February 2024

Booking ID: 280224

Bring your crochet or knitting project and have a friendly chat and a cup of tea.

 

This is a FREE EVENT we would love to have you attend, to make new friends, bring the community together and enjoy time at the house.

March 2024

Booking ID: 040324

If you feel the need of an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life, come and experience the tranquillity of Claridge House.

Retreats provide an opportunity to step back from the daily hustle and bustle of life, allowing you to reflect on your thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

This introspective time can help you gain clarity about your goals, values, and priorities.


Our rest and renew retreats are an act of self-care. It`s an opportunity to prioritize your own needs and well-being, which is essential for maintaining overall health and happiness.

Residential price: £595.00

Booking ID: 060324

 

Claridge House has been a Vegetarian house for 70yrs!
Join our lovely Sarah as she introduces you to seasonal recipes loved by our guests.
 
Our Vegan course in January was loved by all who attended and we are sure this workshop will be just as enjoyable.
These small intimate cookery classes are designed to give you confidence in plant based meals for all the family.
 
Join us on March 6th @2pm, and have the delights of Sarah spread her passion and knowledge on this Spring afternoon.
 

Non-residential price: £40.00

Booking ID: 070324

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Give yourself the gift of a half day away from all the stress
Mindfulness meditation techniques will be practised, formal sitting and deep relaxation - safely.
Mindfulness Meditation Morning Sample Programme


9.30 - Day participants arrive. Coffee Tea available
9.45 - Quiet time 15 minutes silence to arrive
10.00 - Short introductions of participants
Mindful Movement outside if possible
11.15 - Tea & Coffee with cake & biscuits
11.30 - Body relaxation – body scan
12.00 - Breath awareness practice
12.15 - Mind meditation - this can be walking meditation when possible/ guided meditation /
enquiry meditation
1.00 - Departures

Ask about the possibility addiing a delicious Claridge House vegetarian lunch  for only £12.50.

B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.

For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office
 on 01342 832150

Non-residential price: £35.00

Booking ID: 080324

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Come away to enhance your wellbeing at the start of Spring. 

The practices of simple Yoga movements, deep breathing, meditation, and creative sessions will lift your spirits. 

Yoga incorporates mindfulness, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques that can help reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve overall mental well-being.

Did you Know? It has been shown to lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone!

Other benefits include: Better mental focus and concentration, increases body awareness, enhances balance and coordination, improves respiratory function, and can provide better sleep and mental health.

This yoga retreat can be a transformative experience that leaves you feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and more connected to yourself and the world around you, why not give it a go?

With vegetarian super foods to nurture the body and tips on how to raise your energy levels on the menu, plus fabulous cakes at 4pm (our Claridge House Tradition!) you`ll leave feeling wonderful

This course is suitable for those with long Covid or other fatigue issues.

Residential price: £399.00
Non-residential price: £199.00

Booking ID: 100324

Claridge House main house will be closed for this group.   Courtyard available.

Booking ID: 150324

Tutor: Anne Simpson

 

This course offers the opportunity to look at health and disease through different lenses and how to access resources to help ourselves work towards resolving states of imbalance and dis-ease.   Based on the work of  well known and established healers like Louise Hay, Caroline Myss and Joe Dispenza this weekend with give us a chance to go into silence and tune in to what it is our body needs and is asking for.  Causes of dis-ease will be discussed and tools will be found that work for us as an individual to come into balance. 

 

Mindfulness techniques will be the portal to access these tools; beginners as well as experienced practitioners of Mindfulness will be able to practice and learn how to listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us when we are out of balance.  Creative visualisation and relaxation will also be developed and other practices such as manifestation and positivity will also be explored;  we will look at too the more negative self-limiting beliefs which can block us moving forward and instead create imbalance.  

 

The nourishing and caring environment of Claridge House will provide a safe healing background to this learning so we can move forward with confidence into a space of self listening.  

 

Anne Simpson  is a Registered Homoeopath, Bach Flower Practiitioner, Reiki Master and Quaker Spiritual Healer is an  experienced course facilitator and will be leading this weekend. 

 

 

 

 

Residential price: £399.00

Booking ID: 200324

Tutor: Tansy Dowman

Join Nature Connection Guide, Tansy Dowman and gather around the fire for an evening of celebration and reverence in honour of the Spring Equinox and the awakening energy of spring around us and within ourselves.

Our firepit has found a new, cosy spot in our beautiful garden, where Tansy is honoured to hold space for you to connect with the elements and a community of like-hearted souls. This enchanting evening will feature simple nature connection exercises in the garden, a guided elemental meditation, gentle intention setting, and a fire ritual to release what no longer serves you while calling in your highest purpose. Poetry and music will add to the ambience, and refreshments and sweet treats will be served too.

