• Essential Oils Evening

    ~ Monday 15th July 2019 ~

    7:30pm ~ 9:00pm

    Come and learn how the potent healing powers of plants can become a part of your daily self care routine. You will also learn about how to use these oils safely with your children as well as how to make your own cleaning products so that you can completely detoxify your home with (and reduce your plastic consumption). All attendees will also learn some basic reflexology and be provided with a guide for which oils help each part of the body.


    doTERRA Essential Oils are the purest form of this plant medicine available ~ sustainably sourced with love from the parts of the world where the plants are the most potent.


    Join Lou Hart for an evening of sniffing, massaging, diffusing and even safely tasting these life-changing elixirs of life.


    Reconnect with your body's innate wisdom to heal itself.


    ~ May The Forest Be With You ~


    This is a free event but spaces are limited so please RSVP.


    Tuesday 20th August


    Come and learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) with Zenith Kiting and do some basic yoga with Lou Hart on the River Stour in Dedham. No previous experience necessary. Board and life vest rental included. £35 per person ~ suitable for ages 13+

    Meet in Mill Pond Dedham Car Park by 9:45am so that you can sign waivers with Zenith Kiting and get in the water by 10am.



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

  • Mindful Mondays Community Meditation

    The Dedham mindfulness community meets every month on the second Monday from 7:30pm-8:30pm ~ open to all and donation only.

    Our monthly donation-based Dedham Mindfulness Community gatherings are on the second Monday of every month from 7:30pm-8:30pm and will be inviting different meditation teachers to come and share their guidance. Our next scheduled meetings:



    Monday 9th September 7:30pm-8:30pm

    Teacher to be announced


    Monday 14th October 7:30pm-8:30pm

    Teacher to be announced


    Monday 11th November 7:30pm-8:30pm

    Teacher to be announced

    Spaces are limited to 20 so RSVP advised.


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

  • Mabon ~ Autumn Equinox Retreat

    21 September 2019

    A day retreat of digital detox (surrender your phone upon arrival)* yoga, river walk and tree meditation, soul healing kirtan and gong bath elebrating the Autumn Equinox, with food lovingly prepared by award-winning vegan chefs fig + rye

    Join us from Friday afternoon / evening and stay until Sunday afternoon.
    Day Retreat ~

    Shared Top Floor 2 Room Suite ~ £234 per person


    King Bedroom Ensuite ~ Single Occupancy £399 or Double Occupancy £255 per person


    King Bedroom ~ Single Occupancy £299 or Double Occupancy £244 per person


    One Bedroom Cottage ~ Single Occupancy £499 or Double Occupancy £299 per person



    *Guests can provide our number to their spouses and families for emergencies.

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

  • Durga Day

    Saturday 5 October 2019

    A celebration of the sacred feminine harnessing the Goddess Durga energy that resides in all of us. Yoga, Meditation, Aromatherapy and Tarot with Lou Hart and delicious and nutritious vegan and gluten-free afternoon tea.


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

  • Shakti Flow

    Join Lou for a new energising morning flow yoga class ~

    Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30am-11:00am

    Joyfulness and Play is the key to letting your inner light shine.

    A truly upliftnig class blending yoga, dance, song and meditation.

    This is a mixed level class and suitable for complete beginners. Yoga works for every body and every body is different so come and learn this sequence of movements that gradually builds up warmth and opens up energy channels. We move through creative sequences with a lightness in a joyful atmosphere with uplifting music. This practice will strengthen your whole body, increase your flexibility and leave you glowing with energy.




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

  • Therapeutic Yoga with ELDOA™

    with Lou Hart


    As a certified ELDOA student practitioner, Lou integrates osteopathic postures into a new Therapeutic Yoga course developed to help clients with any back pain, scoliosis, sciatica and other spine conditions.
    Suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners.


