Yoga Weekend at St. Katharine’s, Parmoor – 2nd to 4th November 2018

The Venue: 

St. Katharine’s is an historic house standing in 12 acres of grounds in an area of great scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. The rural tranquillity of the Chilterns, combined with a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, make St. Katharine’s an ideal destination for yoga retreats. Visitors are free to enjoy the grounds.

Although much of the area is laid to grass there are a number of interesting features to discover including the walled garden, duck pond and a magnificent Cedar of Lebanon.

The history of the house goes back to the 14th Century, when it was apparently owned by the Knights Templar, and the magnificent cedar tree in the grounds was reputedly grown from a seed collected from Lebanon during the Crusades. The Community of St. Katharine of Alexandria moved to Parmoor in 1947.

The Sue Ryder Prayer Fellowship now owns the house and runs it on a non-profit-making basis. More information about St. Katharine’s can be found on their website:

The Yoga: 

The intention for the weekend is to offer relaxed, but informative yoga covering various aspects of asana, breathing and relaxation. Students will have the time and opportunity to explore yoga in an experiential and enquiring way.

There will be time for students to ask questions and explore their yoga, so that they can develop self-awareness and a ‘sense of feeling’, leading to a better understanding and discrimination of useful and non-useful movement habits.

The timetable will include an introductory meeting and relaxation class on Friday evening following dinner.
Saturday will offer three yoga/relaxation classes (early morning, mid-morning and early evening).
Sunday will offer two yoga/relaxation classes and a wrap-up yoga session on Sunday afternoon before departure.

The weekend is open to students of all abilities, but if you are not one of my regular students I do recommend that you attend at least one of my weekly classes to familiarise yourself with my style of yoga and tuition.

The retreat offers a lovely weekend of learning and developing practices, as well as meeting new people or re-acquainting with old friends in an environment of peace and tranquillity.


Meals are prepared using fresh, local ingredients wherever possible. Seasonal fruit and vegetables, including herbs, often come from the walled garden. Home-made biscuits are served during the morning break and home-made cake with afternoon tea.

Other Activities:

There will be plenty of time for additional activities including:

• Optional afternoon and evening discussions

• Exploring the grounds and relaxing in the garden

• Chatting or reading in one of the two libraries

• Relaxing in one of the two sit

Massage and therapeutic treatments 


Vicki Page,  (  aromatherapist & massage therapist, will be offering a selection of taster and full length massage, reflexology, Indian head massage. Costs for treatmens are not included in your payment so remember to bring with you a small amount of spending money if you would like to take advantage of these treatments. Depending on the length and type of treatment costs will be between £10 and £55


The cost for the weekend is £395 per person. This includes:

• Single accommodation in twin/double rooms with ensuite shower rooms (a reduced rate applies if you wish to share with a friend)

• One relaxation class on Friday evening, three yoga/relaxation classes on Saturday and Sunday

• Dinner on Friday, three meals on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday; morning coffee & biscuits and afternoon tea & cake on Saturday and Sunday.

St. Katharine’s will be open to students from 4.00pm on Friday to 4.00pm on Sunday.

Not included:

• Bathroom Towels and toiletries

• Travel to St. Katharine’s

• Any massage/treatments taken

Please bring indoor-shoes or slippers as guests are asked to remove outdoor shoes when in the house.


St. Katharine’s offers twin / double rooms furnished in a simple style with en-suite shower rooms. Accommodation costs are based on single accommodation. A reduced rate applies if two friends wish to share a room.

How to get there:

Address: St. Katharine’s, Parmoor, Frieth, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6NN

By car: St. Katharine’s is about four miles west of Marlow and is easily accessible from the M40 J4 or J5 and the M40 J8/9. The entrance is on Parmoor Lane, indicated by blue ‘St. Katharine’s Parmoor’ signs. If using a satnav, follow its directions to Parmoor Lane and look for the blue signs. (Detailed directions can be found on St. Katharine’s website

By train: High Wycombe and Henley-on-Thames are the nearest rail stations, on the main line from London Marylebone / Paddington. The taxi ride takes about 20 minutes. There is no public bus service from either station.

The Dates:

2nd to 4th November 2018

Booking Conditions:

To book you need to send a non-refundable deposit of £75 either by bank transfer using the bank details below or by posting a cheque payable to Julie Potter at 143a Arthur Road Windsor Berkshire SL4 1RU.

The balance for the weekend will be due by bank transfer or cheque on 21st September  2018. Bookings after this date are payable in full at time of booking.

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Contact Julie directly on 07828 132 091