2020…what will you be doing on the 10th January?

The launch of our Friday Afternoon Retreat is fast approaching…

This is quite a unique retreat…taking place in a private studio, set in beautiful rural landscape on the outskirts of Henley In Arden.

Small, bespoke and all things wellbeing to draw a line under the week and start the weekend feeling rested, recharged and ready to go…after all aren’t weekends there to be enjoyed full!?

Exciting Times…Retreat, Retreat!!!

We do Retreats in all shapes and sizes!

This year has seen many new opportunities and developments at coachgenie.uk in particular, our ‘Wellbeing Through Nature’ Retreats and programmes, which have blossomed.

May and September we had fun in the South of France at our Spring and Autumn Retreats. Our groups enjoyed the beautiful open natural spaces, Mindfulness in abundance- breath sessions,yoga movement and meditation, Tai Chi Qigong bringing in the start of each morning and re-wilding their senses in the nearby woodlands. Lots of fun and laughter and of course great food…our running theme as we are foodie lovers too!

Our latest Retreat….SEPT 11th 2020… Join us for 7 nights in the SOUTH WEST PORTUGAL! learn all about it in our next blog…coming very soon 🙂

Working in partnership with Experience Nature Tours

Beautiful Lakeside setting
Mindfulness Yoga on the pontoon…amazing!

We know that its not always possible to jet off for a long weekend or week , so we have created hour long, half day & day retreats too.

Soon to launch on the 8th December…a Sunday Morning Retreat to recharge and restore, getting you ready for the week ahead. We start in the lovely Earlswood Village Hall… Tai Chi Qigong/Mindfulness, a cuppa and then out into the beauty of the Earlswood countryside for an optional local walk to blast those winter blues away!

NEW YEAR- January 2020 will be the launch of our Friday Afternoon Retreat in Henley In Arden at the wonderful, peaceful setting of Salveo studios…a bespoke Retreat, 75mins of pure relaxation for mind, body and soul…learn more as this unfolds over the next few weeks.

Whether you’re travelling alone, in a group of family or friends , or organising something for work…learn more about our Retreats by dropping us a line at hello@coachgenie.uk or call 07763 632176

My ‘Wellbeing Through Nature’ article published…

Those that know me, appreciate how passionate I am about all things ‘flora and fauna, but especially how nature improves or enhances our mental wellbeing. I’ve been researching this for the past few years, taken part in it, and enjoy running various programmes and workshops on it. Sharing my professional knowledge and experience with individuals, groups and organisations to support their mental wellbeing and create awareness for the simply pleasure of nature…whatever the season is wonderful.

I was delighted to write an article on this topic to be published in the Birdwatchers Year book 2020, their 40th anniversary edition 🙂

Just back from our Spring Wellbeing Retreat-Southern France

We have just returned back from our Spring Wellbeing Retreat in France…restoring mind, body and soul!

What did our group think?…

‘I felt so relaxed on this weekend , able to unwind in my own time and no expectations or pressure to do anything that didn’t suit me…I will take so much back with me from the learning…I feel able to face some of my challenges’

‘a very streamlined journey from UK through to the short transfer in France…admiring the changing, wonderful landscape’

‘the personal attention from our host, Wendy, made you feel immediately comfortable, the sessions had such a positive impact …she made sure that all my requirements were met and certainly went the extra mile…inspiring ’

‘time to gather my thoughts and off load my mental baggage…revitalised my mind and tired body…feel so motivated to start making realistic changes… ’

‘entering our accommodation…a sense of peace and calm radiated from this rustic beauty, its grandeur is quite breathtaking…lovely, comfortable ,tasteful, ensuite bedrooms…so much space…’

‘Enjoyable meal times… great food shared together, with a homely feel for breakfast and outdoor seating options… dinner at an elegant and rustic 14 seater…simple, relaxed and very nice!’    

‘the views are stunning…looking out upon the lake with an abundance of wildlife and just beyond a lovely leafy woodland…a place for every form of relaxation…lovely heated swimming pool to reading or lounging on the sun terraces for a reviving cuppa-perfect’

‘super walks, in pretty location was food for the soul, sessions were amazing- I slept so well and learnt such a lot to take home to continue… tranquillity is guaranteed, certainly recommend it’ 

We have a few places left for our September Wellbeing Retreat… interested? call or email us today to learn more.

So if life feels like its racing ahead, out of control and you just want to press pause, take a deep breath, gather yourself-mind and body, refocus, re-energise, re-evaluate, re-charge…develop a new perspective for coping with …

  • stress
  • anxious times
  • bouts of sleep disruption
  • burnout
  • loss of ‘mojo’
  • menopause symptom disruption 
  • simply wish to kick start something new or a change in life

join us on this Wellbeing Retreat and get YOU back on track!

