Peak Park Yoga

Next retreat: To be confirmed

3-Day Retreats

Take a break from the rigours of everyday living and restore yourself. Enjoy this intimate weekend retreat for a maximum of 8 people set in beautiful countryside in the heart of the Peak District National Park for peace, health and relaxation. Be inspired by the natural beauty of the area and the architectural charm of the venues.

Stay in the luxuriously appointed architect designed High Ridge Barn and experience the very best yoga classes in the uplifting atmosphere of the spectacular vaulted Swythamley Chapel.

Your blissful weekend includes 3 different yoga sessions: Hatha, Nidra and Yin, a healing Reiki session and an immersive gong bath, an iRest 10-steps to inner wellbeing exercise, and a choice between Mindful local walks in the gorgeous local scenery or cleansing Scandi wood burning saunas.

The Yoga Retreat inclusive package comprises

  • 2 nights accommodation at High Ridge Barn
  • 3 yoga sessions, 1 Reiki session and 1 gong bath at Swythamley Chapel
  • Guided mindful walks in stunning scenery
  • Scandi wood-fired saunas
  • 3 meals per day plus refreshments/snacks
  • Travel between the Barn and Chapel

Yoga, Reiki and Gong Bath

The Yoga Experience

Perfectly run yoga classes deserve the very best surroundings. Once part of the famous Swythamley Hall estate, the Chapel is now a private residence and yoga centre, flooded with natural light and surrounded by acres of protected park land. With beautiful stained glass and leaded light windows, stone columns and soaring vaulted beams, the Chapel has to be one of the most inspiring yoga venues in the UK.

Run by Julie Fairclough, all classes will be held in what was the nave, and are suitable for beginners to advanced. She will be joined by Joanne Griffiths for Reiki sessions, and Dr John Shapter for ultra-relaxing gong baths.

Yoga mats and pads plus cosy blankets and lavender eye pads will be provided.

Yin Yoga

A way to slow down in long held stretches. The postures are held for between 3-10 minutes. Most of the postures are done on the floor. Each posture is like a mini meditation focusing on body and breath. Yin usually targets the back and hips so great for anyone who want to undo tension. The long held stretches target connective tissues including fascia, bones and joints, increases circulation, and improves the flow of energy and balances out our fast-paced lives.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation also known as yogic sleep or effortless relaxation. It is usually practiced lying down with a teacher guiding the session. The practice draws our attention inwards and our body finds its natural state of equilibrium. The benefit of practising Yoga Nidra is it can help with sleep, improve powers of concentration, and build self-esteem and confidence.

Hatha Yoga

A mixture of seated, standing, balance postures. A class will aim to strengthen and build mobility in the muscles and joints, while gradually increasing flexibility. Each class focuses on breath and body awareness. Benefits – this yoga can relieve back ache, relieve tension, increase flexibility, strength and mobility in the whole body.

The Reiki Experience

Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique. The predominate form of reiki practiced throughout the world today, also known as Usui reiki, was created by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. It’s a complementary or alternative health approach. Reiki does not directly cure diseases or illnesses. Instead, it’s used as a way to manage symptoms and improve general well-being. During a reiki session, the practitioner places their hands either directly on you or just above you to bring about healing. The belief is that the practitioner is able to stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities.

Benefits of Reiki: relieves anxiety and fatigue, treats depression, and enhances quality of life. Reiki may also be used to treat headaches, insomnia and nausea.

The Gong Bath Experience

A gong bath is an ancient type of sound therapy that’s been practiced for thousands of years. The term ‘bath’ signifies being bathed in sound waves – there’s no water involved. Fully clothed, you lay comfortably on a yoga mat for 60 minutes. The thing that makes it so special is that it’s a totally immersive mind and body experience. Sound doesn’t just enter through your ears – the vibrations go through your whole body whether your ears are consciously listening to it or not – massaging and stimulating you inside and out. Because you’re focusing on the sound (it’s pretty impossible not to), it declutters the mind, clears emotional blockages and apparently helps to heal physical aches and pains.


