20 - 22 May 2022
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Sink into the peace of Tofte Manor.
Enjoy deep relaxations, calm and simple mindfulness exercises.
Restore your inner peace, recharge your batteries, relax your body and mind.
Have time and space to regain your sense of self, or even to reinvent or redefine who you are in changing times.
Or simply rest, take respite, refresh. Re-treat yourself.
Life as a mum can be busy, stressful, tiring, even in normal times. We've done the pandemic, home schooling, working from home, isolating, managing one child off & other at school, & the rest. We've missed our time out. We missed our recharge.
What would it take for you to feel well rested? What do you need? Some quality 'me time'? Time away from the stresses and strains? A weekend to replenish your energy, to reset yourself, to celebrate surviving the pandemic, or reward yourself for all the years of love and care of your little, or not so little ones?
Just like everything else, if we want it, we have to do it ourselves. We have to take the rest, the time, the connection, the healing, and the joy. If we wait till the right time, or for someone to give it to us it won't happen.
You need this. You deserve this. Not just a day, but a whole weekend to feel it in your bones, to feel it in your soul: relaxed, rested, recharged, and renewed.
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Who is this for?
This weekend is for mums, grandmas, aunts, whether your child is 9 months, 9 years, or 59! And mums-to-be.
Make it super special and come with your mum, or your sister, or friends.
Or come alone, and indulge in peace and serenity.
Time for yourself, to rest, to relax, to think, to breathe, in stunning setting.
Relaxing and unique activities, designed to allow you to focus on you.
Oh, and someone else cooks and washes up, while you put your feet up, or swim, or lie on the grass.
This is your reset, your recharge. Rediscover your mojo. You will leave totally refreshed and revived.
You deserve it. One weekend off, after all the days, and nights, when you don't stop. Your family will love a rested and refocused you.
“Thank you for holding such a peaceful, non-judgemental space. I felt able to breathe properly for the first time in a very long time. I feel this is the beginning of a journey.”
“There are never the words to do a retreat like yours justice. Thank you for everything: the food, the relaxations, the venue. I’m leaving feeling refreshed, alive, and loved.”
“I wasn’t prepared for how powerful the experience of walking the labyrinth would be. I noticed I held my head higher on the way back out.”
For this weekend retreat, we will be in the seventeenth century Manor House itself: eating at the grand table; relaxing and chatting in the lovely lounge; and you can tuck yourself up in a comfy chair to read in the library. We will be using both the yoga room, and the sanctuary room, by the labyrinth. We will make the most of the evenings with a moonlit labyrinth walk on the Friday night, and a fire pit on the Saturday night (see below for more details).
And you will have lots of free time to enjoy the grounds, to nap, to read or journal, and, fingers crossed, swim in the outdoor, heated, spring-water-filled, pool, which is only available for weekend retreats. Being the end of May I am hoping the weather will be gorgeous!
Delicious and healthy seasonal food will be rustle up by our amazing retreat chef, The Food Witch, and they'll be tea and coffee and cake throughout the weekend.
Come on your own, or with friends. Rest. Restore. Revive. And then return home, recharged.
The activities have been carefully designed to give you rest, a chance to reflect, and to revive yourself: to experience peace and joy. It. You won't be put on a spot, or asked to share, and there's no singing.
It is a safe space. There's no yoga, but if you love yoga, Tofte Manor is a perfect place to do it.
All activities are optional. If you would rather take yourself off on your own, or rest in your room, that is fine. It is your weekend. Here are more details about some of the activities you may not have heard of before.
"In a maze you lose yourself; in a labyrinth you find yourself."
"The aim of a maze is to find its centre; the aim of a labyrinth is to find your centre."
You can simply enjoy the journey or use it to focus on a problem or situation. I am often told by clients that they had little expectation of the labyrinth, but it turned out to have a powerful impact on them.
The labyrinth at Tofte Manor is one of the best labyrinths in Britain, if not the world.
On this weekend retreat we will do an evening walk around the labyrinth, as the opening of our weekend, and then another on Saturday, when you have had a chance to reflect. During the weekend you can walk the labyrinth, or sit in it, whenever you want. You might like an early morning or late night labyrinth walk on your own.
Forest Bathing comes from the Japanese practise of Shinrin Yoku, and means immersing yourself in nature, to let nature bathe you and refresh you. It involves a slow, short, mindful walk, using your senses, with relaxation and reflection. Slowing down, connecting with nature, both have a positive impact on our mental health. Forest bathing helps you to accept yourself, to see your worth and your positive connections with nature and others. Download my introductory guide to forest bathing HERE.
The fire pit at Tofte Manor has a Yin Yang design, and is situated in a peaceful corner of the the grounds, near an ancient oak tree. We will have a quiet, contemplative ceremony: enjoying the fire, and environment; letting go of what no longer serves us; and sending up wishes out to the universe. We'll take hot chocolate and blankets out with us, and chat and laugh. Read more about my fire ceremonies HERE.
Closing the bones
To grow a baby, to give birth, your body needs to open up, one way or another. To care for a baby, a child, your open up your heart, your whole life. Closing the bones is based on a Central American tradition that involves being wrapped in scarves, one around your head, chest, hips, legs and feet. The process of being wrapped and then unwrapped by other women is as important as the time you spend lying wrapped up. The aim is to bring you back to you. To integrate the mum and the woman. It is a powerful experience whether you are newly postnatal or your baby is all grown up.
(Can't manage a whole weekend away? Check out my Mama Retreat Days.)
