Lake District Retreat  October 2024

No Ordinary Retreats have been specifically created as an opportunity to for you to experience an intensive immersion into the depths of your inner being. Experienced practitioners, enthusiasts and instructors alike are welcome, in order to work on themselves for personal growth and development.

These intensive yoga retreats are an opportunity for you to step off the treadmill of Life, log off, slow down and turn inwards.  Just as an astronaut explores outer space, you will get to explore your own inner dimensions.  A variety of reflective techniques will be used, which are designed to draw your attention within, allowing you to examine your thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations.  Gradual withdrawal from constant stimuli and pressures of the outside world, allows space for deep contemplation.  You can BREATHE.

Connecting with the breath directly puts you in touch with your emotions and you begin to “feel” more.  Many people run from “feeling” any emotions or painful memories and dark experiences.  Emotions aren’t a problem unless they are supressed, repressed, avoided or resisted.  Personal stuff, traumas and dramas can arise, which can provoke an emotional response within.  When you are presented with a variety of feelings, you have a choice of how to deal with the associated emotions that bubble to the surface.

All too often, these painful emotions are stuffed right back down into the body, where they lie festering and unprocessed, wreaking havoc on your physical and mental wellbeing.  It isn’t always pretty when you come face to face with yourself and any baggage you are carrying and what you have done to yourself (and others) by your own actions. This confrontation can be challenging and downright ugly.  In the stillness, you encounter your subconscious patterns, habits, conditioning, stresses and your own thoughts.

Yoga is a coping mechanism for fully processing emotions that have previously been lurking, hidden deep within the core of your being.  A safe space is created within the retreat, so that you get the opportunity to “go there” – to expose yourself emotionally and be vulnerable.  Getting comfortable with discomfort takes great strength and much support from the group is often needed.  Letting Go is an es

sential part of the healing process.  Sometimes we have to break down and lose ourselves in order to find ourselves and ultimately build a better, stronger, wiser version of ourselves.  That’s the REAL yoga.  The science of self-transformation.


Join Emma for 3 incredible nights in the English countryside for her much anticipated yoga retreat.  The price includes a 3 night, full-board, stay at High Holme, in Nether Wassdale, Lake District, with meals included and daily tuition from Emma.

Price – £440 (3 nights full board stay – excluding travel)



High Holme house is located at Nether Wasdale in the Lake District.  The property enjoys an elevated position overlooking the dramatic Wasdale Valley.   The large windows of the lounge/diner provide excellent views over the garden towards the Wasdale Screes.  It’s the perfect place to do a spot of star gazing and a telescope is provided to take advantage of this.

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  • Three nights full board stay
  • Daily Yoga sessions (Yin, Vinyasa, Kundalini)
  • Fresh and nutritious meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Different Meditation Techniques
  • Shamanic Journeys
  • Pranayama Breathwork Techniques
  • Shamanic Ceremony
  • Gong Sound Bath
  • Group Kirtan Mantra Chanting
  • Yoga Philosophy Workshop/Lectures


Check-in Time:

17:00 on Friday

Check-out Time:

09:00 on Monday

There are 5 bedrooms (1 king-size, 1 double, 1 single, 1 twin, 1 family room with 1 double and 1 single) and the ten places are offered on a room sharing basis.  There are 3 bathrooms in total and facilities will be shared amongst the group (1 en-suite shower room with WC, 1 shower room with WC, 1 bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC.  The kitchen is fully equipped with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer.


  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Terrace
  • Hot Tub
  • Sky TV
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access

The gardens are extensive and have several sections to them.  The hot tub has fantastic views to the Wasdale Fells.  There is garden furniture and patio area for al fresco dining, a lower lawn and a secret bamboo garden too.  Please note that High Holme has both internal and external stairs.


  • A reservation requires a deposit of £150 of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Need to cancel your trip due to COVID-19? Cancel up to 7 days prior to the arrival date and you can reschedule your booking free of charge and put the funds towards attending any future retreat that we offer


You will be served daily fresh, nutritious vegetarian meals, included in the price.  Alcohol is not permitted during the retreat. The vegetarian menu will be tailored for the group.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea


  • Any transfer to and from the venue
  • Personal expenses


Typical Daily Timetable Example

  • 07:45 – 09.15 – Yoga (Yin/Kundalini/Vinyasa)
  • 09:15 – 10.15 – Breakfast
  • 10:30 – 12:00 – Mindfulness Topic Workshop/Lecture
  • 12.30 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15.30 – Sound Bath
  • 15:30 – 16:00 – Break
  • 16:00 – Shamanic Ceremony
  • 17.30 – 18.30 – Meditation
  • 19.00 – Dinner
  • 21.00 – Kirtan Group Chanting


Hello – my name is Emma Newham and I’m your host for this retreat.  A little bit about me and my background for your information.  I have been in the health and wellness industry for almost three decades, teaching mindbody exercise to the wider public, fitness enthusiasts and instructors alike.

My fitness companies specialise in delivering teacher training courses.  Union Yoga UK, specialises in face to face and online internationally accredited Yoga teacher training courses.  Pilates Union UK specialises in delivering online teacher training courses in the Pilates method.  BarreConcept specialises in delivering online and face to face training courses in the barre method.

My yoga background started in 2006 after gaining my initial 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification at the Sivananda Ashram in the Himalayas.  Since then, I have progressed to learn various other styles of yoga.

I spent a month at the Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Mysore, learning the Astanga Primary Series.  This lead me to undertake further teacher training courses in Ashtanga with leading Western yoga instructors including John Scott and David Swenson.  In 2018, I qualified in Kundalini Yoga and subsequently took a Level 2 Kundalini Teacher Training course in 2020 and I’ve also completed two different Aerial Yoga teacher training courses.

I’m a qualified Assessor and also an IQA (Internal Quality Assurer).

In addition to delivering training courses, I also specialise in bodywork, offering holistic treatments such as Thai Yoga Massage, Core Fascial Release and Reiki.

Sound therapy is a keen interest of mine, so I undertook the Gong Practitioner training in 2019.

Due to my interest in working with the mind, I teach courses and workshops in Mindfulness, Meditation and Spirituality.

More recently, I have completed the Modern Medicine Woman training course, which delves deeper into ancient wisdom, with the use of Shamanic practices such as rituals, ceremonies and journeys.

So, I have a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with the mind/body and I’d love to share this with you on my retreat.