Yoga Workshops, Courses, Retreats

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Workshops, Courses and Retreats

Programme of regular events

  • Pop-up Retreats
  • Weekend Pop-up Retreats
  • Yoga for Stress and Burnout Courses
  • Yoga for Addictions Courses
  • Mindful Yoga and Yoga Nidra Workshops
  • Free the Back and Shoulders Workshops

Pop-up Retreats

Tickets are now on sale for the next retreat on Saturday 18 May from 11.30 to 5.00.

Pop-up yoga retreats to calm and relax take place at The Drawing Room Butleigh, a beautiful farmhouse in the heart of rural Somerset, close to Glastonbury.

Suitable for all including beginners, retreats are kept small and friendly with a maximum of 6 people.

Integrating the body, mind and breath for physical and emotional wellbeing, they are a great way to make space for yourself, de-stress, let go of tension, relax and immerse yourself in yoga. Perfect for attending on your own, with friends or giving as a special gift.
We ease into the day with relaxation and then find space and balance in our bodies with a hatha yoga class.

Lunch is freshly prepared on-site by The Drawing Room during the class. Typical menus are home made soup and a roll, a hearty salad or gourmet sandwiches. Freshly squeezed juices are served mid-afternoon. Following a sociable lunch with new friends, we ease into the afternoon with a mindfulness session or a short mindful village walk.

The theme for the afternoons is creating space for ourselves with use of the breath and calming somatic yoga.

Retreats end with an hour long yoga nidra session, which is more than deep relaxation, to leave you feeling balanced, refreshed and rejuvenated.

Recent retreats have sold out quickly so early booking is advised.

What people have said about our retreats.

“It was a wonderful day from start to finish. Carolyn is a fantastic teacher, very clear, knowledgeable and encouraging in how she leads you through the practice. Each yoga session has a different focus and seems to complement what has gone before; the day has obviously been put together in a very thoughtful way. The retreat venue itself is lovely with a beautiful separate meditation room and delicious lunch and afternoon tea all included. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” Emma.

“Thank you both for a wonderful and different experience… Six of us enjoyed an inspiring day of yoga and meditation sessions including beautifully presented drinks, lunch and tea.” Virginia.

“Such a fabulous day with amazing company, food and yoga. What’s not to love.” Abbe.

Boutique Weekend Pop-up Retreat

Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July.

This special weekend retreat is offered in conjunction with The Drawing Room, Butleigh and Keepers Cottage.

The weekend starts with arrival from 3pm at Keepers Cottage in Butleigh. You’ll be staying in an award-winning boutique bed and breakfast with landscaped gardens of about an acre and a gorgeous location surrounded by woods and fields. Keepers is as peaceful and elegant inside as it is out. All three guest suites have Egyptian cotton bedlinen, waffle robes and luxurious ensuite bathrooms with drench showers and L’Occitane toiletries.

Spend the evening relaxing at Keepers, explore the quintessentially English village of Butleigh, or take a short walk to the village pub for supper. Somerset has a thriving pub scene and there are a number of excellent gastro pubs a short drive away. Taxi and/or dinner reservations can be made for you.

On Saturday morning at breakfast you’ll find a choice of homemade granolas, muesli, fruit plus a choice of cooked breakfast dishes each day, using top quality, locally-sourced produce wherever possible. After a leisurely breakfast, amble down the quiet lane to The Drawing Room Butleigh for 11.15.

The theme for the day is reconnecting with body and mind, creating space and letting go of what is no longer needed. We will be practicing hatha, vinyasa, somatic yoga and pranayama, sequenced to prepare for an extended one hour yoga nidra. Yoga nidra is much more than relaxation. You will feel day to day stressors dropping away as you move to a place between being awake and asleep.

The retreat is suitable for beginners and those with yoga experience; modifications and variations will be given so you can practice where you are at.

Lunch is freshly prepared on-site by The Drawing Room during the class. Typical menus are home made soup and a roll, a hearty salad or gourmet sandwiches. Freshly squeezed, healthful juices are served mid-afternoon.

You will leave The Drawing Room feeling balanced, refreshed and rejuvenated at around 5pm to return to Keepers Cottage for free time in the evening to relax or explore the local area.

Departure is after breakfast on Sunday morning.

On Friday evening or Sunday morning, there is the option to attend a private or small group yoga session with Carolyn in The Studio at The Drawing Room prior to departure. Please email Carolyn at the time of booking if you would like to arrange additional yoga sessions during your weekend.


Trains from London Paddington take 1 hour 35 minutes (fast service) to Castle Cary, which is about a 20 minute taxi ride to Keepers Cottage. Your accommodation is an easy 10 minutes walk along the lane to The Drawing Room. It is a similar walk in the other direction to the village pub, the popular Rose and Portcullis, which serves good pub food Friday and Saturday evenings.


Your investment includes the pop-up retreat on Saturday 6 July; lunch, afternoon juices, yoga tuition and use of mats, props and blankets, plus two nights bed and breakfast. Prices vary according to your choice of accommodation.

