Our 7-Day Autumn Equinox Women’s Retreat takes place September 17th to 23rd 2024 in the five-star accommodation of Winton Cottage in the grounds of Winton Castle, in Pencaitland, East Lothian. East Lothian was Scotland’s ‘best kept secret’ as a place to visit (until recently when an article in Marie Claire magazine outed our beautiful region!) and our village is ideally situated just half an hour from the Capital City of Edinburgh and offers an abundance of woodland and river walks and stunning Scottish scenery.


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Your Wild Willow Equinox Retreat Experience

Your Wild Willow Equinox Retreat is a 7-day retreat with a wide range of activities with a clear itinerary provided before booking. Your retreat is a wonderful 7 days of You Time (Tuesday 17th September to Monday 23rd September) with an offer currently running to extend by an additional night following the retreat, for further exploration or relaxation, until Tuesday 24th September FREE OF CHARGE on a room-only basis. Please see the Itinerary below for further details of the itinerary and Meet the Team for more information about the talented practitioners involved in this venture.

During your stay you will be offered an opt-in abundance of activities (as well as plenty of time to yourself and to rest), carefully planned to promote the health and well-being of your body and soul and to help spark you on your journey either in returning to health and fitness or in increasing your fitness and vitality. Your private chef will ensure you are nourished with healthy delicious, optimally nutritious food. You will be invited to enjoy the abundance of yoga offered including Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Hatha Yoga, or a fusion/hybrid of styles to suit the group and individuals.  Creativity is also at the heart of this retreat, with daily creative writing sessions as well as an Art Therapy (with a difference!) workshop. Enjoy regular Zumba dance; a Hypopressive Workshop; a Life Coaching Course (across two Workshops). As well as exploration of the woodlands, river walks, and amenities of the village, your experience also includes a trip to the famous beach town of North Berwick (recently voted The Best Place to Live in the UK by The Sunday Times), and a wilderness Wander-women ‘Light my Fire‘ Experience on Yellowcraigs beach. Your Retreat offers a unique experience to engage body, heart, mind, and soul.

Your 7-day Wild Willow Equinox Retreat Includes:

  • 5-star luxury accommodation in Winton Cottage on the grounds of a Scottish Castle
  • The Retreat is All Inclusive of all meals and drinks (teas, coffees, juices etc) including; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner for seven full days; Daily juicing and healthy sweet treats
  • Your Private Chef (Ryan from ‘Flourish by Ryan‘) will be on hand throughout the retreat to make sure your dietary requirements are met and your nutrition is optimum
  • Your facilitator on site in the accommodation 24 hours a day
  • 1 to 1 video or voice call/s with your facilitator before the retreat to ensure you will receive a personal service and get the most from your retreat
  • Juicing, food preparation, and cooking/meal preparation tips and demonstrations to enable you to continue with a healthy delicious menu at home will also be provided by Ryan
  • Welcome and Closing Circles led by your facilitator
  • Guided walks (and opportunity for exploring yourself) around the beautiful East Lothian village of Pencaitland and freedom to explore the forests, river, gardens, and amenities in the Castle Estate and the local village
  • Daily Mindful Walking opportunities and Creative Writing/Journaling Sessions led by your facilitator
  • Half Day Trip to the Beach Town of North Berwick, recently voted The Best Place to Live in the UK
  • Wild Kundalini Yoga and Gongs Session on the Beach
  • Plenty of time to sleep, read, reflect, relax
  • A Full Harvest Moon Yoga and Gong Bath Meditation Event led by Jo McCoy on the night of the unique Full Harvest Moon
  • Daily yoga sessions led by Yoga and Hypopressive Teacher Janet Baxter
  • Hypopressive Workshop early in the retreat to ensure you get the most out of all your activity on the retreat, and beyond
  • Your Life Coaching Course (spanning two workshops carefully placed on the Full Moon then the Equinox) with life coach Caroline Kirk of Embrace and Evolve
  • Three ‘Zumba on the Grass’ Dance Sessions with Zumba Teacher Sheona. Zumba in the garden grounds of a Castle like you never have before!
  • Your Art Therapy Workshop with a Difference – led by Lynn from Fantoosh Arts. A beautiful, moving, heart-led journey that truly lives up to the idea of the Wild Willow Experience being one of a magical mystery tour of the self
  • Your Wander-WomenLight My Fire Half Day Experience during which you will be invited to enjoy:  Mindful, gentle walking; Forestbathing; Barefoot Walking; Silent Reflection; Meditation; Yoga Play; Making fire; Sea Swimming (optional); and Nature Art on Yellowcraigs Beach
  • An Equinox Experience like no other on the evening of the Autumn Equinox, as Janet and Jo come together to gift you a Blissful Evening of Yoga and Gongs; a night to remember (or to drift into dream to) combining gentle meditative yoga with a Gong Bath Relaxation
  • The inspiring Wild Willow book library (including a range of fiction and non-fiction titles) will be available during your stay and there will be the option to enjoy  inspiring films on your free evenings
  • Beautiful welcome gift and goody bag

