Bespoke Retreats, West Sussex, England

Transformational meditation, healing and life coaching retreats with bespoke extras


Retreats run year round and for any length of time you choose. Just liaise with Lynn to find dates that suit.

£495 – £1200 pp per night, depending on the type of accommodation you choose and the number of activities you book. Accommodation and treatments with Lynn are always included, as is a post-retreat catch-up by phone.

1, 2 or a small group of friends, family or colleagues.


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.

In a nutshell: 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.

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Nurturing Yurt Retreat

Destination: West Sussex, England

Date: 1 Nov 2020 - 26 Nov 2020

Price: From £695

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Opt for a grounded retreat in a luxurious yurt with complimentary healing.

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What’s Queenly?

The ability to choose your activities and the type of accommodation means you can craft exactly what your heart desires.

What’s Lowly?

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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Sasha Bates reviewed this two-day, private tailored retreat led by healer Lynn Jackson at a gorgeous beach house at West Wittering in Sussex and found an astonishing amount of deep rest in a very short time.

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Retreat Activities


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.

Personal spaces

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.

 

Insider Tips

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.

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Bespoke Retreats take place in a variety of different settings chosen for their innate energy, be it restful, nurturing, grounding or more energising. Some people want wow factor, others look for something more simple. Accommodation is hired to dovetail perfectly with the needs and requirements of each individual guest. All are selected with ‘covid-safety’ very much in mind, and offer scrupulous hygiene and spaces that can be opened up to let the outside in. Everything is provided, including slippers, toiletries, flowers and other little luxuries. You have the venue in Sussex to yourself, whatever location you choose, and Lynn and other therapists then visit as needed.

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SOUTH DOWNS BARN: A quality barn conversion in a lovely enclave of six similar properties, this rural hideaway offers laid-back luxury for a relaxing and nurturing retreat. The cottage features open-plan living with large bi-fold doors that open to the great outdoors, a fabulous kitchen, comfortable king-size bed and a gorgeous bathroom with a rainfall shower and a full bathtub for those long, leisurely soaks.

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COASTAL COTTAGE: As well as the gorgeous beach house featured in the official review, other accommodation includes this comfortable and spacious bungalow within a stone’s throw of the beach. Open-plan living with large patio doors that open up to the spacious garden, a well-equipped kitchen and a lovely wood-burning stove for those chilly evenings combine to make this perfect a perfect base for a revitalising yet laid-back beach retreat

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SPA HOTEL: This stylish four-star hotel and health club set in a country estate is the ideal venue for a reviving pick-me-up.  With immaculate king-size en-suite rooms that open up to the spacious grounds, a choice of two excellent restaurants, a luxurious spa and various fitness classes, this offers the quintessential country spa retreat with heart and soul at a surprisingly cost-effective price. It's no wonder it’s our most popular retreat!

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COUNTRY STUDIO: This delightfully pretty rural barn is particularly recommended for nurturing solo retreats.  Two sets of patio doors open the whole interior to the beautiful outside space with its wonderful views and own gate that leads straight on to the South Downs. There is also a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, a lovely en-suite shower room, a comfortable king-size bed, and a very attractive seating area with three sofas around a lovely log-burning fire for cooler months.

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LUXURY YURT: Kick back and get back to nature in this hugely popular and relaxing retreat. The luxurious yurt has a hardwood floor, a real bed with quality linen, its own mini-kitchen including fridge, comfy lounge seating, cosy wood-burning fire, and a private en-suite bathroom with hot shower. Outside, you’ll have your own gazebo and a seating area with table, chairs and chimenea to enjoy the peace and quiet of this lovely rural escape.

Sustenance

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.

Sustainability

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.

LOCATION

Chichester, England, PO20 7EE

Airport: Heathrow

Transfer time: 1 hour

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Colleen Young

In June 2019 I undertook a bespoke, transformative beach retreat with Lynn Jackson. It did what it says on the tin ….. transformed my life.

