Workshops and Retreats

Workshops – whether ½ or full day – offer an introduction to a subject or serve as a means of deepening one’s skills and knowledge without the commitment required by a weekly class.  Along with retreats, they can provide oases of peace within the framework of our busy and frequently pressured lives.  We hope many of you will join us on these very special journeys of discovery.

Please note that bookings and payments for all workshops and retreats must be made by 1pm on the Friday before the workshop or retreat.

Our Terms and Conditions

JUNE

Yoga

Sunday 30 June 15.30-16.30 Family Yoga with Lydia Challis. Based on our popular YogiMe class, these family yoga sessions (suitable for all ages) are a lovely way to connect and spend time together as a family.  The sessions combine stories, song and yoga poses and finish with time to relax and enjoy a calm space together with your children. (Not suitable for children under 2 1/2 yrs.)  Cost: £5 per person

 

 

JULY

Sound Bath

Tuesday 16 July 20.00-21.15 Sound Bath with Pam Mullett and Jurek Dabrowski Sound Workers and Gong Practitioners.Come and bathe in wonderful waves of sound as we play our gongs, singing bowls and other instruments – a fabulous way to de-stress that leaves you feeling calm, yet energised and ‘in-tune’. NB: Sound Baths are not recommended during the first and last three months of pregnancy, if you have a pacemaker or metal implants or experience epilepsy or other types of seizures, have a sound sensitive condition such as Labyrinthitis or Meniere’s Disease. If you have questions about the sound sessions please contact Pam [email protected]  Cost: £20 includes refreshments

 

Movement

Sunday 21 July 9.30 for 10.00-16.30 Resistance Renaissance with Judy Hammond BEd ANATD MSTAT, teacher of the Alexander Technique, movement and dance. There is a resurgence of interest in the use of resistance bands in movement and fitness classes.  Judy Hammond, teacher of Alexander Technique and creator of our Positive Movement programme, has developed powerful ways of using them to enhance muscle tone without sacrificing good alignment or freedom in the neck/shoulders! The work is fun, interesting and very safe – you will come away with a repertoire of highly effective movements to practise at home plus sound principles to apply to the use of bands/fitness equipment in class or at the gym. Cost: £65 includes Nourish lunch and refreshments.

Mindfulness

Sunday 21 July 14.30-16.30 Mindfulness for Mental WellbeingFinding Peace in a Frantic World with Dr Neelam Taneja and Karima Tasker. This taster session to our 3 ½ day Autumn Term programme is suitable for adults who are seeking additional strategies and effective approaches for sustaining optimal mental health. The practice-focussed sessions draw on the core principles of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as developed by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University and colleagues from the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto.

Cost £20

T’ai Chi

Sunday 28 July 9.30 for 10.00-13.00 “T’ai Chi – the Magic of Movement” with Ian Deavin, a certified instructor of the Chinese Internal Arts Association and a member of the T’ai Chi Union of Great Britain.  T’ai Chi practitioners often describe the feeling of moving their bodies as magical, and the experience of long term T’ai Chi practice can certainly be described as developmental. Ian’s workshop will introduce beginners to the simple ideas underlying this popular but little understood art. Longer term practitioners can expect to be helped on their path and perhaps achieve further insights on their own developmental journey.  Cost: £35 includes refreshments

 

AUGUST

Retreat

Monday, 5 August to Friday, 9 August 10.00 for 10.30-16.00 Silent Retreat with Dr Neelam Taneja PhD, Member IAYT, Life Fellow RSM. Silence can be magical and we so rarely have an opportunity to experience it for an extended period. This 5-day retreat, led by an experienced and skilful guide, will use mindfulness meditation to support each of us to inhabit the stillness and wonder which we can find deep within us through silence. Participants can attend for one, two or more days. Read some of our testimonials from Neelam’s other retreats.  Bring your own lunch. Nourish Café will be open if you wish to purchase your lunch. Refreshments will be provided.  Cost: By donation (all donations will go to support our charitable work to fund young people’s Mindfulness programmes).  Advance Booking is required to secure your place, donations to be made on the day.

