United Kingdom·November - March
Soundbath, Breathwork in Nature:
Standing stone pilgrimage, breathwork, Cacao, soundbath, sauna & fireside grounding.VIEW DATES
Embark on an extraordinary adventure into the heart of nature, where ancient woods and timeless standing stones hold the secrets of serenity and transformation. Join us for a mini retreat that weaves together pilgrimage, profound experiences, nurturing your soul and awakening your connection to the land and the elements. Our journey commences as we tread through an ancient forest. Guided by the pull of an ancient standing stone atop the moor, we navigate landscapes steeped in history and mystery. Within this landscape you experience a sound journey beside a waterfall, a water gratitude ceremony, a breathwork session before returning off the moors to ground within our wild sauna by the river. We finish with grounding soup by the fire. This immersive odyssey spans the landscapes of both the external world and the deep realms within. It's a day of discovery, contemplation, and rejuvenation, a celebration of the union between self and nature, spirit and stone. Join us on this magical expedition, where each step holds the promise of transformation and connection.
We begin the celebration, gathering together in the ancient woods. We walk through the woods together upstream taking in 2 waterfalls before climbing up onto the moor to meet the standing stone.
This will be a truly magical gathering to honour yourself, the land and the ancestors. As we move over the land we stop every mile or so for sacred ceremonies including Soundbath, Mamma Cacaoi, water Gratitude ceremony and wild sauna and dips.
Surrender go deep
Our experienced guides are dedicated to ensuring your comfort in the valley. Your journey is our priority, and we recognize that a nurturing and secure space is essential for you to surrender and delve into profound experiences.
To support your journey our nurturing team is here to gently guide you and provide assistance throughout your time with us
Meet Jill, our highly skilled sound healer who's sure to leave you feeling calm, relaxed, and at peace. With her magical and powerful soundscapes, Jill creates an atmosphere of healing that's truly unforgettable. Her calming presence and lovely personality make everyone feel at ease, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the experience. People who attend Jill's sound bath sessions often feel more at peace with themselves and the world. Get ready to experience the transformative power of sound healing with Jill at your side.
Get ready to embark on an exciting journey with our experienced host, Daniel! With his wealth of knowledge in hosting saunas and guiding meditation and healing breathwork, you'll be in great hands. Daniel will guide you through the process, ensuring that you feel safe and comfortable every step of the way. With his contagious enthusiasm, Daniel is sure to make this an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
Meet Sam, our skilled musician and breath guide who's ready to take you on a transformative journey. With Sam's expertise, you can trust that you'll be safe and comfortable throughout the experience. And did we mention that he's a true cold water enthusiast? In fact, he's been known to stay in for 90 minutes during the winter! Get ready for an unforgettable adventure with Sam as your guide
Have a look at the schedule below!
Smudging / cleansing ceremony
We open the sacred space with a cleansing (or smudging) ceremony with our own native Mugwort. A smudging ceremony is the ritual of burning plant resins and herbs while intentions and prayers are called forth. Many cultures have used the power of smoke to cleanse and say prayers. Native American and Indigenous cultures have practiced smudging rituals to clear away negative energy, to invite in peace and harmony for individuals or environments.
Mamma Cacao Is Served
Immerse in Sacred Cacao - Gateway to Meditative Bliss. In ceremony you are served the sacred plant medicine and raw chocolate, Cacao. Amongst many other benefits, Cacao helps you to soften and drop into a meditation state.
In a beautiful Silver Birch glade by a river and a waterfall: Experience a deeply meditative sound bath immersed within the sounds and the elements. Tibetan bowls and the beautiful tones of gongs, working in harmony to soothe, balance and restore your energy. The gongs vibrations impact the body and all its meridians. The sound releases blocks, reduces tension and stimulates circulation. Sound is so effective as it deeply influences our emotional bodies as well as our physical bodies.
Standing Stone Breathwork
Once we arrive at the standing stone, you will be going on a guided breathing experience, using the breath as a portal to go deep within yourself to explore the deepest aspect of Self, Spirit, and Universe
Sauna By The River
After walking back from the standing stone, we gather in the sauna. The sauna brings us back into our bodies. We slowly increase the heat. As your core temperature rises and your body starts to sweat , we then take a break to cool off, just outside or in the water. We are very careful to keep everyone safe and as comfortable as possible in the heat and cold.
