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Booking ID: 041223
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: 061223
Creative Writing and Yoga workshop
The Winter Solstic or Yule is a celebration of `Darkness and Light` and falls on the 22nd of December this year. It marks the beginning of wintre, a time to draw inwards, reflect and rest. It is the shortest day and the longest night but the solstice is also a celebration of the Sun and the promise of renewal for the New Year ahead. I would love you to join me for some winter writing inspired by images, poetry and music.
Kate has practised and studied yoga for over thirty years and holds a BWY Diploma and is registered as a teacher with TSYP and as a Yoga Therapist with the British Council of Yoga Therapy. Kate is a teacher of English Literature and is currently working with young adults with learning difficulties at a Performing Arts College. Also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing and is currently writing a memoir.
Non-residential price: £35.00
Booking ID: 071223
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 Centre in Egyptian posture 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 £10.
B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight.
For further information or to book a place please speak directly with someone at the office on 01342 832150
Booking ID: 161223
Booking ID: 231223
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
Booking ID: 271223
Claridge House is offering 3 nights of calm inbetween Christmas and New Year Eve. Time to find stillness between the busy-ness of the Festive Season and recharge with delicious, nutritious, healthy food. Minimum of a 2 night* stay.
However, IF you are already booked onto Christmas/New Years Eve retreat you are welcome to extend your stay for 1 night* to maximise your stay, dodge public transport issues etc.
This is Full Board Personal Retreat.
* please contact office if you require less than 3 night option.
Residential price: £450.00
Booking ID: 281223
Creative collage is a thoughtful, enjoyable experience.
Followed by Meditation
Theme is - New Year, New Inspirations
Please join us for lunch at 1pm for an £12.50 to extend your time at Claridge House
BnB available pre- and/or post course. Please contact office regarding availability - email email@example.com or call the office 01342 832150
Non-residential price: £20.00
Booking ID: 301223
A three-night vegan kickstart to Veganuary mixed up with an introduction to Hedge Shamanism with Sarah Fox
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Booking ID: 110124
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
B&B maybe available if you wish to stay overnight pre- and/or post 1/2 day.
Booking ID: 120124
Please join us for a new beginning in every sense of the word as we release the weight of both past and future and be Present together in the heart and now. Join us for a magical few days that will set the course for a wonderful 2024.
The new moon phase is a more introspective time and represents new beginnings as we plant seeds for the future. It`s a good time to set clear intentions for the month and year ahead, clarify for your goals, start new projects and acknowledge your growth since the previous new moon.
NEW BEGINNINGS FOR A LIGHTER START TO 2024
Residential price: £399.00Non-residential price: £199.00
Booking ID: 180124
`In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.` - Ben Aaronovitch, Broken Homes
In the winter, the daylight hours are limited, most creatures have flown to warmer climes, are hibernating or are doing their best to survive the harsher conditions and most plant growth has come to a halt. For the natural world this is a time of slowing down, withdrawing inwards and conserving energy to prepare for a new start in spring.
In the human world, we often regard winter as a time to be endured. With the busyness and the excitement of the Christmas festive period behind us, we stumble into the New Year struggling with the short hours of daylight, grey, cloud heavy skies, the incessant rain and cold temperatures that keep us inside and longing for the lengthening days and the first signs of spring to appear. What however if we were to embrace the slower, more internally focused energy of winter? If we could allow ourselves to enter our inner worlds more fully, and hour our need for stillness, reflection and creativity?
Lucinda Weis - Nature`s Embrace (Arts Therapy in Nature)
Dramatherapist (HCPC registered) and Clinical Supervisor
Non-residential price: £40.00
Booking ID: 240124
Join Forest Bathing and Mindful Movement Guide, Tansy Dowman for a blissful morning of grounding QiGong and Forest Bathing that will soothe your nervous system and awaken a sense of wonder within you.
This wonderful 3-hour workshop includes a 50-minute gentle QiGong session followed by some deeply tranquid Forest Bathing in our magical garden (weather permitting). This workshop is suitable for all levels and complete beginners.
The workshop finishes with herbal and wild teas, snacks and a closing reflection and gratitude circle.
On optional lunch can be added to enjoy after the workshop - advance notice required.
Places are limited
Tansy is delighted to combine these 2 passions to offer a beautiful morning that will leave you feeling deeply grounded, calm and at peace with yourself and the Nature around you.
You will discover that QiGong and forest Bathing have beautiful similarities and synergies that work wonderfully together.
Booking ID: 260124
To book please contact Lisa directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking ID: 050224
Booking ID: 080224
Booking ID: 090224
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.
Booking ID: 160224
A weekend of yoga and creativity using nature`s materials found in the garden or on nearby.
A guided walk (depending on the weather) to deeply immerse into nature
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True yoga is for everyone, irrespective of age, gender, belief systennn, cultural background, experience or ability. Yoga offers a broad range of tools that can be tailored by a skilled teacher to suit the unique needs of each individual student, in order to enhance well-being and maintain or restore health. Most significantly yoga can empower you to help yourself.
