Women's Yoga and Meditation Retreat UK

This weekend is aimed women who are new to yoga and mediation - beginners' level. The retreat will also include an element of Tai Chi, Chi ball and mindfulness sessions.

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  • Stretch to start the day
  • Daily beginners meditation and gentle movement
  • Weekend Chi Ball with elements of Tai Chi, dance, yoga, Pilates and relaxation
  • Mind therapy, including a 1-1 "mind reading" session
  • 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

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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  • Shopping
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot

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 optional 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!

During the course of the weekend, there will be Chi Ball sessions, based on traditional Chinese medicine involving taster elements of Tai Chi, dance, yoga, Pilates and relaxation, using a small colored scented ball.


Day 1 - Friday

  • 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

  • 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 Two-course hot supper

Day 3 - Sunday

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Class 1
  • 11:45 Class 2
  • 13:00 Three-course hot lunch
  • 15:00 Class 3
  • 16:30 Afternoon tea and cake

Included excursions

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.

Retreat location

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


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.

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any other food not stated in the itinerary
  • Massage or beauty treatments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.
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Arrival: Friday November 2, 2018
Departure: Sunday November 4, 2018

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