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The idea of running these retreats from our two luxury holiday homes in Wales materialised from the realisation that EVERYONE needs some time out, to take stock of what's really important in life and to nurture the self - not because crises forces this but because we all deserve some 'me time' and to find out who that 'me' really is!

Our retreats will serve anyone looking to retreat for health issues, at one of life's crossroads, to rest and restore away from the demands of everyday life or perhaps for some personal development.

You matter, you are important, you have one life - and our intention is that these retreats are one small step towards helping everyone who comes to reduce stress, gain perspective and leave feeling refreshed, connected and empowered.

Upcoming retreats dates and prices

2020 Dates

Mother & Daughter Harmony Retreat - Friday October 16th for 3 days and 2 nights - £495 (Dyffryn House)

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Women's Relaxation Retreat - Mid week 3rd November for 4 days and 3 nights - £525 (Dyffryn House)

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Prices include;

  • Accommodation in twin rooms (if you would like a kingsize room please email for extra charge)
  • Gentle Hatha Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal for each full day, lunch and evening meal on day of arrival and breakfast on departure day. Food is vegetarian, all home made, organic where possible and locally sourced where possible. Drinks and snacks also included.
  • Retreat group sessions are all included, at least one per day and these may vary (email me for specific session information.)
  • Use of hot tub (and sauna for The Croft retreats)
  • Guided Beach and country walks
  • A full schedule for those who want it and reflection/ rest time for those that want to use the time to totally relax.
  • Gratitude jars - a novel idea that really does inspire positive thinking and self worth.

Additional treatments are available, these are bookable in advance and payable at the time of treatment. Treatments include massage, reiki, reflexology, homeopathy, Alexander technique and a range of beauty treatments. Please enquire for more information and pricing.

2021 Dates

In 2021 I now have the following dates:

23-29 January
16-19 February
16-19 March
18-20 June (the only weekend date scheduled so far)

All retreats are £495 for a shared room or £695 for single occupancy in a kingsize room. I have one room with bunk beds and that room is just for one person really so I do that for £495 also on a first come first serve basis. All freshly laundered white bedding and towels included. It is a £100 non refundable deposit with the balance payable 8 weeks prior to arrival - please see below for my cancellation policy which I have struggled with but feel it to be the best and fairest I can do.

All retreats will feature:

  • Gentle hatha yoga and relaxation sessions
  • Beach and country walks
  • A personal development session and the theme for 2021 is 'Building Resilience’ as we feel this is really important to allow us all to better manage ourselves during the challenging times we all face during Covid-19 but also throughout life.
  • Meditation sessions with some use of positive affirmations where appropriate - can help reframe things, give a fresh perspective and make us more open to good things happening in our lives
  • Reflection, relaxation and journal/ reading time
  • Social time for those who want it - lots of wonderful lifelong friendships have been formed at our retreats and people often return together at a later date which is interesting and wonderful to see
  • Hot tub in the evenings for those who want to use it for relaxation
  • All organic, nourishing, delicious home cooked vegetarian / pescatarian food and drinks included
  • Extra sessions bookable in advance : Massage, reflexology, reiki, 121 counselling, facials, Vitamin B12 injections.

I am expecting to get booked up very early because I have had so many enquiries over the last month and only have 2 retreats running for the remainder of this year and both are fully booked now.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions which may come into play throughout the UK my cancellation policy is as follows:

If I have to cancel a retreat because we are in lockdown her or because government dictates it then you would receive a full refund or could transfer your money to another suitable date, the choice would be yours. If any individual cannot attend because their home locality is in lockdown or there are travel restrictions then I will not refund or allow a transfer because I will still be running the retreat (and have all the overheads) for those who can come so I recommend that everyone who books takes travel insurance which will cover this eventuality.

I will also be running several one day retreats for £99 - if interested please email me for more information and specifying whether mid week or weekend would be best for you.

