Residential Weekend, Domus Mariae, 29/06/18-01/07/18

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Early bird price £ 185.00
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Residential Weekend, Domus Mariae, 29/06/18-01/07/18


Patrons: Dr M Bhole and Dr S Vinod

Yoga for Health and Education Trust




Domus Mariae (school entrance)
Turpins Lane
Woodford Bridge
Essex IG8 8AX

Friday 29th June - Sunday 1st July 2018

Cost: £185 YHET members, £205 non-members
Early bird: £20 off if booked before 18th May 2018

Sessions led by - Les Hummel, Julie Seery,
Jackie Robinson, Monika Mathieu

Arrive any time after 4pm on Friday
The event finishes after lunch on Sunday

Yoga has many benefits physically, mentally, emotionally and for some spiritually. You do not have to be fit, flexible, strong or able-bodied to benefit and enjoy yoga so come and join us for a relaxing weekend filled with yoga, laughter, kindness and friendship.

Each morning we provide a general yoga session and a gentle/remedial session for those less able or not feeling so good that day with teachers who have undertaken extra training in this area. We use a variety of fully qualified teachers from many different schools of yoga with a wide range of experiences, expertise and knowledge to share.  Both groups come together in the afternoon for sessions that are suitable for all.

Each day will start with an optional early morning stretch (7am-8am) followed by breakfast. Yoga sessions will then continue throughout the day and participation is voluntary.

There will be some free time for socialising, contemplation or taking a walk in the large well-maintained grounds which has a labyrinth.


General yoga session at 10 am led by Julie Seery
or Gentle/remedial session led by Monika Mathieu
Led by - Les Hummel
AFTERNOON SESSION 2 Led by - Les Hummel
General session led by Monika Mathieu
or Gentle/remedial session led by Jackie Robinson


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Domus Mariae Weekend, November 2016

I had the pleasure of being a newcomer at a truly beautiful and enlightening weekend at YHET last weekend. I would like to thank all those involved in making it such a varied and enjoyable experience from start to finish. The venue is so relaxing and easy to feel a part of with the facilities offering everything for everybody. The food and refreshments were varied and plentiful with lots of choice and helpings. Sitting chatting to everyone gave a real sense of being part of the whole group and getting to know everyone. Having our own kitchen on each floor made for easy and flexible breakfast times. The rooms and facilities were all immaculate.

As for the all important yoga, the various classes offered a perfect balance of gentle yoga, stretching, strengthening, meditation, relaxation, chanting and even a gong bath. The early morning classes offered a perfect warm up to the day ahead with time afterwards for breakfast and a walk around the beautifully kept gardens. Having various different teachers throughout the whole weekend enabled me to experience different styles and paces of yoga. I have practised yoga for many years but haven't experimented as much as I would like which meant this weekend offered an ideal opportunity to immerse myself in a variety of experiences which were not just "exercise" based. I particularly enjoyed the chanting which I had never experienced before and found it very uplifting and blew away the cobwebs and inhibitions. I definitely feel more toned following some of the stretches and more dynamic yoga and am determined to up my regime at home, fingers crossed on that one!

The gong bath experience was unforgettable and really moved me. I have suffered mal alignment for many years which is gradually being corrected with thanks to my dentist and physiotherapist. The one area which I have suffered a lot of problems I found the gong bath particularly beneficial as this worked on a different level to just the physical. The vibrations seem to home in on this area immediately and I feel a lot more "clear and free flowing". I found the experience quite emotional but in a good way and am planning to visit another gong bath soon, luck for me they are in my area I am pleased to say. I found this a perfect end to the Saturday evening.

I can honestly say that I feel much stronger in mind, body and spirit and have met some wonderful people during the weekend. I will definitely return to the next YHET weekend and look forward to meeting up with all the wonderful people involved. I thank you all dearly and highly recommend joining YHET for all the benefits you have to offfer.

I am now a proud member of YHET (membership complete!) so look forward to hearing all the news and upcoming dates.

Jo Hannington

Domus Mariae Residential Weekend, November 2015

November 2015, Domus Mariae, Essex - behind the scenes various housekeeping problems with central heating and no water in several bedrooms, coupled with staff away, so our thanks must go to Ann and her remaining team, who pulled together so that most of those attending our YHET weekend retreat were unaware of these issues.  

Front of House began with the usual format of a post-journey Stretch and Relax session and after dinner a very unusual quiz, by way of introducing ourselves to others in the group.

Saturday early morning session, taken by Marian Parmenter was well attended, with several requests for the sequence Marian practices every morning. Heather Mackness took the general Saturday morning session, with several standing postures, which were then joined to form a flowing vinyasa.  Heather’s bright and cheery attitude encouraging us to take on board postures which might be a little challenging. 

