Happy memories for Jan.

WOW! What an amazing weekend we had of last in Arundel, retreating with our lovely 16 guests, in the gorgeous and misty West Sussex countryside. We’re sure the pictures speak for themselves but it was a truly nourishing and relaxing weekend with great food, craft and Pilates.  We super excited to be going back here in May for maybe a little bit of a warmer affair! Booking is now open so do contact us if you’d like to come along and retreat with us…but for now we’ll leave you with some kind and wise words from this year’s guests.

“I think it was half way through Saturday when I realised just how relaxed I felt.  A feeling I haven’t had in a long time.  I was almost giggly with it on Saturday evening thinking that we had a whole day to go. I came away Monday morning, relaxed, energised and calm. I’m still managing to hold on to that calm. Even after a rushed double school run, delayed train and cancelled trains, work crap and screaming kids – it’s magic!  Blimey, I even got up this morning and did the 100s first thing.”

“Soothing, relaxing and a real step away from the ‘day to day’. Tune Out offers a simple, stylish check-out from a busy routine and really does give you the physical and mental space to get back to the best version of yourself – I wouldn’t be without a Tune Out weekend at the start of each year. I am fortunate enough in my work to travel and enjoy massages in some very well-known hotels and spas. That said I consider Lisa to be one of the most in-tune and skilled massage practitioners I have had the pleasure of being treated by. She is inherently sensitive to your needs and it is inevitable that I leave feeling better, lighter, more relaxed, and – always – with a stash of her cards for friends and clients.”

“I felt completely refreshed and in a much better place ‘mentally’. I have been much more patient since the weekend with my children!”

“The retreat successfully made two extremely neurotic people unravel to such a stage that true relaxation (and de-stressing) was achieved. The level of relaxation was such that the level of discomfort normally experienced on a daily basis from irritable bowel syndrome, or chronic intractable pain was actually reduced (which was a shock to both of us who believed that this discomfort was an inevitable side-effect that cannot be soothed/cured).” 

Homemade honey and lemon face mask.

Morning! A gorgeous and CHILLY morning here in London. I so almost made it out for a run this morning but when the weather is nippy like this every bone in my body is saying, get warm, have tea, eat stew. So this morning I LISTENED. The weather can have such a big impact on our mood after all we are part of nature and as humans this is the time of year to hunker down, retreat and store our energy, so if you’re feeling a little affected by the weather and the general time of year then know that this is NORMAL! Hence why we love retreating in January so much.

On today’s post – with just 3 DAYS TO GO until our retreat this weekend we are well and truly getting organised! We’re off to the lovely Brooklands Barn in Arundel, West Sussex. This venue is the perfect antidote to this cold weather its filled with cosy snugs lit by open fires, a heated swimming pool, and a newly installed log cabin sauna which you can indulge in between massages, walking, Pilates, knitting and relaxation.

If you’ve joined us on a weekend retreat before then you’ll know well of our signature goodie bags. Which I have to say we pride ourselves on. We put a lot of effort into  making sure our guest feel loved and have everything they need to truly TUNEOUT. Without giving too much a way, this year amongst lots of other things we’ve made some homemade face masks. There’s tons of different recipes out there but we loved this one for its truly indulgent feel and smell! Good enough to eat quite literally. And you can feel smug in the knowledge that there’s absolutely no nasties in there and if you’re working towards living a life of less stress then that counts for what you put on and in your body, right down to your beauty products and household cleaners.

So here’s the recipe and some of the amazing benefits to your skin (always try a patch test first)

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Honey and Lemon face mask

(Makes 1 portion)

  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey – moisturising, calming, antibacterial, full of anti-oxidants
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar – used for ex-foliating and the removal of dead skin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon – can plump the skin and make you look younger
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon – acts a natural skin peel, brightens the skin
  • 1 tablespoon of organic almond oil- helps remove dark circles and extra moisturising

Mix and indulge (hopefully in a steaming hit bath!)

