Sweat and Serenity - Deep Cleansing Retreat 2023

Hardwick Estate, South Oxfordshire.

Sadhama Rewild Retreats
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May 26 - 29, 2023
Group size: 1 - 40
Sweat and Serenity - Deep Cleansing Retreat 2023
Hardwick Estate, South Oxfordshire.

Sadhama Rewild Retreats
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57 reviews

May 26 - 29, 2023
Group size: 1 - 40

About this trip

Sweat and Serenity is a rejuvenating and reviving spring retreat held on the banks of the river Thames. Returning for its third year, our most popular retreat opens its heart again for 2023.

The May event is sold out now with more than a dozen people in the waiting list. We decided to add one more date this year - September 1-3rd. Only 20 places will be available. Book your place here: Sweat & Serenity in September 

Using a spectrum of carefully and thoughtfully curated ancient and modern cleansing techniques, this intimate gathering will enable you to shed outer layers of stress and strife, revealing your pure nature within. 

Over the weekend you will have the unique opportunity to participate in a traditional sweat lodge ceremony, hosted in a specially designed sacred hazel pole dome and led by experienced masters with chanting and shamanic drumming. A rare opportunity to experience this transformative practice in the rolling nature of the Thames Valley.

This retreat is for those who want to remove all barriers to lasting serenity. Release what is not serving you through the cleansing power of the fire and supportive ceremonial strength of the sweat lodge. Discover the obstacles facing your unique ayurvedic constitution when you sit to meditate and how to best combat them for lasting inner peace. Move forward into summer with a fresh perspective and new grounding in your whole self.

There will be reviving yoga practices and wild swimming in the glistening river waters. Guided meditations with ancient trees and mindful journeying through the intuitive artistry of words will show you the way to reconnect with your divine nature. The resonance of spirit mantra will restore and replenish you, and storytelling and singing by the campfire will give you the heartwarming gift of community connection. 

We will be eating fresh, organic, locally grown plant based meals lovingly prepared according to Ayurvedic principles. As much as possible of our gorgeous fruit and veg will come from Tolhurst Organic farm, based on site, who use stock free farming to produce the lowest possible carbon footprint, cruelty free food. Their work is truly inspiring and aligned with our ethos of re-connecting and re-aligning with mother nature to live in more harmony.

The retreat begins on Friday evening 26th May and ends on bank holiday Monday afternoon 29th May 2023.

The retreat is held in a secluded rural camping field next to the shores of the river with composting toilets and fresh water. Tents available to rent if you can not bring your own. 

Camper vans & caravans are welcome, dogs must stay at home! 

This retreat is free from drugs, alcohol or intoxicants which cloud the mind.

Surround yourself with 500 year old trees, wild flower meadows, stunning scenery, magical sunset views, wonderful wildlife & your community.

Sweat Lodge Ceremony

The lodge during the retreat will be hosted by Buzzard Medicine.

It is an honour to be able to share this sacred ceremony with you in such beautiful organic surroundings. The lodge calls you to gather in circle to honour our ancestors, our grandmother the earth, the sacred fire, grandfather rocks, water and air - bringing them together to create a powerful cleansing medicine. 

This traditional lodge is made from bent hazel poles, smudged and blessed and covered with blankets and insulated to make a dome. Special stones that have been heated in a wood fire are brought inside and herbs and water are applied to release an aromatic cleansing vapour. Participants engage in several cycles of sweating and chanting with the opportunity to rest and cool down in between each cycle.

The lodge has a strong purification and transformative power for many people; so do give yourself time after the lodge to integrate. The lodge is a powerful place for prayers and healing. 

We advise drinking lots of water on the day before the lodge so that you are well hydrated. Water will be available during the day. We ask that you refrain from any recreational drugs or alcohol for at least 72 hours before and after the ceremony. 

The sweat lodge is a powerful ceremony and can help in healing processes but it is good to check with your health professional if you are concerned about any medical conditions - in particular heart conditions, high blood pressure, migraines, pregnancy, panic attacks, claustrophobia, strong back pain, diabetes, asthma or breathing difficulties, mental health issues or drug addiction.

