Frequently Asked Questions

If the answer to your question isn’t here, please call me on 01305 821799 or email me

Can I come on retreat during the Coronavirus epidemic?
March 17th 2020. The new restrictions of ‘only essential travel’ are open to interpretation, but I think for most people, travelling here may not fall into these guidelines. If you consider your healing to be essential, then call me on 01305 821799 and let’s discuss it. As of today, there are still no confirmed cases of Coronavirus on Portland.

What safety measures are being taken during the Coronavirus epidemic?
The house is always kept immaculately clean, but during this time, we are now also cleaning all touchable surfaces with antibacterial wipes or bleach. All towels and bed-linen is being washed and ironed at higher temperatures too. Personally, I am taking great care of myself to stay fit and healthy.

What if I book, then have to cancel due to Coronavirus?
These are exceptional times. During this epidemic, due to the uncertainty, I am accepting a book and pay policy for retreats. Please see my revised cancellation policy.

Are these group retreats?
No, I only take one person or one couple at a time. My time is dedicated to you whilst you are here on retreat.

The retreat is for me personally, but is it possible to bring my partner/friend too?
For personal or broken-heart retreats, yes, your partner/friend can accompany you. They can join us for the early morning walks, breakfast and the meditation. If required, there is a second room. For the Executive Burnout Retreat, I don’t recommend this, but please call me to discuss this as every case is different.

Can I bring my dog? He is very well-trained.
Sorry, I can’t take a dog or any pet. There is an excellent kennels just outside of Weymouth, Valentines who may be able to help you.

Where are the nearest transport links?
Weymouth train station is a short taxi ride away that costs a set fee of £9.50. Trains run directly from London Waterloo and Bristol. Trains from London run hourly. Typically, they take 2 hours 45 minutes. From Bristol, there are regular trains which take around 2 hours 20 minutes. Bournemouth and Southampton airports are 1 hour 30 minutes by car. Southampton airport is next to the London-Weymouth train line. It also takes 1 hour 30 minutes on the train from there to Weymouth station.

I have a long journey to get to Portland. Is it possible to arrive the evening before?
Most of the time, I can arrange this. Please call me to discuss how best to organise your retreat.

I live outside of the UK. How can I pay you?
I have welcomed many clients from abroad. My website can accept most credit and debit cards, even those not issued in the UK. Alternatively, I can give you the BIC and SWIFT codes needed to make an international bank transfer – please ask me for these details.

Is there WiFi in the house?
Yes – there is a fast connection in the house. Please though don’t bring work with you: your retreat is about dedicating your time to you.

I have a special diet. Can you cater for me?
Yes – please let me know your dietary requirements. You are also welcome to bring your own food as well as use my kitchen to prepare meals and use my dining room.

The Jasmine House
4 Spring Gardens
Portland
Dorset DT5 1JG

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