The Spring Equinox invites us to acknowledge and embrace the light within and around us. It`s a time for reflection on the beauty of Mother Earth, recognising the abundance she provides and the natural treasures she has manifested over millions of years.

We, too, are part of Nature`s grand tapestry, having been birthed onto this planet through an incredible journey of evolution. Much like Mother Nature plans her rebirth in the spring, we can sow seeds of intention, allowing ourselves to be reborn in various ways. The Spring Equinox provides an opportunity to tune into our own Spring Awakening, listening to what desires to flourish in our lives. Join us for this transformative experience as we align with the rhythms of the season and the evolution within.

 

Tansy Jane Dowman

Forest Bathing Guide & Outdoor Life Coach

www.tansyinthewild.com

www.facebook.com/tansyjanedowman

Instagram @tansyinthewild

Booking ID: 270324

Please join us for informal networking, build connections and make new friendships with our popular networking group. This is our second event, after what proved to be a really positive and well attended group. 

Please let us know if you`d like to come along for the event, and we shall look forward to meeting you on the day.

Non-residential price: TBC

Booking ID: 280324

Tutor: Ann-Marie Marchant

All spiritual paths ultimately involve the journey to: ‘Know Thself’. This true self is completely innocent, trusting, open, authentic, peaceful, loving and full of joy. The awakening to this natural state of being, involves the willingness to look within and reveal the old perceptions, stories, fears, judgements and suffering, that keep us stuck. In this retreat, Ann-Marie will gently and lovingly support you through this process, as well as guiding various meditation, mindfulness, self-enquiry and prayer practises.

The basis of the facilitation will be from different spiritual modalities, including the non-dual teachings of A Course in Miracles, Byron Katie’s ‘The Work’ and Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. If you are seeking to deepen your spiritual practice and open more fully to the God of your own understanding, then do come and join Ann-Marie in the tranquil setting of Claridge House this springtime. Your true spirit is waiting to fly free!

Ann-Marie is passionate about supporting those she works with to find inner peace, authenticity and joy. She is a spiritual mentor, author, multi-faith minister, A Course in Miracles practitoner and meditation facilitator. Her greatest gift is to wholeheartedly support people on their spiritual awakening journey, back home to inner peace and self-love.

 

To find out a little more about Ann-Marie  Here is the link to her website event page https://ann-mariemarchant.co.uk/event/easter-retreat-awakening-the-light-within/

Residential price: £575.00
Non-residential price: £275.00

April 2024

Booking ID: 080424

If you feel the need of an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life, come and experience the tranquillity of Claridge House.

Residential price: £595.00

Booking ID: 110424

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Give yourself the gift of a half day away from all the stress
Mindfulness meditation techniques will be practised, formal sitting and deep relaxation - safely.
Mindfulness Meditation Morning Sample Programme


9.30 - Day participants arrive. Coffee Tea available
9.45 - Quiet time 15 minutes silence to arrive
10.00 - Short introductions of participants
Mindful Movement outside if possible
11.15 - Tea & Coffee with cake & biscuits
11.30 - Body relaxation – body scan
12.00 - Breath awareness practice
12.15 - Mind meditation - this can be walking meditation when possible/ guided meditation /
enquiry meditation
1.00 - Departures

Ask about the possibility addiing a delicious Claridge House vegetarian lunch  for only £12.50.

B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.

For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office
 on 01342 832150

Non-residential price: £35.00

Booking ID: 150424

Tutor: Lucinda Weis

Monday 15th April - Full day Spring Awakening workshop blending creativity and nature (please note new date)

So finally, the crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths have pushed through the wet, cold soil, heralding a return to warmer weather and the widespread awakening of nature. Time too for us human beings to open our hearts and our minds to the growth phase of the cycle of life.

 

Spring is perhaps the most unambiguous of the seasons. Who could not look forward to new beginnings, renewal, transformation and hope? As you observe through your senses the positive changes in the natural world -  birdsong and heady blossom fragrances filling the air, bright and bold colours emerging in the brown and green landscape, April showers and the warmer rays of the sun reaching more of your exposed skin as you begin to cast off winter layers - do you notice a quickening of your internal energy and your responses to the world around you and your place in it? Perhaps you are moving forwards with a new project, relationship or project? Or perhaps you are aware of simply feeling a lightness in your being and sensing an openness to new possibilities?

