Nab Cottage in the Lake District on a sunny day

Level 3 Massage Retreat Course

A 6 day professional Massage Therapy course at a Lake District retreat venue with meals and accommodation included. Become qualified as a massage therapist and have a holiday in one! This course is for you if you are new to massage work and want to learn an effective full body massage routine so that you can earn money by providing healing treatments. You will receive guidance on how to set up and sustain your own massage business including marketing. No previous massage experience necessary. The course is also suitable for existing Swedish massage therapists who want to upskill because you get to learn a blend of sports, deep tissue, and hands-free massage.


Details & Booking

Dates & Times
September 8 – 13 – 2024 – £1645 residential/£1395 non residential

April 13 – 18 – 2025 – £1645 residential/£1395 non residential

Residential: Qualification course, accommodation, meals, wellness activities.

Non residential: Qualification course, meals, wellness activities.

More pricing details
There is an additional cost for the online studies in order to achieve Level 3 status. Click here for more details.

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Duration Over 6 days (5 nights)

Location Nab Cottage, Rydal, Ambleside, LA22 9SD

There are 10 places max. You can see remaining places here.
Book your place by paying the deposit or full fee.
Any remaining course fees are due 21 days before the start date.
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If the course date is fully booked contact the school.

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Massage Course Retreat


A professional Massage Therapy course at a retreat cottage in the Lake District. Become qualified as a massage therapist and have a holiday in one.


Learn a full body massage routine based on a blend of holistic, deep tissue and sports massage so that you can start earning money by providing healing, effective treatments.

Find out how to start your own business in the healing arts with guidance on setting up and maintaining your workflow.

Master an effective massage style and experience lots of massage for yourself, meet new like minded friends, and enjoy exploring this beautiful lakeside area near Ambleside.

Take in inspiring views of the lake and mountains, whether admired from the lounge, hiking, or from the hot tub in the garden.

Step away from your everyday life and make the most of being taken care of, with healthy, delicious meals served three times a day, accommodation, and wellness activities included in the price.

A must have experience if you are starting or developing your career in holistic therapies, and you love spending time in beautiful, natural surroundings.

What’s included?

6 days massage training and certification
5 nights accommodation
3 daily meals + snacks
Course manual, videos and a professional qualification
Massage business & marketing guidance
Enjoy receiving lots of massage in the process
Optional wild swimming/ pic nics by the lake!
Hot tub
Yoga and meditation
Massage course in a rustic cottage

The course

This is an accredited Level 3 qualification course where you will learn how to safely provide professional massage treatments and how to market your services. Find out about the course content in detail and all the added benefits you receive using the button below.

Additional Info About The Retreat

If you are intending to carry out massage professionally, you are required to take some online learning modules in anatomy and health & safety which take 4+ weeks of home study time.

These are at an additional cost of £350 which you buy directly with the school. You can purchase these before or after the course.

Once you have completed the face to face course, your online modules, and some case study treatments at home, you will receive a Level 3 Massage Therapy qualification certificate which is accredited by an international awarding body.

You are also required to carry out case study treatments on practice clients at home after the course.

Read more about the course structure

The activities

As well as the massage course (a combination of hands-on practical learning and discussion topics about business), enjoy making use of the hot tub, the local surroundings, and optional wellness activities including yoga.


This is the ideal occasion to unwind, explore the area, and meet new friends. Massage lessons take place in a beautiful workshop space which doubles as a yoga studio, and discussion based lessons take place on comfy sofas with a cup of (herbal or regular!) tea in hand. During the substantial lunchtime break, make the most of the mountainous lakeside views from the garden or enjoy a stroll. This is a friendly, group set-up with shared meal times and shared rooms. But you will also get the chance to find a quiet corner and read a book too.


Stay at Nab Cottage for 5 nights in a twin room (2 single beds, sharing a room with one other same gender course member). Or opt for your own room at a £300 supplement.


