Yoga, Mindfulness, Creativity and Countryside Walking

11-13 August 2017

St Katharine’s, Oxfordshire


This weekend retreat combines yoga, mindfulness and countryside walking in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, just 30 minutes by train from London. Yoga classes will be flowing vinyasa sequences, suitable for all levels. There will be numerous mindfulness meditations, and other exciting activities, such as countryside walks, yoga nidra, poetry readings, mindful dance, and a goal setting workshop. The weekend will rejuvenate your body, mind and soul, and revive you at many levels as a human being.



The weekend will include four 90-minute yoga classes taught by Sherin Shefik, who will mainly teach vinyasa flow yoga, but also combines lots of different styles of yoga into her teaching, (including yin, restorative, hatha, astanga, acro and partner 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). Click here for more information about how the natural elements will be incorporated into the classes.

There are numerous mindfulness meditations, practices and discussions, as well as yoga nidra, which will be led by mindfulness teachers Deborah Wharton and Shenel Shefik. There will be other diverse and exciting activities on the programme too, including beautiful countryside walks, poetry workshops (where you will get to try your hand at writing a poem), mindful dance (you might be given a blind-fold!), and a goal setting workshop. We have a qualified walk leader for countryside walks, and an excellent local practitioner of massage and reflexology can be booked in advance or on site for additional cost.

All sessions are, of course, optional so you can pick and choose as you flow through the weekend.

The weekend starts at 10am on Friday morning and ends at noon on Sunday.

We also offer the following alternatives: short weekend (from 6pm on Friday to noon on Sunday), Friday day retreat (from 10am until 5:30pm), and Saturday day retreat (from 10am until 5:30pm).

See link to full timetable here: August 2017 Programme


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The vegetarian dining is fantastic and is praised for its tasty, versatile menus. Head cook, Jo Hartley, believes in using fresh, local ingredients wherever possible.  Seasonal fruit and vegetables, including herbs, often come from the walled vegetable garden. All dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Tea and coffee facilities are available all day, and healthy snacks and homemade cakes will be served during the day.


Location and travel

The location is in the heart of the beautiful Chilterns near the buzzing market town of Marlow on the River Thames. It is approximately 30 minutes by train from London Marylebone station, and costs approximately £23 return. We can arrange shared taxis from the station to the venue, which is approximately 7 miles away, and costs about £5-10 per person. If you prefer to drive, there are plenty of parking spaces at the venue, and it is just off junction 4 of the M40.


The Facilitators


  • Sherin Shefik – Yoga Teacher

Sherin has been practicing yoga regularly for over 15 years. She teaches vinyasa flow yoga, but also incorporates lots of different styles of yoga, including yin, restorative, hatha, astanga, acro and partner yoga. Her aim is to teach flowing classes from the heart, to funky and spiritual music, whilst also incorporating soft and gentle sections 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. See the Yoga Deva Facebook page for more info.


  • 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 head of psychology at a successful London school and incorporates mindfulness in her teachings.


  • Debbie Lawrence – Holistic Therapist

Debbie is available for massage and reiki healing sessions. This will be an additional cost ranging from £25 -£60.


  • Nigel Harding – Qualified walk leader



There are 13 guest bedrooms in St. Katharine’s main house:  2 ensuite doubles and 9 ensuite twin-bedded rooms, plus two single rooms with toilet and hand-basin (there are two bathrooms nearby).  Room rates vary according to the type of room and whether or not it is shared. There is an additional annexe, called St Joseph’s, which has more basic accommodation for 12 people with shared bathrooms. The rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. We may be able to accommodate dogs too – but please ask first.


Costs – full weekend – per person

The full weekend starts at 10am on Friday morning and ends at noon on Sunday. The prices are fully inclusive of accommodation, food, drinks and all activities.

  • £400 for shared twin/double ensuite, or single with no ensuite (only two available)
  • £475 for single room with ensuite 

Costs – short weekend and day retreats – per person

We also offer the following alternatives:

  • £325 (or £400 for single ensuite supplement) for short weekend from 6pm on Friday to noon on Sunday
  • £75 for Friday Day retreat from 10am until 5:30pm (includes lunch and afternoon tea)
  • £75 for Saturday Day Retreat from 10am until 5:30pm (includes lunch and afternoon tea)


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. A deposit of £75 is required to secure a place, with the final payment required a month before the retreat start date.


We look forward to a wonderful, restful and soulful weekend with you.


Sherin, Deborah and Shenel