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3 Days Relaxing Meditation and Yoga Retreat in UK

  • The Friars, Aylesford, Near Maidstone, Kent, England, ME20 7BX, United Kingdom


Women's Yoga and Meditation Retreat UK

  • 3 days with instruction
  • Fit2Relax invites you to a very tranquil and beautiful, ancient monastery where you can take time to invest in you. Relax, unwind, and de-stress in a peaceful, calming garden and surroundings. Be with like-minded women who just want some time out from their busy lives, to just breathe, re-charge, and reconnect. This retreat will create a welcoming space for women to just be themselves.


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Daily mindfulness sessions
    • Guided walks and relaxations
    • Private exercise and social space
    • Daily beverages and two afternoon tea and cakes
    • 1 two-course supper and full breakfasts daily
    • 2 three-course hot meal lunches
    • 2 nights accommodation


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    The accommodation options are on private, twin, or multiple room basis. The Friars is a medieval priory that houses a guesthouse set within acres of beautiful grounds. The guesthouse can sleep up to 100 people and visitors are welcome to stay from one day to two weeks. All guests are welcome to join the Carmelite community at any of their daily services.

    The rooms in the guesthouse are simple but comfortable. However, there are a few en-suite facilities due to the age of the buildings. Rooms are situated in two separate buildings, the old block and the new block, both of which have a communal lounge where visitors can meet, relax, and obtain hot drinks.

    Set in the heart of Kent, England, The Friars is an ancient religious house of the order of Carmelites dating back to the 13th century. Over the centuries, The Friars has become a place of peace, a community of prayer, an experience of God, a center of welcome, a venue for gathering, and a work of art.

    The Friars has a well-established conference center that hosts seminars and conferences. The peace garden is divided by upright sleepers into several small themed gardens allowing visitors to view the garden as a whole, while enjoying the different smaller areas of planting.

    The first garden takes up the busy stressful mood of many visitors and aims to subtly move this energy to a place of warmth and vibrancy. This enables the visitor to take on the energy reduction of the wind and wave garden. Making use of soothing curves and a mauve and pale yellow palette, this is designed to invoke a mood of gentle flowing calm.

    The central earth and water garden with a blue and white palette encourages tranquility and stillness. Visitors, supported by the sounds of the water features, are encouraged to rest and to be. Incorporated throughout the garden are peace tiles in over 200 different languages acting as a symbol of striving for the peaceful integration of all in society, locally, nationally, and internationally.

    Some people stop over while on their way to Canterbury, following the ancient pilgrims' way to the cathedral. The Friars was always a traditional stop in medieval times and, in fact, the Pilgrims' Hall, the oldest building at The Friars, is so named because it offered hospitality and accommodation for travelers to Canterbury. This custom of hospitality to pilgrims continues today.

    This retreat is exclusive for ladies and will emphasize on creating a welcoming, friendly, and supportive space for women to just be themselves. You will be able to take some time out for yourself, invest in your health and well being, relax, and de-stress in a calm, tranquil, and beautiful surroundings, release and let go of your tensions, and have some quality peace and quiet time.

    During this retreat, there will be no pressure on you to do anything. You will have a private space to just relax, re-charge, and re-ignite the real you. You will enjoy the support and company of like-minded ladies and time to release tension. You will get encouraged to make time for yourself. You will have a warm and welcoming environment where you are encouraged to just be you!

    Take walks in a beautiful, tranquil, and peaceful environment and feel relaxed, re-energized, re-charged, and back in control of yourself. There will be a selection of soft classes like gentle stretch, chi ball, introduction to Tai Chi, introduction to yoga, and lots of relaxation and meditation with plenty of candles and soft music. You will have plenty of time to just rest.

    All classes are option or can be adapted to the chair if necessary. You do not need to attend any classes if you prefer to spend quality time to yourself, reading, or walking in the beautiful gardens. The emphasis of this weekend break is for you to do what you like!


