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May 2023

Cath and her team at Yes Your Entire Self, provided an excellent service.  From the time spent understanding our work pressures and stressors to create a bespoke experience to the comfortable and welcoming vibe they created on the day. The attention to detail made the experience feel personal and thoughtful. The benefit of the mindfulness techniques practiced throughout the day were immensely beneficial and are tools we can draw upon in future. Thank you!!   Siobhan Reid, Senior Charge Midwife for Safeguarding, Crosshouse Hospital.


April 2023

After having left an abusive relationship where I lost touch with my emotional and mental self, the Own My Life course allowed me to breathe life back into me again. Before I was simply existing and now I am living. I understand and accept now that my self worth is too great to be treated in any way other than with respect and kindness. I am free again. Anon


March 2023

What an empowering experience to attend the Celebration of Like Minded People. The energy

throughout the day was very powerful, held within a safe space where I was able to try out new ways of holistic health and re-ignite my passion for my own wellbeing. So rare to spend a day with non-judgemental people who all have self care at the core of their lives. Lorraine Ohara.


January 2023

There was lots of positive feedback for the day, the food, for the activities and for the beautifully

presented nurture bags. Thank you for your care, sensitivity and attention and for contributing to the wellbeing of our staff and volunteers who work so hard within mental health. We did feel nurtured!    Jeanette Allan, Recovery College Manager, Ayrshire


The whole day was excellent. I used it as a ‘holiday’ from all other daily issues and found it extremely helpful - particularly before restarting work mid January. Thank you Cath & team for a mindful holiday.           Ayrshire Recovery College Staff Member

PRE 2023

Cath Lido                                                                                                                                                                              

“I highly recommend a retreat with Cath, she is my Glasgow Guru. She is warm,energetic, insightful and emotionally very wise. I so enjoyed connecting with nature, and she encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone, from wild swimming to just napping.  A week with Cath helped me to push the reset button, and to embed mindfulness practice more in my hectic daily life. It was such a pleasure to connect with the group as well, meeting other like-minded people looking to get more out of life, to dig deeper and connect more. The shared energy was fantastic, and so was the sound bathing. Highly recommend a retreat with YES, especially if you want to be able to practice peace and joy in your daily life. Thanks for all you did for us!”

Joanne McGee                                                                                                                                                                     

YES CPD course is the best gift you can give to yourself and your life.  You will be glad you gave yourself this amazing, wonderful opportunity.


The CPD course has transformed my thinking and enabled me to leave the past behind.  It has given me energy to face the future with positivity and love.

Caroline Phillips                                                                                                                                                                  

Fantastic experience of a weekend and would recommend to anyone who wants to explore mindfulness a little bit more.  Great location, friendly and value for money.

Lorna Baird                                                                                                                                                                         

I went on a YES weekend retreat.  From the very start I felt welcomed and at ease.  Cath had put a lot of thought into the mix of people she brought together -we were a group of 5 and were a great combination.  The weekend involved a range of activities - plenty of mindfulness practices, getting out in beautiful Largs and sessions with Cath and other local people.  Meals were fresh, healthy and tasty.  Cath is the most giviing, receptive and kind host and facilitator.  I left feeling very well and highly recommend Cath and YES Retreats.

Samantha Knox, Stirling                                                                                                                                                  

I was in a very dark place with very little support from the NHS so I decided to find something by myself to help me reset and relax.  I googled for hours and eventually the next day plucked up the courage to call Cath.  It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  When I arrived I was greeted with the biggest smile and cuddle, made to feel so welcome and at home.  The next 5 days were something that I wish everyone going through dark times could experience.  I also met 2 other amazing women who were doing this journey with me.  We laughed, cried and supported each other the whole time.  They have all taught me so many amazing things and ways to cope with what I had been feeling.  They shared their amazing experiences and I will be forever thankful to them and to Cath.  This was my journey, not everyone will look for a retreat for the same reason as me but whatever the reason is, the time away with Cath will leave an everlasting positive affect with you. I can 100% guarantee that.  Thanks Cath and keep being amazing xx


Lori Conway, Paisley                                                                                                                                                     

Fantastic workshop.  The structure of the day was fantastic.  The safe environment and the sense of community that was created around the participants and the trainer is incredible.  It brought to me an incredible sense of love and kindness.  I would highly recommend Cath's workshops.