The price for this retreat, 7 days all inclusive is £1599 (£533 Paypal Pay in Three), which includes your luxury accommodation, your 7-day all-inclusive wellness menu designed by your chef to support your journey, all activities, workshops, sessions, practitioner input, classes and your facilitator on site 24/7 for you. This also includes support before your retreat and ongoing support after your retreat, etc. Please see your booking page for further information and pricing.

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Nicola Coates-Dutton

Nicola Coates-Dutton


I set up Wild Willow Retreats because I felt inspired to offer women respite from difficult times or busy lives, a chance to care for themselves. I’ve spent most of my adult life caring for others, in an employed capacity – and then as Mum and carer to my three girls. My girls have taught me a lot about life, and about surviving and thriving through adversity.

While gaining my PhD I attended a HolyMama Retreat and since trained as a Retreat Leader on Claudia Spahr’s Retreat Training Certification Programme – LoveField Leadership. I am an honest, empathetic, loving individual, who has put her heart into training in a variety of therapeutic, healing, and fitness settings across the years, including: Jikiden Reiki, Neuro-Linguistic Programming; Hypnotherapy; Fundamental Pilates; and Yin Yoga. 

Jo McCoy

Jo McCoy

Yoga Teacher

Jo’s mission is to support clients who wish to remove their blocks to align with their truth.  She offers services to do this including Workshops, Kundalini Yoga, sharing doTERRA oils and products, one-to-one Therapy work, Intuitive Art and Gong Healing.

Kundalini yoga has profoundly impacted my life. Having practiced yoga for my whole adult life, I feel it is a powerful form, that enhances life on all levels!

  • KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) Level 1 (220 hrs) teacher and am working through the Level 2 modules (Conscious Communication 62 hrs, Life Cycles & Lifestyles – in progress).
  • Member of the Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (KYTA).
Janet Baxter

Janet Baxter

Yoga Teacher

Janet Baxter is a yoga and hypopressive teacher. An interest in yoga led her to teacher training and from there, her yoga journey evolved.  Initially trained in Hatha yoga, Janet’s personal experiences, including pregnancy and motherhood, inspired her to specialise in pregnancy and postnatal yoga. In 2011, she founded BubbaYoga, focusing on pre and postnatal yoga.

As her own kids became older and experiencing perimenopause, Janet became focussed on movements that support and strengthen the body and serve for a long and healthy body and mind in this life.   Janet holds weekly yoga classes for movement and well being, Hypopressive, workshops and retreats.  During her sessions people move their body in the way that feels right for them and  enhance this with breath and awareness. Janet’s mission is to share the benefits of yoga and connect people back to their body, mind and spirit.

Janet enjoys living an active life which wasn’t always possible due to injury and illness. Her yoga and hypopressive practices helped to get her life back and stay on track.   Janet is passionate and so grateful to share the health benefits of yoga and hypopressive.

Caroline Kirk

Caroline Kirk


Caroline is an Accredited Coach with the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists and is a Graduate member of Simply Changing Ltd.

She’s based in East Lothian but works throughout Edinburgh, East & Midlothian and online internationally via her business Embrace & Evolve.

