Yoga & nordic walking retreatSummer Solstice Weekend Retreat  

26th – 28th June 2020   

Join me and Hilary Warrell for a Yoga and Nordic walking 3 day retreat in Dorset in celebration of the Summer Solstice. This  will be our 6th year staying at Bonhays a beautiful, secluded Meditation and Retreat Centre near Bridport.

We will honour the duality of nature, the light of the sun with dynamic morning yoga and the dark with evening restorative practices and yoga nidra. Using  this time of the Solstice, to take stock of ourselves and our lives. Utilising Yoga and other  practices to help guide us on our journey to let go of what holds us back. In the afternoons, for those that wish, Hilary Warrell (A Breath of Fresh Air) will take us Nordic walking along this dramatic coastline of the jurassic coast. Walking is a wonderful way of  connecting with  mother Earth, ourselves and each other, sometimes through talking and sharing with others and sometimes through silent walking or short seated outdoor meditation. Hilary has a wealth of knowledge, promoting healthy, balanced, mindful movement.

We will share in a Fire Ceremony, offering up what holds us back and committing to bring into our lives that which can move us forward.  We will finish our ceremony with Kirtan (chanting), celebrating and giving energy to our new intentions.   There will  also be plenty of time for reading or contemplation in the stunning grounds, a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool or simply connecting with others. 

One of the highlights is the delicious  homecooked, organic food by Evie Vergano, (check out her blog for delicious recipe's) the talented chef at Bonhays,  it's so beautifully presented it was almost a shame to eat it...somehow we manage it though!!


About Bonhays

Bonhays offers a sanctuary of peace and simplicity. nestled in the hills of West Dorset,  between Bridport and Lyme Regis and just two miles from the sea.

The yoga space in a straw bale building is light, airy  and circular. The centre provides great communal spaces as well as many peaceful and secluded spots for reading or contemplation. There is a heated indoor swimming pool and 20 acres of land to explore.


The Yoga & Nordic walking Retreats, the practicalities.

  • 3 day stay at Bonhays Farm, Whitchurch Canonicorum,Dorset DT6 6RF, with use of all the facilities. Arrival after 2:30pm on Thursday, departure late afternoon on Sunday.
  • Dynamic yoga practice on Friday/Saturday/Sunday morning with Restorative or Soundbath  Thursday/Friday/late afternoon. Fire Ceremony on Saturday evening followed by a celebration of Kirtan.
  • The lovely Hilary Warrell will be taking us Nordic Walking on Saturday/Sunday afternoons, for those who wish to take part. There will be options to make the walks longer or shorter.
  • Delicious vegetarian brunch on Friday/Saturday and Sunday, with evening meals on Thursday through to  Saturday. Breakfast will be tea and fruit/small snack so that we can practice.
  • Tea and coffee and biscuits are available throughout the day.
  • All towels and bedlinen are provided.
  • All yoga equipment provided, but feel free to bring your own if you wish.
  • Rooms are based on two people sharing, if you would prefer a single room there will be a supplement of £80


"It was such an amazing experience over the weekend and I can honestly say I've really benefitted from every aspect of it. I would definitely like to book for next years retreat, so please forward any details as soon as you have them. Thank you again for such a special experience."


Soraya & Hil, Thank you for an amazing weekend. I have enjoyed it all and have gone on a journey into myself...the highlights were the sound bath and all the vibrations, the restorative yoga and the lovely people I've met.


Thank you for an amazing weekend, I loved everything, especially the setting, the food, the classes and the company, Soraya & Hils you are great teachers.


Bonhays is the ideal setting, a very safe and nurturing environment with lovely accommodation. The weekend was enjoyable  and time for me that was needed, As always, Soraya you are very good at guiding us into our inner selves and helping us face difficulties. You provide a safe, loving caring environment that helps us do this and how important all of this is. It was great to do walking alongside the yoga, especially in such an amazing setting. 

A beautiful and loving weekend, which I hope to be part of next year.


Thank you for making this such a fulfilling and joyful experience! This was a big step for me as Ive never done anything like this before....knowing that you were there to facilitate mad me feel comfortable because I know I can trust you and I like your approach to things.  I liked the structure of the retreat and the mix of people, it was well organised with a lovely setting and excellent food. I enjoyed the Nordic walking as a great way to 'un-learn' walking habits and enjoy this beautiful part of the world

A wonderful retreat - although I didn't know anyone, I felt very welcome and safe. Enjoyed all of it! Food was brilliant, so lovely not to have to plan my meals. I particularly loved your readings and managed to cut out a lot of 'noise'. I am looking forward to next years retreat, already.

Cost & Bookings  early bird until December 31st 2019

£295 shared room  / £345 normal price

£355  single room / £405  usual price


If you would like to book a place, please email

A booking form will be forwarded to you with the terms and conditions. Once the form has been received with a non- refundable deposit of £150, I will secure your place. Payment can be made via BACS. Full payment will be required 4 weeks before the retreat.