Mellulah Retreats featured in Metro Newspaper

Mellulah Retreats have been featured in the Metro National Newspaper this week. A lovely review of our May residential retreat at Springfield, Stoke Wake, Dorset.

Read the full article here….


Huddled around a countryside kitchen table with my fellow retreaters, I’m cooing over a mug of infused stickyweed. I found this hedgerow herb, reputed to remove toxins from the blood and ease skin irritations like eczema, in the sprawling garden just minutes ago. I do wonder, though, if I’m only enjoying this bitter herbal elixir because it’s the last morning of our retreat and I am marvelling at the beauty of everything.

Mellulah Retreats, near Blandford Forum, is the work of yoga teacher and holistic therapist Saira Francis and I’ve joined her first retreat at the delightful seven-bed Springfield cottage, surrounded by green hills that roll through to the Dorset Gap, a track crossing dating from the Middle Ages.

The owner, an artist called Caroline whose art fills her home, has joined us on the retreat and by the end of the first day it feels like we’ve stumbled into a gem of a healthy house party where our new friends Ken, Preet, Finola and Saira take us into meditative states through gongs, Tibetan bowls, massages, facials and reflexology.

There are more of these long weekends planned throughout the year but in November, Saira will also launch an exclusive retreat for 16 guests in Symondsbury Manor in Dorset. This bohemian spot, home to an 18th-century panelled ballroom, is where 16 detoxers will learn about plant-based diets and how yoga cleanses toxins from the body. She will launch another first here too: a silent Saturday, which will allow her guests time to reflect and detox the mind.

The plan: The focus of my retreat is, in short, to heal the heart. Saira tells us it’s rare not to have at least one toxic relationship, or trauma from childhood, and that yoga, meditation and sound can help heal those wounds.

We also have plenty of time for treatments, walking and napping — it turns out this countryside bolthole even has a small infra-red sauna hidden in the house. During one gong bath, I feel sound waves wash through me — it’s a sonic detox.

During the afternoon yoga session in the gardens, we melt into the grass. One evening we participate in a fireside drumming workshop in the garden. Once we relax, we find our rhythm and release any pent-up anger we feel.

The food: Smashed avocado and fresh eggs from a nearby farm set us up nicely for the day. Chai tea and a show-stopping gluten and dairy-free carrot cake see us through to dinner.

The tribe: We are a mix of city and country folk, taking a break from the demands of running busy households and overflowing inboxes.

The real world: I leave with recipes and foraging tips in hand. While I may not keep up the stickyweed, I’ll cherish my new-found inner peace.

Day retreats from £50 per person, residential from £229 per person.’

Read the full article here….

Symondsbury Manor Autumn Retreat


Friday 17th – Sunday 19th November 2017
Stillness Yoga, Meditation and
Sound Healing  Retreat
Plant Based Cleanse & Juice/Smoothies

Symondsbury Manor nr Bridport, Dorset DT6 6HD From £229

Yoga Retreats Dorset

A blissful weekend, giving you time and space to reenergise and relax in this stunning historic manor house close to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Symondsbury Manor is located a few miles from the coastline and the nearest station is Crewkerne 2 1/2hrs from Waterloo. We can arrange for a taxi to collect you or we will pick you up ourselves on the Friday afternoon. 

Contact us to Book Now

£150 deposit secures your place now. Balance due 6 weeks before the retreat. 
Payment can be made by card on 01258 880505
BACS to Mellulah, 82611963, 51-81-01
Please email us with your details and room choice when you transfer funds

What you get:
5 Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes with Saira
3 Meals a day plus Juice, Smoothies & Raw Treats
Kundalini Sound Healing Gong Bath with Preet Kaur
Silent Meditation 
Silent Day for serious mind detox! 
Holistic Therapies to indulge in
Guaranteed head space and blissful chill time.

