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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Feminine Spirit Retreat

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

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 gong bath.

This retreat is open to anyone wishing to explore their feminine spirit. We invite you to 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 yoga 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
  • Gong Bath
  • 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.

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 Gong Bath
Gong Baths are a type of sound medicine that submerse you in vibratory sounds and frequencies to promote a state of deep relaxation; leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Rachael will invite you to slowly bathe your energy system with the celestial sounds and frequency of her planetary gongs. The gong will assist to clear your mind of chatter and induce a meditative state. This will help to allow you to access parts of the mind that are often closed: giving you a greater sense of awareness and healing you to connect to your higher self.

The vibration and sound help with the transference of oxygen and nutrients through the body, aiding circulation and making cells larger and healthier, which in turn boost the immune system.  Damaged tissues and cells are repaired, vascular flow and cell vitality enhanced, and stress levels lowered.

Pregnancy. Heart pacemakers. Metal replacement joints.

Seasonal Themes

Spring Retreat – 2023 date to be announced

As we emerge from a time of hibernation, reflection and stillness, we invite you to create a space to welcome the lighter days, new hopes and dreams, and begin again with renewed energy and clarity.

Neptune Gong – Working with the planetary energy of Neptune, associated with Water, Neptune will energise, bring new life to all waterways within. Dissolving out dated patterns – making room for growth and to find ones flow.

Listening to the Inner Wisdom
Summer Retreat – 2023 date to be announced

Summer may seem like a time of busyness and activity with lots of social engagements and holidays planned. However if we follow the flow of the seasons, after the push forwards of spring and the productivity that comes with it, summer is in fact a time for rest, relaxation and refuelling.  A time for us to pause and lean into the voice of our inner wisdom. Join us for a mini retreat that helps to center ourselves, and enjoy the maturation of our spring efforts.

Venus Gong – Working with the planetary frequency of Venus, her frequency is calming, soft and tender, Venus will assist with all relationships, with our selves and others. Venus opens the way to enlightenment.

Healing the Ancestral Line
Autumn Retreat – October 2nd 2022

In the month of October, we are invited to remember our ancestors.  The long line of ancestors which travel back to the beginning of our evolution as humans, to our parents, their parents, and the imprints their stories have created within us, our strengths as well as our weaknesses. We draw upon the wisdom of our ancestors and open a space in our hearts to heal the wounds of our childhoods and the stories of our ancestors.

Chiron Gong – The nurturing nature of Chiron, the wounded healer will allow you to softly access deepest wounds and traumas. His frequency will help you find a way through any pain and turmoil allowing you to move forwards with strength, compassion and wisdom.

Honour your Needs
Winter Retreat – December 11th 2022

As the year draws to a close, we turn inwards and welcome in the gentle power of darkness, as a blanket of softness to rest upon. Winter is a time to reflect upon the turn of the wheel, to consider the path that has gone and to make.

Sideral Moon Gong – The frequency of the Sidereal Moon Gong, will help to clear out old stangnant and unbalanced energy, preparing us for change, allowing us to be more open to feeling and communicating needs.

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. 


Please note that due to GDPR, if your MindBody account is set to opt out of Reminders and schedule changes, or you have not yet paid for the event, you will not receive confirmation of your booking.

You can view the cancellation policies on our website:

Cultivating Self Compassion
– Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat

@The Othona Community, Bradwell On Sea, Essex, CM0 7PN

New dates coming soon


If you would like to join the waiting list for the next retreat date please email:

“When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.”

Join us for a weekend of self care and compassion practices. 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 nurturing timetable of mindfulness, yoga, walking, and yoga nidra. There will be ample time to take in the stunning location and enjoy delicious home cooked food in the company of others.

What are self care and compassion practices?

Yoga asana: gentle accessible postures (no experience necessary at all)

Pranayama: breathing practices to calm and soothe the nervous system.

Mindfulness: present moment awareness held within a container of kindness and non-judgement.

Yoga Nidra: an opportunity to deeply rest.

We use the practices to help us to rest, relax, and become reacquainted  with all the parts of our being that require our loving attention. Stepping out of the business of our day to day, and being present with ourselves is in itself an act of self compassion and kindness. By adding in elements of a spiritual practice in the form of yoga, mindfulness, breath work and Nidra, the practices act as a bridge that takes us from a place of suffering and overwhelm, to our home within.

A place of peace, love and kindness.

Who is this retreat for?

Everyone! Complete beginners are very welcome, the retreat is also suitable for those who have an established practice who wish to make space for deeper reflection and growth. For those with accessibility issues the venue has few steps and has lots of chairs for seated practice.

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

Our Retreat Ethos

As a business we are concerned about the impact we have on the environment, which is why we have actively sought a venue which is local to us. With this in mind we actively encourage people to car share or use public transport. Nearer the time a car pool will be organised from Leigh on Sea. 

We welcome people from all backgrounds regardless of race, gender, sexuality, LGBTQIA+ identity, religion or beliefs. You will be welcomed without fear of judgement or prejudice.

Cost £235 –  Including room, food, drinks & led practice sessions

Reduced Price Places – It’s really important to Anahata that our retreats are financially accessible as possible. Please note we have a few bursary places for individuals on low or no income please email us to enquire.

About your Teachers

Dawn Lister  (she/her) is a mindfulness and yoga teacher with 27 year’s teaching experience.   A 500 hour trained Hatha yoga teacher, mindfulness teacher, retreat leader and cranial sacral therapist.  

She is co-founder of Anahata Yoga Centre and Owner of The Dawn Lister Therapy Centre, which offers professional and compassionate support for anyone struggling with physical and mental health challenges.

Daniel Groom (he/him) – has been practicing Meditation and Yoga since 1999. 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 co-founded Anahata Yoga Centre where he teaches Yoga and Meditation and is a Faculty Staff Member of Yoga Campus for their world renowned Yoga Therapy Training in London.

What to expect on Retreat?

Is simple and clean.  A mix of bunk rooms and single or double beds are available on a first come first serve basis.  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.

What to bring

  • Yoga mat, blankets, meditation stool or cushion.
  • Notebook and pen/pencil.
  • Bedding (duvet/pillow cover) and towel/s (Can be ordered with prior notice for £10 from Othona.)
  • Layered clothing to include 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 (yoga nidra)


8.00-8.45 Practise (mindful movement and seated practise)
9.00 Breakfast
10.00-11.30 Practise (Walking practise followed by meditation)
Free time
13.00 Lunch
Free time
16.00-17.30 Practise (Hatha Yoga)
18.30 Dinner
20.00-21.00 Bedtime Practise (Yoga Nidra)


8.00-8.45 Practise (mindful movement)
9.00 Breakfast
10.00-11.30 Practise (meditation and Yoga Nidra)
13.00 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Closing Practise (meditation and reflections of weekend)

All practices are optional and you have the ability to join in or not as you wish.

There is plenty of time between practices to spend time in solitude, have a rest or nap read a book, relax with other retreat attendees.

In Sabina Yoga Retreat Centre, Italy

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

To book your place please email 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