Yoga, Mindfulness, Walking May Bank Holiday 2019
Lake District Retreat
Friday May 3rd – Monday 6th May 2019


This retreat combines yoga, mindfulness, walking and creativity, and is designed to help you relax, stretch and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul, and revive you at many levels as a human being. Take a break from your busy life and join us for a wonderful long bank holiday weekend in the beautiful, majestic Lake District. There are 3 long walks, 4 yoga sessions and plenty more on the timetable to really pamper yourself.


Glenthorne is a beautiful house in Grasmere. It has a relaxed welcoming atmosphere, comfortable accommodation, and delicious home-cooked meals in stunning surroundings. Located within 2 minutes walk of the centre of Grasmere village on the road towards Easedale Tarn, it is ideal for walkers of all levels. The house is surrounded by spacious gardens – ideal for relaxing while enjoying stunning views towards Helm Crag and Silver How.





See here for full programme.

The weekend will include four 90-minute yoga classes taught by yoga teacher, Sherin Shefik, who will teach vinyasa flow yoga, infused with yin and restorative yoga. The classes are suitable for all levels. Each class will be designed around one of four natural elements: earth (grounding), air (opening), fire (igniting) and water (letting go). There will also be Yoga Nidra session with Deborah Wharton, an iRest practitioner.

Earth Water Fire Air image

There are numerous mindfulness meditations, practices and discussions, which will be led by mindfulness teachers Deborah Wharton and Shenel Shefik. There will be other diverse and exciting activities on the programme too, a poetry workshop (where you will get to try your hand at writing a poem), mindful dance (you might be given a blind-fold!), and a life coaching workshop. There is an excellent local practitioner of massage and reflexology and she can be booked in advance or on site for additional cost.

There will be 2 walks of moderate skill level of 4/5 miles with a picnic lunch provided. They will be about 2.5 hours long and will explore the hills and lakes of the local area. There is also an optional walk on Monday before you leave, where we intend to finish in a local pub for lunch. This lunch is not included in the cost and is optional. Nigel Harding – our walking guide – has walked the Lake District hills, valleys and lakes for many, many years and he will be accompanied by his two very friendly dogs, Bracken and Coco, both poodle cross breeds.

The variety and fullness of this programme means that there is something for everyone, whether you come alone or with your partner or friends/family. All sessions are, of course, optional so you can pick and choose as you flow through the weekend.



  • Sherin Shefik – Yoga Teacher

Sherin has been practicing yoga regularly for over 15 years. She teaches vinyasa flow and yin yoga, but incorporates other styles of yoga too, such as restorative and hatha yoga. Her aim is to teach classes from the heart, combining flowing yang sections to funky music with gentle yin sections to spiritual music that encourage a deep sense of nurturing. She aims to establish connection between the mind and body, and enjoys giving students the freedom to listen to their own bodies. Yoga is one of her greatest joys, which has merged with her love of creative arts, nature, poetry, mindfulness, philosophy, and the cosmic universe. Classes are suitable for all levels.

  • Deborah Wharton – Mindfulness Teacher and Coach

Deborah teaches mindfulness wellbeing and coaches small groups of busy professionals. She is a qualified coach and mindfulness practitioner.

  • Shenel Shefik – Qualified Teacher and Mindfulness Facilitator

Shenel is an education specialist who has successfully transformed psychology departments in numerous schools. By focusing on the wellbeing of her pupils and incorporating mindfulness  in all her teachings, her students have flourished.





  • Two minutes walk from quaint and chic Grasmere with it’s many quality gift and book shops, a garden centre, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants.
  • Grasmere church, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, are open to the public interested in Wordsworth and his life in the lakes, and are only a short distance from Glenthorne.
  • Walks, both guided or independent, are numerous and start from right outside the front door. Maps may be borrowed from the guest house.
  • If travelling by rail, the nearest rail station is at Windermere. Catch the No 555 or the 599 bus from the station to Grasmere centre (approx 30 mins). From the bus stop walk back a few metres (opposite the book shop) and turn right up Easedale Road. Glenthorne is 300M up the slight hill; we are the first major building on the left. Car park at the rear. Local taxi Service 015394 35506.



Glenthorne offers a wide range of accommodation: double, twin, single and family rooms, the majority of which are en-suite; all are simply and comfortably furnished. Most rooms have access to free Wi-Fi. A comfortable lounge and sun room is a place to relax where afternoon tea and cake is served, with tea and coffee facilities available throughout the day.


Cost for Full Bank Holiday

Friday from 3.30pm until Monday 11am – 3 nights, 3 breakfasts, 3 evening meals, 2 packed lunches, plus all activities included £400.

£50 single supplement if occupying a twin or double room.

Contact and Booking details

Please email to book a place, or call 07881842861 to discuss available rooms and prices. A booking form will then be sent to you.


We look forward to a wonderful bank holiday weekend with you.

Deborah, Sherin and Shenel