How To Tune Out….from technology.

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Over the weekend we ran the second of our ‘Half day Urban Retreats’ in Walthamstow, London.  It was a lovely afternoon of Pilates, craft and relaxation. And craft we did, making these amazing macrame plant holders, plus there’s always a little tea and cake thrown in there, of course! It was so good to get making and creating with our hands, highlighting the amazing therapeutic benefits of crafting and its an important reminder of why we should all take time to tuneout of our busy schedules and more specifically, technology.

Because technology is EVERYWHERE! Just take a look around on your morning commute. Its rare these days to find anyone that doesn’t own a laptop, tablet or smart phone. Its true that technology is helping us to feel more connected than ever before. It allows us to easily stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues and for us as a new, small business it plays an important part of our marketing strategies! BUT studies are starting to show the link between too much time with technology and negative impacts on our health. We’re talking poorer sleep patterns, muscular pain, depression, social anxiety, and addictive behavior are starting to surface. So in our work obsessed culture we’re encouraging you to take some time to look at how you have integrated technology into your life and is it too much?

Taking time off can allow us to reconnect with ourselves, re charge (excuse the pun!) and lead fuller, happier lives. Give these a go…

  • Notice the impact of too much time spent on technology and your physical body. If your day is spent at a desk then know that this will have an impact on your body. Practice Yoga and Pilates to stretch, re balance and help to correct poor posture by strengthening core muscles.
  • Try to balance your day out if your job requires you spending long hours in front of the screen. It might sound obvious but schedule in breaks from the screen, take a walk on your lunch break, and try to keep some movement in your body through out the day even if that’s a few neck and shoulder rolls.
  • Re connect with people face to face. In our text and email worlds are we loosing the ability and confidence to communicate properly with people face to face. Not only will the other person appreciate you taking your phone off the table, listening properly and turning your phone to silent, but you’ll feel much better for it too!
  • Unless you’re waiting for an important call why not turn your phone to silent. Do calls really need to be answered instantly?
  • Schedule in time in the day for answering emails and calls. Again it boils down to whether people that are connecting with you need an instant answer.
  • Ban the TV for a night. What could you do with an evening of no TV at home…craft, have a bath, cook, have some friends round, visit a neighbour.
  • Put pen to paper. Its good to be aware of our paper consumption, but nothing beats getting a hand written letter or card. Take 5 minutes to send a little note to someone you love or you haven’t spoken to for a while. It will probably make their day.
  • Turn technology off for bed. Technology is SUPER stimulating and could be affecting you getting a good nights kip. Try no technology before bedtime rule and if you need more help getting to sleep check out our guide…
  • Take holidays. Taking time off should be seen as a valuable part of our lives that helps us to re connect and open up creativity, not an opportunity to re fresh and be a better worker. Savour these moments they will be the ones you remember the most.

Thanks to all that came along on Sunday. Looking forward to more of these next year. Join our mailing list to be the first to know. Plus if you love our plant holders but don’t have the to make one then you can now buy them at our SHOP.

Enjoy your technology free time!

L and K x

 

 

Pumpkin and Cinnamon Cookies

finishedcookiesFor most of us the celebration of Halloween is about scary fancy dress, trick or treating and ducking for apples…but the origins of Halloween have been traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It was known to signify the end of the summer and a change in daily life, the end of the last harvest meant people took to their warmer homes working on crafts and spending more time together. It was thought as a magical time with strong connection to the world of the dead (hence the scary costumes we see nowadays!)

So with a little nod to the celebrations we made these Pumpkin and Cinnamon Cookies with some leftover pumpkin. They’re a bit on the healthy side but with some optional orange icing to sweeten them up if you fancy?! And really rather nice with a warm cup of tea…

Happy Halloween!

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CINNAMON AND PUMPKIN COOKIES

Ingredients :

  • 75g wholemeal flour
  • 50g porridge oats
  • 50g pumpkin puree
  • 75g butter
  • A handful of raisins
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Icing sugar and orange food colouring (for decorating)

1.Blitz your leftover pumpkin (the insides once seeds are removed) to a puree in the food processor.

