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Luxurious Yoga & Sweat Lodge Weekend Retreat in Somerset Dory Walker, Pierre Corvine and Gita Nichola Schneider (FULLY BOOKED)

  • 42 Acres Witham Friary, Frome, Somerset ba11 5hl United KIngdom (map)

Luxurious Sweat Lodge & Yoga Weekend Retreat in Somerset with Dory WalkerPierre Corvine and Gita Nichola Schneider
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th October 2018
at 42 Acres, Nr Frome, Somerset.


A sweat lodge is an amazingly detoxifying, euphoric and exhilarating experience. A hand built covered wooden structure (the lodge) is heated throughout the ceremony with 16 hot stones. The lodge keeper conducts the ceremony with a series of native chants and primal rhythms connecting to the elements and four directions. The intense sounds, chants, mantras, heat, and meditative experience purify the body, mind and emotions. It is a deeply cleansing and uplifting experience! Very special guests Pierre Corvine and Gita Nichola Schneider are coming all the way from Canada to host this weekend. Dory Walker is teaching the accompanying yoga programme...

Join Dory, Gita and Pierre for a weekend of revitalising yoga practices alongside a purifying sweat lodge and reconnect to nature through exploring the wisdom of the medicine wheel. A wonderful opportunity for you to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and reawaken your spirit.


42 Acres.
Set in 42 acres of private land, this beautiful retreat space is encircled by seven hundred acres of ancient forest. Sustainability and comfort are at the forefront of the 42 acres vision,  with reclaimed materials used to outfit the interiors of the property, plus all of the power is renewable and self generated through biomass and solar.

Flowing, traditional hatha yoga sessions will naturally open the heart and nurture you to a space of surrender and stillness. A typical class will include asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), hands-on adjustments, guided relaxation, chanting and a taste of philosophy. Typically each class will last for 2 hours. 

The retreat will begin on Friday at 5pm. We will gather, enjoy a grounding yoga class, a delicious vegetarian supper and introduction to the sweat lodge and native chants.

Saturday will begin with dawn ceremonies and chanting, followed by yoga. The rest of the day will be spent preparing for the sweat lodge, at dusk we will begin the sweat lodge ceremony after which we will enjoy a healthy feast super.  

On Sunday we will have a dawn ceremony, meditation, chanting and yoga. The retreat will end at 3pm on Sunday.


Sweat Lodge.
Experience the ancient tradition of our native ancestors. The Sweat Lodge, often referred to as a ceremonial sauna, is a dynamic practice of purification through prayer and songs that help heal the earth by awakening our connection to Mother Nature and Her wisdom. Pierre and Gita have over 20 years of experience in traditional healing ceremonies, yoga and healing. Together you will be building the lodge and preparing the ritual experience and learn the symbolism and how to let nature inspire and guide you.

The sweat lodge is an ancient native ceremony which has been used since time immemorial for purification of body, mind and emotions. 

It helps to reconnect with the earth and to awaken old memories and connection with nature wisdom by using the 4 elements. 

It is considered by native people as the song of the Earth. It has been an element in ceremonies for many different tribal communities all over the world ( south America, north America, Europe, Scandinavia, Mongolia to name just a view) 

During the lodge ceremony the lodge keeper calls on the wisdom inspired by the 4 direction to guide visualization, chants, prayers, set intentions and reflection for all participants. 

In a safe and gentle environment you will have the opportunity to leave the old behind and direct energy and intention to the new. 

A sweat lodge is a covered round structure made from wood. Stones are heated in a fire and places in a hole in the middle of the lodge to creative a sweat lodge, a natural sauna.

Accommodation & living.
Accommodation options range from Dormitories to Twin's and Single rooms (ensuite options available) with luxury linen and towels provided. The centre has several communal spaces including a library and a meeting and reading space.

Delicious organic food will be served throughout the retreat. All meals are vegetarian. 

By Car: 42 acres is an hours drive from Bristol, 2.5 hrs drive from London

By train:
Gillingham (Dorset) 17 mins by car
Frome 19 mins by car
Castle Cary 24 mins by car
Westbury 33 mins by car

Taxi’s from the station:
Gillingham Cars  – 01747 850 385
Castle Cary Taxis – 01963 351 333

Room Options & Prices.
(A 50% Deposit is required to reserve your place)

Dormitories: £395 per person
Twin room shared bathroom: £445 per person
Twin room en suite: £475 per person
Single occupancy room shared bathroom: £545 per person
Single occupancy room en suite: £590 per person
*Master Suite - Double: £1050 (£525 per person) 
*Master Suite - Triple: £1335 (£445 per person) 
*Master Suite - Single occupancy: £895 per person

(*Master Suite must be booked on a room basis)

The cost includes your accommodation, daily meditation, all yoga classes, the sweat lodge  and workshops. Delicious homemade organic vegetarian food. Beautiful nature walks. Log fires.

(Massage treatments are available at an additional cost)

Booking - Book Now / Pay Online.
To confirm your retreat place you can either pay a 50% deposit or the full amount. Any remaining balances are due six weeks before the start of the retreat. Retreats are organised through global retreat specialists Yoga On A Shoestring (YOAS). Once we receive your online booking form, further communication will follow from both ourselves and YOAS. To ensure emails don't end up in your junk folder please save and in your contact lists. We look forward to welcoming you on the retreat.

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"I have been blessed in partaking in over five sweatlodge experiences hosted by Pierre and Gita over the span of a few years. These were truly healing journeys which helped me deal with a few internal struggles within me. Their sweatlodges are intense experiences but very spiritually cleansing at the same time. I knew Gita for a couple of years from the ashram yoga circle before i partook in my first sweatlodge and had faith in her abilities. The morning of my first one though, i was not sure if i was going to go through with it due to nerves and a bit of fear. When Pierre introduced himself to the crowd of people at morning satsang, i instantly trusted him and had no hesitation there after. Pierre and Gita are kind and giving and have walked this path for many years now. I highly recommend in partaking in one of their sweatlodges that they are offering, it can be a truly life altering exprience."  GB

“42 Acres is a truly magical retreat: a sacred space of calm and peacefulness set in the restorative nature of Somerset...” XB

“42 Acres is a magical haven. The unintrusively cool interior design is in a league of its own and absolutely bang up to date, and yet, this beautiful home still retains its connection to the past. The setting is 42 acres of glorious nature, gorgeous English farmland, bounded by ancient meadows and forests. I experienced one of the most magical weekends at 42 acres and this place will forever be in my heart. I can't recommend it enough.” SVS

"The house is beautifully appointed and has very comfortable luxurious rooms, the perfect place to get away from the stresses of everyday life and find some well needed peace. I will definitely be going back soon." MK

"I am still feeling the positive effects from my break. The location was beautiful, the food fantastic, the people lovely and Dory, by far, is the best teacher I have had in 18 years..." M

"I really enjoyed it all and found the space and quiet I needed ! Doing so much yoga was great! You are both so gifted at facilitating ... so nurturing and calm.  A joy ! Xx" J 

"I really enjoyed it and I have to say that it was largely down to the skill of your facilitation and how well you work together. You both so clearly put happiness on the map from the beginning and it filtered thro. Everyone relaxed and smiled! I loved the gentle humour too. I also appreciated all the hard work behind the scene and your attention to detail. You were both so generous and thoughtful".  C