Re-birthing Retreat

3 Days Authentic Buddhist Mindfulness and Nature Centred Yoga Retreat


8-10 FEB 2019 | WILTSHIRE, UK


Akanista Mindfulness and Woodland Yoga have come together to offer you a unique transformational weekend of healing, insight, and to awaken a deeper connection to Mother Earth. This unique weekend will draw upon the wisdom and teachings within us and nature herself, as well as the ancient Buddhist practiceof mindfulness, taught by a former Buddhist monk Karuna Priya. We will explore the ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc, a time of new beginnings, and use this as a mirror to encourage re-birthing within. You are invited to let yourself be nourished by movement, breath, meditation, and begin to ready your body and your spirit for the spark of new life and inspiration.


  •    Daily yoga classes
  •    Daily meditation and mindfulness sessions
  •    Inner journeying through fun, creative workshops
  •    Mindful walks and connecting with nature
  •    Healthy, wholesome vegetarian foods
  •    2 nights’ accommodation


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. Snowdrops will be covering the flower beds when we arrive!


This is a unique and transformational retreat, facilitated by a trio of experienced guides. If you are looking for change in your life, for deeper meaning, connection, inspiration or to clear, cleanse and reconnect with yourself, nature, and creation, this retreat offers you a sacred space to cultivate a more radiant you.

The essence of the retreat is rooted in Earth-based and authentic Buddhist wisdom, as well as being a space to cleanse and renew through healing, wholesome foods, daily practices and meditations. This is an invitation to enter into retreat in an exquisite location, to cleanse and revitalize through the practice of yoga, meditation, ancient Buddhist wisdom, cleansing, detoxification, nature connection, inner journeying, and group work.

It is seen that in order to bring change and transformation to the world that all healing must begin within, with the self. The retreat is a space for you to cleanse and quieten body and mind in order to hear the clear voice within, and again come to flow with the streams of wisdom that are the original essence of the natural world.

The retreat days are woven with a blend of practices, classes, rest, and nourishment. Throughout the weekend the group will explore the nature of the soul, awakening the sacred wisdom within and the remembrance of Earth as a living being.


Friday 8th Feb, 2019

15.00-16:00 – Guests are welcome to arrive at this time for registration
16:00-17.30 – Welcome and introductionsto the retreat in a creative way
17:30 – 18:30 – Gentle yoga stretches followed by meditation
18:30 – 19:00 – Sharing experience
19:00 – 20:00 – Light dinner
21:00 – 21:40 – Yin yoga and yoga nidra

Saturday 9th Feb, 2019

07:30-08.00 – Mindful walking and welcoming the day
08.00-09:30 – Softly flowing yoga practice
09:30-10:30 – Breakfast
11:30-13:30 – Dharma talk – philosophical teaching to provide a deeper understanding about ourselves, how our mind works and what we can do toembrace peace and happiness
13:30-14:30 – Lunch
15:30-17:30 – Creative workshop – discovering ourselves on a deeper level, noticing rebirth and renewal in nature and ourselves
18:30-19.30 – Dinner
20:30-21:30 – Yin yoga and yoga nidra

Sunday 10th Feb, 2019

07:30-08.00 – mindful walking and welcoming the day
08.00-09:30 – 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 closer (What will you take from this retreat) and goodbye


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

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.

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

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 in fun and creative ways.


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

All bedrooms are clean, warm and cosy. There is one room where 6 individuals (same gender) will be sharing – come on your own or bring friends – and the rest are 2-3 people sharing, unless you book and pay for a single room. In the six sharing room there are two single beds and two bunk beds. You will be allocated on first come first served basis.


(same gender)
£365 FOR 3 DAYS
Premium room with modern beautiful bathtub


(Same gender)
£365 FOR 3 DAYS
You’ll share with others


Suitable for friends/family
£395 FOR 3 DAYS


Exclusive space for oneself
£675 FOR 3 DAYS


The following meals are included:

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

• Drinks

Please inform us of any dietary requirements and allergies when booking for the retreat. In addition to vegetarian we can provide vegan and gluten free diet if needed. Any dietary requirements outside of this may incur a surcharge or we can provide space for you to make your own food.


• 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


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.

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.



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