Yoga and Meditation

    Self-Catering Accommodation



  • Spring into Yoga at

    Dedham Retreats ♥

    Come and experience our uniquely beautiful and comfortable yoga studio in the heart of Dedham. Plenty of free two-hour parking on the High Street makes our studio a hassle-free alternative to going in to town.


    We are dedicated to providing high quality yoga and meditation classes for residents of the local community and the surrounding areas.


    Our teachers bring together Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness to provide classes suitable for all stages in life. This Spring we have lots of new classes starting, including Flow & Glow Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga or Mum & Baby Yoga.


    Click on the big button below to see the schedule and availability.

  • Lou Hart

    Lou was a marketing executive in Hollywood for over a decade before she decided to deepen her yoga practice with a RYT-200 teacher training at YogaWorks. In April 2015 Lou moved back to live in the beautiful village of Dedham to open a retreat centre with yoga studio in The Tallow Factory. Lou completed the three year 500-hour diploma from the British Wheel of Yoga. Lou is also on the founding committee of the Dedham Mindfulness Group ♥ You can read more about Lou by clicking below.


    Lucy Greeves

    Lucy teaches the Thursday morning Mindful Flow Yoga class and the 4 week Introduction to Yoga course. You can read more about Lucy at Yoga For Busy Minds.


    "Yoga is an amazing toolbox for life. By combining physical challenges with breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques and philosophical enquiry, it offers everyone the opportunity to uncover a stronger, more balanced body and a calmer, more open mind.

    I believe that our natural condition is to be comfortable in our own skins; through yoga, I want to help my students rediscover this ‘happy body’ state. It is my aim that no-one should feel intimidated or defeated in my classes, but rather gently amazed by their own hidden possibilities."

    Zoe Flint

    Zoe Flint is the Founder and Director of Work. Live. Thrive, a wellbeing consultancy specialising in Mindfulness. Zoe is a Mindfulness Trainer, Positive Psychology Coach and Hypnotherapist. She is an expert blogger for Psychologies Magazine and Founder of the Colchester Happiness Project. She lives in Dedham with Elsie (7) and Albie (4), two cats and a rabbit. Zoe is passionate about sharing the tools she has used to combat her own experiences of anxiety and depression. She loves nature, crafts and cocktails with the girls!

    Caroline Arduini

    Caroline Arduini of GreenHeartYoga is driven by a commitment to help you awaken the heart, connect to the Soul Self and raise your vibration. Caroline has been a dedicated yogini since 2006 with a Soul Purpose of learning how to move into her heart space, so she may assist you to do the same. Teaching with a love and enthusiasm for the transformation yoga brings, Caroline’s emphasis is on releasing tension in order to soften and connect to the heart. Yoga was learnt in Thailand, practiced all over the world and continues to be the root of all that Caroline shares, including meditation, essential oil alchemy and heart awakening coaching. Teacher Training was taken in India, in order to study in the motherland of this sacred practice. Caroline’s approach is intuitive and gentle - (yet strong!) encouraging the student to feel into the breath and body so they may discover how the practice serves them best. Caroline is also a tea-loving Mumma, who loves to be barefoot in the woods.


    Naomi Davies

    Naomi completed the 3 year British Wheel of Yoga training course to become a teacher and has been teaching since 2008. She then specialised in Yoga for Pregnancy, Postnatal recovery and for Mums and Babies. She has also completed Well Woman Therapeutic Yoga and is a trained Childrens’ Yoga teacher, Baby Massage instructor and adult masseur.


    She has offered Pregnancy Yoga and Mum and Baby Yoga since 2010 and also brought Yoga to women, men and children with NHS, Barnardos’ Children’s Centres, MIND, the MS Society and local schools.


    Yoga practices can be powerful but easily accessible. They work really well to help bring harmony to our modern way of life, reduce stress and bringing yourself back to home.

  • Guided Meditations

    Our goal is to help you develop your own personal practice.

    Here are some guided meditations which you can try in the comfort of your own home.