Les Hummel took the Remedial group and continued the after lunch session explaining the Yamas and Niyamas. The remainder of Saturday afternoon was spent with Heather and Les teaching partner work, students being offered the opportunity of working alone if they preferred.  There was plenty of opportunity to liaise with your partner while Heather and Les were busy advising modifications and adjustments. 

The facilitator for our planned evening session was unable to attend, but Geordie Greg stepped in to Save the Day (or rather the evening) and delivered poetry as only Greg can (Pam Ayres must look to her laurels) with accompanying anecdotes, and jokes. The group surprised themselves in being able to produce an acceptable rendition of various olde songs, interspersed with Greg’s next comical poem. So, Saturday was over……… several were more than ready for their bed, while others preferred to have a chat and catch up with friends not seen for some time.

Local fireworks were sounding off (7th Nov) and a fox in the grounds of Domus Mariae was screeching in competition: in fact fireworks were still being set off (BANG, BANG, BANG) at 6.00am Sunday morning!!!

Helena Read took the gentle, early morning session – which is always less well attended than early Saturday  sessions and Marian followed later with Words and Music in which she read two inspiring verses (both authors unknown) – once again various requests for copies.

The General session on Sunday was taken by Phil Ansty (while Gill took the Remedial).  Phil’s relaxed style, delivered with his quiet humour, masks the focus required, as following his instructions we flowed from one pose into another, actually working quite deeply. Interspersed between postures were minutes of seated meditation, bringing us into the moment.  

Timewise 4.00pm Friday – 2.00pm Sunday is not that long, but by attending all the yoga sessions offered, it is possible to connect with group consciousness and slip into that special space where the physical body (and its occupant) can exist with a relaxed and peaceful attitude.  

My thanks to all involved – it was a holistic weekend  


Chris Bindley

Domus Mariae Residential Weekend, November 2015

As this was our first yoga weekend, my hubby and I were unsure of what to expect, although we need not have worried as we were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived.  

We had suffered a heavy traffic, rainy Friday evening journey and arrived somewhat harassed, but were shown to our room and then joined in the evening gentle stretch - and the outside world just faded then disappeared.

The room was very tidy and clean, as was the shower room and kitchen at the end of the corridor. The yoga sessions were varied and suitably challenging, with each teacher bringing their own abilities and style. This was especially interesting for me, as I'm looking to study teacher training, and valued the diversity of approach. 

Hubby, on the other hand, suffers from an arthritic hip and was heartened by the courage and 'can do' demeanour of YHET, as epitomised by the fellow attendees of the event.

Tracy and Steve Dunwell

Domus Mariae Residential Weekend, November 2015

This was my third visit to Domus Marie and I just wanted to say what an amazing weekend I had. So lovely to see friends and make new ones too.

The yoga sessions were absolutely lovely with Chris, Marian and Helena making our first session when we arrived, and our morning stretches so enjoyable. 

The general session led by Les, Heather, Phil and Gill really were amazing I loved every minute, so good to feel stretched, happy and relaxed.

Saturday evening was hilarious with Greg's entertainment and he even turned us into a choir!!! So thank you to everyone for making my weekend one of the best ever. 

Roll on next year.

Ann Bacon

Domus Mariae Residential Weekend & AGM - June 2015

My friends and I arrived at Domus Mariae on Friday afternoon, really looking forward to our weekend. It was a lovely sunny day and we had just driven from various places near Southend on Sea, along the busy A127. As soon as we had driven into the Convent grounds, we all felt that sense of peace, a little like Ickwell Bury.
After settling into our rooms and a cup of tea, we were able to attend an hour of stretching and relaxation with Paul Blissett, which was just what everyone needed. Then off to the dining room for an enjoyable evening meal, with the tables all laid out beautifully and a warm welcome from the lovely staff. The evening finished with a short getting to know one another session because everybody was tired and ready for bed. It already felt as though we were beginning to merge into a very friendly group.

The early morning session taken on Saturday by Marion Parmenter was well attended. Music was played as we gently stretched, breathed and moved into some gentle but effective postures. One we especially enjoyed was a sequence of movements to the music from the film Chariots of Fire, a gentler version of Surya Namaskara, the Sun Prayer. There were further Yoga teachings held on Saturday taken by Ellen Lee, a new teacher to me, but her calm, encouraging style was so enjoyable I really wish that I could attend her CPD weekend later this year. The AGM was carried through very efficiently and swiftly, in the shortest possible time! So, we had some time to enjoy the lovely gardens in the sunshine. The evening on Saturday finished with games and lots of laughter. It was called Yoga Boga (the yoga of fun), which Ellen assured us was real but which none of us had heard of before. 

