Wellness Retreats

Wellness Retreats2018-12-07T09:55:45+00:00


Tired of the hustle and bustle, concrete and car fumes?

…We all need time to pause, breathe and just “BE”


I went on my first yoga retreat in 2005. Looking back, I didn’t know what to expect. It was something about the silence in the mornings, the slow pace and allowing myself to just “be”. The “do do do” had be firmly ingrained in me from a young age. The beautiful, natural surroundings were the back drop for the morning yoga, breathing and contemplations. The daily routine with regular meal times, getting up and going to bed times stabilised and soothed my overly active mind. These were key components that offered the much needed “SWITCH OFF” at the time.
They became the components that supported the WAKING UP to who I was and what I wanted to do with my life…

I make time to retreat every year.

AND… I love leading retreats! It’s like a sacred adventure or journey we all go on together… each having our own space to peel back the layers and unpick the knots (in body and mind). Retreats are a to self inquire in a peaceful, supportive environment far away from the day to day hubbub of life. I always choose destinations with very significant, nurturing qualities; places where nature and the environment acts as a cushion.


Upcoming Retreats:


1.“Yoga, Ayurveda, Conscious Living & Conscious Health”

When? 11th – 21st January 

Where? Vaidyagrama centre for health and wellbeing, Southern India

Cost: from £1,900


This 10 day healing based retreat is for those of you looking to delve deeper in to the world of Ayurverda and discover the natural way to heal yourself on all levels of being at the place it all began – India. It will be a great opportunity to rest and boost your immune system following the festive season as well as commit to establishing healthier routines for the new year.

This sacred space has been my home for 2-3 months each year- a space that has facilitated much of my own growth, learning and healing.

For further information, see here.


2.“ITHACA – The HEART of Living Retreat”


When? Saturday 28th September – Saturday 5th October 2019
Where? Ithaca, Greece
Cost: from £1,140 – £1,700

This 1 week Greek Island retreat is for those looking to cultivate inner peace and connection in body, mind, relationships amongst busy modern day life.Emily, in collaboration with Sanskrit teacher, Alexander technique therapist, and international singer & song-writer Gabriella Burnel, will hold the sacred space for the week as you journey through the “5 Elements Framework” – a unique road map to the HEART of everyday well-being – alongside movement, breath work, healing mantras, sound and chanting, and journaling/reflection amidst the abundant beauty of the 5 elements in the natural surroundings.

For further information, see here.

3. The 5 Elements – Heart of Living SPRING Retreat, East Sussex

When? Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April 2019

Where? Family home in Pickforde, East Sussex

Cost: Between £270 and £300

Twice a year I guide retreats at my family home in East Sussex. A sacred space that holds all beings without expectation, with love, care and respect –  the perfect vessel for retreats. Join me for a weekend of wellness and SPRING in to rejuvenation and health with early morning meditations, pranayama and yoga asana; delicious home and lovingly cooked foods based on Ayurvedic principles; fresh countryside air and long walks; and time to relax and be at peace.

For further information, see here.

Past retreats:

  • Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November 2018

The WINTER Weekend of Wellness RETREAT – Sussex, UK


  • Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 13th October, 2018

The Pilgrimage – a JORDANIAN Yoga, Meditation and Ayurvedic Adventure


  •  27th June – 1st July, 2018

Conscious Cooking: Conscious Living Retreat – Sussex, UK


  • 13-15th April 2018

Seasonal Weekend of Wellness – Finding your Spring Zing (Pickforde, East Sussex)


  • 13th -22nd  December 2017

The Art & Science of Living – 10 day Ayurveda Retreat (Tamil Nadu, South India)


  • 16th -23rd  September 2017

Greek Island Yoga, Meditation and BEING retreat (Ithaca, Greece)


  • 17th – 19th March 2017

Seasonal Weekend of Wellness Retreat, (Pickforde, East Sussex)


  • 26th January – 2nd February 2017

A UNIQUE 8 day Ayurveda & Yoga Immersion Retreat- (India)

“Experience the Art & Science of Living Well”


What people have said about the retreats:

 “It totally exceeded my expectations and I’ve come away feeling alive. I have slept so unbelievably well this week it’s made me realise how little sleep I was surviving on and how awful I felt with constant anxiety and insomnia. It’s made me realise that I don’t just want Yoga in my life but I NEED yoga in my life and all the wonderful meditations and relaxations we practiced too. I slept 7 hours straight last night which I haven’t done for years! I just wish I was closer to your classes Emily.”
Davina A, Surrey

“Emily’s warmth and presence alone are enough to make you slow down, unwind, and embrace just ‘being’. It was a perfect combination of yoga, meditation, delicious food, down time on the couch, and embracing beautiful fresh country air. I’d recommend anyone take the time out of their day to day to ‘escape’ for a few days and reap the rejuvenating benefits in the days and weeks to come!”

Danielle B, London


“Living in the environment of a family home, where every room has its history, but also every room has been made available for the yoga retreat was a wonderful feeling. The meditation, yoga, restorative and more active, the chanting, fire ceremony, little touches like hot drinks ready outside the Shala, and books available to be read by the open fire in the drawing room, all contributed beautifully to a magnificent feeling of being welcome and being well. The practice was great, and being guided through the practice with generosity and competence was a pleasure. The retreat and the hosts all fitted in beautifully to make this a very special week-end. Emily, this is a very special way to run a retreat, and I say that with the confidence of someone who knows about running retreats! Thank you very much.”

Marina W, London


“A deeply soothing, relaxing break where yogis of all levels can meet like minded people and practice lots of meditation, pranayama and yoga. No expectations are placed on you and you can do as little or as much as you want, which is a lovely thing. Emily is a fabulously intuitive teacher who is able to gear her practices and cater for all levels. This is a restorative retreat that really helps those who need some time out!”

Beth H, London


“I loved it. It was a present to myself to unwind and stop and give some nourishment to myself. It really helped me connect with me again. I felt stronger somehow”.

Chantal C, Hertfordshire


“The weekend definitely lived up to my expectations and was great value for money. The food was plentiful, delicious and creative. The venue was perfect- lots of nature, peace and space to just be if you wanted to.

I had a very positive experience. You really inspired me to get out there and put into practise all that I have learned.”

Carole P, Yoga Teacher, Midlands



Pickforde Summer field view

Pond weekend

Weeping willow house