” There is only one life you can call your own and a thousand others you can call by any name you want ”
– David Whyte
This retreat is an invitation to step out of the busyness and distractions of modern day life into a deeper relationship with yourself and with the natural world. It will be an opportunity to slow down, reconnect with who you are away from the demands of everyday life and with what matters most.
We will guide you through a restorative adventure, in which you will build your capacity to trust in life, connect with a deeper sense of belonging and befriend whatever the moment presents to you.
THE STRUCTURE OF OUR DAYS
– Each morning will include mindful and embodiment practices followed by beautiful and connecting practices informed by Gendlin’s focusing method.
– The afternoons will include nature-based practices and a sharing circle called Way of Council.
– We will make space for digesting and resting each day so that you have time to allow the experience to land.
– We have gorgeous wild swimming spots on our doorstep and our evenings will be spent gathering around a roaring fire under the stars.
WHY COME ON A RETREAT IN NATURE?
Spending time in nature immersed in awe-inspiring landscapes re-humanises us. Nature supports rest, opening up to a bigger perspective, and reconnects us with what matters most. At its core, our work is about relatedness – how we relate to ourselves, and each other with nature as our partner. It’s about exploring both our inner nature and outer nature, and developing ways to accept, be with, and learn from each experience that life sends our way.
We heartily welcome a cross cultural and cross generational, cross racial and sexual orientation community to gather.
LOCATION AND LOGISTICS
We will be located in a secluded and private spot on the edge of Dartmoor. Surrounded by ancient oak forest and moorland we will also have access to cascading rivers, wild flower meadows and boulder strewn bluebell groves. The air that comes off the Atlantic here is so pure that rare mosses and lichens thrive and it is one of the few dark sky areas left in the UK. You will not be disappointed!
Our group size is limited to 8 participants to ensure an intimate experience.
Guided by Natasha Lythgoe and Hamish Mackay-Lewis
Accommodation will be camping for the majority so we encourage you to bring your own tents. For those few people willing to pay the higher price to support others there is the option of three beds in the cosy and beautiful converted barn, which we may also use for group sharing in case of inclement weather.
To keep the costs down and to build a sense of community we ask participants to pair up and bring ingredients to prepare one vegetarian meal during the retreat. We will enjoy a hearty brunch (provided by Natasha and Hamish) and an early supper every day (provided by you) with access to snacks (bring your own) in between times. All food will be vegetarian and we can only accommodate food restrictions for severe medical conditions.
For more details, photographs of our stunning location and testimonials please click on the website link here.