Wasing Rural Estate

Chinese New Year Retreat 10-11th February 2024

Celebrate With Me

Welcome the year of the Wood Dragon immersed in nature at the magical rural estate of Wasing, Berkshire.

Join me, for a weekend retreat filled with Chinese medical wisdom, stunning natural surroundings and nourishing food. 

We’ll invigorate our senses with a wild swim (or toe dip) in the lake, warm up in the lakeside sauna and take a walk in the woodland. 

I’ll share personalised predictions for the year ahead and support your mind and body with acupuncture and qi gong to help you gently move into Spring.

 I hope you can join me.

Jo Darling

Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Exclusive Overnight Stay, Wasing Estate 

Chinese New Year

Learn what’s in store for you in the year of the Wood Dragon. Personalised predictions based on your personalised Bazi (Chinese astrology) Chart.

Immerse In Nature

Experience Wasing’s authentic Scandinavian sauna and enjoy an invigorating wild swim in the woodland lake in the heart of the estate

Overnight Stay

Home Farm (your beautiful overnight accommodation on the estate) you’ll be served up a wonderful, warming and nourishing dinner.

Spring Treatment

Gently ease into the new year with Spring Qi Gong and group acupuncture to help the body and mind embody the new energy and season.

Nourishing Food

Tasty, wholesome home-cooked vegetarian food made with love and care is served up for both lunches and dinner on Saturday.

Spring Self Care

Learn simple Chinese medicine self-care tips and tools to help you embrace the transition from winter to spring.

Welcome The Wood Dragon

Immerse Yourself In Nature

I’ve created this retreat to give you full immersion into nature in celebration of the new energy of the wood dragon. Here’s what you can expect;

Arrive and Invigorate

You’ll arrive at the beautiful Wasing lake, set in the heart of the estate and surrounded by ancient woodland. Invigorate your senses with a wild swim (or toe dip if you’re me!) and warm up in the authentic Scandinavian sauna. Experience the unique exhiliration of cold water immersion – creating feelings of positive physical, emotional and mental health, and deepening social connections.

The Wasing team are on hand to support your wild swim if you’re new to the experience and keep the warm drinks flowing. A warm, homecooked lunch will be served at the lakeside as you relax in nature.

Relax and Unwind

After a short walk through woodland to the Wasing Cricket Pavillion you’ll enjoy gentle movement and breathwork to help you relax and restore your energy further. The pavilion has underfloor heating and all the yoga props to keep you comfortable and allow your mind and body to completely let go.

Cosy Up At Home Farm

Settle into your comfortable overnight stay, enjoy a delicious, 2 course home cooked dinner. Take your place in the sitting room with the wood burning fire ready to hear about the new years predictions. You’ll receive your own personalised Bazi (astrology chart) and hear about what might be instore for you in the coming year.

Retire to bed, rested and relaxed ready for a good nights sleep.

Chinese Medicine Spring Treatment and Self Care Workshop

On Sunday after breakfast we’ll make our way back to The Pavilion where you’ll receive acupuncture (in the group) which includes a seasonal point chosen for its ability to ease you from Winter to Spring.

I’ll share Chinese medicine self care tips to help you take care of yourself in Spring and we’ll practice Spring Qi Gong, a simple moving meditation suitable for everyone.

Lunch and Departure

You’ll enjoy one last delicious homecooked meal to set yourself up for your onward travels.

Leave the retreat rested, restored and revitalised with a toolkit to guide you through Spring with ease.



Chinese New Year Celebration Retreat Prices &
What’s Included

Payment Terms


If you would like an ensuite bedroom it’s advisable to book and pay as soon as you can as it won’t be possible to hold rooms. To secure your room please either pay in full or pay a £200 deposit via paypal to jo@menopoised.co.uk. If you’d prefer to pay via bank transfer email me for details. Deposits are not refundable but you can transfer them to another person. Full payment is required by 30/11/23.


All rooms are shared occupancy, if you are travelling solo and are interested in either sharing with another retreater or paying a premium for solo occupation please email me jo@menopoised.co.uk.

Travelling To Wasing

 The Wasing Estate is based in Aldermaston, Berkshire. It’s easy to reach by road and is in close proximity to a number of train stations. Theale,  Newbury,  Reading,  Basingstoke are all around 25 minutes away in a taxi.

There is plenty of parking on the estate.


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