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Relax. Rebalance. Recharge.

Restorative Retreat at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Facilitated by Dr Rachel Lee and collaborators (details coming soon).

Saturday 22 June 2024: 9am - 5pm.

Early bird price £150 (book before 31 March 2024)

Regular price £175

Included: Entry to the YSP (usually £9), parking, refreshments and pastries, lunch, full programme of events including a 2-hour artist-led workshop & 10% discount in the YSP shop, where you can buy internationally-acclaimed art.

Photograph taken at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, showing a field containing a large Henry Moore sculpture.

Are you struggling with the many demands of modern life?

Do you feel like you are constantly spinning plates, trying to balance work and family commitments and also find some time for your own wellbeing?

You are not alone. Many people we speak to struggle with these competing demands, especially as they move into their thirties, forties and beyond.

Imagine taking a day out to focus on what you need. Would you like to invest some time in your own wellbeing?


This is a unique retreat, with a programme that has been developed by an experienced clinical psychologist who knows what it's like to spin those plates and also has in-depth psychological knowledge of the mind and the nervous system. This retreat has been designed to help you relax and recharge on the day and also leave with the psychological skills and insights that will help you create better balance in your life over the next year and beyond.

Would you like to spend a day in this stunning location, where you can learn how to:

1. Relax your body by better understanding your nervous system and gaining evidence-based strategies (one example being breathwork practices) that you can use to change your physiology and help yourself feel calmer. We will also take a mindful walk around the sculpture park.

2. Rebalance the way you spend your time by tuning in to what's important to you and what a rich and full life would look like, then gaining psychological skills to address the internal barriers that are holding you back. We will be sharing evidence-based strategies to help you build a richer, more fulfilling life. We are also including a 2-hour artist-led workshop specially chosen to help you move out of your busy mind and focus on your senses, notice what it's like to be more present in the moment and tune into the more creative parts of yourself. Further details will be released soon. 

3. Recharge your sense of vitality so that you can leave with new ideas, intentions and a sense of purpose to create a bigger life that will help you feel more content. We will think about what a fulfilling life looks like for you. We will talk about the science of decision-making and focus on the things many of us struggle with like saying yes to requests that we'd like to say no to, getting overwhelmed with an endless to do list, and feeling stuck in jobs, situations or relationships that no longer serve us. We will use imagery techniques to help you identify and overcome any internal barriers to your proposed changes. You will leave with a personalised map and, we hope, a new sense of vitality to help you reach your goals for 2024.

This retreat is being held in one of the most special places in the UK, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) which won the Yorkshire Tourist Attraction of 2023. The YSP is located off the M1, near Sheffield, Wakefield, Leeds and Huddersfield. It is a renowned international centre for contemporary sculpture. You will find a range of modern sculptures by artists such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth set within a beautiful 500 acre country park with wonderful views. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a registered charity and we are pleased to support it by locating our retreat here.

The aim of our retreat is to soothe your nervous system. We have combined relaxing sensory and creative activities together with psychological ideas and evidence-based strategies to help you relax, cope better with stress and find more balance in your life. Our retreat is designed to be an holistic and sensory experience for your body and mind. We also want the day to be fun and there will be opportunities to connect with each other and share experiences during the day. Having positive interactions with others is another way that we can soothe our nervous systems. It creates a sense of belonging.


Our retreat will give you an opportunity to take some time out of your busy schedule to focus on you and, in particular, the parts of you that often get forgotten when work and caring responsibilities take over.

Photograph taken at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park showing the view from The Bothy.

The retreat will be held in The Bothy, which has the view shown in the photograph above, although the sculptures will be different due to a change of exhibition. The Bothy has both indoor and outdoor space. During the day there will be time to explore the park, both during the mindful walk and independently during the lunch break. 

Places are limited and we expect this retreat to be very popular. 


To register your interest and be the first to hear when bookings open, email

Bookings will open in early February 2024.


A message from Dr Rachel Lee:
I'm so excited to offer this retreat, because the YSP is a place that is very close to my heart. It's where I go to relax. I've drawn on my psychological knowledge and clinical experience from decades of helping people work towards their goals and improve their wellbeing. I will be sharing the strategies that help my clients and that I also use myself. I have a busy life with many different roles and responsibilities, so I know what it's like to find yourself stretched in many different directions.


I hope you can join me and my fellow collaborators. Further details coming soon.

Best wishes,


Meet the Facilitators

Dr Rachel Lee

Rachel is an independent consultant clinical psychologist. She has a rich background in guiding individuals and teams through periods of change. Her experience spans both public and private sectors, including healthcare settings, academic institutions, charities, tech and small businesses. Rachel has worked in a number of leadership roles during her career and as well as running a thriving psychology service she is an Associate Non-executive Director in the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She brings her psychological expertise and knowledge into her work, whether working with individual clients, leading teams, offering training or consulting on healthcare programmes. Rachel has a friendly, open, authentic and compassionate approach and particularly enjoys helping people recover from upsetting or disturbing experiences. She is skilled at helping people manage ethical dilemmas and overcome significant personal challenges, such as workplace bullying, redundancy, infidelity, loss and changes to one's physical functioning. 

Details of the other facilitators will be coming soon, once the details have been finalised.

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