The Yoga of Caring

A 7 day Yoga retreat for Parents of Children
with Special Needs


The Yoga of Caring

A 7 day Yoga retreat for Parents of Children
with Special Needs


Is a major part of your life spent caring for other people?
Do you often feel overwhelmed?
Are you a mother or father with children who need extra care and support?
Do work in a job that requires a lot of giving and feel you need to recharge your batteries before you can give more?


So often we get caught in caring for others we forget make time to step back and care for ourselves.

Every day you show up to tend to the emotional and physical needs of another person.
Yet how often do you consider your own needs?

We strive to be better parents, carers and givers and yet when do we take time for self care?

This seven day Yoga and relaxation retreat is about being with like minded people, doing wonderful Yoga and learning invaluable self care skills.


What's it about?

What's it about?

Being a parent isn't a job or role we can walk away from.

But to take a break for a few days is something we all dream of and yet so few of us ever do.

As a mother of two dear boys, one with autism, the first time I left my family to go on a training course I felt I was the most selfish person in the world and the worst mother ever.  
I was worried other people would judge (especially my own dear extended family) and that the world would collapse if I wasn't there to hold it up.
Yes, I think I probably was judged, but I've learnt that what people might think if me is none of my business.
And no, the world didn't collapse. In fact the world learned some valuable coping strategies and had some fun without me.

And I completely understand how finding some time to be alone or to go on a night out with friends can feel like you're organising the Olympics, so a week away might seem impossible.
But I can also tell you from my own experience that the effort to set things up and to organise your network of friends and family to step in for you is worth every second.


Words from a recent Yoga of Caring student:
"Sarah’s workshop really opened my mind (and heart!) to a new way of being. She offered several practical ways I could enrich my busy and often overwhelming lifestyle by taking time for myself, in small, manageable ways.  I’m now determined to put these changes into practice.  I hadn’t realised how much I was neglecting my own self-care.  I feel rejuvenated, energised and inspired by her warmth and gentle guidance.  She is also very down-to-earth and explained everything really well. Thank you Sarah!!"
Bethan morgan

That first time away, learning something new and being with other people renewed me in a way I could never have imagined before leaving.

I have since gone away on a few more trainings, and on retreats, and know that my whole family has benefited.
My husband Charlie had many special moments bonding with our kids. And he realised first hand how much hard work goes in to being the primary carer.
He now appreciates the patience and hard work that's involved in our kind of parenting.
My friends who helped me out have since had some time off themselves as I've been able to step in for them.

My younger son describes his experience of my time away as, 
"Funny bedtimes, pillow fights, loud music and ice cream. But I'm so happy to see you back too."


This retreat will not only be a break, it will also nourish your body, mind and soul. You will have time and space to:

  • Banter with like minded people, joke and share ideas knowing you'll have the time and space to finish your sentences and thoughts.

  • Spend time alone reading, journaling or just napping and dreaming.

  • Relax knowing other capable people are running things.

  • Take time to sort out your thoughts. Reflect on your life. Prioritise.

    Bertram Russell the British philosopher and mathematician said

    "The good life as I conceive it is a happy life.
    I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy.
    I mean that if you are happy you will be good"

    I have learnt that to be happy and have a good life we need to take care of our bodies, minds and hearts.  
    In this retreat you will learn through the teachings of Yoga and positive psychology how to focus more on the good, to tolerate the not so good and through that will build resilience, connection with others and with yourselves.


The Place

The Place

Our retreat will take place at IWP, the International Women's Centre for Peace and Justice, a hand-built by women for women, village-style retreat centre in Mae Rim, about an hour from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. 
The full address/ location is: International Women's Centre for Peace and Justice, Ban Mai, Mueang Phayao, Phayao, Thailand


We will have the whole retreat centre to ourselves.  
You will have 24 hour access to the library, meditation room and living areas. There is wifi access in the main living room.

There is a village nearby within walking- or biking- distance with a coffee shop and small local shops.

Our accommodation at IWP is simple, clean, 'ashram-style' with shared rooms and bathrooms.

There is no air conditioning but the average temperature in November is a very comfortable 24 degrees C or 77 degrees F and all rooms have fans.

Our meals are prepared with love and full of local flavour and amazing fresh ingredients.

Our workshop Sala is set among rice fields. Our guest house is hand-built rammed earth.

We will be surrounded by nature.
A full sky of stars, the noises of tropical birds and insects and lush green vegitation.


The retreat centre can comfortably sleep and cater for 25 people, however for extra comfort and attention this retreat is limited to 15 participants.



Chiang Mai is small and  beautiful city in northern Thailand full of history, temples and wonderful people.  It has an international airport which is a convenient 15 minute drive from the city.
Our retreat centre is about 45 minutes from Chiang Mai.


