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Women’s Effortless Meditation & Wellbeing Autumn Retreat==

Scottish Highlands
(across the water from the Isle of Skye, on the shores of Loch Alsh)
 

Thursday 24 October - Sunday 27 October 2024

Nourish Your Whole Self
Rest  .  Re-centre  .  Replenish
Settle into Winter

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A 4 day, 3 night journey giving you time and space in the beautiful Scottish Highlands (across the water from the Isle of Skye) to retreat from everyday life. Your programme is designed to bring you rest, enable you to re-centre and replenish at the time of Samhain (the Celtic new year).  As we head into the darker half of the year, this retreat brings an opportunity, and perhaps the permission you need, to settle into the quieter and the more reflective inward season of winter.

Reflection

Are you longing for time... space... nourishment?
Is your being crying out for stillness... to breathe... to relax?
Are you intrigued by meditation or searching for an accessible
meditation practice 
you can adopt in life?
Are you yearning for the ocean… the mountains… some wildness?

RETREAT WITH US...

This women's retreat is for you if...
 

  • you would like to take some time out for rest and to invite stillness, quiet, reflection, nature and creativity into your life

  • you know you'll need to come back to centre, to replenish after the busy outward time of summer

  • you want to connect and spend time with like-minded women

  • you’re intrigued by meditation… perhaps you’ve never tried to meditate... or you have but couldn’t quiet your mind... or never felt you were doing it right... or never got into a regular practice... or maybe you have a practice, but are interesting in exploring an additional one

  • you're keen to to have tools and techniques you can use to regularly bring a sense of retreat into your everyday life

  • you want to turn inwards, to settle, to embrace your inner bear, and move gracefully into the quieter season of winter

Your Retreat Host - Rev Jo Royle

I have spent over 15 years holding space for individuals and groups often in some of the most challenging and/or beautiful moments of lifeOver the past decade I've taught almost 500 people to meditate effortlessly. Regularly holding women in workshops, retreats, circles and ceremonies, accompanying them on their journey through life and having previously worked as a coach and facilitator in the corporate sector, I understand the importance of holding safe space. 

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Included in your retreat

  • A zoom session ahead of the retreat to understand your personal intentions for attending, to ensure together we honour those

  • 3 nights accommodation at the beautiful Tulach Ard on the shores of Loch Alsh

  • retreat programme spanning 4 days

  • 2 half days Effortless Meditation teaching*

  • 1 gentle Yin Yoga session with qualified practitioner Rhona 

  • 1 healing Gong Bath with qualified practitioner Fiona

  • 1 in-house Sauna session in our shore-side sauna with views to the Isle of Skye

  • 1 retreat gift bag with goodies for your stay and beyond

  • a collection of written/audio invitations for you to explore in your free time including self-guided wild walks, a nature quest, reflective exercises, creative activities, journalling, etc. 

  • 3 continental breakfasts (vegan and gluten free options)

  • 2 vegetarian lunches (vegan and gluten free options)

  • 3 vegetarian dinners (vegan and gluten free options)

  • 1 one hour one-to-one zoom accompaniment session post-retreat (to be taken within 2 months)

 

* If most women booking have learnt Effortless Meditation we will use these two half days differently. 
   Anyone who has not learnt will receive the full Effortless Meditation teaching.

From £640 — £1,060 per person (early bird) or £768 - £1,272 per person 

Pay in full or 50% deposit to book.

Optional Extra
You can add a relaxing aromatherapy massage with Sarah-Jane into your retreat weekend to bring extra rest and nourishment supporting you to come back into balance and wellbeing on all levels of your being… mind, body and soul.  £45 for a 45 minute treatment.

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Woven throughout your retreat are...
meditation, creativity, nature, ceremony, poetry, connection, depth, beauty, comfort, nourishment, connection, self-care, learning, quiet, stillness and movement
to bring you to a deeper sense of wellness throughout your whole being.

Your Retreat Accomodation - Tullach Ard, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands

You will be staying at Tulach Ard, an 18th Century listed country house, lovingly restored by the Stewart family. 
The historic house sits within thirty acres of private farmland.

 

Each bedroom offers a different aspect and connection to the surrounding landscape, with views to ancient Scottish woodland, misty Skye munros and the private foreshore of Loch Alsh where otters, dolphins, seals and even whales can be seen at times throughout the year.

 

Tulach Ard, a secluded, yet easily accessible residence, with nature on its doorstep, hosts up to twelve guests in double/king and twin rooms.  With beautiful interiors inspired by the colours of the landscape, this beautiful accommodation enables you to relax in comfort whilst immersing yourself fully in your retreat experience.

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Your retreat programme also includes delicious and nourishing vegetarian meals lovingly prepared by Sara (with vegan and gluten free options available).

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Please note this is a NO alcohol retreat.  In our experience alcohol doesn't support the retreat process. 

EARLY BIRD ends 23 July 2024

Bookings close 23 September 2024 

If you have questions, I'd love to connect...

or to be the first to hear about future retreats and early bird offers,...

"Thank you for the retreat and the space that you so beautifully held for us all.  I wasn't sure how it would play out but it was, and continues to be, a wonderful experience that has felt like an anchoring support to me.  To have the space to just be myself, feeling no sense of obligation to anyone other than myself felt wonderful; however, to feel like that doesn't just come from me, it came from you as well; you provided a safe, nurturing and fun space for us to be! 
And, the meditation really was effortless… at no point did I feel under any pressure to be anything in particular and found it a really moving experience and beautifully led. You demystified meditation and made it feel very accessible as a practice. I've managed a meditation 4 out of the 5 days so far this week and the 5th day was spent with friends over lunch so that felt restorative anyway. I also forgave myself at the end of the day (as you suggested) which was a new thing for me!  Thank you again for a wonderful few days."

Emma

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