Self-Regulation: A Day Retreat

for Positive Change

Treat yourself to a relaxing and healing Day-Retreat 

Sunday 20th October 2024, 11:00-17:00, South Kensington, London

Know your Emotions Wheel inside out

Crafted by the Akanista creative team to help you navigate your emotional landscape, this wheel offers a visual representation of various emotions, allowing you to expand your emotional awareness beyond simple binaries like “good” and “bad,” or “happy” and “angry.”

We encourage you to take a moment a couple of times each day to glance at this wheel and acknowledge what you’re feeling. Simply observing and naming your emotions can be a powerful first step in self-regulation. Remember the adage, “Name it to tame it, feel it to heal it.”

By recognizing the breadth of emotions you experience, you lay the foundation for deeper emotional understanding. As you delve into this awareness, we’re here to offer guidance on your journey. 

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or constantly in survival mode?

Life can be demanding, and it's easy to lose ourselves in the chaos.

Join us for a special day retreat designed to guide you through a transformative journey of self-regulation. This experience is tailored to empower you with practical tools that can reshape the way you relate to yourself, ultimately leading to positive impacts in your work, relationships, and family life.

What research shows about emotional regulation

Research by Adrian et al. (2011) and Bai et al. (2016) show that effective emotional regulation predicts better friendships, signalling improved expression, understanding, and appropriate responses.

Emotional self-regulation is vital, involving understanding and managing emotions. It helps adapt to the environment, align with goals, and boost mental well-being. Success in emotional self-regulation is tied to gaining independence, developing self-esteem, and crucially adjusting socially and academically throughout life.

Why join our immersive day retreat live in person?

Our immersive day is a dedicated space for addressing the common challenges of modern life.

If you've been grappling with feelings of burnout, anxiety, or a short temper, this retreat is for you. Discover effective strategies to navigate through life's chaos and emerge with a renewed sense of self. The tools you gain will not only help you cope but also foster acceptance and emotional growth.


"Nitima and Karuna are masters of their craft and put together a balanced, comprehensive, and life changing program. And they are both so generous and caring! The combination of meditation, creative work, Buddhist philosophy and therapy was beyond anything I could have hoped for. I HIGHLY recommend doing a retreat with Nitima and Karuna and Akanista Holistic Wellbeing."

Annabel Barst

Securing your space here

Key Topics Covered:

🧘 Mindfulness Practice:

Begin your day with simple yet powerful mindfulness exercises. These practices aim to increase your awareness, breaking free from autopilot thinking that often dominates our daily lives. By creating space for intentional living, you can set the foundation for a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

🤔 Understanding Triggers:

Identify the stressors and triggers that impact your life. Equip yourself with practical strategies to navigate through challenging situations, whether they involve upcoming events or personal relationships. By understanding these triggers, you can prepare and respond with resilience.

🌬️ Breath as an Anchor:

Explore the profound connection between your mind and body through breathwork. Discover the calming power of conscious breathing as an anchor during stressful times. This simple yet effective technique can bring you back to the present moment, providing a source of stability in the midst of chaos.

🔄 Respond, Don't React:

Learn the art of responding thoughtfully instead of reacting impulsively. Embrace the idea that challenging moments are temporary, and practice observing without judgment. Develop resilience in the face of adversity, allowing you to navigate life's ups and downs with grace.

🤝 Tapping into Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT):

Experience the transformative practice of EFT. Learn how to tap into specific points on your body, releasing built-up emotions and grounding yourself in the present moment. This technique empowers you to let go of past burdens, fostering emotional freedom and resilience.


Our team consists of Karuna Priya, a former Buddhist monk extensively trained in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the UK, and Nitima Priya, a Holistic Counsellor born in the Himalayas and currently based in the UK, offering her counselling services internationally. Together, they lead the way in holistic healing, applying a Buddhist approach that embraces the mind, body, and spirit.

What to bring with you

  • A notebook and pen
  • Water bottle (though drinking water is provided, and hot water is available for tea or coffee)
  • Bring a light lunch (fridge available for storage; microwave provided for heating) Shops are about 10-15 mins walk away
  • Feel free to bring your own Yoga mat, it's optional (mats, cushions and blankets are provided)
  • An open mind and enthusiasm to delve into self-discovery

The nearest tube station is South Kensington (on Piccadily line, Circle and District lines). Please check the lines are working on the day, as there may be limited services. You must make your travel arrangements in advance.

Securing your space here


"I had the privilege and honour to attend a Mindfulness Meditation retreat organised by Akanista. The hosts, Nitima and Karuna, are genuinely the nicest people I have the pleasure to meet. They will go out of their way to make sure you get the most out of your time at the retreat and will do whatever it takes to make your feel comfortable. This retreat was a life changing experience for me personally! If I could, I'd give 10 out of 10 to Akanista for this amazing retreat, and would highly recommend it to everyone."

Bhargav Dave