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Fri, 01 Jul



Weekend Retreat - Thriving with the Menopause

This weekend retreat will help you explore menopause a little better, and the effect it has on your body and mind. Learn what's "normal", share experiences, and explore your changing emotions through creative activities, mindfulness and nature. Discover ways of managing and minimising the effects.

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Weekend Retreat -  Thriving with the Menopause

Time & Location

01 Jul, 18:00 – 03 Jul, 15:00

Lanehead, Lanehead, Bishop Auckland DL13 1AT, UK

About the Event

The menopause, and the effect is has on women and on society in general is slowly starting to be talked about. Yet, despite the publicity, the books and the media, understanding our own menopause effects can seem like a minefield. Am I normal? Is something wrong with me? How can I get back to my old life? 

The menopause is more than just night sweats and hot flushes. It has physical effects, but also mental and emotional effects, such as anxiety and panic attacks. Do you know that your sense of smell and taste can change? That you can actually get cold flushes as well as hot flushes? 

Join me for a weekend retreat exploring the menopause and the effect it has on our bodies and minds. Share your experiences, learn about what is physically happening in our bodies, and explore your own feelings and emotions. 

We explore different ways of managing and minimising the effects of the menopause - both conventional and complementary.

We spend time creative journalling, we spend time in mindful contemplation and also go for walks in the outdoors. 

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

Over the course of the weekend (Friday 6pm - Sunday 4pm) we include a mixture of creative work, outdoor nature reflection and mindfulness. We explore what the menopause is and what is 'typical'. We explore how we are feeling, and what we might need to move forward in our grief journeys. We also include some fun and laughter such as wine and cheese tasting.

I am a qualified coach and mindfulness teacher, with both training in and personal experience of the menopause (I crashed into menopause after an operation at age 36). 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.

The rooms are closed to public booking, to keep us free for the retreat.

Accommodation takes the following forms:

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 accommodation with a friend/family member. If you would like this, please contact me at The cost would then be £330




  • Retreat + Annex Double Room


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