Musical Relaxation

Friday, 9 August 19.15 for 19.30-20.15 Drift Away Harp Relaxation with Julia Mitchell.  Drift Away sessions are designed to provide a space for you to leave normal life behind and completely relax to the sound of the small theraphy harp.  Bring a mat, pillow and blanket and take the time to rest.  Cost: £14

Song

Monday, 12 August 14.00-16.30 Magical Melodies – Blasts from the Past with Helen King. Sing along to well loved and known songs from the past. In this informal workshop, we will revisit favourite songs in a relaxed and gentle environment.  Listen, and join in with songs and activities. Cost: £15 which includes refreshments and song sheets.

 

 

 

Mindfulness

Tuesday, 13 August 18.30-21.30 Mindfulness – Seven Practices to Quieten Your Mind with Dr Neelam Taneja PhD Member IAYT, Life Fellow RSM  An opportunity to learn, practice and discuss essential mindful practices. This workshop is for curious minds who wish to enhance or add new skills for their mental flourishing.  See Neelam’s testmonials from previous workshopsCost: £45 including refreshments

 

Yoga

Saturday 17 August 09:00-13:00 Inversion Workshop with Brendan Murphy. Inversions have many benefits:  they stimulate the nervous system, improve circulation and strengthen core muscles.  They boost energy, calm the mind – and are fun and confidence-building besides.  Suitable for all levels.  Cost: £50 includes brunch by Nourish. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilates

Saturday 17 August 10.00-11.30  Introduction to Pilates with Amanda Brosnan. This workshop will introduce you to the basic skills and principles which form the foundation of the Pilates method and which are essential to the effective performance of its exercises.  NB: Certain health problems could preclude participation in the workshop.  Cost: £15

 

Drama

Saturday 17 August 10.00-13.00 Drama Development Workshop with Emma Love.  A fun and informal workshop for those with either a desire to dip their toe in the water or to challenge themselves by progressing their acting skills in a non-pressurised environment.  We will explore fun drama games and exercises as well as acting techniques along with simple movement to a musical number.  Previous experience not essential.  Cost: £30 including refreshments

Moving Mindfully

Saturday 17 August 14.00-17.00 Moving Mindfully Workshop with Judy Hammond BEd ANATD MSTAT.  Join us for a peaceful afternoon of deep rest and relaxation. We will include floor-based gentle movement as well as standing poses for quick grounding, energy replenishment and toning for the leg, foot and core muscles.  Cost: £30 including refreshments

 

Yoga

Sunday 18 August 11.00-14.00 Family YogiMe Summer Tea Party with Lydia Challis.  Yoga, games, guided meditation and live music to favourite Yoga songs.  Bring the family and a picnic.  (Not suitable for children under 2 1/2 yrs.)   Cost: £10 per person or £35 per family of 4.

Drama

Monday 19 August 14.00-16.00 Drama for Beginners Workshop with Emma Love.  A fun and informal introduction to all things drama for those either interested in learning drama skills or simply enjoying themselves in a non-pressurised environment.  We will explore fun drama games and exercises along with gentle and simple movement to a musical number.  No previous experience necessary.  Cost: £20 including refreshments

Mindfulness

Tuesday, 20 August 13.30 for 14.00-17.00 Mindfulness – The Philosophical Basis with Dr Neelam Taneja PhD Member IAYT, Life Fellow RSM This fascinating workshop will trace the philosophical development of Mindfulness from ancient religious practices to the modern day – looking at its key principles, its ethical underpinning and its relation to neuroscience and psychology. The programme includes practical meditations to deepen your understanding of the subject.  See Neelam’s testmonials from previous workshops.  Cost: £45 including refreshments.

 

Children’s Holiday Class

Wednesday 21 August 09.30-15.30 Holiday YogiMe with Lydia Challis Radiant Child Yoga 1 & 2.  This extended holiday YogiMe session for kids aged 5-11 yrs will incorporate all of the favourite elements of storytelling, song and yoga moves with some fun games and crafts. Cost: £35

 

Song

 

Monday, 27 August 14.00-16.30 Magical Melodies – Blasts from the Past with Helen King. Sing along to well loved and known songs from the past. In this informal workshop, we will revisit favourite songs in a relaxed and gentle environment.  Listen, and join in with songs and activities. Cost: £15 which includes refreshments and song sheets.

