The Halcyon Retreat

Next Retreat Dates: 5-7 June 2020


Time to restore and gain new perspectives…

The Halcyon Retreat was initially a vision that has become a reality. A place to ‘stop the bus and get off’ for a little while whilst at the same time learning techniques to empower and enhance your life.

Over three days we provide everything you need with the help of mindful coach Philippa Mooney , who never ceases to amaze us with her teachings. The Retreats, which include food and accommodation, in addition to a full programme of mindfulness and meditation, guided walks and time to reflect.

What is the Halcyon? Is it for me?

The overarching theme of the retreat is essentially, time out for you, which in turn means it is for everyone. The Halcyon offers time & space to ‘take stock’ and gain new perspectives on life – in like-minded company, led by Philippa. There are breaks for discussion, opportunities to relax and practice, and the additional opportunity to have a 1:1 before you leave feeling reset and refreshed.

The accommodation and all meals are provided to enhance your experience, this includes full healthy breakfasts, a three course informal dinner each night plus refreshments throughout the day (including cake).

If you are living a life hijacked in a loop of negative thoughts over which you seem to have no control, you are not really living and can feel like a ‘victim’.  Mindfulness gives you a start to changing this, creating what you really want.  Everyone can learn how to do this and immediately see the effects.


Laskill is nestled in the North Yorkshire Moors in the dale of Bilsdale, a truly special place – (if you’ve been before, you won’t need any persuading!) Surrounded by fields, forests and fresh air, it is a place where everybody should feel at home and at the same time feel thoroughly spoilt, in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

The Halcyon Retreat will be centered around The Grange, a fully equipped comfortable farmhouse with space to relax both indoors and outdoors. This venue will be your home for the three days, where we will practise, nourish and share together, with plenty of time to join as a group and to honour some peaceful alone time too.

Itinerary Guide

As a rough guide this is what your stay during the retreat would look like…

D A Y  O N E

Arrival from 3pm onward – getting your bearings
Meeting & introductions
Setting direction – overview of our time together
Three course informal dinner
Winding down and relaxing meditation


D A Y  T W O

How could life look?
The stories of life – thoughts and beliefs
Living with mindfulness
Techniques towards creating change
Reconnecting inside and outside
Down time for you – walks, reading
Three course informal diner


D A Y  T H R E E

Practising and relaxing
Creating the change you want to see
Moving forward
Departing from 3 pm


Mindfulness is being aware of our thoughts, feelings and body in any moment without making judgement, or slipping into the past or future.  It means living connected to what is actually going on inside and outside of yourself from which point you can become free of negative, consuming thoughts.   This leads to making wiser choices for a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.


About Philippa

Philippa’s passion for personal development has its roots in her own life experiences when she sought out more understanding of how she was responding to the birth of her first child who was born with a disability.  Philippa’s world was shaken, not only by being a first time mum but also from making sense of what happened. Discovering the power of being able to reflect and accept her own emotions and responses started an interest in learning and practicing self-awareness on every level.

Over the following years this Philippa continued to develop and use these skills in her work as a lecturer, tutoring and counselling students and then later working in health promotion, specialising in stress management and organisation development.   Eventually she decided to set up on her own, allowing flexibility to work all over the UK and New Zealand, whilst continuing to add to her learning in clinical hypnotherapy and executive coaching.

I am pretty sure my learning will go on expanding and, as life challenges continue, I walk the talk and love inspiring and motivating people with ideas and ways to improve living – which, incidentally, makes my own life even better!


Mindful Coach Philippa (left) and owner of Laskill Mandy (right)

Booking Information

To join us on a retreat or find out ore information please get in touch at

The Halcyon Retreat is for 2 nights and 3 days including accommodation and all meals –  £495.00 per person.


Contact us

Please call 01439 798265 or complete the form below.

Laskill, Nr Hawnby, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5NB

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