Winter Solstice Retreat – 17th – 19th December 2021
I invite you to join me at the ‘Winter Solstice’ restorative retreat at the beautiful and cosy Florence House (known as ‘the place where extraordinary things happen) in Sussex. Solstice literally means ‘light standing still’ and as we tune into nature so do we. We begin to slow down from the busyness of the outside world and draw our attention inwards. Inwards to enjoy rest practices together, gentle circle time and nourishing movement. It goes without saying that there will be culinary delights with warm and nourishing foods. This is your time and space to rest, heal and restore after what has been a most challenging year for many.
5pm onwards – Arrival at Florence House
6pm – 7:30pm – Welcome Circle & Restorative Yoga Nidra
7:30pm – Dreamy Yoga Nidra
8am – 09:45am – Gentle Restorative Yoga Practice
10am – Breakfast
Rest Space – enjoy gentle walks in nature (there is a beautiful beach just 10 minutes away), fireside naps, chats with new or old friends, reading books or maybe just some quiet solitude.
1pm – Lunch
4pm – 6pm – Circle Gathering in the gorgeous yurt
7pm – dinner
8am – 9:45am – Gentle Restorative Yoga Practice
10am – Breakfast
1pm – lunch
2 – 4pm – Circle gathering and Grounding Yoga Nidra Practice
4:30pm – Departure
The weekend includes:-
2 nights accommodation at the gorgeous Florence House, Sussex
3 delicious meals a day plus unlimited fruit, tea, tea, coffee and water
* Transport to and from Florence House
* Any other food and beverages outside those listed above
About Florence House
Florence House was built in the 1920’s and has been beautifully restored into a perfect venue for retreats. It is nestled in stunning 6 acre grounds. The peaceful walled garden provides the perfect place for quiet meditation and inner reflection.
Inside, the oak panelled library, dining room, comfortable lounge with a wood burning stove and charming rooms this give this historical house both an elegant yet relaxed ambience.The house provides an intimate and comfortable venue, perfectly suited for retreats.
Each bedroom is unique and offering a slightly different theme. Rooms offer views over the sea or the rolling hills of the South Downs and private gardens.
It is located two hours from London on the brow of Seaford Head on the South Downs in East Sussex. A coastal path leads from the house into the Seven Sisters Country Park and unspoilt beaches are only a short distance away making the location perfect for a multitude of stunning coastal walks.
Florence House is renowned for its creative, fresh, home cooking prepared by their very own chefs. When possible, food is sourced from their own garden.
I will be taking a small number women on this retreat. This allows us to have plenty of space and honour the fragility of the times we are currently in. Florence House has full UK COVID Safety certification and full details will be sent out upon booking.
Accommodation will be in single rooms or twin rooms ( twin for those already sharing households/ bubbles).
In the event of the retreat needing to be postponed then you will be offered a chance to move your place or a full refund.
Road: From London Take the M27 to Brighton. Travelling east on A27 from Worthing/Brighton, follow signs to Newhaven/Lewes. At the roundabout after the rail crossing you have a choice between Lewes and Newhaven; take A26 to Newhaven / Seaford. Alternatively follow the coast road A259 from Brighton to Newhaven. In Newhaven, follow sign to the left for Seaford A259.Carry on the A259 until you reach Seaford and a mini roundabout with the train station on your right hand side. Stay on the A259 going out of town and continue in the direction of Eastbourne. Look out for a church almost immediately on your right and take the third turning on your right after the church into Southdown Road. Helpful markers to look out for at this junction are: a traffic light, postbox and phone box.Stay on Southdown Road and go straight down the hill towards Seaford Head and the golf-course, crossing over a couple of streets. At the bottom of the hill or Southdown Corner you will see Florence House, a large house on the hill in front of you. Take the first gate entrance and follow it to the front door.Rail: From Victoria there are trains every 30 mins, change at Lewes for Seaford. Journey time is approx. 1 hour 20 mins. There are usually taxis at the station. Florence House is near Seaford Head golf course.
Local taxi hire firms include:
Martello Taxis: 01323 492929
Day-Night Taxis’ 01323 896666
Beacon Taxis 01323 898888
Terms and conditions (not applicable to COVID-19)
60 days or more prior to the retreat date: Your payments will be refunded, less £150 which is your non-refundable deposit.
59-30 days prior to the retreat date: payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less the £150 non-refundable deposit).
29 days or less prior to the retreat date: payments are not refundable.