Profound Rest: Fire of Wisdom Retreat at Broughton Sanctuary | Wellbeing Escapes

Profound Rest: Fire of Wisdom Retreat at Broughton Sanctuary 13 - 19 May 2024

Skipton, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Profound Rest Retreat
Profound Rest Retreat
Profound Rest Retreat
Profound Rest Retreat
Profound Rest Retreat
Profound Rest Retreat
Profound Rest Retreat
Profound Rest Retreat
Profound Rest Retreat
Profound Rest Retreat


As the world lurches from one crisis to another, we all feel the need to step away and find peace. This intensive six day retreat is designed to do just that, by bringing the mind into state of profound rest. 

Surrounded by the splendour that is Broughton Hall, you will embark on an immersive deep reset retreat with experiences including yin yoga, alchemy crystal bowl sound baths, Forest Bathing, meditations, woodland sauna experience and so much more!  With 3-days of silence and supportive practices to unwind the mind-body and to ignite the soul, this journey is designed for you to rest and revel in the fullness of your true nature, helping you move you into a deep state of tranquillity and  peace. 

This retreat is a collaboration between Paris Ackrill Co-founder of Avalon Wellbeing Centre and Cornelius O'Shaughnessy renowned meditation and stress management teacher and founder of Bodhimaya. Together they have 30 years of teaching experience. 

**Retreat dates in 2024: 13 - 19 May**

Retreat dates

What we love

  • Immersing yourself in nature: Wild Swimming, Woodland Sauna Experience and Forest Bathing
  • Location: Broughton Hall provides a perfect country escape  
  • The 3-days of silence; with supportive practices to truly unwind the mind-body

Who should go

  • Those looking for a reset and deep rest - who are tired mentally and physically
  • Those who suffer with consistent anxiety and high levels of stress
  • Those wanting to try a silent retreat for the first time and be supported through it
  • Those seeking to deepen their meditation or spiritual practice

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This is not just relaxation, not just de-stressing, not just a holiday, but deep and profound rest. The first few days of the retreat will prepare you to move into three days of deep and delicious silence. You will of course be able to ask questions and speak about any necessary practical issues. You will be encouraged to switch off technology and truly immerse yourself in the experience.

During this retreat you will bring the mind to deep rest and silence through meditation, enquiry, uprooting resistance and grasping, letting go of desire, allowing suffering to crumble by bathing in wisdom and by turning the mind inwards towards the simple experience of awareness and this present moment. By the end of this retreat, you will see that profound rest isn’t just something you are craving because you are stressed, you are yearning for it because it is how we are supposed to live to find our true selves.

The retreat journey will include meditations, wisdom teachings and Q&A, yin yoga, somatic flow yoga, alchemy crystal bowl and gong sound baths, time to unwind in Avalon’s state-of-the-art facilities and Pool Suite, guided walks and nature connection, ‘Sound to Silence’ chanting (kirtan) with Nitya Mukta, wild wellbeing (woodland sauna, ice barrels, hot tub and wild swimming), delicious naturopathic plant-based food, opportunities for individual therapies and more!

Arrival 4pm Monday, checkout 2pm Sunday.

Fitness & Activities

Activities available at the surrounding area
  • Explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales right on the doorstep
  • Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester are only an hour's drive away


You will be accommodated in the Broughton Hall. Some are en-suite and some share bathrooms. 

Images below are indicative as the rooms are all slightly different.

Broughton Hall Single – shared bathroom
This room has a single bed. Bathroom is shared.


£1,750 for single room use

Double occupancy not available in the room type.

* The image is an example of a room. All rooms are different.

Broughton Hall Standard – shared bathroom

This room has a double bed. Bathroom is shared. 


£1,900 for single room use

This room is recommended for single use

* The image is an example of a room. All rooms are different.

Broughton Hall Premium – ensuite
This room has a king bed and the room is en-suite.


£2,200 for single use room

£3,200 for 2 people sharing 

* The image is an example of a room. All rooms are different.

Broughton Hall Deluxe – ensuite
This room has a super king bed and the room is en-suite.


£2,500 for single use room

£3,800 for 2 people sharing 

* The image is an example of a room. All rooms are different.

What’s on the menu

The menu is nutritious and full of locally sourced, natural, plant-based ingredients. The menu works respectfully with the seasons and with the understanding that nature provides all we need to nourish our mind, body and spirit. Vegan and vegetarian options will be served. You will have full board included in your retreat.

Example Menu:


Breakfast buffet with juices, yoghurts, fruits, granola and cooked option e.g. eggs and seasonal greens.


Selection of three seasonal salads

Crudities and Dips

Fruit and Sweet Bite


Squash & Red Onion Filo Tart, Almond Pesto, Tabbouleh

Butterbean Tikka Masala, Bombay New Potatoes, Turmeric Kale & Peshwari Sprinkle

Lemongrass Thai Green Chickpea Curry, Lime Marinated Greens, Satay Cauliflower

Cashew Mac & Cheese, Charred Sweetcorn Salsa, Peri Peri Broccoli

Tandoori Cauliflower Naan, Mango Salad, Lentil Daal, & Crispy Onions



The Retreat takes place at the beautiful Broughton Sanctuary in Yorkshire. The Broughton Sanctuary is Britain’s leading Retreat Centre. Home to a vast nature and playground of rolling meadow pastures, 3,000 acres of woodland, wild reservoirs, meandering rivers and heather moorland.

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to experience the unique Pool Suite: a low-chemical swimming pool looking out onto the adjacent woodland, a sauna, a steam room and hydrotherapy pool. There are many places beyond the building itself in the Sanctuary grounds to return to source, from meditation labyrinths, wild swimming reservoirs, a cosmic garden and much more.

By car

By Road

When travelling from Skipton bear left 200 metres past The Bull Inn. When travelling from Lancashire, follow signs to Skipton, turn right 200 metres after the A59/A56 roundabout.

By Rail

Broughton Hall is 3 hours on the train from London Kings Cross to Skipton. 

Families, Children & Infants

This is an adults only retreat. 


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