When Emma and I spoke about organising the Gather and Tend retreat at Tilton House, we were both sure we wanted to be able to eat outside in the beautiful courtyard. We were so lucky with the weather and it was a real treat to be able to dine outdoors at the beginning of October. If you missed Part One of the slow living retreat you can catch up here, but before you do, have a closer look at this glorious table and find out what we got up to in the afternoon sessions.
A couple of weeks ago on a foggy autumn morning Emma from A Quiet Style and I made our way deep into the Sussex countryside with a basket full of pumpkins and a boot full of the most beautiful flowers for our first ever slow living day retreat, Gather and Tend.
On our arrival at Tilton House we crunched our way across the gravel to be met by lit candles and the steam from a freshly boiled kettle.
All was quiet… all was calm… we gave ourselves time to drink in our beautiful surroundings and made some herbal tea whilst we set up for the day ahead.
It’s been a little while since I posted here. I totally lost myself in a slow summer and spent as much time as possible with my family. Now, I am feeling all full up on a summer of love and ready to be present in this space again with you all.
Back to school is a big transition for us grown-ups as well as the little people in our lives. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s a mix of feeling ready to go, and needing to find my feet again, as we all get used to being back in a more structured routine.
Plus there is a big seasonal shift that happens at the beginning of September, as we say a fond farewell to summer and welcome autumn with open arms.
Autumn is such a beautiful season with all its golden colours, and early sunsets. Traditionally a time associated with gathering crops in for the winter ahead, I find it can also be a great time to harvest all the hard work that I have been putting in throughout year.
Gather and Tend | October 4th | Tilton House
Some of you may have seen on social networks that I have been planning a day retreat with Emma Harris from A Quite Style. I am really excited to be able to finally share with you some details about the day retreat which will be taking place this autumn.
‘Gather and Tend‘ offers you space to slow down and find some quiet through creativity and nature. Time to breathe deeply, time to relax, time to soak in your surroundings and enjoy the present moment.
With floral-styling, photography, yoga, meditation and mindfulness, you will leave with a wealth of new skills carrying a deeper sense of calm.
Grounded by nature, the day retreat will help you reconnect to yourself and your body.
The day retreat will be taking place on October the 4th 9.30am – 4.30pm at the incredible Tilton House. Steeped in Bloomsbury history the Georgian farmhouse has a wonderfully rich creative heritage. Surrounded by the beautiful Sussex countryside of the South Downs National Park, it really is the perfect place to gather and tend to your soul.
When I make it onto my yoga mat, it’s an opportunity for me to connect to myself. Firstly through, my breath… with every inhale, and exhale I feel myself arrive… my body, mind and spirit join together. Sometimes it can be the first time that day, that I am truly present in the moment.
Recently my body has been feeling pretty tired, so naturally I have wanted to do a gentle practice; a few postures, and a bit of stretching to get my body moving and work out any creases. A lot of pranayama (breath work) and always a little mediation and relaxation at the end.