WIN: Relax like TV star at £1,000 Hellens Manor retreat

Eastenders star Kellie Bright as Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter
Eastenders star Kellie Bright as Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter
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Eastenders actress Kellie Bright likes to unwind at Hellens Manor and we’re giving you the chance to win a £1,000 weekend stay at the holistic retreat.

Eastenders actress Kellie Bright likes to unwind at Hellens Manor and we’re giving you the chance to win a £1,000 weekend stay at the holistic retreat.

Eastenders star Kellie Bright with her onscreen hubby played by Danny Dyer

Eastenders star Kellie Bright with her onscreen hubby played by Danny Dyer

We have teamed up with Brighton Pilates Studio to offer one of you the chance to win a fully paid package, from November 7 to 9.

The prize is for one, cannot be transferred and there is no transport to the retreat in Ledbury, Herefordshire.

But the weekend stay is worth upwards of £1,000.

And it promises to leave you feeling rested and recharged.

Kellie, whose Eastenders character is currently at the centre of an emotional draining sex assault story line, says she needs to escape from the role to unwind.

The full-time working mum told us: “I often have my head in a script, I try to clear my mind as much as possible and take some time to stop.

“Hellen’s Manor is a very special place and I have been fortunate enough to spend some time soaking up its beautiful atmosphere in the past. I’m sure the Evolve retreat will be the most nurturing of weekends. I’ll definitely be on the next one!”

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For a chance to win our prize, read below.

Hannah Watkins, Ana Barretxeguren and Tansy Blaik-Kelly are a renowned trio of movement teachers and therapists from Brighton Pilates Studio, and lift the lid on why, over the past 10 years, so many more people are now exploring a deeper understanding of mind and body.

”In the busy world in which we live people are stressed and running on adrenalin a lot of the time, and often not much else,” Hannah said.

“Taking time to connect back with yourself and becoming aware of how you are feeling is key to creating a happier, healthier you. And at the heart of this is taking time to breathe it sounds so simple but it’s the most basic human survival function, and we do it for a reason.”

”People are rapidly recognising the benefits of holistic therapies and wellbeing as being essential for a healthy mind and body there have been huge strides made in people’s awareness of this,” says Tansy, “no doubt aided by celebrities bringing holistic thinking to the fore.”

With the government now recognising the value of wellbeing too, its popularity is only set to increase. “I think that’s true,” Hannah continues. “You can now find alternative therapies on the NHS, which is wonderful. But there is still a long way to go for starters, we would like to see mindfulness and yoga on the national curriculum in schools. That would be a major move and something that perhaps isn’t too far away.”

And the good news for those wondering where to start is that there are a range of classes, resources and retreats accessible to anyone of any age who wishes to get involved.

Tansy added: “Whether embracing yoga, Garuda, Pilates, myofascial release, or simply the chance to throw off the cobwebs for an hour or a day, or a whole weekend, exploring holistic thinking and wellbeing is about going at your own pace. And the result is seeing people really grow in health, in confidence; exploring and discovering so much about themselves and being in the best shape of their lives. Who wouldn’t want that?”

For a chance to win our prize, read on.

Top six tips for those looking to considering embracing wellbeing and self-improvement for the first time:

1. Learn to listen to your body and begin to understand how it’s feeling

2. Take time to breathe, and bring awareness to your breath

3. Exercise mindfully

4. Take time to enjoy healthy, nutritious food

5. Take up a hobby

6. Laugh like there is no tomorrow


What is in store for those who attend?

Ana explains: ”The retreat idea came about as part of a plan to get away and spend a bit more time together.

“We feel the practice doesn’t finish in the one-hour class, it carries on with us. Our practice feeds into our everyday habits, our relationships, our choice of food, our movement patterns, our emotions...

”This weekend away is a chance to hide away in a magical space, spend some extra time exploring movement, going for peaceful walks and resting.

”We will have six classes (comprised of Pilates and Garuda), delicious healthy organic vegetarian food, walks in the beautiful grounds and plenty of rest. There will be a tour of Hellens Manor and on Saturday evening Prosecco and pudding will be served in the music room by a roaring fire. Myofascial release treatments with Ana will be available as an optional extra”.

For a chance to win the fully paid weekend retreat enter our competition by post, email or Twitter.

Post your details to Hellens Manor Competition, StarCompHM, Graham Walker, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1PU.

Email your details, with StarCompHM in the subject field, to

Or follow Digital Editor Graham Walker on Twitter @GW1962 and tweet him with #StarCompHM.

Deadline is Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 12 noon. Usual SNL rules and data terms, as below.


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