Sophie Benge

Ageing Gracefully Nov 19

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NOVEMBER 28th - DECEMBER 1st 2019


As women we start to change in the run-up and during our menopausal years. This retreat offers you a rich experience in the art of 'ageing gracefully'. It gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of your body and your relationship with life from a range of complementary perspectives.

Wherever you are on this very individual path, you can age gracefully, with vitality and purpose. You can shift your thinking, banish mood swings and boost self-compassion and sexual magnetism. It really can be a journey of joyful transformation where you feel more alive and connected to yourself than you ever imagined.

I've brought together five loving and expert women, each with different specialisms, to help you navigate the biological and emotional ups and downs of our changing wisdom, over a long weekend, at a country estate in Kent.

love yourself, love life; feel physically vital and emotionally grounded

This weekend was so much more than I expected. Bring this gift to the world’

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  • learn more about your health and hormones before or during your menopausal years.

  •  experience effective practices to awaken your sensual energy and reconnect with your inner self.

  • receive nutrition advice for living with more energy.

  •  benefit from the specialities of five, dedicated retreat experts.

  •  take part in movement classes, sound sessions and outdoor activities in this peaceful, natural landscape.

  • enjoy profound face and body treatments (extra cost).

  • find a joyful, personal path for navigating this phase of life.

  • escape your daily life and take time for yourself in this luxurious place.



Sophie Benge

Ageing Gracefully is born from my experience with the menopause, from my years working in wellbeing and from my passionate belief that this changing phase of life really can be joyful when we know how to connect with our bodies, with nature, our own wisdom and discernment. It’s not downhill from here. We can be the happiest we’ve ever been. I’m a messenger rather than an expert and I curate my retreats to offer you a broad range of approaches from women I admire, who’ve had an impact on me. And from a visceral belief that you can live in an aligned and fluid way. It’s in us all. I hope you’ll take away something to uplift your life now. And I intend, every time, that Ageing Gracefully is fun!

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Kalindi Jordan

Kalindi has a deep understanding of the human energy system, psychology and sexuality. She helps people tap into, grow and use their sexual energy to enliven all areas of their lives.

Her unique talent comes from 20 years exploring her own and other people’s energy, from her study and practice in Taoism, Tantra, Vedic mysticism, bodywork and being present with life as it unfolds. She is a teacher and guide for a sensual way of living. Her approach energetically shifts negative patterns and emotional pain. Her body-sentient way of working encourages a deeper connection with our bodies, which expands our confidence and pleasure. It is a precious gift.

‘From the moment I met Kalindi, I was instantly magnetised to her. My first thought was ‘I want what she’s got!’ Asselle.

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Dr Annie Neill

Annie is a gynaecologist, with special interest in post-reproductive health. She is an active member of the British Menopause Society (BMS), where she has presented at the BMS annual conference. She is a published expert in the Journal of the British Menopause Society and Post Reproductive Health. Alongside her deep knowledge of Hormone Replacement Therapy, Annie is also an advocate for healthy lifestyle choices and evidence-based information.

Annie’s other interests include sexual health and vulva skin disorders with interest in a holistic approach to physical, psychological and sexual wellbeing.

She is a member of the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine and hosts monthly meetings in Cambridge where she also practices at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

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Jackie McCusker

Jackie is a nutritional therapist in private and GP practice, and formerly at Grace Belgravia. She tutors at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) and consults at the University of Westminster where she gained her First Class Honours degree.

Jackie has special interest in the female hormonal journey and the upsetting symptoms of weight gain, hot flushes, night sweats and lower libido during our menopausal years.

Having come to nutrition as a result of her own health issues stemming from work pressure, stress and poor eating habits, Jackie emphasises vitality and healthy ageing through diet, lifestyle, testing and supplementation. She is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), registered with the British Association of Applied Nutrition (BANT), as well as the Complementary Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTCC). She is often featured in the national press.

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Paola Ferretti Johnson

Paola is a Qualified Practitioner in The Feldenkrais Method, a somatic form of movement, based on principles of physics, neurology and physiology, to relieve restricted movement and chronic pain and improve posture and flexibility.

Paola teaches Awareness Through Movement (ATM) mat classes that focus on sensing, resting and moving to engage the whole body, allowing it to replace old habits with new awareness and function. Her one-on-one Functional Integration (FI) work, with specific yet gentle manipulation, reorganises the body to treat minor aches to serious muscular skeletal issues.

Together with her years as a Pilates teacher, Paola’s Feldenkrais work fosters physical change and greater vitality and emotional wellbeing.