If you would like to make a group booking, or book a private retreat please call me on 07919330932 to discuss options and pricing.

If you wish to book any of the retreats and wish to pay in instalments please email / call me to make plan - I am happy to offer this.

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About our retreats

Not taking time for ourselves to unwind and get away from the pressures that life puts on us can result in mental fatigue, bad life choices, poor diet, stress, lack of sleep and ultimately ill health. Could this be you?Please read on …

We are passionate about what we offer on our retreats and each one is slightly different. The intention is that everyone who comes will feel warmly welcomed, have some real time out to relax, rebalance, feel peaceful, de stress and learn a little whilst meeting like minded people.
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The combination of all the carefully selected elements of this retreat will help still the chatter of your busy mind, help you connect deeply with your true self, and offer you a chance to restore and refresh in a way only possible when time is taken purely for this reason.

Meditation and true rest along with the breathing exercises will strengthen your immune system, calm your nervous system and help your wellbeing. You will become more aware of the true wonderful you, and this, in turn, will bring a sense of self-love and gratitude that in your busy lives is often neglected. This awareness and reconnection will help leave self-doubt and insecurities behind as you move forward with your life.

Inner confidence will start to blossom as we sow these seeds with you, and you begin to recognize the true good and kindness in your heart. You will take away from the retreat a sense of happiness in yourself, contentment and confidence recognized and nurtured allowing your future path to open up, and relationships to flourish.

Mind Body and Soul Women's Retreats also offer you some helpful tools and signposts to help you stay focused on the things you have learned and those that have helped you.

Having time to carefully consider what truly makes your heart sing and doing more of those things is something you can gift to yourself and then use in your everyday life to restore balance and peace.

Taking time out from the busy chatter and demands of everyday modern life, opening your heart and mind to new ideas and having new experiences with other wonderful women may be the exact experience you need to help guide you on your true path being your best you.

-Here is an idea of the sort of things you can expect on our retreats;:

*A very warm welcome to everyone to put everyone at ease and get to know each other
*The retreat includes a two-hour gentle Hatha yoga and meditation session which is concluded with a deeply relaxing asana, alignment and breath work - led by Lorna Yogi Bear this is suitable for all abilities even if you have never done yoga before. This is a wonderful experience with attendees writing to tell us how much it relaxed and restored them fully.

*Group session on 'My Map/Your Map', a real insight into beliefs, values, and identity coupled with how you communicate and make yourselves 'heard'. This session really helps identify all the good in every unique individual, helps you value yourselves and aids better communication and confidence for anyone struggling with anxiety. Very informal and fun but uniquely beneficial for those joining in. Touches on mindfulness and intention setting/gratitude and can help relieve anxiety and stress. Learning during the retreat to hit the 'Pause' will be invaluable when you return to your everyday life challenges and you realise you can manage challenges more positively and calmly.

*A talk/discussion on rest and the Art of Rest - what does “rest” really mean and how can it help you? You may be surprised at what you learn. Curious? Fab, come and join in.

*A guided beach Walk in stunning Ferryside listening mindfully to the sounds the gulls and smelling the fresh salty air, listening to the roar of the waves and feeling the wind in your hair, stress dissolving and leaving you feeling at peace and happy to be alive in this moment. Walking barefoot in the sand and connecting to Mother Nature is blissful and awakens your soul

*We have planned a stunning country walk to get out in green nature, be invigorated by the elements and blow away the cobwebs, see the snowdrops and daffodils in full bloom, spot birds and creatures with interest and build an appetite for the yummy food provided all weekend.

*We invite you to evening socialization and debate/chats for those who want to, or quiet reflection time in your comfy, clean and lovely room if you prefer - it’s all your choice as this is time for YOU.

*Use of private hot tub included for anytime.

