Before committing to a retreat it’s always nice to get an insight into what you can expect when you get there. This year we were lucky enough to attend The Wild Time's New Forest retreat.
See what we got up to below!
Day 1: We arrived at Tiptoe in the New Forest by train, collected by our lovely host at the station and taken straight to the house to meet our fellow Retreaters (not before seeing some wild ponies on our drive from the station!)
Some of the group had opted to drive - there is plenty of space to park on the drive if that is your choice of travel. We were met with homemade scones and tea, goodie bags on our beds and some much needed time to decompress and meet the group. The first night was themed around ‘Grounding’, Jenny led us through a stretchy yoga flow to shake off any aches from our travels to the venue. Dinner was a nutritious and filling meal made by the dream team hosts at Tiptoe Lodge.
Day 2: After a well rested night’s sleep we rose ready for our morning yoga session. All of the yoga classes are taught in the beautiful out house which has glass windows looking out over the garden. We were welcomed back to the house with a delicious homemade Shakshuka breakfast, coffees, teas and fresh sourdough toast straight out of the Aga. Next we were whisked off to the beach to try our hand at Paddleboarding.
Jenny gave us a lesson on the beach before we headed into the water to paddle our way around the coast. After some free time to enjoy our surroundings and head back to the house, we had a relaxing yin yoga session followed by delicious dinner and drinks by the fire to end the day.
Paddleboarding with the group!
Day 3: Waking up on Day 3, we felt the effects of the retreat had truly kicked in as everyone was feeling zen and relaxed. Our morning started with a yoga session guided by Jenny and a reminder to bring our minds back to the intention of the weekend - resetting and staying present in nature.
After a delicious breakfast, we set off for a group walk into the wild fields of the New Forest. Roaming around were beautiful wild ponies and rolling hills of green forest. Angus helped to guide the group to forage some wild garlic - which we then took back to the house to turn into fresh wild garlic pesto to accompany our lunch.
Berry smoothies with our breakfast
The retreat ended with a gorgeous closing circle before we all wrote our postcards to someone we wanted to post a lovely note to. After some big hugs and farewells it was time to re-join reality! We will certainly be back for more Wild Times retreats.
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