Chilled Mama
Weekend Retreat

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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. Add in a global pandemic, and other recent events, and it is no wonder you feel exhausted!

So I bet you're feeling the need for some time on your own, some quality 'me time'? Time away from the stresses and strains? A weekend to replenish your energy, to reset yourself. 

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I have run day retreat days at Tofte Manor for over five years. Many of you have been coming back year after year. This year, let's make a whole weekend of it! Fully immerse yourself in the relaxing and reviving environment and activities. 

When I am at Tofte Manor doing these retreats I feel this is what I am meant to be doing. I love sharing the activities and the beautiful venue with you, and seeing the transformations, and magic at work. 

 

For this weekend retreat, we get to 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!

My dear friend, and doula sister, Linda Sharples, will be helping me to facilitate the weekend. Linda has helped me at previous retreat days and is calm and spiritual, and good fun. 

I have the most amazing retreat and wedding caterers cooking up the food for the weekend (dietary requirements catered for), so you will be really looked after. 

Come on your own, or with friends. Rest. Restore. Revive. And then return home, recharged.

Who is this for?

 

This weekend is for mums, whether your child is 9 months, 9 years, or 59!

Make it super special and come with your mum, or your sister, or friends.

 

Or come alone, and indulge in peace and serenity. 

What happens?

 

You get to relax, be on your own with your own thoughts and no responsibilities. 

Someone else cooks and washes up, while you put your feet up, or swim, or lie on the grass. 

Oh, and you can enjoy some unique and special activities.

Why?

This is your reset, your recharge. Rediscover your mojo. You will leave totally refreshed and revived.

You deserve it. One weekend away, after all the days, and nights, when you don't stop. Your family will love a rested and refocused you. 

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Activities:

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. A restful, relaxing, and fun weekend. 

 

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. You decide how you will get the most out of the weekend. Here are more details about some of the activities you may not have heard of before.

Labyrinth

"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."

Labyrinths are one path that winds its way to the centre, and you follow it back out again. It helps you to be in the moment, because there is no decision to be made, and you can't think ahead. It makes it a useful tool for contemplation and meditation. 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. It has a grass path, and is laid out in the same design as the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral. It has water flowing underneath, and a quartz crystal buried at its centre, with another in the centre circle.

 

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

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.

Fire pit ceremony

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.

(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."

Itinerary*:

 

Friday (from 5pm)

Welcome

Dinner (7pm)

Evening labyrinth walk

Night time relaxation

Saturday

Breakfast

Relaxation, mindfulness exercises & reflection

Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku)

Lunch

Deep relaxation (and nap?)

Labyrinth walk and reflection

Free time to explore, relax, read, write, swim in the heated outdoor pool.

Dinner

Fire pit

Sunday

Breakfast

Mindful eating

An invitation to play - let your inner child have some fun.

Lunch

Free time

Deep relaxation 

Reflection

Closing circle

Home (3.30pm)

*Itinerary may change or be reordered.

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"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." 
"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. "
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Venue:

 

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. 

Accommodation:

There are seven rooms in the Manor House, twins and doubles. These rooms share a bathroom between two or three rooms. 

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. 

January sale: 10% off all prices if deposit paid before midnight on 31st January.

Manor House

Single occupancy, double bed, shared bathroom £495 (was £550)

Shared twin room, shared bathroom £405 (was £450)

Stables Courtyard

Single occupancy, double bed, en suite £526 (was £585)

Single occupancy, double bed, shared bathroom £405 (was £520)

Shared twin room, en suite £428 (was £475)

Shared twin room, shared bathroom £383 (was £425)

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.

There is one room for three sharing, £355 (was £395) each,  so if you are coming in a group ask me. 

Included:

Two nights accommodation

Towels

Six meals (from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday)

Tea, coffee, etc, and snacks

All activities and resources

Goody bag: 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, slippers, Positive Wellbeing Zine for Mums, set of quality colouring pencils, extra pens and affirmation cards, and a full size chocolate bar.

Not included:

Travel

Book your place below.

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Book here
Friday 20th May - Sunday 22nd May 2022
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Terms & conditions:
  1. You can change quantity when it transfers you to the PayPal website. Please message me if you have any problems with the payment.
  2. £200 deposit secures place. Remainder can be paid in instalments. Full payment required by 6 weeks before event.
  3. Full refunds up to 8 weeks before retreat. 50% refund till 6 weeks. Places are transferable to a different person, or to a future date. I may be able to sell your place to someone else, minus £60 admin fee.
  4. Travel insurance is recommended. 
  5. If I have to cancel the event you will get a full refund.
  6. Any other questions? Check out the FAQs section below or email me.
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FAQs
I am on a very restricted diet (dairy soya and egg free). Will there be anything for me to eat?
Yes! The food will be vegetarian/vegan. I will ask for dietary requirements and try to meet them. I have brought the milk that clients requested, e.g. almond, even specific brand.
Is this just for mums?
The day has been designed for parents, mums in particular, and is open to non-binary and trans parents too.  
I don't drive. Is there any help to get to the venue?
Yes! Just drop me an email. I have picked people up from train stations or arranged for them to get lifts before.
Can I bring my baby?
Yes, non crawling babies are welcome. Please book a single occupancy double room, unless arranged with a friend. 
Do you have any gift vouchers?

Yes! Pay in full or the deposit and then drop me an email with details of who the space is for and I will send or email you a voucher.