4-5.00pm Arrive at Symondsbury Manor, DT6 6HD. Energizing Juice!
5.15-6.30pm Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Saira in the ballroom
7.15pm Delicious Plant Based Supper
8.30pm Silent Meditation with Saira in the ballroom

Saturday (Silent Day)
7.30am Super Juice & Fruit (granola available)
9.00-10.30pm Vinyasa Flow & Meditation with Saira
11.00am Plant Based Brunch & Smoothie
12.00-2.00pm Treatments and Chill Time
2.00-4.00pm Sound Healing Gong Bath with Preet Kaur
4.00-4.30pm Chai Tea and Raw Cake
5.30-6.45pm Vinyasa Flow with Saira
7.15pm Delicious Plant Based Supper
8.30pm Silent Meditation 

7.30am Super Juice & Fruit (granola available)
9.00-10.30pm Vinyasa Flow & Meditation with Saira
11.00am Plant Based Brunch & Smoothie
12.00-4.00pm Treatments and Chill Time/Walk on the Beach
3.00-3.30pm Chai Tea and Bliss Cacao Treats 
4.45-5.45pm Vinyasa Flow with Saira
6pm Retreat Ends!

Accommodation options: Please contact us for help in choosing your room, there are 4 bathrooms for those that are not ensuite.

♥ Four poster with roll-top claw-foot bath in room, shared toilet £529pp or £479 to share as a couple
♥ King Size Double with roll-top claw-foot bath in room, shared toilet £529pp or £479pp to share as a couple
♥ Four poster with shared bathroom £499pp or £449pp to share as a couple
♥ Double with Garden Terrace Room and Ensuite Toilet, Shared Bathroom £499pp or £449pp to share as a couple
♥ Small Double with Shared Bathroom £449pp or £399pp to share as a couple
♥ Shared Twin room with ensuite £399pp
♥ Shared Twin with shared bathroom £349pp
Large Twin Shared Attic Room with Shared Bathroom:
♥ Double Bed £299
♥ Single Bed £249
Interconnecting to Double with ensuite bathroom £329



Contact us to Book Now

£150 deposit secures your place now. Balance due 6 weeks before the retreat. 
Payment can be made by card on 01258 880505
BACS to Mellulah, 82611963, 51-81-01
Please email us with your details and room choice when you transfer funds



Yoga Retreats Dorset 


Last minute retreat availability

We have had last minute cancellations for our retreat next weekend 19-22 May, 2 spaces in a shared twin room now £329pp in Stoke Wake, Dorset DT11 0HF.

Find out more and see the schedule on the Yoga Retreat Dates page.

Blissful Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Vegetarian Gourmet from the Mellulah Yoga Kitchen, Stunning Venue close to Bulbarrow Hill, contact us on 01258 880505 and book some peace and stillness.

Monday Morning Meditation Group

Meditation space

If you’d like to try meditation in a beautiful setting, with a lovely, friendly group and our great teacher Ken Huggins join us on a Monday morning in Stoke Wake, nr Ansty, Dorset. We hold the group every Monday morning at our new beautiful venue, hosted by Caroline Judd who welcomes us into her stunning home. 

Arrive from 9am for herb tea to begin at 9.30am prompt, £5 for one hour. Our meditation group is very relaxed and informal, a heavenly way to start the week. No experience is necessary, the session involves both guided and silent meditation plus blissful sound healing from the Tibetan Singing Bowls. It would be lovely to have you join us here soon.

Contact us here or Ken on 07850 697084 for details and directions to the venue.

Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga at Tincleton Gallery, Puddletown, Dorset

@ the Gorgeous art gallery space for yogabeautiful Tincleton Gallery, The Old School House, Tincleton, nr Puddletown, DT2 8QR.

A term time only Vinyasa Flow Yoga class for a small exclusive group of only 6-8 yogis looking to chill and enjoy the energy, surrounded by grand pianos and the work of local artists.

£10 for a drop in, book a term at £9 per class, please book in advance due to space restrictions.

This class will be ‘Slo-Flow’, Gentle Vinyasa Flow, great if you love flowing yoga sequences but need a slower more gentle practice.

Dates for Spring/Summer:

Beautiful art gallery space for yoga First Term: Thursday 23rd, 30th March, 6th April – Drop in for £10
Second Term: Thursday  27th April,  4th, 11th, 18th, 25th May – Book 5 week term for £45
Third Term: Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th June, 6th, 13th, 20th July – Book 7 week term for £60

To read more about my Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes please take a look at the Yoga in Dorset page.New class at Tincleton, Dorset


Mellulah Moves in 2017!

