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July 2017

‘We find inner peace at healthy house party of Mellulah Retreats in Dorset. 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 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…..’

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Visit Britain Industry Magazine Issue 24 January 2017
‘Peace, calm and tranquillity are all words that holiday-make use to describe their aspirations for that mini break or week away. But have you noticed the growth in tourism circles of a very 21st century buzzword: wellness?
Good food, of course, is an essential part of any trip away. In the wellness community, there is an emphasis on wholesome fayre that is sometimes described as ‘clean eating’ and is usually vegetarian. With the right approach, it can be a real draw.
‘It’s nice to be able to say that this bread is from down the road, and the stew was made from veg in the farm shop,’ says Saira Francis, who organises the retreats. ‘People enjoy that, especially when they come down from London. They really like that everything’s local and healthy.
Guests can take part in on-site therapies and yoga retreats, and enjoy superb vegetarian food. Working with a local caterer and farm shop owner enhances the experience.’
 
 
 
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 November 2012
‘Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been standing on your head for years, this is amazing…’
 
 
 
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April 2012 
‘Saira is the queen bee when it comes to creating a relaxing, healing environment, we are counting the days until we go back. We all commented on how amazing it is that you can feel so blissed out in such a short space of time.’
 

 

Customer Feedback

 

I recently attended a one day retreat. I have very little experience of yoga. Saira was fantastic and offered a whole body holistic experience for the day. I felt I had my eyes opened on vegan food, loved the energy balls and home made chai tea. The vinyasa flow yoga felt amazing and the next day I ached in all the right places. An afternoon of meditation was interesting, it definitely requires practice, we went through chakra meditation and yoga nidra. As a beginner I found chakra meditation easier to follow. Would I do another retreat with Saira?……YES! Vix Gillet, Sturminster Newton, July 2017

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So yesterday I gave myself a treat. I gifted myself a retreat day with Mellulah in North Dorset. It was blissful time to switch off, a day full of Yoga, nourishing food (by the amazing Feed The Soul), meditation, mindfulness and yoga nidra. Time to switch off and just be for 6 whole hours. If you haven’t heard of Mellulah check out the website http://dswebdev.co.uk and upcoming retreat days and weekends. I totally recommend. Saira teaches from a place of experience and dedicated practice – conveying both the depth and the simplicity of yoga, mindfulness and meditation in her words and teachings. Yoga with Alice, Bridport July 2017 

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Thank you so much for the most wonderful retreat weekend, I loved it and feel so much more balanced, I really enjoyed the nurturing atmosphere, the incredible venue and delicious food and juices, hope to be back soon, everyone was so hospitable and friendly, a joyous occasion. Love x Liz Mar, Salisbury, Wilts, July 2017 
 
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I am still relishing the high from last weekends retreat. Have had hot water and lemon instead of coffee every day! Vanessa Cardwell, Kingston Upon Thames, July 2017 
 
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So happy with my Reiki treatments I have been having with Saira. She is so welcoming and kind, always making me feel at ease. I have found the treatment a huge help, getting my mind, body and spirit back on track following any stressful periods in life, and also as ‘maintenance’ to keep myself grounded and peaceful. I would not hesitate to recommend Saira and I look forward to trying some other therapies in the future. XX Kerrie Matthews May 2017
 
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I had the most magical and relaxing session with you. Thank you so much. I feel very lucky to have met you. Eleanor P April 2017
 
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Reiki treatments with you, Saira, are always so nurturing and restorative. Jane Taylor, Bridport April 2017
 
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Saira is a gifted masseuse and healer and I feel blessed to have found her. I am a therapist myself and find it extrememly difficult to find a therapist of this calibre. Annabel Fox, Dewlish, March 2017
 
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What a great retreat day at Ibberton . Everything was perfectly planned, really enjoyed it & such great food too! Friends who have been to similar events said we were spoiled at they’ve not had such good value /varied days. A friend & i went to a yoga & sound healing /gong last week locally & definitely did not compare! Hope to see you at another event soon. Sharon Etherington, Bournemouth, March 2017

 

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Just wanted to thank you for a lovely day of yoga and blissful time out. I really enjoy your classes, and your energy with a nice mix of different yogic /meditation elements.. I was completely zen-ed out. Clare Pollard, NZ,  February 2017
 
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Thank you so much to you and your family for a wonderful retreat. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to come back to the next one! Please put our names down for May! Vanessa Cardwell, Kingston Upon Thames, November 2017
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Thanks for the lovely day today. A gorgeous venue and great classes. The yoga in the morning had the right level of challenge with variations for those that couldn’t manage everything. The meditation class was informative and useful and the relaxation session was.. Well… Relaxing. John Weets, Hants, September 2016
 
