3 days Authentic Buddhist Mindfulness, Nature Centred Yoga and Dance-Movement Retreat


12 -14 Oct, 2018

Open to all (men & women)


Prices below are per person and payable at time of booking.


Exclusive space for oneself
£675 FOR 3 DAYS

3-4 INDIVIDUALS SHARING (same gender)

Premium room with modern beautiful bathtub
£295 (offer) FOR 3 DAYS


12th Oct, 2018. Hurry!

All bedrooms are clean, warm and cosy. Come on your own or bring friends, unless you book and pay for a single room. You will be allocated on first come first served basis.


If you have a specific request, please email us at info@akanista.com


  • Daily Buddhist Mindfulness meditations
  • Daily yoga classes – vinyasa, yin, and pranayama
  • Dance-Movement meditations
  • Chantings
  • Dharma (philosophical) talks
  • Mindful walks and connecting with nature
  • 3 healthy, wholesome vegetarian meals a day
  • 2 nights’ accommodation

All of life is part of a cycle and during this retreat we will recognise and honour this important time of the year where we have the opportunity to acknowledge new beginnings in the midst of endings. Nature is getting ready to let go and move into a time of rest and renewal. Can we follow her wisdom and accept this period of release to turn inwards, to nurture new dreams and new seeds of intentions?

Autumn is not a time for action, but a time to drift, to dream, to vision and remember. It is a time for meditation and welcoming inner stillness, for long term plans and for nourishing our spirit. During this retreat as we begin to head into the darkness of winter, we will share with you ways to welcome this darker time of the year and see it as an opportunity for a new start, having released away anything you no longer need.

Allow yourself to be held in a safe space to explore the wisdoms of the body, mind and Mother Nature to create greater calm, freedom and lasting happiness.

Really comfortable, dynamic and life-changing retreat! It really brought the group together, created a family atmosphere and really brought new ways of looking at old issues. Definitely the best retreat I have had in my life.



  • Take a break from busy life
  • Reduce stress and anxiety levels
  • Recharge your energies
  • Focus on important things to you
  • Improve sleep
  • Lower depression
  • Embrace change
  • Find new motivation


The venue is set within historic Cleeve House, within the pretty village of Seend, Wiltshire. Built in 1857 it feels more like a monastery than a family home which it was until 2005. It has been completely refurbished and now boasts 9 comfortable, en-suite rooms, an impressive dining area and a beautiful hall. The estate has six acres to roam with an extensive field, an ornamental cherry tree garden, two paved terraces and a large private wood with rare and beautiful trees!


Friday 12 Oct, 2018:

15:00-16:00 – Guests are welcome to arrive for registration and tea and cake

17:30-19:00 – Gentle yoga – followed by meditation

19:00-20:00 – Light dinner

21:00-21:45 – Yin yoga and yoga nidra

Saturday 13 Oct, 2018

07:30-08.30 – Mindful walk and welcoming the day (optional)
08:30-09:30 – Softly flowing Yoga practice
09:30-10:30 – Breakfast
11:30- 12:30 – Dharma (philosophical) talk – exploring life and purpose
12:30-13:30 – Mindfulness meditation
13:30-14:30 – Lunch
15:00-16:30 – Dance and Movement meditation to release blockages
16:00-18:00 – Mindfulness meditation
18:30-19.30 – Dinner
20:30-21.30 – Yin yoga and yoga nidra (optional)

Sunday 14 Oct, 2018

07:30-08.30 – Mindful walking and welcoming the day

08.30-09:30 – Softly flowing yoga practice

09:30-10:30 – Breakfast

11:30-13:30 – Dharma talk followed by meditation

13:30-14:30 – Lunch

14:30-15:30 – Bringing retreat to a close


If you have a specific request, please email us at info@akanista.com


Karuna Priya Akanista Mindfulness

Karuna Priya

Meditation teacher & Former Buddhist monk

The body and mind are interrelated. When you experience pain in your body, you would automatically experience pain in the mind. When you experience pain in your mind, the pain gets to manifest itself physically.

Balancing the body and mind is an integral part of being mindful and achieving happiness in daily life. In Buddhist mindfulness, balance is reached by cultivating a state of ‘calmness’ and gaining ‘insight’ into seeing things as they really are.

Karuna had been a Buddhist monk for 15 years in Sri Lanka and Thailand and holds a Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies from SOAS, University of London. He currently serves as an interfaith chaplain to Imperial College London and Royal College of Arts.