*All delicious homemade organic and locally sourced (where possible) meals made in house


*Hatha yoga, guided meditation, breathwork, pranayama techniques, guided chakra cleanse
*A crystal for each person as a focus point when at home
*Hosts on site at all times and time to chat privately on health and lifestyle
*A short talk on rest and the Art of Rest
*Guided beach and country walks
*Time to relax and reflect
*Time to socialize or retreat to your room, read or write/journal or think quietly
*Hot tub and large garden
*Nourishing organic home-cooked food included
*Beautiful gratitude jars for everyone to take home along with a fresh perspective on things and a peaceful heart

-Daily itinerary
-Day 1
*12noon -1 pm Arrival, tea and welcome
*1pm Lunch - Homecooked and organic food using fresh local produce where possible
*Guided mindful country walk (optional)
*'4pm Your map/ My Map' session by personal coach and mindfulness guru Em Melrose. Much positive feedback from these sessions has been received with women making lots of positive changes following our last retreat.
* Drink and snack
*Free time to socialize, walk or do garden yoga, or reflect on the session in your own space or just take some time out.
*19:00 Home cooked dinner which is always vegetarian, healthy and delicious - contact Mind Body and Soul Women's Retreats if you have dietary needs and if they can oblige, they will be delighted to
*After dinner, free time to socialize, read, use the hot tub, take time out alone and have any scheduled treatments such as reiki, massage, and more
-Day 2
*Pre-breakfast walk and meditation (optional)
*07:30 - 09:30 Breakfast and free time
*10:30 Excursion to nearby Ferryside where the main yoga and mediation session is held - Led by the amazing Anavrin whose intention is to help you discover a healthier, happier you using yoga, asana, alignment and breath work.
*Chai and snack
*Guided beach walk (tide permitting, or cliff walk if not)
*13:00 Lunch - homemade and organic vegetarian food
*After lunch rest and relax and enjoy the peaceful house and grounds
*Time for pre-booked treatments at the house or quiet and mindful reflection
*Talk on the Art of Rest for those interested - very interesting learning a little about what rest actually is to you and how doing more of it can really help physical and mental health
*19:00 Dinner - Home-cooked organic and delicious!
*Evening socializing or quiet time - there is also use of the hot tub
-Day 3
*Pre-breakfast walk and meditation for those who fancy it
*07:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
*Regroup, relax and read, reflect, or socialize - variety of tea, coffee, drinks available at all times
*Walk, hot tub, journal, or do some garden yoga/mediation or take 121 chat with Laura or Em before.
*12:00 Departure
*Free lifts to and from Kidwelly train station (by arrangement)

It is very informal and warm, and there is no pressure to join in anything you are not comfortable with - you can just be present and not share anything if you so wish. All that's needed is your presence.

Providing healthy, delicious food is part of nurturing you during your stay. Recipes can be provided for all meals which are homemade in house.

If you want to book a room by yourself there is a supplement of £200 so please message me about this before booking.

Use of the hot tub is included for evening relaxation.

There are optional extras (bookable directly with me in advance) where practitioners come to the house and offer:
Facials and dermablading
Botox and fillers
Alexander Technique

The real focus will be on the things that matter in life; health, happiness, peace, relaxation, friendships, gratitude, nature and mindful choices, with some fun along the way. We hope the retreat can boost self esteem and confidence by instilling a sense of self awareness and choice, connect you more deeply to your true self, help you enjoy being in the now. We know the retreat will definitely be an opportunity to fully relax!

So, come alone, with a mum or sister or daughter, or book a group by emailing me.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have and I will be so delighted to help. There are very limited places on each retreat as the maximum number we can accommodate is 10 and in 2020 there will only be 4 retreats open to the public so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The Team

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Laura - As the owner of the holiday homes (Dyffryn house and The Croft in Kidwelly, Wales) and the founder of these retreats I am delighted to welcome various people to help me run what I hope are to become known the most wonderful retreats in Carmarthenshire, Wales. I am lucky enough to have a core team of women who have a wealth of experience and skills to make each retreat very special indeed.

