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.
Do you ever have a day, where you realise your attitude has just been bad? It’s not that the whole day has been awful, however, no matter what good things have happened, your focus has been on all the negative stuff, and that has tainted everything else you’ve tried to do. Well, what if we could use gratitude to fix a bad attitude, and what impact would that have on the rest of your day?
I think ‘attitude’ plays a big part in what comes our way, and whether we have a successful day or not. Bad things happen to all of us at some point or another, but it’s how we choose to respond to them that is key. You’ve heard the theory that ‘like attracts like’, so if we transmit a positive attitude are we more likely to have positive and good things happen to us?
Isn’t learning to let go, one of life’s hardest lessons? When something is making me unhappy or making me feel uncomfortable, my natural reaction is to actively make some changes rather than sit with the discomfort. However if you read the post on longing to be a mother again you will understand that there are some situations in life, where things are completely out of our control. Of course we have to learn how to to let go with grace… but how do you even start to do that, and what things can help along the way?
Recently I haven’t been making it onto my yoga mat.
Yesterday morning however, I made the space and time, and got myself on my mat. My energy levels are very low at the moment, I’m getting over a cold, and a few other factors are playing their part too. I did a gentle 40 minute practice of simple stretches, a relaxation, and a meditation. Just really familarising myself with my body again after my little break.
It was like someone had pushed my reset button. It felt so good to be stretching and moving. I was suddenly aware of how much tension had crept into my body over the last few weeks. Gradually during the practice, through my breath and my movements, I can begin to release it. My shoulders drop, my hands soften, my jaw relaxes and everything that has been bothering me fades away and it all begins to feel better. I become aware of the breath moving in and out of my body, as my belly softens. The inhale and exhale gradually becoming slower and deeper. With every conscious breath I feel more like myself.