Self-Discovery Retreat

3 Days Authentic Buddhist Meditation, Energy Psychology and Nature Centred Yoga Retreat


Akanista Mindfulness and Woodland Yoga are pleased to offer you a unique transformational weekend of healing and insight – giving you a rare opportunity to learn genuine Buddhist meditation, Energy Psychology/ Medicine and Nature Centred Yoga in one weekend. This is probably the only retreat in the UK that combines Buddhist meditation, therapeutic interventions and the wisdom and teachings of nature herself. This retreat will help you discover yourself, connect to your inner potentials and be at peace with yourself.


  • Daily mindfulness meditation and Dharma talks
  • Daily nature centred yoga classes
  • Discovering, unfolding and resolving beliefs
  • Shifting paradigm – through dance and creative therapies
  • Mindful walks and connecting with nature
  • Healthy, wholesome vegetarian foods
  • Inner journeying through fun, creative workshops
  • 2 nights’ accommodation

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.



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!


We are constantly in search of happiness, but often not sure where to find it. We get carried away by habits such as emotional eating, drinking, depleting relationships or lifestyles – only to be disappointed before we seek the next goal. “Happiness is an inside job” says William Arthur Ward. We don’t pause to see what’s really happening within us and what are our potentials in life to be happy or fulfilled. We are conditioned to see and think about ourselves in a certain way, but you are way more than what you think you are.

In this retreat, the guides will help create a loving and safe space around you, so you can be yourself, learn from like-minded individuals, grow and be inspired, so you can move forward in life.


Friday 12 Oct, 2018:

14:30-15:30 – Guests are welcome to arrive at this time for registration and tea and cake
16:00-18:30 – Welcome and introduction followed by mindfulness meditation
18:30-19.30 – Dinner
20:00-20.30 – Yoga nidra

Saturday 13 Oct, 2018

06:30-07.30 – Mindful walk and welcoming the day (optional)
07:00-08:00 – Softly flowing Yoga practice
08:00-09:00 – Breakfast
09:00- 10:30 – Dharma talk – exploring oneself
10:30-11:00 – Short break
11:00-12:30 – Mindfulness meditation
12:30-13:30 – Lunch
14:00-15:30 – Dharma talk – exploring Energy Psychology
15:30-16:00 – Short break
16:00-18:00 – Mindfulness meditation
18:30-19.30 – Dinner
20:00-20.30 – Yoga nidra

Sunday 14 Oct, 2018

06:30-07.30 – Mindful walk and welcoming the day (optional)
07:00-08:00 – Softly flowing Yoga practice
08:00-09:00 – Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 – Dharma talk – the role of Compassion
10:30-11:00 – Short break
11:00-12:30 – Mindfulness meditation
12:30-13:30 – Lunch
14:00-15:30 – Bringing retreat to closer and goodbye


Karuna Priya Akanista Mindfulness

Karuna Priya

Meditation teacher & Former Buddhist monk

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 retreat, Karuna will help you discover yourself, the connection between your mind and body, and how we are all related.  He will also talk about the role of compassion in daily life, in relationship to yourself and others. Wisdom and compassion are the foundation for living a mindful, content and happy life.


Louise Neicho

Experienced Yoga Teacher (RYT500)

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.

In this retreat, 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 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, you will gain 6 Step formula “AWAKEN” to help you clean your limited beliefs that you have been collecting consciously and unconsciously and fill them up with renewed motivations, energy, vision and clear action-plans.


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

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.


Premium room with modern beautiful bathtub
£365 FOR 3 DAYS


You'll have to share with others
£365 FOR 3 DAYS


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.


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