Sophie Benge

Ageing Gracefully Retreat

“Absolutely perfect, loved it. We want more” - Laurence Jenkell, guest, 2018

Below details of Ageing Gracefully, April 2019




NOVEMBER 28th - DECEMBER 1st 2019


Details Coming Soon


As women we start to change in the run-up and during our menopausal years. I'm delighted to curate the second in a series of women-only retreats on the art of 'ageing gracefully'.

This retreat offers you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of your body and your relationship with life from different yet complementary perspectives.

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

I've brought together loving and expert women to help you navigate the biological and emotional ups and downs of our changing wisdom over a long weekend in a private country house in Wiltshire.

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

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Dr Amalia Annaradnam

Amalia's special interest is in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and healthy ageing through diet and exercise. She is a GP and partner at The London Hormone Clinic in Harley Street. She also practices at Grace Medical and Wellbeing Clinic in London.

Amalia is a firm believer in preventative medicine, good nutrition, exercise and lifestyle management and blends alternative and conventional medicine in her work with patients.

Following her medical degree she worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and, as a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has practiced primary care in Bristol and London. She holds diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Sexual Health and Reproductive Healthcare.


Elizabeth Cocoann Galis

Coco has a special talent for connecting people to their bodies with practices that take them out their brains and into their senses where great shifts can happen. Her gentle and playful, yet deep approach, helps melt any self-limiting beliefs to replace them with new truths for whatever we desire: freedom, joy, abundance, sexuality. Her work is woven with beauty and sensuality as a means of self-love and liberation.

Coco brings 20 years of practice in contemporary shamanism (master level), energy medicine and the healing arts. Her clairvoyant skills allow her to easily discern and help people let go - always sprinkled with her own magnetic and infectious energy. Dive deep into your senses: dance, feel and move your way into a new paradigm of ageing.

‘The way Coco feels and understands a human soul and her ability to transform is stunning’ Ann Biging, CEO, Healing Hotels of the World


Paola Ferretti-Johnson

Paola is a qualified Pilates instructor and teacher of 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.

Her work encourages new possibilities that foster physical change and greater vitality and emotional wellbeing.

Paola's FI treatment is booked separately at extra charge


Jess Hyde

Jess is a holistic beauty and body therapist using only Neal’s Yard Remedies for their natural potency. She offers guests a Body Massage or Oriental Face Massage, also known as The Natural Face Lift, using different Asian acupressure techniques, together with age-defying frankincense products, for increasing lymph and blood circulation and smoothing fine lines.

Jess adores her work for the relief in stress she sees in her clients both physically and mentally. ‘I love to see, on a daily basis, how people’s perspectives change when they allow themselves time to be pampered. It’s even more important to regain this balance as we mature.’

Jess’ face and body massages are booked separately at extra charge


Every day starts with yoga, Feldenkrais or a nature walk with Coco or Paola.

After breakfast spend each of the three mornings in a group workshop alternating between Amalia and Coco.

Amalia shares her knowledge of hormones, lifestyle, diet, exercise, and details and choices around hormone replacement therapy.

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

One afternoon you will have a private session with Amalia, on the other a one-on-one session with Coco, working at an individual level.

During the afternoons you are welcome to book a face or body massage with Jess and Functional Integration Feldenkrais with Paola.

There will be time to wander around the beautiful estate, rest or take a sauna.

After supper, it's time to dance or wind down with more gentle, group movement with Coco or Paola to further connect with your own energetic self.



Chalcot House is a Palladian manor that stands alone in its own rolling parkland not far from Bath. During your stay, this beautiful family house will be your home-from-home, with sofas to curl up in, fires to relax by and a small sauna in which to get your blood flowing.

All bedrooms are decorated in English Country House style, some have four poster beds and all have long views of the Wiltshire countryside. Some have their own bathroom, others share. There is space - and silence - to feel free and let go.

All home-cooked meals, served round the kitchen table, are prepared in the style of Ottolenghi. This is not a detox retreat.


‘Amazing Experience. It exceeded my expectations’

‘Absolutely perfect, loved it. Please organise more as so many women will be interested’

‘The balance of sessions was excellent. Great to share experiences with others on the same journey’

‘Better than I ever expected. It’s a safe environment with open minded people’

‘Brilliant! Care to detail, and goody bags, were amazing. Would definitely book again.’

‘Beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Very privileged to spend time here'.’

‘I’m more confident than ever in my life. As long as we have the courage and curiosity, ageing is a beautiful process’


Three-day course cost, including workshops, classes, two private session, all meals: £550


Accommodation costs, which vary according to the room type you choose and whether or not you share.  

Super Grand with Ensuite Bathroom: single occupancy £750, sharing £375

Elegant with Ensuite Bathroom: single occupancy £600, sharing £300

Elegant with a Shared Bathroom: single occupancy £400, sharing £200

We welcome 10 women on the Ageing Gracefully Retreat and rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Feel free to talk with me about room options.; +44 7951056609 


Chalcot House is a 2 hour 20 minute drive from London. It’s a 10 minute car ride from Westbury train station where there are taxis (1 hour 20 minutes from Paddington). It’s a 1 hour drive from Bristol airport.

Arrive on Thursday April 4th between 5 and 7 pm.

Depart on Sunday April 7th between 3 and 4 pm.

Face or body massages and Feldenkrais Functional Integration treatments are charged separately.

Amalia and Coco both offer you a 10% discount on your first post-retreat consultation.

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


Bookings are made on a first-come, first served basis on receipt of full payment. Places are limited to 10.

Amendments to bookings may be made up to 21 days prior to the retreat date.

If you are unable to attend less than 21 days prior to the retreat you are welcome to send another woman in your place. If you are unable to attend within 21 days or less prior to the retreat date, due to personal circumstances, illness or conditions outside your control, the cancellation policy still applies.

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.