Food of Life Retreat

Hardwick Estate, South Oxfordshire

Sadhama Rewild Retreats
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48 reviews
Jun 2 - 4, 2023
Group size: 1 - 75
Food of Life Retreat
Hardwick Estate, South Oxfordshire

Sadhama Rewild Retreats
  • Facebook verified
48 reviews

Jun 2 - 4, 2023
Group size: 1 - 75

About this trip

Food of Life

Join us on a Journey of Intuitive Self Discovery and Healing with nourishing food and mindful movement 

Learn how to harness the power of your inner fire to bring purifying and nourishing energy to your body through the foods you eat.

Practice yoga for your nature, where you discover how to personalise your practice to give you profound results, all based on the scientific toolkit of Ayurveda.

Learn about your own unique digestive fire, how to tend it, how to allow it to thrive, and how to restore balance to your whole being. 

Create delicious and energising meals through the Ayurvedic science of flavour combinations and food pairings. 


Uncover the ancient culinary secrets of the six ayurvedic tastes, how to prepare them, balance them and utilise them in your cooking to create meals which are bursting with tantalising flavours, textures and vitality. Gain the skills to transform even the dullest of ingredients into a dish to delight, using a few basic guiding principles and transformative methodology.


Have you struggled to find a way of eating that works for your body? Are you curious about how you could bring a new level of optimum health and wellbeing to your life through the foods that you eat? Do you have chronic or passing issues rooted in the gut? Then join us on this soulful and keenly personal journey to reveal your best self, through the understanding of ayurvedic eating.


The ancient science of Ayurveda has been handed down for centuries as a deeply personal tool of healing. Fractal in its approach to the microcosm of gut health and the macrocosm of holistic wellbeing, this revelatory wisdom will astound you with its complex simplicity and profoundly effective results.


Learn how to move past the one-size-fits-all yoga culture and find a practice that fits you like it has always been part of you. Try different styles and techniques to experience for yourself the powerful effects a personalised yoga practice can have.


Drop into eating as a conscious practice with a mindful eating meditation. Get kinetic as we learn through doing with our practical and interactive ayurvedic cookery classes. Share the food you have created with compassionate community, eating organic, plant based and sattvic meals. Study with renowned experts in workshops that will reveal your own unique digestive fire, or agni, and learn how to intuitively work with it for optimum health and healing. Embody this new found knowledge with yoga asana practice focused on ayurvedic personalisation. Celebrate and sing, using the vibrational healing of mantra to reset your whole body with campfire kirtan. Journey into the forest and root yourself in the remedies of this land with guided wild food foraging. Leave the retreat restored, cleansed, and blessed with the knowledge to move towards optimum health with instinctive confidence.

For more details on the full scope of the knowledge shared on this event, see the itinerary section below.

The retreat begins on Friday evening 2nd June and ends on Sunday evening 4th June 2023.

The retreat will take place 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. 

We will be eating fresh, organic, locally grown plant based meals lovingly prepared according to Ayurvedic principles. We will determine your ayuvedic type and tailor your meals accordingly on the retreat, with bespoke plates specifically designed to work with your unique constitution and digestion. Help yourself to house made ayurvedic dressings and spice blends to season your meals.

We use a palette of sattvic ingredients to ensure that your food supports your yoga, mediation and cleansing practices, leaving you feeling nourished, balanced and strong.

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.

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

This event is free from drugs, alcohol and intoxicants which cloud the mind.

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

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Ticket options

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 - Sunday evening which are limited in numbers to facilitate deep experience of rest and reconnection as a community.

Your Tickets include:

✔️ 2.5 days of full immersion into sacred lands and your beautiful self!

✔️ All activities, classes and workshops.

✔️ Kirtan and Storytelling

✔️ Delicious Ayurvedic food: 

Friday dinner,   breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. A selection of hot drinks will be available throughout the day.

✔️ Ground rent for your own tent.

✔️ Contribution for the building of a permanent retreat space here at Hardwick.

All tickets are booked on this website - tap the green Select  button on the right to secure your place. 

We can offer payment plans, please reach out if you need to pay in instalments. 

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, apply here.

Site & Travel

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 retreat community Whatsapp group.

