Retreats

Rest, Revive & Restore on our Weekend Yoga & Meditation Retreat

July 14-16th 2023

With experienced teachers Helen Bishop and Jessica Livingstone

Calling on 30 years of experience between us, we’ve designed this weekend retreat to offer you that precious time to downshift, rebalance and restore body and mind. You will be guided through a range of yogic practices, some more active, others very relaxed and inwardly focussed, combined with a mixture of guided meditations, restorative and mindfulness tools and breathing practises – oh and lots of laughing! The aim is for you to return refreshed, revived and more connected with your true self (suitable for all levels).

The Setting

Built in the 1920s, Florence House is a unique, nurturing and popular retreat venue. Set on Seaford Head, in the wilds of the Sussex Downs, it’s also close to the sea with beautiful interiors and abundant gardens. Sitting within 6 acres of grounds, the house is completely free from the noise of urban life – a perfect spot for re-connecting with the natural world. The owners of the house are known for their chefs’ delicious and creative home cooking, using locally sourced, or homegrown, produce where possible. Every aspect of your stay here is lovingly designed to nourish you physically and emotionally.

The peaceful walled garden offers the perfect place for quiet meditation or inner reflection. 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. There’s also a Yurt we can use for meditation if we choose.

Inside, the oak-panelled library, dining room, comfortable lounge with a wood-burning stove and charming rooms give this historical house an elegant yet relaxed ambience.

Rooms

Twins, doubles, triples and single rooms are available, each one unique and offering a slightly different theme. They are simply designed, retreat style, which is in keeping with a clutter-free mind! They offer sea views or over the rolling hills of the South Downs and/or private gardens. Some rooms have en-suites, others have shared bathrooms (please contact us, see below, for full details). 

What’s included?

  • 2 nights Accommodation (with a range of different room choices/prices to suit you)
  • Full Vegetarian Catering from Friday pm to Sunday lunch (dietary requirements can be catered for – vegan, gluten free etc. or to add meat – at a supplement – please speak with us), unlimited teas/coffees, water, fresh fruit and biscuits
  • Full Yoga & Meditation programme (Friday evening, Sat am & pm, Sunday am + early pm)
  • Wood-burning stove as well as an outside fire 
  • Yurt for respite / meditation

What’s not included?

  • Travel to and from the venue
  • Food and beverages beyond those included above. Feel free to bring your own snacks/drinks if you wish (not necessary but at your discretion)
  • Local excursions
  • Participants are welcome to stay the night before or after subject to availability. Please check in advance direct to Florence House that B&B is available, at additional cost
  • We can also look to organise a massage through Florence House via 2 local masseurs but this must be organised well in advance to book them & paid for separately

So…

Come and join not one BUT two very experienced and caring teachers. Helen from Tunbridge Wells, Kent and Jessica from Brentwood Essex.  

Take some time out and put your self care first on our nourishing retreat with – or without – friends. This weekend away from it all will give you the chance to move, breathe, meditate, walk, relax and connect – with yourself and others. Also, to sit and share delicious wholesome food with your fellow retreaters. Expect to arrive for 5pm for an afternoon cuppa / snack and leave by around 4pm on the Sunday. You will not be required to do everything – it’s up to you, this is YOUR weekend.

Travel



Road

From London direction 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. 

Investment

The retreat is priced by rooms ranging from £450pp for a Triple room with shared bathroom up to £599 for Twin room with ensuite. PLACES ARE LIMITED and we expect the retreat to fill quickly. To secure your place we require a 60% deposit (non-refundable unless the space can be filled then there will be a small administration fee, we hope you understand this). The remaining 40% will be due 8 weeks before we go (14 May 2023)

NB: We think it sensible to organise travel insurance just in case of any COVID scenarios.

If you would like to make a booking or receive more information please contact us:

If Helen is your teacher contact her on: 

helencbishop@hotmail.com / 07968 255127

If Jessica is your teacher contact her on: 

brentwoodyogastudio@gmail.com / 07766 577227