Sunday’s teachings were taken by new teachers to me and my friends, with Monika Mathieu taking the early morning stretch, and Julie Collis taking the later one. Both very interesting teachers with their own individual approaches. This was what made the weekend even more enjoyable because having practised Yoga for many years, it was great to meet all very different thoughts and ideas. There were gentle remedial sessions also available, taken by Tim Francis and Eileen Nash, and to take us back to Ickwell Bury, the meditations at 12 noon were perfect.

The weekend came to a close after lunch on Sunday and as we said our farewells, none of us really wanted it to end. Although I'm sure that we all went home feeling happy, refreshed and renewed from spending a wonderful weekend, in such a peaceful place and with such warm friendly people.

Many thanks to all the organisers and the lovely people at Domus Mariae.

Patricia Buck

Domus Mariae Residential Weekend & AGM - June 2015

My First Yoga Weekend

Vicky, our yoga teacher, drove us to Chigwell from the Isle of Wight leaving on the 11.30am boat. This was to be my first venture to a yoga weekend - the other three had been before and enjoyed the experience.

We arrived spot on 4.00pm! Our rooms were all on the same floor which was particularly nice for me as I have a hopeless sense of direction and felt I could have easily got lost.

My first impression was of friendliness. Most arriving had been before and were pleased to see familiar faces. My next impression was of our accommodation. Everything was very clean. We all had a room to ourselves and, although it was simple, I did not feel at any time that my room was lacking in any way. Also on our floor there was a single toilet and two shower rooms. There was a very neat kitchen where we could prepare our own breakfasts from a large selection of cereals, teas, breads etc, and most tastes were catered for and you could help yourself at any time.

The main meals were taken downstairs in the dining room and the friendly staff there also catered well for their visitor’s differing tastes and requirements. I have to say here that you would not starve and that everything was spotless with fresh linen table cloths and very comfortable chairs.

The yoga itself - which is after all why we went - started at 5.00pm with a session of Gentle Yoga. Throughout the weekend there was always a choice of classes. I found it all relatively gentle with the emphasis on "Listening to your body", with the various teachers always giving alternatives to make any exercise a little easier, or a little more difficult, to suit your personal taste. If you didn't want to attend a class you didn't have too.

It was quite a busy time. I endeavoured to attend all the classes but did miss one on the second day when Jackie (one of our party) and I took a little walk outside the grounds and stumbled on Chigwell Garden Centre.

The grounds of the Convent are also very peaceful and relaxing with flowers and trees, garden seats here and there, and two summer houses for damper days. One evening we saw a fox run across the lawn.

If you are reading this, have some knowledge of yoga, and have wondered what such a weekend would be like, I can highly recommend that you "give it a go".

I met some really friendly people (there were also two men in our class) who I hope will greet me next time I go. I enjoyed classes by different, very experienced teachers, good accommodation, good food that I didn't have to cook, and peaceful surroundings.

WHAT is there to stop YOU?

Kay Brinton 

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A full programme will be sent to attendees prior to the event

TRAVEL – more detailed instructions will be sent with the confirmation of booking.

For further information please email Jackie Robinson

There will be a yoga stretch session from 5-6pm on Friday for those interested.

Please bring your own YOGA MAT and any blocks or belts that you use

How to book

  • Please book online if you can. It is the fastest and most efficient way to book - you receive immediate acknowledgement of your order and the booking process ensures that you supply all necessary information. It also saves YHET staff having to manually enter your booking details onto the website for you - a process that is much more long-winded than you doing so yourself. 

    You can still pay by cheque if you prefer, even when booking online.

    As well as the questions below, a Personal Comments section further on allows you to tell us about any particular requirements you may have and if applicable, who you are sharing a room with.

  • Please do not make both an online booking and a postal booking - just one or the other!

  • If you really have to make a postal booking please email Jackie Robinson and she will email you a form to complete. Members will also receive a paper booking form in the YHET magazine. 

How to pay

Please note that Paypal commission charges are quite significant for events so if booking online and you prefer all of your payment to go to YHET, please select "Invoice" as the payment type when ordering and pay using one of the following two payment methods:

  • If you use internet banking, you can make an electronic funds transfer direct to the YHET bank account. Our bank account number is 65247251 and the sort code is 08-92-99. Please ensure that you include your name as the reference so that we can match your payment to your order.

  • Alternatively you can book online and pay by cheque. The electronic invoice we send you will give the return postal address to send your cheque. If you do not receive an electronic invoice in your inbox, check that your email filter has not put it in your spam folder.



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