May Bank Holiday Retreat May 3rd – May 6th 2019

Glenthorne, Grasmere, Lake District

Yoga, Mindfulness and Walking Retreat

This retreat combines yoga, mindfulness, walking and creativity, and is designed to help you relax, stretch and and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul, and revive you at many levels as a human being. Take a break from your busy life and join us for a wonderful long bank holiday weekend in the beautiful, majestic Lake District countryside.

There are 3 long walks, 4 yoga sessions and plenty more on the timetable to really pamper yourself. Glenthorne is a beautiful house in Grasmere. It has a relaxed welcoming atmosphere, comfortable accommodation, and delicious home-cooked meals in stunning surroundings. Located within 5 minutes walk of the centre of Grasmere village on the road towards Easedale Tarn, it is ideal for walkers of all levels. The house is surrounded by spacious gardens – ideal for relaxing while enjoying stunning views towards Helm Crag and Silver How.


Two minutes walk from quaint and chic Grasmere with it’s many quality gift and book shops, a garden centre, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. Grasmere church, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, are open to the public interested in Wordsworth and his life in the lakes and are only a short distance from Glenthorne. Walks, both guided or independent, are numerous and start from right outside the front door. Maps may be borrowed from the guest house.

If travelling rail
The nearest rail station is at Windermere. Catch the No 555 or the 599 bus from the station to Grasmere centre (approx 30 mins). From the bus stop walk back a few metres (opposite the book shop) and turn right up Easedale Road. Glenthorne is 300M up the slight hill; we are the first major building on the left. Car park at the rear.
Local taxi Service 015394 35506.


See link to full programme above.  The weekend will include four 90-minute yoga classes taught by yoga teacher, Sherin Shefik, who will mainly teach vinyasa flow yoga, but also combines lots of different styles of yoga into her teaching, (including yin, restorative, hatha, ashtanga, acro and partner yoga).The classes are suitable for all levels. Each class will be designed around one of four natural elements: earth (grounding), air (opening), fire (igniting) and water (letting go). Click here for more information about how the natural elements will be incorporated into the classes.

There will longish walks, of about 3-5 miles with a packed lunch each day, or you can chose to browse the area yourselves with maps provided of the area and shorter walks.

There are numerous mindfulness meditations, practices and discussions, which will be led by mindfulness teachers Deborah Wharton and Shenel Shefik. There will be other diverse and exciting activities on the programme too, a poetry workshop (where you will get to try your hand at writing a poem), mindful dance (you might be given a blind-fold!), and a life coaching workshop. We have an excellent local practitioner of massage and reflexology and she can be booked in advance or on site for additional cost. She will also be delivering the gong bath at the end for an extra £10 per head for those who want to stay.

The variety and fullness of this programme means that there is something for everyone, whether you come alone or with your partner or friends/family. All sessions are, of course, optional so you can pick and choose as you flow through the weekend.


Home-cooked food has much of the ingredients locally-sourced. There is always a vegetarian option and other diets can be catered if ordered in advance. Wines, beers and a variety of soft drinks are available to purchase with your evening meal.

The Facilitators 

  • Sherin Shefik – Yoga Teacher

Sherin has been practicing yoga regularly for over 15 years. She teaches vinyasa flow yoga, but also incorporates lots of different styles of yoga, including yin, restorative, hatha, astanga, acro and partner yoga. Her aim is to teach flowing classes from the heart, to funky and spiritual music, whilst also incorporating soft and gentle sections that encourage a deep sense of nurturing. She aims to establish connection between the mind and body, and enjoys giving students the freedom to listen to their own bodies. Yoga is one of her greatest joys, which has merged with her love of creative arts, nature, poetry, mindfulness, philosophy, and the cosmic universe. Classes are suitable for all levels.  See her website

  • Shenel Shefik – Qualified Teacher and Mindfulness Facilitator

Shenel is head of psychology at a successful London school and incorporates mindfulness in her teachings.  She also teaches teenagers yoga.

  • Deborah Wharton – Mindfulness Teacher and Coach and iREST facilitator

Deborah teaches Mindfulness Wellbeing and coaches small groups of busy professionals. She is a qualified coach and mindfulness practitioner. She is a teacher in training for Integrative Restoration that combines yoga nidra, co-meditation and mindful practices.

  • Nigel Harding – Qualified Walk Leader

Nigel has walked the Lake District hills for many years and will be bringing his two beautiful cuddly dogs with him too.

 Holistic Therapist


Glenthorne offers a wide range of accommodation: double, twin, single and family rooms, the majority of which are en-suite; all are simply and comfortably furnished. Most rooms have access to free Wi-Fi. A comfortable lounge and sun room is a place to relax where afternoon tea and cake is served, with tea and coffee facilities available throughout the day.

Cost for Full weekend – per person

The full weekend starts on Friday evening at 5pm and ends on Monday at 3 pm.

Twin/Double en-suite
Single room supplement occupying twin etc
Single en-suite – limited availbility £400
Children 0-3 years old – sharing room £ Free

Full Board is from Friday 5pm until Sunday afternoon: all meals and refreshments and classes/walks included.

Contact and Booking details 

Please either book on the website or email to book a place and to discuss available rooms and prices, or call 07881 842861. A booking form will then be sent to you. A deposit of £75 is required.

We look forward to a wonderful, restful and soulful 4 days with you.

Deborah, Sherin and Shenel