Earth, Water & Light: Women's Retreat (Lake District camping/glamping)

YinYan Wellbeing CIC
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Jun 17 - 19, 2022
Group size: 12 - 24
Earth, Water & Light: Women's Retreat (Lake District camping/glamping)

YinYan Wellbeing CIC
  • Email address verified
19 reviews

Jun 17 - 19, 2022
Group size: 12 - 24

About this trip

This retreat is for women participants only * in the stunning Lake District - yogic movement, dance, meditations & relaxation combine for an explorative homecoming & remembrance of deep feminine essence & wisdom. Plus enjoy creativity, music & the benefits of nature in our woodland carpeted in wild flowers & river where we’ll be guests of the resident otter. Let's get together and feel good!

We’re delighted that our very special guest teacher is Niamh Kavanagh, well known in Liverpool for her classes in the Palm House, and with us for this very special weekend of Earth, Water & Light - expect nourishing, reflective & exhilarating self-devotional time that will bring richness & unity. 

* All the classes with Niamh are WOMEN ONLY - please note that Robin (YinYan founder) & Damian (Qigong teacher) are men who will be in attendance for the whole weekend, except for the classes with Niamh. For continuity of flow & integrity of the practice, all participants should take part in all of the women-only Earth, Water & Light sessions - additional classes such as Qigong, wild swimming etc are optional.

Lake District Glamping/Camping Venue

A beautiful meadow where birds sing, wild flowers carpet the woodland and we camp beside the river. Our ‘Big Top’ parachute canopy provides open sided weather protection all weekend, the camp kitchen will be serving up feasts from the kitchen tent. There’s a compost toilet, extra portable toilets, a hot shower (or river!), sink with hot water & kitchen cabin with fridges, kettles, toaster & microwave (all subject to multiple daily sanitising).

Under 2 hours drive from Liverpool/Manchester. 15 minute taxi from Oxenholme station (direct trains from London Euston in 3 hours).

Meet The Team

Niamh Kavanagh is our very special guest teacher who will be leading this retreat, alongside YinYan founder, Robin Ellis plus Damian Lyons (our Qigong teacher) and the rest of the team.  

Niamh says "My purpose is to help you heal & realise who you are, your truth. Getting to know you in its entirety as a whole being (all parts) is when you realise your true wholeness, and what comes out of this is Love, compassion, forgiveness and a fuller life. I aim to guide you in the right direction, working from the inside out, bringing shadows into the light for deep contentment & inner peace, because there are no limitations to healing & growth."

Robin discovered Yoga, Pilates, Meditation & Ukuleles when dealing with chronic back pain – became a teacher (training under Niahm) and his passion for giving normal people the chance to experience the mental & physical benefits of self-care led to him setting up YinYan in 2015, who provide wellbeing classes and more across England. His classes are wide ranging and very inclusive, giving beginners the perfect place to start & more practised students the chance to get back to basics & fundamental principles.

Food & Drink

Delicious, satisfying & healthy vegan food is provided for your lunch & dinner, think warming chilli, tasty curry & wholesome soups - we've given up trying to describe how good the food is, it's just AMAZING! Meat eaters don't worry, we only have big & hearty meals, you will not be disappointed! If you have any allergy or special requirements let us know. Fresh fruit, porridge and toast will be available to help yourself at breakfast, bring anything else you’d like in terms of a bigger breakfast/extra snacks. We provide compostable plates, bowls, cups & cutlery but please bring your own camping utensils where possible (there's a sink to wash up).

Our big kettle will always be on the fire because unlimited brews might just be the cornerstone of civilised society! A range of tea & coffee is included, along with drinking water. We don’t sell/provide alcohol but you can bring if you like – the emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself, and we’re here to have a good time together not judge anyone.

Fire Pits

The communal fire pits are the beating heart of our retreat - it's where our community comes together to bond, share stories, make music & memories...please bring your instrument if you have one - anything & everything welcome, and everyone gets their very own kazoo PLUS we've got some very special musical performances in store!

A fire will always be burning (all firewood included) so you can have a brew and warm your cockles anytime – in the evenings we’ll light more fires so everyone can feel the warmth, and Carter the hound is always up for a cuddle! There will also be a fire ceremony. We can’t wait to be laughing & singing together under the stars – it’s so good for your soul.


We believe creativity is a powerful way to feel good, and you can experience this on our retreats. Try mindful drawing and/or join the YinYanBand (no musical experience necessary) - we create a friendly & fun environment for beginners, if you decide to have a go the magic starts to happen!