We are really excited to be moving to a stunning new venue for our yoga retreats in 2017. The first retreat will run in January and more will follow throughout the year.

The wonderful retreat centre is in Hazlebury Bryan, between Blandford and Sherborne, deep in Rural Dorset but only 2 hrs 15 mins from London.

The venue belongs to a local Dorset artist and is filled with beautiful rooms for us to enjoy. The house sits in 20 acres of garden, fields and woodland. We will practice yoga in the large drawing room, filled with light and a wonderful energy. We will eat meals in the dining room and guests have their own sitting room to enjoy during the day and evening. There are 6 beautiful rooms, 3 en suite and the first floor and 3 on the second floor with shared bathroom, both twins and doubles.

We will now be offering 3 meals a day all cooked by our new private chef, Karen Ben Amor, all diets are catered for and you are in for such a treat, Karens cooking is simply incredible, we are so lucky to have her on board.


There will also be non-residential options available on every retreat from £100-250. 

We are also moving our yoga classes to a new larger venue too! Think ‘Yoga with a View’! Details coming over the coming week. Sign up to our newsletter for more information.

November Daily Peace Meditation

Peace Meditation Join us for Peace Meditation during the whole of November. We will be meditating each morning from 6-7am, you can join from anywhere in the world! A special month of synching hearts and souls, sharing love and peace ♥ 
Contact us for more details or let us know you are going to join in to create Pure Heart Coherence across Dorset, the UK and beyond!

Really looking forward to starting our dawn meditations this month. We thought it would be lovely if we were are practicing the same meditation, so have chosen The Blessing of the Centres by Dr Joe Dispenza. I’ve been doing this regularly since attending his workshop in London last week and its very powerful and transformative. Here is the link to the download for the guided mediation and you can also listen to his intro which offers guidance on how to use the meditation. Click on the link below to access the download.

Let us know how you get on and enjoy! 

Please share with your friends xx

Retreat Dates 2017



Retreat Dates 2017

Peace, healing, stillness for the Spirit

All retreats are facilitated by Saira unless stated.


Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd  January Yoga & Sound Healing Retreat Weekend

with Saira & Preet £100

Saturday 25th March Yoga & Holistic Indulgence Retreat Spa Day £90

(Mothers Day Weekend Special Treat!)

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd May Residential Yoga Meditation and Sound Healing  Retreat From £250-460pp

Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July Yoga & Plant Based Detox with Sound Healing Weekend Retreat

with Saira, Sue & Preet £100



Reiki Workshop 29th June 2016

Have you ever thought of learning how to heal with Reiki? I am running a Reiki Level I Saira is working with guides and angelsWorkshop next Wednesday 29th June 2016 and have places available. After this one day you will be able to use healing energy on yourself, your friends, family, pets and more!

To join me on this special, transformative day call 01258 880505 or

For more details see the Reiki with Angels page on this website.

The cost is £135 and the day will run from 10am – 3pm at my home, West Luccombe Cottage, Luccombe Farm, Milton Abbas DT11 0BE.

Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

For more details on everything happening here please 
Call Saira now on Tel: 01258 880505 or

Bank Holiday and Half Term Yoga

Bank Holiday Yoga…

Mellulah-Yoga-at-Luccombe-DorsetI hope you’re all enjoying a relaxing, long bank holiday weekend and making the most of the sunshine. It is also half term this week but apart from Bank Holiday Monday, all classes are running as normal, so I hope you can make it to one or even two!

My daughter, is available on Tuesday morning for baby sitting if you would like to drop off the children and join yoga for some chill time. Betsy charges £5 per family for the session. Please let us know by Monday afternoon. Text 07809 141815 or 

Class schedule:

Monday evenings – No Classes this week
6-7.15 pm Beginners & 7.30-9 pm Mixed Ability 
Tuesday & Friday Mornings – Classes running as normal 
9.30-11 am Mixed Ability

Class times will be back to normal from Monday 6th June 2016.

The cost of a drop in class is £8
Or buy a class pack:
5 classes for £35 (£7 per class) to use within 7 weeks
10 classes for £65 (£6.50 per class) to use within 14 weeks

Private classes 1hr £40 or 90 minutes £55

No need to book, just text 07809 141815 or email if you haven’t been for a while or you are new to the classes here at Mellulah, thank you.