‘Paola, what a wonderful woman. I loved her 1:2:1 sessions and thought she was a miracle worker’. Lucy


Susan Winchester

Susan is a sound therapist, using gongs, drums, crystal bowls, tuning forks and Himalayan bowls, to heal. This form of vibrational medicine embraces different frequencies to release physical holding pattens and blockages and change thought forms and emotions.

Susan came to sound after years practicing as a wellbeing and massage therapist for leading product companies and spa divisions of five-star hotels across the globe, where she has also been an international training manager, on treatment creation and practitioner development.

Her passion for the healing power of sound has led to her to work with doctors, schools and local communities as well as individuals. Thanks to her vast knowledge she blends a range of techniques in her truly unique, transformative experiences.


Each day starts with a nature walk or Feldenkrais with Sophie or Paola.

After breakfast spend each of the three mornings in a group workshop alternating between Kalindi, Annie and Jackie.

Annie shares her medical expertise and information around hormone replacement therapy and self-care in mid-life.

Kalindi takes you through a mix of ideas, meditations, movement and breathing to tap into, play with and fully live the magic of your female body.

Jackie shares details on our body systems and advice on eating to support your hormones and energy levels.

During the afternoons Annie and Kalindi are available to chat.

You’re welcome to book a Functional Integration Feldenkrais treatment with Paola or a ‘sound’ face or body massage with Susan.

There will be time to wander around the beautiful estate and relax in the design-led elegance of Goodnestone.

Before supper we will have an open discussion one day and twilight walk with an enchanted experience on the other.

After supper, it's time to wind down with a sound bath with Susan or enjoy fun, female ‘play’ to further connect with your ‘goddess’ self.


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Goodnestone Park is a privately-owned stately home in Kent and guardian of the oldest cedar tree in England. I’ve chosen it for its elegant interiors, chic detailing, sumptuous bedrooms and beautiful nature. The recently-renovated house is a fine example of Queen Anne architecture; it’s been in the same aristocratic family for 300 years and used to welcome Jane Austen as a regular visitor. It’s a luxurious escape in ancient woodland that touches all the senses.


Amazing experience; it exceeded all my expectations
— Sarah
Absolutely perfect, loved it. Please organise more as so many women will be interested
— Laurence
The retreat gave me far more than I thought. You hit the nail on the head. It’s great to step outside your own world and meet other like-minded women.
— Lucy
Balance of sessions was excellent. Great to share experiences with others on the same journey.
— Wei
The content was great, I wouldn’t change a thing. There was lots to learn but it balanced with wonderful activities.
— Sian


For full programme of workshops and classes, deluxe rooms with private bathrooms and chef-prepared meals:  

‘Queen Suite’: single occupancy £1,750; sharing £1,100 (super-king only)

‘Princess Rooms’: single occupancy £1,500; sharing £1,100 (super-king or twin)

‘Goddess Rooms’: single occupancy only £1,250 (king)

We welcome 13 guests. Feel free to talk with me about room options.

Paola and Susan offer private treatments. There are a limited number of sessions, booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost: £70 and £80; +44 7951056609 


Goodnestone Park, Goodnestone, Kent CT3 1PL:

  • 2hr, 15 min drive from central London.

  • By train from Victoria to Adisham: 1hr, 40 min plus a 10 min car ride.

  • By train London stations to Cantebury: journey times vary from 1hr to 1hr 40 min followed by a 30 min car ride.

Arrive, November 28th between 5pm - 7pm

Depart, December 1st between 3pm - 4pm

Sound massage and facials, and Feldenkrais Functional Integration treatments are booked separately.

I offer you specially-chosen ‘goddess gifts’ to bring you more joy on your Ageing Gracefully journey.


Booking: You can pay in full at the time of booking. If you want to pay in two instalments a non-refundable deposit of £750 per person is required to secure your booking, the balance of which is due up to 30 days prior to the retreat. I reserve the right to cancel your booking if full payment is not received by this time. Bookings made 30 days or less prior to the retreat are paid in full.

Payment is in GB pounds via bank transfer. Other currencies may be accepted with a £25 bank transfer charge.

Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend, for any reason, less than 30 days prior to the retreat you are welcome to send another woman in your place. Otherwise the cancellation policy still applies. Refunds are not offered but funds may be transferred toward another retreat.

In the unlikely and unfortunate event that the retreat has to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond my control, I will give as much notice as reasonably possible and offer alternative retreat dates. I will not be liable for any other costs and expenses incurred in this case.

The Retreat: Please note neither Goodnestone Park nor myself are responsible for any loss or damage to your belongings while on retreat.

You are responsible for any breakages or damage to any fixtures or fittings on the premises will be charged with immediate effect. This includes any damage found in your room after check out.

I reserve the right to change the content of the retreat. You attend the retreat at your own risk, I'm not responsible for any medical conditions or concerns.