South Downs 2020

9th – 11th October 2020

South Downs 2020

Enjoy the awe-inspiring landscape, either fireside through the arched window in the library or breathing in the wide skies and sea air up on the Tor grassland. Firle Beacon is one of the highest points on the South Downs and rolls back to the track from the door. Its no coincidence that Virginia Woolf, Maynard Keynes, T.S.Elliot and other visionaries took their inspiration from wandering the wild ancient landscape to escape, muse and reflect. 

During your retreat, you will have the chance to enjoy the locale outside of your practice, either by relaxing in a hammock, walking the Downs, visiting Charleston, enjoying a holistic massage or unwinding in the cedar wood sauna.

There are plenty of secret spaces to escape and allow the quiet to take hold and lose the inner chatter of a busy life.The walking routes are many and over varied ground suitable for all levels. Guests with creative leanings, will no doubt be inspired by a visit to Charleston Farmhouse.

As we transition into winter join Fotini this Autumn for a weekend to restore and reflect, taking the opportunity to ask “Ok, so where am I at?”. Just like nature, shedding layers for the process of change to begin. Surrender to whatever may surface and serve the body and soul with whatever it may need. Hosting a varied programme of yoga classes, along with guided relaxation, great vegetarian food and opportunities for holistic treatments.

Alongside our daily physical practice, we will be focusing on yoga nidra and pranayama, and will have a room available for your use at any time to explore your own meditation.

Learn more about Tilton House here.


Daily Schedule


3pm. Arrival.
5.30-7pm: Yin Yoga + Yoga Nidra
7.15-8.15pm: Dinner
Free time


7.45-9am: Dynamic Yoga class
9.15-10am: Breakfast
12pm-1pm: Movement Workshop
1.15–2pm: Lunch
2-6pm: Free time to relax, walk, or enjoy holistic therapies
6.00-7.30pm: Yin Yoga + Yoga Nidra
7.30-8.30pm: Dinner


7.45-9am: Dynamic Yoga class
9.15-10am: Breakfast
12pm-1pm: Yin Yoga
1.15–2pm: Lunch
Free time
3pm: Depart.

Your Teacher

Fotini Vasilopoulos

Fotini takes a holistic approach, teaching a dynamic style of yoga, incorporating all elements, focusing on the body/mind/breath connection. She discovered yoga in her early 20’s mainly Astanga. Finding that Astanga was heavily focussed on physicality, she began to explore other yoga techniques such as breathing practices (pranayama), deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and meditation of the Triratna order.

In recent years, Fotini continues to explore the body/mind/breath connection through other movement modalities such as Tango, Contemporary Dance, Fighting Monkey and Flying Low.

Fotini’s viewpoint is traditional yet non-dogmatic with a depth of knowledge that is steeped in years of practice and study in the Astanga tradition and dance. Her determined yet mindful approach allows students to learn in a calm and safe environment without compromising progress.

Devoted to bringing the practice of yoga and meditation to all ages and communities, she also teaches at inner city London schools ( and offers community classes in inner city London.

Fotini is a certified adult yoga teacher (RYT200hrs) also specialising in children’s yoga (RCYT) and Yoga Nidra. She has completed Level 2 Award Course in counselling skills for working with Children (Access) accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).  She is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Education Psychology at The University of Cambridge to complement her teaching work with children and adults.


from £395 per person
(payment plans available)

Included in this price:

2 nights’ accommodation at Tilton House

Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner

Daily yoga classes

Not included:

Transfers: the nearest train stations are Berwick or Lewes.

Optional Add ons:

Holistic treatments

How to get here

You can use SAT NAV for the bulk of your journey, but please be advised it does not work once you leave the A27.  Too many cars have ended up in ditches by following the voice of their sat nav!

Here is what you need to know:-

Take the Charleston turn off of the A27, just past Middle Farm if coming from the west. Follow the broken private road, but go PAST the turn off for Charleston Farmhouse, after which the road bends left, with the South Downs on your right. You are now driving between two fields. As soon as you reach a barn directly in front of you, take a small track LEFT. Drive slowly and continue on to the end and onto a gravel driveway. You are at Tilton House. Park up.


It’s not that easy to get to us by public transport, but here are some options.

Take a train to Lewes (direct from Gatwick or Victoria), then take a taxi to us with GM Taxis +44 (0)1273 473 737 for about £18.


Take a train to Lewes (direct from Gatwick or Victoria) then walk down to Lewes bus station and take the 125 bus alighting at Charleston Farmhouse Drive on the A27.  You then walk a mile down the track to us – look out for Cezannes’ in the hedge !


Take a train to Berwick Station and ride (mountain bike not road bike) to us. Should take about 20 mins via the Old Coach Road.

We do NOT advise cycling on the A27 at any point.

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