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Wise, Wild, & Well

Unique events & retreats for the wise & wild woman inside you.
Join Jane Rourke & Jo Kitts for yoga, connection, & nature in a wonderfully supportive space...

About Us

Jo has practiced yoga for over two decades - this personal pursuit of yoga has taken her on many adventures across the world to numerous yoga retreats and to study with many renowned teachers. She has a particular passion for bringing ancient yogic philosophy to life, making it relevant to our everyday challenges, both on and off the mat.  Jo has a warm and calming nature and her yoga sessions are friendly, open and accessible to all. Many students return to Jo’s classes again and again, due to her depth of knowledge and the sense of safety and trust she creates.

Jane loves to weave soothing, meditative and mindful movement throughout her classes, which serves to nourish and calm our so often overworked nervous systems. With a real emphasis on kindness and compassion, Jane aims to create a space for you to pause from the busyness of modern life, move inwards and listen to your own deep inner wisdom.  Jane loves any excuse to be out in nature, whether it’s walking, gardening, camping, wild swimming or picnicking. Combining yoga and nature is her idea of a little slice of heaven:-)  

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Summer's End - Day Retreat

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When:​ Saturday 14th September 2024, 10am-4:30pm
Where: Doynton Village Hall, near Bath/Bristol BS30 5SY.
Investment: £85 Early Bird price until June 30th, £95 thereafter.
​Secure your space with a £30 deposit. Balance due July 28th 2024.

Radiant Rest

Single Day or Weekend Retreat​​​​​​​​

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Our annual RESTival is back for 2024

In a too busy world the chance to slow down, breathe deeper, and take time for ourselves is rare.

Radiant Rest is always our most popular event of the year. Join us for a one day mini-retreat, or immerse yourself for the whole weekend.  This is a retreat where you get to sleep in your own bed at night – Radiant Rest indeed! 
A wide variety of practices will be offered throughout the weekend, and each day will be uniquely themed to explore different elements of the embodiment of rest.

The days at a glance …

  • Enjoy welcome tea and bliss balls.

  • A delightful morning practice designed to unravel deep held tension, stretch out tired muscles, and revive yourself both physically and mentally. Expect thought provoking practices comprising Hatha Yoga, and Somatics or Qigong inspired movement.​

  • After a delicious plant based lunch you will have the chance to relax, chat, read, or join us for a walk and nature meditation in the nearby Seagry woods – the choice is yours.

  • As the light fades, fairy lights provide the backdrop to a practice of radiant rest. The afternoon sessions will be a mix of Myofascial Release, Restorative yoga or Yin, and Guided Meditation or Yoga Nidra to promote very deep relaxation.

  • Relish in afternoon tea and homemade cake before heading home with your energy restored!

Where: Goss Croft Hall, Upper Seagry, Nr Chippenham, SN15 5HD
When: Saturday 16th &/or Sunday 17th November 2024, 10:15am-5pm.
Investment: Early Bird Price £85 for one day or £160 for both until 22nd September, £95 / £175 thereafter.
Secure your space with a £30 deposit for one day, or £50 deposit for the weekend. Balance due September 15th 2024

The bank holiday weekend at a glance...

  • Three nights accommodation in a beautiful & cosy Devon farmhouse.

  • Delicious plant based meals, unlimited tea, coffee, fruit, and homemade cake! (special dietary requirements catered for).

  • Plenty of time to REST!, enjoy each other's company, read, journal, swim, walk ...

  • Exclusive access to 700 acres of rolling Devon countryside, swimming pool & hot tub, green luscious meadow & magical woodland.

  • Soothing massages & treatments available with the wonderful Maria of the Beauty Room.

  • Nourishing and uplifting yoga and meditation sessions. All our yoga is kind and inclusive with plenty of options given to suit you, whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a first timer.

 

The adventure unfolds...

Just 10 minutes from Junction 27 the M5, you will find yourself winding your way through tiny Devon hedge-lined lanes towards our home for the weekend, Middle Coombe Farm.  Set in its own valley in the breathtaking Devon countryside the estate comprises of a Grade II listed farmhouse and over 700 acres of private grounds and woodland. Middle Coombe Farm is a real slice of West-country paradise, full of atmosphere, energy & character.

As you drive into the valley and take in the undulating Devon hills, you will be struck by the tranquillity and calmness of the farm. You can  leave the busyness and stresses of your world behind you for three whole nights - there really is no better way to spend your bank holiday weekend.  Take some time ’just for you’ to pause, nourish and to connect to yourself  & to nature. Yoga, meditation, dips in the pool or hot tub, country walks, cosy farmhouse living, soothing massages, plant-based delicious food, chat, laughter & more. 