    Day 1 - Friday, May 12, 2017

    • 16:00 Arrival
    • 18:30 Meet and greet
    • 19:00 Two-course meal supper with the group
    • 21:00 Optional gathering in a private social space

    Day 2 - Saturday, May 13, 2017

    • 08:30 Breakfast
    • 10:00 Class 1
    • 12:00 Class 2
    • 13:00 Three-course hot lunch
    • 15:00 Class 3
    • 16:30 Afternoon tea and cake
    • 19:00 Supper

    Day 3 - Sunday, May 14, 2017

    • 08:30 Breakfast
    • 10:00 Class 1
    • 12:00 Class 2
    • 13:00 Three-course lunch
    • 15:00 Class 3
    • 16:30 Afternoon tea and cake

    You have the option to join a guided and organized walk.

    • Mandy Rawsthorne

      Mandy is a very experienced instructor who has been teaching and lecturing in the health, fitness, and well being industry since 1995. She is the author of a Relaxation CD and is currently writing a book. She has a wealth of experience teaching in a vast range of environments from hospitals, schools, private health clubs, leisure centers and overseas venues.

    The retreat will be held at The Friars, Kent, England.

    • Art classes
    • Massage
    • Shopping
    • Shopping nearby
    • Dining area
    • Garden
    • Kitchen
    • Lounge
    • River nearby
    • Conference room

    There will be two three-course hot meals on Saturday and Sunday for lunch, one two-course supper on Saturday evening, daily tea and coffee, and two afternoon tea and cake on Saturday and Sunday. All meals will be served at the Pilgrims Hall located at the great courtyard.

    There is also a restored 17th century barn at the entrance to The Friars that serves as a tea room. The tea room and gift shop is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 during the summer and offers visitors a good range of homemade cakes and snacks at additional costs.

    Massage or beauty treatments can be booked at additional costs with very fair prices.

    • 1 two-course supper
    • 2 three-course hot meals for lunch
    • 2 afternoon tea and cake on Saturday and Sunday
    • 2 nights accommodation
    • Daily breakfasts
    • Daily tea and coffee
    • Daily yoga classes
    • Mindfulness sessions
    • Private exercise and social space
    • Airfare
    • Airport transfers
    • Alcoholic drinks
    • Any other food not stated in the itinerary
    • Massage or beauty treatments

    Driving directions via satellite navigation

    • Please enter High Street or Bull Lane and do not rely on the postal code.
    • Take M20 Junction 6 then follow the signs leading to Eccles and The Friars.
    • You may also take M2 Junction 3 then follow signs towards Maidstone A229 to Eccles and The Friars.

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Manston Airport (MSE).

    Arrival by bus

    From Maidstone East, you could take a 155 bus to The Friars.

    Arrival by taxi

    From Maidstone East or West Malling, you could get a taxi to The Friars.

    Arrival by train

    From London Victoria, you may take a train to Maidstone East or West Malling.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.


    • Review by Amanda H.

      "I feel rejuvenated for many reasons after this weekend. I went without knowing anyone and have returned home with some lovely memories and re-energised."

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    • Review by Wendy J.

      "Good morning my lovely friend. I keep hearing your relaxing voice, talking to us during our quiet time. So I wanted to give you a compliment and tell you that you have a lovely calm voice and a very friendly communication style ... perfect for your calling to heal people. Have a lovely day."

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    • Review by Kelly from Kent

      "After having counselling before, I wanted to experience a different perspective of things and see if it could help me find me! During the course I understood things in more depth, Especially the Law of Attraction and the Meaning of Words. It was lovely meeting all the lovely ladies. It helps to understand how the mind works & how everything & everyone around us can affect us."

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    • Review by Clare from Erith

      "I joined the course because I wanted to find my voice again, to get heard and understood. Boost my self-esteem and confidence. I wanted to be more positive (alternative therapy to being referred by GP to CBT and being in a group of chronically ill people, I needed more positivity. I enjoyed finding out more information on how I can improve and help myself and those around me. Meeting lovely ladies. Being around positive, like-minded people, even though we all had our own issues. It would help others to know that the group is friendly and confidential. It is a relaxed environment and you share as much or as little as you wish."

