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Mellulah Yoga, Retreats and Holistic Therapy Residential and Day Yoga Retreats at beautiful venues in Dorset. Yoga Classes The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Hazelbury Bryan & Milborne St Andrew Pavilion, Lane End, DT11 0JA Monday evening, Tuesday & Friday mornings. Book a drop in online from £8.50 get your first class FREE. Residential and day yoga retreats in Dorset and the UK throughout the year. Holistic Therapies available with Saira Francis, 5 days a week at Tess Cottage, Evershot Dorset
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • cliff c
    2 contributions
    Healing Mind and Soul
    My wife Penny and I had a fantastic mid-week break at Middle Piccadilly and though the weather was cold the welcome was very warm. Saira is a very patient teacher and even though I had never tried yoga I felt immediately at ease and not pressured to keep up with the rest of the class. The crystal sound bowls and gong bath's were the highlight in my opinion. Also not forgetting Dom and his wonderful Mum Eliana who made us comfortable and fed us such wonderful, energising food without which the exercising would have been a lot harder. I can also recommend the treatments like reflexology, acupressure and Indian head massage to complete the relaxation experience.
    Thank you so so much Cliff! And amazing you have rebooked to back and see us in July how wonderful. It was such a pleasure to share the retreat with you all, so glad you enjoyed all the different aspects of your stay and I have passed on your kindness to Dom and his family team at Middle Piccadilly. Keep up your practice now that you have joined my yoga video channel too!! And I look forward to seeing you both in a few months, huge gratitude Saira
    Written 13 March 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Daisy Snape
    1 contribution
    Wonderful
    Such a fantastic, relaxing and wonderful retreat day in strikingly beautiful surroundings. Saira is so sincere and really puts everything into the day to give you an experience that will never be forgotten. By the end I was literally walking on air.
    Thats wonder Daisy thank you!! Lovely to read and so glad you are enjoying the yoga and retreats, this has been quite a week with the gong bath too!! Look forward to seeing you at the next one and thanks for taking the time to review the retreat day last week at Sculpture by the Lakes! XX
    Written 25 March 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Derryl D
    1 contribution
    Gong Bath
    I really enjoyed the Gong Bath held on Thursday 23rd March 2023 at Moreton Village Hall. It was a wonderfully relaxing experience that I will definitely recommend to all my friends. Really beautiful.
    Thank you Derryl! So lovely to have you both with us and thanks hugely for leaving me a review here. Look forward to seeing you again this week and i hope you can make another gong soon.
    Written 26 March 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Jmwj
    14 contributions
    Bubble of Peace
    Reiki courses with Saira are a delight. Saira is very knowledgeable and passionate about welcoming people on their Reiki journey. I feel like I’m in a bubble of peace when I’m in Saira’s house when doing the courses. Following the courses there is support through email but also through a group chat with others. I highly recommend Mellulah whether you are looking to start exploring healing or if you want to develop and build on healing you already undertake.
    Thank you so much Jackie, beautiful to read this and very kind of you, I'm so glad you found me and have enjoyed your Reiki journey so much, so far. I am sure there is plenty more to come and more time for you to spend here in the cottage. Its been loving sharing all the healing and knowledge with you so far, lots of love Saira xxx
    Written 11 May 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Casey T
    2 contributions
    Total de stress
    I had a wonderful day on the vagus nerve reset day retreat. Saira is so full of knowledge and has a lovely energy. I left feeling a lot lighter and Less stressed , looking forward to the next one .
    Thank you! So glad you enjoyed the day and really looking forward to welcoming you again this week! It will be wonderful to share with you again soon xx
    Written 14 May 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written 14 May 2023
  • Jill B
    2 contributions
    Healing hands Saira
    Last week I woke up one morning with a trapped nerve in my neck, it was excruciating with pain into my shoulder and arm. I couldn’t do anything. As I was desperate Saira managed to squeeze me into her busy day for an emergency appointment which was a miracle in itself. She gave me an amazing massage, one of the best I’ve ever had, and some hands on energy healing. I immediately felt tension dissipating from my body and my mind became still and peaceful. She gave me some very useful advice on how to manage and protect my energy. Saira also has the ability to tune into any energy forms around you and she gave me some lovely messages which have been very comforting. I left Saira feeling heard and held and 100 times better than when I arrived and the pain level reduced from an 7 down to a 3, pretty incredible in one session. You can tell Saira is passionate about her work and she genuinely really cares about you. A true healer in my opinion.
    Thank you so much I’m so glad the massage and healing helped you. I hope you can come again soon!
    Written 4 July 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Catherine H
    29 contributions
    Perfect for respite from a crazy world
    It was the first time going on a retreat for me and I was a little apprehensive. However, I needn't have worried as from arrival I was made to feel welcome and everything was in place for a worry free, stress free time. The food was vegan and once again I had not eaten vegan food but it was all delicious and fresh and beautifully presented. Saira catered for all standards of yoga abilities and made us feel comfortable and able to work within our own limits. The whole retreat was well organised and professional and I would recommend it whole heartedly.
    Such lovely feedback thank you! I’m delighted you came to ya for your first ever retreat, I hope you will come again! We were very lucky to have such a fab venue and caterer! Thanks again and I hope you stay chilled a while xx
    Written 5 July 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Kirstilechem
    Guernsey, United Kingdom1 contribution
    Summer solstice retreat
    The retreat exceeded my expectations, Saira is so knowledgeable and an amazing teacher. I loved the the many hours of yoga and also the spirituality of the retreat, all in such a beautiful setting and with delicious vegan food! So many aspects of this blissful time that I will take forward with me.