The Big One! Luxury Cotswalds Four Day Retreat 2025

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The retreat at a glance...

  • Exclusive, luxury accommodation in a stunningly converted contemporary barn. All of the beautifully finished bedrooms are ensuite, and offer complete comfort. 

  • Delicious plant based meals, unlimited tea, coffee, fruit, and homemade cake! (special dietary requirements catered for).

  • Plenty of time to REST, enjoy each other's company, read by the log fire, journal, walk...

  • Exclusive access to 190 acres of exquisite countryside in the heart of the rolling hills of the Cotswolds.

  • Wood fired hot tub, a tennis court, and tranquil treatment room available for soothing massages.

  • Nourishing and uplifting yoga and meditation sessions. All our yoga is kind and inclusive with plenty of options given to suit you, whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a first timer.

The adventure unfolds...

Just 7 miles from Cirencester you will discover the hidden gem that is the stunning Cotswold Park Barns, a truly luxury getaway! Exquisite Cotswold Park Barns is a family owned estate set in 190 acres of private land. Some 11 years ago they lovingly converted the attached dairy & barns into the most wonderful space - every need for the most perfect retreat has been anticipated - ensuite bathrooms, wood fired hot tub, a boot room, a tennis court, separate treatment room for massages, underfloor heating in the yoga space  - it has it all!  It is an absolute delight to behold and the website pictures do not do it justice.

Beautiful cotswold stone buildings surround a courtyard sun trap, ideal for coffee & chatter in the spring sunshine (or even some al fresco dining if the weather is kind) or for simply finding a comfy seat and settling into a good book, whilst taking in the stunning views. At the heart of barns is the Threshing Barn, which contains a wonderful atrium with a magnificent dining table, with room to seat up to 20 guests.  Tucked away above this, you will find a hidden mezzanine with comfy sofas for snuggling with warm drinks.  There is a large communal room (with underfloor heating), ideal for our yoga practices or a quiet space to sit, read or reflect. If the weather gives us a nice spring surprise, we can fling open the doors or take our practice outside to the perfect lawned space, with majestic views across the valley or even into the woodland. 

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All of the bedrooms have a similar style, each with a boutique country hotel feel - small touches of luxury & thoughtful elements sprinkled throughout. In the main barn there are a few sought after single rooms with ensuite bathrooms and several equally desirable twin bedrooms with ensuites. In the annex, just across the courtyard, there is a further twin room and one single occupancy (double bed) - which both share a bathroom.  These two rooms would be ideal for 3 friends sharing (particularly if one friend prefers the luxury of a single room or snores!) or for anyone who is happy to share a bathroom.

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Thursday
You are welcome to arrive anytime from 2pm on Thursday afternoon and then settle in and explore your surroundings. Shake off the journey with a walk in the 190 acre grounds, or take a stroll through the undulating Cotswold countryside to the local village. Alternatively, choose to curl up with a book somewhere in the beautiful & peaceful grounds or if the weather isn’t on our side (as it’s March!) snuggle in front of the log fire. Drink tea, eat home baked cakes and chat to others, as everyone arrives. 
​Once everyone has arrived we will share a delicious vegetarian dinner in the stunning dining area in the early evening.  After dinner, we will gather together for some gentle movement to stretch off the journey & arrive, followed by a guided meditation to settle into our new space for the weekend.  Or if you’d prefer, you can take yourself off to your beautiful bedroom whenever you choose, for a sound night’s sleep. It’s your weekend! 

Friday
Wake to the quiet calm of the Cotswold countryside and join an early morning uplifting Qigong style practice, followed by an appetising selection of breakfast treats.  Or you can choose to start the day at your own pace, skip the morning practice & just go for the breakfast :-)  

We will then have a wonderfully indulgent mid-morning hatha yoga practice to energise & lift us for the day.  After our practice, we will share a delicious vegetarian lunch, before having the afternoon to simply be. Relax in the courtyard, explore the woodland, play tennis, have a nap, chat, read, or treat yourself to a relaxing massage (at own cost), do whatever nourishes you.   

We will come together in the early evening for a slower, nurturing & explorative practice using somatics & meditative movement to welcome the evening. Following our practice a delicious vegetarian dinner will be served, with chocolate, drinks and chatter into the night.  Another deep and restful night’s sleep awaits!