    Lou discovered ELDOA last November while visiting her alma mater YogaWorks in Santa Monica, California. ELDOA is a revolutionary stretching and rehabilitative technique developed by French Osteopath Guy Voyer, DO. ELDOA is a French acronym that translates to Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation Stretching. The sequence of postures target the decompression of specific joints throughout the body. ELDOA are postural normalisation exercises that you can do yourself with a goal to increase the space within, and to relieve and normalize tension around a targeted joint. As a certified ELDOA student practitioner, Lou integrates these postures into a new Therapeutic Yoga course developed to help clients with any back pain, scoiliosis, sciatica and other spine-related injuries.


    Everybody benefits from regular ELDOA practice. This is simply because we are affected by gravity all day long and ELDOA is the only exercise that actively addresses the negative consequences of gravity on the joints of the body.


    While anyone will benefit from regular ELDOA practice, we particularly recommend ELDOA for:
    • People with postural imbalances such as compression from sitting at a desk most of the day (which decreases blood flow to lumbar spine and hips)
    • People with limited Range of Motions
    • People with chronic pain, such as low back, neck, hip, spine etc.
    • Members of the athletic community, both recreational and professional



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

  • Essential Mat Pilates

    STOTT PILATES® with Sarah Brazington is a modernised version of Pilates that is perfect for complete beginners as well as those who have taken a break from Pilates or Yoga and want to develop more core strength and a healthy spine and posture.

    Wednesdays 6:15pm-7:30pm

    Single Class £15 or 6 Week Course £75

    The Pilates method of exercise was developed in Germany in the early 20th century. There has been almost 100 years of research since the original technique was created, but Pilates purists believe that it should still be taught without variation or modification. Others, such as Moira Stott disagree. Stott, as well as other proponents of a modernised version of Pilates still adhere to the basic principles of the method. These include breathing, concentration and fluidity of movement. The sequencing of exercises, the postural alignment, and the addition of props are the major differences between the two methods.


    Moira Stott History
    Moira Stott was a principle ballerina with the City Ballet of Toronto. A neck injury prompted her to study Pilates with Romana Kryzanowska, who was one of the original disciples of Joseph Pilates. Stott went on to study with physical therapists and sports medicine experts. She soon discovered that the original Pilates method, while highly effective, did not conform to the modern principles of postural alignment and exercise sequencing. As such, she developed a modernised version of the technique. Her Toronto studio opened in 1988.


    Features of the Stott Technique
    The neutral spine is the primary difference between Stott and traditional Pilates. The original method used an imprinted spine in all of the exercise positions. Imprinted means that the back is in a flat position. It was once believed that this position should be used to correct a sway back or arched back position, but physical therapists now realize that walking around in a constant flat back or pelvic tilt creates just as much spinal friction as an arched back. Neutral spine is the small, natural curvature of the lower part of the spine. In Stott, this alignment is used as long as one foot is on the floor. When both legs are in the air, the imprinted position is used.


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


    Strawberry Moon Summer Solstice Retreat
    with Lou Hart

    Food by fig+rye

    20 -22 June 2020


    Our 2nd annual Strawberry Moon Retreat with Lou Hart, Heidi Pascual is going to be EPIC!


    This year it's a full weekend celebration of the summer solstice with our blossoming yoga kula community., including award-winning vegan 🌱gluten-free food by fig + rye


    Join us from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon in our uniquely beautiful yoga retreat centre,

    truly in the heart of Dedham.


    FRIDAY 20th JUNE

    Welcome Afternoon Tea

    Digital Detox ~ Surrender Your Phone Ceremony ~ Unplug to Reconnect*

    Saraswati Tarot Intention-Setting Mandala with Yoga Nidra with Lou Hart


    Early to Bed



    Breakfast Juice and Energy Bites

    Lakshmi Love Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Heidi Marie Pascual

    Vegan Lunch

    River Walk with Tree Meditation with Lou Hart (Optional Swim)

    Afternoon Team with Strawberry Treats and maybe some bubbles on the sun-drenched patio

    Freshen Up / Recharge Time

    Vegan BBQ in the Garden


    SUNDAY 22nd JUNE

    Breakfast ~ Juice and Energy Bar

    Standup Paddle Boarding on the River Stour with Zenith Kiting

    Picnic Lunch

    Reunion with Phone Ceremony

    Fulfilled Farewells


    All Inclusive Packages Available:


    Shared Top Floor 2 Room Suite ~ 1 Space Still Available at £234 per person


    King or Twin Bedroom Ensuite ~ Single Occupancy £399 or Double Occupancy £289


    One Bedroom Cottage ~ Single Occupancy £499 or Double Occupancy £299


    *Guests can provide our number to their spouses and families for emergencies.

