Perimenopause Online Day Retreat


Changes are happening in your body-mind, and it’s confusing and uncomfortable, to say the least. It can also feel lonely. This retreat day will help you to embrace the change and see it as an opportunity.

Now is the time to dream into the rest of your life. With the contemplative practices of yin yoga, yoga nidra, meditation walk, and reflection through journaling and circle we’ll open up to the possibilities. Safely, warmly and kindly held there will be sisterhood – know you are not alone, and definitely not going crazy!

The spiritual path is a cycle of descent to wilderness and renewal to a transformed way. Perimenopause is a divine and momentous (and messy) phase in a woman’s life and must not be stifled.

“If you don’t leave yourself free to grow, who will play your part in your calling here on Earth?”

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, ‘How to be an Elder’

For the day you will need:

• A notebook
• A yoga mat, blanket or soft surface to lie on
• A bolster or roll pillows in a towel or small blanket, or put the bundle in a pillowcase, or roll up a heavy blanket. Two such bundles would be good, but can probably manage with one especially if you are more on the short and slim side
• Yoga blocks or cushions, one firm one off the sofa too
• Yoga belt or other long belt or scarf
• eye pillow or scarf to cover your eyes (optional)
• Layers of clothes and an extra blanket for warmth
• Light lunch
Fiona is a trained and experienced facilitator of yin and nidra. Based at her Viveka Gardens Retreat Place in Mid Devon, she brings nature and season-based visualisations to nidra.
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Feedback from previous Retreat days
Thank you, This has been a really special day exploring the menopause with so many layers of richness. Fiona holds the space in such an intuitive and safe way and I had the opportunity really explore aspects of myself. Thank you. Rachel, Exeter

What can I say, thank you doesn’t seem enough. A fantastic day. My mind has never, I was going to say for the last 2 years, but actually forever felt so rested and calm. I nearly never came, I was feeling very anxious . I’ve tried so many things over the last 2 years and nothing has helped me relax and calm my anxiety like today. Today worked for me because of the way you held the space. I dont know many that can do that and especially online! Sharon, Nailsea

What a wonderful winter solstice retreat! The day felt so relaxing, restorative and insightful. Fiona was a clear, warm and inclusive teacher and I look forward to joining her in future retreats, online, or even better, in person. Mary, Sarratt

Saturday 27th March 2021

10.30 – 4.00pm

Viveka Gardens is keen to make yoga available to all – bursaries for those on benefit/low income Please contact to discuss

How to book

New to yoga sessions with Fiona?
Please go to calendly to complete the new student form and arrange a pre-class consultation. This not only gives you a chance to explain your needs, wants and any health conditions, but also helps establish rapport between us. In addition, it is an insurance requirement for online sessions.

Existing students, please make payment and message me for the link.


10.30 arrival, opening circle

11.00 jounalling – guidance and practice

11.20 yin yoga and check in

12.30 lunch (jounalling maybe too)

1.30 themed meditation walk

2.00 Nidra workshop

3.30 next steps and conclusion

4.00 end