2016 Retreats at Bonhays Meditation and Retreats Centre

 Other Retreats 2017

When Bonhays is not running it's own courses we hire out the centre to other unassociated course leaders. If you are looking specifically for Bonhays courses click here.  If you are interested in running a course here click here.


Join us in the beautiful Bonhays, West Dorset for an intensive weekend with Tom and Hannah, designed to deepen your practice, study the postures and delve into the philosophy, ethics and history of yoga.

We know a large number of you have wanted something to build knowledge without having to do a full teacher training, so with this weekend, we hope to offer something beyond a retreat, without the stress of a teacher training. A space in-between.

The retreat will run Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, and alongside a 2 hour full ashtanga-based vinyasa practice each day, it will involve posture workshops, basic anatomy breakdowns within postures (and anatomical variations that may well impact on how each posture is aligned in the individual), traditional theories of energy (prana) within postures, an introduction to the “8 limbs” of Ashtanga, the ethics of yoga, and various meditations.

You will also have time to enjoy and explore the surroundings, have a dip in the pool and be nourished with hearty, fresh, locally sourced food.  

Learn more here.


Shanti Yoga Weekend

with Lauren Gray

March 3rd - 5th

Shanti means peace and this is what our whole weekend will encompass.
This retreat is perfect for those who have busy working lives and can't always spare a full week for a Yoga retreat.

Yoga is a beautiful physical, mental and spiritual practice and over the course of the weekend we will explore moving freely (asana), breathing deeply (pranayama), and seeing clearly (meditation). 

Arriving from 3pm Friday afternoon we will have time to settle in, get to know one another and enjoy our first Yoga session before our evening meal.
Saturday and Sunday will be filled with plenty of traditional Yoga practices starting with meditation and pranayama early morning, followed by some tea, coffee and fruit. At 8:30am we’ll gather for our morning Yoga practice to energise the body, followed by breakfast. Well then have some free time to use the centres beautiful facilities, before eating a delicious lunch together. 

Our afternoon will consist of a short optional talk on Ayurveda and Yoga on Saturday and the History of Yoga on Sunday. Then an afternoon Yoga and meditation class to calm and nourish the body and mind.

Learn more here.


A Mindful life

with Nick Maybe

March 10th - 12th

Mindfulness


Who would you be without your story?

Imagine if you could let go of the past and the future, and be free of becoming, grasping, judging, and the pressure to achieve. Imagine realizing everything in your life - the problems, emotional patterns and traumas - have been specifically created for your own unique awakening.

We are not here by chance, struggling alone to cope with the problems of existence, we are invisibly guided by the Intelligence of Life while those around us on our journey are our guides. Once we let go of resistance and see ourselves with compassion and acceptance, we begin to view the world through the eyes of the heart. Only then can we move beyond our limiting personal self to an awareness of the One movement of Life. This movement is total peace, infinite love...’

If you would like to join Caroline Bliss for a weekend of exploration Please email Steph at steph.crosby@me.com for an e-brochure.

The timetable starts at 5pm on Friday and finishes at 5pm on Sunday. Overnight accommodation in your own room, all meals and tea breaks are provided. £375.00

Learn more here.


Invigorating nordic walking along the beautiful Jurassic coast combined with mindful morning pilates and relaxing evening stretching classes.

Learn more here.


‘Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about yourself’

All curious yogis are welcome to join me at the beautiful Bonhays Retreat Centre where we have the luxury of 3 days to explore and be inspired by some of the many wonderful teachings of yoga. Move beyond the asana and delve deeper. Just as a seed is nourished toward growth by the earth, the sun and the rain, let yourself be nourished by the asana, pranayama, mudra, bhanda, mantra, yamas, niyamas …. and more! Using inspiring writings poems, stories, myths and mantras we will cultivate ourselves and grow in our understanding and experience of yoga.

Learn more here.


