Body, Mind & Soul

Spring Weekend Retreat

Friday 17th May – Sunday 19th May 2019

What exactly is a retreat?

Quiet time away from your normal life for the purpose of restoring balance in your mind and body which in turns enables your own personal self-discovery.


Who would value this retreat?

Those who:

  • Want rest, time out for themselves, stillness and peace
  • Have an interest in and or love of yoga
  • Want to learn more about themselves and their direction



Friday 17th May – Sunday 19th May 2019 at The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay

With Gayl Long and Claire Palmer

An opportunity to step away for two days from the everyday ‘stuff’ and just ‘be’, to find space to reflect restoring energy and inner calm in body, mind and soul.

Join us in a magical and historic setting for a journey of self-discovery with like-minded people supported by coaching, gentle yoga and mindfulness activities.

The retreat will run from 3pm Friday 17th finishing at 3pm Sunday 19th May. Activities offered are all optional and include the following:

  • Daily yoga for all abilities
  • Daily meditation
  • One to one coaching
  • Group coaching
  • Mindfulness activities
  • Walking
  • Quiet areas for relaxing, personal reflection, reading
  • Fresh vegetarian food
  • Optional self-assessment for increasing awareness

This enriching and restorative weekend retreat will be limited to a maximum of 12 people.

The cost of the retreat is £490 for a single room, and £440 for a twin shared room. This includes all meals, teas, coffees throughout the weekend. Early Bird prices for bookings before the end of Feburary are £450 for a single room and £400 for a twin shared room.

To confirm your place, download the booking form below and return it with £300 deposit per person, (remainder due 8 weeks beforehand). Payments are non-refundable (unless your place can be filled).

The Abbey

The Abbey is a small and delightful retreat and conference centre. It is a Grade 1 listed Medieval building with a 20th century Guest House, nestled in four acres of gardens and woodland. It has a lovely ’energy’ in the hall and main rooms which is one of the main reasons we chose the Abbey for our venue. It is a registered charity with aims and ethos of an intentional community and holding a space for spiritual development, education, exploration and transformation of community. It’s run by a small core residential community of four members, and helped by two volunteers.

For more photos and information of the wonderful venue, click here.

Download Booking Form

Some comments from previous participants about what they valued and took away from the retreat…

“A sense of inner calm and greater confidence about the future.”

David Hickman



“Time and space to reflect, make new friends and enjoy superb yoga practice.”

David Hickman

“A new focus/pathway going forwards, everything feels good!”

Frances Hickman

“A unique experience, spiritual and restorative retreat supporting the body, mind and soul.”

Nicola Penfound

“A very reflective and peaceful weekend.”

Heidi Strickland-Clarke

“So much……time and space, protected, to think about who I am, what’s important and the choices I can make. Sharing experiences with a group of gentle soul searchers from different walks of life with a focus on peaceful discovery, led by insightful and encouraging facilitators.”

Louise Moule

“Self-exploration, guidance, physical practice of yoga.”

Louise Moule

“I reconnected to who I am and what I want to do.”

Kish Modasia

“Gayl really helped me get properly in touch with yoga and enjoy it.”

Kish Modasia

About your coaches


Gayl is an Executive and Career Coach with 20 years+ experience of coaching, facilitation, and consulting. She is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher.

As a coach, Gayl is known for “working her magic”, she working in a holistic and systemic way using the intelligence of mind and body. With a signature style described by clients as “defining” – she combines challenge, support and inspiration so that clients can lead themselves and others to greater happiness and success combining yoga and coaching expertise is a unique opportunity for self-discovery. Yoga is “WD40” for the mind, body and soul, enabling us to align and balance our energies. It is also a way to learn about ourselves. How we do our yoga on our mat is likely to say a lot about how we do our lives, how we think and behave.

Gayl loves to help clients and yoga students to experience themselves in a different, more positive and fulfilling way, tuning into a calmer, more peaceful and resourceful inner self.

Married with two grown up children, Gayl loves to spend time with family, do yoga, run, travel, be in nature, read books and watch films.


Claire Palmer is a highly experienced and accredited executive and career coach, and coach supervisor, who is passionate about her clients being fulfilled and ‘successful’ in their careers and lives.

Claire works with clients all starts from increasing self-awareness and hence make more of an impact and progress in their professional lives. Her clients describe her as collaborative, results-oriented, pragmatic, compassionate, intuitive, enthusiastic and positive with a special blend of ‘creativity and focus’.

On a personal note, Claire is married with 3 children. She loves yoga, walking, ski-ing, travelling, great food and spending time with friends and family – a holiday combining some of those is her ideal!

Sound good? Book here…