FAQs

How much does the retreat cost?

The cost of each retreat is £370 per person if staying in a shepherd’s hut or £320 if staying in a tipi. This includes accommodation, food, yoga and creative workshops. There will be a deposit on booking your place of £100, with the balance of payment due 8 weeks before the retreat.

Spring retreat full payment will be due on 16th March 2019

Autumn retreat full payment will be due on 16th August 2019

Where is the retreat held?

We are lucky to have secured use of the New Forest Outdoor Centre, Minstead as our venue for the retreats in 2019. This is situated within the grounds of Minstead Manor Estate in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK. We will enjoy exclusive use of the centre and its grounds which are nestled in ancient woodland.

Directions will be available nearer the time but the site is easily accessible from the A31 or the A35 in Hampshire.

The nearest train station is Brockenhurst. Unfortunately due to the rural location of the centre, it would be necessary to use a taxi from the station, or lift share. The station is only a 10 minute drive away.

For international retreat attendees, the nearest airports are Southampton and London Heathrow. Journey times by car from these airports are about 40-45 minutes or 2 hours respectively. Both of these airports also have good rail links.

How do I book?

Bookings are now open for spring 2019. Please complete your details here and pay your deposit via the booking page.

For autumn 2019, simply register your interest by joining our mailing list and we will be in touch with you to outline the process once bookings open.

What should I bring?

The retreat is in a rural location in the New Forest in Spring and Autumn so bring weather-appropriate clothing. Layers are a good idea, as is a waterproof! The New Forest can be quite wet underfoot so those interested in walking should bring suitable footwear. Those interested in doing yoga should bring appropriate clothing.  There will be heating in the tipis and the shepherds huts but the UK can get cold at night so warm nightwear is recommended. You might also like to bring a hat and gloves! Crocs or flip-flops would be good for quick trips to the bathroom at night. A torch would be useful too.

Bedding will be provided but please bring towels.

All materials for the classes will be provided. If you have your own yoga mat, you might like to bring that but we will have mats for those who do not have their own. You might want to bring a good book to read, but the most important thing is to bring yourself along!

Is it possible to come for part of the weekend?

We are not offering any  single day options as a key part of your relaxation is to be able to enjoy two nights in this beautiful setting. So we are just having a weekend rate. We understand that you may need to arrive later on Friday, or leave earlier on Sunday and that is fine but it would be good if you could let us know so we can hold food for you if needed.

Are children allowed to attend?

For now, these retreats will only be for adults over 18. We may offer family retreats in the future but as we are just starting out we are keeping things simple. We would invite you to prioritise your well being as a parent and arrange childcare for the weekend and come and enjoy some quality time, just for you. On your return you will be feel so much better able to cope with the demands of the family. And if possible, bring your partner too!

Can I bring my dog?

As the retreat is on a working private estate unfortunately we cannot welcome dogs or other animals on to the retreat.

Not covered your question here?

Please email us at anestofgentlemakers@btinternet.com and we will try and answer your questions.

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