Adventures in bread & yoga on our luxury weekend retreat!

If you’re feeling the need to get away from it all, then do it with Stretch+Knead! Following our fabulous workshop in Bristol (see below), we are offering a luxurious weekend from May 8th-10th at the stunning Old Great Marlborough House, near Abergavenny.  Set in its own beautiful grounds, we still have several accommodation options available, including a couple of premium rooms with en suite bathrooms and roll top tubs – perfect if you are celebrating  a special birthday or anniversary.

What can you expect?

– lessons in sourdough baking and other foodie treats with Elisabeth Mahoney of Cardiff’s One Mile Bakery

– twice daily yoga classes & help with stress management from Empower Yoga’s Tracy Johnson

– a walk with Forage Fine Foods and a chance to cook what you find

– nutrition talks from Tracy, a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

– a delicious Saturday night feast, featuring local produce and wines

– plus: make use of the tennis court and indoor swimming pool, and take plenty of time out to just relax.  There is a beautiful conservatory to curl up in with a book, or you can explore the lovely grounds.  There is also the option to book 1:1 sessions with Elisabeth or Tracy.

Prices start from £350 per person, including accommodation, all food and drink, and all your group classes (1:1 sessions are extra).  Email stretchandknead@gmail.com to book or for more information.

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(The conservatory and lovely log fire at Old Great Marlborough House.)

Bristol day workshop

We had a fabulous day at Bristol’s Hamilton House! With use of a professional kitchen and a beautiful, bright yoga studio, we were able to deliver a great day of bread making and vinyasa flow to our happy guests. Someone loved it so much they booked immediately for our May weekend!

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Stay posted for more Bristol and Cardiff dates!

Want to get in touch? Email stretchandknead@gmail.com & follow us on Twitter @stretchandknead

Welcome to Stretch+Knead!

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The brainchild of Empower Yoga (Bristol) and The One Mile Bakery (Cardiff), Stretch + Knead is a totally new concept in wellbeing classes and retreats. Uniting the restorative and personally enriching power of both yoga and baking, Stretch + Knead is all about the luxury of taking time out of our crazily busy schedules for expert tuition in two fields which are wonderfully complementary. Whether you are stretching into a pose in yoga, or kneading bread dough to make a gorgeous handmade loaf, the cares of the day just melt away and you can’t help but focus on the moment. And both practices, taught in small groups and with the emphasis on fun as you learn, will leave you feeling amazing.  Classes are suitable for any level of ability in both baking and yoga.

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Day Classes – Bristol dates now booking!

Our day classes (upcoming date: Saturday 11 April, Hamilton House, Bristol) begins at 10am and end at 4.30pm. You will get: two vinyasa flow yoga classes (one 90 minute dynamic practice in the morning and a fabulous hour-long relaxation session in the afternoon), two baking sessions (including our secret recipe Yoga Loaf), a healthy juice and snack for elevenses, a delicious buffet lunch, a superfood cocktail or mocktail and decadent baked treat in the afternoon, and all your baking to take home and share with family and friends. Yoga mats, recipes and Stretch + Knead aprons are provided, and all your food and ingredients are included. Places are strictly limited so book today! It’s the perfect birthday, anniversary or hen party experience!

Cost: £125 per place.

To book: simply drop us a line at stretchandknead@gmail.com and we will arrange an online payment.

What our guests say:

‘Awesome day spent in the care of @brainboxcoach and @onemilebakery feeling content, limber and well fed. Doesn’t get better #stretch+knead’ @rhyspearceone

‘What a fab day @stretchandknead with @brainboxcoach and @onemilebakery!’ @CardiffGirlBlog

‘One of the most stimulating and fun days this year – I urge you to go!’ (Judith Jones)

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Relax and restore with our luxury weekend Wales retreat

We’re hosting a fabulous weekend retreat from 8-10 May at the stunning Old Great Marlborough House, Monmouthshire!  We will offer two yoga sessions a day (a morning energising practice and a later one to soothe) plus lessons in sourdough baking, healthy eating and nutrition talks, foraging walks and plenty of time out to just…relax…. Prices vary depending on your choice of accommodation, with an optional third night at a significant discount. And did we mention the indoor swimming pool and open fires? Perfect for celebrating a special occasion or anniversary!

