Ritual and Rest Retreat

with Bess Shipside

Join Yoga teacher and artist Bess Shipside for an immersive late summer weekend of heart filled dynamic yoga practices from the tantric tradition, spacious meditations, creative collaboration workshops with time out for deep luxurious nourishment. Suitable for all levels of experience and ability.


Join for one or two day workshop, or as a residential retreat guest.

Day Workshops:

Saturday 14th September

Sunday 15th September

Residential Retreat:

Friday 13th - Monday 16th September

Ritual and Rest

This retreat is lovingly guided by experienced yogini and teacher Bess Shipside, co-curated with Avalon Wellbeing. Ritual and Rest Retreat is an inspired and nourishing offering of essential space to feel back into the bliss of simply being. Join us for a long weekend of revivifying yoga and meditations to honour the vibrant centre of our universe, the Sun, known in the tantric tradition as SURYA and embrace the gentle regenerative energy of the Moon, known as SOMA. Enjoy creative cleansing and artistic conjuring workshops, peaceful forest bathing,  delicious vibrant food and community connection. 


Each day is a container for your unwinding explorations into the essential self: from tending to our hard working physical body to softening the subtle emotive layers of the heart. Together we will take time to enjoy twice daily dynamic yoga practices, suitable for all levels, inspired by SURYA & SOMA and the incredible elemental nature so present at the expansive Broughton Hall Estate.


Surya is the sanskrit name for the fiery metabolic centre of our universe - the SUN and Soma refers to the gentle yet potent regenerative essence of the MOON. With this ever present inspiration we will pay homage to our far away friends who light up the sky through dynamic morning Solar Yoga (activating and uplifting) and late afternoon Lunar Yoga (relaxing and introspective), exploring both pathways to rebalance and restore the body, mind and soul. Our Yoga practices will take place in The Nest, a cantilevered glass fronted studio with beautiful views of the surrounding nature. All mats and props are provided.

Day 1 | Saturday 14th September

9.00am - 7.00pm

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9 - 10.30 | Solar Yoga Practice

10.30 - 12.00 | Tea & Snack Break, Time to Explore Avalon Wellbeing Centre and Pre-booked therapies.

12.00- 13.30 | Workshop: Forest Bathing, Pranayama and Meditation

13.30 - 14.30 | Delicious Vegan Lunch

14.30 - 17.00 | Time in the Pool Suite, Relaxation Room, Meditation Pod and Pre-booked therapies.

17.00-18.45 | Lunar (Yin) Yoga Practice

18.45 - 19.00pm | Closing Circle


Saturday Workshop | Forest Bathing, Breath and Meditation

Nature is the best tonic and links us directly to the ancient yogis. Together we will take a mindful walk into the forest and enjoy the sounds of the birds and bees while exploring the current of our breath through calming Pranayama- yogic breathing practices. Pranayama has a direct effect on the mind and can deeply relax the nervous system opening us to greater levels of sensitivity and awareness. This will lead us into a serene guided meditation nestled amongst the trees.

Day 2 | Sunday 15th September

9.00am - 7.00pm


9.00 - 10.30 | Solar Yoga Practice

10.30 - 12.00 | Tea & Snack Break, Forest Bathing, Time to Explore Avalon Wellbeing Centre and Pre-booked therapies.

12.00 - 13.30 | Workshop: Creative Meditation & Drawing

13.30 - 14.30 | Leisurely Vegan Lunch

14.30 - 17.00 | Time in the Pool Suite, Relaxation Room, Meditation Pod and Pre-booked therapies.

17.00-18.45 | Lunar (Yin) Yoga Practice

18.45 - 19.00pm | Closing Circle


Sunday Workshop | Creativity Meditation and Drawing

Connecting to our creative power & possibility through expressive mark making is a liberating and fun practice that all can enjoy. There is no need to be an artist! Drawing encourages us to become more observant, spontaneous and mindful- forging a direct relationship with the subject, landscape or sitter. Depending on the weather and collective feeling we will enjoy drawing from Yoga postures or the stunning landscape at Avalon. For many years Bess tutored drawing for the Royal Drawing Clubs and privately. All materials will be provided.

This retreat has been designed to give you a harmonious balance of active relaxation and time out for rest and quiet. Please enjoy connecting with the group and respect any need for your own or others sacred down time. Sometimes our schedule needs to be adapted to the needs of the collective and the environment - let us be in the flow!


Rest & Release in Freedom

Our schedule is relaxed and curated with space for you to enjoy the wonderful facilities the state-of-the-art sanctuary Avalon Wellbeing Centre. The stunning Pool Suite (20m Clear Pool, Hydromassage Pool, Organically designed Sauna and Steam Rooms) will be open for you to enjoy with a dynamic range of therapies available to pre-book.


Who is the retreat for?

The retreat is open to all Yoga abilities, some Yoga experience is useful as the classes are mixed level; beginners are of course welcome.


What do i need to bring?

Comfortable clothing for Yoga, swim wear if using the facilities, a water bottle for wild wandering, an extra layer for warmth and practical shoes for the outdoors.

Booking Information


 Non-Residential Bookings:

Saturday Workshop: £95

Sunday Workshop: £95

Both Workshops: £180


Any questions please email avalon@broughtonhall.co.uk

Book non-residential