Our call back to the Celtic Land of Brittany…
Initially we began our search in Northern Brittany, however none of the locations spoke to our hearts. Grateful retreat was our ‘mystery property ‘. We didn’t have any details and was driven there by the estate agent thinking ‘where are we going?’ The journey took us through miles of open countryside and ancient woodland (with the occasional tractor!) Driving up to the gate, I knew we had found the one. I could visualise the space full of people enjoying the beautiful homely farmhouse and pretty spacious landscaped garden, and benefiting from the energy ancient land has to offer.
Why come to our retreat?
I am a very grateful yogi who wants to share all the secrets that yoga as shown me. My spiritual life (incorporating yoga and the 12 steps) has given me a life beyond my wildest dreams. My aspirations for the Grateful Retreat – A space to heal, inspire and explore our innate wisdom. Committing to a retreat can be a big deal in many ways. I intend to meet people at any stage in their journey, hold space with love and to show you how to seize the day using ancient yogic tools. The Grateful Retreat will not only inspire you, but also empower you to take these tools home.
After the showing, we visited Carnac. The sheer scale off the Megaliths was stunning. We then drove to Carnac Plage. After witnessing how much Brittany had to offer, we began manifesting about the hot summer months swimming in the gulf of Morbihan, surfing at the Quiberon Peninsula and many more adventures! Returning home we discovered that Grateful Retreat is in the perfect location for everything! Close proximity to the coast with world-class water sports, the ancient megaliths, dolmens and Cairns that are in abundance around us. Even the Celtic culture that is still honoured at the many Breton festivals, along with exploring the history of the many the Saints and pilgrimages, not to mention the ancient forests that King Arthur and Merlin occupied in the Brocéliande and the Majestic Medieval chateaus’ of Josselin or The walled city off Vannes .
Locally, we have many markets to buy fresh local produce. We are blessed with Grateful Retreat and want share it with you!
“Such Stunning Scenery”
The Carnac stones around the village of Carnac, in Brittany
My first yoga class was in 1996 just 6 months after my first child was born. At the time I had severe PTSD / PND. I recovered and began to thrive through my own practice and regular classes. Due to my husband’s acting career we ‘hit the road’. We had another 2 children! I struggled to find classes that were nourishing for me postnatal. Even with 3 children aged 4 and under, my commitment to yoga practise continued to helped me restore, build strength and find some much needed peace. After 5 years of this, I entered into teacher training with The British Wheel of Yoga on the 3-year teaching diploma; I was really influenced by my first teacher (who was also BWY).
I started to teach yoga in community classes, leisure centres, yoga studios / children’s yoga in schools/ antenatal clinics and private lessons. I have witnessed my client’s yoga practice’s serve them through the challenges of illness and modern stressful life. My community work has been my driving passion. I have hosted a successful ‘YogaFest ‘for charity, and pioneered a women’s circle called ‘Red Tent Rayleigh’.
Yoga and recovery- I host Y12SR yoga and recovery class in Essex.
I teach meditation at AA conventions and after meetings.
Women’s wellness- Womb yoga workshops / Goddess intervention workshops / seasonal workshops / retreats. Supporting women through preconception into pregnancy and post natal. I again studied with the BWY obtaining the Pregnancy Module Diploma with Wendy Teasdill- and I had another baby! My pregnancy classes have been a real passion for me to pass on all the many benefits of yoga for mum and baby.
In 2011 I chose to study with Yogacampus in London, and received a ‘Yoga Therapy Diploma’ (recognised by the BCYT) I am CNHC registered.
Since graduating, my area’s of expertise are women’s health and well being, mental health, including recovery from addictions and yoga therapy; for those with on-going illness and conditions.
I study every year with Rod Stryker Para Yoga. My Yoga Therapy mentor is Lisa Kaley- Isley.
Y12 SR – Nikki Meyers – I am an Y12 SR leader, which merges my yoga passions with the 12 steps of recovery.
Don Conreaux and Aidan McIntyre Gong master training. Introducing sound into my yoga therapy toolbox has been transformative and healing for myself and others, who have experienced the many benefits.
A retreat chef graduate – with Hayley North ‘Holistic Chef’. This training has enabled me to offer the best food to compliment your retreat experience. I know how important it is to balance meals and nutrition alongside the healing aspects of yoga. Internally we are feeding our soul too. Our food is prepared with love.
Robert (Bob) Horwell
Robert ( Bob ) Is a sound therapist and gong player. His connection with the healing properties of sound began over 25 years ago when he discovered the power of the didgeridoo. Some years later that passion was rekindled when he attended a gong bath and knew there and then it was his next path. He began his career as an actor 30 years ago and has had the pleasure of working in many of the worlds best theatres and theatre companies including the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also directed many theatre shows. He has been working with masks for 28 years and has directed mask theatre and ran many mask workshops including at the actors centre in London. He directed and taught mask in Comedy of Errors & Twelfth Night, for Propeller Theatre Company which ran in Londons’ west end and toured extensively around the world to great critical acclaim. He also taught mask technique and appeared in Lysistrata for Sir Peter Halls Theatre company in the west end. He is also skilled in the use of the smallest mask, the Red Clown Nose that he perfected in his time as a clown with Hoffmann Bros Circus. The mask is a very powerful transformative tool, a shamanic aid. It can be used in healing. Most commonly it is used in the theatre but Bob has discovered when it is coupled with the Gong it can give the player a deep connection and personal understanding. The mask is also a wonderful tool to create what Don Conreaux and Bob are calling “Gong Theatre”.
“I first met Lisa when I was 16 weeks pregnant, during her pregnancy yoga classes. The yoga classes proved an invaluable support to me, both emotionally and physically, during such a vulnerable time of my life. Lisa helped me to feel empowered and provided a wonderful space for me to bond with my unborn child. I didn’t hesitate to return to post-natal yoga sessions with Lisa, during those early sleepless nights, as it enabled me to carve out some sacred time for me to look after myself, guided by Lisa’s expertise and compassion. I find Lisa’s yoga classes a very peaceful place to explore my thoughts, feelings and bodily signals, in order to help maintain positive physical health and mental well-being” – Samantha Harding