    Thank you so much Kirsti! It was gorgeous having you with us for the retreat we were so lucky to have such a lovely group and that divine weather. Hope you can come back soon x
    Written 23 July 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • suha120
    11 contributions
    Magical and super relaxing retreat
    The summer solstice retreat was my first yoga retreat and definitely won’t be the last. I’m already looking to book another one with Saira. The venue at Merkabah was amazing - luxury! the yoga and sound baths were so healing too. The vegan food was great and the digital detox was so refreshing. I very quickly felt relaxed and more in tune with myself. Saira was absolutely incredible she is such a kind and lovely person and the other guests were lovely too!
    So lovely to read this Suha thank you and great that you are trying to book with us again soon, I hope a date works for you before too long. We were blessed with everything we needed that weekend, and I was blessed with perfect guests too! Thank you and it will be lovely to see you again
    Written 23 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Melina
    3 contributions
    Wonderful reiki attunement
    Saira is a lovely, intuitive energy healer who was welcoming and friendly from the offset. Her home in Evershot is a beautiful and rural setting for wonderful reiki training. She is knowledgeable and ensures each participant is involved and heard. I really enjoyed the attunements and am excited to practice!
    Thank you so much, wonderful that you're going to do all 3 courses with me and really looking forward to seeing you again in a month! I will be in touch very soon, sending blessings to you today
    Written 23 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
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jeanine W
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Solo
Completed Reiki III course with Saira and really happy with my experience, lots of energy and really got so much from the course, would highly recommend
Written 9 February 2024
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Dawn Lee
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Solo
Saira’s Reiki 1 course was everything I hoped it would be and more. I felt so comfortable and relaxed in her lovely home with a small group of 8 interesting women.
She fitted so much into the day with enthusiasm and ease, her knowledge about Reiki and a lot of other subjects inspired me so much. I left feeling confident enough to practice Reiki on friends and family and I am definitely going to book my Reiki 2 course with Saira later this year!
Written 11 January 2024
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batty_bladie_23
Weymouth, UK75 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Had such a magical, calm and warm experience on my Reiki 1 course. Would definitely recommend Saira for facilitating this course, if it’s something you want to do, this is the place!
Written 10 January 2024
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Debbie B
Wiltshire6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Just returned from another truly blissful and magical weekend with Saira and her team .The attention to detail to deliver an excellent retreat catering for all abilities . Had a truly amazing treatment with Iona Nunneley a Dorchester based therapist can honestly say one of the best massages I have ever experienced.
Thank you again Saira for a wonderful retreat you really are the best without a doubt xx See you next year xx
Written 19 November 2023
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klahcampbell
Radstock, UK2 contributions
Oct 2023
Very warm and welcoming. and suitable for all levels of yoga experience. A relaxing day which left me feeling lighter with more energy.The cake and tea were lovely and a perfect end to the day Thank you.
Written 15 October 2023
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Thank you, glad you felt lighter and more energised from the day. Do come again another time soon x
Written 24 October 2023
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238dee
1 contribution
Sept 2023
Saira hosted a beautiful day of yoga relaxation meditation sound healing. I have found it to have been highly beneficial and will definitely attend another so can highly recommend 🌟
Written 10 October 2023
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Thank you for this lovely review, it was so nice having you with us and I hope you can join again it would be great to see you soon sometime xx
Written 24 October 2023
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Jo S
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
Sara is so welcoming, this relaxing and releasing retreat in the beautiful Dorset countryside was just wonderful. Thank you so much
Written 2 October 2023
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Thank you so glad you enjoyed your retreat day with me, it was such a glorious weekend I hope you can come again next year
Written 24 October 2023
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Trail05102566215
Bournemouth, UK1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Solo
Saira hosted the most beautiful Reiki II training at her home. It was so many things, peaceful, informative, spiritual and well organised. Highly, highly recommend.
Written 1 October 2023
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Thank you! Its a joy to share the Reiki courses with you all, thank you for coming and being so open to receiving
Written 24 October 2023
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Fran M
Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar6 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
The day spent with Saira on the Reiki II course was just brilliant. A special time filled with light and love. I feel spiritually nourished and uplifted after the course and, importantly, have a new confidence in applying what I have learned to enhance and extend my Reiki Practice with integrity. Very much looking forward to taking this wonderful experience further and becoming a Reiki Master with Saira in November!
Written 29 September 2023
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Thats so great to hear thank you so much for sharing this lovely feedback. Really looking forward to seeing you next week for the third Reiki level, many blessings until then xx
Written 24 October 2023
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730sophie
4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
We went to the Autumn Equinox Gong bath at the Middle Picadilly retreat. A very peaceful location and the temple was beautiful. Saira was amazing as always and created a very welcoming warm atmosphere. We had a beautiful healing experience and felt wonderful afterwards. Can fully recommend Saira's events and therapies as have attended both. Have had incredible experiences through Saira's healing and they have changed my life for the better!
Written 24 September 2023
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Thank you Sophie always so lovely to have you along with us. I love that you have had such amazing experiences and life is better for it, keep going and hope to see you again soon xx
Written 24 October 2023
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