Ticket Info

We hope to be able to accommodate all who are interested & feel drawn to come together as a community.  

We have tickets available for the Full  Retreat: Friday evening - Monday afternoon which are limited in numbers to facilitate deep experience cleanse, rest and reconnection as a community.

Your Tickets include:

4 Day immersion into sacred lands and your beautiful self!

✔️ All 4 days of the retreat.

✔️ Sweat Lodge Ceremony

✔️ All activities, classes and workshops.

✔️ Delicious Ayurvedic food: Friday dinner, 3 meals a day on Saturday to Sunday and breakfast and lunch on Monday. A selection of hot drinks will be available throughout the day.

✔️ Ground for your own tent.

We have a limited number of Super Early Bird Tickets at £175 available until they sell out, secured with a £50 deposit and payable in instalments.

If you miss those, our Early Bird Tickets at £195 are available until they sell out, also on a payment plan if you choose to spread the cost.

Our full price Retreat Package at £211 will be available right up until the retreat or until we sell out!

For those who would like to combine the fun of the retreat and karma of the service we have few Seva Tickets. These tickets are designed for those who enjoy getting involved in the running of the retreat by giving the core crew a hand with whatever is needed to be done on the day, or those who can't afford the full price of the tickets but still want to come.  If you’re keen to be involved, please click here to complete our online application.

The tickets can be booked in the Available Packages section below. 


Hardwick estate is only 40 minutes by train from London (Paddington), and just 20 minutes by car from Junction 12 on the M4.  Easily accessible from the main transport hubs at Reading, yet set in the rolling countryside of the Chilterns AONB, Hardwick is ideally located for a weekend getaway of peace and tranquility.

If you have a spare seat in your car and are happy to share a ride, or if you need a lift to the gathering, join the link to the our retreat community WhatsApp group.

What’s included

  • Sweat Lodge Ceremony
    A profoundly transformative process of cleansing led by experienced ceremonial practitioners.
  • Daily wild swimming
    We are blessed to have a clean and pure section of the Thames on our doorstep. Listed as one of the best wild swimming spots in UK.
  • Daily morning yoga class
    Morning yoga to help us connect to our natural state of body/mind - relaxed awareness, presence, peace. Exploring mindful embodiment through the depth of asanas, breathwork and cleansing practices.
  • Tree meditation
    This is a great opportunity to learn effective methods of meditation with the help of the the embodied stillness and living wisdom of the trees which are our traditional and powerful supporters.
  • Yoga Workshops
    Transformational workshops in the stunning location with experienced teachers will allow to breath new life into our essence of being and create a lasting connection to a sense of inner contentment.
  • Creative Writing
    Allow yourself to be guided by your intuition and use words that flow to reflect on your own process of cleansing and rebirth.
  • Mantra Meditation
    Learn the power of sound to revitalise your inner spirit and find your true voice through chanting sacred mantra.
  • Singing
    Proven to boost our sense of wellbeing, singing allows for a deep connection to the self and those we sing with. Enjoy nature inspired, elemental songs around the campfire that’ll soothe your soul.
  • Story Telling
    Sharing stories around the fire is an ancient tradition that offers a space to reflect, connect and inspire. Embrace magical folk tales that’ll take you on journeys inwards and beyond.
  • Ayurvedic meals
    All our food is organic and locally sourced and lovingly prepared with your health and satisfaction in mind. We are so lucky to be surrounded by passionate and ethical growers!
  • Ayurvedic Assessment
    Personal Ayurvedic Assessment of your constitution will be offered. Understanding of your own nature provides enhanced tool set for self healing and wellbeing.
  • Massage/Healing
    There will be professional therapists on site offering rejuvenating massage and deeply healing bodywork. This will be offered at a reduced rate but is not included in the package price.
  • Ground Rent
    Accommodation is provided on a secluded camping field next to the shores of the river. We have an option to rent tents which you can add before you checkout. Tents for rent are limited.
  • Tent for Personal Rest
    Bring a tent to pitch in our secluded camping field next to the shores of the river. We have an option to rent tents which you can add before you checkout. Tents for rent are limited.
  • Bedding
    Please bring your own sleeping bags, blankets, pillows etc
  • Cutlery and crockery
    Please bring your own plates, bowls, cutlery and mug. This will help us stay clean and hygienic.
  • Yoga mat
    Please bring your own yoga mat. Let us know if you cant access a mat we have a few to borrow. Please also bring a blanket for end of class relaxation.

