicious wholesome meals included in the price. Join us in circle, sisterhood, joy and celebration to nourish your feminine soul. We hope you are inspired to join us xxx

We have a facebook event here

I am addicted to Ishwari's Women's Wisdom Workshops in Maldon, Essex, and so I am very happy to be holding a Sicilian chocolate ceremony at the end of this one on 22nd March... please book through Ishwari's form here, but let me know if you would like to know more!

Help yourself integrate the changing temperatures and demanding pace of Autumn in these mindfulness meditation, yoga and shiatsu relaxation workshops. These sessions are about grounding, revitalising and deep relaxation, so please wear comfortable clothing and plan a gentle evening afterwards so you can assimilate your own self-healing. No yoga or meditation experience is required. Suitable for all levels of fitness, all ages teenagers and upwards, postnatal and pregnant women too.

Embracing Autumn with Compassion
Love and Kindness for Yourself
Saturday 12th October 1-3pm

Womb Yoga Autumn Session
For Women and Girls
Saturday 9th November 1-3pm

Settling Energy for
Christmas & the Winter Solstice
Saturday 7th December 1-3pm

All workshops are at the Tree Room, 12 Trinity Street, Colchester. Book your place by phone or email, £15 per person payment by Paypal, bank transfer or in cash confirms your booking.

Deep Relax Yoga & Shiatsu Workshops
Saturday 2nd February 2013 1-3pm
Saturday 16th March 1-3pm
Saturday 6th April 1-3pm
Saturday 4th May 1-3pm - Family Session
Saturday 25th May 1-3pm
The Tree Room, Colchester

Embrace your quiet energy to nourish yourself in this two-hour rejuvenating and deeply relaxing session with yoga and shiatsu techniques. No yoga or massage experience required, you will learn supported yoga poses so that your muscles can rest as you stretch and relax, and simple self-shiatsu and partner-shiatsu techniques to ease stiffness. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in, layers are best and if you wish, feel free to bring your own blanket, cushion or bolster. £15 per person.

The family session on 4th May is suitable for all ages babies to teenagers and is a great opportunity to enjoy relaxing together and learn how to support each other with massage and yoga games. The price per family is £30.

Restorative Yoga for Winter Solstice
Saturday 22nd December 2012 1-3pm

Restorative Yoga for New Year
Saturday 5th January 2013 1-3pm

At The Tree Room, Colchester

Mark the shortest day of the year and the New Year with meditation, restful yoga and deep relaxation!

Warm yourself from the inside, take time to nourish your calm energy and enjoy the stillness of the Winter Solstice and the promise of the New Year. These classes will combine restorative yoga with shiatsu and mindfulness meditation. Family members aged 13 and upwards are warmly welcome, suitable also for pregnant or postnatal ladies, no yoga experience required. Regular yogis and yoginis may find that this supported yoga style gives them a fresh perspective that enhances their current practice.

Restorative Yoga & Shiatsu Workshop
Saturday 24th November 1-3pm
The Tree Room, Colchester

Prepare yourself for winter and Christmas with a relaxed, open and peaceful mind... come to the Restorative Yoga & Shiatsu Workshop open to all - no yoga experience required! It will be a two-hour intensively relaxing and empowering session with yoga and shiatsu techniques you will learn and will be able to practise wherever you need them, at home, at work or on holiday throughout Christmas and New Year... Just £15 per person.

Restorative Yoga for Women
Saturday 6th October 3-5pm
The Tree Room, Colchester

For all Yoginis! Do you need to restore your energy, or would you like to learn a feminine style of yoga that strengthens, relaxes and helps you appreciate the deliciousness of womanhood? I will be holding a restorative yoga for women workshop on Saturday 6th October 3-5pm at the Tree Room. This workshop is just £15 per yogini.

Yoga & Meditation Day Retreat
Assington Mill, Suffolk
Sunday 19th August

In the beautiful Stour Valley, Assington Mill has a strawbale workshop space perfect for yoga and increasing well-being. We will practise classical and restorative yoga including yoga nidra and mindfulness of breath and body meditation. This is the schedule:

This day retreat is just £45 including lunch. Assington Mill is a 30 minute car ride from Colchester, and I imagine some people will want to carshare - let me know when you book and I will help those who want to get in touch, it's also a very nice cycle ride - about 15 miles on the country roads from Colchester. Here is the address, postcode and website: Assington Mill, Assington, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 5LZ

Yoga & Juicing Day Retreat in Colchester
Sunday 15th July 10am-5pm

Take a day to deepen your yoga practice and learn about the benefits of raw juicing! Here is the schedule:

The cost is just £40 for the day including lunch.

Yoga & Raw Food Sprouting Day Retreat
Sunday 29th April 10am-5pm

Teresa Harding and I will be holding a Yoga and Raw Food day retreat on Sunday 29th April in Colchester. It will be a day to take time for yourself to relax, spend more time getting stronger in classical yoga poses and learn about the amazing flavours and nutritional benefits of raw food. Teresa has been studying raw food and incorporating into her diet and way of life for many years, so she is a true living example! Here is the schedule:

The cost is just £40 for the day including lunch.

Reset Your Body Shiatsu Workshop
Saturday 25th February 3-5pm
The Tree Room, Colchester

Would you like to learn how your body can restore itself and others with touch? I'll be running a shiatsu massage workshop at the Tree Room on 25th February 3-5pm, where you can learn simple techniques to help you and a partner relax and recharge and which may help relieve aches and pains, such as headaches, indigestion and back pain.

Bring a friend, partner or family, this workshop is £40 for two people. On the day, wear loose comfortable clothing, and bring a duvet and sheet - you will make your own futon mat from this. To find out more about shiatsu, please take a look at

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