Welcoming Winter Retreat

Sunday 20 November 10.30-16.30

“Live in each season as it passes; breath the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each"

Thoreau

Following the wisdom of winter does not come easy for most of us. Just the thought of long, dark nights, harsh weather and bleakness can be overwhelming. 

I know I felt the same before I started exploring the changing of the seasons in a meaningful way. I would relish spring and summer for the growth, ease and expansion it offered and autumn for its beauty and lessons of letting go, but winter was a season to ‘grin and bear’ and get through as quickly as possible, not really pausing to take in its wisdom. 

  • Do you feel similar? 
  • Is winter something that feels like a battle to you? 
  • Do you feel a heaviness or sluggishness, find it difficult to stay motivated? 
  • Or perhaps experience sadness, the ‘winter blues’ and long for spring to arrive? 


If you answered yes to any of the above then this retreat will help you see a different side to winter.

Join us to cultivate a deep awareness, respect and love of winter (yes, it’s possible!). 

It will awaken within you, your innate capacity to be mindful of how winter can be a beautiful time of year to gather your inner resources and go deep within yourself as nature does, in order to show up fully to this one precious life. 

We will have the opportunity to explore areas of this ancient landscape that the public don't usually have access to, including 'the secret garden' which is just perfect for mindful walking.

No experience necessaryjust a readiness to journey inwards.

Early Bird Offer available until 9th October - £134 after this date. Places are limited and sell out quickly so do book your space if you'd like to join us.

'A unique approach to yoga'

by Liz Hobman

'Louise has a very unique approach to teaching yoga, drawing learning from nature, neuroscience and nourishing spiritual teachings! I love the variety in her programmes, which combine mindfulness practices, movement and postures, readings and poetry, with wisdom and warmth. I am learning so much about how the mind, body and spirit can work together to cultivate compassion, strength and resilience for ourselves and those around us.'

This special location

Our Welcoming Winter Retreat will take place at The Oak House Studio, a stunning location set within the grounds of historic Hatfield Park.

Our practices will take place inside the beautifully restored old church hall, which dates back to 1869, as well as in the grounds of Hatfield Park.

Soak up the peace and quiet of this unique location and allow it to bring you home to yourself.

'Supports mental health'

by Finola McManus

'What I love best about your teachings is that they not only give the benefit of a yoga practice but also deliver simple and practical ways to apply the teachings in every day life and help support mental wellbeing which is especially important at this time.'

What you can expect

This full-day retreat will begin with a welcome warming tea and a settling meditation to ground and become present, to set intentions and recognise where we are at this time. We’ll move slowly into a soft flowing yoga practice to gently open the body and awaken subtle energies and we’ll complete the morning with pranayama and yoga nidra, a powerful lying down meditation to bring us into a state of calmness, bliss, joy and connection. 

We’ll then enjoy a homemade yummy nutritional lunch before heading out to the beautiful grounds of Hatfield Park for mindful walking (barefoot optional!) and deep connections to nature . Once we’ve had our fill of nature, we’ll journey back to the comfort of the studio to enjoy a deeply nourishing yin and restorative yoga session followed by a another yoga nidra session. To top off the day we will close with meditation and pranayama as well as reflections.

Absolutely no experience necessary, just an open mind and a love of Nature!

 

The day will look something like this:

10.15-10.30 – Welcome warming tea and settling in

10.30-11.00 – Intention setting meditation

11.00-12.00 – Gentle flowing vinyasa yoga

12.00-12.30 – Pranayama and yoga nidra

12.30-13.30 – Plant-based nutritional lunch  

13.30-14.30 – Nature connection in historic Hatfield Park

14.30-15.45 – Deeply nourishing yin and restorative yoga

15.45-16.15 – Blissful yoga nidra session

16.15-16.30 – Closing meditation and reflections 

'A priceless gift'

by Liza Timpson

'These are more than yoga sessions! Louise has a gift at transferring a real sense of inner calm and peace, in what has been very challenging times. Her lessons are creative and extremely useful in understanding how to cope in challenging situations. I informed a friend quite simply attending online has been a game changer for me. I feel ready to conquer my day or week ahead. A priceless gift.'

This day retreat will be filled with:

  • Energising and awakening flowing yoga practices

  • Meditative yin yoga and restorative postures to relax and heal the body

  • Pranayama and chanting to awaken the bodies subtle energies

  • Mindful barefoot (optional!) walking to connect with Mother Earth

  • Delicious plant-based healthy lunch

  • Mindfulness techniques that you can take away to integrate into your life

  • Deep yoga nidra session for complete rest and renewal

'Classes are a life-line'

by Cathy Washbrooke

'Louise’s classes are a life-line! She is a very warm, nurturing and knowledgeable teacher. She also integrates elements of mindfulness through various readings, poetry and insights to deepen the practice and allow deep rest to take place. I always feel lifted, yet grounded after each of Louise’s yoga sessions. '

Ready to join us?

Book your place NOW

  • Connections

    Connect with yourself, Nature and beautiful like-minded souls that will ensure you leave feeling grounded and calm but at the same time energised and awakened.

  • Location

    The Oak House Studios is located in the grounds of Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire, AL9 5HX. Full directions will be sent once you are booked.

  • How to Prepare

    All yoga mats and props will be provided but you might like to bring your own mat to go over ours and bring your favourite blanket. Wear comfortable clothes you can move around in and some drinking water. Everything else will be provided.

'Louise is so kind and caring'

by Emma Scinaldi

'I started as a complete beginner and was worried I would not be able to follow the moves, but Louise is so kind and caring, plus really knows her stuff so is able to give very clear, supportive guidance. There is never any pressure as Louise always offers alternatives. With care and kindness she has encouraged me to really develop my practice. I always feel really energised after a session with Louise but I am also starting to notice a higher level of peace and tranquility in my day to day life. I feel strong and calm at the same time!

Your Teacher

'Yoga gives us peace and clarity in order to see the beauty and wonder that is all around us'

Louise Neicho

Having spent the first 20 years of my professional life working in and with nature I feel a deep connection to the natural world that has promoted numerous benefits in my life. Combining this with a love and appreciation of yoga and mindfulness that spans two decades (9 of them teaching) has enabled me to share practices that help us connect more deeply with nature and ourselves. I have completed over 1000hrs of yoga and mindfulness teacher training and I’m excited to be currently studying an MSc in Mindfulness and Neuroscience. I can honestly say that yoga and nature has saved my life on more than one occasion, and I don’t think I would be the person I am today if it wasn’t for my practice. To bring all of this together is simply a dream come true and I hope you will join me and our like-minded community soon.

Investment options

Choose to pay in full or spread the cost over 4 months (available when booking by 20 Aug)

T&C's

Once payment is made your space is guaranteed for that particular retreat. Bookings are non-refundable and not transferable. By purchasing this retreat you are agreeing to these terms. Read full t&c's HERE.