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Mindful Drawing Retreat

from £1035.00

Join us from 13th to 16th July for an immersive River Cottage retreat focusing on the stimulating combination of drawing and mindfulness against the backdrop of our stunning 100-acre smallholding.

Drawing provides a focus, a place to drop anchor. Giving time and space to the drawing is giving time and space to yourself. Drawing is a unique physical and mental activity that allows creative absorption, which appears to slow time down. Drawing allows for different ways to communicate, celebrate, be curious and see the beauty of small things in ways that help us live and endure.” Tania Kovats

Join us from 13th to 16th July for an immersive River Cottage retreat focusing on the stimulating combination of drawing and mindfulness against the backdrop of our stunning 100-acre smallholding.

The Retreat

River Cottage HQ and team will host a four-day art experience that embraces drawing and mindfulness with delicious food, as well as offering the perfect environment to encourage relaxation and rejuvenation. This is an invitation to drawers at all levels of ability, whether you are a beginner keen to get started or an artist looking to develop confidence and technique. The emphasis is not on skills but will be on drawing practice with exercises framed by simple meditations that expand insight and understanding.

We are thrilled to welcome artist and professor Tania Kovats, and global consultant and psychotherapist Jane Sassienie, who have developed and will lead our art, meditation and mindfulness workshops. Most activities will be group-focused but there will be time to reflect on your own if that is what you need.

Throughout the retreat the daily menus of local, organic, seasonal produce will reflect the River Cottage passion for provenance and sustainability. Choose between staying in our stylish 17th century farmhouse or take a wilder approach in one of our cosy bell tents. Massage and reiki will be available to guests at an additional cost.

The Tutors

Tania is an international renowned contemporary artist who is Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University. Drawing has always been part of her creative process and her books on the subject include The Drawing Book: Drawing as the Primary Means of Expression, and Drawing Water: Drawing as a mechanism of Exploration. She will be teaching from a belief that drawing as a practice can provide tools of respite and creativity rather than delivering a formal, skills based curriculum.

Jane is a co-owner of the global consultancy Bridge Partnership and has worked for over 25 years successfully helping organisations change, developing leaders in many sectors all over the world. Jane guides others to grow practices that support their own evolution. Before studying organisational change and psychotherapy Jane’s first degree was in art, an approach that often returns to her life to enhance and vitalise her ways of seeing the world.

For information about Tania and Jane’s combined approach see

Have a look at the gallery of wonderful pictures from our 2019 Wellness Retreats here

Below is a snapshot of what is included:

  • Delicious organic food: all of your nutritionally balanced meals and snacks are included
  • Learning the practice of mindfulness every day
  • A course programme that offers activity for every morning, afternoon and evening while you are here with the aim of improving focus and cultivating new habits
  • Guided walking through our meadows
  • Reading, relaxing, reflecting by a roaring log fire or under a starry sky
  • All rooms and bell tents have comfortable beds and bedding
  • Indian Head Massage and Reiki available for an additional cost

The Retreat takes place from 3pm on Monday 13th July - 3pm on Thursday 16th July 2020

Click here to see details of accommodation options. 

Terms & Conditions & Cancellation Policy for Mindful Drawing Retreat

We would strongly recommend that you take out insurance to cover yourself, should you not be able to attend the retreat for any reason such as illness, work commitments or travel problems. The cancellation terms for the Wellness Retreat reflect the high-value and bespoke nature of the event. These cancellation terms override anything that contradicts them in our wider Cancellation Policy and Terms and Conditions.

More Than 12 Weeks Before the Retreat

If you cancel in writing at least 12 full weeks before the start of the event, you can credit the price of your booking (minus a £25 administration fee) against the purchase of one or more other River Cottage courses, events or retreats. Details of how to use this credit will be given separately. No cash refund will be given.

Less Than 12 Weeks Before the Retreat

If you want to cancel less than 12 weeks before the start of the event, your only option is to transfer your booking into someone else’s name. That person must accept the same accommodation in your original booking.

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Further information...

This event is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

Accommodation is included within the price of the retreat.

This retreat is suitable for over 18's only. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

We happily cater for allergies and intolerances so do let us know of any restrictions at the time of booking. We kindly request you do not specify dislikes or preferences as we would love you to try the dishes our chefs have specifically created for the event so you can experience the menu as it was intended. Please be aware that we use ingredients in our kitchens which include allergens so we cannot guarantee against contamination. If you would like to know the steps we take to minimise cross-contamination please call one of the team during office hours and we will be happy to assist.