What to expect...
We women as cyclical beings ebb and flow with the ever-shifting rhythms of our inner and outer lands, rhythms that society has taught and encouraged us to ignore and suppress.
In coming together as women in nature we reclaim our rhythmical birth rite and remember the joys of swimming downstream, of flowing with the currents that guide and inform us.
In coming together as women in sacred space we feel seen heard and held and encourage in ourselves and each other the natural return of bountiful, boundaried and biodiverse inner lands.
In the depths of this rewilded woodland valley Eden we seek to unearth our wild ways and reaffirm our deep connection to nature, ourselves and each other.
Through yoga and embodied movement, reconnecting to nature, deep rest and ceremony we seek to turn down the volume of demands and expectations, making space for the sacred sound of our inner rhythms. It is these rhythms that set the tempo for our time together, each woman invited to feel fully empowered to hear and respond to cyclical cues and in that to discover the power and freedom that comes from a life lived in sync.
Photo (c) Lisa Chapman
A quiet and secluded campsite nestled between the Cornish coast and the moors of Bodmin in the quaint village of St Kew.
"The site is unique. A woodland valley folded around a clear, spring-fed lake created from the old Tregildrans Quarry. Our tipis and tent pitches are dotted about this secret 20 acres clothed in ferns and bluebells, oak and meadowsweet. Left in peace for many years there's been no modern chemicals & poisons on the land, meaning we've got bluebells & dormice, Red Admirals & shy woodland Jays for you to spot.
It’s a place a world apart from the rush and clutter of the modern holiday experience, with an atmosphere that makes you forget the world outside, and just lounge, ramble, or potter about in a boat."- GOSEL TOM-BAIRD, Owner
I've been visiting these lands to retreat to nature for years and can't wait to share this magical place with you.
Photo (c) Lisa Chapman
Wild yoga, Yoga Nidra, Women's Circles, Menstrual Cycle Awareness and cacao ceremonies
Yoga, nidra, nature, women's circles and menstrual cycle awareness have helped me to heal from trauma, live with anxiety and depression, recover from addiction and eating disorders and continue to support me in learning how to open my heart, make peace with my mind and live in my body.
I discovered yoga as a teenager but it wasn’t until I left London for a simpler life in the countryside and reestablished a relationship to myself and to nature that the teachings really began to take root and do their work.
Yoga, nature and sisterhood have healed my body and mind in ways I had never thought possible. Women, nature and yoga have taught me to take a stand for rhythm, to feel the rumble of rage pulsing through the earth and our bodies and reject any expectation of consistency, predictability and infinite resource. In the forests, on the mat and in circle I have been shown how to truly live from a place of simplicity, contentment and connection and to honour my wild and cyclical nature. Bringing yoga, women and nature together has always felt like a homecoming.
I seek to offer an inclusive, supportive and nurturing environment which offers students the space and freedom to explore their practice in a way that suits and serves their shifting and changing mental, physical and emotional needs each and every time they arrive on the mat. Yoga should be accessible to all and I teach with this in mind.
I offer movement inspired by our wild nature; playful, spontaneous and fluid and regularly weave stories, themes ideas from daily life and nature into the practices. My teachings are rooted in the modern day whilst seeking inspiration from and always honouring the tradition of the practice.
I like to move, laugh, roll around and play and always bring the truth of how I feel to each and every class. I truly believe the more human we can be with each other, the easier it becomes for us to be human.
'Yoga is not a workout, it is a workin. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know, be who we already are.' ~ Rolf Gates
Sound and energy healing, abdominal massage, red tent, ceremony
When I moved to Milton Keynes I reached out to the girlfriends of my partner’s friends to have a ‘poker’ night and met the group of 7 women who would transform my experience of groups of women. There never was much poker that happened and these days our playing cards have been exchanged for tarot but it is here that I forged the template of support, nurture and belly laughs that form the foundation for our circles and ceremonies today. It is also here that I met my soul sister and general all round mystical magical wonder woman Cherry Jeavons-White of Rising Tides.
At the retreat Cherry will be offering a red tent space as a hideaway for anyone who needs it. From this space she will also be offering energy healing, sound healing and abdominal massage (all for an extra cost). She will also be bringing her magic to our closing cacao ceremony.
Read more about her offerings below...
For the last 5 years I have been immersed in the world of sound and energy healing, and have been lucky enough to train under many talented teachers, including Maestro Shaman Richard Down, learning the Central American system of healing the Chakras through Icaro (spirit songs) and toning with the voice. Learning this practice and combining it with my other training and experience in Massage, Reiki, Crystal Healing, Meditation and other ritual practices has been a source of immense healing for me. I have practiced these techniques on myself and received them from others, experiencing first-hand the powerful healing and personal empowerment that is possible. It is my heartfelt wish to share what I have learned with the world and pass on the incredible healing that I have received to others, so that we might work together as loving humans, to help heal each other and the planet. The collective consciousness is in need of healers and those who are willing to do the work of healing themselves. Only when we heal ourselves will the world begin to heal.
My influences are not only song and sound, but also yoga and movement medicine (I love to hoop!), meditation (a Vipassana meditation retreat changed my life for the better in so many ways and proved to me how important daily meditation is for our wellbeing), ancient earth magic practices (I have trained with experienced medicine women, shamans, and healers in traditional healing practices) herbalism, science and quantum physics, the tarot and ceremony. I love to read, swim and spend time in nature, and consider a barefoot walk through a forest or grassy field and a dip in the river to be the ultimate healer. I am a lover of ritual, the cycles of nature, and dancing until I can't see straight. I am sincere, but never serious.