Weekend Holistic Yoga Retreats 2020

Deep Rest and Renewal in Nature

This is the sixth year of hosting retreats at Shaun and Polly’s lovely retreat centre. Their beautiful period home and rambling garden feel so calm and welcoming, you’ll find yourself relaxing as soon as you arrive.
With no need to worry about work, caring for others, battling traffic or even cooking for yourself, something rather special happens. You’ll realise that you’re releasing layers of bodily tension and your mind gets progressively clearer and calmer.
I team up with my partner Alistair Smith, a sound healer and composer, to offer a variety of yoga, somatic, meditation and sound bathing practices. These work together to refresh your mind, body and spirit. These weekends are ideal for experienced yoga student who’d like a more somatic approach. Or for enjoying with a friend or relative who is entirely new to yoga. You’ll both feel the benefits!

2020 Dates

Four Day Retreat
Late May Bank Holiday
Fri 24th May – Mon 27th May

Three Day Retreat
Fri 30th August – Sun 1st September

The four day retreat allows a deeper unwinding and more exploration. We have time to do more than the relaxing and strengthening yoga and somatics. The deeper of work of Anatomy in Motion will help you see, understand and change your habitual patterns of movement.

Tilton House is a beautiful period home, once owned by John Maynard Keynes, a world-renowned economist and member of the Bloomsbury Set. This group of artists and thinkers included Virginia Woolf and E.M. Foster. They resided in London, but often “retreated” to this area of Sussex to write, make art and enjoy the more relaxed pace of life. The home has an inspiring, yet laid-back feeling with a sense of space and privacy. You’ll discover the wonderful library and various other lovely spaces in which to rest and relax in between sessions. We’ll practice yoga in the yurt or, if it’s warm and sunny, outside on the lawn. Particularly in May, the soothing sound of birdsong is always in the background.

In between classes there is time to “just be” – an important part of any yoga retreat. There are numerous cosy spots in house or garden, in which to read, rest or enjoy a cup of tea. Other special treats include an outdoor sauna, a visiting massage therapist and sound healing treatments. If you are feeling more energetic, there are lovely walks in the area.

The chef at Tilton House is well known for creating delicious raw desserts, and healthy plant based meals. The cooking is vegetarian (mostly vegan), low GI and high protein. Previous students have found the food filling and delicious, even though many are not vegetarian. Herbal and normal teas, water and fresh fruit are freely available.


Early Bird Prices – Book Now
Four Day Retreat 24th May – 27th May 2019

Room shared as a double or twin with one other £495
Room for two people (single or double) £960
Room shared as a double or twin with ensuite £560 SOLD OUT
Single Room £545 SOLD OUT
Room shared with two others £520* SOLD OUT

Early Bird Prices – Book Now
Three Day Retreat – 30th Aug – 1st Sept 2019
Fully Booked

Room shared as a double or twin with one other £380 SOLD OUT
Room shared as a double or twin with en suite* £405 SOLD OUT
Single Room £390 SOLD OUT
Room shared with two others* £365 SOLD OUT

Please note your deposit is non-refundable but it is transferable.

Prices Include:

  • Accommodation;
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner;
  • Tea, coffee and herbal tea;
  • Use of the sauna,
  • All group yoga tuition (4 classes a day, including morning meditation; yoga nidra on Friday evening and a sound bath on Saturday evening).

All classes are included, but optional.

Prices Don’t Include:

  • Travel to and from Tilton House
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional extra massage and sound therapy treatments

Note about Sharing
*this is a lovely mezzanine room, perfect for three people sharing. If you have missed the single room booking, it’s good to book a space in this room as the beds are arranged in such a way as to create a sense of privacy within the room.


All sessions are optional

3:00pm Arrive and Settle In
4:00 – 4:45pm Welcome Tea and Introduction
5:00- 6:30pm Yoga
7:00pm Dinner
8:30 – 9:30pm Restorative Yoga, Soundbath or Yoga Nidra

Saturday (and Sunday for the Bank Holiday Retreat)
8:00 – 8:30am Meditation
8:30 – 9:30am Breakfast
9:30 – 11am Free Time
11:00 – 12:30pm Yoga
1:00 – 2:00pm  Lunch
2:00 – 5:00pm Free Time
5:00 – 6:30pm  Yoga
7:00pm Dinner
8:30 – 9:30pm  Restorative Yoga, Sound bath or Yoga Nidra

Sunday (Monday for the Bank Holiday Retreat)
8:00 – 8:30am Meditation
8:30 – 9:30am Breakfast
10:00am – 12:00pm Yoga
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:00pm Closing Session

Testimonials From Previous Participants


“Lovely yoga, venue, food and people.”
 Rebecca C.

“I loved being in such a beautiful location and having time to snooze in a hammock in the sun. It really relaxing, a lovely group of people, very peaceful, great yoga.”
Lisa J.


“Julia and Alistair were amazing, patient and very good at explaining, correcting etc. It was great to learn new poses and being shown alternatives due to overdoing certain postures. There was a really good balance between yoga / meditation and free time. ” 
Fleur B.

“The yoga session and variety of sessions was really nice, it felt relaxing and inclusive. The food was great and then hosts and teachers were very welcoming.”
Amy S.


“The sound bath was a new experience for me, so interesting, quite powerful.”
Pam S.

“I’d recommend to people would appreciate the “holistic” aspect and looking for something that is therapeutic and restorative rather than “hard core” yoga.
Helen P.

“My favourite part was the yoga, within the beautiful setting, lovely food, relaxed vibe and helpful mellow attitude of Julia and Alistair.”
Viv S.


“The structure of the course was amazing, the teachers were warm and open.”

“Dynamic, informative and vital quality of yoga.”

“The yoga was mellow but thought provoking, gentle but challenging (without getting hot and sweaty)”

“Thanks you so much for everything you’ve set up and taught us. It was exactly what I needed. Now I am nourished, nurtured and inspired to get back to my yoga practice.”
S. Takako

Booking and Payment
To book your place on the Gentle Yoga 4-Day Retreat, please use the booking links below. You’ll go to a secure payment site and pay for the full cost of the retreat now. Please note: your payments are non-refundable, but they are transferable to another person taking up your space(s) on the retreat. Tilton House recommends that you take out holiday insurance to cover your costs. 
Julia will be in contact by email, ten days before the retreat to ask about your dietary requirements, whether you’d like your room made up as a double or a twin, additional treatment bookings and arrangements for taxi share from the Lewes station, if required. There is a medical form which you can fill in beforehand or on the day of arrival. If you have any questions about the retreat, or if you prefer to pay by bank transfer, you can always email Julia at

Shared Twin Bedroom (1 person)
Shared Bathrooms 
WAS: £535.00 per person
NOW: £495.00 per person

Twin or Double Bedroom (2 people)
Shared Bathrooms
WAS: £535.00 per person (£1070 total)
NOW: £480 per person (£960 total)

Top Bunk Special in Triple Room (1 person)
Shared Bathrooms

£450.00 per person