Women’s Wellness Retreat

8th – 10th November 2024

West Cornwall

Women's Wellness Retreat

This weekend of women’s health and well-being will be led by Yoga Teacher, Psychotherapist & IFS Trainer  Olivia Lester and Shiatsu Practitioner Kate Burford. Olivia and Kate have been working in the arena of women’s health for many years and have a wealth of knowledge between them and a comfortable, easy way of working with each other.

The weekend will  encourage deep rest and time for self reflection as we practice restorative Yoga, Shiatsu based movement and guided meditation. There will be an Introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy. The food will be delicious, healthy and vegetarian, there will be a chance to  sea swim if this is something you regularly enjoy and we can be in nature whether in the woods, on the cliffs or with the standing stones. The weekend will  inspire deep self-care and be nurturing and empowering for all our parts. Come and join us! 

 The garden studio is quiet, warm and spacious, the house is welcoming and comfortable and nestled into the woods away from everything which really allows us to quickly drop into rest and relax mode.

The price is £350 per person sharing a simple twin, £365  each sharing an ensuite twin and £475 for a single ensuite. There is possibility for rooms to be made into triples or doubles. Campervans are £300 per person.


We ask for £100 deposit  to secure your place and full payment to be made by October 1st 2024.

The course will run from 4pm on Friday 8th until 4pm on Sunday 10th November 2024. You also have the option to stay at Rosemerryn with us on the Sunday night for no extra cost.

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Internal Family Systems Therapy

During our retreat, we will be doing an Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS).

'IFS is a transformative tool that conceives of every human being as a system of protective and wounded inner parts led by a core Self. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. Self is in everyone. It can’t be damaged. It knows how to heal. 

IFS is frequently used as an evidence-based psychotherapy, helping people heal by accessing and healing their protective and wounded inner parts. IFS creates inner and outer connectedness by helping people first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts.' - IFS Institute (https://ifs-institute.com/)

Here are some resources on this powerful tool and therapy - 




IFS Talks on Spotify




Dear Gabby Podcast on Spotify “The Therapy that changed my life – Internal Family Systems with Richard Schwartz”



“No Bad Parts” by Richard Schwartz PhD

“Greater than the Sum of Our Parts” by Richard Schwartz PhD

“Internal Family Systems Therapy” by Richard Schwartz PhD

Women's Wellness Retreat

A restorative weekend of women's health and well-being


Rosemerryn House



TR19 6BN



From 4pm on Friday 8th November to 4pm on Sunday 10th November 2024


£350 sharing a twin room

£365 Sharing an ensuite twin

£475 single room with ensuite & double bed

£300 campervans

£100 deposit required and full payment to be made by 1st October

The food is homemade and vegetarian. 


Fees are non- refundable if cancellation is made less than 4 weeks before although we will try and fill your space if you have to cancel.

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Your Facilitators

Olivia Lester

Olivia has experience of teaching yoga for 25 plus years in a variety of settings including classes and workshops for pregnancy, postnatal and the elderly.

Her yoga and movement teaching has been inspired by yoga teachers John Stirk, Sandra Sabatini and Peter Blackaby and she also draws from her experience of practising Feldenkrais and Somatics taught by Sabine Blackaby and informed by Thomas Hanna’s work. These help to restore natural body movement and bring balance tour nervous system.

Olivia is also an IFS (Internal Family Systems) Institute Lead trainer and a qualified Registered Psychotherapist. The Internal Family Systems Method is a psychotherapy developed by Richard Swartz PhD. It is especially suitable for working with trauma in a safe, gentle and non-pathologising way.

Kate Burford

Kate has been practising and teaching Shiatsu to a wide variety of people for over 30 years. 

She has worked extensively with women’s health; supporting women with Shiatsu to ease pregnancy, labour and the challenges that can arise during the menstrual and menopausal phases.

Although Kate has studied many different bodywork and healthcare modalities Shiatsu remains the bedrock of her life and work. 

Her interest in the wisdom of Chinese medicine, passion for healthy eating, connection  with the natural world, experience of teaching self help and movement practices plus her love of working with beautiful essential oils will all be part of the nurturing you will receive over this weekend.