Day & evening Mindfulness sessions  (Indoors and outside in our beautiful, private ,rural setting)

Work with our Coach to kick start something you have been putting off-maybe diet, career, health & fitness, confidence

Guided walks-lakeside and woodlands incl. Nature & Birdwatching

You can leave armed with an action plan, toolkit of new skills and of course oodles of feel good factor!  

There is ample time to focus on just you…de-stress, unwind, learn how to develop deep relaxation to restore mind & body and feel energised , restored and happy!

Mindfulness through Nature Retreat…enjoy Spring or Autumn in the foothills of the French Pyrenees

If you love being outside with nature and are curious about Mindfulness and its wellbeing benefits, then this could be the perfect Retreat for you!

Our Mindfulness through Nature Retreat is something a little different and certainly unique with its offering. We blend professionally Mindfulness sessions with a perfect, tranquil  setting, luxurious , exclusive  accommodation, superb food  and company. A carefully crafted, 4 day, 3 night stay that oozes wellbeing, relaxation and of course laughter.

Everything is taken care of to provide a totally stress free stay, from the moment you are collected at the airport to when you are dropped back for your return, you can simple relax ,switch off, and  enjoy!

We have planned out a wonderful mix of Mindfulness sessions- indoors and out, to enjoy the full benefit of our glorious location, private grounds, lakeside views and woodlands. These sessions will explore the many wonders of mindfulness practice and there will be an information pack to take home. We also offer an optional coaching session for each person to explore if they wish.

In addition to our sessions there we will be local guided walks plus guided birdwatching by Experience Natures birding guru -Ashley Grove, to ensure we take full advantage of this rural setting.

Of course we could not bring you to this amazing part of the country, steeped in culture and wine history without taking you to experience an artisan winemaker at work. We have created a short afternoon’s delight in beautiful vineyards with our expert guide Wendy from Vin en Vacances.

So join us…all are welcome- single travellers, friends, couples…. If your partner, spouse, friend would like to join you at the retreat to simply enjoy the weekend, food and company without being involved in our sessions/activities, this is possible at a discounted rate.

What’s included:

-A mixture of eight Mindfulness sessions held mostly outdoors, bespoke to the requirements of each small group.

-Guided walks-woodland and lake

-Guided Birdwatching-identifing local birds and wildlife

-Exclusive and spacious accommodation for our small group, offering extensive private grounds and heating pool-Certificate of Excellence award 2018 (Trip Advisor) 

-Airport transfers to our accommodation

-Bespoke wine and history tour, incl. wine tasting

-Our own In- house cook, providing freshly made food (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) Soft drinks throughout @day

-Bikes available to use for local cycling

Spring (FULL) Autumn September 20th-23rd 2019

For our full itinerary please contact us at hello@coachgenie.uk or if you would like more information please contact 07763 632176

Costs: £895 (flights not incl. approx £60 pp) Single Person supplement £175 may apply. Our special rate for those not attending sessions/guided walks (but joining  someone that is) £695 (flights not incl. approx £60pp)

January 2019… what a good time to start a Mindfulness class!

New Year Mindfulness classes…taking care of our minds 🙂

Post Christmas and festive chaos, possibly resolutions being crafted or maybe feeling those winter blues seeping in or overwhelmed to be heading back to a busy workload…

Many of us take to the gym, training our bodies but rarely give time for our minds wellbeing…and whilst we know that exercise is a big player in supporting mental health it doesn’t often offer building blocks and tools for developing long term resilience or coping mechanisms.

Building mental resilience is equally as important as our physical needs, though, as highlighted in current media and research , mental wellbeing is normally last on our priority list until  something goes wrong and we start to struggle.  Learn more about mindfulness

So join us and experience the benefits of this centuries old practice, proven to support mental wellbeing. No experience required, no special clothing or equipment needed-hence why we are also running a lunchtime session to support ‘staff on the hop‘.

We will be using the lovely studio facilities at The Pilates Studio-Becketts Farm and you will be guided by our professional and accredited Mindfulness Teacher.

To learn more or to book a space please contact us directly at hello@coachgenie.uk or via our contact page  If you would like this brought to your workforce or group , contact us to arrange a chat.

Dates in the 2019 diary so far…Tuesdays are lunchtime sessions 12.30pm-1.30pm and Wednesdays are evenings 6pm-7pm

January 22nd and 30th

February 19th and 27th

March 19th and 27th

April 30th (lunchtime)

New dates to follow soon!

Mindfulness Retreat…with a luxury French twist!

