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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. The 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

May Weekend
Fri 1st May – Sun 3rd May

July / August Weekend
Fri 31st July – Sun 2nd August

These retreats are ideal for everyone, those new to yoga or those who have a long term practice in movement. This makes them ideal for students who’d like to bring along someone (a relative or partner) who is a beginner or has a less regular practice. The focus is on healing, resting and rebalancing body and mind.

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.


1st May to 3rd May 2020 – three double/twin rooms left!

Room shared as a double or twin with one other
Per one person: £385 

Room for two people booking together (made up as a twin or double)
Per two people: £770 

Room shared as a double or twin with ensuite
Per one person: £415 SOLD OUT
Single room £395 SOLD OUT
Single bed in a room shared with two others £370* SOLD OUT

31st July – 2nd August 2020

Room shared as a double or twin with one other £385 per person
Room for two people booking together (made up as a twin or double) £770
Room shared as a double or twin with en suite
Per one person: £415 
Single Room £390 SOLD OUT
Single bed in a room shared with two others*
Per one person: £370

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
  • Cab journey from the station to 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.

Email to organise payment. You’ll pay half of the full price now as a deposit, which will hold your space on the retreat. The remainder is payable six weeks before the retreat. Please note your deposit is non-refundable but it is transferable to another person. 


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

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

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.

“Definitely go if you need restoration and calming. It’s not too busy and active!”
Anna S.

“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.”
Seino T.

“… the facilitators /instructors are the necest pair ever, and their kindness was so striking and so lovely and healing.”
Margaret G.

“Perfect if you feel overwhelmed with life and really need to relax and reset in Nature with a wonderful caring and nurturing yoga instructor who really understands the body”
Tanya (osteopath)

“This was my first retreat and honestly there is nothing I think of (to improve upon). I really enjoyed every part of it and how it was organised / structured.”

Booking and Payment
To book your place on the Gentle Yoga 3-Day Retreat, please email She will send you the bank details and provide you with an invoice. Paying half the price of the retreat will save your place and is non re-fundable but is transferable to another person. The remainder of the price is payable six weeks before the retreat starts. 
Jade will be in contact by email, two weeks 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. 

Shared Twin or Double Bedroom 
With shared bathrooms 
£385.00 per person

Twin or Double Ensuite Bedroom (2 people)
With own bathroom
£415 per person (£830 total)

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

£370.00 per person

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