I am a hardworking and focussed person who loves life, my children, my husband and my dogs! I co manage 3 business with my husband and know what's its like to feel over loaded and like life is passing by in a whirlwind without really taking time to stop and notice the choices being made. My true intention is to make these retreats welcoming, relaxing, positive, life enhancing experiences available for lots of women who need to 'pause' and take a breath.

I do the catering for the retreats myself as I love to cook really nourishing delicious food and aim to inspire you about making good food choices to make you feel good.

2019 was a big year for me as I took the opportunity to take time out (for the first time ever!) to really focus on the things that I am passionate about and make big life changes. Part of that involved meeting some amazing people, opening my mind, trying new things, and learning a lot more about holistic approaches and the importance of mindfulness, meditation, rest and relaxation for physical and mental well being.

I discovered the peacefulness that yoga and mediation can bring, focussed on really healthy organic food and cooking to nurture, spent more time noticing things rather than rushing and spent more time out in nature. I read loads about expanding my mind and making the right choices in this one life that we have and feel what I learnt and am continuing to learn is that we are on a journey in this life and we can choose the path we take and the mindset that we take with us.

Sharing what I had learnt with other woman, and bringing together the people who had had such a great impact on me last year to help me do this gave rise to the idea of running these retreats. Emma, Ruth and Jo are my go to team and they have a huge positive impact on each and every one! All women deserve and need to take some precious time for themselves. Women often care for everyone except themselves - I want to be part of changing this and offer to show you a different, more peaceful, mindful, fulfilled path where your physical and mental health are highly valued and your essence has a chance to really shine.

I am so grateful to have the resource to put on these retreats and very excited to meet all the women that come along and ' join our tribe'. You are important, you matter, you have one wonderful life and these retreats could be a little seed of change which allow you to really flourish. So, come as a single, as friends, sisters or mum and daughter and experience some wonderful time out with like minded people.

If you would like to speak about attending any of the retreats, putting on a retreat yourself in one of our houses or having me organise a private retreat for you (groups of 8+) then I am very open to any suggestions and welcome any ideas. Perhaps you have a skill or something positive you would like to offer to be actively involved in running a retreat - if so then please get in touch as I am always open to new ideas.
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Em is best described as an empowerment coach. She holds the belief that within us are the resources to live a happy and peaceful life. Along with her experience as a Reiki Master and NLP practitioner she has a bag packed with tools and techniques to help release inner potential and offers a guiding hand to take the first step.

Her group session stimulates curiosity and in relaxed atmosphere will support you to:

  • • realise your personal values and how they show up in your life NOW 
    • reflect on your relationship between needs and values 
    • tune into what ‘lights you up’, appreciate your signature skills and how to use them to live the “extraordinary life” you choose
    • understand how your actions influence connections with others
    • release your limiting beliefs 
    • practise daily gratitude and journaling
“For me, life is a unique journey of discovery and constant learning. We can experience our best life when we have clarity on our values, choose beliefs that serve us well and take productive action to the situations that we face”.
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Ruth - Founder of Awaken Your Soul yoga (
Ruth has travelled extensively from Bali, to Thailand and India and is a truly wonderful and inspirational Yoga teacher and coach. Her skills are yoga, mediation, coaching, psycho spiritual work, and writing. In 2014 Ruth moved to the Gower Peninsula and has been working with both groups and individuals running weekend and day retreats teaching yoga and leading Kirtan, writing and sharing poems, offering re birthing (breath work) sessions. Ruth feels that her life purpose is to help others on the journey of transformation and self reclamation ' to hear the voice of their own heart and awaken their soul'
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Jo - An inspirational woman who has such a wealth of knowledge and experiences. Jo offers short mindfulness courses in the retreats and brings with her a sense of calm and peace.
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Dyffryn House,
61 Water Street,
SA17 5BX
To book Call on 01554 821 350
or 07919 330 932

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