Here is the January Healthy Minds Retreat Itinerary!
The Itinerary for the January Healthy Minds Haven Retreat is designed to give you space and time to relax first and foremost.
At the same time, we offer you a variety of activities and workshops which you can choose to take part in.
The theme for the January Retreat is ‘reset and reconnect’. It’s perfect for you if you have had a busy end to the year and would like to gather your resources and feel ready for 2023!
We have a wonderful wild space on our doorstep where we will walk, and breathe the fresh air. Walks can be short or long, and we’ll always take a pace that’s just right for the group.
It’s my plan to see the sunrise over the fields, and to gaze at the stars in the dark night. I like to leave a bit of room for flexibility in the retreat itinerary, so that we can walk with the weather!
One of the short walks we most enjoy is to the Golf Club Cafe for a coffee and some of their great cake :)
In addition to walking, we have the wonderful Harry Parkes coming to lead Pilates sessions. Depending on the ability of the group, Harry will focus on alignment, breathing and centering our core strength. She is passionate about bringing movement and strength to every age group.
As you begin to relax when you arrive at the Cottages at Blackadon Farm, you’ll notice your creativity growing. It’s a marvellous opportunity to tap into some inspiration, which you may find in unexpected places.
Especially for the January Retreat, I’ll be focusing on creating a rich and inspiring year ahead, with the emphasis on a balanced and peaceful life.
To help this happen, I have a lovely workshop for you on the Sunday of the January retreat itinerary. We’ll delve deep into your subconscious to discover hidden strengths and resources, and see how these resources can be used to your benefit in the coming months. You’ll leave with a focus and a clearer understanding of the unique person you are.
Craft at the Healthy Minds Retreat
We’ve also got a beautiful craft workshop in the itinerary on Saturday . Jess Trigg will be working alongside us to create watercolour postcards. Jess creates bespoke cards for all occasions, using simple and amazingly effective techniques. After the workshop, you’ll be able to continue to create using the materials Jess will leave with us for the weekend.
If you haven’t painted before, you may discover just how relaxing it can be to lose yourself in this lovely activity. Guests at the October retreat produced some lovely postcards, but the greatest achievement was the sense of calm.
We’ve woven relaxation through the Healthy Minds Retreat itinerary, as it’s such an important element.
When we allow ourselves to deeply relax, we activate the parasympathetic nervous system which creates the best environment for our body and mind to operate at it’s best.
When you arrive, there will be plenty of time to settle in and find your way around. After supper and before bed, Sally will lead a relaxation session so that you sleep well and wake refreshed in the morning.
You’ll receive a goody bag with some lovely items to use during the retreat. On one evening we’ll finish with a relaxing foot soak or hand massage using the Neals Yard Women’s Balance range – perfect for settling and resetting.
All important, there’s plenty of time on the Healthy Minds Retreat itinerary where there are no planned activities. Take time to nap, read, chat, walk, have a bath. Whatever takes your fancy.
Helen Phillips Sound Journey
I’m thrilled that Helen will be taking us on a beautiful Sound Journey on Saturday Evening. This is what Helen has to say –
Helen’s Sound Meditation-The perfect way to relax, unwind, let go of any stress or tension and refresh the body and mind. Using a variety of beautiful global instruments including Hangs, Drums, Gongs and Singing bowls I will immerse you in beautiful sounds, frequencies and vibrations to help ease your body, mind and spirit leading to a place of stillness, deep relaxation and rest. Laying on a mat and snuggling under a blanket, a time just for you!