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Saturday
Start Saturday with a longer early morning engaging, fun and energising yoga practice or alternately choose a gentle start to the day, with a quiet lie-in. We will serve a mid morning hearty plant-based brunch after practice and Saturday afternoon provides time for you to simply be - no expectations, just time for you to deeply relax and rest. The extra day of the four day weekend gives us additional time to properly slow down and pause, not always available on a short weekend retreat. We will enjoy an early dinner on the Saturday to allow us to come together in the evening for a longer deeply supportive & restorative practice, followed by a restful nidra (sleep) meditation.  Take advantage of being so close to your bedroom, and simply pop into bed for a fantastic night’s sleep. 

Sunday
Wake at your own pace on Sunday morning and enjoy a revitalising practice & closing meditation to reflect on the wonderful weekend. We will then enjoy a final tasty brunch together (with takeaway options provided if you have a long journey or are keen to get going). Head off deeply rested, nourished, re-connected and ready to face the world again! 

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Where: Cotswold Park Barns, Woodmancote, Cirencester, GL7 7EL.

When: Thursday 13th - Sunday 16th March, 2025. 

Investment: From £595. Bring a friend  (contact us directly to let us know if there is a specific person that you wish to share with) or travel alone. There are a very limited number of single occupancy rooms available, or opt for a twin room and we will pair you with another fabulous female.

Main Barn - Ensuite Twin Room, Shared - £650 per person
Main Barn - Ensuite Double Room, Single Occupancy - £895 
The Hay Barn (triple annexe, perfect for 3 friends travelling together) - Twin Room, Shared - £595 per person, Single Occupancy Room (Very Comfy! Double Sofa Bed) £725, shared bathroom.

 

Payment: Choose from two ways to pay. Save your space now with a deposit then pay the full balance at the end of 2024. Or spread the cost with a monthly payment plan.

  • Deposit - Save your space now with a £200 (non refundable) deposit, balance due by 16th December 2024.

  • Payment Plan - Spread the cost with a monthly payment plan. 9 equal payments are taken on the 5th of the month from June 2024 - February 2025. There are no refunds on the payment plan.

    • Twin Ensuite, Main Barn - £72.25 per month.

    • Double Ensuite Single Occupancy, Main Barn - £99.50 per month.

    • Twin, Hay Barn - £66 per month.

    • Single Occupancy Room, Hay Barn - £80.50 per month.

The Hay Barn rooms are now SOLD OUT. Single occupancy and twin rooms still available in the main house. ​


Please read our full cancellation policy below.

A little more about Wise, Wild, & Well...

Wise, Wild, and Well arose from a close friendship between myself & Jo Kitts of Jo Kitts Yoga & was born during the many long walks and chats that kept us sane during lockdown. As the world started to open up, we hoped to be able to bring like-minded women together to enjoy yoga, nature, and connection in a supportive and nurturing community.
Our values are demonstrated in our name:


Wise: to show our deep trust in feminine intuition and wisdom
Wild: to indicate our passion for nature and the environment
Well: to support our health through yoga and meditation

 

As we build our community locally, and recognise how privileged we are, our thoughts go to empowering girls and women who are not as fortunate. Every year 5% of WWW profits will be donated to a charity which supports women around the world. This year’s donation goes to The Momma’s on Fire Beekeeping Project.
 

Our Cancellation Policy

Once you book your place, we stop trying to sell that place (and may even turn others away).  We start investing our time in the event and you - sorting out all the paperwork, planning and prepping the wonderful plant based food, thinking about: the theme of the event; the timings; the yoga; even whether we need to invest in more props; and also the little details to make the event as special as we can for you.  We have also likely invested substantially in the venue hire.  This is why, if you cancel, we are unable to provide a refund except as below:
 
If you choose to cancel 90 days or more before the start date, we will be more than happy to refund your payment. At this stage we still have time to try and fill the space. At less than 90 days before the event, payments are non-refundable, for any reason at all, unless the place can be filled via a waiting list or alternatively you can transfer the place to a friend.  

Regrettably and rarely, there may be unforeseen circumstances (including Covid) that hinder, delay, or lead to cancellation of the event. This includes but is not limited to, severe weather, acts of terrorism, disease epidemics/pandemics, government actions, natural disasters, war, strikes, and failure of 3rd parties such as venues/caterers to provide their services.  In such circumstances we will seek to offer you an alternative date, but a refund will not be given.  We will also not be responsible for any other costs or damages you may incur as a consequence of the cancellation, such as travel costs. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance, which for a weekend in the UK is under £10. 

As you are aware Covid has hit so many small businesses hard. Yoga teachers are no exception and whilst we are sympathetic to Covid illness and isolation, we also need to make sure our little business survives.  As such, the terms above apply equally to Covid restrictions and isolation, as to all circumstances. 

If necessary, we reserve the right to send a substitute teacher if either Jo or Jane are prevented from teaching, due to unavoidable circumstances.

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