Her education includes a 2.1 degree in Psychology, an MSc in Human Resource Management (With CIPD ), an ILM Level 5 in Coaching & Mentoring and a Level 5 Diploma in Performance Coaching with NLP.

embrace & evolve’s mission is to provide an accessible and affordable accredited coaching service to all. Everyone should have the opportunity to grow and succeed.



Nature Connection Facilitator

Anna from WanderWomen Scotland Ltd encourages women into the Outdoors and enables them to have their space in the male-dominated Adventure world.

Nature has been my happy place ever since growing up in East Germany, a locked-down country. Getting away from propaganda, Stasi spies and political control, getting outdoors meant freedom and truth, even if that meant holidaying in really basic huts, without electricity or flowing water, skinny dipping in all kinds of bodies of water and cooking over fire.

Wild Swimming is my Meditation, Solo Camping is self-care, Yoga is being playful, Silence is where my Creativity gets birthed, and Walking is thinking & problem-solving. Cycling is getting me from A to B, and my competitive side manifests itself in going slower. I love the smell of fire and the sound of rain on canvas. Plant connection is strong, and I forage, appreciate and lay mandalas to practice mindfulness.

This is your opportunity for some time out, a change of scene, connecting with the season, self-care and grounding, reflect on life, connect with nature and with like-hearted women!

  • Mindful, gentle walking
  • Silent Reflection
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Play
  • Beach Fire & Fire Jumping
  • Sea Swimming (optional)


Zumba Teacher

Sheona became a Zumba instructor in 2011 and has taught classes in Edinburgh, The French Alps, and East Lothian. Sheona is very passionate about teaching Zumba and is a much-loved and well-respected local and international teacher. She talks with heartfelt energy and enthusiasm about her love for Zumba and dance.

‘I had attended and enjoyed many dance aerobics classes but it wasn’t until I went to a Zumba class in Leith that I got hooked, the instructor was inspiring and the hall was packed full of people of all different ages, shapes and sizes, shimmying and whooping their way through a workout.  Zumba uses rhythms and dance styles from around the world. Zumba doesn’t feel like a workout, it feels like a party with your friends. Good for the body and the soul, it leaves you feeling invigorated and revitalised. I am passionate about dance and the positive effect it has on physical and mental well-being.’

Sheona also teaches Ceroc and has won team cabaret competitions at the UK and Scottish championships. She has run various children’s dance clubs over many years, including South African Gumboot Dancing. She has previous experience performing as part of her Gumboot Dancing Troop during The Edinburgh Festival.

Lynn Fraser

Lynn Fraser


Lynn Fraser from Fantoosh Sketching is a visual artist and creative well-being practitioner who is passionate about gathering together women, the beauty of wild nature and the joy of art making in playful and compassionate ways. She holds a deep love of dandelions.
She has been painting with therapeutic intent for over a decade and holding creative happenings and workshops for various organisations and clients, almost always accompanied by tea and cake.
Her holistic creative practice brings playful approaches, designed to promote connection to yourself, Mother Nature and to each other. From Nature journaling to Creative arm painting circles, re-connect with your creative flow and give yourself the gift of time, wonderment, self-expression and self-care.


Private Chef

With over 16 years of extensive experience in the hospitality industry, Ryan has cultivated his skills through roles in Scotland’s leading 5-star hotels and as a head chef for Albert Roux OBE. Subsequently, he successfully managed an award-winning restaurant with rooms. Ryan’s unwavering passion lies in creating unforgettable dining experiences that captivate the senses.

Possessing classical French culinary training, Ryan seamlessly combines modern techniques with a deep appreciation for Scotland’s rich culinary offerings. His dedication is centred on infusing flavour into every dish, regardless of its formality, ensuring a culinary journey that harmonises tradition, innovation, and the finest local ingredients.

Flourish delivers a personalised dining experience customised to individual preferences, whether situated at the client’s location or in collaboration with them. The team offers a variety of concepts to cater to diverse dining needs.

The range includes standard 3-course menus to exquisite tasting menus. Ryan and the team skill-fully amalgamate exceptional flavours, captivating presentations, and a high standard of service, ensuring a dining experience that seamlessly combines professionalism and friendliness.