Kate Matthews has practised and studied yoga for over thirty years and holds a BWY Diploma. She is also registered as a teacher with TSYP* and as a Yoga Therapist with the British Council of Yoga Therapy. Kate is a teacher of English Literature and is currently working with young adults with learning difficulties at a performing arts college. She also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing and is currently writing a memoir.
*The Society of Yoga Practitioners (TSYP) is dedicated to continuing the teachings of Prof T Krishnamaharya and TKV Desikachar and is one of a very few training organisations in the UK which currently fulfils the National Occupational Standard for Yoga Therapy. Yoga, as taught in this tradition, uses the entire range of yoga tools; personalised yoga practises evolved for general needs or personal development, group classes with a specific focus that provide individual attention and carer, and yoga therapy that utilises an integrative approach which is complementary to other healing modalities.
Booking ID: 230224
Shibashi - which means 18 in Mandarin and is 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."
Set 1 will be covered this weekend. Learning this Set will be improve your health by loosening your muscles and strengthening your joints. It will rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. By helping you to control your emotions and reduce your stress, it will improve your concentration and intuitive abilities.
Andrei is a former black belt martial artist who now focuses breathing and energy exercises. With many years of training experience he has now introduced the concepts into business environments
Booking ID: 010324
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. Vegetarian super foods will nurture the body and tips on how to raise your energy levels will be on the menu!
This course is suitable for those with long Covid or other fatigue issues.
Booking ID: 040324
Booking ID: 070324
Booking ID: 150324
Please contact/email the office to book onto this course - email@example.com
In these times of great change we become aware of a universal truth in the Eastern philosophies is that Life is Change; yet the human condition hates uncertainty and as a result stress and dis-ease can be precipitated by the unexpected.
Booking ID: 220324
Leader: Jen Larner
Dancing in a circle is traditional in many countries to mark special occassions, and to strengthen communities. Modern circle dance draws on the rich and diverse traditional dances of many countries. There is also a growing repertoire of new dances to classical music and contemporary songs.
Come and share the joy of dancing - some energetic, some reflective - to lovely world music.
Booking ID: 290324
Please see https://yogawithdivya.co.uk to book or more information
Residential price: TBC
Booking ID: 080424
Booking ID: 110424
Booking ID: 180424
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 The first session back in October was highly regarded so we are really looking forward to Lucinda`s return for her Spring themed morning.
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.
Booking ID: 220424
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: £490.00Non-residential price: £250.00
Booking ID: 270424
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.
Non-residential price: £80.00
Booking ID: 030524
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.
Booking ID: 060524
Booking ID: 090524
Booking ID: 030624
Booking ID: 060624
Booking ID: 100624
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: £490.00
Booking ID: 140624
To book contact Helen MacPherson / Andy Curtis-Payne on firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
Booking ID: 250624
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.
- 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
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Residential price: £340.00
Booking ID: 010724
Booking ID: 040724
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.
Booking ID: 180724
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.
Booking ID: 050824
Booking ID: 080824
Booking ID: 150824
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: £575.00Non-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.
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.
Residential price: £875.00Non-residential price: £480.00
Booking ID: 020924
Booking ID: 050924
Booking ID: 130924
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.
Booking ID: 200924
"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."
Set 3 will be covered this weekend for beginners.
Learning the practice of Set 3 will be training the coordination of the individual`s body with the breath, known as the harmonisation of the inner and outer energy, will be cultivating physical stillness and/or conscious (deliberate) movement designed to produce relaxation or releasing of muscular tension combined with special breathing techniques. Also, it will bring the health benefits of being relaxed, an increase in connection to your legs, spine, arms and head, increased stamina, ability and health and regulation of blood pressure
Each set can be attended induvidually or enjoyed as part of three set course.
Booking ID: 270924
Booking ID: 031024
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.
Booking ID: 071024
Booking ID: 101024
Booking ID: 171024
Residential price: £575.00
Booking ID: 011124
To book contact Jackie Dyson - www.jackiedyson.co.uk
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Booking ID: 081124
Booking ID: 021224
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November & Dec COURSES
Including more 1/2 day and full day courses
Sound Coherence & Vocal Tai Chi
Fri 1st -Sunday 3rd Dec
with Alistair Smith
Half Day Creative Writing & Yoga Workshop
with Kate Matthews
Wed 6th Dec
Half Day Mindfulness Meditation
With Lina Newstead
Thur 7th Dec
Christmas Open House
Sat 16th Dec 10-12pm
Welcome, kindness and generosity of the Claridge House teamâ€¦ They were wonderful and the meals were EXCEPTIONALLY good! We were incredibly well looked after.
We would not hesitate to return... everyone has fallen in love with this place - it is truly a healing environment
Returning to Claridge House after the pandemic pause, everything inside has changed.
And yet ... paradoxically, nothing has changed.
The House`s natural rhythm of life remains as steadfast as ever. Providing warmth, loving understanding and care, central one`s health and wellbeing! KB Oct 2022
Just a little note of thanks for a wonderful time this past week on a personal retreat. Your kindness helped me to ease back into `real life` after the past two years of isolation. I hope to see you all again soon. JC Mar 2022
Wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone for welcoming me into Claridge House and looking after me. I`ve had such a wonderful and peaceful time here. This time has helped me more than you know. Will definitely come back again :) MM Apr 2022
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