SPACE ON ERTH

3-night Women's Retreat
26th - 29th April 2024

Join Anji Gopal & Rebekah Hay-Brown for a luxurious getaway at Erth Retreat on the Devon-Cornwall border


Do we need some SPACE from our day to day? 

Life in the 2020s has become even more challenging for women – we juggle competing demands from our families, our bodies, our work and all within the ever-shifting environment of national and global change.

Our health is under pressure – physical, mental and emotional – and finding the space for ‘me time’ is harder than ever. The demands of modern life, and that of being a 'sandwich generation' can feel relentless.

Who are you, right now? 

It’s not unusual to feel that we’ve lost sight of our true selves and purpose. How can we find clarity, space and time to reconnect with who we really are?

As women, it can be transformational to find proper time to create the space for growth and creativity. A retreat is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature, with ourselves and with our companions.

"A weekend of peace, calm & reflection. To practice and be with a group of like-minded women, supporting eachother, not always aware this was happening - just lovely."

SPACE & TIME

Join Anji and Rebekah for a long weekend - away from it all surrounded by SPACE.

Clean air, endless sky, views to water, clean food and TIME. Time to pause, breathe and revive – in a retreat for women.

We will tap into our physical, mental and emotional selves – through daily movement, discussion time, rest time and with everything taken care of. Let’s find out what we need to support and balance us, where the stresses lie in our lives and what simple practical steps we can take to find ourselves a path to space and freedom. All rooms (bar one) are twins – so bring a friend or family member who you want to spend some time with.

We have a kind and nourishing programme planned, including time for journaling, enquiry into where our challenges and opportunities lie, as well as Yoga-based sessions.

You will leave feeling refreshed, reconnected with your female energy and with a renewed sense of purpose. This is a small and intimate retreat – with just 15 places available.

“Thank you for a wonderful weekend. Life at home has been challenging and so it was such a relief to find that, with a bit of space and time, it actually IS possible to find a sense of calm again.”

STAY

Erth Barton is an historical, organic, ethical and riverside retreat in a forgotten corner of Cornwall just outside the village of Trematon. 

It offers the opportunity to live simply, wildly, immersed in the unspoilt natural landscape, but with a luxurious feel.

The property is elevated on Erth hill, with views from large windows over the River Lynher that snakes around both its sides. Erth is effectively on an island, and the tidal river breathes in and out twice daily bringing an ever-changing landscape and light.

This place is wild and you feel you’re entering another world.  Wild flowers, buzzards, skylarks, swallows, geese, egrets, fallow deer in the oak filled woodlands, and owls in the trees at night call across the river.

GETTING THERE
Erth is located just over the border in Cornwall from Devon. Nearby towns include Saltash and the postcode is PL12 4QY.

By car it is a few miles from the A38, which is one of the main routes into Cornwall. There is ample parking. More details

Fast trains run direct to Saltash from London Paddington in 3 hrs 45 minutes. Taxis are available from Saltash which takes just over 10 minutes or alternatively you can take a taxi from Plymouth to Erth. (We will help arrange taxis.)

I felt calm and relaxed. I was able to silence the constant chatter in my head and I was surprised at how quickly this happened.

ACCOMMODATION

There are 9 luxurious bedrooms at Erth – 8 twins and a single. All are beautifully appointed and most have views onto the river. Most rooms are en-suite and many actually fit 3 beds, so they are spacious. 3 rooms have shared bathrooms.

Don't worry if you don't have someone to share with - the rooms are spacious and it's always an opportunity to make a new connection. 

The large sitting room is a place to curl up with a wood burner and
 there's plenty of space outside on the lawns, in the paddocks, or sheltered under the trees. You will always be able to find a place for quiet.

Yoga will take place in the huge yurt or the 13th century chapel.

FOOD

Healthy food is a huge part of being away from it all. Nourishing, clean food is part of feeling great - inside and out.

Don’t worry about having to survive on a salad leaf a day – our private chef Micky will be cooking us 3 meals a day - fresh, healthy and hearty - sourced from local ingredients. We will be mainly vegetarian, with one fish supper.

The most important thing is that YOU don't have to think about what the next meal is, what ingredients are in the fridge or who is doing the shopping – it’s all taken care of – as well as the tidying up! 

Hot drinks and fruit available all day.

Wine will be available with the evening meal (additional cost) but if you do want to use this time to breakaway from bad habits, then this is the perfect opportunity to do so. 

“What a great retreat! A lovely group of people, delicious vegetarian food & a perfect location. The yoga was a lovely combination of challenging and relaxing. Anji’s warmth, skill and enthusiasm made me look forward to every class. She is an outstanding teacher and communicator. Can’t wait for the next one!”  

WHAT TO EXPECT

Anji & Rebekah are London-based senior Yoga teachers who marry expertise in healthcare and mental health with their Yoga teaching. They believe that Yoga should be a nurturing & easeful set of practices that support us - mind, body and spirit.