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Mellulah yoga is some of best yoga I have found anywhere . I have been lucky enough to practice yoga all over the world with some wonderful yogis. Saira is unquestionably one of the best teachers I’ve encountered. She has huge integrity and humility. How lucky I am to have found her. X Catty Lowsley-Williams, London, August 2016
 
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A big thank you! I slept better last night than I have in as long as I can remember. Wonderful Indian Head Massage. I have woken so refreshed. See you again soon! Tiggy Greenwood, Dorset, May 2016
 
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I have been having regular holistic therapy treatments with Saira for the last two years. Her treatment room is a cosy oasis of tranquility which allows you to thoroughly relax and unwind. Any worries and troubles drain away within minutes to be replaced by a sense of wellbeing induced by Saira’s ever-present smile and highly-infectious laughter. Saira takes great care in preparing for each treatment session; nothing is ever rushed and nothing is ever overlooked. She is a very knowledgeable and highly experienced therapist. I would thoroughly recommend Saira to anyone who needs a physical or an emotional pick-me-up or both! N Harrison, London, March 2016
 
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Saira’s yoga classes are beyond fantastic. I discovered Mellulah at the end of last year and Saira has been my first yoga teacher, what a wonderful introduction! The place is so very beautiful (I’m so looking forward to seeing it in the spring and summer), Saira is so very welcoming, the classes are relaxed yet challenging and after every class I come away feeling ready to embrace the challenges of the week ahead. Dominic Ellis, Dorset, March 2016
 
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I have been going to yoga with Saira for eight months. I have had such a wonderful experience, Yoga is something I have been meaning to ‘treat’ myself to for a very long time. The moment you walk in the door you feel relaxed. Saira creates a wonderful atmosphere with candles and lighting and of course her soothing and encouraging voice. You come away feeling loved. I sit dazed for a while after a class as I am always transported and left feeling utterly chilled! Oh as well as stretched! Thank you Saira. Tina Damon Sparks, Dorset, March 2016
 
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I regularly attend Saira’s fantastic yoga classes. An hour and a half of total peace, relaxation and time for yourself. There is a lovely calming environment created by candles and incense which helps to ease away the stresses of everyday life. Each class is slightly different to the last, building on previous weeks and you come away feeling really well stretched in all your muscles. I love it and would highly recommend it. Katie Leitgerwood, Dorset, March 2016
 
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I love this place! The yoga classes are challenging, rewarding, relaxing and reviving. I recommend to everyone I know. I always leave calmer, happier and more at peace. Also thanks for the amazing Chakra Massage Saira – wonderful profound experience.  Jemma Lewis, Dorset, March 2016
 
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I’ve been visiting Mellulah Yoga for about a year and a half now, and Saira really is one of those special yogis that just makes you feel amazing! The classes are widely varied every week, and you always come away feeling healed in some kind of way. Saira takes care to really understand what is going on with your body currently and always has the time to make adjustments to poses so that the each individual gets the most out of their practice. I adore going each week, and if you are even just thinking about going to a yoga class – come along here, you will love it! Laura Tait, Dorset, March 2016
 
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 Amazing!!! Seeing results already from yoga!! Flexibility and strength improving massively! Holly Auger, Dorset, February 2016
 
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 A wonderful find in the Dorset countryside. Saira offers the perfect therapy for busy lives. Her yoga sessions are rewarding for both body and mind. It’s a weekly indulgent treat. Charlotte Bentley / The Hambledon Gallery Blandford February 2016
 
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 A charming, peaceful location set in beautiful countryside. Saira is a welcoming host and the food is delicious and wholesome. The sound healing workshop is especially wonderful. And the treatments available make the retreat and a very calm and relaxing experience. Jodi Sanders, Purbecks, November 2015
 
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 Just returned from two wonderful days of deep peace and relaxation. Everything about the retreat was perfect. Thank you for being a wonderful guide. Florence Kiff, Reading, September 2015
  
