Summer Weekend Retreat 11th January to 13th August 2017

St Katharine’s, Parmoor, near Henley on Thames

Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat



This weekend retreat combines yoga, mindfulness and countryside walking in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, just 30 minutes from London. Yoga classes will be flowing vinyasa sequences, suitable for all levels. There will be numerous mindfulness meditations and yoga nidra,  and other exciting and inspiring activities, such as countryside walks, poetry readings, mindful dance and a goal setting workshop.  St Katharine’s Bucks, is a labyrinth of beautiful and peaceful spaces, including spaces for silence and contemplation.


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, astanga, acro and partner yoga). Each class will be designed around one of four natural elements: earth (grounding), air (opening), fire (igniting) and water (letting go). The classes are suitable for all levels.

There are numerous mindfulness meditations, practices and discussions and yoga nidra, which will be led by mindfulness teachers Deborah Wharton and Shenel Shefik. There will be other diverse and exciting activities on the programme too, including countryside walks, poetry workshops, mindful dance, and a goal setting workshop. We have a qualified walk leader for countryside walks, and an excellent local practitioner of massage and reflexology who can be booked in advance or on site for additional cost.

All sessions are, of course, optional so you can pick and choose as you flow through the weekend.

The weekend starts at 10am on Friday morning and ends at noon on Sunday.

We also offer the following alternatives: short weekend (from 6pm on Friday to noon on Sunday), Friday day retreat (from 10am until 5:30pm), and Saturday day retreat (from 10am until 5:30pm).

Email me for the full programme.


The vegetarian dining is fantastic and is praised for its tasty, versatile menus. Head cook, Jo Hartley, believes in using fresh, local ingredients wherever possible.  Seasonal fruit and vegetables, including herbs, often come from the walled vegetable garden. All dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Tea and coffee facilities are available all day, and healthy snacks and homemade cakes will be served during the day.

Location and travel

The location is approximately 30 minutes by train from London Marylebone station to High Wycombe, and costs approximately £23 return. We can arrange shared taxis from the station to the venue, which is approximately 7 miles away, and costs between £5-10 per head in a shared taxi. If you prefer to drive, there are plenty of parking spaces at the venue, and it is just off junction 4 of the M40.

The Facilitators 

  • Sherin Shefik – Yoga Teacher

Sherin has been practicing yoga regularly for over a decade and teaches yoga professionally to a wide range of people. She mainly teaches vinyasa flow yoga, but combines lots of different styles of yoga including hatha, restorative, yin, ashtanga, acro and partner yoga. Her aim is to teach flowing classes, to funky and spiritual music, combined with soft and gentle sections, where the focus is on connecting the mind and the body. 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.

  • Debbie Lawrence – Holistic Therapist

Debbie is available for massage and reiki healing sessions. This will be an additional cost ranging from £25 -£60.

  • Nigel Harding – Qualified Walk Leader


There are 13 guest bedrooms in St. Katharine’s main house:  2 doubles and 9 twin-bedded rooms with full ensuite facilities plus two single rooms with toilet and hand-basin.  There are also a further two bathrooms available.  Room rates vary according to the type of room and whether or not it is shared. Most of the rooms are spacious; some can easily accommodate extra beds for families. There is an additional annexe, called St Joseph’s, which has more basic accommodation for 12 with shared bathrooms. The rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. We may be able to accommodate dogs too – but please ask first.

Cost for Full weekend – per person

The full weekend starts on Friday morning at 10 am and ends on Sunday at noon.

Twin/Double – sharing with en-suite £400
Single room no en-suite – only 2 available £400
Single room supplement £75
Twin/Double en-suite – sharing for short weekend from 6pm on Friday £325
Children 3-16 years old – sharing room £200

Full Board is from Friday 10 am or 6pm option until Sunday lunch: all meals and refreshments and classes/walks included.

Day Rate – per person

Friday/Saturday 10am – 6pm with coffee, lunch and afternoon tea £75

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 weekend with you.

Deborah, Sherin and Shenel