Healing Light Yoga

with Jane

May 12th - 14th

Jane has evolved her own personal style of teaching yoga ,  drawing on her experience of Dru, Scaravelli and Iyengar yoga teachings.  She also introduces into her classes ancient Tibetan healing techniques, working with the breath and visualisation  to create a free flow of energy through the whole system, both physically and mentally.

Learn more here.


Yoga with Pam

with Pam Steele

May 19th - 21st

Jnana Yoga – Finding your inner wisdom through mindfulness.

 The retreat will include meditation, yoga asanas (postures) and yogaphilosophy. There will be time to swim, walk, rest and spend time with others on retreat or take time out for you. The objective for the weekend is to take time out from your normal responsibilities, routines and daily workloads and enjoy the wellness and mindfulness you can learn from yoga teachings which can be integrated back into your home life.

The yoga I teach is a subtle style; it is often slow and flowing, sometimes strong but in the moment. I use yoga philosophy with each movement. Breathing is important to enhance the benefit of each asana (posture) Some asanas are held in meditation. Effortless awareness is necessary to come to stillness where the mind and body find harmony, so silence within is experienced. 

The varied activities throughout the weekend mean you can participate in as much or as little as you can manage, allowing you to choose how much you learn and take away from the weekend.

Learn more here.


Join Soraya to celebrate the Summer Solstice, exploring our connection with the rhythms of nature, lightness and darkness, through dynamic flowing practices with an emphasis on alignment, the breath and self exploration. Early evening  Restorative yoga will help to draw you deeper within and find stillness,  just as the earth becomes still as night falls. In the afternoon there will be Nordic Walking with Hilary Warrell, time outdoors immersed in light and sea air.

To book or for more details contact www.sorayayoga.co.uk


Yogakutir

with Dory Walker

June 16th - 18th

We are passionate about the full spectrum of yoga. We live, teach and embrace the richness of a yogic lifestyle. We endeavour through our teaching to share our own experience of yoga as a transformative practise on and off the yoga mat. Our classes are inspired by our study of classical teachings of Hatha yoga in disciplines that include Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Satyananda, Krishnamacharya and Dona Holleman's enlightened asana work. We teach group classes and private lessons, host courses, workshops and retreats, and organise Yoga Teacher Training programmes.

Learn more here.


Yoga with Pam

with Pam Steele

June 23rd - 25th

Jnana Yoga – Finding your inner wisdom through mindfulness.

 The retreat will include meditation, yoga asanas (postures) and yogaphilosophy. There will be time to swim, walk, rest and spend time with others on retreat or take time out for you. The objective for the weekend is to take time out from your normal responsibilities, routines and daily workloads and enjoy the wellness and mindfulness you can learn from yoga teachings which can be integrated back into your home life.

The yoga I teach is a subtle style; it is often slow and flowing, sometimes strong but in the moment. I use yoga philosophy with each movement. Breathing is important to enhance the benefit of each asana (posture) Some asanas are held in meditation. Effortless awareness is necessary to come to stillness where the mind and body find harmony, so silence within is experienced. 

The varied activities throughout the weekend mean you can participate in as much or as little as you can manage, allowing you to choose how much you learn and take away from the weekend.

Learn more here.


Yoga Holiday

with Claire Ferry

July 8th - 14th

Join us for this relaxing yoga holiday with Iyengar teacher Claire Ferry. There will be 10 yoga classes during the week and then plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings with walks, visits and hopefully even swimming in the sea! All levels welcome. Iyengar yoga promotes strength and flexibility through a series of poses that emphasise stretching, attentive breathing and relaxation

Learn more here.


Shanti Yoga Weekend

with Lauren Gray

July 14th - 16th

Shanti means peace and this is what our whole weekend will encompass. This retreat is perfect for those who have busy working lives and can't always spare a full week for a Yoga retreat.

Yoga is a beautiful physical, mental and spiritual practice and over the course of the weekend we will explore moving freely (asana), breathing deeply (pranayama), and seeing clearly (meditation). 