What’s included

  • Yoga For Your Nature
    Embodied movement that fit your unique body type (dosha) to help restore the balance within and ignite your fires of self realisation. Focusing on warming and opening the digestion.
  • 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.
  • Wild Food Foraging
    Bring the Vedic to your lived land as you discover the remedies growing around you, guided by a foraging expert in our beautiful native woodland.
  • Live Music
    Sacred sound round the campfire will be heart-warming songs about nature, green futures and what it is to be human, lead by specially invited renowned musicians.
  • Ayurvedic Cookery Class
    Create delicious and nourishing ayurvedic food using plant based ingredients and learn tips and tricks for your own unique constitution.
  • 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.
  • Get to Know Your Agni
    Learn the key practices and principles required for a healthy digestion. Understand the uniqueness of your Agni with correlation to your doshas.
  • Eat In Tune With Nature
    Learn the importance of incorporating a seasonal routine for health and longevity, and how to best work with your circadian rhthym for lasting wellbeing.
  • Meals and hot drinks
    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!
  • Boat Rides
    We will have few boats, paddle boards & kayaks available at our camp side throughout the gathering for you to enjoy the river Thames rides
  • 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.
  • Massage (cost)
    There will be professional therapist 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.
  • Kinesiology (cost)
    Kinesiology is a holistic therapy that uses muscle testing to find imbalances in the body and find what is needed to re-balance, whether that be on a physical, emotional or energetic level.
  • 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.
  • 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
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✔️All 3 days of gathering. 

✔️All activities, classes and workshops

✔️ Fresh, organic, locally grown vegan meals: 

Friday dinner, 3 meals on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.  Hot drinks will be available during the meal breaks. 

✔️Ground for your own tent

One Day Retreat Package
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✔️One days of gathering - Saturday or Sunday. 

✔️All activities, classes and workshops during your chosen day.

✔️ Fresh, organic, locally grown vegan meals. 


Available options


Friday Evening

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. 

There will be an enlightening introduction into the Ayurvedic techniques which will inform your practice and meals throughout the weekend, and a guided eating meditation to get you in the mood before our first meal together.

We then will gather round the campfire for the opening ceremony circle with live music & sacred songs to rejoin as a community around the camp fire.

Your Organizer

Sadhama Rewild Retreats
48 reviews
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.


Another amazing retreat. The sweat lodge was intense but rewarding. The food was simply wonderful and delicious made with love and care. This is my third time here and will definitely be booking again. The teachers were authentic, knowledgeable and compassionate. Thank you to all those who made it happen and for a fantastic retreat. May you all be well, happy and peaceful 🙏🙏🙏
By George Dellipiani for Sweat and Serenity - Deep Cleansing Retreat 2023 on Jun 08, 2023
I never knew how much I needed this until I went. What a beautiful, accepting and safe space Dimitry and Karen have created. I don't think I have the words to fully convey my experience and my appreciation. But what I can say is thank you! I definitely intend to return in the future, and have already been sharing the word. Amazing location, amazing people, and amazing experience x
By Sarah Campbell for Sweat and Serenity - Deep Cleansing Retreat 2023 on Jun 07, 2023
What a wonderful experience set in beautiful surroundings. Made to feel very welcome and looked after very well. Yoga was excellent and the food off the scale. Came home super relaxed. Every thing that was offered on the weekend was delivered. Special place. Will definitely book again and soon. Outstanding.
By Carole Wade for Food of Life Retreat on Jun 06, 2023
I had a fabulous time, I came here with no expectations until I met these beautiful souls. I feel blessed to experience this amazing spiritual journey with everyone. I 'm so grateful & thankful to karen & Dmitry for organising this trip. This is the beginning of my journey to a meaningful life! A life full of gratitude, kindness, peace & love! Thank you for a great experience.!!
By Mei Tu for Sweat and Serenity - Deep Cleansing Retreat 2023 on Jun 03, 2023
I had THE most magical weekend 🤍 I feel so connected to practice and nature and trees since. I’m truly missing being able to walk 2 mins to dip into the beautiful lake. My skin, mind, soul feels so different. 🤍 thank you Phil for your beautiful yoga practice - I have been doing it almost every day since and you’ve inspired me so much to connect back with my yoga practice. My love for it feels re-born. Thank you Dimitry for connecting us back into ourselves, & the elements. I see trees so differently now! Thank you Nathan for the beautiful workshop - for the last week I have imagined kissing the earth with my feets and using the 2 bells. So lovely. Thank you to all the beautiful musicians. Thank you for opening my mind up to understanding Ayurveda foods. Thank you for all the souls I got to connect with, sing with, dance with, play with and share with. 🤍 I feel very inspired and connected back to myself & practice. 🤍✨ thank you for such a special weekend!
By grace Millar for Natural Flow ~ Yoga Retreat 2022 on Aug 10, 2022
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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