Our little Mindfulness Retreat in Yorkshire

Re-connecting as a family

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This recent August Bank Holiday, our little family packed a bag each and set off across the Yorkshire Dales to stay for two nights in a cosy lodge in Burniston (5 miles from Scarborough). My husband and I are both self employed and I find it hard to stick to office hours. I was determined to have some time off work, to have a digital detox and just spend time with my family. I got my wish. There was no phone signal or wifi where we were staying, so the decision to have a sneak peak at my emails was taken out of my hands.

I packed minimum make up, some dry shampoo, one change of clothes, a swimming costume, books, magazines and plenty of wine. We stayed at Applegrove Country Park in Burniston in a beautiful two bedroom lodge with a hot tub. It looked out onto open fields to the front and to wonderful dense woodland to the left. Every morning I would spend some time meditating in the fresh air ready for day ahead. We ate together as a family, played board games and lazed in the hot tub on an evening. Daytimes were spent visiting Scarborough, feeding squirrels and wildlife in Peasholm Park with it's ancient oriental theme and recently new lakeside area (a favourite of ours). My parents took me to this park when I was a little girl and it brings back so many memories, it is well worth a visit. We returned again to Alpamare Waterpark with it's outdoor heated pools, enjoyed fish and chips, rock pooling at Robin Hood's Bay and watching the fishing boats on the sea. If ever there was a time to be in the present and re-connect it was this weekend. Mindfulness in Yorkshire - what a wonderful way to live.





Gail Donnan

Interdisciplinary Psychologist, Trauma-informed EMDR Psychotherapist, Director and Practice Lead, The Trauma Centre - Ripon

I have been working in the wellness industry since 1995. I have a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Psychology (Leeds), I am a trauma-informed EMDR psychotherapist, Director and Practice Lead of the Trauma Centre, Ripon which is a community interest company.  I am a qualified teacher, assessor and IQA. I am a trained Meditation Teacher, Bach Flower Essence Practitioner, Qi Gong Instructor and Reiki Master Teacher Practitioner.  I specialise in mental health issues arising from trauma, anxiety, depression and am the published author of two books -"The Gateway - A journey to re-claim your power from Stress and Anxiety" and The Gateway Junior Edition - children's mental health. I have a huge interest in somatic psychotherapy and have an interdisciplinary approach to mental health.