A stunning Dorset yoga retreat

Dorset Yoga Retreat

Bonhays is a beautiful eco-retreat centre, nestled in the hills of West Dorset, between Bridport and Lyme Regis and just two miles from the sea. The setting is secluded and peaceful, surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Set around a central courtyard with the soft curves of the straw buildings and the hills beyond, there is quiet and stillness here. Bonhays has lovely communal areas to relax and chat in as well as many peaceful and secluded spots for quiet and reflection. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool.

The coast and beaches are just two miles away if you want to get a dose of sea air and enjoy a beach walk or you may simply want to enjoy a peaceful moment on the decking and watch the sunset, swim peacefully in the pool, share wonderful meals in the conservatory, practice yoga and meditation; be and rejuvenate.

The ultimate Dorset yoga weekend retreat experience.


Single, shared twin or double rooms are available. Bathrooms, shower and toilet facilities are shared.

There is also a charming shepherd's hut set in a quiet corner looking up the Marshwood Valley and a magical little house tucked away in the woods. The hut and the little house both have a double bed, electricity, a wood burner and are fully insulated. The hut has an outside tap and access to shared bathroom facilities close by. The little house also has a small kitchen area and its own shower and toilet.

Camping with your own tent or camper van is also an option.

Treat yourself to some Dorset yoga.

Dorset Yoga Sample Schedule

A wonderful opportunity for you to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and reawaken your spirit in the peaceful countryside in Dorset. You will enjoy these Dorset yoga classes which focus on movement, breath and relaxation

There will be a yoga class with Catherine on Tuesday evening at 5pm and yoga nidra after dinner. On the following days there will be two yoga classes, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon, which will include meditation and breathwork. There will also be plenty of time to walk, rest, relax or take a dip in the pool or even the sea.

As you develop a stronger connection of your alignment and movement patterns, you will gradually release and unwind, letting go of long held tensions.

A Scaravelli yoga retreat at Bonhays is a wonderful chance to relax and unwind.  Enjoy extra long yoga classes which give plenty of time for individual attention, in the beautiful surroundings

Below is a sample daily schedule for this on this Dorset yoga weekend retreat .


Dorset Yoga at Bonhays with Catherine Annis

15:00 .... Arrive at venue

17:00 - 18:30 .... Welcome meeting & yoga

19:00 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Yoga nidra


08:00 9:30 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out, enjoy the peaceful surroundings or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 18:30 .... Yoga

19:00 .... Dinner


07:30 - 8:30 .... Yoga

9:00 - 10:00 .... Breakfast

11:00 .... Departure

Please note that whilst we will do everything possible to adhere to this Dorset yoga  programme and details laid out above, some things are outside our control, and we therefore reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

Scaravelli inspired yoga is a stress free yoga, that benefits everyone.  Classes are suitable for all ages and all levels of yoga experience, from beginners to those who have been practicing for many years. Regardless of your level of fitness, you will discover a longer, stronger and more flexible spine, a calmer mind, and begin to enjoy increased energy and ease of movement.


The chef at Bonhays, sources organic ingredients locally and produces lovely looking, healthy and very tasty food. All the food is vegetarian.

Things to do

Referred to as the capital of the Marshwood Vale, Whitchurch Canonicorum is an attractive mix of farms and cottages.

Whitchurch Canonicorum is where you can find the very ancient church of St. Candida and the Holy Cross.

It is unique in being the only parish church in England to contain the remains of an ancient saint.

The surrounding area offers an abundance of walks if you fancy exploring further afield.



I had a wonderful weekend! Everything was perfect. My accommodation in the shepherd's hut was cosy and quirky and felt like a complete treat. I was just so happy to be looked after, in a lovely setting and introduced for the first time to the concept of a relaxing yoga break. 


A big thank you to Catherine – what an incredible yoga teacher! I’ve woken this morning and the Scaravelli yoga retreat now seems like a colourful dream, the kind that stays with you long after you wake up. We were asked to move with subtlety, and at the same time constantly challenged to work hard. All of our sessions were fun, some felt wonderfully random, but by the end of the retreat, I thought to myself, everything made sense as a perfect whole. I’ve taken with me many body memories, not least a new awareness of particular parts of my spine! 


I had the most wonderful weekend thank you...so much. Really nourishing. The Scaravelli yoga was magical, inspiring and it has given me a whole different perspective – I really enjoyed it, and so did my body, it was a wonderful experience.


Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. It was exactly what the doctor ordered! I live a fairly hectic life so to take a whole weekend for myself to relax, unwind and get a new sense of perspective was much needed and it felt so good. The best part is that I have carried that sense of peace, awareness and control that we blossomed over the weekend back home to the 'real world'. Life is good!


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