Available Packages

Retreat Package

Weekend immersion into sacred lands and your beautiful self! Arrivals on Friday evening from 3pm.


✔️ An evening, two full days, and morning of the gathering.

✔️ All activities, classes and workshops.

✔️ Delicious Ayurvedic food: Friday dinner, 3 meals a day on Saturday and Sunday, and breakfast and lunch on Monday.. A selection of hot drinks will be available throughout the day.

✔️ Ground for your own tent.

Deposit: £75

Available options



We will welcome you to our beautiful location between 3-5pm. There will be time to settle and orientate, put up your tents and relax into your space before we gather. 

On the first evening we will talk a little bit about your ayurvedic self, and how that will help shape your practice over the retreat. We will then enjoy our first meal together before holding the opening circle around the camp fire.

As we settle in, grounding deeper into ourselves and the land surrounding us we will take the opportunity to embrace the earth element through song around the evening fire. Offering a musical space for connection with the trees that fuel the fire and produce the seeds for growth and life’s cycle of endings and beginnings.

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A space to connect with nature, community and your natural self. Our retreats are crafted to offer the experience of rest, grounding and self-realisation. We share the unparalleled beauty and healing nature of Hardwick Estate, tuning into the living wisdom of the ancient oaks and sacred waters. We bring a profoundly nurturing connection, rewilding the biorhythm of the body within, and bringing ourselves into harmony with nature's elements and rhythms. The experience of connection, joy and oneness is our natural birthright.