In between sauna rounds it is a good idea to cool off. To cool off you can either sit outside the sauna or you might like to take a cold water dip. We would advise going into the water gently, incrementally, so that your body can get used to it. Once you are in up to your waist, take a deep breath through your nose and as you exhale slowly through your mouth gently submerge your body so you are sitting on the floor of the river. The access is nice and easy. The benefits of the cold plunge are many! You go in the water at your own risk.
Amidst a serene glade of Rowan trees, cradled by a meandering river, we pause. Here, in a Water Gratitude Ceremony, we honor the vital essence that sustains us
Post-sauna, we change and come together again by the fire for vegan soup. Amidst conversation, we weave our experiences, fostering friendships and integrating our experience.
A drum journey is a type of shamanic journey that involves entering a trance-like state through the rhythmic beating of a drum . In traditional cultures, drum journeys were often used for healing, divination, and spiritual exploration.
During a drum journey you may begin to experience vivid mental imagery, altered states of consciousness, and even mystical experiences. The rhythmic beats of the drum help to synchronize the group's brainwaves, creating a collective trance state.
Interludes of Mindful Walks punctuate each activity, embedding its essence, clarifying intentions, and unwinding complexities. Our journey spans 4 miles, traversing ancient woodlands, moors, and serene valleys.
The Sacred Valley
This is a very special part of the world
Nested within this sacred realm, where megalithic stones resonate with lay lines, and natural springs cascade into enchanting waterfalls, the land pulsates with a unique and vibrant energy. We've conducted ceremonies on this hallowed ground, co-creating with the land to lead you to your destined point. Ancient woodlands gracefully yield to expansive moors, forming the backdrop of your transformative journey.
Wrap Up Warm!
Even though we are walking, please dress for cold weather!! During breathwork and gongs you will be very still. Bring plenty of layers.
Bring a bottle of water
You will sweat a lot in the sauna and so bring some water... with maybe a crunch of sea salt in for hydration.
Pack swimming cozzie
We will have the wild sauna near a river and so pack your swimming cozzie!
Be gentle and don't go out of your depth
If you do decide to have a dip , please be gentle on yourself, go in slowly and incrementally. Then when you are up to your waist slowly submerge. There is no need to go out of your depth. You dip at your own risk.
Head torch or torch
It is helpful for you to bring a head torch or torch. Phone light is not really up to the job so borrow a torch if you do not have one.
The river is pebbly. It is totally safe but this can be slightly uncomfortable on some feet. So please bring sandals or wetsuit boots if you have sensitive feet and have them.
What should I do in the sauna?
We recommend simply doing the sauna what traditional sauna-ers have long done: nothing. Just sit there. Let your mind go. Do some reflecting while your thinking is still sharp; meditate when your mind starts going blank. Just be.
What should I do after I sauna?
During your sauna session, you’ll lose a lot of water through your sweat — up to four cups during a twenty-minute session! Be sure to rehydrate with plenty of water afterward. Supplement with electrolytes as needed.
We would also recommend to just go easy on yourself. You will be in a state of high vibration and relaxation. You want to be in that state as long as possible so stay away from stressful or negative situations, people or media.
What should I bring?
Bottle of water. Towl. Yoga matt. Bag for putting clothes in while you are in the sauna. Dress in something loose and comfy with bathing costume underneath. We are just in bathing costume in the sauna then in and out of the sea (if you wish). Afterwards it's a case of getting back into your clothes again a bit wet, so consider a dressing gown/towel/ dry robe for modesty. PLease wrap up warm. Plenty of layers.
I do not want to go in the water
That is absolutely fine there is no pressure at all to go in the water! You can stay in the sauna as long as is comfortable and just take breaks out in the air.
What is a sound bath?
A sound bath is a meditative experience where those in attendance are “bathed” in sound waves. These waves are produced by various sources, including healing instruments such as gongs, singing bowls, percussion, chimes, rattles, tuning forks, and even the human voice itself.
What is breathwork?
Breathwork refers to any type of breathing exercises or techniques. People often perform them to improve mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. During breathwork you intentionally change your breathing pattern.
There are many forms of breathwork therapy that involve breathing in a conscious and systematic way. Many people find breathwork promotes deep relaxation or leaves them feeling energized.
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