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2.Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in the other.

3. Mix everything together and add the raisins.

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4. Make small balls (around the size of a squash ball and then flatten down onto a lined baking tray.

5. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 or until golden brown on top.

You can either leave them as they are and enjoy or decorate with some orange icing…

Enjoy x

Ready. Set. Craft.

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Autumn is in full swing and isn’t she beautiful!! The combination of sunny weather and gorgeous colours of the trees are getting us right in the mood for Autumn. And in preparation for our Urban Day retreat in Walthamstow, we’ve been  been getting our craft on and making some samples of the macrame plant holders, which we will be making on the day…which I have to say are looking amazing dotted around my house now!!  I guess this would be a good point to mention why we add a crafting element to our weekend and day retreats. We feel that adding something fun and crafty, that gets you using your mind and body in a creative way is not only incredibly satisfying and useful  we think, it plays an important role in the tuning out process. Its completely optional on our weekends retreats, but its great fun if you do. You learn a new skill and take something home that can be gifted or kept as a memory in your home of your time with us. You never know, perhaps you’ll find a new passion along the way…

Onto today’s post. Did we hear someone mention Christmas?? Its true, its just around the corner and it got us thinking…GIFTS! Nothing beats a homemade gift. If you’re short on time then there’s loads of options that don’t take so long (scrubs, flavoured booze, fudge) and most of these are really cheap to make too! Much quicker and easier than that mad dash around the shops buying stuff for your loved ones that they don’t even like! So here’s our round up of our favourite homemade gifts for this year. Click for the links for how to make and yes family/friends you can expect these in your stockings this year!

So our top 10 homemade gifts to get cracking on with are…

terrariums1. HOMEMADE TERRARIUM

IMG_61972. PLANT HOLDERS.

finishedscrub3. HOMEMADE SUGAR SCRUB.

tye-dyesocks4. TYE DYE SOCKS.

b1d5da0a46a7f691e66e6eb4b21f122a5. CHOCOLATE SLABS.

bathfizzes6. BATH FIZZES.

4c7da117cca52cf21ee2aac4e3c5d0e07. FLAVOURED BOOZE.

lemon_curd_68499_16x98. LEMON CURD.

woolyhat9. KNITTED WOOLY HATS.

candles10. HOMEMADE CANDLES.

IMG_5033(Squeezing in a last one..) 11. FUDGE, TRUFFLES and OTHER TREATS!

Why everyone should try retreating…

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This time 2 weeks ago myself and Katherine took ourselves on a weekend Yoga retreat. What a treat! We figured, how can we preach why its so good to go on a retreat if we don’t sample it ourselves, right? It was great to be on the other side of hosting and be hosted for a change. And our hosts did not disappoint. We went to, of course relax and restore after a busy summer but the weekend also offered up lots of inspiration plus we got to check out some exciting new venues for the Tune Out Retreats on the way, more on that another time.  It really set in stone for us why everyone needs a little retreating in there lives for time to time. It doesn’t have to be for a long time, expensive or luxurious. There are so many different types of retreats out there these days its really about finding something that suits your budget, time, and what you want out of it. Watch out for those ‘retreat’ labels which could end up costing thousands…a retreat could be a simple as taking a day off and turning your phone off.

So whilst we’re still daydreaming about our weekend and trying to hang on to the retreat feeling, we thought it would be a good time put down on paper why we went and why we’ll be  giving ourselves a retreat again next year. For sure!

You reconnect with your body. When you spend a weekend tuning into your body, different things can come up, some things feel easier and maybe some things feel harder. But you get an over all sense of connection to your body and your feelings when all the other ‘stuff’ is stripped away and that can feel pretty empowering.