What a wonderful weekend, the company, the sense of community, the peacefulness. Karen’s cooking was absolutely amazing and the guidance received from Dmitry is very much admired and appreciated. I will be back next year in May. Andy was absolutely fantastic at facilitating the sweatlodge, I can’t wait to do another.
By Jessie M for Sweat and Serenity - Deep Cleansing Retreat 2023 September on Sep 05, 2023
Had a lovely evening, was a nice way to start off my long weekend on the Hardwick Estate!
By Jessie M for Return To Nature on Sep 05, 2023
By Alice B for Natural Flow ༄ Yoga Retreat 2023 on Aug 28, 2023
Dear Alice, it is always hard for us not to take these kind of reviews too closely, as we pour our heart and soul into what we do, and especially when we consider the additional lengths we went to to ensure you were able to attend this retreat. Luckily we do not get too many of these sorts of reviews but they are a good opportunity to talk more in detail about what we do offer. We hear your feedback on the compost toilets. There are two other toilet blocks available at the retreat site with flushing toilets, so there was ample opportunity for you to use those if the compost toilets were not to your liking. We are working with the estate to upgrade the compost toilet facilities to the standard of the other toilets available on site, and improvement works have in fact already been made since the last retreat. The teachers on the retreat are very experienced and would have been happy to talk through any concerns you may have had about the practices offered, or if you needed any clarification during the sessions, if you had raised them with us at the time. We also give out full contact details for all the teachers afterwards, including as part of a group whatsapp chat, with their personal phone numbers, so we would have been happy to help you through any experiences you may have had after leaving the retreat if you had contacted us. Please do send us an email if you would like any further support with the feelings you experienced after the retreat. The ayurvedic quiz which you are referring to has been developed by Indian practitioners to gain a general understanding of the basic tendencies recognised by ayurveda in a broad population. So, yes, it is designed to be inclusive and representative. We would have been happy to offer any clarification if you had raised any questions with us. You are right that there is no truth in over 90% of the participants on the retreat being 'pitta dosha'. There were many discussions had over the dinner serving table about why a majority might be 'pitta' on a retreat like this, and how that made sense in a wider understanding of ayurveda. It's a shame perhaps you missed these conversations. We would be happy to explain this to you further if you are interested, please just drop us an email. It definitely wasn't over 90% though :) We pride ourself on the food served on the retreat being part of the overall spiritual practice and experience. All allergen and dietary requirements of the participants are recorded at booking, and then taken into consideration when the menus are designed. Therefore, our menus are designed to be allergen free for the participant cohort who are with us for the weekend, negating the need for everything to be labelled with potential allergens. This was explained in our orientation. Moreover, the chef is present at each meal, serving the participants of the retreat, and personally explaining each dish as it is served and answering questions about it. There was ample opportunity for you to ask about any of the dishes as you were being served. We find this personal touch is much more appreciated and effective at engaging people with the food they are eating, rather than leaving it on a table for people to help themselves and read signs. It is also much more effective in ensuring people do not cross contaminate dishes or accidentally help themselves to items which they may be intolerant to. We are a small group of friends who collaborate on this particular retreat, and yes we are all white. We invite musicians and other collaborators based on their skills and talents as facilitators and artists, rather than their ethnic background. Incidentally, our 'in house' retreat musician at this event, who played the most over the weekend, is of British Asian origin. The only chants we can think of which were not sung in English, was in one song where our musician was repeating 'may all beings be happy' in many different languages and from all different religions, after first having sung it in English. We're sorry if this wasn't clear from the piece that this was what was being sung, and also sorry if this did not feel inclusive enough for you. We strive to create a welcoming environment where people feel like they are part of a community while they are with us, and after they have left us. We're glad this seemed apparent to you, but sorry if you did not feel included. We really do try our best to tailor each person's experience to something which is wholesome, joyful and restorative. It is interesting you mention nudity as we actually received a complaint from the same retreat you attended that some people were nude and other participants were finding it offensive! It does go to show you really can't please everyone, no matter how hard you try. You are right that while we are guests on the estate, which is private land, we need to abide by the (very few) rules which the estate sets down for the people using its campsite. One of those is a request to refrain from entering the river nude for the comfort of all other campsite guests, who may or may not be comfortable with nudity for a variety of valid reasons, the public who walk the Thames path directly on the opposite side of the river, and the groups of school-age children who rent the boathouse in the adjacent field and regularly row past the campsite beach. This request is not a hostile act. We are sorry for any parts of your retreat experience which did not meet your expectations. We would have loved the chance to rectify any of these issues during the retreat so you could have had a more comfortable time, which we would have absolutely tried our best to do if we had been made aware of them. It is very difficult for us to do this for you once the retreat has ended. We wish you well in your journey. Blessings, Karen and Dmitry
