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Yoga, meditation, writing, walking & more…

There’s so much to tempt you with on next year’s Nourish Yoga Retreat.

Our week runs from 09 to 16 September 2017 and there is so much on offer in this ALL-INCLUSIVE retreat ensuring that there’s something for everyone.

The itinerary includes a trip to the local market in the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano: by minibus or car. Browsing around the local market stalls — merchants come with everything from local produce – cheeses, hams, mushrooms, roast chicken, fish, vegetables, flowers — to leather bags, clothing, bling jewellery and fabrics. You can also walk along the city walls.

Lunch is also catered for at the local pasticceria/gelateria: fresh panini with cheese or ham filling; home-made ice-cream (which is absolutely divine!) Sit with your lunch and relax whilst comparing your bargains with other guests or simply watching the locals at the market as they go by.

For further details, accommodation choices & to make your deposit, please visit: The Watermill

The early bird offer expires 31 December 2016, so don’t miss out!

Take advantage of the non-participating partner discount of £250.00 – as mentioned previously, there’s something for everyone on this retreat.

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It’s the people on a retreat that makes it special

The one feature of any successful retreat is the people that attend. The magical mix of people coming together as a group for the first time; their individual personalities and how it gets woven into the fabric of the time spent together. This is the all-important ingredient that helps create wonderful memories for all.

Our successful retreat at The Watermill, Posara in Tuscany this year was no exception. There were many miles covered to reach Italy by some – Canada and, as in the case of Jean in the video below, Cape Town. So inspiring!

Wherever you may be travelling from for next year’s Nourish: Mind, Body & Soul Retreat you will be collected from the airport in Pisa and transported to the Watermill, making friends with all those also attending along the way.

From your point of arrival on 09 September to departure on 16 September, everything is taken care of for you.

All-inclusive means exactly that: We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and convents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.

This really is a deluxe yoga retreat which you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, offering so much from start to finish.

What makes it even better is that there’s an early bird offer if you get your deposit in by the end of this month (December 2016).

But that’s not all. There’s also a generous £250 discount for non-participating partners

For further details / deposit & accommodation choices, please visit:


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Why Women Need Yoga

Fortunately for me, I’ve practised yoga spanning some 28+ years now (teaching for 25) and in that time, it has supported me through various stages in my life.

Yoga is so adaptable (in the hands of an experienced teacher) and can serve you in your own unique way.

Having experienced many years of endometriosis and other gynae issues, my yoga mat become my haven. The art of rolling out my mat and stepping on to it became a ritual. The coolness of the mat beneath my feet at first, then, lying down, it was like being received and supported all at once.

I have taught through every life-stage practically, so as a woman and as a teacher I feel I am best-placed to know what I’m talking about. With the best intentions in the world, male teachers are unable to relate to a woman’s needs if in her menstrual cycle or perhaps experiencing pelvic floor issues. Let’s also be honest here, how comfortable and open are women to discussing these events in an open class generally?

Through both of my pregnancies, it was the opportunity to pause and be with my breath when my body was producing two beautiful beings, that yoga helped me connect with a more positive body image than I’d ever had before.

And now, as a menopausal woman, it is really earning its keep in my life. It provides once again the solace I crave from the ever-changing landscape of both my body and mind as I find a way of being comfortable in this new skin.

In-between my own experiences, I have been absolutely blessed to work with many women, including those being treated with cancer, experiencing prolapse and other pelvic floor conditions, as well as stroke survivors and multiple sclerosis.

I recently had a student who’d started with me in September say she couldn’t imagine her life without it now.

As women, don’t we deserve to have something everyday that helps us reconnect with ourselves and at the same time nourish and heal us?

I offer two classes for women each week in Watford, Hertfordshire.

Full details of my classes can be found here: Women’s Yoga

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