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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Deep Rest for the Feminine Spirit

A Half Day Retreat with Dawn Lister Emily Morris and Rachael Edgley.


November 28th 1pm-4.30pm

Includes a light healthy snack

Cost £45

Join Dawn Lister Emily Morris and Rachael Edgley for an afternoon of connection, gentle yin style movement, yoga Nidra and a moon gong bath.

This retreat is open to anyone wishing to explore their feminine spirit. We invite you be part of a safe space which is nurturing, supportive, and empowering.

The retreat offers the time and opportunity to listen to the needs of your mind and body, to feel heard and be seen.  

Together our facilitators will lead you through an opening circle, offering time to set intentions and speak your truth. Followed by a soft and gentle Yin flow, which will lead you into a delicious Yoga Nidra, finally you will be bathed in sound by the Magical Moon Gong. 

You will be empowered to honour your needs throughout all elements of your practise. Your body stores great wisdom, we invite you to lean into that and listen to the truth it is revealing. 

photo of Dawn Lister meditating


  • Opening Circle with opportunity for sharing
  • Yin Practise
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Break for refreshments
  • Moon Gong
  • Closing Circle

About Yin

Yin is a wonderful way of practicing yoga that taps directly into the energy system to help bring balance and restoration for both mind and body.

Emily will guide you through a sequence of yin poses chosen for their soothing, releasing and empowering qualities. Different from other yoga systems, Yin offers time for stillness and softness with seated and supine poses being held for up to 5 minutes each. There will be options offered for all levels, so you can feel safe in choosing the option that honours you and your body.

As you take your time to soften your body into the pose, you will be able to bring awareness to sensations, thoughts and ideas that ebb and flow. It is with this awareness that you can observe your true nature and connect to a sense of understanding and compassion.

The focus will be placed on the sacral chakra, the centre for creation, sensuality and relationships, with this in mind, throughout the practice you will be offered contemplations to encourage mindfulness, centring and introspection with the intention of creating a space for you to connect deeply to yourself, your needs and desires and to nurture and nourish your inner world.

About Yoga Nidra

To Paraphrase the wonderful Uma Dunsmore-Tuli: – “Yoga Nidra is a great treasure, a potent meditative resource for healing, insight, and empowerment. It’s a state of consciousness in which we are invited to re-encounter the essential truth of who we really are. Yoga Nidra provides us with the opportunity to experience deep freedom. It welcomes us all home to ourselves.”

We will create a deeply nurturing and supportive nest, and give ourselves the gift of deep rest.  Our body’s and mind’s are tired, from so much doing, being, creating, so much stress and the need to be “on” all the time.  Dawn will invite you to put it all down, and give your soul time for healing, kindness and time to connect with your deepest inner wisdom. 

About Sound Medicine and The Moon Gong

Calling upon the Divine Feminine Moon Goddesses to assist, Rachael will hold sacred space and guide you to connect to your sacral chakra. Your sacral, the seat of emotions, sensuality, creativity and relationships will softly open and activate in order to receive and release.

The ethereal sound and vibration of the Moon Gong, has a strong connection to water and emotions. She, the Gong, will lovingly support you so that you can tune into your sensual inner self. She will help you to open up, acknowledge and release any feelings and emotions that are no longer serving you, so that you can communicate your wants and needs in order to move forwards.

Her high vibrational frequency will dissolve lower stagnant vibrations – helping you to rediscover your creative power, so you can cultivate healthy relationships with yourself and others. Whilst much of the releasing will go unnoticed, she will leave you feeling harmonious, joyful, expressive with a new willingness to experience the pleasures of life. She will help you find your natural flow.

On a physical level, the moon gong can help us with our ‘moon’ time, menstruating problems and any reproductive issues that we may have.

To bring with you:  Any equipment you wish to be comfortable, pillows, mats, blankets, eye pillows, blocks.

Anahata offers all needed equipment but it can be nice to have your own things to support your relaxation. 

To wear:  Layered clothing

To book this half day retreat please follow the link to book, places are limited to 12.  

Refunds on workshops are not offered but you can with 48 hours notice move your workshop to a later date/other workshop. 

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

Dates for 2022 Coming Soon

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.



Weekend Mindfulness Retreat at The Othona Community, Bradwell On Sea, Essex

1st – 3rd October 2021.

Cost £225 (2 places are available at a reduced cost for those on Low or No Income)

“Mindfulness is the art of paying attention, on purpose, non-judgementally, in the present moment.” Jon Kabat – Zinn

Join us for a weekend retreat of Mindfulness at the Othona Community Retreat Centre. Set in a tranquil corner of the Essex Coast on the estuary of the River Blackwater, surrounded by sea, sand and woodland.  Each day will feature a structured timetable of Mindfulness, with time to take in the stunning location and enjoy home cooked food in the company of others.

Why practise mindfulness?