Arriving from 3pm Friday afternoon we will have time to settle in, get to know one another and enjoy our first Yoga session before our evening meal. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with plenty of traditional Yoga practices starting with meditation and pranayama early morning, followed by some tea, coffee and fruit. At 8:30am we’ll gather for our morning Yoga practice to energise the body, followed by breakfast. Well then have some free time to use the centres beautiful facilities, before eating a delicious lunch together. 

Our afternoon will consist of a short optional talk on Ayurveda and Yoga on Saturday and the History of Yoga on Sunday. Then an afternoon Yoga and meditation class to calm and nourish the body and mind.

Learn more here.


Join us in the beautiful Bonhays, West Dorset for an intensive weekend with Tom and Hannah, designed to deepen your practice, study the postures and delve into the philosophy, ethics and history of yoga.

We know a large number of you have wanted something to build knowledge without having to do a full teacher training, so with this weekend, we hope to offer something beyond a retreat, without the stress of a teacher training. A space in-between.

The retreat will run Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, and alongside a 2 hour full ashtanga-based vinyasa practice each day, it will involve posture workshops, basic anatomy breakdowns within postures (and anatomical variations that may well impact on how each posture is aligned in the individual), traditional theories of energy (prana) within postures, an introduction to the “8 limbs” of Ashtanga, the ethics of yoga, and various meditations.

You will also have time to enjoy and explore the surroundings, have a dip in the pool and be nourished with hearty, fresh, locally sourced food.  

Learn more here.


Compassionate Heart Retreat;

Awakening the Self

with Caroline Bliss

September 15th - 17th

Who would you be without your story?

Imagine if you could let go of the past and the future, and be free of becoming, grasping, judging, and the pressure to achieve. Imagine realizing everything in your life - the problems, emotional patterns and traumas - have been specifically created for your own unique awakening.

We are not here by chance, struggling alone to cope with the problems of existence, we are invisibly guided by the Intelligence of Life while those around us on our journey are our guides. Once we let go of resistance and see ourselves with compassion and acceptance, we begin to view the world through the eyes of the heart. Only then can we move beyond our limiting personal self to an awareness of the One movement of Life. This movement is total peace, infinite love...’

If you would like to join Caroline Bliss for a weekend of exploration Please email info@carolinebliss.co.uk

The timetable starts at 5pm on Friday and finishes at 5pm on Sunday. Overnight accommodation in your own room, all meals and tea breaks are provided. £420.00

Learn more here.


Dory Yoga

with Dory Walker

September 22nd - 24th

We are passionate about the full spectrum of yoga. We live, teach and embrace the richness of a yogic lifestyle. We endeavour through our teaching to share our own experience of yoga as a transformative practise on and off the yoga mat. Our classes are inspired by our study of classical teachings of Hatha yoga in disciplines that include Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Satyananda, Krishnamacharya and Dona Holleman's enlightened asana work. We teach group classes and private lessons, host courses, workshops and retreats, and organise Yoga Teacher Training programmes.

Learn more here.


Shanti Yoga Weekend

with Lauren Gray

September 29th - October 1st

Shanti means peace and this is what our whole weekend will encompass. This retreat is perfect for those who have busy working lives and can't always spare a full week for a Yoga retreat.

Yoga is a beautiful physical, mental and spiritual practice and over the course of the weekend we will explore moving freely (asana), breathing deeply (pranayama), and seeing clearly (meditation). 

Arriving from 3pm Friday afternoon we will have time to settle in, get to know one another and enjoy our first Yoga session before our evening meal. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with plenty of traditional Yoga practices starting with meditation and pranayama early morning, followed by some tea, coffee and fruit. At 8:30am we’ll gather for our morning Yoga practice to energise the body, followed by breakfast. Well then have some free time to use the centres beautiful facilities, before eating a delicious lunch together. 

Our afternoon will consist of a short optional talk on Ayurveda and Yoga on Saturday and the History of Yoga on Sunday. Then an afternoon Yoga and meditation class to calm and nourish the body and mind.

Learn more here.


