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Feed June retreat feedback

June 29th, 2014

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A relaxing ,learning and beginning to grow process. A really good opportunity to take stock and re-valuate how to achieve the healthy balance in life (my life!).I think its a lovely balance of relaxing, treatments and food.

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Feed Feedback from May retreat

May 29th, 2014

“The therapies exceeded my expectations. The salt glow massage was very relaxing and helped me reconnect and focus on my breathing. Hydrotherapy was a very good choice”.

“I have started with great teachers here, I will need to find a Tai Chi school when I return. I have a basis for standing and breathing &thinking about incorporating Tai Chi in my daily life”.

“I am already thinking of a return visit. Shining tree has been an oasis of thought and space for me”.

Feed Retreat feedback from Spring 2013

June 10th, 2013

1. Accommodation

“Comfortable and peaceful”

“Comfy, warm, peacefully relaxing”

“Comfortable, clean, warm, happy”

“Very comfortable. I had everything I needed”

2. Clinical therapy programme

“Therapies were tailored around my needs and were relaxing- Kim and James knew exactly what would suit me.”

“The improvements was instant. I felt healed and the effect will stay with me for a long time”

“Very personal”

“I now know the nutritional values of food and juices. I also know a lot more about my body and what it needs. I feel the Colon Hydrotherapy benefited me a great  deal”

3. Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation

“Learnt some useful techniques to take away with me”

“Very good and well explained”

“Enlightening, challenging and very interesting”

“Educational, relieving”

“I loved all the classes. I realise what I have been doing wrongly at my yoga classes at the moment and want to learn more about Tai Chi. I feel more balanced.

4. Food and food preparation”

“Wonderful. James is an amazing cook”

“Very tasty, I was introduced to new and yummy food. good for my health and mind. Inspiring, interesting and fun.”

“Yummy and abundant”

“absolutely delicious. It had the added bonus that I knew what I was eating and how it had been prepared”


General comments

“Thank you for the most amazing experience and for sharing your knowledge with me. I could have stayed alot longer. I didn’t know what to expect and came with an opened mind and heart and feel I have learnt new things and a better way of living. Hope to see you again very soon”

“Kind, warm, informative, gentle,healing, enlightening, rich- I feel enriched in all my senses, taste, sounds, smells,feel and eye opening. I got much more than I ever wanted or expected”

” You are both so kind. Your efforts are clear in your action. This was a joy to see and experience & being a part of the happiness with you. The meditation and Yoga was fantastic. The Tai chi was fun.”

“It was a lovely 4 days. I enjoyed being by myself. I loved the food and felt it was for specific needs. The location, grounds especially are fantastic. Kim and James were so helpful and did everything needed. I loved the classes and Kim taught me so much about the food I ate and should eat.                                                                                                                                      I will definitely recommend the retreat to all at my yoga class.”


May 28th, 2012

It is a perfect place to unwind and recharge our batteries! You tailored our stay which was too short ( I know) perfectly. We felt loved and nurtured.
Thank you James, Kim and Shining Tree


May 28th, 2012

I have had a wonderful couple of days + appreciate the balance between care and tranquillity to chill and retreat from life for a few days.
your centre is a gift to all who come here and you both have designed and built a beautiful space- thank you for sharing it!


Feed Retreat feedback January 2012

February 6th, 2012

“Dear Kim and James,

It was lovely meeting you. Thank you for providing such a wonderful place for my much needed “me” time. Although brief, my stay here did teach me some valuable concepts that I will incorporate into my home routine. Keep up the good work, and I hope to return one day- perhaps with a friend.

Take care, Julie. ”

” The experience was very personal. James and Kim have a lot of knowledge to offer on more than just what was involved in the workshops and classes. I feel that I learned a lot of very important things. It was so nice to feel at home and taken care of amidst all my travels alone. I felt I was staying with family which was wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing your home, knowledge and way of life with me, /thanks for taking care of me and making me feel so welcomed in you home! Fiona. “

Feed Shining Tree Retreat feedback December 2011

January 2nd, 2012
  1. How did you find the accommodation at Shining Tree?   Homely,comfortable,warm,real, natural



  1. a). Did the clinical therapies you received meet with all your needs ? and b). did we tailor make a programme for you specifically? Yes to treatments.  Have been exactly what I needed, without my knowing exactly what I needed. I include the food as a treatment. My particular experience has been much bespoke treatment.



  1. How did you find the Yoga, Qigong & Meditation classes that you at Shining Tree? I wanted a robust yoga retreat when I arrived- and I leave with an enormous gift of meridian yoga. Gentle, strong & harmonious. I have been learning the Qigong stances- Embracing the one, Golden tortoise and Golden plates.



  1. Do you think that you have gained enough knowledge to continue the practice of Qigong, Yoga and Meditation at home? Its a start and I’ll include what I know into my morning practise. I will definitely seek out more qigong in London.



  1. How was the food? Awesome.







  1. Do you think you have gained enough nutrition and cooking experience to continue what you have learnt here? Yes, sprouting, soaking, humus, puddings.



  1. Did you enjoy our pool and sauna area? Loved it. – Right temperature, – never too busy, -great for relaxing.


  1. Did you enjoy our woodland gardens? Yes. The tinsel in the tree, the caravan, the incredible sunset while drinking tea in the garden.



  1. We would be grateful if you would give us a general account of your impression and experience while at Shining Tree. A gentle and healing experience I would like to support and share- especially with my father. Thank you for your wisdom and generosity,


Feed Feedback from October retreat

November 16th, 2011

This for me has been a wonderful experience and an important first step. I have felt loved, respected and cherished- thank you for that.I think that my time at Shining tree has been very important to me and I hope to come back.

Thank you both so very much.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          L

Feed Feedback from September retreat

September 27th, 2011

“Fantastically amazing! Much more than what I anticipated! The experience was priceless! You both are amazing human beings with so much compassion and love for all things. It was a great part of my journey! Thank you   Om Santi   xxx  ”

“Your passion and knowledge shines through- a truly lovely & educational 4 days x”

Feed Feedback from our last two weekend retreats

September 6th, 2011

“My therapies exceeded expectations- in time, quality and variety of techniques…….each of our treatments wereclearly tailor-made with thought and care for our individual problems”

“Peaceful, agreeable, excellent care. I am particularly impressed by the loving care and concern manifested by both Kim and James throughout our stay (a good 50 hours)- and their understanding of J’s condition and sympathetic treatment of him. Very many thanks, heartfelt to you both”

J & A,  Sept 2011

“I recieved a warm welcome and immediately felt relaxed. It was definitely a holistic weekend, wearing together diet,lifestyle, tai chi,yoga, meditation and therapy in a lovely environment.

There was a real positive energy about the place that offered me a space to just be and also a sense that it was important to carry this forward in my daily life.. I came away not just with the resolve to adjust my lifestyle, but with the confidence and understanding of how to do it. Thank you!”

Sally, Aug 2011

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