The accomodation was nothing short of heavenly for my needs, onlooking the sea ….. private, restful and quiet. My meals were lovingly and nutritiously prepared and throughout my stay I was cocooned in a feeling of peace.

We journeyed together on some deep inner work, the outcome being a huge leap of faith on my part and making some quite scary life choice changes. The results however created a deep empowerment and inner happiness for me over the next few months. I now feel I have “arrived”!

Thank you Lynn for helping me “get out of my own way” and assisting the process for me to have the courage to walk an unfamiliar but new and positive path.

Sam Mann

I took a deeper breath than I had in a long time, and the gentle incense filled my lungs. Settling into the fabulous boho treehouse, the nagging worry that I was being self-indulgent to disappear for 2 days by myself began to fade. This wasn’t a treat, it was a necessity.

A busy life as a showbiz journalist, mum to an 8 year old and general social butterfly had left me frazzled. I was questioning the point of my job, feeling lost in life and desperate to *cue Lulu* “relight my fire”.

My host Lynn greeted me with a warm smile and welcomed me to my little sanctuary. She had thoughtfully filled the beautifully decorated hideout with scented candles and stocked the cupboards and fridge with healthy, delicious food. I felt immediately at home.

It wasn’t long before I was relaxing on the impressive wooden balcony, listening to the huge oak trees as they swayed in the breeze. I took up Lynn’s suggestion that I lay wrapped snug in a blanket and could literally feel the pent-up tension dissolve with each breath. After a much-needed meditation, I retreated inside to lie on the bed as the late afternoon sun streamed through the window. I spent the rest of the evening in a blissful state of relaxation and woke up after 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It had been years since I’d been able to do this. The magic had begun.

The next morning I took my time over a delicious breakfast before we set off to a private Victorian walled garden in the Kent countryside. Lynn led me to a circular pattern mowed into the lawn. She explained the labyrinth was a symbolic representation of my life. I was to walk the path mindfully and see what came up.

I was confused as to exactly what this would do but I’d decided not to question things and go with the flow. After a minute or two, my legs started to feel heavy as though I was wading through thick treacle. I chuckled to myself at the irony – stuck in life and now stuck in imaginary treacle in the middle of a garden.

Once I’d reached the centre of the labyrinth I closed my eyes, my head felt clear as a sense of peace washed over me. My way out was interesting too, I began noticing little vibrant flowers, dotted along the path. Had they been there all along? Why could I only see them now?

Lynn explained that the journey into the centre represented my recent past, the centre is the present, and the journey out is an indication of my future path. Bring on a more vibrant beautiful life, I say!

Later that evening, Lynn lit a fire and asked me to write on bits of paper any thoughts or behaviours that had been holding me back or dragging me down. I wrapped each paper around a pine cone and tossed them into the flames. As I watched them burn, I felt in control and determined that this was goodbye forever.

The rest of the weekend was busy with pampering – a stress-busting massage and a mineral float session, as well as a potent, crystal-infused water ceremony where I drank in my good intentions. I also enjoyed a lot of precious ‘me time’, with zero urge to check my phone. I revelled in the luxury of uninterrupted reading time, and chomped my way happily through a whole box of homemade brownies.  

I was now feeling like a different person to the wiped out, desperate plate spinner who’d arrived two days ago. But Lynn had kept the best for last – her unique healing.

I relaxed on the bed, listening to the rain lashing outside as Lynn began to work on my energies. I felt a warmth come over me as I relaxed deeper and deeper, before seeing vivid colours and bright lights. I’d had healing sessions in the past but this was incredible.

As we finished, the rain had stopped and we walked out onto the most spectacular sunset I have ever seen. Majestical patterns of vivid gold, blue, turquoise, pink and purple streamed across the sky, and as the magical light bounced around me. I couldn’t help but think the sky was giving me the nod that my incantations were being answered.

As our precious time together came to an end, I reluctantly said goodbye to Lynn, who I’d become very attached to, and my beautiful hidden treehouse, taking with me two days of magic. I returned to my family happier and much more relaxed with a much clearer outlook on my future.

