Happiness and yoga – East Sussex

March 3rd – 5th 2017 | Early Bird From £389pp - £427pp


We all need help occasionally to find our inner glow and with yoga and holistic health becoming more mainstream in recent years, it is slowly becoming more acceptable to outwardly think about our mental health as well as physical health. On this happiness and yoga retreat, we create the space for you to do just that. Yoga teacher and coach Louise Gillespie-Smith will lead you on a happiness journey, asking questions and weaving happiness themes into her classes in a gentle and supportive way to help you feel excited about opening up to the answers to:
“What makes me happy?”
“Am I happy?”
“What does true happiness mean to me?”

Louise has been a coach and NLP practitioner for 8 years helping people to create a life they love. She finds the embodied practice of yoga helps to calm the mind and deeply connect with what is true in your heart.

The combination of yoga, silent country walks, healthy satisfying food, journaling exercises and a happiness workshop will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired.


7.30am: Hot lemon and ginger tea and protein snacks before morning yoga.

8am: Silent walk.

8:30am – 10:30am: Morning yoga and meditation class with happiness theme.

10.30am: Brunch of porridge, eggs and other wholesome healthy treats.

11:30am – 1pm: Massage and free time to read, explore and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

1pm – 3pm: Saturday Happiness Workshop with Louise. Sunday relax and enjoy a treatment

3pm: Healthy afternoon lunch.

3:30pm – 5:30pm: More treatments to pamper yourself or free time.

5:30pm – 7:30pm: Evening yoga and meditation class.

7:30pm: Delicious vegetarian feast.

Saturday night happiness story telling, an optional extra, after dinner.

Start and finish times of the retreat

The yoga retreat starts from 5pm on Friday, with the first yoga class starting at 6pm. The yoga retreat finishes at 3pm on Sunday, after a light lunch to send you on your way.


Crow cottage has 2 twin rooms, one with en-suite and shower and the other with a separate bathroom with bath. Eww cottage has 1 twin with it’s own bathroom and a double with en-suite and shower. They both have a spacious living room and kitchen.

The calf shed cottage has 2 twin or double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, one with a shower and the other with a shower and bath.


Benefit from our early bird discount of 10% OFF if booked 6 weeks before your retreat

Early Bird: £389pp
Standard price: £427pp

The prices are based on 2 people sharing a room. If you are coming on your own you are welcome to share a twin room with another guest of the same sex, or if you would prefer a room to yourself there is a 40% single supplement.

How to get there

By Car

From London get onto the M25 and then exit onto the A21. It is then about 30 minutes drive from the M25. Once you have booked your place with us we will give you the exact address and postcode.


There are trains that run every hour from London Charing Cross, Cannon Street & Waterloo East and they take 1 hr and 10 minutes.

Please catch the recommended train times below and we will organise a taxi share for you.

Recommended train times:

Friday: Depart London Charing Cross 15.45. Arrive Stonegate: 16.55

Sunday: Depart Stonegate: 15.23. Arrive Charing Cross: 16.53

Monday: Depart Stonegate: 12.23. Arrive London Charing Cross 13.33

Price: Included

  • 2 nights accommodation in the rural tranquillity surrounded by beautiful Sussex countryside in privately owned cosy cottages with views of the High Weald.
  • Early morning hot water and lemon or herbal teas with nut snacks to boost energy levels pre-yoga.
  • 2 x daily guided silent morning walk to the sunrise to wake up peacefully and slowly.
  • 2 x 2-hour morning yoga practice which will energise and awaken sleepy bodies and a variety of types of meditation practice to calm the mind all with a happiness theme.
  • 2 delicious and wholesome veggie/vegan inspired breakfasts from one of our expert in-house chef with a happiness theme.
  • A happiness workshop with Louise to find out what makes you happy.
  • 2 fresh, warming and healthy vegan style lunch with a selection of salads and dressings.
  • 2 x 2-hour evening yoga to unwind and calm with restorative practices, meditation and yoga Nidra
  • 2 hearty vegan evening meals with a selection of savoury and inspiring dishes plus a wheat, sugar, dairy free dessert.
  • Get cosy to share happiness stories together after dinner.
  • All Yoga equipment.
  • Helpful and friendly AY staff to look after your every need to help you feel pampered and looked after.

Price: Not Included

  • Travel to and from the venue
  • Treatments available at £38 for 30 minutes and £65 for 1 hr


The food will be provided by one of our in-house AdventureYogi retreat chefs. All food is vegetarian or vegan which will be balanced, seasonal and local. The food will also follow the happiness theme, the chef will have considered which foods have the right vitamins, minerals, amino acids that help boost your happiness levels. They will let you know at each meal time so take notes!

Things to do

Happiness workshop:

As well as the yoga sessions during the retreat, you’ll be exploring happiness through journaling exercises that have been designed to lift your mood and increase happiness levels. On Saturday afternoon Louise will run a 2-hour workshop which will include creating your own happiness vision board, a powerful tool you can take home to use daily to keep what makes you smile in mind.

Happiness story telling

After dinner on Saturday evening, there will be optional happiness story telling by the fire where we’ll share our favourite moments. A lovely opportunity to connect with each other and go to bed with a warm glow.

maps are available for walks

Just ask one of our teams to show you.


Massage / holistic treatments

Our own highly experienced therapists are on hand to soothe away your aches and pains. Choose from an array of wonderful different massages, facials, reiki, depending on your retreat and therapists available. Prices: £38 for 30 minutes and £65 for 1 hour.


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The Happiness retreat has been designed, by life coach and yoga teacher Louise Gillespie-Smith, to help you connect with your inner smile. Louise has been a coach and NLP practitioner for 8 years helping people to create a life they love. She finds the embodied practice of yoga helps to calm the mind and deeply connect with what is true in your heart.

Louise will teach an energising vinyasa flow class in the morning which is an alignment between movement and breath, turning classic Hatha asanas into a beautiful heart centred flow. It is a perfect combination to increase flexibility and strength whilst leaving you feeling uplifted yet relaxed by the end of each class. In the evening you’ll experience slow meditative yin yoga. Whereas vinyasa flow is a yang, energetic, practice that gets into the muscles, yin focuses on the joints by holding poses for 3-5 mins.

A combination of yin and yang will help to bring your body and mind into balance. Louise’s teaching style is suitable for all levels and she will weave in the theme of happiness throughout the sessions.

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Early Bird: £389pp 2 nights
Standard: £427pp 2 nights

£150 deposit is required for this eventplease select from the available dates above to secure your space.

After receiving deposit payment we will email for further information.

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