Mother and Daughter Wellbeing Experience
held at Chilston Park Hotel, Lenham, Maidstone ME17 2BE
Sunday 11th March
16:00 Arrival and Welcome
18:00 Tai Chi Qigong
21:00 Reading, further practice, bed
Monday 12th March
06:30 Guided Relaxation/Breathwork
09:00 Hatha yoga
11:00 Guided Walk in the Grounds
or Pilates Class
14:00 Journal Your Way To Happiness
17:00 Free time
21:30 Reading, further practice, bed
Tuesday 13th March
07:30 Guided Relaxation/Breathwork
09:30 Creative Pursuits for Wellness (See Jo Martel below)
14:00 Retreat close
Please note this is a sample schedule and some items may be subject to change.
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Tips for Success
During your time on retreat, it’s really important that you get the most out of your stay with us. We’re here to fully support you so that you can devote yourself entirely to switching off, relaxing and engaging in healthy pursuits with no distractions.
Leave your phone behind
We really encourage you to leave your phone in the glove box of your car, or switch it off at least, whilst you’re with us so that you’re not too distracted with emails, outside contact and social media. Either before you set off from home, or just before you arrive, make sure you’ve completed any last minute tasks, let your loved ones know where you are in the case of emergency and then let everything go. It will all still be waiting for you on your return, but give yourself this time to totally immerse yourself in your retreat exerpience.
Bring a book
If you’re not used to going to bed early, the evenings may feel a little strange with not much to do. Some of our retreats will give you extra activities that you could continue on into the evening, but being prepared for the quietude of the evenings will really help you get a good nights sleep and feel refreshed. Bring some light reading with you, a magazine or novel that you’ve been promising yourself so that you tuck up early and doze off in comfort.
Be prepared for an early night
Our retreats usually start early and finish early which helps our bodies get lots of rest with a full nights sleep. People usually come to retreat feeling very tired so this is a perfect opportunity to stock up on a good quality 8 hours. We aim for bed time around 9:30pm and up for the first sessions at 6:30.
Go with the flow
In our busy lives, we often strive to be in control of everything and like to plan things right down to the last detail. Part of letting go and being more simple, is relinquishing this need to know exactly what’s going to happen all the time. Let us take the strain so you can just enjoy yourself. We’ll provide you with a timetable so you know where to be at what time, but otherwise we advise people to have an open mind and just go with the flow. We’ve thought of every possible thing for you, so all you need to do is come and ‘be’ and enjoy the experience.
Jennie will be using her years of experience to help you start the retreat with a clear mind and tranquil outlook. Showing you through creative pursuits for wellness, as well as tai chi, breath work and possibly pilates (depends on the weather!) Jennie will ease you into your stay here at Chilston Park. She’ll show you easy techniques to let go of the busy-ness of home and gain the maximum benefits from your retreat experience.
Creative and Therapeutic Tutor
Joining us on Day Two in the afternoon, you will learn how to adorn and decorate either the front cover or a page of your choice from your reflective diary and to help your work progress, I will show you some examples of how you can make this become a creative and tactile object. I will support you in developing and choosing ideas to make part of it visual, using imagery drawn from your memories, imagination and noted observations. You will then be taught how to add small pieces of creative drawing combined with hand embroidery, to heighten the imaginative impact of the personal and mindful response in your diary writing. The resulting art work you make during the workshop will elevate your diary into a visual mixed media journal – individual, unique and yours to keep, or to pass onto loved ones in the future.