 Marion, Perthshire                                                                                                                                                      

If you want a workshop that in the course of one day, you experience it all - peace, laughter, joy, generosity, kindess and connection, and all finishing with an optional glass of prosecco, then I would recommend you go hang out with Cath :)


Michelle Hutton, Edinburgh                      

After several stressful things going on in my life, I very much impulse booked this retreat.  There were a number of times when I thought what have I done, however after speaking to Catherine on the telephone she put my mind at ease. On the actual day that the retreat started I had a bit of melt down and thought I can't do this, this isn't me, I'm out of my comfort zone - all those things were going through my head.  Again, after speaking to Catherine she helped me see that I could actually do this. 

During the 4 day retreat, the discussions/the tools I learned definitely helped me come out of my comfort zone and actually realise that it's not a bad thing to do this, it made me feel that I could face my problems without getting stressed. Mindfulness is a great tool and although learned behaviour doesn't just change overnight Mindfulness gives you the facility to slowly make changes for the better.  I would definitely recommend this retreat.


Katie Regan, Stirling                                                                                                                                                         

I have just spent a very self-insightful week on Retreat at Cath's.  After Covid, this was exactly what I was looking for; to be outdoors and have a deeper connection with nature.  The mindfulness tips and guidance are defo helping me in daily life as I bring mindfulness into my life, lettiing go of stress and anxiety.   I am embarrassed to say that I have been so ignorant of nature and my relationship to it, not realising that I am so interconnected with nature and the universal energy.   I now have a greater understanding of my connection with nature and I will be using this to support me through challenging times.  Understanding nature has helped me to understand myself too.   I loved the time away at the retreat and it was so nice to meet like minded people.

Marjorie Clark, Glasgow                                                                                                                                                  What a wonderful day full of insight and new experiences.  Learning about mindfullness of the 5 senses and mindful walking was a wonderful day for me to let go of some of my tension.   I loved the Energy Healing Soundbath and the Shamanic Drumming, both of which were new experiences for me.  It was just so lovely to have a day out which was local, different and has inspired me to try new things as well as prioritising my own health and wellbeing.   Loved the entire day.


Gabriela Stewart, Edinburgh                                                                                                                                      

I attended Cath’s mindfulness retreat which combined peace and tranquility with lots of fun and laughter and multiple “ah!” moments and a couple of real life-changing lightbulbs which I took home with the aim of making use of them daily.  I say “aim to” because, as is common, one’s initial enthusiasm to develop better habits can wane when one is back in an old routine but Cath’s follow-up measures are helpful (and insistent ;-) in trying to maintain momentum to change.

There was not a single moment of the three days and two nights that did not feel like time well spent.

Cath’s approach is open and enlightening. She’s a great storyteller and communicates with such down-to-earth honesty and empathy and then appears to download nuggets of wisdom from the middle distance.

Cath’s home is very welcoming and situated minutes from the beach, forest and hills, making it a perfect venue to tap into the varied wonders of the natural world.   All in all, a memorable weekend, whose lessons I will revisit the rest of my days (and maybe even beyond ;-)

Jane Onel, Kilmacolm                                                                                                            

I spent a weekend on retreat with Yes- Your Entire Self in Largs, Ayrshire. I arrived with an open-minded attitude and was looking for some time and support to think and have time for myself.
The whole experience more than exceeded my expectations; the setting and weather were beautiful with a forest on the doorstep and the beach a 10 minute walk away.  However, it was the generosity of spirit and insightful wisdom of Cath, our host, that has left me with lasting benefits. We meditated and practiced yoga on the beach, then had a healthy breakfast while we had interesting  conversations among our lovely group, we had mindful forest walks and hill walks and wonderful healing chime energy sound bathing.  It was lovely to spend a whole weekend with like-minded and compassionate people and I came home totally rejuvenated.”   Can’t wait for the next retreat Cath, keep up your fabulous work,

Sue Butcher, North Ayrshire                                                                                                                                              

I have just attended a fabulous weekend Retreat and cannot rate it highly enough and would thoroughly recommend it.  Cath shares her wisdom and talents with true care and compassion and creates an authentic safe space which truly connects people.  The beautiful surroundings are stunning - we went from beach to forest and then the hills.  the mix of learning and personal space was perfect and we had laughter along the way.  Do not hesitate to book, you will definitely be enriched by the experience.


