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Navigating the Perimenopause & Menopause with Yoga & Nutrition
Saturday, February 4th 2023 / Cucumber Fields, Hertfordshire
A day of Exploration and Relaxation in collaboration with Cucumber Fields
Perimenopause and menopause come at such a busy time adding pressure and stress to daily life. Apart from the physical symptoms which alone can feel overwhelming, we can feel an increased lack of confidence, feelings of anxiety, and stress. Our lifestyle choices can make a huge difference to these feelings with both yoga practice and nutrition choices proven to help alleviate physical and mental symptoms.
Why Join The Retreat?
Take this opportunity to unwind and nourish your body and mind at this beautiful countryside Day Retreat.
This day retreat is focused around on symptom management with practical tools and tips for you to take home. We’ll provide a peaceful space and a full programme of healing practices and tips.
Meditation is a key part of the retreat and you will leave with the tools you need to practice at home. The classes are designed with female hormone health in mind and through breathing, postures and meditation, yoga provides a therapeutic tool in the management of female hormone-related symptoms. There are plenty of options for those who want either a stronger class or a more restful one and complete beginners are most welcome too.
ABOUT THE YOGA PRACTICE:
De-stressing is critical to balancing the hormones that affect our moods, energy levels and sleep patterns and the meditative nature of yoga is a powerful tool in calming our psychological state. Our stress (adrenal) glands come under enormous pressure as we age and due to the stressful nature of many of our lives and dysfunction in this area is a strong contributing factor to a number of symptoms ranging from energy issues to anxiety. Yoga can help us manage these symptoms and help us regulate our energy and emotions. Yoga can help us slow down ageing!
Overall, yoga provides a myriad of benefits when it comes to managing hormones and energy levels that will be shared with you during this retreat.
You’ll enjoy a full schedule of yoga, meditation, nutrition workshops, and beautiful Crystal sound baths in the company of like-minded women.
All our classes will be focused on symptom management with practical tools and tips for you to take home. We hope to help you feel empowered about making the right choices to help you move through this time feeling strong, healthy, and connected.
You don’t need to have had any previous yoga or meditation experience to benefit from the programme.
Jess, as your Yoga teacher, will make sure you have the individual support you need.
‘It was my first retreat and I am sure not my last. It is a great gift to myself. It’s a beginning of discovering the connection between my body, soul and the universe! Looking after myself. Loved every minute’
‘I’ve learnt for the first time in years, that I can stop, relax and think without the sky falling in’
‘A wonderful experience. Can’t recommend highly enough – energising and enlightening. Jess and Charlotte are perfect hosts – thank you!’
‘This retreat has me an energized, relaxed and more confident to make good choices going forward.’
‘Relaxing and peaceful break in a beautiful location. Jess is an excellent yoga instructor, able to provide adaptations for all levels. There was a good mix of practice, breath work and meditation. Charlotte’s sessions on nutrition were interesting and informative offering a wide array of strategies for dealing with menopausal symptoms’
‘Everything you would want from a retreat-a chance to take some time to recharge and relax whilst learn about how to better deal with challenges we face as women. All in the capable hands of Jess and Charlotte who make it such an enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!’
‘I gained a real sense of peace from today, time to focus on me, notice my feelings and sensations and put myself back together again’
As well as having a wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating programme the retreat will also be educational and empowering. It will help us demystify our hormones, openly address the difficulties that can arise for women as we age. When we understand what is going on with our body and mind we can take action to change it. This retreat will provide you with the knowledge and the tools to manage your symptoms more effectively and move through the changes with more grace and ease.
At our last retreat, we explored the symptoms as a group, shared experiences and tips and went home armed with new information. The guests enjoyed the informal nature of the workshops and felt better informed in terms of what was happening with their bodies. We explored topics most important to the health of women.
All the classes are designed to directly benefit hormones, educate us about hormones or discuss managing symptoms. Whatever stage or age you are at, you will benefit hugely, not only from deep relaxation, yoga, and meditation but also from the information you take home with you.
Hormones are hugely influenced by the foods we eat. You’ll learn what the most important changes mean and how to eat for your hormones. We will also provide a delicious plant-based lunch.
ABOUT THE FOOD and NUTRITION
What we eat and drink really is crucial for happy hormones. Our hormones play a part in the health of our hair, skin, libido, weight, muscle tone, and much more besides! As fluctuations happen, it’s important to make sure our nutrient intake is optimal and that we are mindful of the less favourable lifestyle choices we may make.
We are delighted to have Lizzie Harris as our chef for the day!
Nutritionist Lizzie has been passionately cooking for 25 years having studied in Italy and Sicily. More recently, Lizzie has been focusing on nutrition, in particular the affect food has on our hormones. One our last retreat Lizzie created some beautiful food that was defiantly a highlight and we’re sure she will do so again this time!
The food was 5 star! Amazing variety’ – Angela, May 202
‘Oh my god! The food was beyond! Every mouthful delicious’ –Susie, May 2021
‘The food was outstanding. Service was brilliant too’ -Katy, May 2021
‘The food, snacks and smoothies were exceptional, can’t fault any of it – delicious! Can’t wait for the recipes!’ -Sophie, Nov 2021
Jess Horn, 500hr Certified ISHTA Yoga Teacher
Jess teaches classes, workshops and leads retreats across the world, a yoga teacher trainer and teachers mentor.
She has been practicing for over 20 years and has found it to be an empowering, transformational and supportive practice and is passionate about sharing the tools that support her, with others. She is particularly interested in teaching meditation, movement and mindfulness which she feel’s is so necessary to help deal with the challenges of modern living.
Jess has found that her practice has evolved over time and supported her through life’s inevitable changes and the changes that we as women go through with age. She is incredibly excited to share the tools and practices that have helped her in this women’s retreat.
Jess has been featured several times in Yoga Magazine, OM magazine and collaborates regularly with YogaMatters.
Charlotte Schilcher, Registered Nutritional Therapist
After 20 years of having a bit too much fun in the music industry, I decided to retrain in Nutritional Therapy. Throughout my 20s and 30s, I had experienced a number of health challenges. These ranged from mental health issues, hormonal symptoms, skin disturbances and perimenopausal symptoms starting in my early 40s.
They deeply affected my quality of life and conventional medicine offered limited solutions. I began to approach these issues holistically and after much research, I was able to bring my body and mind into balance through changes in my diet and lifestyle choices. This was extremely empowering. I felt in control of my health and that is a good feeling. Experiencing the benefits diet and exercise firsthand left me compelled to share this knowledge and help others. I’m really looking forward to helping you manage your hormones. I will give you the information and tools you need to maintain good health and happiness in your daily life.