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For those wanting to find a Themed Retreat, we have plenty to choose from during 2020

There’s no problem coming on your own or with a group of friends, all ages and proficiencies are welcomed and we have Wellness Retreats throughout the year.

As regards other Retreats, following our successful Batik’n’Birding Weeks and Printing with Birding Weeks over the last few years we’re running some more again in 2020 with  Marie-Thérèse King and Lucy Gell 

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Marie Thérèse King & Lucy Gell

They’ll be sharing a “Batik and Printing with Birding” Week for the seven nights of 4th to 10th July. Included will be the option of 2 local walks or hide Birding mornings with Frank as well as the optional extra of a visit to a local potter and a Chocolate Museum. There’s limited space so book early!
Later in the year Marie-Thérèse returns for the seven nights of 3rd to 9th October for a Batik Week where she’ll be bringing along her own Yoga Instructor, Sally Padget.

We also have a couple of weeks for those interested in having a week’s holiday whose primary focus is Yoga and Wellbeing. 

Jamila Pumm

Jamila Pumm will be leading a “Yoga of Bliss” week for the seven nights of 31st May to 6th June, 

followed on the 9th June by Louise Brown 

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who’s running a five night workshop, “Relax, Restore, Reset”. This will include twice daily yoga + meditation (2 hour dynamic practice in the morning, 90min Yin and Yoga Nidra in the late afternoon), as well as one inversions workshop and one arm balancing workshop.

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The following month Rosie and Emma Markwick 

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Rosie & Emma Markwick

will be leading a “Deep Dive Retreat” for the six nights of 12th to 17th July.

Later on in the year Wendy Palmer-Grove will be leading a “Wellbeing through Nature” retreat, (including Tai Chi Qigong, Mindfulness walks, meditation and yoga, Breath exercises, local Nature Walks and Coaching, all with no experience required) for the seven nights of 11th to 17th September.

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Wendy Palmer-Grove

This retreat evolved through the passion and knowledge that she has for the great outdoors. These bespoke retreats harness Wendy’s professional therapeutic experience with the holistic benefits that nature has to offer. The retreats are run in partnership with her family’s business, “Experience Nature Holidays”, a well established wildlife watching holiday provider which ensures your holiday booking is professionally covered, ABTA approved. She is the founder of, an established wellbeing consultancy, supporting clients to develop self-management skills for positive mental and physical wellbeing as well as being a clinical Mindfulness Teacher, Wellbeing Coach, and practitioner across five holistic therapies. Her programmes in Mindfulness are accredited by the British Psychological Society and Tai Chi Qigong is accredited by CIMSPA. 

So, just for clarity, the Activity and Retreat breaks we have for 2020 are as follows:-

7 nights of 31st May to 6th June inclusive Jamila Pumm “Yoga of Bliss”

5 nights of 9th to 13th June inclusive, Louise Brown, “Relax, Restore, Reset”

7 nights of 4th to 10th July inclusive Marie-Thérèse King and Lucy Gell “Batik and Printing with Birding”

6 nights of 12th to 17th July inclusive Rosie and Emma Markwick “Deep Dive Retreat”

7 nights of 3rd to 9th October inclusive Marie-Thérèse King “Batik with Yoga”

7 nights of 11th to 17th September Wendy Palmer-Grove “Wellbeing through Nature”

7 nights of 19th to 25th September Travelling Naturalist “Birding the Alentejo and the Algarve during the Autumn migration”