Spring & Autumn 2019- Mindfulness through Nature

This luxurious 4 day Wellbeing holiday is simply not to be missed!

As soon as you land in Carcassonne to when you’re dropped back 3 days later, you can sit back ,enjoy, relax, laugh, unwind-mentally and physically… simply take time out over 4 days just for you, improve your wellbeing in a beautiful and peaceful setting…

Set in the beautiful Pyrenean foothills of south west France, and only 30 minutes from Carcassonne, this retreat offers exclusive & spacious  accommodation that boasts Certificate of Excellence award 2018 (Trip Advisor) , gorgeous lakeside views, woodland walks, and birdwatching on the doorstep. Add to the mix a private heated swimming pool and 3.5 acres of secluded garden set in the heart of vineyards and the beautiful Razes region of the Languedoc… any stresses and strains will simply evaporate.

Our Retreats are designed to offer more than just relaxation…time to switch off and focus on just you. Whether that focus is health, career, ‘stuck in a rut’… our blend of offerings will give you breathing space to think clearly and leave armed with a variety of new skills to improve wellbeing.

Whilst this break offers wellbeing for the mind and body, it’s not a detox retreat… you will be served delicious homemade meals from locally sourced fresh food by our own cook. 

This region is renowned for its wine heritage, so we have crafted a private afternoon tour with one of the regions wine experts (Certificate of Excellence award for the past 5 years-Trip Advisor)This is an enjoyable and relaxing insight into the regions wine history, growing and of course tasting.

A truly indulgent holiday for comfort and tranquillity, that carries the ‘feel good factor’! Join us as a single traveller, a couple or come with a friend or two. If you would like your Spouse, friend, partner to join you, but not for the sessions/guided walks, then we would certainly welcome them on-board. They can simply enjoy the weekend & lovely location, food and company at a lower rate.

Our holidays are designed around relaxation and enjoyment. Mindfulness through Nature is our unique key element and ensures we take advantage of the beautiful surroundings that this location can offer (weather permitting) There is scientific research that supports health benefits from positive outdoor experiences and Mindfulness practice.

What is Mindfulness and what can it do for you? Relax, re-energise, de- stress, create focus, build mental resilience…and much more…We often take time to train our bodies but never think of looking after our minds…the most influential part of anyone’s function or being and of course powers our overall wellbeing.

Mindfulness in its simplest form, allows us to focus on what is happening in the present moment. By doing this it allows our minds to have ‘time out’ or ‘space’ to clearly think. This then develops our ability to manage our emotions, stress  and thoughts better, thus improving strategies to cope with difficult situations and make wiser more focused choices in life.

We know from scientific research that practising Mindfulness can truly assist and maintain a healthier mind and overall wellbeing, hence it is a supported intervention via such organisations as Diabetes UK, Mind.org, NHS. 

Our retreat weekend is balanced with two optional Wellbeing sessions each day & a short evening relaxation to aid sleep, for all abilities and no experience is required. Weather permitting we will enjoy most practice and walks in this lovely rural setting.

*Mindfulness woodland walk ‘rewilding our senses’ No tree hugging required!

*Mindfulness movement-Yoga elements to  loosen tired and tight muscles and joints

*A series of meditation and breathing sessions proven to increase wellbeing from lowering blood pressure to reducing anxiety to aiding sleep disorders

*1-1 Coaching session to help, if things in life need some re-evaluation or a restart.

You’re in safe hands! All sessions are run by our professional practitioner for Coaching & Mindfulness- accredited by the British Psychological Society.

We also have our wildlife guru from Experience Nature Ltd on hand for some of our retreat dates, offering woodland Birdwatching, no experience required, just simply relax and learn from Ashley Grove.

You can have as much down time to yourself or join in on what each day has to offer.We can even arrange an in house massage during your stay!

So, if  your partner, spouse, friend would like to join you at the retreat to simply enjoy the weekend, food and company, without being involved in our sessions please see below our rate for their stay.

Our 2019 dates: May 17-20( full) and 20-23rd September (spaces available) 2020 dates will be posted soon!

Contact us for the full itinerary & booking form here 

Not sure a Mindfulness break is for you or you have some questions ? simply get in touch we are happy to help with any queries 🙂

Costs: 4 day break includes excellent accommodation for 3 nights with heated pool, all transfers-airport & tour, all meals and refreshments(as outlined in full itinerary), Mindfulness and coaching sessions throughout, Bird watching (set dates), private wine tour, guided woodland walk- £895 (flights not incl. approx £60 pp) Single Person supplement £175 may apply. Our special rate for those not attending sessions/guided walks (but joining  someone that is) £695 (flights not incl. approx £60pp)

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our ultimate relaxation holidays soon…