About us

Our team – Sue, Mandy and Chantelle

Our background is in nursing and charities. We formed a community interest company in 2017 to provide activity based retreats and after some effort received funding to provide the retreats to carers and bereaved people fully funded for a year.

We are passionate about providing a space for all people to come and have time for themselves when feeling under pressure or just need to relax.

Funding provided by the National Lottery and also funded by The Rothley Trust.

U Retreat Community Interest Company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales.  Reg No.  11178214

Our Instructors

Anna Little

Anna is a qualified instructor in Pilates and intrinsic Biomechanics.

She has a passion to see people living life to the full and have health and fitness to be able to do so, no matter what their age or level of fitness.


Louise Mackenzie

Louise is an artist and researcher who was born in Edinburgh but is now based in the North East. She recently undertook a PhD in Fine art at Northumbria University. She creates installation, sculpture, performance, sound and film works, and runs creative workshops for all skills and ages. 


Laura Ridgeon

Laura is a qualified Hatha yoga teacher with both the British Wheel of Yoga and Integral Yoga Institute.

Hatha yoga offers an adaptive practice suitable for all abilities and beginners.

Yoga will help you release physical and mental tension and leave you feeling calm and refreshed.


Sarah O Dowd

Sarah is a landscape artist from Northumberland who, after doing an art foundation course at Sunderland University, went on to gain a B.A in fine arts at Newcastle University. Her art work is strongly personal, contemporary, subjective and even romantic.