To book, email us at stretchandknead@gmail.com Your place is secure on payment of your deposit (one third of the overall cost).

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Your hosts

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Tracy Johnson (left) is the founder of Brainbox Coaching and Empower Yoga, and is based in Bristol. Tracy is a 200 hour hatha and vinyasa yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance, and her dynamic, confidence-building classes are held at the Bristol branch of Sweaty Betty.  She specialises in confidence coaching for the workplace, is an Integrative Nutrition health coach and an accredited self-defence and personal safety instructor.  Tracy enjoys a successful writing career and is the author of the graduate careers guide Working in Science, and co-author of The Coaching Gurus.  She has also been featured in BodyFit Magazine, OM Yoga Magazine, the Bristol Post, Happiness+Wellbeing Magazine, and is a regular expert careers panellist with the Guardian. A former academic, Tracy has made a highly successful transition into the world of yoga, coaching and wellness, and is a highly regarded and inspirational teacher who has supported many clients in taking positive steps towards a happier and more fulfilling life.

Elisabeth Mahoney (right) is an academic turned journalist (The Scotsman, The Sunday Times, The Guardian) turned baker and entrepreneur. In 2012, she launched The One Mile Bakery in Cardiff, delivering handmade bread, soup and jams by bike to subscribers within a mile radius of her home. Since then, she has taught over 1300 people in baking classes in her kitchen. In 2015, One Mile Bakery is expanding across UK cities to form a network of micro-bakeries delivering exceptional bread and teaching Britain to bake. She is also working on a book about food and love – with OMB recipes for a happy, healthy life – that follows on from the TEDxCardiff talk she gave earlier this year.

This duo goes back a long way: Elisabeth was Tracy’s PhD supervisor at Aberdeen University in the mid-1990s. Both have changed careers quite markedly in their 40s, and are now working on this new venture which combines their key passions in a unique new business.

Elisabeth and Tracy look forward to welcoming you to a Stretch + Knead event soon!

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Bristol Post interview!

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Elisabeth and Tracy were delighted to be invited to the Bristol Post today and be interviewed all about Stretch+Knead by journalist Kate Edser, who edits the health and wellbeing pages.  We’re going to have a double-page spread (!) in an issue of the Saturday magazine some time in the next few weeks.

This will be a great heads-up for our Bristol workshop that we are holding at Hamilton House on Saturday 11th April.  This is going to be a fabulous day with yoga in big, airy space and the baking tuition in a purpose-built teaching kitchen. The day price of £125 includes two expert bread making classes, two yoga classes (one dynamic, one relaxing), the cost of all your ingredients, a delicious vegetarian lunch, juice and snacks, use of our yoga mats and our exclusive Stretch+Knead aprons! Plus you get to take your baking home to share with family and friends. To book, simply email us at stretchandknead@gmail.com It’s the ideal Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one or a special surprise for Mother’s Day – hand written gift cards are available.

We also have spaces available on our London workshop on April 19th at The Arc, Islington and on our wonderful weekend retreat at Old Great Marlborough House in Monmouthshire, featuring sourdough baking, foraging walks and an indoor pool, on top of which we practise the yoga! Information and booking information from stretchandknead@gmail.com

Get bendy and floury with us soon!

Stretch+Knead your way into spring!

Having very successfully tried out the Stretch+Knead concept in Cardiff, we are delighted to be offering our day workshops in Bristol and London this spring!  Restore and relax with our fabulous baking and yoga classes led by expert tutors Elisabeth Mahoney of The One Mile Bakery and Tracy Johnson of Empower Yoga Bristol and Brainbox Coaching.  The smiles of our previous guests speak for themselves!

