Retreats at Anahata Yoga Centre, Southend-on-Sea & Beyond
Retreat is a time to step out of the daily rhythm of life and all of its overwhelming elements. Step into a space where begin to slow down and listen to the story our body, our breath and our mind is revealing and nurture. Our yoga and mindfulness retreats offer a supportive, relaxed and healing environment where you can step into you and all that being you means. Eat well, practise simple and supportive practises which you can take home and apply in your daily life easily and with joy. Meet likeminded people and be nourished from the inside out.

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Half Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat with Dawn Lister MUK (T) MBSR (T)

Saturday 5th June & Saturday 12th June



Deepen your sense of inner peace and resilience,  develop the skills of self compassionate in troubling times with our Half Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat.

Learn to be peaceful and compassionate in troubling times. 

Arrival and gentle introduction into an afternoon of silence and process of enquiry.

Practise of various sitting, moving, eating, and prone meditations.

Plenty of space around the meditations with time to reflect, be still and or journal.

We will be exploring both how to learn to be with uncomfortable emotions and sensations, and how to develop self-compassion within the container of mindful awareness.

Spoken and shared enquiry for those who wish to discuss their experience of practising in silence. What was thrown up for you, what felt comfortable or uncomfortable, what you learnt, how the container of silence enhanced the experience of the meditations.

We are often very fixed in our thinking, believing things will always be the same, replaying old stories and beliefs. The habit of clinging to these old habitual patterns of thinking and can lead to narrow view, anxiety, stress, poor relationships and judgments.

The three and a half hour retreat will open a space to practise beginner’s mind.
We will approach our practises with a beginner’s mind offering us a sense of freshness, curiosity, and openness to new experiences.

A beginner’s mind is judgement free, and compassionate.  Bring your beginner’s mind to the deep practise of silent meditation, creating a space for a new outlook and view about each and every arising moment.  Life is rich and diverse and fresh and curious and wonderous, and sad, and lonely and scary and many more things, this the inevitability of living a human life, its unique and rich tapestry.  Practising mindfulness offers you the tools to navigate life’s challenges with ease and joy.

All practises are led by Dawn Lister and are voice led. With periods of silence before and after meditation practises.


photo of Dawn Lister meditating

Who benefits from this retreat?

The event is for all people who have some experience of mindfulness. Those wishing to deepen their practise and explore deeply their relationship between thought and feelings. To reveal the habitual patterns of thought and subsequent actions and how that impacts on us. To create a stronger meditation practise. If you are considering a silent retreat of some length this is a great introduction to the practise of stillness and silence.

Dawn Lister has taught meditation for 25 years, has studied with several Buddhist traditions, and has led numerous yoga and mindful meditation retreats and courses over the course of her long career. She is a reflective, lighthearted and intuitive teacher, an eternal student who is passionate about sharing mindful meditation.

Price £30 or £25 if booked by 14th December 2020. Refreshments offered.

In Sabina Yoga Retreat Centre, Italy

18-25 June 2022 – 3 rooms available.

17–24 Sept 2022 – 7 rooms available.


Escape to the beautiful Sabine Hills for a nurturing week of yoga, pilates and meditation with Dawn Lister and Daniel Groom.

Situated an hour from Rome in the heart of the lush Italian Countryside sits the exquisite In Sabina Retreat Centre, listed in the top 100 retreats in the world. This stunning venue is your home for the week whilst we immerse ourselves in a programme designed to soothe your soul and nourish your body.

Morning sessions will be a mixture of mindful and energising movement incorporating pranayama and meditation.

During your free time indulge in a massage, relax by the pool, make time to reflect, rest or explore the local landscape.

The afternoon session will be a mellow, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as restorative yoga, yoga nidra, pranayama, yogic philosophy and meditation.



About In Sabina

The property and grounds are beautifully designed to reflect the natural environment, making this a unique place to recharge and immerse yourself in nature.
Two lovingly restored 17th-century stone buildings overlook an undulating panorama of olive groves and fruit trees. There are three terraces where you can relax and watch the stunning sunsets. A magnificent yoga platform sits in the valley, surrounded by verdant nature and wildlife, with a natural spring and lily pond nearby.