As professional women in their 50s, navigating teenagers, aged parents, spouses, jobs, pets & more, they fully understand the stresses and strains of life & look forward to sharing ways to make life more easeful. 

THE BENEFIT OF A RETREAT IS THE SPACE - SO MUCH OF YOUR TIME IS YOUR OWN TO RELAX, WANDER, WALK, SLEEP, READ, WANDER OR JUST BREATHE

Our schedule will be firmed up close to the start of the retreat depending on the weather, but the outline is as follows: 

Friday 26th April 
Arrival from 3pm

2-hour practice before dinner

Saturday and Sunday
2 x 2 hour practices morning and evening (pre dinner)

Monday
 Morning yoga – depart by 2pm

Yoga will be movement, relaxation, breathwork and restorative yoga. Our teachings are intelligent, kind and tailored to who is in the room. (They are also fun and can be challenging). 

Saturday and Sunday will each have an optional daytime workshop on our theme of reconnecting with who we are as women, right here and now. One session will explore how we manage overwhelm and stress and the other will look at models for managing all the domains of our lives. 

Erth has local walks – in the country or to the sea. If there is interest we can arrange a guide for a trek. Evenings we can chat, sit by the firepit, watch the start or sneak into bed early!

I loved the time and space that the retreat with Anji gave for reflecting and noticing things about body and mind. I came home having had lots of thoughts about the path I’d like to be following, and the changes I’d like to make as well as seeing how regular yoga practice can be the grounding anchor that I need, which was a revelation as I hadn't felt that before."

 YOUR HOSTS

"I can’t wait to see what happens on the next retreat!

PRICE

Retreat Price Per Person:
Shared Twin Room, most en-suite £835 (Single room is now booked)

Non-refundable Deposit: £425

The balance is payable by 29th February 2024. Bookings made after this date will need to pay the full amount. NOTE NOW THE FULL AMOUNT IS PAYABLE TO BOOK.

Retreat price includes: 3 nights accommodation, full Yoga provision, 3 meals a day, use of yoga space and other facilities, wifi, tea, coffee and drinking water. 

Retreat price does not include: travel to / from the retreat, excursions, alcoholic drinks or travel insurance. If we book a guide for a trek, or rent paddleboards, these are charged separately.

NB: You are required to have appropriate travel insurance for an activity holiday.

BOOKING

If you would like to attend, don’t delay. There are just 15 spaces and we anticipate, as usual, high demand for this special retreat. 

Please complete the booking form below and we will contact you to confirm there is a room available. If so, we will provide you with details for making payment and send the full terms & conditions. Please don't pay until we confirm there is a space! 

Email admin@backcarefoundation.com to register your interest or ask any questions. You can copy Anji, anji@backcarefoundation.com, or Rebekah, info@rebekahhaybrown.com, if you want to contact them.

FAQ

What is a retreat?

A retreat is the gift of TIME. Time for you to explore your Yoga practice, time for the benefits of the practice to settle in body & mind. Time to work out who & where you are. Time to rest, to reflect, to renew.

Who is this retreat for? 

Women looking for a break from hectic household and work schedules. If you need to get away from your loved ones to reset, to get some perspective in a supported & nourishing environment, this is for you. 

Who goes on Yoga Retreat? Will everyone be a Yoga Expert?

NOT AT ALL! If you have taken a class with Anji or Rebekah, you know that their teaching attracts a range of NORMAL PEOPLE. Their teaching is accessible to all and focused on what each individual can do. Whether you are new to Yoga or have many decades practice – at the end of the day, we are all students, seeking to learn more.

On this retreat, we welcome anybody with an enquiring mind. Your fellow seekers will be a range of interesting & interested beings who also need time. You don’t need to bring anything with you, or wear special gear – just bring yourself.

I might be on my own, will that be strange?

It’s pretty common for retreat-goers to attend alone – so don’t be nervous about being a solo-traveller. Retreat groups are always welcoming and friendly, but time to be alone is also precious. You are the boss of how much you interact (or not) with your fellow retreaters, even if you are sharing a room.

I have some health concerns, will I be able to keep up?

You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire before you come along, and are encouraged to have a chat with Anji or Rebekah prior to booking if you have any health concerns. Remember, their approach to teaching is to be inclusive with modifications if necessary.

Listening to your own body is all part of our growth as Yoga students and you will be encouraged to rest if needed. This is Advanced practice as far as we are concerned!

I know Anji is a Registered Osteopath and Rebekah is a Psychotherapist – will advice or treatment be given? 

The practices will include elements of Yoga for BackCare, therapeutic sequences, exploration of what health and well-being means for us all and more. Modifications during yoga practice will be offered.

However, nothing will be constituted as ‘treatment’ or individual healthcare recommendations, beyond a normal yoga experience. We will not be offering individual consultations during the retreat. Again, please complete the health questionnaire on booking – or give us a call & have a chat if you have any questions.

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