Bespoke Retreats, West Sussex, England
Transformational meditation, healing and life coaching retreats with bespoke extras
Best for: Someone who wants to step away from their life, knows what they want to achieve and doesn’t want to work round anyone else’s schedule.
Not for: Someone who likes meeting people and being part of a group on a retreat.
Bespoke means bespoke with this unusual retreat devised by gifted healer Lynn Jackson. Meditation, healing treatments and life coaching with Lynn are always included – choose as many as you like. Lynn will also advise, according to your wellbeing goals, on the type of venue you might like to stay in, and there is a variety of carefully selected locations on offer across Sussex, from a beautifully converted barn with fabulous views and a luxuriously relaxing yurt to a stylish spa hotel. Ask for whatever add-on you fancy – from massage and horse riding to gym visits, journalling and mindful pebble painting.
The ability to choose your activities and the type of accommodation means you can craft exactly what your heart desires.
Apart from when therapists and tutors visit, solo travellers will essentially be on their own so guests will need to be able to enjoy their own company.
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Activities on offer are limited only by your imagination, budget and what Lynn can organise in the area where you’re staying. In a ‘getting to know you’ phone conversation in advance of the retreat, you can tell Lynn all about yourself, and ask for whatever you feel you need, be that horse riding along the sands, massages, gym visits, spa treatments, art resources, or simply time and space to walk alone in nature.
The main focus of one of Lynn’s retreats, wherever you happen to be staying, is one or more treatments with Lynn herself. She is a gifted healer and trained originally in London before supplementing her experience with long stays and trainings in Bali. In her sessions, Lynn tunes into your energy field to psychically remove energetic blocks, and it can be a hugely relaxing or energizing experience, depending on what you need. Sometimes the treatment might be supplemented by crystal therapy, an experience that can provoke physical sensations, colourful imagery or a strong desire to sleep.
Lynn leads soothing guided meditations, also drawn from her wide experience of different cultures. This being a bespoke retreat, you can let Lynn know how much meditation you have already done, and what you want the meditation to focus on.
Intuitive life coaching and spiritual navigation often accompanies Lynn’s healing work. She studied Metaphysical Counselling and Transpersonal Psychotherapy at the College of Psychic Studies from 1999-2001. These methods offer a holistic approach to life’s challenges with an emphasis upon the underlying needs of the spirit in navigating a meaningful path. She calls this Life Navigation, and has been using it in conjunction with her energy work for almost 20 years. Lynn has also done a 100-hour course with Educo, where she learned how to use a process called Unconscious Attention, to access the superconsciousness and galvanise change from within.
Other holistic treatments and activities are available. All the therapists have been carefully hand-picked and ‘road-tested’ by Lynn. Spa treatments like aromatherapy, reflexology, and Indian Head Massage are firm favourites, and Yoga, TRE (Trauma Release Exercises), Qigong and sound healing are the most popular holistic activities. Spa days at local luxury hotels can be incorporated as part of the package at some of the venues.
As an experienced healer, Lynn views all health issues – mental, physical or emotional – in terms of energy imbalances, so her approach is always energy-based. She can especially help guests deal with any sleep issues they may have, and she runs a specialist menopause healing programme called ‘Hotstuff’ to teach women how to minimise and eradicate menopause symptoms, which is imparted in one-to-one bespoke retreats or quarterly group retreats.
Retreats usually include creative elements. Lynn often supplies a selection of books as well as art and craft materials, and she offers intuitive suggestions for their use. Other creative activities, such as journalling, photography and even dance classes, can be arranged and expert tutors can be lined up to guide you.
Feel like surfing, sailing or riding a horse along the sands? Lynn will book you a lesson. Feel like a slow meditative walk around a labyrinth? Lynn knows just the place. Whether you are after quiet time alone to nap and read, prefer to commune with nature in a forest where you can walk alone, or if you want to pound the treadmill in the gym or do laps in a pool, Lynn will sort whatever activities you require. Most therapeutic activities can be provided in the retreat residence, and for those selecting the spa hotel option, an indoor pool and free fitness classes are included, subject to availability.
Accommodation is selected to dovetail with whatever ‘feel’ you want for your transformative experience. Locations in West Sussex are always beautiful, luxurious and comfortable and nurturing, and the choice includes a luxury yurt, beautifully converted barns, a stylish spa hotel or a relaxing coastal cottage on or near the famed sandy beaches of the Witterings. The bedroom in the house on West Wittering beach feels very much like the set of a Hollywood movie with whitewashed floorboards, cool, cream coloured walls on three sides, and a fourth wall made almost entirely of glass. Its wafting, muslin curtains frame unparalleled sea views.
Be specific about what you’re looking for, the feel and atmosphere you’d like, and what activities and treatments you want to book.
When to Go
Anytime – although you may want to factor in weather issues if you are hoping for a more outdoorsy experience.
New guidelines mean that only the spa retreat offers catering. But all our accommodation offers self-catering facilities, and we are able to help with grocery orders (including Hello Fresh and Cook) as well as local restaurant recommendations or we can organise an in-house cook or a chef for you. The use of recreational alcohol is prohibited but a small amount may be utilised as part of a ceremony or ritual.
Bespoke Retreats recycles to minimise waste and filtered water is offered in preference to bottled water. Organic Epsom and Himalayan salts are used in our hand-made bath potions, and we also use Himalayan salt lamps to help clean and ionise the air. Scented candles are soy with natural oils. Our therapists and facilitators are locally based.
Chichester, England, PO20 7EE
Transfer time: 1 hour