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    • Review by Carol from Sidcup

      "I joined the course because I was just really interested to learn more about the mind and how we react to things as I love this kind of stuff. I enjoyed being part of a small team of like-minded ladies. The sharing of hard decisions and feelings. The benefits are that you become more open minded, less worried. Become more centerd in yourself to enjoy life with more focus"

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    • Review by Anon

      "Before the course I struggled with anxiety in various situations. I really enjoyed the group chats discussing with like-minded people. These sessions are very beneficial. It makes you re-assess how you look at life and what you can achieve. It can make a difference to your future!"

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    • Review by Lauren from Bexleyheath

      "My reason for joining the course was because I was uncertain of what I wanted in my life, and how I would affect any change. Especially because of the impact on others around me. I wanted to learn how to cope with everyday situations better. Also to develop an understanding of the mind and our environment. To help me cope with my anxiety, lack of patience and worry. After finishing the course its already helping me become a lot more aware of how my environment and other people can affect me, along with the power of your thoughts. How would it benefit others? Just do it! It will open your mind to life and influences around you."

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    • Review by Michelle from Blackfen

      "After attending Mandy’s Mind Set one day workshop, it triggered a huge interest of mine and I wanted to learn more! I enjoyed seeing Mandy and being with other nice ladies. I looked forward to every session. All the topics were so interesting and beneficial. Not only has it made me appreciate more of the simple things in life it’s also made me realize where I have been going wrong! I am generally a negative person and once something goes wrong I seem to focus on the bad. I now have the ability to flip that around and focus on the good. I loved the paradigms topic and what makes us who we are. I have realized I need to focus on myself a lot more and have now become more aware of the influence people have on us. Focus on the good and the bad would not have such an impact on us. Who would not benefit from having that?"

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    • Review by Elinor from Crayford

      "My journey started out because I was stuck in a rut, my head was all over the place, no focus and just existing and starting to dread my job. I needed to find some direction. I attended Mandy’s one day Mind Set workshop which helped me look at my life and what I wanted to achieve from it. Three months on, I’m in a much better place at home and work! I’m due to attend a Leader in Running Fitness course so I can help people with their running which is my passion. After my training I will be starting my own running group with my daughter. Mandy has given me the confidence to believe in myself and to follow my dream. A massive thank you to a lovely lovely lady."

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    • Review by Julie from Dartford

      "I came to attend the mind set course as I was struggling with low self esteem, negative thoughts, depression, I am not good enough, not great with challenges. The conversation in my head was what is life all about!? I am not good enough, I cannot do this, how can I change this, I need a different job."

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    • Review by Michelle from Sidcup

      "Thank you for the trouble you went through last night, the set-up, lighting, heat, etc. it was very nice I thought your talking and the gaps of quietness were timed very well and I liked that. It was nice to have a story in there too, so all was very nice, a good idea moving forward because we just do not take the time to relax! Thank you for making us feel so welcome."

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    • Review by Margarita from Sidcup

      "Your enthusiasm is inspirational and very much part of you. Did I find the sessions useful? Well I have spent over 40 years trying to change myself, trying to be a better person and failing. Who would not ? I have done the course with you and realized that there is not anything wrong with me, just with how I see myself. My upbringing created a belief that I had to be perfect and always fell short and that was probably reinforced by my first failed marriage. Well, now, I know that I can change my belief and like myself, credit myself for my achievements (and recognize them!) and learn from my failures and do you know, there have not actually been many of those. So you have made a monumental difference to my life and therefore, by association, to the relationships that I have with everyone else and I thank you for that, from the bottom of my heart. I found it really interesting meeting and listening to others, I like to learn and think I have a healthy respect for the opinions of others who are willing to share those with me. I am on the verge of a new and exciting time in my life, photo will follow, and I will enjoy it all the more because of you, so please keep it up, if you just help 1% of your students that will be a major achievement."