Jillian Fassam

Words aren’t enough to express my heartfelt gratitude for having Lynn Jackson in my life. The positive impact of her magical healing work is not only felt by me every single day, but I’m told is radiating to others around me. I am quite literally beaming again and it is solely thanks to her.

She has re-ignited my zest and total joy for life, and I now feel empowered, grateful, brave, connected and invigorated. Her kindness, compassion and healing powers are a precious gift and I’m so thankful to have worked so deeply with her as part of my bespoke retreat. I know there is even more to come; what an exciting adventure to be on!

To anyone looking for that ‘miracle’ or reset in their life, Lynn is the magic that you need. The healing starts from here, be brave and take the step. I guarantee you will never look back.

Laura M

I decided to get on board with Lynn’s retreat in west sussex after an intuitive nudge suggested it was the break I was looking for to esacpe the hectic city life of London. A little unsure of what to expect I arrived in West sussex to a beautiful country setting, more perfect then I had anticipated given the autumn time of year. The break was very relaxing, it’s obvious Lynn puts every effort and detail into creating the most relaxing experience for her guests. I settled into the beautiful countryside setting and spent the first day getting pampered and as relaxed as possible in the Spa facilities. The treatment was excellent and it’s obvious that Lynn works closely with the staff in the estate to ensure the treatments are tailored towards her customers needs. Fully relaxed on day two I met Lynn for the energy healing work. Having done some acupuncture work before but never energy healing I was skeptical of the healing work and if I would achieve anything from it .
When I met Lynn for the energy healing session I was very impressed with her intuitive understanding of what I was looking for from the session and her ability to work towards achieving these goals. The session was more emotionally challenging then I had anticipated, not realising before the other areas of life I had being putting on hold. However I enjoyed it the session as I felt supported by Lynn throughout. I left the retreat with a new lease of life that I could partially put down to the quiet country retreat but of course mainly Lynn’s wonderful work. One would have to experience it for themselves

Mary McSweeney

In November 2019 I decided to make the trip to Goodwood Estate for one of Lynn Jacksons Bespoke Retreats. The whole experience was magical from start to finish.

From the moment I met Lynn I knew she was going to change my life forever. Her warm, calm and compassionate personality instantly made me feel comfortable and totally at ease.

The accommodation Lynn chose was breathtaking in the beautiful surrounds of the Goodwood Estate. It was quiet and tranquil and the perfect place to reconnect with oneself.

Each morning we met and spent the day in a warm cosy library in another beautiful setting, called the Kennels. This created the perfect atmosphere for our retreat as we journeyed together into the areas of my life which needed to be rebalanced. Listening to Lynn’s wisdom and stories in areas relevant to my life was an amazing release for me and I can honestly say I feel like a new woman. I have been putting the teachings from Lynn into practise, and feel all the better for it each and every day.

Thank you Lynn for helping me find myself and for teaching me the tools to further raise the bar in my day to day life. I feel inspired, grateful and so blessed to have spent the time with you. I’m sure I’ll be back for more soon!

Anna Zatouroff

‘My two days with Lynn helped me cope with the terminal illness of my partner with love and compassion, enabling me to tell him how important he was to me and the impact he’d had upon my life before he became too ill to understand. The retreat gave me exactly what I needed, and I have been in a much better place in the six weeks since his death than I would ever have thought possible.
Lynn’s work is pure magic, and a retreat with her will be my annual MOT.’

Mel

A profound, memorable experience and surprisingly one of self-discovery after just 2 days at my bespoke retreat at the Goodwood Hotel. After 25 years of working hard in the fast lane, raising a young family and going through various trials and tribulations, I felt I deserved some time out to just pause, reflect and reconect with my purpose in life and inject some energy behind this.
Lynn’s treatment combined with some meditation (which I now practice and enjoy) helped me understand the root cause of my fears and insecurities. I also felt a deep sense of gratitude for everything I have achieved. The healing work had truly began.
Afterwards I felt lighter, happier, more confident and in control. I’m not sure I could have got there by myself, however Lynn’s amazing energy and healing abilities, my trust in her and my willingness and intent to embark on a new, refreshing and positive outlook of my life was a powerful force not to be reckoned with!