This Spring Awakening Workshop invites you to enter a space where you can explore and reflect on the new season as you experience it externally in nature and internally through your own body, mind and spirit. Spending time outdoors in Claridge House’s beautiful garden as well as indoors will support your exploration. You will be invited to share time, inspiration and nurture with others as you hear and create stories, work with stillness and movement, and express yourselves through imagery and art materials.

This is the third of four seasonal workshops (the last, Summer Flourishing takes place on Monday 15th July), but you do not need to have attended the preceding events. The workshop will be facilitated by Lucinda Weis, a creative arts psychotherapist who specialises in anxiety, trauma and loss (www.lucindaweis.com) and who has a passion for the healing and well-being relationship between humans and nature.

Positive feedback from previous participants includes: ‘being able to connect with like minded people’, ‘a chance to calm right down and refocus’, ‘welcoming / attractive / peaceful setting’, ‘being able to connect at a deeper level’, ‘fun’, and ‘excellent facilitation and sensitivity from Lucinda’. 

Non-residential price: £85.00

Booking ID: 200424

YOGA and the 36 Menopause Symptoms Workshop

Join us for a nourishing workshop in the company of like-minded women, dedicated to rejuvenating mind, body and spirit.  Our specially curated workshop will help you understand and take control of this sometimes confusing journey we know as menopause, to help you revitalise!

What to expect: Immerse yourself in our intimate Women`s Circle, creating a deep sense of connection.   Followed by a Menopause Yoga class with specific breathing exercises (menohack) to help deflate symptoms such as bloating, digestive issues and weight gain.  

In the afternoon, we will experience a nourishing introspective Yin Practice that will include Autosuggestion - a form of Self-Hypnosis incorporating focused breathing and conscious thinking.  Gain valuable lifestyle tips (menohack) for a better night`s sleep to help boost energy and confidence levels, ultimately combating fatigue-type symptoms and helping you reclaim your vitality!

Our time together will end with a beautiful Red String Ceremony, symbolising our bond as women who see and support each other.

Sign up for our specially curated Menopause Workshop which offers a comprehensive approach to enhancing well-being during this significant life transition.

About Sue Yen Wan: 

Sue Yen, a gifted yoga instructor with a thriving international career, now calls London home. Sue Yen`s dedication brings a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to empowering others on their journey of self-healing and holistic wellness.  Unpacking her own menopause has now focused her work on the delicate stage.

Sue Yen has authored ‘Yoga and the 36 Menopause Symptoms,` a holistic guidebook used in her teachers` training programs. Our workshop will be based on the practices in Sue Yen`s book, which you will receive a signed copy included in the workshop price

Non-residential price: £95.00

Booking ID: 220424

Tutor: Julia R Martin

This time of year brings renewal for the world, so we can leave the dull winter behind by painting neatiful spring flowers.

We will paint: Narcissi; Crocus; Snow Drops; Iris; Hellebore and Cyclamen.

 

This is a discounted mid-week 3-night course and runs Monday-Thurs.

Residential price: £490.00
Non-residential price: £250.00

Booking ID: 270424

Tutor: Angela Davies

Bach Remedies are a set of 38 flower based essences created by a medical doctor in the 1930`s.  They are natural, safe and suitable for everyone, even those on medication.  They gently lift us out of difficult emotional states so we can become more balanced.

A supportive, nurturing weekend to explore where you are in your life, 
mentally/emotionally, where you would like to be and how the remedies can support you in
moving forward. The remedies help us move out of difficult emotional states like stress, 
anxiety, depression, loneliness, etc.

You will make yourself a mixing bottle containing up to 7 remedies to use and take away – a combination unique to you.

This course is for complete beginners or those with some knowledge of the remedies.
Facing a challenge or dealing with an uncertain time?
Wonderfing how to move forward and what you need to let go of?

Explore where you`re at in a safe, confidential space with support and time for reflection.
Look at where you want to get to and make yourself a unique blend of 7 Bach Flower Remedies to bring balance, healing and confidence to move forward.  

Non-residential price: £80.00

Booking ID: 280424

Tutor: Tansy Dowman

🌿 Nature Connection for Neurodiversity: A Day of Self-Care Exploration 🌿

 Are you navigating the path of ADHD or ASD, or identifying as a highly sensitive person or empath? Join me for a unique one-day course where we`ll explore the ways Nature Connection can be a powerful tool in your self-care kit. As an Outdoor Life Coach and Nature Connection Guide with over 5 years of experience, I`ve personally witnessed the transformative impact of nature on neurodiversity.

 In 2021, at the age of 42, I was diagnosed with ADHD, and my journey of self-discovery led me to understand the incredible supportive connections between nature and neurodiversity. Nature Connection still remains one of my primary self-care practices and now, I`m excited to share this empowering tool with you.

