About Bonhays Retreat Centre
Bonhays is a beautiful eco-retreat centre, nestled in the hills of West Dorset, between Bridport and Lyme Regis and just two miles from the sea. The setting is secluded and peaceful, surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Set around a central courtyard with the soft curves of the straw buildings and the hills beyond, there is quiet and stillness here. Bonhays has lovely communal areas to relax and chat in as well as many peaceful and secluded spots for quiet and reflection. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool.
The coast and beaches are just two miles away if you want to get a dose of sea air and enjoy a beach walk or you may simply want to enjoy a peaceful moment on the decking and watch the sunset, swim peacefully in the pool, share wonderful meals in the conservatory, practice yoga and meditation; be and rejuvenate.
The chef at Bonhays, sources organic ingredients locally and produces lovely looking, healthy and very tasty food. All the food is vegetarian.
The daily programme
There will be a yoga class with Catherine on Monday evening at 5pm and yoga nidra after dinner. On the following days there will be two yoga classes, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon, which will include meditation and breathwork. There will also be plenty of time to walk, rest, relax or take a dip in the pool or even the sea. There will be a yoga class on Thursday morning before breakfast and goodbyes.
Accommodation at Bonhays
Single, shared twin or double rooms are available. Bathrooms, shower and toilet facilities are shared.
There is also a charming shepherd's hut set in a quiet corner looking up the Marshwood Valley. The hut has a double bed, electricity and is fully insulated. The hut also has an outside tap and access to shared bathroom facilities closeby.
Camping with your own tent or camper van is also an option.
I had a wonderful weekend! Everything was perfect. My accommodation in the shepherd's hut was cosy and quirky and felt like a complete treat. I was just so happy to be looked after, in a lovely setting and introduced for the first time to the concept of a relaxing yoga break.Harriet
A big thank you to Catherine – what an incredible yoga teacher! I’ve woken this morning and the Scaravelli yoga retreat now seems like a colourful dream, the kind that stays with you long after you wake up. We were asked to move with subtlety, and at the same time constantly challenged to work hard. All of our sessions were fun, some felt wonderfully random, but by the end of the retreat, I thought to myself, everything made sense as a perfect whole. I’ve taken with me many body memories, not least a new awareness of particular parts of my spine!Charlotte
I had the most wonderful weekend thank you...so much. Really nourishing. The Scaravelli yoga was magical, inspiring and it has given me a whole different perspective – I really enjoyed it, and so did my body, it was a wonderful experience.Emily
Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. It was exactly what the doctor ordered! I live a fairly hectic life so to take a whole weekend for myself to relax, unwind and get a new sense of perspective was much needed and it felt so good. The best part is that I have carried that sense of peace, awareness and control that we blossomed over the weekend back home to the 'real world'. Life is good!Tom
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Mid week yoga retreat on the Dorset coast, UK, 18 - 21 July 2022
Twin bunk bed room £460
Twin room £470
Double room for a couple sharing £470
Single occupancy room £530
Shepherd's hut single occupancy £530
Camping with own tent or camper van £435
Bathrooms, shower and toilet facilities are shared.
The cost is per person and includes your accommodation, daily meditation and all yoga classes. Delicious homemade vegetarian food. Massage treatments are available at an additional cost.
Arrival on Monday 18 July 2022 is from 3pm onwards and the first yoga class will be at approx 5pm. We will finish after breakfast at 10am on Thursday 21 July.
Address: Bonhays Farm, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset DT6 6RF
Axminster Station is on the line from Waterloo to Exeter, with buses from the station to Morcombelake (a 20 min downhill walk for the adventurous or it is easy to book a taxi, which we would recommend).
Axminster Taxis 01297 34000
BJ Taxis 01297 35007
A local bus is also available that stops in Morcombelake (a 20 min downhill walk).