Julie Fairclough

Your Yoga Instructor

Julie's web site 

Julie has practised yoga for over 15 years, and is a fully qualified, insured and Register of Exercise Professional accredited yoga teacher. As a highly experienced sports coach, she is also qualified in coaching running and triathlon clubs.

Joanne Griffiths

Your Reiki Practitioner

Joanne is a qualified level 2 okuden reiki practitioner. She trained at the full spectrum centre U.K. under the guidance of Reiki Master Teacher Jo Lee.

Dr John Shapter

Your Gong Bath Practitioner

Dr John's web site 

John is a qualified clinician who has two levels of Gong Master training with world-renowned Don Conreaux and Aidan McIntyre. He has further experience with international Gong teachers such as Jens Zygar.


Set in acres of landscaped private gardens, the Barn has four beautifully appointed king size bedrooms, two of which have large twin beds or one super king size bed. Crisp white robes, slippers, down and feather duvets, and 1,000 thread pure cotton bedlinen will assure you of the best rest, relaxation and refreshing sleep.

The impressive oak beamed double-height living room with wood burner leads onto the designer kitchen diner where all your meals will be served.

Luxuriate in the stand-alone bath in the huge wet room, soak away in the en-suite bathroom, or enjoy your favourite music in the Bluetooth enabled shower room.

Enjoy unlimited saunas sessions in the authentic Scandi wood-fired sauna cabin.   The sauna stove will be prepared for you to the recommended temperature range of 85C to 95C - just slip on your robe and slides, take a handy Hammam towel, and luxuriate in the heat, relaxing your muscles while deep cleansing your skin.  Add organic spruce, larch, pine or eucalyptus infused water to the sauna lava coals for the maximum steam benefit. The hot/cold shower next to the sauna can be as refreshing as you like, or just sit outside and take in the lovely views.  Saunas aid recovery after exercise, and induce deeper sleep.  Perfect.

Delicious plant-based meals and snacks will be served daily in the Barn.

Book the entire Barn for an intimate group retreat, come as a couple, or have a king size bedroom all to yourself. The Barn is designed for flexible living.

High Ridge Barn web site 

Food & Drink

Healthy breakfasts will include fruit, freshly baked bread, porridge and free-range organic eggs from the rescue hens; light lunches of home-made soups and seasonal produce, and a choice of 2 main courses and desserts each day. All food will be plant-based.

Tea, coffee, fruit juices and local Crag spring water are provided, plus healthy snacks of fruit, and mixed nuts and bars. Alcohol is not included.

Any special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice for menu planning.


Next retreat: To be confirmed

Day 1


Arrival and refreshments

17:00 - 18:15

Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra



Day 2


Cup of herbal or fruit tea, juice, tea or coffee

08:45 - 10:00

Hatha Yoga



11:00 - 12:30

Mindful walk via local scenic landmark



14:30 - 16:30

Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra

17:00 - 18:00

Gong bath

18:30 - 19:30

Free time or Scandi sauna



Day 3


Cup of fruit tea, fruit juice, tea or coffee

09:45 - 11:45

Yin Yoga and Reiki



13:00 - 15:00

Mindful walk via local scenic landmark or Scandi wood burning sauna or free time




Price includes:

  • All yoga, reiki and gong bath sessions
  • Yoga equipment
  • All food and drink
  • Scandi saunas
  • Robes and slippers
  • Towels
  • Guided Mindful walks
  • Transport between Barn and Chapel

There are 2 kings size bedrooms and 2 super king size/twin bedrooms.  One king size bedroom is en-suite with bath/hand held shower.   All other bedrooms share the large wet room with free-standing bath, and the shower room.

En-suite king size room £1,300
King size room £1,100
Super king size or twin room £1,100
Super king size or twin room £1,100
Group booking for discounted 4 rooms/max 8 people (or as defined by current COVID restrictions): £3,750
Group booking for 3 rooms/max 6 people £3,300


Please contact us for availability and prices.



High Ridge Barn, Swythamley, SK11 0SL


01260 227318