 What to Expect: This relaxed yet stimulating day will help you understand how Nature Connection directly supports your health. Through hands-on exercises, we`ll tackle challenges such as sensory overload, emotional dysregulation, focus, attention, hyperactivity, and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD). Simple and practical tools will be provided to address each of these areas.

 Venue and Atmosphere: Join us at Claridge House, where we`ll flow between a welcoming lounge room and the serene garden. The day promises a supportive and inclusive environment, allowing you to connect with a circle of like-minded individuals on similar journeys. Refreshment breaks and lunch will provide lots of opportunities for conversation and relaxation. A quiet room is also available for those needing a moment of respite.

 Who Should Attend: This gathering is open to all women, non-binary individuals, and trans women who wish to come together in a spirit of unity and empowerment.

 Individuals diagnosed or self-diagnosed with ADHD, ASD, or other neurodiversities
Those seeking holistic support for neurodiversity
Those with Neurodivergent children who would like to learn holistic ways to support them
Individuals identifying as Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP)
Those just beginning to associate with ADHD or ASD, exploring ways to manage their well-being.
 

Come join us in exploring the healing power of nature and building a supportive community. Your journey to greater well-being begins with the embrace of your unique neurodiversity. 💚🌈

Note: This event is sensitively curated to be inclusive and non-prejudice, promoting a safe space for shared experiences.

Please book directly with Tansy - click on `view` for contact info

Non-residential price: TBC

May 2024

Booking ID: 030524

Tutor: Rosie Waters

Gentle, traditional yoga, focusing on using the breath to deepen and extend the body, mind and spirit.
Working meditatively, listening to our bodies and breath, using our inner resources to develop postures only as the body allows.
This style of Yoga is therefore suitable for all ages and levels of experience.

Residential price: £399.00
Non-residential price: £199.00

Booking ID: 060524

If you feel the need of an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life, come and experience the tranquillity of Claridge House.

Residential price: £595.00

Booking ID: 090524

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Give yourself the gift of a half day away from all the stress
Mindfulness meditation techniques will be practised, formal sitting and deep relaxation - safely.
Mindfulness Meditation Morning Sample Programme


9.30 - Day participants arrive. Coffee Tea available
9.45 - Quiet time 15 minutes silence to arrive
10.00 - Short introductions of participants
Mindful Movement outside if possible
11.15 - Tea & Coffee with cake & biscuits
11.30 - Body relaxation – body scan
12.00 - Breath awareness practice
12.15 - Mind meditation - this can be walking meditation when possible/ guided meditation /
enquiry meditation
1.00 - Departures

Ask about the possibility addiing a delicious Claridge House vegetarian lunch  for only £12.50.

B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.

For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office
 on 01342 832150

Non-residential price: £35.00

Booking ID: 310524

This weekend combines sound healing with Vocal TaiChi.  Vocal Tai Chi is a way of exploring the self through one`s relationship with the voice, engaging the body, breath and energy in a process of exploration and enquiry.  Through guided exercises, we will open the voice, listening and feeling into what emerges.  Sound healing practices, including resonant humming, toning and a relaxing soundbath will serve to balance, harmonise and integrate.  This begins a journey of deeper authenticity, higher expression and the flowing wholeness that is healing.  

All participants will receive a free pass to one of Alistair`s evening workshops and there will be a free online catch up and refresher a month after the retreat.

We will be focussing specifically on our energetic system and Chakras.  We will learn how sound is excellent at activating, clearing and shifting our energetic pathways, and how it can promote greater harmony, alignment and coherence within our entire energy system, and throughout every level of our being.

Residential price: £399.00
Non-residential price: £199.00

June 2024

Booking ID: 030624

If you feel the need of an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life, come and experience the tranquillity of Claridge House.

Residential price: £595.00

Booking ID: 060624

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Give yourself the gift of a half day away from all the stress
Mindfulness meditation techniques will be practised, formal sitting and deep relaxation - safely.
Mindfulness Meditation Morning Sample Programme


9.30 - Day participants arrive. Coffee Tea available
9.45 - Quiet time 15 minutes silence to arrive
10.00 - Short introductions of participants
Mindful Movement outside if possible
11.15 - Tea & Coffee with cake & biscuits
11.30 - Body relaxation – body scan
12.00 - Breath awareness practice
12.15 - Mind meditation - this can be walking meditation when possible/ guided meditation /
enquiry meditation
1.00 - Departures

Ask about the possibility addiing a delicious Claridge House vegetarian lunch  for only £12.50.

B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.

