The Sound of Grace Retreat, Dorset
Nurturing Gentle Yoga, Chant, Music, and Silence…
April 22nd – 24th 2022
September 16th – 18th 2022
Amazing – a wonderful balance of chant, yoga and free time. I’ve booked again and can’t wait! (Dawn, Devon)
Join us for a deeply relaxing and nurturing women’s retreat, based in a Grade II listed house, within a secluded valley, near Charmouth, Dorset.
With nourishing home-cooked vegetarian fayre and 11 acres of gardens, meadows and woodland to explore, this
is the perfect environment to unwind and be still.
Drawing on the wisdom of the Sound of Grace programme, our weekend includes gentle holistic yoga to iron out the aches and pains, the kinks and knots that build up within us all. Healing chant and mantra to soothe, uplift and inspire; cross-cultural music journeying; creative, expressive movement, song, and laughter…we co-create a safe, healing space where women can remember who they are – and dance again…
This delightful retreat weekend is co-facilitated by myself, Sarena Mason,Cert. Ed CCMHP (Holistic Yoga Teacher and Cross-cultural music & sound therapist) and friends, who all have therapeutic and/or healing sound experience. We work well together – offering a balance of high professional training and experience in our respective fields, along with warmth, holding a safe space – and fun!
Delicious Vegetarian Food
All meals are vegetarian (much is grown on site in the walled kitchen garden) and includes eggs from their chickens, milk from their own cows, and fresh cheeses made on site! All dietary requirements are catered for (Vegan, Gluten free, non-dairy milks etc).
The rooms are simple and comfortable, spacious. Many have beautiful views over the gardens or nearby valley and hills. Shared bathrooms are close to each room. There are wood burning stoves in the Hall, Library, the shared sitting room and our private practise space.
The Pine Hall
We have booked this lovely space as our ‘Sound of Grace’ home for the weekend; set away from the main house (but just a short walk) it is as the name suggests, made of pine, with a half-vaulted ceiling (great acoustics!), one side is glass so plenty of light – and a large wood burning stove keeps us cosy. A kitchenette and loo means we are self-sufficient during our times there. Morning yoga, chanting circles, meditation will all take place here. Bliss!
You can arrive from 4pm on the Friday, settle in, enjoy a welcoming cup of tea and delicious cake. Walk in the gardens, relax. Gentle yoga at 5pm helps you to unwind from your journey before a delicious vegetarian supper at 6pm. That evening we have our opening circle – get to know your fellow travellers – meet old friends, make new ones! Both Saturday and Sunday morning we start our day with a gentle yoga and meditation (7.30am). After a help-yourself breakfast of various cereals, breads, fruit, eggs and yoghurts (eggs and fresh milk produced on site) we have our morning session of healing chant and mantra, cross-cultural music journeys, moving meditation and silence. Saturday afternoon is free for you to enjoy the grounds, go to the nearby Charmouth beach, or sleep…Saturday evening we will gather around the fire – sing, chant, and enjoy our amazing community of women. Sunday morning is similar to Saturday…our schedule is planned, but fluid – evolving and responding to the group’s needs. All drinks, fruit, snacks and meals are included.
I adored the weekend and so many unexpected aspects made it incredibly special. I particularly appreciated Sarena’s generosity in her sharing of the sacred chants – what a privilege. (Helen, Manchester)
Prices and Booking
What’s Included:- The retreat will run from 4pm on the Friday through to 4pm on Sunday. All food, drinks and refreshments plus snacks are included (vegetarian, vegan and other diets catered for*).
Daily gentle yoga and guided meditation, Yoga Nidra (deep rest), morning and afternoon chant/cross-cultural music sessions plus time to relax and unwind in the grounds. Saturday afternoon is your free time (sleep, relax, walk in Monkton’s gardens and grounds, visit Charmouth beach?), and Saturday evening we will gather around the fire and share songs from around the world.
Come with a friend – or make new friends!
Early Bird shared room – £295 (until February 28th/July 31st respectively. Then £325.
Early Bird single room – £325 (dates as above), then £345
A £70 non-refundable deposit secures your place – You can pay that here.
Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to the retreat.
For an application form and balance of payment details (by bank transfer or cheque) – contact Sarena
*(An instalment plan is available – please feel welcome to discuss this with Sarena)
Cancellation Policy:- The £70 deposit is non-refundable. If we or Monkton Wyld have to cancel due to Covid reasons, the retreat will be rescheduled and your deposit is secure.
A full refund is given 2 months before the retreat date. Half the payment (£165) is refundable if cancellation is between 6 and 4 weeks prior to the event. No refund is offered if you cancel less than 4 weeks before the retreat. At all times we will endeavour to fill your space.