Here is a video recently made by the people who run this retreat centre.  It was made specifically as a fundraiser for a new site they are planning on building, but it gives you a good idea of the wonderful feel of the centre.


The Yoga

The Yoga


You will not only enjoy great Yoga classes and deepen your practice, you will also learn about the more spiritual side of Yoga, meditation and deep relaxation. 
We'll be looking at Yogic teachings from the Chakras, Yogic texts and stories about Hindu gods and goddesses.
These  teachings are not only fascinating and entertaining, they can be applied to every day life guiding you to a more fulfilled and balanced existence.

You'll learn valuable lessons from the teachings of positive psychology as well as how to bring more creativity and resilience into your life.


"After the Yoga of Caring workshop I felt invigorated, refreshed and yet calm and serene. Sarah made the yoga fun with her lovely sense of humour and encouraging manner. Her warmth and enthusiasm was infectious and she was very welcoming to all. I look forward to attending other workshops hosted by Sarah"  Tassy Moochalla,  Artist 

Each day I will lead you through two blissful Yoga classes.

Our morning sessions will be dynamic and up-lifting. Each morning I will guide you either through a Vinyasa style Slow Align Flow where the focus is flow and fun or a Hatha class where we learn more about individual poses and alignment.

Our afternoon classes will be more contemplative and restorative. As well as more Hatha Yoga we will also explore the therapeutic and meditative  qualities of longer held poses in Yin Yoga.

We'll also be looking at Yoga teachings found in the Chakra system, practical relevant teachings from ancient and modern texts and also take inspiration from some wonderful poetry and prose, old and new.

On our final day I will teach you poses and short sequences that you can practice at home and give you practical tips on how to commit to a simple home practice. 

"Sarah after your Yoga of Caring workshop I felt deeply calm and relaxed, as I always do after your classes and workshops. It was also a great reminder of how important it is to look after yourself, both physically and mentally. I love the way your teaching is holistic. So great for the soul!"
Jasmine Scott, Primary school teacher.


The Teacher

The Teacher


I started practising Yoga 32 years ago, when I was 16, the same age my eldest son Rafi is now.

Yoga helped me when I was young to stretch and lengthen my tight sport addled body. That, and some help with relaxation, was all I needed from it then.

Sixteen years later, my husband Charlie and I moved to Taiwan and soon after Rafi was born. When he was only a few months old it was evident that he was different.

Years later he was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder but at the time we had no idea what the issues were or how to help him, except to love and protect him and follow our hearts.

Having a baby who won’t go to others, who won’t hug you and who seems to be uncomfortable so much of the time is a big worry for any parent, especially when so far from home.

That was when my Yoga practice really began. Yoga became a sanctuary for me.
It helped me to learn patience and tolerance towards others as well as to observe and understand myself. 

I have honed and dug deep into my practice and come back to it daily.
I do Yoga when times are good, tedious, busy or boring and when anxiety about my son- or any other life matter - has me in its grip. 
It soothes and comforts, challenges and stretches me and I know I wouldn't be as patient or aware if it weren't for my Yoga practice and the insight it brings.. 

I want to pass that on to you.


 I have been teaching Yoga for 10 years and am qualified to the highest level with Yoga Alliance US. I teach Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Yin Yoga.

I have lived in England, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Spain and currently live in Singapore. I am the mother of two dear boys aged 10 and 16 who are my greatest teachers.

I love sharing all I have learned from living in six very different countries and cultures, bringing up my two wonderful sons and all I have learned on my 30 year Yoga path.

My passion is to guide others to find their best true selves. 
To guide people to bring creative outlets into their lives, to find a Yoga path that suits them and to and ignite a zest for living life with purpose and poetry.

I strive to demonstrate kindness, skill and above all, love.

"Sarah is very good a picking up on the different levels of her yogis and helps to offer variances for poses, understanding that every body is different and even each day is different for your own body.
Sarah also focuses on the mind-body connection, incorporates meditative and breathing exercises and shares experiences from her own journey as a yogi. I particularly enjoy the pieces of poetry or stories Sarah shares with us they often give me a new perspective or a valuable reminder." 

Roxan Toll- Vice president of ZappiStore.

"I highly recommend Sarah's method of teaching Yoga.  She is professional yet soothing and gentle. I am gaining flexibility in my muscles and joints as well as relaxing my mind,  improving my life holistically. She is the best!"
 Danny Schexnayder - Art Gallery owner

I have been practicing yoga on and off for over 10 years now and can truly say I LOVE Sarah’s style of teaching Yoga. The real point of difference in her teaching for me is the clear, concise, knowledgeable and considered instruction she gives. She has a wonderful way with words and an exemplary duty of care for her students.
Through Sarah’s thorough, expert teaching I now understand poses so much better and pay more attention to turning on/activating individual muscles. Without fail I leave every class feeling alive, invigorated and relaxed!”
 Kirsten Spenser, Hillcrest student


A Typical Day

A Typical Day

Our days will follow this general pattern

7.15- 7.45 Meditation
8.00 Breakfast

9.30- 11.30 Morning Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga
12.30 Lunch

Afternoon free time for massage, bike rides, exploring, napping, reading, contemplation or chatting, sketching, dreaming, knitting- the possibilities are endless!
Excellent local Thai massage therapists are available for 1 or 2 hour bookings. 

