Esalen® Massage Workshop


A taste of Esalen®

May 2018 (date tbc)

With Ellen Watson assisted by Leonie Nanassy

RETREAT TYPE: 3 night Esalen® Massage & Bodywork weekend workshop.

Group Share see ‘Price’ tab

PRICE: £350 shared luxury room | £590 single luxury room



Ellen and Leonie invite you to join us at The Old Rectory, for an intensive long weekend, with delicious and nutritious cuisine, and a series of Esalen® Massage, Mindfulness and Moving Meditation practices. Esalen® Massage & Bodywork is the international benchmark for conscious, caring and skilled touch. Our signature ‘long stroke’ is both an art form and a scientifically validated healing art. Included in our time together will be introductions to Mindfulness Practices developed at Esalen® Institute, Big Sur, CA, USA, over the last fifty years. Mindfulness practices include: Esalen® Massage & Bodywork, Touching Essence®, Aquatic Bodywork, Sensory Awareness Meditation, Gestalt Practice, Personal Inquiry Exercises, Holotropic™ Breathwork Meditation, The 5Rhythms™, SpiritDance/SoulSong®, Continuum Movement, and Releasing Trauma.

Weekend take-home

  • Esalen massage techniques to help expand your current skill set and to add a sense of flow to your work.
  •  Both Yin and Dynamic Yoga with meditation
  • Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms Dance sessions.
  • (Talks)Tips and tools for helping you use, & move your mind and body creatively.
  • Holotropic Breathwork – accelerated breathing with evocative music to allow you and your clients to enter safely into a non-ordinary state of consciousness.

Who would benefit from this exciting weekend?

  • Muscular skeletal practitioners such as osteopaths, massage therapists, body-workers and chiropractors who enjoy working holistically;
  • Individuals who want to you explore touch and body work as a method of communication;
  • Carer’s  who work with others and want to learn a range of new techniques to help others, whilst also exploring nurturing self-help techniques for their own health and sanity.

Ellen, a 35 year member of the Esalen® community, staff, and faculty, continues to practice bodywork and movement arts, facilitate classes, retreats and trainings at Esalen®, and throughout the world. Find out more about Esalen® Massage.

Leonie has worked in the healing arts for over 23 years, experiencing both personal and professional challenges that have led her down a path of deep intuitive analysis for both her and her clients. Training in Esalen Massage in 2002, Leonie uses massage as a powerful way to care for,nurture and touch mind and body.

The Old Rectory’s stunning setting, stylish living and workshop spaces create an ideal environment for relaxing in nature while returning to the wisdom of your senses and your body. This retreat is designed for anyone, whether new to Esalen® practices, or wanting to spend time cultivating presence, awareness, touching and being touched in body, mind, heart, and spirit.

We welcome you to join us.



The retreat begins at 4pm on Friday and we conclude on Monday at 10am after early morning movement session.

2.00- 5.00pm Massage treatments available. (Therapist list will be sent out prior to the retreat)

7.45am Moving meditation practices: Partner yoga, Qi Gung, 5Rhythms.
9.00am Breakfast
10.00am Esalen® Massage basics
1.00pm A nourishing, delicious lunch
1pm-4pm Free time for relax, swiming & treatments.
4 -6pm Massage practice, connecting mind and body.
 6-7.15 Meditation/yoga nidra
 7.30pm Dinner. A delicious,and nutritious selection of dishes.
8.45pm Saturday  Night – The 5Rhythms™ Dance your dance by candlelight.


Use of all facilities inc swimming pool, sauna, tennis courts, snooker room, gym.

A Special Place to Stay
Accommodation in your choice of our beautiful ensuite rooms

Fabulous Workshops
All workshops, classes and wellness sessions

Nourish & Hydrate
All of your meals, snacks and drinks are provided for the duration of the retreat

Single en suite luxurious room £590
Shared Room Occupancy £390 (2 people sharing)
Shared Room Occupancy £350 (3 people sharing)
Shared Room Occupancy – Beautiful 2 floor annex studio £330 4 or 5 people sharing

*Special treatments and private consultations are available to book at an extra cost. See here for details.

The Old Rectory offers the perfect balance between luxury and homely rustic charm, complete with it’s own spring, salt water swimming pool, sauna and a love for everything organic. It really is the perfect place to retreat to. Subject to availability you may book the luxury ensuite room of your choice.
Please also see The Old Rectory website for more details


The Principal Room
The Parisian
The Garden Room
The Peacock Room

The White Room
The Cherry Room
The Princess Room

The Cobbled Room
The Studio



We have created a delicious digestive-boosting, belly-blasting menu that will be prepared by our talented and passionate chef from the freshest ingredients. Every single meal designed to give you a nutritional lift whilst keeping your blood sugar balanced and metabolism burning brightly.

A sample day at the Hands on Life table…

Herbal teas, infused waters from our very own spring and fresh organic fruit available throughout the day.

Breakfast: Omega Power Smoothie, Fresh, Organic Duck Eggs, Blueberry Superfood Crumble with Coconut Vanilla Cream, Ginger & Turmeric Chai Tea.

Lunch: Miso Soup, Carrie’s revamped Greek Salad, Fresh Hummus, Tabouleh, Organic Greens, Vine-ripened Tomatoes with Basil, Oatcakes & Low GI bread.

Afternoon Tea: Organic Fruit Parfaits with toasted walnuts

Dinner: Thai Fish Curry, Fragrant Quinoa, Organic Vegetable Medley & our Divine Cilantro Dressing

*Vegans, vegetarians and omnivores catered for at every meal


Teacher: Ellen Watson
Assistant Teacher: Leonie Nanassy
Chef: Carrie Allcott

Enquiries & Bookings

If you have any questions or would like to book, please email us on:

Telephone: 07974 385842

We look forward to hearing from you.


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