Angela Wood                                                                                      Ayrshire

I spent a fantastic day on Saturday.  What a fab day shared with lovely, like minded people.  Cath is a fantastic facilitator and has a lovely way about her which instantly makes you feel calm.   I loved all the different types of mindfulness practices and being in nature.  Certainly a day I won't forget.  I would highly recommend you join Cath and take some special time out for you.

Joe                                                                                                        Glasgow

Excellent insight into Mindfulness in a beautiful environment.  Cath has a lovely way  about her which allows participants to relax and be themselves.  Trust me, you will love it.  Go on, treat yourself, you deserve it!'

Denise Morgan                                                                                              Liverpool

This is my second visit to YES.  Cath has the ability to put the right people together to ensure the group bonds and everyone is able to relax and share experiences.  I arrived a cynical scouser and left a convert.  I leanrt how to stop battling with myself and understood the healing powers of nature.  New experiences, new friends.  Put your trust in Cath and you will come away with a new and more positie way of looking at life that will help you through the most difficult times. Tears and laughter all in a beautiful setting.....and the Gong Man is amazing!!

Lynne C,                                                                                                          Ayrshire

Investing time in myself had not been a priority for years. Being a wife, a mum, a daughter, a carer and a manager all took priority. Finding YES and perhaps more importantly Cath helped me to find ME again. Cath has a gift she has the ability to make you stop, reflect and consider what’s important in life. Her fun personality wicked sense of humour and warmth draw you in. She has a inner sense of wisdom and spirituality that helps you to think about yourself and your own life. Putting thoughts into context and letting go of negative thinking. I must acknowledge that spending time with the other woman in the groups I have attended is equally giving. The sharing, reflecting and laughing are all part of any experience I have ever enjoyed at YES.

Haulwen Nicholas,                                                                                        Wales

'It was one of the most inspiring weekends I have ever had.  I also haven't laughed so much in a long time.   I'm still buzzing a month later.  Loved it'.

Clare Percival,                                                                                             London

'I had the most amazing weekend, words cannot do the experience justice.  The valuable things learned and the people I shared it with are unforgettable are the hints and tips are still embedded into my new routine and improved way of life'.

Clare Cremona                                                                                              Devon

'I didn't know anyone before I arrived but left with a group of friends for life.  Cath attended with kindness and humour to our every need.   The time spent outdoors and with others in mindfulness I will treasure for a very long time.   I laughed til I cried on many occasions'.

Wilma Anderson                                                                                           Glasgow

'I have known Cath for many years and was delighted to be part of a weekend of wisdom, inspiration and personal growth.   I enjoyed the full on days with the relaxed evenings.  Fun inspired weekend, just what I needed'.

Julie Richardson                                                                                           Fife

'Often the right thing appears at the right time and my weekend with Cath was most definitely that!  Most enjoyable, lots of wisdom shared within beautiful surroundings.  I've taken away lots from the weekend that I know has added to my journey in life.  Thank you Cath for sharing your wisdom through your weekends'.

Nicola McCann                                                                                              Aberdeen

'I have just returned from this unique & special retreat.  I honestly can't explain in words the depth of my experience.  At the heart of the place is Cath (or hummingbird lol) who simply is the love that radiates around the beautiful natural surroundings.  I not only recommend this retreat, I actively encourage individuals to take the opportunity to visit for their own personal experience'.

Lynne McCormick                                                                                         Troon

'I’ve had a couple of opportunities to spend time mindfully reconnecting with myself at Cath’s sanctuary in Largs. A very special and for me a spiritual experience. Cath has a gift she has the ability to use mindfulness and connect it to everyday life and an added bonus that she is hilarious a comedian through and through! Time spent at Cath’s is a true investment in Your Entire Self'.

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