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    • Review by Karen from Bexleyheath

      "I started Mandy’s Chi Ball class about one year ago. I remember exactly how I felt when I left that first class, great for the many reasons to follow”. Mandy seems to have a natural ability in making us all feel valued and cared for individually. She remembers all our names and bits about our lives. Besides her wonderful nature, she runs a class involving all levels of ability with ease and not making anyone feel uncomfortable if they can’t manage something. Her eyes are always open to possible dangers and continually checks our safety. She has the patience of a saint and a smile for all of us always."

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    • Review by Ali from Bexleyheath

      "I engaged in 6 sessions with Fit2relax as a different option to starting counselling again. During these session we focused on the way I thought and the words I used, and I cannot believe the progress I have made in such a short space of time and the control I gave back to myself. I have now been able to move forward with my life and be grateful for each and every day. Thank you Fit2relax for giving me the tools to get my life back, I am still using the tools every day to ensure I stay strong and handle what each day throws at me."

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    • Review by Linda from Bexleyheath

      "I started going to Mandy’s chi ball classes about a year after my second hip replacement and soon began to notice a great improvement in my flexibility, core strength, balance and agility. The improvement has continued and I feel that, with Mandy’s encouragement and teaching skills, I am the best I can be. Her enthusiasm is infectious. She challenges us but at the same time is mindful of the need to ensure the safety and well being of everyone in her class and she makes sure everyone has her full attention. I cannot praise her enough!"

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    • Review by a traveler from Bexleyheath

      "Thank you Mandy and Rachael ­Ann for today. This has made me realize that I enjoy exercise and that I have to make sure I have time in my day to achieve this goal."

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    • Review by a traveler from Bexleyheath

      "Fantastic event! Really helped me to focus on healthy eating and fitness goals. I can highly recommend!"

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    • Review by a traveler from Bexleyheath

      "Great to be in a friendly environment. Good mixture of exercises which show what Fit2Relax do. Great to talk about nutrition as well as exercise. I really enjoyed myself! Thanks "

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    • Review by a traveler from Bexleyheath

      "I enjoyed the warm up session and fun circuit activity. I now feel motivated and have my goals set. The support from Mandy and Rachael­ Ann is amazing!"

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    • Review by a traveler from Bexleyheath

      "Being with other people re-­connects your mind for remembrance as to why you want to do something."

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    • Review by a traveler

      "I agreed to go along to a Mindset session with Mandy out of curiosity; I did not know then what positive long lasting effects the following three hours would have on me. I have since attended a number of Mindset classes, which have taught me not just about myself but a better understand of others. I feel more confident to celebrate the positives in my life and move on from the negatives. The groups are confidential, friendly and relaxing. Thank you Mandy you are an inspiration."

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    • Review by Shelia C. from Bexleyheath

      "As an older person I have found body movements which I had forgotten I could still do! My balance has improved, I feel better mentally and physically. I have met new people and friends. Improved my fitness and I’m more aware of my mobility and body image. Sometimes it’s a bit of a challenge but all in a positive way."

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    • Review by Michelle from Sidcup

      "I found it just helped me to focus on what is important to me and took me back to the basics really. To stop and take a good look around & at me and enjoy what I do have in life (health etc.) to realize it is okay to try out something new-give it a go. You do not have to be the best at something, just commit to making a change to build the right identity for you. To recognize friends, people, family, or situations that are helpful to me and the one’s in my life that are not, Its just been really nice and good fun to see how we react or respond to things in our daily lives and how our environments can affect us all. Lastly, how we can choose to make better choices and be encouraged to reach the goals in our life no matter how small."

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    • Review by a traveler from Bexleyheath

      "Coming to this Boot Camp event I have learnt lots on exercise and nutrition and feel I was welcomed into a comfortable, relaxed environment. Now feeling fit for 2016."

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