Devon is one of my favourite parts of the UK and I was grateful to be invited down to the Devon countryside close to Tiverton and Exmoor National Park to experience a Rest & Restore Wellness Retreat curated by Anoushka Emson, ahead of its launch in March 2020. Anoushka’s teaching is focused on cultivating internal energy and working with divine energy healers to understand how to create meaningful movement of prana in the body.
They say things always come when they are meant to and this couldn’t have been at a better time and it was just what I needed before I embarked on a busy period. The perfect way to re-align my energy physically and mentally and get more focused!
Located at the stunning Huntsham Court, a Grade II Listed baronial manor house in the Huntsham Estate, it was the perfect venue for 24 hours of relaxation, recuperation and the perfect mid-week pick me up with an overnight stay in the absolutely stunning bedrooms in the house. It felt like a home away from home!
There are 40 bedroom suites, most of which are en-suite and each of the rooms have different decor, fabrics and colour schemes. Mine was a cheery yellow with the bathtub of dreams in the very spacious bathroom!
There are cosy nooks and crannies throughout the house as well as a fabulous dining room for communal meals.
For our retreat we had a programme devised by Anoushka and a dedicated team of health practitioners.
On arrival we kicked off with a delicious lunch and introductory session before being educated about the wonders of essential oils by the lovely Miranda Lewis.
We then had a reflective meditation and yoga session with Anoushka pre-dinner, which was a wonderful way to relax as well as work up an appetite before a stunning meal.
An option before dinner is to also have a Reflexology session with Paula Fenegan, who specialises in reflexology and is a nutritional therapist. My plus one did this and really enjoyed it. Paula can be contacted by email: paulafenegan.co.uk
Half an hour before bedtime we had a Yoga Nidra session with Anoushka, which is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. While we were in the savasana position, Anoushka took us through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), which leaves you with a sense of wholeness. It is said that a 30-minute yoga nidra practice is equivalent to 2-4 hours of sleep. In yoga nidra, the benefits are immediate, from reduced stress to deep rest. I sure did have an amazing rest that evening!
The next morning we were up bright and early for an aromatic meditation session with Miranda using essential oils. I thoroughly enjoyed this and it was exactly what I needed having just gone through tough week prior to the retreat. At one point we each pulled a random card which we then meditated on with a variety of relevant essential oils and the card I pulled out was Sadness which was exactly how I was feeling that week as we had sadly lost our cat and I was still upset.
After this incredible session we devoured a breakfast prepared by 20ate Catering and chatted, eagerly anticipating the rest of the day’s activities. It is a wonderful way to get to know new like-minded people too.
After fuelling up it was an energising Yoga session with breath work with Anoushka and as it was a glorious day, we also went outside for some fresh air after the session.
Anoushka had begun her session with smudging, which I truly am on board with as it is one of the ways to energetically cleanse a space to invite positive energy.
We then had a life coaching session with both Anoushka and Miranda and covered aspects such as the importance of morning routines, gut health, energy levels and lots of other practical advice.
We never had the opportunity to go hungry at any point as the catering team kept us well fed with delicious meals and snacks!
During the downtime I adored being in the stunning library in the house – it is my dream to own a library like this in my home one day. Just putting it out there to the universe 😉
All in all I had an amazing time experiencing the Rest and Restore Wellness Retreat. From arrival to departure it was just impeccable and the sessions were well thought through and perfectly executed. I left learning so much and will take these lessons into my daily life.
As well as the Rest and Restore Retreats there will also be Mother and Baby retreats available which offer new ways to approach parenthood promoting balance for both mother and baby with sessions such as sleep consultations, an introduction to meditation and gentle yoga, to name a few.
The dates for both are as follows:
March 15th-16th: Rest & Restore
April 19th-20th: Mother and Baby
October 11th-12th: Rest & Restore
November 15th-16th: Mother and Baby
I would highly recommend booking into one of the wellness retreats as not only is it at a gorgeous venue in the countryside, you leave feeling rested, rejuvenated and re-aligned!
Find out more here: https://www.huntshamcourt.co.uk/retreats/