Yoga & Pilates in North London

Indian Summer Yoga Retreat in Dorset

With Indoor Heated Swimming Pool

Friday 10th - 13th Sept 2021

Savour the last weekend of summer with 4 days and 3 nights of Yoga and delicious vegan food in an idyllic location. Bask in September's golden glow, as we invoke the spirit of India with daily yoga practice in the beautiful surroundings of Bonhays, our venue. Energising Flow Yoga in the morning, gentle Yin Yoga in the afternoon, and blissfully relaxing Yoga Nidra before bed. Take a dip in the pool, walk to the beach, sit by the campfire, marvel at the stars & relish every moment …

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Treat yourself to:

    • 4 days and 3 nights full-board stay in a beautiful eco-Retreat
    • Exclusive use of venue & all facilities, including heated pool (see below)
    • 10 x Yoga / Meditation / Relaxation classes
    • Delicious vegan meals prepared by the resident Chef
    • 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. 

As Summer winds down, so can we. The subtle shift in season invites us to reflect and refocus our energy inwards: in other words, to retreat! For many, September is a favourite time of year, with its soft light, rich colours, and regularly balmy temperatures. This might be your last chance this year to commune with the stars and the great outdoors. And where better than at beautiful Bonhays?

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The accommodation is simply furnished, well-equipped, with a warm, welcoming feel, and clean, comfortable rooms. The main living space (there's more than one) has big sofas for lounging.

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The food at Bonhays is an event in itself - a taste-fest of wholesome vegan delights cooked up by the resident Chef, using locally sourced, seasonal and organic ingredients wherever possible. All food and drink is vegan (plant-based). Lunch and Supper are prepared for us, and Breakfast is self-serve. Teas, real coffee, biscuits, snacks and fresh fruit available at all times. (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, and Yoga Nidra, a guided full body relaxation, after supper.

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


Friday 10th September:

  • 4.00pm: Arrival & settling in
  • 5.15pm: Welcome & Introductions followed by Yoga class (Yin)
  • 7.30pm: Supper
  • 9.30pm: Yoga Nidra (relaxation)

Saturday 11th September:

  • 8.00am: Breakfast
  • 10.00am: Yoga class (Vinyasa Flow)
  • 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm: Riverside Walk to the Beach (Charmouth)
  • 5.15pm: Yoga class (Yin)
  • 7.00pm: Supper
  • 9.00pm: Yoga Nidra (relaxation)

Sunday 12th September:

  • 8.00am: Breakfast
  • 10.00am: Yoga class (Vinyasa Flow)
  • 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm: Free time
  • 5.15pm: Yoga class (Yin)
  • 7.00pm: Supper
  • 9.00pm: Relaxation & Sound Bath

Monday 13th September:

  • 6.00am: Sunrise Meditation at Beach
  • 7.15am: Yoga class (Vinyasa Flow)
  • 8.30am: Breakfast & Goodbyes
  • 10.00am: Departure

* Please note, the programme may be subject to change

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PRICES - Include meals, accommodation, and all classes

Single & Shared Room options below. Please note that Twin Rooms are for pairs coming together.

ALL prices are per person:

  • £399 pp - Twin Bunk Room (two sharing): with comfy bunk beds
  • £439 pp Large Twin Room (two sharing): with 1 double & 1 single bed
  • £459 Small Single Room (sole occupancy): with single bed 
  • £469 Single Room (sole occupancy): with double bed
  • £479 - Large Single (sole occupancy): with double bed & desk

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

GROUPS - if you're coming as a group of 3 (or 4, if your group includes a couple) - there's an option to have one of the accommodation buildings to yourself. This consists of one Twin Bunk Room, and one room with double bed, plus a bathroom, kitchen and lounge area.

TO BOOK - You can secure your place by paying a non-refundable deposit of £150 (per person), or the whole amount if you prefer, with any remaining balance due by Friday 30th July 2021.

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. Louise hosts 2 retreats a year at Bonhays.

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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.


NEXT RETREAT (same format as this one):

Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat - Fri 17th - Mon 20th June 2022 (4 days / 3 nights)

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