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You get to sit still. Can you honestly say you still and do nothing at any point in your day? (Not when your sleeping?!) Being on a retreat, in whatever version you choose, allows you to have the opportunity to do that. Whether its in one of the relaxation sessions, curled up on a sofa with a book, or taking in the gorgeous view for a moment. In a world that you get praised for doing more stuff in less time, its not often that we are forced to do nothing and its feels great!

You get to be creative.  Being creative isn’t just being arty or good at making stuff. Change inspires creativity in lots of ways and retreats can offer up a whole load of new things to try out. Maybe a new Pilates exercise or Yoga posture or eating different foods or getting a little craft on. We kind of got addicted to the colouring in books on our retreat, inspired by Anna’s love of them, we were able to colour as we wished in our free time, and we got hooked!

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Someone takes care of YOU for a change. Not having to think about what we were eating for more than 2 whole days and being greeted at every meal with wholesome, hearty, healthy food was such a treat. Knowing that you’re nourishing our bodies feels good but when its someone else doing the thinking and cooking for you, then that’s a real treat!

You get to be someone else for a little while. We all have roles to play and schedules to follow in our day to day. Those things are stripped away on a retreat, if only for a short time, and you have the choice to spend your weekend how you like. You can either fully engaged with the group and surroundings and do all the activities OR you can retreat to a corner with a book, go for a walk and/or be on your own. No questions asked.

 

Thank you so much to our lovely hosts Anna and Monique. You can check out their  super Yoga retreats here.

xx

 

Autumn is coming…are you ready?

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Its true! Its on its way. How you feeling about that? Personally, we’re suckers for a season change, especially Autumn. Everyone comes back to their Pilates classes…yay, and we do love to get all organised in a back to school kind of way. But more seriously, the cold, wet and darker days can have a REAL impact on our health and well being. After all we are a part of nature ourselves and therefore we’re going to celebrate the turning of the seasons with a little tuneout guide to preparing for the Autumn.

Are you suffering from post summer burn out? Yep we’re feeling it too. Its great to enjoy the summer and lets face it, its pretty short lived in this country so we’ve got to make the most of it! But all those late summer nights, after work drinks and festivals can take their toll on our bodies leaving us needing a little pick me up. So here goes…

  • Be boring. In our ‘do it all‘ culture and constant updates on other peoples lives via our smart phones the pressure is always on to get more stuff done and be a better version of you. And that’s great, its always good to be inspired and strive to be your best but when taken to the extreme that can have the opposite effect on our health creating a bit of a multi tasking monster!!! So maybe for a little while could you try doing LESS stuff? It might just be a couple for days or even a week, until you feel less wired and more tuned in to YOU. Try eating simple, uncomplicated, clean foods, go out less, drink less, exercise slowly with some Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi, finish work on time, turn your technology off, read and potter. And once doing so hopefully allowing some space not only in the body but mentally too for the start of a lovely new season…
  • Mix it up. Could you change your daily routine? We love doing this as its stimulates the brain, leaving us feeling revived and refreshed.

Could you…

  • Get to bed earlier. With the darker nights, we’re not going to feel bad about sneaking off to bed at 9:30pm. Nope. If you struggle with getting off to sleep you could try our recently posted ‘How to Tune Out…last thing at night’
  • If you’re getting to bed a little earlier, could you get up earlier in the morning? Try re-setting your alarm to allow for an extra 15 minutes, which might allow some time for the following – a 10 minute Headspace meditation. A morning stretch. A hot water and lemon. A mindful breakfast.
  • See sunlight. Whatever you’re day entails, try to get outside. In your lunch break or hopping off your commute a stop early and walking the rest of the way.
  • Make some plans. Sit down and think about who you’d like to see over the next few months, things you’d like to do and see. Life can move so fast sometimes we get caught up in the day to day and those special moments can pass us by. Catch up with some old friends, book a retreat (!) workshop or start a new project.
  • Bring your green inside. The garden might be on the turn but there’s still loads of homegrown veggies that you can plant up in your container garden just now. Or you could buy some indoor plants and help to detoxify the air with these species.
  • Mix up your midweek meals. Have you been eating the same things for a while? What about cooking some new recipes or checking out your local farmers market for some inspiration and the best fresh seasonal food.

