Yoga & Pilates in North London

Flow and Glow: a vegan Yoga Retreat in Dorset

With Indoor Heated Swimming Pool

Friday 3rd-Monday 6th May 2019

Celebrate the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and the first stirrings of summer with 4 days and 3 nights of Yoga and delicious vegan food in an idyllic location. Take a dip in the pool, walk to the beach, or sit by the campfire (or wood burner) and relish every moment ...

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Treat yourself to:

    • 4 x days and 3 x nights full-board stay in a beautiful eco-Retreat
    • Exclusive use of the venue & all facilities, including heated pool (see photo below)
    • 8 x Yoga / Meditation / Relaxation classes
    • Delicious vegan meals prepared by the resident Chef (mainly organic, local produce)
    • Complimentary gift bag
    • Free WiFi and parking


Bonhays Retreat Centre is a magical place. A secluded sanctuary, nestled in Dorset's rolling hills between Bridport and Lyme Regis, and just 2 miles from Charmouth beach. With its heated pool, comfortable accommodation, valley views, and tranquil location, it's the perfect getaway.

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As May bursts into life, so can we. This weekend we will celebrate Beltane, the traditional fire festival at the beginning of May, signaling growth, vitality and creativity. The night sky at Bonhays is spectacular - come marvel at the stars and toast (vegan) marshmellows on the campfire. 

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The accommodation is simply furnished and well-equipped, with a warm welcoming feel, and clean, comfortable rooms. The main communal living space (there's more than one) has big sofas, and a wood burning stove to keep us cosy (see photo below) - with teas, snacks and fruit available in kitchen areas at all times.

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The food at Bonhays is an event in itself! Resident Chef Evie will be catering specially for us. Well known for her fabulous feasts and personal touch, she sources local, organic ingredients wherever possible, if she hasn't grown them herself. She cooks delicious, wholesome dishes that are satisfying and super-tasty. Lunch and Supper is prepared for us, and Breakfast is self-serve. All food and drink will be vegan. Bonhays will do their best to accommodate additional dietary requirements such as gluten-free, with sufficient notice - so make sure you request this when booking.


Yoga sessions are suitable for all levels, from beginners to seasoned yogis, and held in the Group Room - a lovely large space with a gentle, restful vibe. The morning Vinyasa Flow class is more energising, the later Yin session, softer and mostly mat-based. After supper is Meditation, and Yoga Nidra (a guided full body relaxation).

You are free to do as many, or as few, activities as you wish, there's no pressure.


Friday 3rd May:

  • 4.00pm: Arrival & settling in
  • 5.15pm: Welcome & Introductions followed by Yoga class (Yin)
  • 7.00pm: Supper
  • 9.00pm: Ahimsa Meditation 

Saturday 4th May:

  • 6.00am: Go to beach to watch the sunrise / meditate
  • 8.00am: Breakfast
  • 9.30am: Mindfulness with Guest Teacher Dr Lisa Greenspan
  • 10.00am: Yoga class (Vinyasa Flow)
  • 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 5.15pm: Yoga class (Yin)
  • 6.30pm: Supper
  • 8.00pm: Beltane Campfire & celebration

Sunday 5th May:

  • 6.00am: Go to beach to watch the sunrise / meditate
  • 8.00am: Breakfast
  • 9.30am: Yoga class (Vinyasa Flow)
  • 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm: Riverside walk from Centre to Charmouth beach
  • 5.15pm: Yoga class (Yin)
  • 7.00pm: Supper
  • 9.00pm: Yoga Nidra (Full Body Relaxation)

Monday 6th May:

  • 8.00am: Breakfast
  • 9.30am: Mindfulness with Guest Teacher Dr Lisa Greenspan
  • 10.00am: Yoga class (Vinyasa Flow)
  • 12.30pm: Lunch, and goodbyes
  • 2.00pm: Departure

* Please note, the programme may be subject to change

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PRICES - Include meals, accommodation & all classes

Room options below. Please note that twin rooms are for pairs coming together.

ALL prices are per person:

  • £399 - Twin Bunk Room (two sharing): with comfy bunk beds (Fully booked)
  • £429 - Large Twin Room (two sharing): with 1 double & 1 single bed (Fully booked
  • £439 - Small Single Room (sole occupancy): with single bed (Fully booked
  • £449 - Single Room (sole occupancy): with double bed (Fully booked
  • £459 - Large Single (sole occupancy): with double bed & desk (Fully booked


  • £469 - Shepherds Hut (sole occupancy): with double bed (1 available) 

Shepherds Hut: A retreat within a retreat! Close to the centre, in a quiet willow corner looking up the Marshwood Valley, this cosy home-from-home is ideal for solitude-seekers and nature-lovers. Fully insulated, with electricity, its own wood-burning stove, outside tap, plus a small electric kettle and fridge for tea-making. Outside is a covered area with seats, and a fire pit. Loo and shower close by, and of course you have access to all the facilities in the main centre.


(NOT included in the price: Travel to and from the venue, and travel insurance)

You can confirm your place by paying a £150 non-refundable deposit, OR the full amount. Any remaining balance is due 6 weeks before the Retreat by 21st March 2019

To BOOK and arrange payment - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Louise Wallis is owner of Mind Body Zone - an experienced and fun-loving Yoga & Pilates teacher who has been teaching movement for over 20 years. 

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Comments from previous attendees:

"A wonderful, relaxing weekend in a fabulous setting. Louise is an excellent yoga teacher with the ability to ensure that her classes can be enjoyed by students with all levels of experience and ability" Kathryn D

"Louise radiates calmness and serenity when teaching. A passionate yogi who expertly demonstrates that she truly cares for the well-being of each student she is works with. Highly recommended" Julia CC

"I absolutely loved my time at Louise's yoga retreat. There was a lovely relaxed pace to the weekend with just the right amount of yoga and free time. Bonhays was the perfect location with the indoor pool and amazing food” Nik R

Getting there: The address is: Bonhays Farm, Whitchurch Canicorum, DT6 6RF

Car: Please refer to map below. Plenty of parking at the centre. Train: Nearest station is Axminster - on the main London Waterloo to Exeter line. There are buses from the station to Morecombelake (a 20 min downhill walk away), or book ahead for a taxi from Axminster station for a cost of roughly £20. Try Axminster Taxis (01297) 34000, or BJ's 35007. 


One of the the UK's most iconic and beautiful counties, Dorset has 364 more hours of sunshine throughout the year in comparison to the UK average and is home to the Jurassic Coast, the only natural World Heritage Site in England.   


World Vegan Day Weekend Yoga Retreat 

Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd November 2019

At Bonhays in Dorset. More info to follow ... email me if you'd like to come

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