WELLNESS PARKINSON’S RETREATS

20-23 September 2024 (also 19th and 24th potential travel in/out days)

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease can be extremely confusing, worrying and exceptionally stressful. The long list of potential motor and non-motor symptoms can be overwhelming to digest and accept.

We all know how important rest, relaxation and stress management are for managing Parkinson’s symptoms.

We invite you to our retreats in Umbria, central Italy, which are specifically designed to enable deep relaxation, reflection time and a sense of community. With a range of proposed activities to promote healthy living. you’ll be part of a supportive environment that will support your body, calm your mind and bring ease and inspiration to your everyday routines.

Join an intimate group of 10-14 people with Parkinson’s (although partners, friends, and carers are also welcome!) to share a healing, nourishing, rejuvenating experience in the stunning Italian countryside, participating in specific activities and therapies designed to promote de-stressing and deep relaxation. Such activities are grouped around gentle movement and stretching, massage therapies, delicious Mediterranean, seasonal and nourishing food, group discussions, walks in nature or a swim with the overall aim of regulating the nervous system to allow the body to move from survival mode to rejuvenating and healing mode.

Equally importantly, we’ll create a supportive environment and a sense of community, where people can come together, to decompress and rest, share best practices and experiences, and make new connections and friends.

A typical day will look as follows. However, we’re of course conscious that people can often be on different daily timelines, given medication routines and general energy and on/off symptom changes, so the daily schedule will be flexible and take that into account. If you don’t feel up to yoga, for example, take a walk in the gardens or have a snooze by the pool.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community!

 

£725 per person. Full board.
Based on two people sharing.

The retreat is run on a non-profit basis – the cost covers the expenses of the stay, with the accommodation provided at no cost

The Venue

West Lexham eco Manor is a tranquil and stunning family-run retreat centre, run on over 90% renewable energy. Set in a 21-acre slice of protected valley, it hosts the cleanest 160 chalk streams in the world. With its peaceful sanctuary garden, warming outdoor fire- bowl and abundance of wildlife, it is the perfect space to replenish and rejuvenate as a group, to unplug and give yourself the gift of time away from the bustle of daily life.

FOOD

I am excited to be able to offer wholesome, delicious, immune-boosting food from the organic biodynamic farm of West Lexham! Nourishment is a core element of my work and the retreats include guidance and education of how you can utilise food to rejuvenate yourself.

During our time together you will learn how to cook healthy, delicious, seasonal food, including chocolate and turmeric shots (all sugar, gluten, animal protein free).

If you would like to get involved with the cooking, please let me know on booking.

YOGA

Teaching yoga is such a joy! I have had the opportunity to offer guidance on the mat for the last two decades. 

During the retreats, I offer supportive, playful classes suited to beginners as well as those who have spent more time on a yogic path. 

The classes focus on stimulating the liver and the lymphatic while focusing the mind and calming the nervous system, using hatha-flow, yin and restorative yoga. We will finish the sessions with meditation or Yoga Nidra.

A TYPICAL DAY

8am – Movement – Yoga/Tai chi or a walk in nature

9.30am – Breakfast

Break – Time for a rest, a treatment or a swim. Feel free to get involved in the kitchen

1pm. – Lunch

2pm. – Group reflection time / Discussion / Lifestyle medicine talk

3pm. – Tea and a snack. Time for a rest, a treatment or a swim

4.30pm – Restorative yoga and meditation

6.30pm – Dinner

8pm – Relaxing sound bath

THE INVESTMENT

£725 per person. Full board.
Based on two people sharing.
The retreat is run on a non-profit basis – the cost covers the expenses of the stay, with the accommodation provided at no cost

• Check in Thursday September 19th early evening, check out Tuesday September 24th after lunch in town. 

Feel free to contact me for more details at info@rinagolan.co 

“We were talking today about what an impact your retreat has had on us – particularly Abi. She has gained so much confidence and zest for life in the last 6 months, helped by fantastic GCSE results and really enjoying studying for her A Levels at our local 6th form college. We have also both stopped eating meat and are pescetarian (on our way to being vegetarian*;) winking). We are both feeling the health benefits and have much improved complexion, hair and nails. We have also been enjoying doing yoga”

Lara Joyce & Daughter

“Rina’s weekend detox retreat was an absolute breath of fresh air. The balance of invigorating morning yoga and a deeply restorative afternoon yin session fully satisfied my yoga cravings, whilst the exceptional juices, salads, soups and snacks all freshly prepared nourished me far more than expected. There was space within the weekend to snooze, read, walk and massage yet the best bit of all was that I left having learnt a lot about nutrition. Thanks to Rina bee pollen and chaga tea are now weekly staples and my body has never been happier!”

Alex Chayney

“Rina created a nourishing, calming space . I loved the balance of yoga, walking,  free time for thinking and reflecting, and cooking yummy food together. I considered myself someone who already knew a lot about healthy eating but I learnt a lot, and got fired up to learn more especially about superfoods after the retreat.”

Teresa Fabian, Financial Advisor, London

“Rina’s Spring Detox and yoga retreat was exactly what I needed; like minded individuals, discovering beautiful fresh healthy food (if you are feeling bored with your normal diet and uninspired walking around the supermarket, discovering these yummy foods is perfect), yoga with Rina (boy do I miss her yoga sessions, her narrative, pure love of the practice, knowledge and humour are unique) and peaceful walks in beautiful countryside. It was a real privilege to have a whole weekend dedicated to really looking after myself surrounded by amazing people. What an experience, thank you Rina and to everyone else that was there, a truly special group.”

Lindsay Whyte, Barrister, Bristol

“Rina created a wonderful nourishing space, and her yoga and meditation classes took me beyond my previous experience to a calm, warm and beautiful place in my mind whilst enabling me to make new shapes with my body. The food we cooked was delicious – I really did not know healthy food could be so incredible – and I learned a lot about feeding my body with the nutrients it craves to work best. The surroundings were divine and the group sessions supportive and illuminating. I left feeling refreshed and uplifted with my mind and body truly detoxed, relaxed and energised. I can really only describe the experience as magnificent. I am so grateful I went, it is probably the most positive thing I have done for myself in a very long time.”

Lara Whyte, Journalist, London

“Rina weaves a wonderful web of well-being, drawing on so many inspiring traditions around the world- be it Ayurvedic, Native American shamanism, or wisdom from African healing traditions. This makes her approach to teaching yoga and healthy eating truly unique, original and most of all enjoyable”

Joanna Webber, Bruton