Victoria is a qualified counsellor, life coach and mental health trainer. She is also qualified in Indian head Massage and is the founder of her business Hope-Rio Wellbeing. On the River Retreat you will benefit from all of Victoria’s professional skills as she leads the guided deep relaxation session, mindfulness activities and helps you to unwind with a relaxing head massage. Victoria lives on a narrow boat on the River Thames with her husband, two dogs and a cat. She loves the river and has first-hand experience of how being around water is so good for the soul.

Lesley is a professional performer, singing coach, musical director, and half of the female musical comedy duo Going South. Along with her partner Andrew, she also runs the award-winning Whittington’s Tea Barge which will transform to be your floating home for the day of the retreat. Lesley will be leading the music session, overseeing your food and drink, and ensuring your comfort throughout the day. Lesley will also be offering optional foot massages to retreat guests.

Both Victoria and Lesley look forward to welcoming you on board.

About river retreats

About the day

A day to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, surrounded by the natural beauty of the River Thames.

On arrival at the barge, your day will start with fresh coffee (or tea) and delicious breakfast pastries, and a chance to get to know your hosts and fellow guests. We only take a maximum of 10 guests on our retreats, ensuring the day will be restful and friendly.

We then set off for a morning cruise (subject to river and weather conditions) heading upstream to find a secluded mooring spot. A chance for you to man the ropes or simply sit and enjoy the scenery.

Once moored you will then unwind even further with a calming guided deep relaxation session, allowing you to de-stress and forget your daily worries.

A delicious freshly prepared lunch will then be served with a glass of Prosecco.

Lunch will be followed by free time for you to enjoy as you wish. Take a post lunch siesta, meditate, bring your yoga mat (for riverbank yoga) or your favourite book. Perhaps relax with a face pack or massage (included).

Is there a craft activity which you’ve not had chance to enjoy for a long time? Rediscover your lost passions that have fallen by the wayside because life has just become too busy.

After your free time the group will come together again for afternoon cocktails and music therapy. A chance to sing or just sit quietly and listen. Music is uplifting and so good for the soul.

Our final activity for the day will be our return river cruise accompanied by a traditional cream tea to enjoy before saying goodbye to your hosts and newfound friends.

The retreat also includes unlimited tea, coffee and selected soft drinks, seasonal fruit for healthy snacking and a River Retreats goody bag.

River retreats are for adults only, and perfect for mother and daughter days, birthday treats and special occasions. Gift vouchers are available.

Alternatively, if you would prefer a private retreat, for example a hen party or corporate hospitality please contact us to discuss available dates and prices.

After your free time the group will come together again for afternoon cocktails and music therapy. A chance to sing or just sit quietly and listen. Music is uplifting and so good for the soul.

Our final activity for the day will be our return river cruise accompanied by a traditional cream tea to enjoy before saying goodbye to your hosts and newfound friends.

The retreat also includes unlimited tea, coffee and selected soft drinks, seasonal fruit for healthy snacking and a River Retreats goody bag.

River retreats are for adults only, and perfect for mother and daughter days, birthday treats and special occasions. Gift vouchers are available.

Alternatively, if you would prefer a private retreat, for example a hen party or corporate hospitality please contact us to discuss available dates and prices.

Take a look at our up and coming retreat dates

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