New motherhood is a huge transition.
Hormones surge, bodies change and identities and relationships shift.
The transition from maiden to mother is transformational and ever evolving, from birth to the toddler years, the school years, the teenage years... and so it goes on, until we transition again, mother to grandmother, mother to crone; the wisest woman of them all.
On our mama and child yoga retreats
mums are gifted the mornings to relax, unplug and nurture themselves
with the option of yoga, treatments and 1:1 sessions (or perhaps sweet sleep is calling), safe in the knowledge that a carefully selected team of holistic carers are looking after her child/ren.
Each afternoon we offer an optional activity to deepen the connection between mama and child, such as yoga for all, foraging in the local woodland, crafts, campfire stories and songs.
We invite mamas and their children to come together to honour this magical time and to connect with their intuition and inner wisdom in our lovingly curated space.
A Soul Sanctum Retreat is a place for connection, reflection and inspiration,
to sow the seeds of the future...
Our virtual Shala hosts pre-recorded yoga classes that mums can dip into at a time that works for them, pranayama (breath work techniques), meditations, mindfulness crafts for both mum and the little one/s, quick and easy nutritious recipes, singalongs and a supportive community of like-minded mamas, all from the comfort of their own home.
Soul Sanctum Guest
We are now taking bookings for our next Mama + Child Retreats, which takes place on a beautiful 12-acre Sussex country estate in The High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
Our spacious, homely accommodation consists of a large Grade II Listed farmhouse with 7 bedrooms and 4 rustic lodges. It is set within enchanted herb gardens and its private fields, woodlands and wildflower meadows are home to chickens, rabbits, alpacas, sheep, secret passageways and the friendly farm cat. The panoramic view takes in untouched valley landscapes that you can gaze out over from the hot tub. There is a beautiful 17th century barn for yoga, an outdoor heated pool for a morning swim or an afternoon splash about with the little ones, a ceremonial fire pit, a large extended farmhouse kitchen where we serve 3 delicious, nutritious meals per day (plus home-made snacks like cakes, muffins and energy balls), 2 big communal lounges to chill out in and inglenook fireplaces to light and keep us cosy if the rain sets in. Beyond the fields is the river Rother and its sandstone ridges made of quartz crystalline, which, some believe, enhances cognitive clarity.
Our day will start with a light, continental breakfast before mums (and partners if they wish) head off for a nurturing yoga class. It's best not to eat too much before yoga, but there will be fresh fruit juices ready and waiting afterwards, followed by a seasonal, locally sourced, plant-based brunch prepared by our wonderful chef Sharon, who lovingly creates every dish and hand picks salad, vegetables and edible flowers on the morning of our retreat. Nothing is wasted - vegetable peelings and left over food is all saved and fed to the chickens. All stages of weaning are catered for, along with all dietary requirements and a variety of milk (including whole cows milk, oat, pea, almond etc) for the little ones.
Yoga is held in the sanctuary of our beautiful Long Barn. All levels of yoga are welcome. The female body goes through so many changes during pregnancy and birth that even the most experienced yogis tend to find that their practice alters once they become a mother, which is why our teachers are all specialist pregnancy and postnatal yoga teachers.
Mamas can turn their focus to essential self-care, feeling safe in the knowledge that the children are being taken care of by our carefully selected team of holistic, child-led carers in our magical children's lodge and its large outdoor play space. The lodge has a separate quiet area for naps and snuggles, and for those that prefer to nap on the go, their designated carer will walk them around the grounds in their buggy or sling.
After yoga mums have some precious time to themselves to have a treatment, 1:1 session, connect with other mums, or perhaps they'd prefer to simply find a quiet place within the grounds to curl up and journal, read a book or take a nap.
The afternoons are dedicated to deepening the connection and bond between mother and child. We will have various workshops, including nature foraging in the local ancient woodland, crafts and mum + baby / mum + toddler yoga classes.
After the little ones are tucked up in bed, tired mums will find a candlelit yoga nidra or sound bath in the Shala to prepare them for a restful night’s sleep.
It goes without saying that all activities on retreat are optional. If a mum feels that what she needs is to drop her child off with our carers and go back to bed, that is absolutely what she should do. If a mum would like to book extended childcare, we can also facilitate that. This week is for mums to really let go of self-expectation, the perceived expectation of others, and to tune into what it is they really need without judgement.
There are just 11 places available on these boutique retreats. There is the opportunity for mums to double up in our lodges.
Prices start at £1350
Fill your cup with daily juices and 3 nourishing meals, all lovingly prepared for mama and child by our chefs (all stages of weaning are catered for)
Trust your child with our holistic care team while you unite your mind, body and soul with a morning yoga practice in our beautiful yoga shala, followed by sacred, precious self-care time and the opportunity to connect with other mums.
After a morning recharging and reconnecting with your self, spend quality time with your child creating beautiful memories to take home with you
Soul Sanctum Guest
Pop your email in the box below and we will be in touch about our forthcoming mama and child yoga retreats soon. Our in person retreat groups are intentionally small and intimate with no more than 10-15 mamas at a time. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.