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.

About using our site
You agree to use our site in accordance with these terms + conditions, only for lawful purposes and in a way which does not infringe the rights of anyone or restrict or inhibit anyone's use + enjoyment of the site. If you don't comply with these terms, we may deny you access to our site.
If you wish to make a booking, you should follow the instructions for making a booking that appear on the site. Any booking will be subject to your agreement to further terms + conditions in respect of that booking. We will notify you of the relevant terms and conditions, which you will have to accept to complete your booking. You may download + print content from our site only for your private, personal + non-commercial use. We do not guarantee or warrant that any material available for downloading is free from infection, viruses, trojans +/or other contaminating codes. You agree to use the enquiry + booking forms on our site to make only genuine enquiries +/or bookings for you or for other persons for whom you are authorised to act.
You will not use the site to send by e-card, email, post or otherwise transmit any material that is unlawful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, invasive of privacy, vulgar, obscene or profane.
You agree not to reproduce, distribute, modify or re-post our content on another site, frame or mirror our site or link to our site without our prior written consent.
You grant to us a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide licence to use (including but not limited to publishing, exploiting and modifying) any material you email, post or submit to us. For the avoidance of doubt, we will be free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, content, text or images contained in your communications with us for any purpose whatsoever, to the fullest extent permitted by law. We try to update our site regularly, so we may have to suspend access, service or functionality from time to time, without notice. If required, we may have to close our site indefinitely. We will not be liable if, for any reason, our site is unavailable at any time or for any period of time. As information or data transmitted to or from our site passes over public telecommunications networks, we can't promise that the operation of our site will be secure, confidential, uninterrupted or error-free. You agree not to do anything that does or may interfere with the proper working of the site including but not limited to tampering with, or hacking into, the site or the servers on which it resides.
Our site may have some sections accessible only by a user identification code +/or password. From time to time, we may restrict access to those sections, or to the entire site, to users who have registered with us. If you choose, or you are provided with, a password, you must treat such information as confidential and only use it yourself. We may disable or suspend your access or any pass code, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time in our sole discretion. Our issuing of pass codes is not a promise of continued use or access to the site or any data you might store on it. The information contained on this website is for general information purposes only + is not intended to be comprehensive or to constitute professional medical advice. The information should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for specific medical or heath advice. Dedham Retreats accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained on this website. Parts of the website link to external internet sites, and other external internet sites may link to this website. Dedham Retreats is not responsible for the content of any external internet sites.

Like most other websites, during the course of any visit to the Dedham Retreats website, we use small files which are stored on your hard drive by our browser ("cookies") to monitor your use of the website. Once you have closed your browser, we do not use the information these cookies collect.

Dedham Retreats takes all reasonable steps to protect your personal information, however we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online. By using the Dedham Retreats website you accept the inherent security implications of dealing online and will not hold Dedham Retreats responsible for any breach of security unless such breach has been caused by Dedham Retreats' negligence. If you currently receive marketing information from us, which you wish to cancel, please email us.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page.

Privacy Policy Statement

Every day our business will receive, use, and store information about a range of data subjects, including but limited to customers, suppliers, job applicants, and general enquiries. This policy sets out how we ensure that this information is processed lawfully and appropriately, in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (collectively referred to as the ‘Data Protection Requirements’).

We take our data protection duties seriously, because we respect your privacy. We will not sell or otherwise transfer your information to third parties for marketing purposes without your explicit consent

About This Policy

Dedham Retreats is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Data Protection Requirements and with this policy. Any questions about the operation of this policy or any concerns that the policy has not been followed should be referred in the first instance to your usual contact with us; if you are unsure who to contact then write to us by emailing hello@dedhamretreats.com

What is Personal Data?

