Mothering the Mother
9.30am - 4.30pm
This special mothers day retreat will be all about 'Mothering the Mother'. As busy mothers we spread ourselves thin to care for our families. We hear the phrase is takes a village, but most of us are left without a village and often with little support or time for ourselves. This is a day to slow down, take a breath, reconnect to you, feel heard and seen, to feel taken care of for a day.
Rownhams House is a beautiful Georgian House, situated in 12 acres of gardens and woodland with its own magical lake. We will be using the grand library, a stunning room flooded with natural light. To the side is the beautiful reading room which feels full of history and has such a calming energy and doors leading to the beautiful gardens, woodland and lake. Located just outside Southampton with plenty of free parking.
I will start the day with a guided meditation. Mixing music, visualisations and breathing exercises I aim to help you feel calmer and more connected to yourself.
Back by popular demand after teaching yoga at the first two Mindful Mother retreats is Victoria. Mother to triplet boys Trix understands both the joy & heartache motherhood can bring. Mixing yoga with the beautiful words of popular author Charlie Mackesy her classes transport you to a beautiful place and are full of compassion & the perfect mixture between getting you moving and helping you stay still, feel calm &stretch it all out.
Victoria trained to teach yoga with the amazing Laura Green & is passionate about helping mothers find confidence & have fun whilst practising yoga. Victoria's class will leave you feeling both relaxed & recharged.
I hope to spend as much time as the weather allows outside in the private gardens and woodland. At some point during the day we will head out to do a walking meditation.
Walking meditation is perfect for someone who finds it difficult to sit still and meditate. Thich Nhat Hanh says we should walk like we are the happiest person in the world, setting no goals or destination. Making steps as if you are printing peace, serenity and happiness with each step.
Mindful Craft Workshop
I will be combining a mindfulness class with a craft workshop to create a finished piece that you can take away to remind you of the day and how amazing you are.
Journalling for well-being
Facilitated by Sally Carter (DoulaSlingSally) of Solent Parenting. Sally is a Mother of 3, Birth & Postnatal Doula, Hypnobirthing Instructor, Sling Consultant & Lactation Supporter. She has been supporting parents, particularly mothers & other gestational parents on their transition to parenthood for 10yrs+.
This session will introduce you to some of the benefits & methods of journalling, as well as journalling prompts we can try together. The healthy practice of regular journalling as a parent can help you to explore, understand, acknowledge & accept your journey & any changes in identity you maybe experiencing since becoming a parent.
Food & drinks
Start the day with fresh coffee/tea & a selection of bliss balls. There will be a hot water urn & selection of organic herbal tea as well as water available all day.
Lunch will be provided by a local caterer and will be a both healthy & hearty. There will be fruit & treats available throughout the day as well as a glass of bubbles for everyone to toast together at the end of the day. All dietary requirements/allergies will be catered for.