This beautiful building, perfect for weekend retreats, was originally built as a dairy farm in the 1800s and is in a secluded and peaceful Somerset valley, with 700 acres of ancient forest around the house. Beautifully and luxuriously decorated throughout, sustainability is a core principle with reclaimed materials used to outfit the interiors and renewable power generated through biomass and solar.
Reached by a private no-through lane, and surrounded by private fields offering stunning views from all the rooms this UK weekend retreat venue provides an haven of tranquillity and calm. The style is very much that of a house party rather than a hotel, you will be welcomed for the weekend as if you are staying with good friends.
At the beginning of this digital detox and mindfulness weekend retreat we will have a ritual ‘handing-in’ of phones, tablets, laptops, kindles, game consoles and any digital device with a screen. We’ll keep all your gadgets safe for you until it’s time to leave.
There’s an emergency landline at the farmhouse that you can give to those who might need to get hold of you, and we will give you details of this when you book.
By car: the farmhouse is about a 2 hours drive from London and 1 hour from Bristol.
By train: Gillingham (Dorset) train station (connections to London Waterloo) is a 17 minute taxi journey or Frome train station (connections to Bristol) is a 19 minute journey.
Full travel details will be given once we have your confirmed train/arrival times.
8am: Silent walk through the fields
8:30-10:30am: Energising yoga weekend retreat class
10.30am: Healthy brunch
11:30-1.30pm: Free-time to read, explore, relax
1.30pm: Plant-based light lunch
2.30pm-4.30pm: Creative activities, body treatments, nature hike or relax
5:30-7:30pm: Restorative yoga weekend retreat class
8pm: Plant-based vegetarian feast
9pm: Relaxation time
Twin room sharing (not ensuite) £520pp
Twin or double room sharing (ensuite) £645pp
Single occupancy room (ensuite/shared bathroom)£715/£695
Your room price includes:
3 nights accommodation
3 days all food and refreshments
All yoga sessions
Your room price does not include:
Transport (incl transfers from train stations)
Body treatments (available to book on arrival)
"Corny as it sounds, when the retreat was over, I felt cleansed. I hadn’t checked the news but I didn’t fear that the world had fallen apart. I felt recharged, not anxious about the work I’d missed."
"Three weeks later, I can’t quite believe I have managed to keep my tech use under control. Already I feel more connected and present during chats or out with friends"
"I found myself connecting much more deeply with the people around me. Without distractions, our conversations were much richer and more interesting."
"Small talk becomes big talk and silences become longer, more comfortable. It occurs to me how frantic technology makes me."
"Time to Log Off aren’t about disconnecting forever, they’re about remembering to disconnect when it matters."
“Doing this retreat has actually revealed just how unhealthy my internet obsession is. I've slept better, felt less stressed and had more energy. The retreat has given me some great ideas to help control my phone. I feel fantastic!”
“My expectations were very high but this exceeded them all. I feel like I have completely rebooted my life!”
“This really exceeded expectations. The food, company, setting. All of it was amazing - really serene. I think this will end up a vital experience for me. Thank you!”
"Time To Log Off offers retreats in places such as Hawaii, Italy and Cornwall. Perhaps for 2016 we should all have a go at stashing away our digital addictions ... and indulge in some good old analogue fun.
"This was a well-organised, friendly and worthwhile restorative. Blissful."
"We came away feeling astonishingly refreshed and restored. Our eyes have been well and truly opened to the extraordinary benefits and pleasures of a hiatus from the constant noise of information."
“It was so peaceful. I’m going to buy a non-smartphone to use at weekends and ask friends to call me instead of texting/Whatsaspp-ing!”
“I found the first day difficult but it subsided quickly. By the end of the break I didn’t want my phone back!”
“I loved it. After this, I’m going to get a landline and turn my mobile off for some weekends. I’m also going to take social media off my phone.”
“It was great to ‘lose’ my phone. I thought it would be stressful but it was surprisingly easy. I will definitely have down-time with technology in the future.”
“I wanted to test how I would react without my phone. Generally I felt much more relaxed and with better concentration. From this experience I know that I can live without my phone. I’m going to encourage other people in my life to develop this ability a bit more too!”
“A really great experience. I will be implementing a restricted phone and digital regime at home, i.e. no screens on a Sunday and no phones in the bedroom. I’ll also take off work email from my phone and be really mindful during the week of when I use the phone and Internet”.
"It was a revelation! I wasn’t aware how bad my digital addiction had become. Feel deliriously refreshed and restored – will definitely be incorporating regular technology breaks into my life. Everyone should!”
"Amazing! The experience made me realise how much I use my phone as a distraction. Not having my phone meant I could really escape from the stresses of everyday life. From now on I’m deleting work email from my phone at the weekends and I’ll be checking my phone a lot less regularly.”