Every weekend includes optional beginner ukulele lessons, plus you can try singing/kazoo-ing & be involved in the fire ceremony. The ukulele is such an accessible &  joyful instrument, you'll be laughing your head off before you know it - and if you play any instrument please bring it!


If you prefer the warmth of a wood burning stove and a proper bed then treat yourself to one of the two yurts available, with each able to accommodate up to 6 people. The yurts come with their own shelter outside to give protection from the sun (and occasionally rain!) 

Each yurt is 5m in diameter and has it’s own a wood burner, all firewood included in the price. Both yurts have a double bed, a double day bed and a double sofa bed – only base sheets, pillows, pillow cases & hand towels are provided so bring your own snuggly bedding and towels.

Parking & Campervans

Parking is available and we will direct you on arrival. To minimise our carbon footprint please car-share where possible, or consider public transport – Oxenholme train station is just 15 mins in a taxi. You can’t drive onto the meadow but you only have to carry your things about 100m and trolleys are available.

We can accommodate a limited number of campervans - although please note that due to a narrow gate these must NOT exceed transit sized vans (motorhomes are out, sorry). Please select 'Campervan' as an optional extra when making your booking.

Hazards, Dogs & Kids

Carter (Robin’s hound & YinYan’s official head of wellbeing) will be there – if you would like to bring your dog please contact Robin on 07912 031543 (they MUST be kept on lead at all times). 

The venue includes a rocky river & working woodland with – there are ditches, slopes, barbed wire & electric fences so please watch your step & sturdy shoes/wellies are recommended if the ground is wet. Happy to discuss if you want to bring children, just get in touch and we can talk!


We successfully ran seven retreats in 2021 and are planning nine in 2022, all classes, activities & treatments will be run in line with government advice & relevant local guidelines at the time (you may see some PPE – regulations subject to change). Please help to keep everyone safe by:

  • Using the anti-bacterial hand gel supplied (and bring your own) & the hand washing station…especially before & after eating & when filling up your water bottles
  • Please stay out of the kitchen area unless asked – if you need something just ask
  • When being served food follow the instructions given
  • We will clean the compost toilets & drinking water stations several times a day
  • Respect others & the relevant guidelines at all times

Packing List

  • Tent (unless you’re in a yurt)
  • Bed/sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bag & pillow/cushion, the nights might be chilly and an extra blanket is great for the meditations & keeping cosy around the fire pits (remember the yurts only have pillows & sheets)
  • Water bottle
  • Yoga mat & block – if you need to borrow/buy a mat let us know
  • Camping mug, plate, bowl & cutlery (we have disposables if you forget)
  • Snacks, drinks & anything you want for breakfast (there is a small fridge)
  • Toiletries including anti-bacterial gel & anything else you need such as wet wipes (we will provide toilet paper, hand sanitiser & antibacterial wipes around the site)
  • Footwear – wellies/boots/sturdy trainers (it might be muddy), bring a pair of old trainers to use in the river if you’re planning on getting wet as it is rocky & uneven
  • Clothes – hope for the best but prepare for the worst with a waterproof jacket, fleece/warm jumpers, plenty of layers, spare socks etc. & bring clothes you can move freely in for yoga
  • Towel & swimming costume if you’re planning on bathing in the river or enjoying a warm shower!
  • Headtorch / light for your tent
  • Hat & scarf
  • Sun hat, sunscreen & sun glasses – we live in hope!
  • Phone/camera/battery pack – useful to keep your phone charged so you can take lots of photos/videos, although there is a plug if you need a battery boost
  • If you play an instrument please bring it for the camp fire sing-song!
  • Chair (there are benches & logs to sit on too)
  • Carrier/rubbish bags – great for wet clothes & refuse…please take everything with you & leave no trace!

What’s included

  • Good times
  • All classes
  • All meals
  • Yoga
  • Wild Swimming
  • Ukulele lessons
  • Meditation
  • Qigong
  • Music
  • Dog-friendly
  • Free kazoo :)
  • Camping
    Bring your own tent (unless you book a Yurt)

What’s not included

  • Yurts
    Optional extra - complete with wood burner, sheltered picnic table, & proper beds (bring own duvet & teddy!)
  • Campervan
    Limited number of van spaces available as optional extra (not suitable for motorhomes)

Available Packages

Weekend Ticket

Pay £120 to secure your place - remaining £120 due 3 weeks before the retreat. Includes all classes, food & camping pitch (bring your own tent, or book a yurt if still available).  For bookings after 1st March 2020 the price includes VAT at 20% (VAT Reg. No. 403 1509 46).