Reviews of my Mama Retreat Days:
"They are really amazing days. We all said we didn’t want the day to end and would quite enjoy a weekend retreat! "
"This was a truly special day for me. I learnt so much about myself, I didn't think I would get as much out of it as I did! "
"It was an awesome day with an amazing bunch of women. What a powerful and relaxing retreat that was. Thank you Cathy for organising such a beautiful day and treating all the mamas with yummy food and treats. The Manor was stunning too. See you again soon."
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Tofte Manor is a gorgeous Tudor manor house, set in beautiful, peaceful grounds. It is a popular wedding and retreat venue, and gets booked up well in advance. It is a private family house, and we have exclusive use of the venue and grounds. The owner, Suzy, is a yoga teacher herself, and her holistic approach is stamped on to every aspect. Every time I visit Tofte Manor I feel relaxed as soon as I step out of the car. There are unusual garden seats, sculptures, and large crystals around the grounds.
It is just off the A6, north of Bedford, and not far from the Northamptonshire border, on the edge of the village of Sharnbrook.
Tofte Manor, Souldrop Road, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, MK44 1HH
All activities are optional, and you can observe rather than take part. If you would rather take yourself off on your own, or rest in your room, that is fine. It is your weekend. See the descriptions above for more details of the individual activites.
Friday (from 5pm)
Evening labyrinth walk
Relaxation, mindfulness exercises & reflection
Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku)
Free time to explore, relax, read, write, swim in the heated outdoor pool.
Labyrinth walk and reflection
Fire ceremony, in the evening
Closing the bones
*Itinerary may change or be reordered.
"Anyone reading this, don't think about it, do it! I did it last weekend and it was absolutely fabulous. Can't put into words how amazing it was. All women - you deserve this time to yourself. "
"What an amazing magical day I had today on Chilled Mama's retreat today. Cathy is so loving, nurturing & gentle, guiding you through the day. Highly recommend this day and the location is just beautiful."
Meet the retreat team
Cathy, Chilled Mama, has been leading retreats at Tofte Manor for over five years. She's a calm & experienced facilitator from baby massage, to women's circles, to training perinatal educators.
"I will hold space for you. I will guide you through experiences that relax and recharge you, and give you the time and space to focus on you.
I love the feedback from the retreats. Hearing how people have been able to be themselves, or make a decision, or simply fully relax for the first time in ages."
Linda is one of the kindest, gentlest, most thoughtful and spiritual people you could meet.
Linda was a birth and postnatal doula, and she will doula you through the retreats. What does that mean?
Linda will look after you, be mindful of your needs, and help you to get what you want from the retreat experience.
Linda is a mum of two and grandma of one. Linda has supported the last three of Cathy's retreats.
Sal, The Food Witch, is a private chef with a focus on delicious food that is healthy and makes you feel indulgent and good about yourself at the same time.
"I specialise in plant-led cooking that focuses on flavour, simplicity and the quality of ingredients.
For me success is in doing more than just feeding my clients, it comes from nourishing their souls, offering them a sense of connection to something greater, and inspiring their cooking and eating going forwards."
Tofte Manor team
Sarah-Jayne is the member of the Tofte Manor team who will be on hand to support our retreat.
"As an intuitive and sensitive medicine woman Sarah-Jayne is dedicated to inviting you to fully relax into yourself allowing your body’s natural healing energy to flow."
There are seven rooms in the Manor House, twins and doubles. These rooms share a bathroom between two or three rooms. Each bedroom has it's own sink.
There are five rooms in the Stables Courtyard. Three are en suite double/twin rooms, and the other two share a bathroom.
All rooms come with tea and coffee facilities, bottles of filtered Tofte Manor spring water, WiFi, and TV.
The Manor House rooms feel more luxurious, and you are already in the house, but have shared bathrooms. The Stables Courtyard rooms are more self contained, with doors onto the courtyard, but are a short distance to the house. All rooms are beautiful.
If you are coming on your own, and would like a twin shared room, we will match you with someone else doing the same.
This is the lowest priced weekend retreat at Tofte Manor. I have kept prices as low as I can for you.
Double, single occupancy, shared bathroom
(If two friends wish to share the double bed), message me.
Twin, shared, shared bathroom
Double, single occupancy, en suite
Double, single occupancy, shared bathroom
Twin, shared, en suite
Twin, shared, shared bathroom
Rooms without en suite will share bathrooms with 1 or 2 other rooms. There are sinks in these bedrooms.
All prices are per person. If you are coming with a friend I can make sure you are in the same room, but please don't leave too late. If you are coming on your own, I will match you with someone. Depending on numbers, you may be lucky and have the room to yourself.
Two nights accommodation in gorgeous bedrooms, in an exclusive venue (worth £300-£420), with towels, bathrobes and slippers.
Six meals (from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday) prepared by a private retreat chef (worth £150+)
Unique retreat activities with experienced facilitators (worth £280)
Tea, coffee, etc, and snacks available all day
Goody bag (worth £15): Journal, pen, finger labyrinth, card labyrinth and guide, affirmation card, organic hand soap, and some yummies.
Upgrade to enhanced goody bag £20 (additional items worth £30)
The enhanced goody bag adds to your retreat experience, and includes all of the above, plus handmade organic lavender eye pillow, tub of organic Cole and Co hand cream, Positive Wellbeing Zine for Mums, set of quality colouring pencils, extra pens and affirmation cards, and a full size chocolate bar.
Additional treatments, where offered.
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Terms & conditions:
£200 deposit secures place. Remainder can be paid in instalments. Full payment required by 6 weeks before event.
Full refunds up to 8 weeks before retreat. 50% refund till 6 weeks. Places are transferable to a different person, but not a different date. I may be able to sell your place to someone else, minus £60 admin fee.
Travel insurance is recommended.
If I have to cancel the event you will get a full refund.
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