Retreat Info for Devon Yoga/Surf

What to bring

  • Its a good idea to wear loose comfortable clothing for yoga and meditation.
  • Its also beneficial to bring warm layers so you can strip down to a vest top or t-shirt in the class as you warm up. Bring thick socks for relaxation, perhaps a blanket although we have spares, you might prefer your own.
  • A hot water bottle can be a lovely edition to your packing list if you like one at night.
  • Please bring your own yoga mat, blanket, strap and eyebag if you have one, but we have lots if you need.
  • Bring wet weather gear and sturdy shoes for walks plus your beach gear too if you are Surfing or SUPing
  • Bring a beach towel
  • Extra layers for the fire circle in case it gets nippy
  • A retreat is a great chance to catch up on a good book, perhaps a spiritual book that you’ve been meaning to read? We supply a library of our favourite spiritual books for you to use during your stay.
  • A journal is a wonderful idea if you’d like to keep notes of your own feelings and experiences during the retreat and also jot down any guidance, mantras or yoga poses you enjoyed while with us.
  • See below for what to bring for watersports and sauna etc.
  • Water bottle for off site activities and yoga
  • Your fav snacks if you are a squirrel like me! Nuts/oat cakes etc, we provide everything but if you are leaving the retreat its an idea to have some bits with you in case you get hungry whilst out and about.

What you don’t need!

The retreat offer:

  • Towels for indoor use
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash
  • Hairdryers

How to find the retreat:

Use this link to click to the location on Google Maps and find directions from your location.

If you are planning on coming via public transport please get in touch.

Surfing and SUP/Kayak:

We are surfing on Saturday morning with Woolacombe Surf School, there are only a few of you joining so Saira will drive you, drop  you at the beach and bring you back

On Sunday quite a lot of you are joining to SUP or Kayak in Combe Martin with a guide, we will use our own cars to drive as taxis in the area are hard to book for short journeys (10 minutes)

You might like to bring 2 swimsuits, 1 for the water sports and 1 for the sauna? Also a wetsuit if you prefer to wear your own, they are provided if needed.

Its also a good idea to bring your own beach towel as the retreat won’t be providing towels for you to take to the beach.


Our therapist is coming on Sunday, you MUST book in advance and we can no longer guarantee spaces as she is quite full. Payment will be required at the retreat.

So far the Treatment Schedule looks like this:


12.15pm Jill Reflexology
1.30pm Anna Full body massage
2.45 Sam Hot Stone
4pm Amy
5.15pm Sarah Face Neck

Treatments cost £55


I highly recommend taking the opportunity for a complete phone detox during your retreat! Its a beautiful experience to cut off completely from it all. You can give family this number for emergencies 07809 141815 (Sairas phone which will be on to co-ordinate the retreat) and Holwells own contact number 01271 850501.

You can hand phones to us for safe keeping or leave in your car etc, or leave at home and just bring a gadget for satnav etc.

If you don’t want to completely give up on the phone PLEASE follow these device rules over the weekend:

  • No phones anywhere in the retreat space – yoga space, communal areas etc
  • If you need to use your phone please go to the carpark away from other guests or use quietly in your room
  • If you are sharing a room please consider the other guest when using your phone for calls or texts etc
  • Please feel free to use your phones for photos etc but consider leaving any uploads to social media until after the retreat so you’re not sucked into checking.
  • Please keep phones on silent or airplane when keeping your phone with you for photos etc.
  • Think about bringing an alarm clock so you don’t need your phone to wake you up.

Thanks, this will help keep the retreat space high vibe!


Please be sure you’ve had a good look at the schedule for the weekend so you know whats happening.
The mornings will be a bit tight if you are joining the activities, I’d suggest being totally ready to go before yoga so you can yoga – eat – grab and go ready to leave for 9.30am. Its only a short drive to each location but we need to park etc so giving lots of time. You might like to make sure you have a water bottle and maybe some fruit with you to keep you going until lunchtime if you are leaving the retreat for activities.

Feel free to join us and just sit on the beach if you would like to get to the coast but don’t want to join the activities.

I’ve added in  morning mantra and mediation session super early, feel free to skip and just join the yoga if 7.15am is too much for you!

The only activities that needed prior booking are the water sports, sauna and art workshop, everything else is open to all.

3-4.00pm Arrive at Holwell Holistic Retreat. Nice cup of tea!
4.15pm Meet in the lounge for intros
5.15-6.45pm Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Saira 
7.15pm Delicious Plant Based Supper & Desserts!
8.15pm Reiki Healing Circle

7.15am Morning Mantra and Meditation
7.45-8.45am Vinyasa Flow & Meditation with Saira
8.50-9.20am Breakfast
9.30am-1.30pm Surfing at Woolacombe or sit on the beach or stay behind for a massage/chill
1.45pm Lunch
3.00-4.00pm Sound Healing Gong Bath
4.00-4.30pm Snacks
5.30-6.45pm Yin with Saira
7.15pm Delicious Plant Based Supper & Desserts
8.15pm Raw Cacao Fire Ceremony with Songs!

7.15am Morning Mantra and Meditation
7.45-8.45am Vinyasa Flow & Meditation with Saira
8.50-9.20am Breakfast
9.30am-1.30pm Guided SUP/Kayaking at Combe Martin Bay or sit on the beach or stay behind for a massage/chill
1.45pm Lunch
3.00-4.30pm Nature Mandala Art Workshop or massage/chill
4.00-4.30pm Snacks
5.30-6.45pm Yin with Saira
7.15pm Delicious Plant Based Supper & Desserts
8.15pm Wood Fired Sauna time

Lie in!
9.00-9.45am Breakfast
10.00am-1.30pm Surfing at the coast before you leave or chill time
Retreat ends!


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