Frequently Asked Questions

Where do River Retreats take place?2019-12-03T13:17:43+00:00

The retreat is taking place on Whittington’s Tea Barge which is moored up beside Hills Meadow Car Park, George Street, Reading RG4 8DH. This is a pay and display car park which will cost £9 for the day. It is also just a 10 minute walk from Reading train station and there is a nearby bus stop. When choosing your transport, please consider a glass of Prosecco is served with lunch, and an afternoon cocktail is included. Non-alcoholic options will be available.

What should I wear?2019-12-03T13:23:45+00:00

The day is about relaxation and comfort, so please dress accordingly. You may wish to bring a waterproof jacket if rain is forecast and you wish to go outside. Soft soled flat shoes are best. No heels please. We encourage people to come with little or no make-up.

What should I bring?2019-12-03T13:23:19+00:00

You will be fully catered for during the retreat. You do not need to bring any money (apart from for parking) as once you are onboard everything you need is included in the day. You may wish to bring a rug/blanket and cushion as you may have the opportunity to sit on the riverbank or out on the front deck. It is also sometimes nice to wrap a blanket around you during the relaxation session as body temperatures can drop when deeply relaxed. Please bring a mat if you wish to do some outdoor yoga in your free time. A towel will be provided.
There will be free time during the afternoon for guests to spend as they wish. We encourage guests to consider any activities which have fallen by the wayside because life has become too busy. Photography, arts and crafts, puzzles, writing, poetry, yoga, meditation, reading etc.

We shall ask that all mobile phones are switched off or kept on silent and only be used discretely if absolutely necessary. The day is about leaving the daily grind behind.
Please refrain from bringing unnecessary valuables. We can accept no responsibility for any lost items.

Storage space is limited on the barge so small hand luggage only please.

What is your cancellation policy?2020-01-18T14:25:50+00:00

Cancellations must be made by telephone to 07533 950651 and will be confirmed back by email.

• Cancellation 14 days or more before retreat date – full refund
• Cancellation 7 – 13 days before retreat date – 70% refund
• Cancellation 1 – 6 days before retreat date – no refund

Transfer of a guest’s name may be made up to 9am on the day of the retreat.

What is accessibility like?2019-12-03T13:24:29+00:00

The barge is accessed via one step up onto a short wooden walkway with a handrail. There are two steps down onto the front deck, followed by two further steps down into the barge through a low door. Once we are moored on the riverbank, guests will be required to step directly from the barge to the riverbank and vice versa. There are toilet facilities on board which due to the configuration of the barge are relatively confined.

What happens if the weather is poor?2020-01-18T14:26:35+00:00

All of the River Retreat activities will be subject to weather and river conditions which are beyond the control of River Retreats. If it is not deemed safe to leave the moorings on the day of the retreat, the retreat activities will still take place without the river cruise. In the unlikely event that this should happen, the time spent cruising will be replaced with additional activities.

What are the timings for the day?2019-12-03T13:19:29+00:00

We shall be open for boarding from 10.00am and the barge will leave at 10.30am prompt.
We shall be returning to our mooring at approx. 6pm.

We don’t like to be too regimented so timings are an approximate guide.

10.00 – Guests Arrive / Coffee & Pastries
10.30 – Morning Cruise & Welcome Talk
11.30 – Moor up
11.45 – Relaxation Session
12.30 – Lunch
13.00 – Free Time, Relaxation & Massages
15.00 – Cocktails
15.30 – Music Therapy
16.30 – Cream Tea and Return Cruise
18.00 – Moor up & Goodbyes

All times are approximate and may be subject to change depending on weather and river conditions on the day.

Is the barge safe?2020-01-18T14:27:55+00:00

The health and safety of retreat guests is of paramount importance. All skippers of the barge will hold an Inland Waterways Helmsmans Certificate. At least one member of the River Retreats team will hold a recognised First Aid qualification for working on boats in line with the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive and the Department of Trade. A First Aid kit is kept on board at all times and a risk assessment has been carried out. The River Retreats Barge has a 5 star hygiene rating and complies with Boat Safety regulations.

Can I swim in the river?2019-12-03T13:24:09+00:00

Anyone who wishes to swim in the river does so entirely at their own risk and will be asked to sign a disclaimer before doing so. There are no shower facilities on the barge.

Can I buy a voucher?2020-01-18T15:57:22+00:00

To order a gift voucher for one of our retreat days please contact us and we will arrange this for you.