3 vegetarian meals a day will be served to you during your stay, as well as snacks and hot drinks throughout the day. Vegan and gluten free diets can be catered for.

About Nab Cottage

Nab Cottage is located right next to Rydal Water near Ambleside making it a brilliant spot for Lakeland strolls and swims. It is also next to a bus stop which takes you to Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick, a handy spot for mini adventures. The cottage has a fascinating history, linked with William Wordsworth, Coleridge and Thomas de Quincey.

Nab Cottage Website

The programme

The evening of arrival is a chance to make yourself at home and meet the group, and explore the local area, arrive at 4pm and have an evening meal.

The massage course schedule is from approximately 10am to 5.30pm from day 2, with spoken discussion-based lessons and hands-on massage practice.

Breaks and meal times break up the day.

Each day will involve time to enjoy the surroundings, the walks and the lake.

There will also be optional wellness activities throughout the week, including yoga and meditation.

On the final day there is a practical assessment; carrying out a client consultation and treatment on a practice client. We leave at 2pm after lunch.

Read more about the course content
”I have just arrived home from my Level 3 Massage Therapy retreat with Devon and Emma at Nab Cottage, and it has been the most incredible week! I started the week with zero experience/knowledge about massage therapy, and can honestly say that I have left with so much confidence and a note book full of ideas on how I can make this into my career. The cottage was charming, the location was idyllic and the food was delicious! I was lucky enough to have spent the week with a group of incredible people, and with amazing and supportive tutors who made the week soooo much fun! I’ve ended the week ready and raring to go, and cannot wait to keep growing and learning more about the world of massage therapy. If you are thinking about booking on, do it! Thank you for having me Devon, it’s been a blast 🙂 x”
Shoni Gale, April 2024.

What makes this retreat special

This is a real two for one opportunity, you get to learn a powerful and soothing massage style which will serve you the rest of your life as a way to heal others, to earn money, and to calm yourself (carrying out massage is very grounding!)

At the same time, you get to have an immersive holiday experience thanks to the glorious lakeland location, the cosiness of the cottage (with meals and accommodation included), and experiencing wellness activities.

As well as this you have the chance to relax making the most of the setting, the views, hot tub and time spent with new friends.

Kind words from learners…

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, in particular the practical massage sessions which were taught in manageable chunks, meaning we learnt a lot by the end of the week but never felt overwhelmed. Devon was very friendly and knowledgeable and checked in with us to make sure we got the most from the course. The cottage is in a beautiful location right on the shores of Rydal Water. There was plenty of free time to explore the local walking trails and go swimming. Devon also arranged yoga and mindfulness sessions at the Cottage. The food was varied and homecooked and I really enjoyed it. Thanks Devon for a great course.

Emily Arter
(Nab Cottage Retreat Course)

I found standards, teaching and support on the course impeccable (whilst the stunning location took the whole experience to another level.) Participants ranged from complete beginners to already established massage therapists. I witnessed Devon professionally, skilfully and compassionately, create a learning environment that benefited each individual learner. In addition to this, the ‘Learner Zone’ is an excellent resource that I have used before, during and after the course. I am amazed at the skills that I learned, particularly in such a short time, it’s given me a real sense of achievement and, if needed, the option of a new vocation. I would highly recommend this course, not only to those who may want to improve their massage skills but people who want to learn a new skill, in a safe, supportive (and beautiful!) environment.

Jo Kieft
(Level 3 Massage Therapy)

I attended the Massage Therapy Retreat with Devon at Nab Cottage. She was hands-on and really informative. I came away with the skills and certification I needed to practice at my home studio! I would highly recommend the course to anyone looking to train as a therapist, or just looking to learn new skills and meet new people!

Nichola Watson
(Nab Cottage Retreat Course)
Head massage lesson with two students practising on each other an smiling

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Massage Course Retreat


A professional Massage Therapy course at a retreat cottage in the Lake District. Become qualified as a massage therapist and have a holiday in one.