Nourish Retreat

Nourish Retreat – Wairarapa

Weekend of 12th June 2021


I am pleased to announce Nourish Retreat at Peppers Martinborough, Saturday 12th June 2021.

There’s also the option to make a weekend of it from Friday 11th June-Saturday 12th June.

What is included?

One 90 minute Yin yoga session, a 90 minute art therapy workshop with Art Therapist Pat Hay, one restorative yoga session (mindful movement) and one yoga nidra session. Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch (all vegetarian) is also included.

The beautiful grounds of Peppers Parehua are there for you to enjoy a walk, to connect with nature or to enjoy quiet outdoors meditation. There is a tennis court with complementary racket hire available for guests taking part in the retreat. For more adventurous spirits, an outdoor pool is available for your use (please note unheated). You may hire bicycles on site to explore surrounding Martinborough further. Guests choosing to stay for the weekend would get the most out of this opportunity. There is a local art studio at which you may wish to book a creative session if you decide to stay for the weekend and get in touch with your creative side. Let me know if you wish to find out further information or book a private/small group art session.

Peppers Parehua will kindly offer a 20% discount on accommodation for the Saturday evening for any guest taking part in the retreat and wishing to book an additional night.


Winemakers Cottage (twin share) or Garden Cottage (twin share) or Day guest only option.

Proposed Schedule (There may be slight variation)

Friday 11th June 2021

From 3pm – Check in and settle in

From 3.30-4pm – Welcome Afternoon tea

4.30-5.30pm – Winding Down Yoga

6pm – Nourishing Vegetarian 2 course evening meal at Peppers

Saturday 12th June 2021

10am – Restorative yoga session with mindful movement and set your intention

10.40 – Morning Tea

11-12.30 – Workshop 1 (Yin Yoga/Art Therapy)

12.30 – Lunch (vegetarian)

1.30 – 3.00 – Workshop 2 (Yin Yoga/Art Therapy)

3.15- Afternoon Tea

3.45 – Reflections and Yoga Nidra

4.30 – End of day

Meet the team

Pat Hay – Art Therapy Workshop Facilitator

Pat Hay has been a registered Arts therapist for just over 5 years, after a career in education. She currently works in private practice with individual clients, offers counselling at a local college and facilitates therapeutic art-making groups in the community. Pat says;

“Creative expression, within a supportive and non-judgmental environment, has the power to enhance emotional and mental well-being, foster healing and in groups, to provide a sense of community.”

 It is available to everyone – no technical skills are necessary to benefit.

Em Allwood-Holmes – In house yogi and Event Organiser

I am a qualified (200hrs YTT) yoga and meditation teacher. I undertook my initial yoga teacher training in India, studying under Swami Vidyanand and have taught yoga in the UK and New Zealand. I have a particular interest in Yin Yoga, following the principles of Paul Grilley. I find Yin Yoga simply nourishes my soul. I use yoga and meditation to develop self-awareness and love nothing better than to share the beautiful balance yoga has bought me with others.

I will be leading the blissful 90 minute Yin Yoga session. During this session you will have time and space to take the journey inward to connect with self and all the tools you need to ‘let go’.  By the end of your 90 minute Yin Yoga session you will end up feeling calm, relaxed and rejuvenated. 

The nourishing restorative yoga session will be suitable for all levels of experience. We will use yoga asanas or postures, gentle movement with the breath, requiring concentration of the mind. There will not be any difficult or strong postures to hold in this session, just time for yourself to focus and nurture awareness of body and breath.

 I will also guide you through your Yoga Nidra, a guided relaxation. This is said to be more energy restoring than sleep. I can certainly recommend it if you need to recharge those batteries and take a break from busy life.

Yoga Yamas and Niyamas

In accordance with the yoga yamas and niyamas all meals will be vegetarian and will be alcohol-free during session times (Friday 3.30pm-6.00pm and Saturday 10am-4.30pm).


To book your place on the blissful Nourish retreat or check availability, contact me at Once I have received your 10% deposit, your place is secured on the Nourish retreat@Peppers, June 2021. The balance of the total amount will be due on or before June 1st 2021. Your deposit is only refundable if I am able to fill your place.


If you want to check out the location on google maps the address of the venue is

Address: Peppers Parehua, 52 New York Street West, Martinborough 5711

Cancellation Policy

If I need to cancel the retreat for any reason before 11th June 2021, you will receive 100% of your money back.

In the event of a Covid-19 lockdown, you will receive 100% refund of any amounts paid to me.

If you need to cancel your booking, you will only receive back money paid to me if I am able to fill your place on the retreat.

I can’t wait to see you on the Nourish retreat.



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