  • Schedule

    Spring 2018

    Our weekly Yoga class prices are as follows:

    Single class ~ £15

    6 Class Pack valid for 2 months for use in any weekly classes marked with * ~ £75

    Yoga 6 Week Courses ~ £75

    Mindfulness Life Coaching 6 Week Course ~ £150

    Please noted that our classes are limited to 10 people so we require 24 hours notice for any cancellations.



    Introduction to Yoga - 4 Week Course with Lucy Greeves - course fee - £60
    6:30pm-8:00pm on 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March



    9:30am - 10:45am Flow and Glow with Caroline Arduini of GreenHeartYoga

    (starting 20th February)


    11:00am - 12:15pm Pregnancy Yoga with Naomi Davies of YogaBabe
    (starting 18th April )


    12:30pm - 1:45pm Mum and Baby Yoga with Naomi Davies of YogaBabe

    (starting 18th April)

    6:00pm-7:15pm Restorative Hatha Yoga* with Lou Hart


    9:30am - 10:45am Pregnancy Yoga with Naomi Davies of YogaBabe
    (starting 20th February)


    11:00am - 12:15pm Mum and Baby Yoga with Naomi Davies of YogaBabe

    (starting 20th February)


    10:00am - 12:00pm Happiness Through Mindfulness 6 Week Course

    with Zoe Flint of Work.Live.Thrive

    (starting 18th April)

    7:30pm - 8:45pm Restorative Hatha Yoga* with Lou Hart


    9:30am - 10:45am Mindful Flow Yoga* with Lucy Greeves


  • Shop

    ~ Give Yoga and Art ~

    If you're looking for gifts for your beloveds (or for yourself) then show that you care with one of our 6 Class Packs or our Introduction to Yoga 4 Week Course starting Monday 5th March 2018.

    We also offer gift cards for private yoga classes which make a very thoughtful gift.


    ~ Art at The Tallow Factory ~

    Dedham Retreats is dedicated to the promotion of local artists and we are proud to exhibit the work of Textile Artist Katherine ‘Frin’ Arnold for visitors of The Tallow Factory.

    Purchase a truly unique gift here and we can package for your collection.

    6. Parisian Fashion Salon Sketches
    7. Parisian Fashion Salon Sketches
    1. Cultivated
    5. Strands of Time
    3. Wild Threads
    $45.00 - $160.00
    4. Threads
    2. Wild Threads
  • Day & Weekend Retreats

    Throughout the year we host day and weekend retreats with yoga, meditation, nutritious food and fun and laughter. Our most recent one was catered by Sunshine on a Plate serving delicious and nutritious vegan food. Read more below about what we did on the day and sign up for details of the next one.


    Sunday 4th March 2018

    When was the last time you looked down at your belly and gave it a pat and a rub and just said ‘Thank you’~?


    We live in a culture that celebrates tight abs, but if we hold ourselves in too tightly, we can sabotage our breath and the flow of intuitive wisdom that comes from this integral part of ourselves. Deep belly breathing is one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety; calm nerves; and find a sense of compassion, confidence, and acceptance in your being.

    Come and spend a Sunday showing some much needed love to your Buddha Belly, with yoga, meditation and nutritious food in our lovely retreat centre in the heart of Dedham.

    10:00am ~ Welcome

    10:30am ~ Buddha Belly Flow Yoga

    12:00pm ~ Nutritious Vegan Brunch

    1:00pm ~ Relaxation in the house with nutrition discussion

    1:30pm ~ Deep Buddha Belly Breathing and Meditation

    2:30pm ~ Afternoon Tea

    3:00pm ~ Fulfilled Farewells

    Fill yourself up with wisdom, knowledge, laughter, gratitude, a balance of soul food and health food, and most of all—embrace your Buddha Belly.

    Early Bird Rate
    Book by 14th February 2018 to get our early bird rate of £95 for the day, including all food and refreshments. After 15th February 2018 the rate goes up to £115 for the day.

    Valentine's Gift Card
    This makes the perfect gift for you or a loved one ~ click HERE to purchase at the early bird rate before 14th February 2018

    All day parking available in the Dedham car park on Mill Lane for £4, just a few minutes walk away.