In this weekend retreat, Karuna will share his wisdom on importance of cultivating mindfulness in daily life and the values of kindness and compassion to lead a happier and fulfilling life at home and work.


Louise Neicho

Experienced Yoga Teacher (RYT500)

Many of us have become fragmented and disconnected from what once was inherent; our original, sacred essence and relationship with the Earth as the Mother from which all life is born.Through our yoga practice we can reawaken the body’s own intelligence and innate healing abilities, encouraging the natural unfolding of healthy posture, a fluid, supple body, expansion of breath, and the opening of the heart to touch the soul and reconnect with our true self.

Louise holds a 500hour yoga teacher training diploma and will share her practice of yoga, weaving aspects of hatha, ashtangavinyasa and yin yoga. Her yoga teaching also draws upon many years of journeying inwards through yoga, spending time in silent retreat with nature and using the ever changing seasons to accept the constant fluctuations of the inner and outer world.

The practices will include working with asana (postures), pranayama (breath work), and meditation (stillness). The retreat is open to experienced practitioners, as well as those with little experience or prior interests in yoga, as all practices are adjustable to meet all abilities. Yoga is not about what you can or can’t ‘do’… but about meeting yourself as you are.


Nitima Priya

Holistic Counsellor & Life-coach

Nitima is a Holistic Counsellor. She also holds diploma in advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. She has been facilitating group therapy, Mindfulness sessions for corporate, private,  for adults and children since 2011. Nitima currently teaches Mindfulness meditation and life coaching at Imperial College London and Royal College of Arts.

Who you are today is a result of your past and if there is something holding you back from living your life to the full then we need to let go of unhelpful patterns from the past.  In this retreat Nitima will guide you through letting go of your past through creative workshops working with your conscious and unconscious mind. She has unique and energetic way of working with people where you will feel safe, held and non-judgemental. She will help you to discover yourself should be open and allow.


In order to offer the greatest potential for cleansing and renewal on all levels, the meals for your retreat are will all be wholesome, vegetarian and balancing.

The following meals are included:

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

• Drinks

If you have special dietary requirements please do let us know when making the booking. Please note we can do vegan but any other dietary requirement we would ask you to bring on own!


• A living experience that will inspire and sow seeds of transformation within you

• Daily yoga and meditation practice

• Inner journeying and soul work

• Practices to awaken a deeper connection with Nature and the voice of the spirit

• A deeper connection with ancient indigenous wisdom and how to apply this in your life

• Wholesome vegetarian meals

• 2 nights’ accommodation in a stunning secluded manor house in Wiltshire


• Transfer to and from the venue

• Airfare

• Travel insurance


In case of cancellation please note that you will be charged £50 admin fee.

• 31 days + full refund is given

• No refund less than 30 days unless we can fill the space

• No refund for early bird discounted ticket unless we can fill the space


Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6PG, United Kingdom

Cleeve House is just between the two villages of Seend and SeendCleeve, on the A361. The nearest town is Melksham, a small market town (population 23,000) in Western Wiltshire on the banks of the Bristol Avon.  Devizes and Trowbridge are also nearby.

M4 motorway (approx 14 miles)
Take exit 17 to Chippenham, follow the A350 to Devizes and Seend, and follow signs to Seend. At the Bell Inn crossroads, turn right towards Trowbridge, 400 yards on the left there is a blue sign for Cleeve House. Go all the way down the drive, which curves to the right.

Melksham train station (approx 3 miles)
Melksham is our nearest station, with trains connecting from Swindon, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Westbury.

Chippenham and Trowbridge train stations have more frequent trains than Melksham, and taxis serve all stations.

Bristol Airport(approx 35 miles)
Follow signs for M4east. Exit 17 Chippenham, A350 to Devizes and Seend. There is a bus from Bristol Airport to Bristol Train Station where you can get a train to Trowbridge and then either take the 49 bus (details below) or get a taxi.

National Express coaches
There is one coach from London that stops in Sells Green, a nearby village, once a day. There are more frequent coaches to Chippenham. Go to the National Express site to book tickets here. Then take a taxi or phone us for directions.

Local buses
The 49 bus from Swindon/ Devizes to Trowbridge passes Cleeve House every hour until 7pm on weekdays and Saturdays. Get off at the Bell Inn and follow the pavement down the hill towards Trowbridge. The house is at the bottom of the hill on your left. Details of the bus times are here.


Please fill in & submit the form below to secure your place. We look forward to meeting you soon!

If you have a specific request, please email us at info@akanista.com