MAGIC, MEDICINE & MYTH: A Rewilding Retreat in Scotland
Standing by an iron age hill fort, your gaze takes in thousands of years of history, an incredible wild landscape, soaring eagles and then hawthorn, dandelion, tormentil. The meeting of land, sea and sky is a balm to your senses and your soul. This retreat is a grounding in what's real: an opportunity to reconnect to that wild part of you that knows. There's a word they use in Scotland, 'ken', which means something between knowledge and understanding, it speaks to your wider intuitive self, your instinctual self and your deepest self. Come feel the kenning and know that once felt, it never leaves. Magic, medicine and myth, it's right here.
Facilitated by Vanessa Chakour and Ancel Mitchell, this healing experience will be held at the appropriately named Loch Awe. We'll visit Standing Stones and Neolithic 'womb' tombs, the crowning place of kings, ancient mysterious sacred sites and castles all the while bathed in intensely beautiful landscape. An unforgettable experience.
Daily movement & meditation practices
European herbalism in folklore, magic, healing & ritual
Creative writing, journaling and storytelling
Daily Hikes & Excursions
Earth Ally & Meditation Work
Work with the elements: earth, water, fire, air, ether
Plant Medicine and wildcrafting
Time for reflection and sharing
Sacred Fire Ceremony
Delicious Organic Meals
Outdoor Bathing, Sauna & Hot Tub
Immersion in nature
RATES & LODGING OPTIONS
We’ll Stay at the Beautiful EcoYoga Centre. Rates include lodging, all workshops, excursions and meals at Ecoyoga Centre. We have private, double & shared options. Register soon to reserve your space! Payment plans are available.
Fly into Glasgow Airport. We’ll have a van pick you up at 3pm, Thursday afternoon. You can opt to stay in Glasgow Wednesday evening or arrive in time for our pick up. The ride to the EcoYoga Centre is about 3 hours. We’ll have a van drop you off in Glasgow Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday – Getting settled & arrival Dinner
We wake in silence before our morning movement & meditation practice. This is your time to journal, tune in or simply get more rest. Our morning practice revolves around our theme, so we begin our day aligned in mind/body/spirit/soul.
Friday – Earth: Grounding & Growth
Getting to know the land where we are. The West of Scotland is one of the oldest land masses in the world and we can feel the ancient life beneath our feet. Here we stand on the back of the great mother, admiring her glacial curves and appreciating her exposed beauty. Exploring our relationship to our bodies & the body of the earth through movement, meditation & creative writing. Root medicines. Earth Ally work. Grounding meals in house. Free time for self reflection.
Saturday – Water: Cleansing & Flow
Here, we are never far from water. We’ll hike between loch and sea, between sweet and salt water, appreciating always the flow and communication that water brings. Until the 19th Century people used water to move through this landscape: it was transport, community, livelihood and life. We can experience the beauty of this soft water through the dynamic, babbling brooks to the passive reflective waters of the lochs. Water medicines. Letting go. Creative writing exercises. Wildcrafting.
Sunday – Fire: Passion & Purification
To the Ancients, fire meant life; ceremonies centered around it, the hearth fire never went out and embers were carried and gifted on journeys. In the prehistoric forts and ceremonial centers we’ll visit we’ll look deep into the magic and perhaps even smell the smoke from their altars. Bonfire & Sacred Fire Ceremony
Monday – Air: Movement & Breath
Nodding bluebells and swaying gorse, rustling reeds and the sombre music of oaklands: there is a stillness in Nature that encompasses the movement of air, a quietness which embraces the lonely sound of the peewee and the plip of a seal breaking surface water. Today through our breath we shall become one with the beings around us, both seen and unseen. The air here is damp and gentle, embracing, drawing us out and in to the land.
Tuesday – Ether: Vision & Space
The magic is palpable, in our journey we have come close to the Ancients, we have touched and been touched by Nature and we have experienced ourselves as stories and storytellers. We are capable of standing between the known and unknown. Today we shall seek out a special place, a portal between the worlds of water and air. We shall go to the very brink and see ourselves reflected there.
Wednesday – Departures
A last soak in the waters of the EcoYoga Center, a farewell walk by the loch or through the woods, an ending circle.
- private room
- shared rooms
- over 80% locally sourced
- restaurant on site
- medium: voice calls (no video)
- plant medicinedaily
We’ll have a shuttle leaving Glasgow airport at 3pm on the 13th June. If making your own way to the retreat by train go to Oban and take an Uber to the retreat center. For driving instructions visit http://www.ecoyoga.org/contact. Contact us for more information!
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