4.00- 6.00 Afternoon Yin, Hatha or Restorative Yoga
6.30 Dinner


This is for You

This is for You

This is for you if

  • You are a parent of children who have special needs, difficult teens or simply lots of young children. It is also for carers or the elderly- within your own family or professionally.

  • You work in the caring industry- perhaps as a nurse, therapist, doctor, vet or teacher and would like to recharge your batteries in a beautiful peaceful environment.

This is also for you if

You love yoga and would like to take your practice to a deeper level.
You've done a little Yoga and want to learn more from a patient and experienced  teacher. 
You'd like to integrate regular meditation into your life and would like practice and guidance on how.

You're craving quiet time to go deep, explore and reflect
You need time and space to focus on yourself

You love sharing experiences and being with like minded people
You also want to have some fun!

Please note this is not for you if you have mental health issues, are undergoing intense psychotherapy or are in the middle of a difficult break up or grieving.
As a Yoga teacher I am not qualified to give professional advice outside the realm of Yoga.

If you are unsure about coming, please contact me at


You will Receive

You will Receive


  • 5 early morning meditation sessions

  • 10 two hour Yoga classes.

  • All meals (all vegetarian), from Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast

  • All accommodation (in twin or triple share, basic ashram-style accommodation)

  • Access to bicycles, library, Yoga space and meditation hall during your free time and breaks

  • Land transport from Chiang Mai centre.
    *The bus from Chiang Mai city goes to the retreat centre at 4pm on the 5th November.
    The bus leaves the retreat centre on the 11th November at 11am to return to the city.

    The meeting point is the front parking lot of Wat Suandok, located at 139 Suthep Rd, Chiang Mai. Wat Suandok is a beautiful temple complex and you can buy cool drinks and snacks there if you arrive early. I will be waiting there to greet you!

Not included:

Airfares (or other transport to and from your home to Chiang Mai)
Please note arrangements for flying to Thailand and for getting to the pick up point is your responsibility.

Travel insurance (a requirement)

Thai massage (which can be arranged in the afternoon spare time for a very modest sum.)

Accommodation at IWP is simple, clean, 'ashram-style' with shared rooms and bathrooms.
Meal are prepared with love are full of local flavour and amazing fresh ingredients.
Our Yoga Sala is set among rice fields. Our guest house is hand-built rammed earth.


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Celebration after a recent Yoga of Caring workshop in Singapore.

Celebration after a recent Yoga of Caring workshop in Singapore.

  • Caring for yourself makes you a more patient and capable person.

  • Caring for yourself means you are able to touch other peoples lives in a more positive and meaningful way.

Caring for yourself gives you to a more fulfilled, calmer and longer life.

Spending time away from every day busyness  and commitments means you can step back, take stock and then move forward refreshed and renewed.

"I feel very lucky to have found Sarah as my yoga teacher and I have been attending regular classes with her for 3 years.
She stands out from other teachers I have tried  due to the diligence and care she takes with her students, her attention to keeping it all fresh and interesting and her ability to help you to understand yoga at a deeper level.
She is also a lovely person to be in a class with!”
 Helen Leeder, Occupational and Coaching Psycologist

The bus from Chiang Mai city goes to the retreat centre at 4pm on the 5th November.
The bus leaves the retreat centre on the 11th at 11am to return to the city.

Please note prices are in Singapore dollars. At the moment $1800 SG around £1035.
To convert to your currency please click here.
Please read our terms before signing up.

Your self investment of $1800 Singapore applies until the 20th October when sign up will close.

"I feel very lucky to have found Sarah as my yoga teacher and I have been attending regular classes with her for 3 years.
She stands out from other teachers I have tried  due to the diligence and care she takes with her students, her attention to keeping it all fresh and interesting and her ability to help you to understand yoga at a deeper level.
She is also a lovely person to be in a class with!”
 Helen Leeder, Occupational and Coaching psychologist.

Spend seven days and six nights at wonderful retreat centre, eating amazing healthy meals, practicing yoga and meditation, reflecting, learning with a group of like-minded souls and really taking time for you! 

Enjoy my support and guidance to relax, renew and revive.

If you'd like to Skype me about this retreat and discover if it is the right fit for you, please send me an email at and we can set up a time to talk.

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