A stroll through the house and gardens reveals many original works by local and international artists who have been inspired by their stay at In Sabina. The extensive grounds are a joy to explore, with sheltered spaces for reading, napping and meditation. Inside, rooms are designed in a simple, natural style, a combination of old and new. Every guest room is unique. Furnishings and fabrics complement the buildings and their natural surroundings, creating a calm environment which is comfortable, practical and ideal for this healing and peaceful week.

Your Hosts

Dawn Lister is a yoga, pilates and mindfulness teacher with close to thirty years experience.  Dawn is also a writer, speaker and therapist who has run retreats in the UK and abroad for 23 years. Dawns practise and teaching style is both mindful and pragmatic, wherever you are on your journey you are in safe hands. Keeping the practise simple, fun and accessible, ensures an experience which is both attainable and unique to your needs.

Daniel Groom has been practising yoga and meditation for almost two decades and is an experienced, sensitive teacher. He is also a yoga therapist, having trained and now subsequently supervising students with the highly regarded London school, Yoga Campus. Daniel comes with lots of experience of hosting Yoga retreats and trainings around the world.

Daniel’s approach is friendly and inclusive, and completely suitable for those of all levels of yoga experience, from complete beginners to guests with an established practice.

A typical day on retreat

(subject to change and all sessions are optional)

  • 7:30am Led practice and meditation
  • 9:30am Breakfast
  • 1:00pm Lunch
  • 5:30pm Led Practice and Meditation
  • 7:30pm Dinner watching the sunset

Please Note: Yoga mats, chairs, cushions, belts, blocks, bolsters and blankets are all provided.

Costs and Payment Arrangements

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals, tea, coffee at retreat centre
  • Classes


  • Lunch on our first day
  • Meal out Friday night plus travel to and from restaurant
  • Extra excursions
  • Massage or other treatments
  • Transfers to and from the airports
  • Flights

Room Prices

  • Ensuite room which can be sole or twin shared £1275 per person  – Single supplement £250 extra.
  • Shared bathroom which can be sole or twin shared room £1175 per person – Single supplement £250 extra.
  • Triple Room £1075 per person with En Suite bathroom.
  • One caravan – single occupancy £900 shared bathroom in house.
  • Early Bird £100 Discount off the above price – For June 2022 Full payment by 30th Sept 2021 / For Sept 2022 Full Payment by 30th Jan 2022


  • 4 ensuite bedrooms
  • Shared bathrooms are between 3 and 4 guests
  • Bedroom linen is provided
  • Bath towels are provided and changed halfway through the week
  • Pool and outdoor kitchen
  • Pool towels provided

Food and Drink 

A nourishing and healthy home cooked vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided each day by our chef. Who can cater for dairy free, vegan and wheat free diets. At mealtime and all through the retreat provide water, tea, coffee and herbal teas. Special diets can be catered for by arrangement. Also a complimentary glass of wine per guest at dinner.

On the Friday evening we will eat out as a group in the local town, travel and the meal costs will be an additional payment but kept to a minimum. Restaurant recommendations will be provided by the retreat hosts and discussed with you all.

Flights and Travel Information

We recommend you arrive and depart from Rome Fiumicino airport as this is nearest to the retreat centre, which is a 90 mins journey and very rural. Once flights are released we will update you on the ones we recommend. On our arrival in Rome we will have a private transfer to take us to lunch, then on to In Sabina. Should you be staying elsewhere in Italy or travelling in by other modes of transport please aim to meet us at 13.00 at Rome Fiumicino to take advantage of the transfer. Transfer approx Euro 30.

Note if you are making your own way to In Sabina it is imperative you do not arrive before 4pm.

On 3rd July there will be a private transfer arranged for us to go back to Rome Fiumicino for your homeward flights or onward travels in Italy. Last year the return journey was approx. Euro 30.

It is imperative you take out travel insurance for your trip.

To Book Your Place

Complete the booking form and send it to us at quoting ’In Sabina Wellbeing Retreat’ as the email title.

Transfer the deposit of £200 to secure your place. Or pay in full before the indicated dates  to take up the early bird offer of £100 discount on final price.


Payments can be made either as the full amount or in instalments. Should the full amount be paid before the above indicated dates then you will qualify for £100 discount on your total retreat price.

Should you decide to pay in instalments, please pay the non-refundable deposit. We ask you to let us know so we can discuss the payment plan with you.

Final payment must be made by 8 weeks before the arrival date. Late payments may incur an administration charge.

Please read our full retreat terms and conditions here