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 My friend and I returned for the second year running to Luccombe Farm to experience one of Saira’s lovely Yoga Retreats. Relaxation, rejuvenation and stress- relief from our busy lives were what we wanted.. and this is exactly what you get with her retreat days, and more! We left feeling completely zoned out and relaxed. The Yoga, meditation, food, environment and overall setting of the farm are just perfect. Saira is friendly and welcoming, inviting everyone to eat together in her tranquil home was also a lovely touch. Thank you again and we”ll be back! Natasha Way, Dorset June 2015
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I visited Mellulah and Saira for the first time yesterday and it certainly won’t be the last. The retreat is situated in very picturesque and calming surroundings and as I entered the treatment room I very quickly felt at ease. I had booked in for some reflexology and after a quick check into my history Saira started with a brief bit of healing and then having picked some appropriate essential oils Saira went on to begin the reflexology. The treatment was great and Saira picked up on some old and more current ailments. I would without hesitation recommend Saira and I can’t wait for my next visit. Chris Hillyard / Complete Health Osteopathy Blandford March 2015
 
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I love this place! If you’re looking for peacefulness then come here. I’ve been here a couple of times and everyone is always really friendly. Saira is so welcoming and knows how to make the retreats special. The yoga classes are great and cater for all levels of experience, the food is amazing and as an added bonus there’s a lovely pool and sauna to make use of. You’ll come away feeling blissed out! Jill Booth, Hants, February 2015 
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My friend and I from London, were in need of a complete break, as our stress levels were at saturation point! We had three glorious days of treatments, with Saira. Both of us had  shared yoga  and ‘Mindfulness’  sessions.
Singularly we both made the exceptional choice of an Holistic massage, an Angel aromatherapy massage and Archangel Healing.
We loved the way Saira  spent plenty of time getting to know us individually, no rushing, so we received the very best out of our treatments.
We would have no hesitation going back and we will definitely be doing so this year.
Saira has a beautiful soulful way, with magic hands!  See you soon Saira.  Love ‘n’ blessings Lisa & Adrienne, London, February 2015
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I have visited Saira regularly for a couple of years. I suffer from ME/Cronic Fatigue Syndrome and found the treatments helped with the physical exhaustion, mental confusion and lack of concentration that is part of the illness. Saira was able to quickly understand the changing needs of my state of illness and vary the treatments required (reflexology, massage, aromatherapy) for the best effect. Saira’s warm personality, approachability and friendship created a trusting, comfortable and easy atmosphere throughout the treatments. Every session was pleasurable experience that left me with renewed strength and more positive outlook. Helen Marsden, Finland, March 2014 
 
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After my first Angel Aromatherapy massage with Saira I knew something amazing had happened and so began my journey into deepening my spirituality, learning Reiki and taking time out for myself. Saira has a way of making you feel pampered, relaxed and special. I can’t recommend her massages highly enough and the healing she gives is out of this world……literally!! In 2013 I did both the Reiki 1 and 2 workshops in her beautiful home and I have to say they are some of the most enlightening days of my life. Vikki Seymour, Dorset, January 2014

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Saira is more than just someone who can deliver a wonderfully relaxing massage or treatment (which she does), she has an energy that heals you from the moment you first see her. Saira has the ability to gently understand what you need and give you more than you could ever expect. I have had both massages and healing with Saira (sometimes both) and I always come away feeling like I have been given a wonderful gift. She is skilled, empathetic, knowledgable and intuitive. You always feel like you are in the safest hands possible with both your body and your spirit. it’s like stepping into a space that safely cocoons you and then sets you free as a butterfly. Nova Woodrow, Herts, December 2013separator-feedback2

Nicky from Suhka Yoga recently sent a newsletter to her clients mentioning us, thank you Nicky!: I  have been privileged to take part in two autumn retreats with Saira over the past couple of years. The weekends are filled with yoga, meditation, gong bath, Ayurvedic treatments, long walks and this year we were treated to Spiritual Balance Counselling. The food is wonderful and the welcome is as warm as Saira’s wood burning stove. I would recommend anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle for a couple of days to take a look at Mellulah. A real gem 🙂

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Thank you for a lovely yoga retreat at Mellulah. It was really special – the location, setting, buildings, treatments, yoga sessions etc. etc. You have created a lovely, spiritual sanctuary and gathered around you some very special people to facilitate all the treatments and sessions you offer. The weather also decided to play it’s part, so my memory will be of beautiful golden days that soothed jagged edges in peaceful surroundings. P. Dealtry after her Stillness Retreat in October’13

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Spent last weekend on a Mellulah Yoga Retreat and it was very special. Everything was wonderful – the yoga sessions with Sharon, the treatments, Marcia’s food and the accommodation. I hope to be able to return before too long. Sandy Heady after her Stillness Retreat in April ’13

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Thanks Saira for a great two days doing Reiki I training. It has been really beneficial and lots of things have been happening in only 24 hours! xx
George McBurney after her Reiki Workshop in March ’13

Look Magazine November 2012 said of a residential yoga retreat ” Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been standing on your head for years, this is amazing….”