    Why not make a weekend of it? We have accommodation available for up to 8 people at discounted rates ~ dual occupancy starting at £190 per person or 2 nights or single occupancy starting at £350 for 2 nights. In just over an hour by train from London you can find yourself in the heart of unspoiled countryside. We can arrange for a car to meet you at Manningree station.

    Your guts will thank you ♥


    If you would like to sign up for more information, please enter your contact information below.

    If you would prefer to pay over the phone then please call Lou Hart on 07947 438430.

  • Find Us

    We are located at The Tallow Factory, in a private courtyard just off the Dedham High Street, opposite St Mary's Church and between the Pharmacy and The Sun Inn.


    There is plenty of FREE TWO HOUR PARKING available on the High Street and Royal Square or paid parking in the nearby car park on Mill Lane.


    We are just over an hour by train from London Liverpool Street to Manningtree and after a short taxi ride you can find yourself in the middle of unspoiled Constable Country. Dedham is one of the UK's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with breath-taking walks and boating along the river, as well as world-class restaurants and shops.

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  • Connect With Us 

    While we encourage unplugging from technology now and again, everything in moderation is healthy in our book. So feel free to connect with us in the way that makes you most happy.

    +44 07947 438430


Terms and Conditions for Dedham Retreats

Section I The Tallow Factory Self-Catering Booking Terms and Conditions
(Please find yoga terms and conditions below in Section II)

Dedham Retreats
The Tallow Factory 
Brannam Court 
High Street, Dedham
Colcheser CO7 6DE

Thank you for choosing to book to stay at Dedham Retreats. We look forward to welcoming you. By making this booking you are entering an agreement with us. Please read our terms and conditions of booking below.

The price of the accommodation includes the following: Electricity, linen, towels, cleaning, hot water and heating.

If an overdue balance is not paid by the deadline given within a written reminder, it will be assumed that you have cancelled your booking and the property will become re-available to rent. If the property does not re-book, you will still be liable for the balance.

We are able to accommodate your well-behaved dog. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate cats or other pets. Please make us aware that you are bringing your dog when booking. There is an additional cost of £20 per dog, per night. In the event of an unforeseen soiling incident we reserve the right to add an appropriate cleaning charge to your account. Additionally, in the unlikely event that the affected room needs to be taken out of service you may be liable for resulting loss in revenue.

Non-availability of Accommodation
We would only cancel your holiday if the accommodation was unavailable for reasons beyond our control. We would however attempt to offer you alternative accommodation. If this was not possible, or unacceptable to you, then we would refund all monies paid by you for the holiday. Our liability would not extend beyond this refund.

Your accommodation will be available to you from 3pm on the day of arrival, unless otherwise arranged. We may not be able to accommodate you if you arrive earlier than the agreed time as we will be busy preparing the property. If it is not possible to coordinate an arrival time that will allow us to meet you in person at the property then we can arrange for key collection to be made via a secure lockbox at the property.  

Please be ready to leave the accommodation by 10am on the day of departure, unless otherwise arranged. We pride ourselves in the quality of our accommodation and we're sure you realise this when you arrive. We ask all guests to leave the property in a clean and tidy state with all used linens and towels on the floor and all dishes washed and put away. If we are unable to meet you at the property to collect the keys then it is required that you leave the key in the secure lockbox after check out. 

Care of the Property
Please take care when staying in our property. You are responsible for the care of the contents during your stay. We ask that you leave the property in the same clean and tidy state at the end of your stay as you find it at the beginning. In the event that additional cleaning is required you will be liable for this and may be charged. The property must not be used for any dangerous, illegal, noisy or immoral activities or be of any nuisance or annoyance to neighbouring properties. Smoking is not permitted in any part of the property, including the courtyard and car park. We reserve the right to terminate your stay at any time if it is felt that any of the above conditions are being broken.
You are responsible and liable for any breakages or damages, which you cause, to the accommodation or its contents. All we ask is that you report any incidents as they occur. We do not normally charge for minor breakages, but we may send you an invoice for repair or making good if the damage or breakage is significant, and we may make an additional charge if you did not report this.