By Sadhama Rewild Retreats on Aug 30, 2023
My third time ! I love this retreat so much. Thankyou for everything and see you next year!!
By Grace K for Natural Flow ༄ Yoga Retreat 2023 on Aug 10, 2023
We had a lovely time. Beautiful nature, great team and delicious food. Singing and music was special. Thank you 🙏
By Julia D for Natural Flow ༄ Yoga Retreat 2023 on Aug 02, 2023
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This is the real deal. If you are looking for a true expression of the essence of Yoga you don't need to look further. I have had the warmest of genuine welcome, been nurtured, eaten amazing food which is prepared and served with love. The teachings and course leadership are authentic and based in deep understanding of yoga. The setting is perfect, an oasis of nature unspoilt on the bank of the splendid Thames. The sweat lodge is authentic and transformative. I can't recommend this any more highly.
By Bob S on 03 Jun, 2023
I have left deeply transformed at the end of the retreat - at peace, empowered and joyful. I shall share with you a poem I penned at the end on Sunday after most people had set off. What brought me to this point? Was it just being at the right place at the right time? Was it just the practices, the setting, the energy, the company, the food? It was all of the above, and beyond! First of all, all the organisers and teachers at the Sadhama ReWild retreat I have just attended at the Hardwick Estate in South Oxforshire live and breathe what they teach. It came across strongly and informed the ethos, the energy and the vibration of the whole experience for everybody. People gelled and I made many new connections with some like-minded and like-hearted people which I am relishing. There was an all-embracing welcoming of everybody with no judgement. We practised yoga, danced around the fire, swam in the Thames, did forest bathing and much much more, all within a very safe and sustaining space magically magnified by the idyllic setting. I have sadly lost an old sangha due to various reasons, but have now got a new one - a new yoga family who has taken me in to walk alongside and with me and I with them. Second of all, the practices sometimes reminded of what I already know but have forgotten, at others I learnt new things. But, I found that perhaps we always experience things anew, as we are moment by moment changing. Practices were delivered and shared with joy. The structure of the day was honoured. It all was flowing without too much ado! Thirdly, the food, freshly prepared, vegan, organic, was very nourishing and absolutely delicious. I was sustained not just by the food itself, but by the ambience, the loving, compassionate, all-embracing energy and people. Now for the poem inspired by this experience, as promised earlier is called: JOY What does joy look like? What does joy feel like? What does joy smell like? What does joy sound like? Where does joy live? What dance does it dance? What song does it sing? Joy is seen on children's faces Joy turns up in some unexpected places. Joy sometimes surprises, takes you unawares Joy whispers sweet nothings, when it seems nobody cares. Joy's fairy-like nature can be felt in a tree Joy speaks to the heart when there's nothing to see Joy shines throughout our beings divine Joy reassures it is now and forever fine. Joy constant like a steady, strong mountain springs forth like a wild water fountain refreshingly fresh, always anew washing away all unwanted residue. Joy wakes up the dormant, heavy heart and the whole body, each and every part of our whole being sacred, infinite our spirits and souls dance happily within it. Joy is multiplied when shared Joy comes in when its summons are heard Joy sings and twirls sweetly around when it hears that most welcome sound of our inner being emptied of waste - in it comes, with its sweet-smelling taste hurriedly enters with an enthusiastic haste filling our heart, mind, body and soul with love so that our being is below as it is is above! Joy is when a sangha is sadly lost, but a new one is found Joy is when compassion, generosity and freedom abound Joy's gifts abundant as it is overflowing Joy brings us back to our own inner knowing. Written by (me) Mary Mallia "JOY" on Sunday 12th September 2021 after the Sadhama ReWild Retreat at The Hardwick Estate, South Oxfordshire and inspired by my experience there and at that time.
By Mary M on 14 Sep, 2021
I attended the Sweat snd Serenity Retreat - it was indeed a magical experience. Waking up to a bracing and refreshing wild swim, followed by daily yoga followed by a wonderful breakfast. The days activities were well planned out and varied ranging from a sweat lodge, forest bathing and meditation. We spent every evening around a fire, sharing, singing, laughing, crying and witnessing one another, it was such an impactful experience being in community and meeting wonderful people. The sweat lodge was held on Saturday and was an incredibly deep experience and one I shall always remember - the space and fire was held by Andy and his fire keepers who made you feel safe and connected which enabled you to go deep within. I can still smell the sweet grass in my nostrils. I throughly and surprisingly enjoyed the daily yoga ( and this was something I was least looking forward to having not embodied the practice myself) Bara was able to draw something out of each one of us despite what level one was at. She herself had a deep spiritual practice which really enabled me to see yoga in a different way, connecting to myself and something bigger. The food was absolutely amazing, so much thought and time had gone into its preparation and to ones ayurvedic dosha and accommodate each dish as particular digestive needs. The gong bath as a treat - lying still as the sun set feeling waves of energy flow through you. Walking to the splendour of the Oak tree ended our retreat and we sat there in beautiful community, in connection, with this ancient Oak - breathing in his breath and him breathing in ours - the reciprocal relationship we share. What a wonderfully nourishing experience - thank you - very much looking forward to the next one Marsha
By Marsha L on 13 Jun, 2021