I just wanted to say thanks so much for a lovely weekend at Mellulah. I have never done yoga or practised meditation before and it was a revelation to me, I think it will really bring some peace into my life. I’m about to sign up for a yoga course near me and I am using the meditation I learnt with you, it really helps me sleep. Thanks again to all at Mellulah.
Andy Whale , Dorset after his Stillness Weekend Retreat November ’12

Just wanted to say a big ” Thank you” to Saira for a simply Amazing 1-1 Meditation & Angel Aromatherapy Healing day. True heaven to be so still, calm and totally safe and nurtured. The day just flowed effortlessly and I loved the sauna! Can not wait to do it again it was sublime. Much love for your time and energy xxx
Samantha Scarr, Dorset after her one to one day retreat July ’12

Thank you for a wonderful weekend, I have already started to recommend you to my patients. I have a sense of inner calm that I do not recall having felt before. With a little effort every day I hope that I can carry this forward to my next retreat. Thank you for a lovely time.
Richard Southam, Aquea Solis Chiropractors Dorchester June ’12

Prediction Magazine April 2012 said “Saira is the queen bee when it comes to creating a relaxing, healing environment, we are counting the days until we go back. We all commented on how amazing it is that you can feel so blissed out in such a short space of time.”

I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved, for the yoga, the meditation, the therapies and the peace we all experienced, especially to you Saira. love Sarah x 
Sarah Hatwell, Taunton, after her Stillness Retreat Weekend in Feb ’12

Thank you Saira, Jodi and team for such a wonderful Stillness Weekend. It was a perfect combination of healing, relaxation, great yoga, amazing food, beautiful surroundings and laughter! I look forward to the next time x
Nicky H, Surrey, after her Stillness Retreat Weekend in Feb ’12

What a fantastic day today. Lunch was amazing and the hot stones treatment was just wonderful. Thank you Saira I had a lovely day… what a great team you are 🙂 x 
Vicki Martin Lewis, Spetisbury, after her Light & Healing Day in Jan ’12

I just wanted to thank you, and all others involved for a lovely retreat weekend. Laura and I had a wonderful time, the massage was great, the walk uplifting, yoga wonderful and meditation calming. Once again thank you! 
Carole Archer, Isle of Wight, after her Stillness Weekend Retreat in Nov ‘11

I enjoyed a wonderful day at the beautiful setting of Mellulah Retreats. The yoga and meditation were calming and relaxing, and together with my excellent aromatherapy treatment, delicious homemade veggie lunch, swim and sauna I was totally chilled and relaxed when I left. I would recommend anyone to visit Saira at Mellulah, I will definitely be going back for more. 
Liz Duquenoy, West Berkshire, after her Day Retreat in Sept ‘11

I have simply never felt more relaxed…
Sarah, Luccombe Farm Holiday Guest, after her Angel Healing  session, August ’11

My day with Mellulah Retreats was great. Lovely company, calming yoga, delicious food and a very healing treatment. The setting is really peaceful and it would be lovely to stay there. I’m definitely going back for more xxxx
Kate, Hereforshire after her Day Retreat August ’11

I arrived in a rushed and stressed state with a dozen To Do’s in my head. I left in a peaceful, relaxed and energised state with a Who Cares attitude to my To Do’s!!! The only disappointment was leaving at the end of the day! I thoroughly recommend and am looking forward to September. Thank you…Thank you…Thank you…
Suzanne, Dorset after her Retreat June ’11

I had a wonderful day with Mellulah Retreats in Dorset. It is a beautiful setting and Saira and her colleagues really made up feel at home. With a really good yoga session, a choice of treatments, a pool, sauna and yummy home made lunch, I went away feeling super chilled and renewed.
Jo Bridger, Bath after her Day Retreat July ’11

I originally went to see Saira with Sinus problems but then returned because of some big life changes and issues that were coming to the surface. I had several different treatments and found that I feel so much better and Saira has given me great strength at a difficult time in my life. Saira has a natural gift to connect with her clients and really help them.
Susan, after her Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Healing sessions, Feb ’11

I have found the Aromatherapy with Saira amazing. I feel more at peace and relaxed and I have found that my asthma has significantly improved. Since having treatments I have barely used my inhalers at all. I feel that these sessions have been so beneficial.
Katie, after her Aromatherapy sessions May ’10