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If you would like the Stretch+Knead experience for yourself (or why not buy a workshop as a fabulous gift for someone special?) then drop us a line at stretchandknead@gmail.com for an information sheet with all booking and workshop details.  We will be at Hamilton House in Bristol on Saturday 11th April (£125 per person) and at The Arc, Islington on Sunday 19th April (£145 per person).  Suitable for all levels of baking & yoga experience.

‘Definitely one of my favourite days of 2014.’ HungryCityHippy

‘Feeling content, limber and well fed. Doesn’t get better!’ Rhys Pearce

Get away from it all with our luxury weekend retreat in Wales!

We’re also hosting a fabulous weekend retreat from 8-10 May at the stunning Old Great Marlborough House, Monmouthshire!  We will offer two yoga sessions a day (a morning energising practice and a later one to soothe) plus lessons in sourdough baking, healthy eating and nutrition talks, foraging walks and plenty of time out to just…relax…. Prices vary depending on your choice of accommodation, with an optional third night at a significant discount. And did we mention the indoor swimming pool and open fires? Perfect for celebrating a special occasion or anniversary!

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For bookings and an information sheet, please email us at stretchandknead@gmail.com, where we are also happy to take enquiries about hen/stag or birthday parties, as well as corporate events.

We look forward to hosting you at one of our workshops very soon!

A fabulously festive way to spend a Saturday!

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It was big smiles all round at The Steiner School, Cardiff, on Saturday as we ran our special festive Stretch+Knead workshop!  Our guests baked our secret recipe, super-healthy Yoga Loaf with The One Mile Bakery’s Elisabeth Mahoney, as well as a very boozy stollen to take home and enjoy with family and friends.

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Empower Yoga’s Tracy Johnson also offered an energising morning vinyasa flow yoga class followed by a relaxing afternoon session, before we finished the day with a choice of cocktail or mocktail and a piece of Elisabeth’s parsnip cake. Everyone was excited to see the fruits of their labours lined up and ready to take home, with much posting of proud photos to Twitter!

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Our guest Marian said, “We had a great day. Thank you ladies for having a wonderful idea and making it happen.  I highly recommend any passing readers to book themselves a day. Great fun, great food, great teachers, great take-home bag! :)”

We also took on our first work experience intern – Jenna Freeman, studying English at the University of Bristol, who is interested in establishing her own healthy eating business – and she was a wonderful addition to our team for the day, helping out and getting involved in all aspects of running a Stretch+Knead workshop.

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Want to enjoy your own Stretch+Knead experience?  Our next day workshops will be at Wild Goose Space, Bristol on Saturday 11th April, and then we move swiftly on to The Arc, N1 in London for Sunday 19th April.

For details and bookings, drop us a line at stretchandknead@gmail.com We are also organising corporate events, so do register your interest with us if your team could do with a day of baking and yoga to unwind.

Elisabeth and Tracy wish you all a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year!

A very special opportunity…

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Do you know someone who really deserves a treat? Maybe someone who has been having a tough time or a bad year and would truly benefit from a restorative day of learning to bake fabulous breads alongside an uplifting yoga experience?

We have one very special place available on our December 13th workshop at The Steiner School, Cardiff, for just this person. Send your nomination to us at stretchandknead@gmail.com and tell us who you feel deserves a fabulous day on us!  We will pick the lucky person at 5pm on Monday 8th December.

New venues, new dates!

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After a successful launch in Cardiff this autumn, we are delighted to announce that Stretch+Knead is coming to Bristol on Saturday 11th April at Wild Goose Space, St Werburgh’s, and to London at The Arc, N1, on Sunday 19th April.  We look forward to sharing our very special combination of restorative bread making and invigorating yoga with you in the spring.

To register your interest and for more information about our day workshops, please email stretchandknead@gmail.com.  We also have places available at our luxurious May weekend at Old Great Marlborough House, Monmouthshire; again, please drop us a line for more information about room options and pricing.

Want to know more about Stretch+Knead? You can find us in the current issue of OM Yoga Magazine and on You Tube in a short film made by Buzz TV:

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