  • Single occupancy of a king-double bedroom* – £270 per person.
  • Two people sharing king-double bedroom – £410 for two people booking together.
  • Two people sharing a detached cottage with either superking or twin bedded bedroom – £430 for two people booking together.

*To book a single occupancy room, please email to request a booking link.

Optional extras.

  • Private yoga lesson with Carolyn on Friday evening or Sunday morning in The Studio at The Drawing Room – £55.
  • Small group yoga lesson with Carolyn for two people on Friday evening or Sunday morning – £65.
  • Small group yoga lesson with Carolyn for three people on Friday evening or Sunday morning – £75.

Please contact Carolyn to arrange private or small group yoga lessons at the time of booking to arrange. Carolyn can be contacted at


Bookings can be made via the bookings page.

If you would like to discuss your accommodation requirements, please contact Emma Taylor on 01458 850353, email or for further information about Keepers Cottage, visit

Yoga for Stress and Burnout Course

The next course takes place on 4 consecutive Saturdays in March starting on 2 March. Sessions run from 11.15 to 1.00 at The Drawing Room, Butleigh near Glastonbury.

  • Feeling overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted?
  • Do you become unwell when you stop or go on holiday?
  • Find it difficult to sleep?
  • Do you feel that you have no time for yourself; there is always too much to do? And, maybe there is too much at stake for you to stop doing what you are doing?

This four week course will help you to breathe more deeply, learn techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, and provide space to start making lasting change in your life.

The first 75 minutes of each session focuses on gentle, mindful yoga, somatic movement, use of the breath and mindfulness, sequenced to still the mind and prepare for relaxation. You will then lie down with warm blankets for either relaxation or yoga nidra. Yoga nidra is a deep form of relaxation that can take you to a place between being awake and asleep while day to day stressors start to drop away.

You will also learn about the stress response, the impact of stress on body and mind, why chronic stress makes it so difficult to relax and what works. By the end of the course you will have experienced a range of practices and techniques that form an evidence-based toolkit for you to take into your daily life.

All sessions are suitable for beginners and you do not need to be flexible!

There are a maximum of 6 places on each course to enable personal attention to be given.

The investment for the course is £79 which includes all resources and use of mats, props and blankets.

This course runs two or three times a year.

Yoga for Addictions

The MARK Course for addictions combines specialised yoga with mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques (CBT) to provide a holistic and complementary approach to addictions.

It is suitable for addiction to substances, alcohol, food, relationships and other addictive patterns of behaviour.

The course is delivered over 6 weeks in small groups or can be adapted to be delivered 1:1. Course dates for 2019 will be announced soon but please get in touch to register your interest of if you would like a course to be run for an organisation, charity or community group.

The investment for the 6 week course is £125. Individual sessions can also be provided. Please enquire for details.

Carolyn trained to deliver the MARK Course with the Minded Institute in London and has also worked in and managed addiction services in the NHS.

Mindful Yoga and Yoga Nidra Workshop

The next workshop takes place on Saturday 27 April, 1.00 to 4.00, at The Drawing Room, Butleigh.

If you ever feel tense, stressed, anxious or too busy, this 3 hour workshop including tea and cake will help you to breathe more deeply, relax and create space for yourself in the beautiful surroundings of The Drawing Room, Butleigh.

The first part of the workshop focuses on gentle yoga and somatic movement; you do not need to be flexible and you won’t break into a sweat! No yoga experience is needed. You will then lie down with warm blankets for a one-hour yoga nidra. This deep relaxation will take you to a place between being awake and asleep leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Immediately after the workshop, a variety of teas and homemade cake by The Drawing Room will be served.

There are a maximum of 6 places available for this boutique workshop.

The workshop including use of mats, blankets, props and tea and cake is £32.00.

Free the Back and Shoulders Workshop

The next workshop takes place on 20 April from 11.15 to 1.45 at The Drawing Room, Butleigh.

Modern living, computers, driving and mobile phones can leave us with tension and pain in the upper back, shoulders and neck. Many of us also carry stress in these areas.

In this workshop, Carolyn shares the personal practices she used to reverse the tension, upper back pain and reduced mobility she was left with after over two decades of working at desks and sitting in meetings.

“Well over 20 years of sitting in meetings and hunching over computers had left me with tension in my back, neck and shoulders and restricted mobility, particularly in my thoracic spine and shoulders. I couldn’t lift my arms straight above my head. And my upper back was hurting a lot, particularly between the shoulder blades.

A key part of my personal yoga journey has been to change my posture, reduce tension and pain in my back and regain mobility. My mobility has improved significantly and the pain has gone, but this is still on ongoing journey and I continue to do focused practices on my back and shoulders every week.

Having shared some of the yoga sequences and breath work that have helped me in some of my classes and heard the sighs of relief, I will be sharing them in this two hour workshop for the upper back and shoulders.”

Resources will be provided so you can continue with an upper back and shoulder practice at home.

Immediately after the workshop, hot drinks (plus home-made cake if you choose!) will be served by The Drawing Room.

The investment is £25 for the workshop and includes a hot drink and homemade cake by The Drawing Room.

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