Annette Boden MSc

Natural awakening

Natural awakening: a programme of mindfulness, yoga, meditation and self-compassion

Facilitators Annette Boden MSc Integrative Hypno-psychotherapist and ‘Trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher’ , and Summer Phillips BAPgC SYT Senior yoga teacher have joined together to bring you unique and uplifting one day workshops and well-being retreats incorporating mind, body and emotional well-being.

We bring together a culmination of over 17 years of training and expertise to share with you a programme to lift your energy levels, health and well-being physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

The practices of mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and self-compassion are being brought together in a culmination of exercises that will refresh, replenish and rejuvenate.

You will learn techniques that can be then practiced in daily life to restore balance and harmony, regardless of what level your practices are at presently. They are simple and effective with proven results based on sound research.

Disclaimer: Please note our ‘Natural awakening’ programme is not psychological therapy and does not replace orthodox medical care you may be currently undertaking. It is not suitable for those undergoing intensive psychological therapy.


Summer 2018

Summer and I are back together and have a wonderful new two-day series of uplifting and empowering retreats.

These can be stand alone or you can complete both and there will be ‘home practice’ in between
“Journeys, adventures, your story”
The practices of mindfulness, movement, meditation, and self-compassion are brought together in a culmination of exercises that will refresh, replenish and rejuvenate.

Where: At Disley Quaker meeting House

When: Saturday 4 August and Saturday 1 September
10.00am – 4.45pm:
Cost £50.00 payable in advance of each day secures your place. If you complete the two days as a series  – £85 for both payable in advance of the first day secures your place.

Lunch: As always please bring vegan food to share.

Places are limited and booking up fast so get in touch ASAP if you would like to attend!
Places are limited and can be reserved for a non-refundable but exchangeable deposit of £10 or 20 for the day workshop/retreat.

Some information from Summer from our Facebook event page

‘Journeys and Adventures: Your life story..then, now and onwards’
A Natural Awakening Series of 2 workshops facilitated by Summer Phillips and Annette Boden.

“Do you wish to throw off that which holds you back, such as habits and thoughts which repeat? Would you like to step into achieving dreams and enhance the story you are creating? Or just celebrate the creations you have weaved thus far? If so then these days are for you!

Attending both sessions to chart progression is recommended yet, if unable, you can also attend a single day as a stand alone session.. The second date is Sat 1st Sept 2018.

These will be practical and reflective days, please bring a notebook (one you can keep handy in your day to day life), a pen, and a comfy cushion or yoga mat (there are cushions at the Quaker House, and a blanket if you feel the cold when meditating.
We will take some physical movement ,however,  this is NOT a yoga day and is suitable for anyone of any ability 🙂

For further information visit
For more information and to reserve your place call Annette on 07753 957371
We look forward to seeing you there!


Summer and I feel so privileged to be able to share our love of all things mindful, natural, and awakening within, every time we work together the roots of growth becoming more deeply planted as we evolve on our path.

Our Castleton weekend retreat was a huge success and we are thankful to everyone who attended and brought such beautiful energy and open-hearted kindness. We are busy putting together our plans for the year ahead.  This will include  a series of day workshops and retreats.

Please register your interest if you would like to attend a Natural awakening weekend retreat- we will be looking towards Summer and Autumn depending on venue and number of applications we receive.

Here’s just some of the comments about the Castelton weekend in April 2015  !

“A huge thank you for an amazing weekend retreat in Castleton Spring Retreat 2015 -there wasn’t a single bit I didn’t enjoy and I met some amazing new people.

Feedback from previous Natural awakening retreats


Here’s what people shared with us  January 2015:

“It was brilliant 10/10″

” I needed a bit of me time and to do something different. This day seemed to tick all of the boxes!”

“I have enjoyedallaspects of the day. Thank you Annette and Jill. Namaste. 10/10”

“I attended this day because I have really enjoyed previous events and benefit greatly from all the sessions. I have gained a s ense of balance and calm – feel more centred and good to feel on track. 10/10 XXX”

“I have been to previous days and I just love all the contents…a sense of peace and harmony, friendship, uplifting positivity and energised. Lovely. Thanks. Brilliant. 10/10 ”

“A very inspiring and restful day. 10/10”

November 2014

Here’s what people shared with us from the November 2014 day:

“Another thoroughly enjoyable day, I feel ready to tackle the winter now! Thank you Annette and Jill”

” I feel relaxed and calm, uplifted and invigorated. Thank you for such an enjoyable day”

“I feel so uplifted, much more supple, enriched and very grateful to have been able to attend. Thank you so much”

September 2014

Here’s what people shared with us from the September day:

” I feel energised and relaxed, Thank you for a lovely day-fantastic!”
“Thank you so much for the really lovely enriching day…I am truly grateful, and thankful,  and blessed to have such a treat”
”  feel like a new woman. I walked in tired and blue and came out shiny and new. Just what I needed on every level. I will be definitely coming to future workshops”
“I liked the venue, you were welcoming on arrival, fab facilitation, well- paced and spaced, just the right level for yoga, very interesting.”
” I feel peaceful, shiny and bright, energised, stretched, inspired, open, in touch with nature and my higher self, connected”
” I already enjoy the inspirations of Jill, however, when she gets together with Annette, the power of their combined understanding and knowledge is enlightening to the heart, soul , and body”
“Thank you for a wonderfully uplifting day. Namaste!”

on 07753 957371




A compassionate note

As  Summer and I want you to get the most out of workshops and retreats- we want the very best for you! We would like to emphasise that our ‘Natural awakening’ day workshops and weekend retreats are a combination of yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and self-compassion practices. They are not a replacement for psychological therapies and we do not offer psychological intervention as such.

‘Natural awakening may not be for you if If you have recently received or are currently receiving treatment from a psychiatrist, psychotherapist or counsellor for an ongoing mental health problem. Also, if you have recently or are currently going through a traumatic life event, this may not be the right time for you to attend our workshops or the intensive weekend retreats.

This very much depends on your current psychological health and the support networks that you have around you, such as friends, family and mental health professionals.

We can advise more or let you know when you get in touch for more information/ are thinking about booking a place.

The workshops and retreats are concerned with personal development and well-being and learning skills and techniques to enhance the quality of your life and deepen your practices.