 

 

September

Retreat

Sunday 1 September 09.15 for 09.30-12.30 Sensory Retreat with Rebecca Skeel IYN Yoga; Liz Burchill BA Hons MIFPA FHT
Aromatherapist; Pam Mullett and Jurek Dabrowski of Sound & Silence Resonant Healing.  This is an exquisite, multi-sensory mini-retreat. It will incorporate, each in turn, breathwork and
restorative movement from Slow Flow Yoga; a teaching session on aromatherapy oils and their use; and a sound bath sonic immersion experience using gongs and singing bowls – all designed to promote calm and deep relaxation.  Cost: £35 including refreshments

 

Yoga

Saturday 21 September 15.30-16.30 Family Yoga with Lydia Challis. Based on our popular YogiMe class, these family yoga sessions (suitable for all ages) are a lovely way to connect and spend time together as a family.  The sessions combine stories, song and yoga poses and finish with time to relax and enjoy a calm space together with your children. (Not suitable for children under 2 1/2 yrs.)  Cost: £5 per person

Dance

Saturday 28 September 14.30-17.30 Five Rhythms® with Ruth Hirst Accredited 5Rhythms® Teacher.  There is a dance inside each and every one of us that is uniquely our own, waiting to be expressed. So whether you are a first timer, or a passionate dance addict, come let’s dance! You can’t get this practice wrong – it’s your way of moving in the moment.  Cost: £30

Parent Forum

Parent Forum Anxiety in Early Years Monday 30 September 9.30 for 10.00-11.30 Parent Forum – Anxiety in Early Years (0-5 years) with Becky Wilburn of North Herts Emotional Support in Schools Service (NESSie).  This forum is designed to give parents of young children the opportunity to explore and discuss the issues around anxiety. The aim of the session is to help develop a better understanding of feelings and the ways in which parents can support children develop confidence and resilience. This session is also suitable for professionals working with young children.  Cost: £8

Relaxation

Sunday 22 September 10.00-12.30 Relaxation through Self-Awareness with Marcia da Silva Pinto MRSS DTM.  This workshop is based upon the work of Thérèse Bertherat, a celebrated French physiotherapist, who showed that pressure points can release physical constraints and reawaken dormant muscles to restore health and harmony. While the workshop can bring often profound health benefits to all, it can be of especial help to people with back or other injuries as well as those experiencing anxiety or sleep deprivation. Cost: £20

 

October

T’ai Chi

Sunday 13 October 9.30 for 10.00-13.00  “T’ai Chi – the Magic of Movement” with Ian Deavin, a certified instructor of the Chinese Internal Arts Association and a member of the T’ai Chi Union of Great Britain.  T’ai Chi practitioners often describe the feeling of moving their bodies as magical, and the experience of long term T’ai Chi practice can certainly be described as developmental. Ian’s workshop will introduce beginners to the simple ideas underlying this popular but little understood art. Longer term practitioners can expect to be helped on their path and perhaps achieve further insights on their own developmental journey.  Cost: £35 includes refreshments

Children’s Holiday Class

Wednesday 30 October 09.30-12.00 Holiday YogiMe with Lydia Challis Radiant Child Yoga 1 & 2.  This extended holiday YogiMe session for kids aged 5-11 yrs will incorporate all of the favourite elements of storytelling, song and yoga moves with some fun games and crafts. Cost: £20

November

Musical Relaxation

Saturday 2 November 14.15 for 14.30-15.15 Drift Away Harp Relaxation with Julia Mitchell.  Drift Away sessions are designed to provide a space for you to leave normal life behind and completely relax to the sound of the small theraphy harp.  Bring a mat, pillow and blanket and take the time to rest.  Cost: £14

Sound Bath

Saturday 16 November 14.00-15.15 Sound Bath with Pam Mullett and Jurek Dabrowski Sound Workers and Gong Practitioners.  Come and bathe in wonderful waves of sound as we play our gongs, singing bowls and other instruments – a fabulous way to de-stress that leaves you feeling calm, yet energised and ‘in-tune’. NB: Sound Baths are not recommended during the first and last three months of pregnancy, if you have a pacemaker or metal implants or experience epilepsy or other types of seizures, have a sound sensitive condition such as Labyrinthitis or Meniere’s Disease. If you have questions about the sound sessions please contact Pam [email protected]  Cost: £20 includes refreshments

December

Dance

Saturday 14 December 14.30-17.30 Five Rhythms® with Ruth Hirst Accredited 5Rhythms® Teacher.  There is a dance inside each and every one of us that is uniquely our own, waiting to be expressed. So whether you are a first timer, or a passionate dance addict, come let’s dance! You can’t get this practice wrong – it’s your way of moving in the moment.  Cost: £30