For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office
 on 01342 832150

Non-residential price: £35.00

Booking ID: 140624

To book contact Helen MacPherson / Andy Curtis-Payne on hmacpherson1@gmail.com

Retreat will include yoga practice, discussion and chanting. 

Focussing on `Yoganjalisaram` a composition by Sri T Krishnamacharya

Residential price: £260.00

Booking ID: 210624

Claridge House Hired For Private Group Stay With Bernadette King,

Residential price: TBC

Booking ID: 250624

Tutor: Letta Jones

Exporing very locally a range of plants and their communities, investigating our relationship with them and considering how we experience them inthe wider context of climate change.  

With gentle, slow waling, over very short distances, with plenty of standing and onbserving, we will explore communities of plants in the Claridge House Gardens and very locally on foot.  Our focus will be on enjoying the breadth and depth of the plant kingdom, rather than just identification (excluding fungi which are now studied separately).

If you are interested in plants, why they matter and would like to explore more, this is a course for you.

Please bring:

- A note book and pencil/electronic device and if you already have one, a hand lens

- Your favourite plant poem or short piece of prose to share on Wednesday evening

- Waterproof and hot weather clothing/sun hat/sun cream/strong non slip walking shoes (not sandals)

- epipen/medications as necessary for allergies

- any favourite plant books you already have to share

Letta Jones, MA, is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History who lectured at Birkbeck and Capel Manor Colleges in London for 15 years.

She has taught course at Glenthorne Quaker Centre in Grasmere for over 10 years, and at Woodbrooke until 2018.  The Quaker Botanists Panel in Kendal Museum is one of her special interests, and courses on this are also offered. 

This is one of our discounted mid-week courses running in 2024 - please book early!

Non-residential spaces available

Click on `view` for programme info  

Residential price: £340.00

July 2024

Booking ID: 010724

If you feel the need of an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life, come and experience the tranquillity of Claridge House.

Residential price: £595.00

Booking ID: 040724

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Give yourself the gift of a half day away from all the stress
Mindfulness meditation techniques will be practised, formal sitting and deep relaxation - safely.
Mindfulness Meditation Morning Sample Programme


9.30 - Day participants arrive. Coffee Tea available
9.45 - Quiet time 15 minutes silence to arrive
10.00 - Short introductions of participants
Mindful Movement outside if possible
11.15 - Tea & Coffee with cake & biscuits
11.30 - Body relaxation – body scan
12.00 - Breath awareness practice
12.15 - Mind meditation - this can be walking meditation when possible/ guided meditation /
enquiry meditation
1.00 - Departures

Ask about the possibility addiing a delicious Claridge House vegetarian lunch  for only £12.50.

B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.

For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office
 on 01342 832150

Non-residential price: £35.00

Booking ID: 050724

Come and learn the techniques you will need to put meditation into practice in your life.  A huge amount of research has proven the benefits.  It is good for body, mind and spirit.  The practices that will be offered are walking, classic sitting, breathing and relaxation.  You can be a complete beginner or use the course as a refresher.  

Follow up monthly mornings of meditation are offered at Claridge House on Thursdays and an online weekly Meditation Hour on a Wednesday early evening.  

Residential price: £399.00
Non-residential price: £199.00

Booking ID: 150724

If you`re looking for self-care for your mind, body and soul, the Going Out, Looking in group may be for you.

 

Offering you time to relax, be creative, discover something of who you are and have fun, the group will be held 4 times over the year following the cycles of the seasons.

You will spend time in the beautiful wild space outside as well as indoors, and be invited to reflect on and explore your personal connection to the different seasons through nature-inspired story, movement, artwork and stillness. 

 

The workshops are run by Lucinda Weis, a nature-inspired Arts Psychotherapist who loves sharing her passions for nature, store, creativity and mind, body, soul connections.

 

Lucinda Weis - Nature`s Embrace (Arts Therapy in Nature)

Dramatherapist (HCPC registered) and Clinical Supervisor

Non-residential price: £85.00

Booking ID: 180724

 

A day exploring how to make linocut prints. This popular technique enables you to print at home as no press needed. 

We will make a design, using the plants found in the garden as inspiration, cut a block and handprint our linocuts. 

No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to have a go!

Non-residential price: £85.00

Booking ID: 180724

 

The colour green is very important to our sense of wellbeing and mental equilibrium. It is well known that just being in green spaces can have uplifting and beneficial effects. 

 

In this workshop we will use the power of greenness as a potent means of stimulating writing. Through a series of tasks and writing exercises, we will find ways to write about the subject and will enjoy sharing our work with other people in a group of like-minded writers. You may write in poetry or prose as you wish.

