New motherhood is a huge transition.
Hormones surge, bodies change and identities and relationships shift.
The transition from maiden to mother is transformational, ever evolving
and, at times, incredibly overwhelming.
The saying goes 'it take a village to raise a child'.
Since our inception in 2021
our mama and chid retreats, which are based in the South East of England, in beautiful country houses with the prettiest of gardens, have naturally evolved
into a community of extremely gifted women,
coming together to serve, support and nourish mums
as they navigate the early years of their children's lives.
Motherhood is undoubtedly a juggle. It is often a struggle.
What if you didn't have to worry about breakfast, lunch and dinner
because that's all taken care of for you?
What if you could have 4 hours to yourself a day, knowing that your child
is closeby being cared for by an exceptional group of holistic childcarers?
Would you take a yoga class? Have a treatment?
Walk in the woods? Take a long bath? Go back to bed with a book?
Whatever you do, this time is for YOU.
What if you and your child could spend 2 hours after lunch
bonding with lovingly curated activities like foraging, stories, crafts and songs?
What if you could have a 2 hour evening listening service
to relax into a yoga nidra or sound bath?
All of these things await you, on a Soul Sanctum Retreat.
Soul Sanctum is a place for connection, reflection and inspiration,
to sow the seeds of the future...
Soul Sanctum Guest
Join us for some stargazing at our new venue in East Sussex, UK, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty
Join us on our first one day retreat, taking place at Alfriston Gardens, East Sussex. Settle your child with our holistic childcare team and immerse yourself in a morning of circle and yoga before a delicious, nutritious plant-based lunch. In the afternoon we will hold a session for mamas and children to enjoy together.
Join us on the Summer Solstice for a weekend to celebrate the arrival of Summer with your little one/s.
Join us at the start of the summer holidays. While the little ones enjoy carefully curated childcare each morning you can relax with some yoga, a dip in the heated pool, a treatment, a leisurely brunch, a walk in the woodlands or whatever takes your fancy!
Join us as at the height of summer for a beautiful week of relaxation, bonding and being looked after!
Soul Sanctum Guest
Fill your cup with daily juices and 3 nourishing meals, all lovingly prepared in our farmhouse kitchen for mama and child by our chef (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 time to yourself 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
We are thrilled to be launching One Day Mama + Child Retreats this year. The first one will take place on Thursday 11th April at Alfriston Gardens in the pretty village of Berwick, East Sussex. This is a great opportunity for previous guests to come and check back in for a day, or perhaps you've been thinking about coming on a residential retreat and would like to come and experience a day on retreat with us. There will be morning childcare, circle, yoga, lunch and an afternoon session for mums and kids all together. For more information and booking head here.
Our new home for our 2024 residential retreats is a beautiful 32-acre East Sussex country estate in The High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty all year round.
The Eastwood Observatory was apparently inspired by Christopher Wren’s magnificent observatory building in Greenwich. Wren’s original building was built in 1675 and the observatory was built to record the position of the Moon and the stars at set times. This is what inspired the ball and mast situated on the turrets of both buildings. In Eastwood's case, these double as lightning conductors.
Step into your own Jane Austen novel, come and experience a different way of living, with other women and their children.
There is a beautiful Orangery for yoga, an outdoor heated pool for a morning swim or an afternoon splash about with the little ones, a large extended kitchen where we serve 3 delicious, nutritious meals per day (plus home-made snacks like cakes, muffins and energy balls), a huge communal lounge to chill out in and inglenook fireplaces to light and keep us cosy if the rain sets in.
Our day will start with breakfast before mums drop the little ones off at our childcare barn and head off for a nurturing yoga class. Afterwards there will be fresh fruit juices ready and waiting, 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. 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 Orangery. 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. The barn 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, such as nature foraging in the local ancient woodland, crafts and mum + baby / mum + toddler yoga classes.
After the little ones are tucked up in bed, we provide a listening service so that mums can enjoy a candlelit yoga nidra or sound bath and on one evening we will have a star gazing session.
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 12 places available on our boutique retreats, meaning that your experience is intimate and, following a pre-retreat questionnaire, is tailored to each group before arrival.
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.