Mindfulness doesn’t stop challenging things from happening in our lives, life carries on doing what life does.  But what our practise teaches us is how to be with those experiences whilst remaining grounded, peaceful, and compassionate.

Mindfulness can help us to feel content, peaceful, to cultivate feelings of spaciousness and balance. Mindfulness is a practise which can enhances your life, helping you to develop feelings of friendliness and connection to ourselves, our communities and the world around us.

Who is this retreat for?

Everyone! Complete beginners are very welcome, there will be lots of opportunity to experience the Mindfulness Techniques and ideas of how to integrate them into your life. It is also suitable for those who have an established practise who wish to make space for deeper reflection and growth.

This weekend will be a safe place to ask questions, and bring your challenges with mindfulness to two experienced and compassionate teachers.

If you have any concerns over whether this programme is right for you please contact Dawn Lister


The retreat will offer a full programme of mindfulness practises which will include:

  • Mindful movement
  • Sitting with the breath
  • Self-Compassion practises
  • Body Scan
  • Walking Meditation
  • Gratitude Practises

About Your Teachers

Dawn Lister (she/her) is a mindfulness teacher with 27 year’s teaching experience.  Her personal practise began more than 30 years ago in the Buddhist tradition.  She studied with two Buddhist schools, and did further secular training with the Esteemed Mindfulness UK certifying in both the Mindfulness and Compassion course and the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course.

Dawn teaches Mindfulness at Anahata Yoga Centre.  Runs Mindfulness Retreats in both the UK and Italy and is regular contributor to various media and podcast outlets discussing how mindfulness can enhance your experience in life.

Daniel Groom (he/him) – has been practicing Meditation and Yoga for over 20 Years. He is an Authorised IAYT Yoga Therapist and specialises in working with individuals and groups to support their mental wellbeing. Daniel actively works and supports people who are LGBTQIA+ offering Wellbeing Programs and Yoga Therapy for people within the community.

He teaches Meditation and Yoga at Anahata Yoga Centre and is a Faculty Staff Member of Yoga Campus for their world renowned Yoga Therapy Training in London.

About Othona Retreat Centre

We choose Othona for its simplicity, solitude, peace and proximity to the sea. This truly is a step back to simple living, slowing down, and reflection.  The community offers its space as a place for groups to step away from the busyness of life, reflect, be and pause.

The gentle quiet of the space and lack of distractions offer a place that is perfect for the work of mindful meditation.

Founded in 1946 by Canon Norman Motley, Othona was set up as a community to foster peace and reconciliation between different nations, beliefs and outlooks in the aftermath of WW11.



Is simple and clean.  A mix of bunk rooms and single or double beds are available on a first come first serve basis.  Also Yurts are available if you prefer to be outdoors.

All retreaters will be offered a room/yurt on their own unless they wish to share with a friend.  Simply let us know your preference when you book.

Note – Othona has bunk style room accommodation and all bedrooms share communal bathrooms and showers. We will be the only guests on the site during the retreat weekend.



Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be simple home cooked vegan and vegetarian fare with Fruit, Tea, Coffee and Herbal Drinks available throughout the day.

Special diets may be able to be accommodated with prior notice.

During the weekend we will be working as a group to help the kitchen staff perform some simple tasks. Like laying the table, filling and emptying the dishwasher etc.


What to bring

Yoga mat, blankets, meditation stool, cushion if you use in practise.

Notebook and pen/pencil.

Bedding (duvet/pillow cover) and towel/s (Can be ordered with prior notice for £10 from Othona.)

Clothing to be warm in including outdoor clothing for walking meditation.



Arrive Friday from 16.00 onwards.

17.30-19.00 Orientation and first meditation.
19.15 Dinner.
20.00 -21.00 Bedtime Practise.


8.00 – 8.45 Practise
9.00 Breakfast
10.00 – 11.00 Practise
11.45 – 12.30 practise
13.00 Lunch
Free time
16.00 – 17.30 Practise
18.30 Dinner
20.00 -21.00 Practise


8.00-8.45 Practise
9.00 Breakfast
10.00-11.00 Practise
11.45 – 12.30 Practise
13.00 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Closing Practise

Payment and booking

To secure the booking please complete this form

Total cost of this weekend retreat is £225 which need to be paid in full by the 14th August 2021.

A non-refundable deposit of £100 can be paid in advance and the balance paid by the date above.

Deposit/Full Amount to be paid to our Retreat Bank Account.

Once you have made your payment use your name as the reference and then please can you let us know and we will confirm safe receipt.

Number of spaces available – 18


Should the retreat be cancelled due to Covid restrictions a full refund will be offered.

Full Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions on our website

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at or by calling 01702 471744.

We look forward to spending time with you in October.

Best wishes,

Anahata Team

In Sabina Yoga Retreat Centre, Italy

18-25 June 2022 – SOLD OUT

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