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

19th-21st May 2023

£250 per person

2 bursary places available

Payment and booking

To secure the booking please complete this Google Docs Form:

“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 £250 –  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 two 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.