Dance, Donkeys & Day Trips

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’ve got morning dance and yoga classes, lunchtime lectures from Foods for Consciousness, a trip to Glastonbury and the infamous Chocolate Love Temple, or you may just want to take off and explore the 23 acre grounds with their llamas and donkeys…

We welcome you for 4 days of uninterrupted bliss! Raw food prep classes with Kate Magic, raw dining by Anna Middleton, morning yoga and dance classes, talks from visiting raw food experts, evening discussion groups, plus a day trip to the magical town of Glastonbury, will mean your days are as full as you want them to be. This is not a traditional detox retreat! This week is about having fun and indulging yourself while still eating clean and healthy, and doing so in the company of like-minded individuals who completely understand your preference for green juice over red wine, and Sun Salutations over cigarettes.

The Programme

07Monday 21 September 2015

4.00 pm arrival. Dinner will be served at 6.00, and will be followed in the evening by some party games in the drawing room to break the ice. Although you may arrive earlier if needs be, we will not be free to greet you or show you to your room until 4.0 at the earliest, because of the tight turnaround schedule Sparkford Hall has.

Tuesday 22 September  2015
A buffet-style breakfast will be followed by yoga in the drawing room. Lunch will be servSONY DSCed around 12.30, followed by a talk with one of our guest speakers (outside if the weather permits) then Kate will run a 3 hour food prep class in the afternoon. Meditation then dinner follows afterwards and then the option in the evening of either a sharing circle or a movie.


Wednesday 23 September 2015
A buffet style breakfast will be followed by yoga in the drawing room. Noelle, our Thai Massage therapist, will be available for pre-booked massage sessions today. Lunch will be served around 12.30, and then Kate will run a three hour food p23 - Copyrep class in the afternoon. Dinner follows, with a meditation session afterwards, and then the option in the evening of either a sharing circle, or a movie. In the evening, Noelle will treat us to a taste of the dulcimer.

Thursday 24 September 2015
We start the day with breakfast and yoga, as before. We will have a light lunch, and then take a trip into Glastonbury to visit the sacred sites there. We will climb the Tor, visit the Chalice Well Gardens and Chocolate Love Temple, and stop to collect water from the natural spring. This is a very packed and full day. You will not want to leave Glastonbury, but of course we have to rush back to get ready for our closing party. Get dolled up for a sumptuous five-course dinner party, served at 7.00 pm, followed by dancing in the drawing room for those who don’t want it all to end.

Friday 25 September 2015
It’s over all too quickly. We need to vacate the premises by 10.00 am. We will serve you breakfast, and also provide you with a packed lunch and party bag for your journey home.

Our aim with the retreat is to send you into winter with that raw magic glow of confidence, serenity, wisdom and graciousness, that only comes from really taking time out to be at one with yourself and nurture yourself with the healthiest foods on the planet.


The Evening Activities

64We will bring a selection of movies that you may choose to watch in the TV room at any time – movies on the related theme of health eg Forks Over Knives, Raw for 30 Days, Vegucated.

On Monday, we will host an opening party. We will meet in the lounge after dinner for party games. Be prepared to bring out your inner 10 year-old – the rivalry over who will win Musical Chairs can get intense!

We will host a sharing circle on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. We will give the group a theme to discuss, which will hopefully evolve into some lively and mind-expanding conversations.

Tuesday’s theme is – Giving and Receiving. In what ways do we over-give, and in what ways are we overly selfish? How do we balance giving and receiving in a world which is essentially very me-orientated? How could the wider culture shift to make it easier for us to both give and receive more abundantly? In what ways do we feel we are spoilt with too much, and in what ways do we feel we never have enough?

Wednesday’s theme is – Positive Futures. How do we imagine the world in twenty years? In what realistic ways could our society evolve to be more aware and conscious? What needs to happen within the next couple of decades to avert disaster? Do you have any great ideas or inventions that you know would be easy to implement that would make a big difference to people’s lives? How can we go about taking action now to make those futures a reality?

74On Thurday, it’s a 5-course Dinner Party from our star chef, Anna Middleton.

If you’ve been to any of Kate’s pop-up dinner parties, you know what to expect, as this will be along very similar lines. Gourmet cuisine of the highest standard, and generous portions at that. Cocktails, starters, entrees, desserts, and after-dinner elixirs, all beautifully presented, and guaranteed to leave you feeling high on life.




Everything is optional! If you prefer to just take off for a walk or stay reading in your room at any point, you are most welcome. It’s your holiday, and you are free to come and go as you please.

There is a sauna for guests’ use. We will also have a massage therapist and a healer available if you wish to book a treatment.

Please note, this is the same programme as previous retreats. You are very welcome to join us for a second or even third time, just know that the meals and activities will be more or less the same. We reserve the right to alter the programme if necessary.

Prices start at an incredibly reasonable £340. Booking info is here.