Downtime is a retreat idea I am testing in the UK. The concept takes a holistic approach to the idea of going on retreat; the guest is in complete control of their time and can make use of the facilities, activities˚, food, surroundings and like-minded community as they please. 

Downtime is aimed at people who are perhaps intrigued to the concept of going on retreat, know they need a break*, but don’t necessarily want to be sold on or told to do anything. A basic antidote to modern times without the ‘woo woo’ stuff. 

'Find some quiet, private time. Allow yourself to slow down and relax. Find nature, meditate, or do nothing. Take a mental break. You'll gain the benefits of a quiet mind.' - Tom Giaquinto

First edition happened 29th March 2019 in Suffolk, UK. 

Invite downloadable here.
Welcome pack (for participants) here.
House guide here.


“Downtime was a incredible experience overall. It has really changed my mind about doing retreats and the importance of investing on spending time for yourself.”

“Just what I was looking for - a chance to spend some quality time thinking, reflecting and recharging. The weekend was perfectly planned, with every little detail considered. The space, the food and the people were fantastic in equal measure and all added to what was a very rewarding and fulfilling weekend.”

“Excellent weekend in a beautiful location, with good food, lovely people, no technology and the right amount of downtime. Space to read, think, eat healthily, be creative, walk and chat - what every weekend should be like, really. Thanks so much, can't wait for the next one!”

Next edition March 13th - 15th 2020, at Elmley Nature Reserve.

*an actual break, not a holiday.
˚meditation, silent walks in nature, yoga, creative time, etc.