The eyes are ‘the windows to the soul’. When we gaze deeply into the eyes of another person, we can see beyond their physical body and personality into their essence. It is a wonderful way to connect at the soul level.

We will be exploring different kinds of vision and meditation in such a way that you may experience a deeper connection to your own centre and to the soul of others. 

We will alternate between times of ‘darkness’ (‘not seeing’ with the eyes) and being in light – removing veils of apparent separation through becoming more receptive.

This can bring you into a sense of resting back into your true nature – with expanded and deeply relaxing states of consciousness that bring in-sight and centering.

During the weekend you will :

  • Dissolve excess mental energy - relax into your body, open the heart and quiet the chatter in your mind
  • Rest and rejuvenate the eyes using breath, touch, periods in darkness and different kinds of vision
  • See yourself - in a new way. You may have a fresh vision of life and its possibilities.
  • See others deeply - acknowledging both the human struggle and the luminous, sparkling spirit.
  • Feel deeply seen and held by others in a way that melts tensions, fosters trust and inspires. 
  • Soften the layers around the heart and come to your loving essence.
  • Refresh your spirits, sense joy and well being sourced deep within.

Learn more here.


Yoga with Pam

with Pam Steele

October 13th - 15th

Jnana Yoga – Finding your inner wisdom through mindfulness.

 The retreat will include meditation, yoga asanas (postures) and yogaphilosophy. There will be time to swim, walk, rest and spend time with others on retreat or take time out for you. The objective for the weekend is to take time out from your normal responsibilities, routines and daily workloads and enjoy the wellness and mindfulness you can learn from yoga teachings which can be integrated back into your home life.

The yoga I teach is a subtle style; it is often slow and flowing, sometimes strong but in the moment. I use yoga philosophy with each movement. Breathing is important to enhance the benefit of each asana (posture) Some asanas are held in meditation. Effortless awareness is necessary to come to stillness where the mind and body find harmony, so silence within is experienced. 

The varied activities throughout the weekend mean you can participate in as much or as little as you can manage, allowing you to choose how much you learn and take away from the weekend.

Learn more here.


'An exquisite luxury for your inner soul'

Ready to ‘stop the world’ and deepen your spirituality?

The pace of modern life can be hectic! A lot of people are stressed, drained or overwhelmed. Many people have a yearning to Be, just simply BE. The Darkness Experience weekend retreat can fulfill this longing. Spending time in darkness is a powerful and ancient method to discover the wonder of Inner Space, enter Deep And Real Knowing and learn to See in a new way. 

During the Darkness Experience you will spend 24 hours in rest, meditation, dancing ,eating & sleeping …. without seeing! The Darkness effect is created by using special blindfolds that are designed to be worn comfortably for extended periods. They enable you to have your eyes open and yet be ‘in darkness’.

The Retreat includes :

Learning meditations from Buddhism, Sufism, Tantra, Advaita and Osho

Listening to exquisitely beautiful and emotive music,

Receiving inspiration through powerful and uplifting poetry and spiritual teachings

Unstructured ‘open space’ for rest and sleep, or whatever feels most nourishing to you in the moment.

               ………All whilst the Darkness works its own transformative magic on your body heart mind and soul.

It can help you :

Ease up on too much thinking: its like a mental detox! 

Enjoy deep rest for your tired body and stressed mind.

Shift from doing-doing-doing to the ease of Being. 

Shift from feeling time as a ‘pressure’ into a Timelessness that feels so spacious and free. 

Come to a different perspective on your self, your habits and 'problems’ - and refresh your sense of what really matters in life.  

Awaken the senses!

Learn more here.


Compassionate Heart Retreat;

Deepening the Process

with Caroline Bliss

November 9th -12th

A follow up 3 night retreat for people who have attended Awakening the Self.

If you would like to join Caroline Bliss for a weekend of exploration Please email info@carolinebliss.co.uk.

The timetable starts at 5pm on Thursday and finishes at 5pm on Sunday. Overnight accommodation in your own room, all meals and tea breaks are provided. £470.00

Learn more here.