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UK Meditation Retreat

The word 'retreat' means a place to go to be alone, to get away from it all. Not only getting away from the stresses, responsibilities, and mad rush of daily life but also giving your mind a chance to quiet down from its daily routine. Meditation retreats are designed to leave behind all your usual distractions to allow relaxation and positive inner change to occur and develop a stronger connection to you. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to allocate time for yourselves, which is vitally important for your overall well-being.

Meet the instructors

Angela & Andrea
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  • 3 days of practice
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Yoga, movement, and qigong sessions
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Peaceful landscapes

3 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck

Rooms in the main house

There are three double rooms in the main house. One room has an ensuite bathroom, and the other two share a bathroom. The rooms either in one of the cottages or the main house are 100 GBP per room per night (single occupancy). You can share a room, which will cost you, therefore, 50 GBP for the night each.


There are two cottages on the farm just a short distance from the main farmhouse.


The gardens are very pretty and have a fishpond with a small fountain and waterfall. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the gardens and meet the lovely friendly animals in the paddocks.

Interaction with guests

The owners are usually on-site and are happy to give help that is required at any time.


Countryside retreats run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

Why a meditation retreat?

Planning a vacation can be hard work. A very good reason to go on a retreat is to give yourself an opportunity to truly relax, tucked away with like-minded people in the beautiful stillness of nature. Along with guided meditations, this retreat also includes time for mindful nature walks, gentle movement classes, and nutritious meals; all combining towards a positive change and to simply feel better and re-energize.

Meditating is about paying attention - the attention of your surroundings, your body, your thoughts and to truly reconnect with yourself and restore your reserves. On your retreat, you can really escape and have nothing to do but concentrate with space for self-care, giving you the opportunity to gain a wider perspective, mental momentum, and mind and body transformation with increased awareness. It is impossible to create change if you are not aware.

On Cotswold Meditation & Mindfulness Retreat weekends, you can learn all about this important awareness and most importantly how to incorporate this into your daily life. People leave the retreat feeling rested, happier, fitter, and with a clearer and positive perspective.

Daily schedule


  • 15:00 Arrival, opportunity to settle in, and explore the farm and its lovely surroundings
  • 17:00 Introduction and meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening walk
  • 21:00 Goodnight meditation


  • 07:00 Early bird meditation
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Stress management and guided meditation
  • 10:30 Yoga or movement sessions
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Nature walk
  • 14:30 Free time and tea break
  • 15:30 Nutrition talk (learn about the right foods to eat)
  • 16:30 Emotional pain management and guided meditation
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Optional goodnight meditation


  • 07:00 Early bird meditation
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Physical pain management and guided meditation
  • 10:30 Qigong movement class
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Free time or personal meditation
  • 15:00 Additional meditation benefits session
  • 16:00 Final meditation and group reflection
  • 17:00 Retreat finishes ( you are all relaxed and ready to go home)

Please note that the above is only an example. Specific retreat timings and content are subject to confirmation prior to arrival. You will learn four different meditation techniques during your retreat and learn how to commit to a regular practice. The retreat also includes four downloadable meditation audios, so you can maintain all you have learned at home.

Even if you do not struggle with menopause, you can still join them for the May retreat for the original price (110 GBP) and enjoy a bit of free time instead, treat yourself to a beautiful stroll through nature, visit the friendly farm animals, or just simply relax with a cup of tea.


Angela Philippi

Andrea Marsh


Cotswold Meditation and Mindfulness is pleased to now offer countryside retreats at selected times of the year, hosted at Middletown Farm Cottages, which is owned by Dordie and Graham. Middletown Farm is situated in a tranquil little corner of England where you can hear the birds singing and see the stars at night. It is in the middle of the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean, and the Wye Valley. Nearby towns are Cheltenham, Gloucester, Ledbury, Tewkesbury, Ross on Wye, Malvern, and Newent. Hartpury Agricultural College and Equestrian Center are just three miles away.

Middletown is a chemical-free working farm, where geese and Jacob's sheep are ethically bred and raised, apple juice is produced, and there is a farm shop selling a selection of local produce and artisan gifts. There are many lovely and interesting places to visit, gorgeous walks with spectacular views of the scenery, and local pubs with good food and roaring log fires to enjoy. You can treat yourself to a relaxing and re-energizing break in the enchanting Forest of Dean area. You may even recognize places that have been used for filming, for example, Harry Potter, Merlin, Dr. Who, The Huntsman, and Star Wars The Force Awakens.


  • Equestrian Center, 4.8 kilometers
  • Hartpury Agricultural College, 4.8 kilometers


All food during the countryside retreat is fresh, organic, and locally produced. Dordie even makes her own apple juice from fresh local orchard apples. Vegetarian options will be available and please let Dordie know whether you have any other dietary requirements (gluten-free, lactose-free, or vegan). Freshwater (Middletown Cottages uses a very effective filter system for freshwater), a variety of teas, coffees, and biscuits will be available for you to help yourself at all times during your retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Classes
  • Walks
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals per day

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Saturday only option (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.) (85 GBP including lunch)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bristol Airport (BRS) or Birmingham Airport (BHX). They are the nearest airports from the Middletown Farm Cottages. A little further away, but still, in the good distance, there are three airports in London: Gatwick Airport (LGW), London Luton Airport (LTN), and Heathrow Airport (LHR). From all airports, you can easily take the train or bus to either Gloucester or Cheltenham. Cotswold Meditation & Mindfulness can provide taxi pickups from Gloucester to the retreat premises in Newent for an extra charge of 12 GBP, and from Cheltenham for 16 GBP.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
3 days / 2 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants


Arrival: Saturday April 16, 2022
Departure: Monday April 18, 2022

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