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The Rested Mother Retreat
North Devon / 15 - 17 Nov 2024

To all those who identify as a Mother, no matter what age, or phase of this journey,

this is an invitation for you to tend to you (your whole and wonderful, but perhaps exhausted, self),

and unwind into ease through spacious, quiet and joyful rest.


Returning to Holwell Holistic Retreat Centre for the forth time, this has become a special annual Autumnal offering

that Carolyn LOVES sharing. 


Expect nurturing practices, reflective journaling, restorative care and energising mind-body-soul food - and delicious actual food too! 


So let's connect, feel into a sense of support from community and remember how it feels to slow down with the season, and explore taking good care of ourselves with the same kindness, presence and compassion we readily share with our loved ones.

"The Rested Mama retreat has become an essential date on my calendar, as a wonderful chance to pause and really invite and embrace rest and comfort. Carolyn’s style of sharing yoga is relatable and accessible, it feels deeply nourishing to body and mind. I always come home feeling like a re-set button has been pressed. Thank you for holding such a beautiful space to truly rest in."                                                                                                                                                ~Lucinda.

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The Retreat 

I invite you to gather for this 2 night retreat at the cosy Holwell Holistic Retreat Centre, near Barnstaple, surrounded by North Devon countryside.


With a welcoming homely feel, this peaceful place has a cosy, large shared lounge, lovingly furnished Twin (two single beds) and Private bedrooms (King Size Bed), private woodland, and a yoga studio with underfloor heating to invite rest to every part.

Explore slow and restful morning and evening yoga, guided with many options for you to shape your practice, and learn approachable supportive mind-body tools for daily rest and regulation long after the retreat has finished. Saturday also offers hot and cold immersion in the Sauna Garden and (optional!) outdoor plunge showers, plus abundant free time to explore any way you like.

Yoga - Breath, bodymind, being

Friday and Saturday candlelit Restorative Yoga, will offer nervous system rest and regulation for your whole being. Think blankets, bolsters, eye-pillows, gentle music and supportive guidance for you to take what you need to (re)connect to you. 

Saturday and Sunday morning will explore an intuitive yoga practice, in movement and still places. This is about softening edges, letting go of expectations of what yoga 'should' look like, and leaning into how you FEEL allowing your intuitive mind-body to guide the way. 

Just like we find our own way as mothers, practising acceptance, softening and letting be (as hard as this can be at times.)

Everything is optional throughout the retreat.


This is your weekend to look after you, any way you need.   

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Savouring delicious, seasonal food around the dining table is an important part of retreat time. Our talented chef Joe Nicholson  is passionate about creating indulgent plant-based food, with an every growing passion for sustainability and wellness.


All food will be Vegetarian, home grown or locally sourced. Vegan and all dietary requests catered for with advance booking.


The yoga was so empowering and like nothing I have experienced before. I felt entirely comfortable to do whatever my body felt comfortable with and not put pressure on myself to do it in the ‘Instagram’ way!

The reassurance and support from you and everyone else meant that I felt OK about leaving the boys at home with their dad. I didn’t obsess about checking my phone and wasn’t in a rush to get home - all of these things are new to me!


Just another thank you for this weekend. It was truly magical and incredibly, profoundly healing. Do you know the waves of energy/relaxation/prana that wash over you during shavasana? I still feel those today. I continue to unwind and unfold. I was in a huge amount of pain and I just I can’t believe how loose and at ease my body feels now, as does my soul. You are such a gift to mothers - so gentle and warm..

It’s been so wonderful to be reunited with my son full of joy and energy and a new appreciation for him. Plus some amazing new sleep habits. I will definitely be back on future retreats.


Schedule (roughly)


1-2pm Arrival 

2pm Light lunch

4.00pm Welcome Circle & Grounding Yoga

6pm Dinner

Intention setting Journaling 


8.00am Intuitive Flow Yoga

9.30am Breakfast

11.00am Sauna Garden

1.30pm Light lunch

Free Time

5.00pm Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra

6.30pm Dinner


9.30am Yoga for Self Care workshop

11.00am Brunch

12.00pm Closing circle

1pm Home time

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Everything is included

  • 2 Nights accommodation

  • 7+ hours of guided yoga - asana (postures), pranayama (breath), and mindful movement connection practises 

  • Guided Yoga Nidra - non-sleep deep rest meditation

  • 3 meals a day, all plant-based, plus fruit, teas and coffee any time

  • Underfloor heated yoga studio with all the props you need

  • One Sauna Garden experience (2 hours), fire pit and outdoor showers

  • 5 acres of private organic land to explore

  • Optional 60 min massage (at additional cost, paid directly to the therapist)

  • Time and space to take what you need to honour you





Discover the power of embodied Rest... Re-discover you



Holwell offers Twin (two single beds) rooms, or King Bed rooms to enjoy all to yourself. There are ensuite and shared bathroom options.



  • £425 pp  (£475pp from 1st June) Twin Room, shared bathroom 

  • £485 pp (£535pp from 1st June) Twin Room + Ensuite 

  • £525 pp  (£575pp from 1st June) Private Room,  King Bed, shared bathroom  

  • £585 pp  (£635pp from 1st June) Private Superking + Ensuite 

£150pp deposit is required to book, with the full balance payable within 8 weeks of the retreat.

A 60 minute full body holistic massage can also be booked at an additional £60.00pp


Price is per person and including all accommodation, meals and practices, as above. The ensuites offer shower rooms or bathrooms, these will be offered on a first booking basis. 

Please note this is an alcohol-free retreat, and a great opportunity for a digital detox. A chance to fully rest and unwind. (Phone use is of course available any time if you need to check in at home a little).


Want to feel like a Rested Mother?

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