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Urban Day Retreats in London

This morning we wanted to share an exciting new side of TUNEOUT that we launched earlier this year. Every couple of months, when we’re not retreating somewhere in the countryside with you guys, we’re going to be running day and half day urban retreats based around London. We realise, for everyone its not always possible to give up the time and money to attend a full weekend retreat but its still super important to our health and well being to take that much needed ‘you time’ even more so when you live in this crazy old city called London! This is really cool for us as it allows us to indulge in all our passions (one of those being helping you to feel better!) The idea is you join us for either a few hours or the full day, we move, we make and we definitely relax. We add in loads of little tuneout treats throughout the day to make you feel extra special and you leave feeling pretty damn fine! No experience is required in either Pilates or craft, and EVERYONE is welcome, you just turn up, as with our retreats and let us guide you through the day. So first of all make sure you subscribe to hear about it first as spaces are limited, then you book yourself in and turn up. Easy peasy. You can find the details of our next one (in November) below, and really we hope to see you there for some good quality tuneout time….

Laura and Katherine x

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M O V E. M A K E. M E N D.

SUNDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2-5PM

Hosted by Laura Hogg & Katherine Pentecost

Venue : East of Eden Walthamstow. London E17

We’re heading back to the lovely East of Eden studio for a breezy autumn afternoon of Pilates, crafting and relaxation. You’ll get all the best bits of one of our weekend retreats squeezed into an afternoon.

Starting the afternoon with an energising and cleansing juice/smoothie, followed by a class designed to get you to MOVE around lots and allow the creative juices to flow. The class is suitable for all levels. Then after a little break it will be time to MAKE. We’ll be getting our craft on and this time making a super cool macrame plant holder. (Similar to the one below) with of course tea and cake (of the healthy variety) Then to finish, time to MEND. A deep relaxation, stretch and mini massages.

Nice yes? We hope to see you there…

To book contact tuneoutpilatesretreats@gmail.com or call 07817604846
Cost £35 per person including all teas/juice and craft material

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Super Easy Homemade Scrub

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Hey, sorry this post’s a little late this week. Its been a busy one, brewing up new ideas for Tune Out Pilates Retreats and we’ve got some really great plans in the pipeline for next year. All will be revealed soon but if you’ve not joined our mailing list then you can subscribe here  and you’ll be first to know. Plus in other exciting news this week, our January retreat in Arundel is now fully booked. Wow, you organised people! We’re really chuffed and our May retreat is now open to book for anyone that’s missed out. Thanks so much…

Anyway onto today’s post. You only have to search ‘body scrub’ on Pinterest to see how popular this stuff is to make and that’s why we love it – its unbelievably easy, its inexpensive, plus you get total control of what goes in to your skin and body. These body scrubs make great gifts (everyone loves a bit of homemade right?) but of course they are lovely to treat yourself.  So here goes…

1. First choose your packaging. We tend to opt for the sturdy Ikea jars. They look great and don’t break the bank balance but you could also use any other tin, tub or glass jars you have lying around.sugarscrub

2. Choose your base oil. Choose skin friendly oils like coconut, jojoba or sweet almond (our favourite). You can play around with quantities but we usually use roughly equal parts of oil and exfoliator.

3. Choose your exfoliator. We love using plain sugar but you can also use demerara, sea salt, baking soda and even oatmeal! Mix both together in a large bowl. oils

 

4. Choose your scent. How do you want to feel? Relaxed? Energised?  Check out this comprehensive list of oil uses but a great combo is simply lavender and peppermint, relaxing yet refreshing.

5. Play around. Try adding raw honey, coffee grounds, dried herbs and zest, anything goes really!

Enjoy and if you do make some we’d love to here about them  @tuneoutpilates

x