Dedham Retreats, it’s contractors and representatives shall not be liable for any injury, sickness, loss or damage to the property or your personal property, directly or indirectly caused or arising from the use of the properties or access.

When you submit a booking via our online reservation system you will receive an automatically generated booking summary by email to the email address you provide in the booking form. This does not form a contract between us. A contract shall only arise when your booking is subsequently confirmed in writing via a letter of confirmation sent to you by post or email. A booking is not confirmed until a deposit is received alongside the booking information.
A deposit of 50% is required upon booking. The balance is due 60 days before the commencement of your stay. If you are making your booking less than 60 days prior to your arrival, the full amount is due at the time of booking.

Cancellations must be given in writing, either by letter or e-mail. In order for your cancellation to be confirmed, you must receive an acknowledgement from us, if you do not, you must assume we have not received your communication.
In the event of a cancellation, you will be liable to pay the total amount due. If, however we are able to re-let the property, we may be able to return some of the balance less the deposit paid.

Privacy Policy
Any data collected during the course of this booking will be stored on our computer(s). With your permission we may from time to time contact you about promotions and offers. We will not share your details with any third party.
We reserve the right to cancel your booking if it subsequently transpires that any of the above mentioned conditions have not been met.

A warm welcome awaits you at Dedham Retreats.

Section II Yoga

Bookings for Courses, Workshops and Day Retreats

When booking 4 Week Courses, Workshops or Day Retreats, 100% payment is required in advance. Please note that we can only provide a full refund (less a 10% admin fee) for cancellations made more than 28 days before the start date. For any other cancellations there will be no refunds or transfers unless your place can be filled from a waiting list, in which case we may be able to refund the fee (less a 20% admin fee). If a course or workshop is cancelled you will be offered either a cash refund or the option of being transferred to an alternative event.

Online class bookings
Pre-booked classes must be paid for in advance, either for a single class or 6 Class Pack. If you select the [Book Now – Pay Cash] option your space is not always confirmed and it is your responsibility to bring cash for the teacher to be paid same day. Classes will automatically be deducted from your 6 Class Pack or you can purchase individual classes with any debit or credit card.

Yoga 6 Class Pack Terms
Once you have activated a 6 Class Pack to attend a particular class, we will automatically reserve you a space in the following 5 weeks in that class and you will receive an email confirmation and reminder. If you do not wish to attend the class for whatever reason you must cancel before 24 hours in order to keep your credit for another class in the schedule. Please note the pack is valid for use in any classes in the schedule for a period of 8 weeks from the purchase date. 6 Class Packs are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Early Cancellations
Class bookings can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance only online. If you paid by class pass, your class will be credited back to your account. We will not be able to process any cancellations manually on your behalf, so please do it through the booking site.

Late cancellations
Any cancellations made after this time (within 24 hours of the class start time) will not be credited back to your class or refunded.
We require that you sign into class a minimum of 10 minutes prior to the class start time. If you have not signed in by this time your space will be opened up to allow drop-ins and this will be treated as a late cancelation and your class will not be credited or refunded.

Cash Bookings
If you purchase a 6 Class Pack by cash then you will be automatically signed up for the next week's class. You will be given the opportunity to log in and manage your schedule and can cancel before 24 hours of the class. If you cancel within the 24-hour notice period or miss the class for any reason you will lose a class credit.

Appointments for private yoga classes
We operate a strict 24-hour cancellation policy. For cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice or if you do not turn up for your appointment, you will be charged the full appointment fee in these circumstances. The details shown on the Dedham Retreats email booking confirmation + appointment reminder is the date and time for which you will be charged if you miss your appointment or cancel less than 24 hours prior to the booked appointment.

Teaching arrangements
Dedham Retreats provides yoga sessions taught by the best independent teachers from the surrounding area, all trained by the British Wheel of Yoga (Sport England's Recognised National Governing Body for Yoga). Dedham Retreats also provides the space for independent teachers and therapists to provide services such as workshops, day retreats and treatments. All payments for these services are accepted by Dedham Retreats on behalf of the teacher or therapist.

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