Personal data means data (whether stored electronically or paper based) relating to a living individual who can be identified directly or indirectly from that data (or from that data and other information in our possession).

Processing is any activity that involves use of personal data. It includes obtaining, recording, holding or transferring data; organising, amending, retrieving, using, disclosing, erasing or destroying it.

Data we hold about you

We hold your name, email address, phone number location and records of class, meeting or workshop attendance on our mailing list, in order to communicate with you regarding our upcoming courses and events. You have given these details to us when you signed up to our mailing list or booked to attend a class, meeting or workshop. In cases where you attended a yoga or pilates class or workshop we also keep other sensitive information about your mental and physical health that you supplied to provide as background information which is used initially as part of our safeguarding procedure to ensure that everyone attending courses are doing so safely, and also kept as evidence to protect us incase of later litigation. Some of our classes may include children and we would hold the young person's name, guardian names, contact details of guardian, DOB as required.

Keeping your data safe

Your data is stored digitally and to keep it safe it is protected by a firewall & network security, anti-virus software and other safeguards. We only allow our very small team of admin staff, website administrators, software developers and instructors access to your personal records. In some cases we do have printed copies of your personal data which is stored safely in locked filing cabinets. 

Keeping your data confidential

If we believe your details have been compromised (eg through a data breach) in anyway we will inform as soon as possible of becoming aware.

Passing your data to others

We have never, and will never, give or sell your details to a third party except when we are working with another organisation to promote or deliver a day retreat, course or workshop, in which case it will have been made explicit on the booking form.

Fair and Lawful Processing

The Data Protection Requirements are not intended to prevent the processing of personal data, but to ensure that it is done fairly and without adversely affecting the rights of the individual.

In accordance with the Data Protection Requirements, we will only process personal data where it is required for the following lawful purposes: where the processing is necessary for performing a contract with the individual, for compliance with a legal obligation, in the legitimate interests of the business, or where the individual has given their consent.
Processing for Limited Purposes

We have in place detailed policies and procedures for all categories of data subjects. These will be kept up to date with all Data Protection requirements and are available to data subjects upon request.

Accurate Data

We will ensure that personal data we hold is accurate and kept up to date. We will check the accuracy of any personal data at the point of collection and at regular intervals afterwards. We will take all reasonable steps to amend or destroy inaccurate or out-of-date data.

From time to time we may from ask you to refresh your details at anytime and consent where we feel out data is out of date.

If your data is inaccurate you can contact us at hello@dedhamretreats.com and we will amend it 

Timely Processing

We will not keep personal data longer than is necessary for the purpose or purposes for which it was collected. We will take all reasonable steps to destroy, or erase from our systems, all data which is no longer required.

Processing in line with Data Subject’s Rights 

We will process all personal data in line with data subjects’ rights, in particular their rights to:

Confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning the individual is being processed.
Request access to any data held about them.
Request rectification, erasure or restriction on processing of their personal data.
Lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.

Data portability.

Object to processing, including for direct marketing.
Not be subject to automated decision making including profiling in certain circumstances.
Data Security - Keeping your data safe

Your data is stored digitally and we take appropriate and adequate security measures against unlawful or unauthorised processing of personal data, and against the accidental or unlawful destruction, damage, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of or access to personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed.

We have in place industry-standard procedures and technologies to maintain the security of all personal data from the point of the determination of the means for processing and point of data collection to the point of destruction. Additionally, we use a secure connection when collecting personal financial information from you, which conforms to PCI standards. All forms which request credit card or bank details use the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol for encryption.

Wherever possible, we will store all personal data inside the European Economic Area (EEA). Any time that data is transferred outside the EEA, we ensure that exactly the same provisions on data security and processing are applied.

We only allow our admin staff, website administrators, software developers and instructors access to your personal records.

Your rights over your data

At any time you have the right to withdraw your consent, ask us to remove your data from our system, to unsubscribe from our mailing list or ask us not to contact you by emailing us hello@dedhamretreats.com

We will act on your request and confirm with you that this has happened.

Changes to this Policy

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. The amended version will be published on our website and any significant changes will be communicated to you either on the website or directly. This will replace any previous privacy policy.