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Fri, 09 Sept



Weekend Retreat - Beating Stress

This weekend retreat will help you manage your stress levels. Spend some time understanding what stress does to your body and mind, creatively explore how it is affecting you, spend some time in nature and in mindfulness, and share your experiences with others.

Weekend Retreat - Beating Stress

Time & Location

09 Sept, 18:00 – 11 Sept, 16:00

Lanehead, Lanehead, Bishop Auckland DL13 1AT, UK

About the Event

We all experience stress in our lives. Sometimes, however, it just doesn't seem to go away. It feels like we spend our lives rushing around, living moment by moment, without any real time to relax, slow down and just 'be'. 

As well as affecting you mentally and emotionally - perhaps you feel anxious or depressed, or tired all the time - stress also affects you physically, raising your blood pressure and cholesterol, and sending adrenalin and cortisol shooting around you. We were not built for chronic stress, but for short sharp stress responses. Evolution has not yet caught up with the changes to living in modern day society. 

On this weekend retreat, you will be enveloped in a supportive environment. We will help you understand what stress is, and how it is affecting your body. We will creatively journal and explore the effects of stress on your emotions, and where you would actually like to be. We employ mindful meditation and nature walks to soothe your soul. We leave you with tips and techniques to help you manage going forward. We also include some fun and laughter such as wine and cheese tasting.

This retreat is a small, friendly and down to earth way to take a break, check in with yourself and work out where you want to be and how to get there. 

The retreat will be small, friendly and personal in nature - laid back, welcoming and non-judgemental. It's a safe space to explore. The retreat is held at Hill Top Haven, a rural old farmer and miner's cottage in the middle of the rugged and beautiful North Pennines (AONB). (For pictures and map, see more at

I am a qualified coach and mindfulness teacher, with both training in and personal experience of the stress. I create a safe and supportive environment for you.

I have your best interests at heart, and will be seeking to have a conversation with each attendee, on booking.

There are three rooms available at Hill Top Haven - see below.

The maximum number of people on the retreat is 6, so if you'd like to book your own accommodation, and join us, that's no problem.

An important part of the retreat is the time we spend together, which is why everything is included.

If you do book your own accommodation, I would encourage you to have your meals with us.

1 double room in the main house  (can be a twin room if you have someone to share with)

1 double bed in the annex (Mandy's Cottage) (shared with single bedroom - bathroom, kitchen and living area)

1 single bed in the annex (Mandy's Cottage) (shared with the double bedroom - bathroom, kitchen and living area)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at





  • Retreat + Main House Room


    This 'ticket' is to book the retreat, where everything is included - and your stay in the ensuite room in the main house. This room can be made into a twin, where you can share the cost of the accomodation with a friend/family member. If you would like this, please contact me at The cost would then be £247.50




  • Retreat + Annex Double Room


    This 'ticket' is for the retreat, where everything is included, plus accommodation in the double room in the Annex