 

No previous experience is necessary – novices and more experienced writers are very welcome to join us in this beautiful house and garden.  A Vegetarian/vegan lunch and refreshments are included in your fee.  House and garden are wheelchair friendly.

Non-residential price: £85.00

August 2024

Booking ID: 050824

If you feel the need of an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life, come and experience the tranquillity of Claridge House.

Residential price: £595.00

Booking ID: 080824

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Give yourself the gift of a half day away from all the stress
Mindfulness meditation techniques will be practised, formal sitting and deep relaxation - safely.
Mindfulness Meditation Morning Sample Programme


9.30 - Day participants arrive. Coffee Tea available
9.45 - Quiet time 15 minutes silence to arrive
10.00 - Short introductions of participants
Mindful Movement outside if possible
11.15 - Tea & Coffee with cake & biscuits
11.30 - Body relaxation – body scan
12.00 - Breath awareness practice
12.15 - Mind meditation - this can be walking meditation when possible/ guided meditation /
enquiry meditation
1.00 - Departures

Ask about the possibility addiing a delicious Claridge House vegetarian lunch  for only £12.50.

B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.

For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office
 on 01342 832150

Non-residential price: £35.00

Booking ID: 150824

Tutor: Leah Barnett

Over the weekend we`ll explore how the yoga practices can help calm a busy mind, soothe an agitated nervous system and connect with the ocean of peace which resides within.
We will use a combination of simple movements with breath to move energy safely through the body, nurturing breathing practices to pacify the mind, sound work to soothe the soul, deep relaxation (including yoga nidra) and quiet sitting (meditation) to help us move into stillness.
Suitable for everyone who enjoys gentle yoga, including those with energy issues such as ME/CFS/Long Covid.

Residential price: £575.00
Non-residential price: £288.00

Booking ID: 190824

This summer school is for all levels. 

- Beginners will need to choose an area of specialisation, either Calligraphy or Heraldic Art.

- Intermediate students choose between Heraldic Art, Calligraphy or Illumination.

This choice will determine the materials students will need to provide     SEE BELOW FOR MATERIAL LIST*  

If unsure, please email office for Gerald`s details to speak with him directly.     

No matter the experience, students will achieve 1 finished piece by the end of the week with much imput into student learning with specialised skills in practise AND theory in their chosen area of specialisation.

After graduating from Reigate School of Art and further studies in Vienna, Gerald Mynott FSSI embarked on an extraordinary career including as a trained Herald Painter at the College of Arms, Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers and Scriveners in the City of London and Head of Department at Reigate School of Art since 1997.  

This is Gerald`s 4th Summer School at Claridge House and you will be in very experienced hands.  

Workshops begin after breakfast throughout the day with breaks for meals, tea and cake etc.  

*List of materials - Beginners 

CALLIGRAPHY:

1. Quink Ink (black)

2. some Gouche paint

3. coloured inks

4. cartidge paper A1-A2

5. Fabriano `Artistica` (200gm) for finished work

6. Technical drawing tools

7. pencils

8. eraser

9. t-square

10. set square

11. mixing palette

12. william Mitchell nibs - round hand, set of 6 with pen holder (approx Ł10 from Hobbycraft)

13. A2 rachet drawing board - borrowed/online from scribblers.com or cassart.com

 

HERALDIC ART AND ILLUMINATION:

Gouache PAINTS in tubes, Windsor + Newton:

1. flame red

2. alizarin crimson

3. red ochre

4. yellow ochre

5. lemon yellow

6. cerulean blue

7. ultramarine blue

8. van dyke brown

9. viridian green

11. lamp black

12. permanent white

13. Gold

14. spectrum violet

 

1. Cartridge paper A2 pad (for practice)

2. Fabrianno Artistico 300g HP fine not surface (for finished work)

3. Sable Brushes - Winsor + Newton Series 7 no`s (sizes) 1 - 2 - 3 PLUS cheap brush for mixing colours (nylon)

4. pencils

5. eraser (soft and hard)

6. tracing and layout paper

7. technical drawing tools to include:- t.square - medium - large

8. set square

9. compass (medium size)

10. ruling pen

11. palettes for mixing

12. clothes for cleaning/jamjar

13. masking tape

14. cutting knife

15. jam jar

16. china palette (for mixing)

ILLUMINATION

17. Gold leaf

18.  Gesso-making materials

19.  Burnishers (choice of the individual learner)

20. Vellum calf skin

 Gerald can supplied slaked plaster

Residential price: £875.00
Non-residential price: £480.00

Booking ID: 260824

Training in practical healing for those interested in becoming a Quaker Spiritual Healer, enabling exploration of healing potential in a safe, supportive atmosphere. Experience is unnecessary, only a desire to help. Applicants should be sympathetic to Quaker values and attending a Quaker meeting regularly. Completion of the course is the first step towards a healing qualification and does not itself lead to full membership.

