How much does the retreat cost?

The cost of each retreat is £370 per person, staying in shared accommodation in a shepherd’s hut. 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.

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 and May 2020. 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. We are currently reviewing our plans for October 2020.

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 and coach links.

How do I book?

Bookings are now open for Spring 2020.

Please complete your details  here for spring 2020 and pay your deposit via the payment page.

What should I bring?

The retreat is in a rural location in the New Forest so please 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. I would recommend wellies or walking boots.  Those interested in doing yoga should bring appropriate clothing and a yoga mat if possible.  There will be heating via a wood-burning stove in the shepherds huts, which you will need to be responsible for lighting and maintaining during the day but these must be allowed to burn out at night and  the UK can get cold at night so warm nightwear is recommended. You might also like to bring a hat and gloves and maybe a blanket or a hot water bottle! Crocs or flip-flops would be good for quick trips to the bathroom at night. A good torch will be necessary as there is no formal lighting in the  shepherd’s huts.

Bedding will be provided but please bring towels.

If you would like a drink in the licensed bar then please bring cash!

All materials for the classes will be provided. There will be a small charge payable direct to the teacher- please see the individual class information.  If you have your own yoga mat, please do bring it but we will have some mats for those who do not have their own. It would be wise to bring an apron to protect your clothing when doing the creative classes. If you have an ongoing creative project such as knitting or sewing please do bring that and of course 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. Please joining our mailing list to receive regular updates about A Nest of Gentle Makers retreats.

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