Deposit: £120

Available options

1 Yurt (sleeps up to 6)
Sold Out
Campervan (not suitable for motorhome)
only 3 left


Day 1
Set-up, welcome, stretch, eat & enjoy!

Arrivals from 2pm, settle into your tent/yurt then enjoy a brew by the fire or a stroll in the woods before the Group Welcome at 5pm. Followed by Yoga, a delicious dinner & campfire chat & sing-song. 

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YinYan Wellbeing CIC
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YinYan was founded in 2015 with a mission to help normal people feel happier and healthier - beginners always welcome! Enjoy a warm & friendly welcome in an all-inclusive environment while you enjoy all manner of wonderful ways to feel good. YinYan Wellbeing CIC is a community interest company where 100% of our profits have to go towards helping people to improve their wellbeing.


What a beautiful retreat this was. From the second that we arrived we were welcomed in such a lovely way and shown around the sight which had such a gorgeous natural feel about it. I had a camper and parked in a really pretty woodland spot just across a small river from the main sight which you got to over a little footbridge in a couple of minutes. My friend decided to pitch a tent in the main meadow where everything was held around a stunning old parachute cover beautifully decorated and lit at night, with pot fires in and around the cover. The yoga classes were a perfect mix throughout the weekend where everyone from beginners to advanced could join in alongside, various dancing classes which were great fun, qigong in a woodland setting, ukelale beginners classes, campfire singing in the evenings, cold water swimming and this was shared alongside a truly beautiful group of people. You could choose to do as much of the weekends programme as you wished. Coming the the food over the weekend, I have a really strange restricted diet so unable to eat the food provided which was such a shame as the menu was incredible and looked and smelt delicious. My friend however was lucky enough to be able to have the food and raved about how delicious it was. The weekend was everything and more of what I was wanting from it and a definate must if you want a super friendly, entertaining, relaxing, fun and blissful weekend. You would not be disapointed. Thank you Robin, Donna and Debs and not forgetting the beautiful handsome Carter 🙏💜💫
By Leise D for YinYan's end of Summer retreat - Lake District camping/glamping on Sep 14, 2023
Thank you so much for your beautiful & thoughtful review Leise - it was great meeting you and spending the weekend with everybody. We loved reading your comments and Carter will be getting 5 tasty treats (and a whole lot of love & tickles!) one for every star on your review!! 💚🙏🐾
By YinYan Wellbeing CIC on Sep 14, 2023
This Yin Yan end of summer yoga retreat exceeded my expectations! I loved every minute of it thanks to Robin, Debs, Donna and all the participants. Great wild swimming, yoga, qui gong, ukulele lesson, sing songs, camp fires….. and amazing food! Absolutely fabulous! Keep in touch with other events
By HEATHER C for YinYan's end of Summer retreat - Lake District camping/glamping on Sep 12, 2023
Thank you so much Heather - glad you enjoyed it, we loved having you there to enjoy it all with us!
By YinYan Wellbeing CIC on Sep 13, 2023
What a great weekend! Lots of amazing yoga, meditation, and brilliant dancing with Dancing Donna. Robin was a great host and we had fun learning the ukulele and singing around the campfire on an evening. Food was delicious thanks to Deb. Loved every minute. Great location. Great company. Highly recommend.
By Joanne F for YinYan's end of Summer retreat - Lake District camping/glamping on Sep 08, 2023
We are feeling very grateful for your awesome review Joanne - thanks so much, it was great having you with us for your retreat weekend!
By YinYan Wellbeing CIC on Sep 11, 2023
Wonderful from start to finish. So well organised and the memories will last a lifetime. Thank you!
By Samantha H for YinYan's end of Summer retreat - Lake District camping/glamping on Sep 06, 2023
Thanks for your kind review Sam - we already can't wait for next year!1
By YinYan Wellbeing CIC on Sep 07, 2023
This was our second year and we’ll be back again next year! Fantastic from start to finish. Once again I returned home feeling refreshed. The weekend was packed with great company, scenery, yoga, meditation, singing and laughter - not forgetting delicious and nutritious food! Highly recommended.
By Rebecca R for YinYan's end of Summer retreat - Lake District camping/glamping on Sep 06, 2023
Thanks for your lovely review Rebecca - we absolutely loved it...again!!!!
By YinYan Wellbeing CIC on Sep 07, 2023
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