Residential price: £550.00

Booking ID: 300824

FFH Group Stay - private group - please contact cherry.simpkin@btinternet.com

September 2024

Booking ID: 020924

If you feel the need of an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life, come and experience the tranquillity of Claridge House.

Residential price: £595.00

Booking ID: 050924

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Give yourself the gift of a half day away from all the stress
Mindfulness meditation techniques will be practised, formal sitting and deep relaxation - safely.
Mindfulness Meditation Morning Sample Programme


9.30 - Day participants arrive. Coffee Tea available
9.45 - Quiet time 15 minutes silence to arrive
10.00 - Short introductions of participants
Mindful Movement outside if possible
11.15 - Tea & Coffee with cake & biscuits
11.30 - Body relaxation – body scan
12.00 - Breath awareness practice
12.15 - Mind meditation - this can be walking meditation when possible/ guided meditation /
enquiry meditation
1.00 - Departures

Ask about the possibility addiing a delicious Claridge House vegetarian lunch  for only £12.50.

B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.

For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office
 on 01342 832150

Non-residential price: £35.00

Booking ID: 130924

Tutor: Jennifer Kavanagh

What is prayer?

Many of us have a problem with the word, maybe the whole concept, of prayer.  This weekend will give us the opportunity to share what we feel about it and explore different types of prayer.  What is prayer?  Who or what do we pray to?  Does it work?

This workshop offers a rare opportunity to share something of our spiritual lives and practice.  We will consider how forms of collective and individual prayer in different traditions are reflected in our own spiritual practice, if we have one.  We will explore the practice of contemplative prayer and the possibility of an entire life lived as prayer.  Is prayer the same as worship?

We will spend the weekend as a community, with time in plenary, as well as sharing in pairs and groups.  These will be input, some readings, and time for solitary consideration. 

We will also use the Prayer card game as a tool of exploration.

Residential price: £399.00
Non-residential price: £199.00

Booking ID: 260924

September is on the cusp of seasonal change and in this workshop we will aim to capture what is happening in the natural world around us. By utilising the beautiful surroundings of house and garden we will aim to produce imaginative writing in poetry and prose (your choice).

 

Through a series of tasks and writing exercises, we will find ways to write about the subject and will enjoy sharing our work with other people in a group of like-minded writers

 

No previous previous experience is necessary – novices and more experienced writers are very welcome to join us in this beautiful house and garden.  A Vegetarian/vegan lunch and refreshments are included in your fee. House and garden are wheelchair friendly.

 

Non-residential price: £85.00

Booking ID: 270924

keziahthomas@hotmail.com

Residential price: TBC

October 2024

Booking ID: 031024

Tutor: Julia R Martin

In China the Pine Tree, Bamboo and Plum Blossom portray the ideal characteristics of ancient Scholars.

Representing hope, determination and perserverance in the face of adversity.

This is a 3-night weekend from Thurs to Sunday. Anyone who has been on Julia`s courses know you come away

with so much work as well as final works which are beautifully stamped.

Julia is very experienced tutor so it doesn`t matter what level you are, from total amateur to experienced,

you will always be astonished with what you achieve.

Residential price: £575.00
Non-residential price: £288.00

Booking ID: 071024

If you feel the need of an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life, come and experience the tranquillity of Claridge House.

Residential price: £595.00

Booking ID: 101024

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Give yourself the gift of a half day away from all the stress
Mindfulness meditation techniques will be practised, formal sitting and deep relaxation - safely.
Mindfulness Meditation Morning Sample Programme


9.30 - Day participants arrive. Coffee Tea available
9.45 - Quiet time 15 minutes silence to arrive
10.00 - Short introductions of participants
Mindful Movement outside if possible
11.15 - Tea & Coffee with cake & biscuits
11.30 - Body relaxation – body scan
12.00 - Breath awareness practice
12.15 - Mind meditation - this can be walking meditation when possible/ guided meditation /
enquiry meditation
1.00 - Departures

Ask about the possibility addiing a delicious Claridge House vegetarian lunch  for only £12.50.

B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.

For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office
 on 01342 832150

Non-residential price: £35.00

Booking ID: 171024

Using mindfulness meditative techniques, this totally silent retreat offers an opportunity to contemplate in the transition from autumn to winter the meaning of change, uncertainty and adjustment
Set in the time of year when we start to transit from autumn to winter, this retreat will enable us to go within and integrate change and all it means for us and go into a hibernatory period that is winter with clarity and equanimity.