Tobina

Our retreat with Lynn was enormously helpful; we are so grateful to have found her, and I hugely appreciate all the energy and effort she gave us to help guide us through our present difficulties. It was very informative and whilst not always easy, it was so insightful. No doubt pennies will drop and things will be uncovered as time goes on and with further reflection, but for now, we are living as fully and truthfully as we can, as ourselves and with kindness to each other. Lynn is an excellent guide, and I hope many others are lucky enough to find her and work with her!

Eric Baker
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My husband and I embarked on a 2 day energy and meditative healing retreat with no expectations. We arrived at a beautiful B & B nested on a serene farm with a forest as the backdrop in the heart of Emsworth.

A full bespoke journey into the core of self began. Our lovely guide Lynn took us on a 2 day journey of self expansion and exploration. We thoroughly enjoyed Lynn’s calming energy and positive outlook. She customised our experience including massages and reflexology. I stumbled upon the Queen of Retreat website and would highly recommend Lynn’s bespoke approach to retreats.

Jo Bresi-Ando

I went on retreat in the South Downs in October 2020. I was in need of break but needed more than just a place to go. Lynn provided this.

From start to finish, Lyn tailored the break to exactly what I needed and I didn’t actually know what I needed at the time! Lynn made suggestions and I was open minded. My emotional state was fragile and I was apprehensive of what I had actually embarked on.

Lynn gently helped me to reconnect again with myself, I hadn’t realised how out of touch I was with my body and want it needed. She gave me strategies to begin healing again…….thank you Lynn.

The setting was beautiful, the converted barn felt luxurious and the quality of sleep was restorative. I would highly recommend connecting with Lynn and see for yourself how she can help you too.

Jemma Sheppard
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Being a mother of two young children with little support is tough; add a pandemic and spending large amounts of time with your other half makes it tougher. Of course I think we can all relate to this in 2020!
I started to notice I was suffering from panic attacks and was losing my cool at the slightest thing.  I had also begun having headaches that just wouldn’t shift.  The idea of getting away to an idyllic location sounded amazing and so I got in touch with Lynn, but when I started to think about the logistics, my head began to spin.  Lynn picked up on my energy and asked me what I wanted a retreat for?
I told her I needed to recharge, re-centre and get my head back in the game, and she assured me this could all be done from the comfort of my own home.  This sounded so much more appealing and I instantly relaxed.  I loved the idea of not having to drive anywhere (I get anxious driving on the motorway), and instead retreating in my own home with my creature comforts.  So I arranged for my parents to take care of the kids so that I’d have a quiet house for the week.
We set up a Zoom call to prepare me for my home retreat; it was a good chance to get to know one another and this helped as Lynn advised me on what I should do to maximize my time at home on my own.
I spent my retreat week eating my favourite foods, I pampered myself with local spa treatments at places I knew and liked, enjoyed some leisurely gardening, lunching with friends, reading, attending an art class and being at one with myself. Utter Bliss.
Lynn and I worked together with energy healing via Zoom chats. I thought it would feel odd not being in the same room but it didn’t. Lynn was warm and welcoming and it felt like chatting to an old friend even though we actually haven’t met face to face. These sessions really helped me reconnect and heal; she taught me coping techniques and ways to calm and settle myself. We meditated and talked and uncovered issues that have been blocked for some time.
Sometimes the idea of getting ‘away from it all’ makes sense but actually, it’s worth considering staying where you are and dealing with your issues in the comfort of your own home, and the whole experience has been very positive.  Lynn has made me conscious of the need to care for myself more, and since then my headaches have definitely subsided and I feel in a much happier place which has been good for me and my family. Happy Mum, Happy Kids.