This may be especially relevant in these ever changing times we are living in where we are asked to be more in a state of being than doing.

Anne Simpson, an experienced Course Facilitator and Quaker Healer, will be running this silent retreat.

Residential price: £575.00

November 2024

Booking ID: 011124

To book contact Jackie Dyson - www.jackiedyson.co.uk

Residential price: £260.00

Booking ID: 031124

If you feel the need of an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life, come and experience the tranquillity of Claridge House.

Residential price: £595.00

Booking ID: 071124

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Give yourself the gift of a half day away from all the stress
Mindfulness meditation techniques will be practised, formal sitting and deep relaxation - safely.
Mindfulness Meditation Morning Sample Programme


9.30 - Day participants arrive. Coffee Tea available
9.45 - Quiet time 15 minutes silence to arrive
10.00 - Short introductions of participants
Mindful Movement outside if possible
11.15 - Tea & Coffee with cake & biscuits
11.30 - Body relaxation – body scan
12.00 - Breath awareness practice
12.15 - Mind meditation - this can be walking meditation when possible/ guided meditation /
enquiry meditation
1.00 - Departures

Ask about the possibility addiing a delicious Claridge House vegetarian lunch  for only £12.50.

B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.

For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office
 on 01342 832150

Non-residential price: £35.00

Booking ID: 081124

The Alexander Technique is a learned skill which improves health, balance and co-ordination and is a practical approach to stress relief and mindful awareness.

Your body has to last a lifetime so it makes sense to learn how to use it well.  Lessons in the Alexander technique can improve your awareness, balance, mobility and quality of movement. They also reduce pain without drugs, help you stand taller without effort and improve your general functioning (for life!) This is a gentle introduction to the AT using explanation, demonstration, games and group activities to show the principles involved. The course gives you a taste of the Alexander technique and helpful tips to take away. It is suitable for beginners and anyone wishing to refresh their AT skills. This gently-paced course uses explanation, guided activities, discussion and lying down to explore the principles involved. Please wear comfortable clothing.

The course is led by Jill Payne, who teaches the Alexander Technique in Beckenham.

Residential price: £399.00
Non-residential price: £199.00

Booking ID: 151124

"Shibashi (meaning 18 in Mandarin and pronounced "sher baa sher") is a series of 18 energy-enhancing exercises that co-ordinate movement with breathing and concentration.

It is a gentle, beautiful and flowing Tai Chi Qigong exercise routine that is both a joy to do and deeply relaxing for people of any age.

The overall effect of the exercise is to reduce mental stress and physical tension carried in the muscles of the body.

This Qigong is very effective and easy to learn. It is practiced around the world by over 10 million people, and is considered a national health exercise in Malaysia and Indonesia."

The Tai-Chi Qigong 18 movements is the fusion of the slow and even movements of Tai-Chi with the strength of continuous breathing and meditation of Qigong to induce effective benefits for your body and mind. Physical and emotional problems are washed away in the increased flow of the life energy of Qi. In this set, one will be learning to improve the balance, co-ordination and flexibility of the body,  to produce increased stamina. In this set, there is more dynamic movement of the feet while standing. In case of any contraindications, please consult with your GP before enrolling.

 

Each set can be attended induvidually or enjoyed as part of a course.

 

Source: healthqigong.com.au

Residential price: £399.00
Non-residential price: £199.00

December 2024

Booking ID: 021224

If you feel the need of an escape from the hurly-burly of modern life, come and experience the tranquillity of Claridge House.

Residential price: £595.00

Booking ID: 051224

Tutor: Lina Newstead

Give yourself the gift of a half day away from all the stress
Mindfulness meditation techniques will be practised, formal sitting and deep relaxation - safely.
Mindfulness Meditation Morning Sample Programme


9.30 - Day participants arrive. Coffee Tea available
9.45 - Quiet time 15 minutes silence to arrive
10.00 - Short introductions of participants
Mindful Movement outside if possible
11.15 - Tea & Coffee with cake & biscuits
11.30 - Body relaxation – body scan
12.00 - Breath awareness practice
12.15 - Mind meditation - this can be walking meditation when possible/ guided meditation /
enquiry meditation
1.00 - Departures

Ask about the possibility addiing a delicious Claridge House vegetarian lunch  for only £12.50.

B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.

For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office
 on 01342 832150

Non-residential price: £35.00

Booking ID: 231224

Enjoy a quiet Christmas, away from the normal pressures. Relax, go for walks or play games. Gather for our daily Quiet Times. Come together to share favourite music, poetry and writings.

15% discount on second person sharing twin or double room.

Residential price: £850.00

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