You are invited to join a profound and unique summer retreat in Dartmoor, in a healing environment in powerful, ancient lands. In this "space filled with love that allows you to cleanse and reconnect with your body, heart, nature and the sacred", you will renew and transform through yoga, meditation, ancient wisdom, nature connection, sacred journeys, detoxification and spiritual practices.
airport_:Exeter International Airport
All guests will be staying at a large country house on Dartmoor National Park in Devon. It is set in 18 acres of large, beautiful gardens with lawns, rockeries, ancient woodland, and a prehistoric stone circle. It is very peaceful and private with sweeping views across the River Teign valley and the moors beyond.
The house is set on the edge of the national park and has been renovated and lovingly refurbished, whilst retaining a homely, relaxed atmosphere. It is set within its own grounds and surrounded by woodland, rivers, and waterfalls. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms.
The focus of this retreat will be "Unravelling our sacred essence and purifying the waters" - renewing and replenishing yourself in heath and harmony so that you may resonate as a healthy cell of the living body of Mother Earth.
The retreat is held within a nurturing space in a beautiful manor house in Dartmoor National Park; surrounded by forest, ancient rock, vast, mystical landscapes and ancient sacred sites. This retreat is for people who wish to work on themselves, to shift deep patterns and connect with a living spiritual practice. The essence of this retreat is an exploration of ancient wisdom in the context of where you stand in this moment in time.
It is also a space to cleanse and renew through juice fasting and detoxification. It is seen that in order to bring change and transformation to the world, all healing must begin within, with the self. The retreat offers a space to cleanse and quieten body and mind, so that one may begin to listen to the clear voice within and again come to flow with the streams of wisdom that are the original essence of the natural world.
The retreat days are woven with a blend of practices, classes, sharing, rest, and nourishment. This retreat is also unique in that it is a juice fast, with fresh vegetable juices and cleansing drinks throughout the day, with optional extras for cleansing the liver and gallbladder (in spring) or kidneys and adrenals (in autumn).
Throughout the week the group will explore the nature of the soul, one's place within Creation and the wisdom that has been left by the ancestors. Practices and teachings will be shared to help you to recognize and clear that which blocks the pure expression of the light of your soul. Through unraveling your sacred essence, you will be reawakening the memory of how to listen and hear the voice of the Sacred within and how to commune with the streams of wisdom that flow throughout the natural world.
"In this modern world, many of us have become fragmented and disconnected from what once was inherent - our original, sacred essence and relationship with the Earth as the Mother from which all life is born. In the fast paced world of technology and materialism, our attention has become distracted and diverted away from the purity and light that has its home within all of life.
There is restlessness that manifests in the soul when it is un-nurtured, and when we are not living in our true purpose and authenticity, in sacred relationship with life. This can be seen now all over the world - both individually and collectively - as one is a mirror of the other. We are a part of this Earth and we are all connected. We have as humanity, collectively co-created our world, and if we see the world as a mirror, we come to recognise that there is much work for us each to do to restore the beauty and purity of life.
This is reflected in the destruction that we see occurring upon our Earth, and the contamination of that which is pure and sacred. We are a part of this Earth and we are all connected. The world is a mirror, and we are constantly bearing witness to reflections of that which lies within us. To change what we experience in our lives and in our world, we must first go within. To truly know peace and resonate in our souls’ essence, we must first identify and face the shadows - that which blocks our light - and learn again to listen."
These retreats intend to offer you a space to begin or deepen this journey of awakening the soul and living in the sacred; learning tools with which to move beyond the patterns and tendencies which keep you caught within destructive or disharmonious thoughts and behaviours, so that you may live in harmony with life, in resonance with your soul.
What are the choices that you make in each day and each moment? How can you learn to be responsible for what you create and attract to you within your life, and the impact you have upon those around you? What do you give energy to, and how do you give back to life? What is it that you wish to ‘leave behind you’ for the next generations? These are questions you will be exploring together, and looking at how you can seed new possibilities within your own life, and use your energy to nourish the sacred seeds of life upon Earth.
The retreat includes a session of yoga, meditation and shamanic practices in the morning and evening, a detoxification and cleansing program of fresh juices and smoothies; spiritual practices; a medicine walk, time in Nature; periods in silence, inner reflection and contemplation; talks on diet and healing; group sharing circles; personal mentoring and guidance. It is the intent that each day, you will deepen in your practice and internal awareness, learning to listen, feel and connect with the light within, and the living light of the Earth."
Yoga is a path of the heart that leads into Being. Daniela shares her practice of yoga, weaving aspects of Hatha, Scaravelli, Kundalini, Kriya and Taoist traditions. Her yoga teaching also draws upon many years of working with energetic practices and the healing arts, and spending time in silent retreat in nature.
This approach to yoga is a journey of unfolding, through turning your attention inwards. Through this deep and reflective practice, your natural sensitivity and self awareness awaken, clearing toxicity and tension, freeing energy and space from inside, outwards.
Yoga activates the body's own intelligence and innate healing abilities, encouraging the natural unfolding of a healthy posture, a fluid, supple body, expansion of breath, and the opening of the heart to touch the soul and reconnect with your Essence. The practice will include working with breath (life-force), asana (postures), kriyas (sequences), pranayama (breath work), meditation (stillness) and sacred reciprocity (harmony).
The retreat is open to experienced practitioners, as well as those with little experience or prior interest in yoga, and all practices are adjustable to meet all abilities. Yoga is not about what you can or can't 'do', but about meeting yourself as you are.
"Silence is essential for deep transformation. It allows the practice of conscious breathing to become deep and effective. Like still water that reflects things as they are, the calming silence helps us to see things more clearly, and therefore, to be in deeper contact with ourselves and those around us." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Daniela says the retreat is "intended as a space for inner healing and sacred re-connection. To support this, we request that participants refrain from social chit-chat and respect other people's quiet space. There will be times when we will sit, walk or eat/ drink in silence. This may feel uncomfortable at first, as many of us are used to connecting socially through speech."
"Though this practice of inner and outer silence allows for deeper connection, as we let go of our insecurities and allow ourselves to simply be present, connected in the heart. By learning to center ourselves in feeling before we speak, we can create clarity of mind and heart, and harmony in our inner and outer relationships."
"In the world today we are faced with the challenge of living clean and pure on a planet that has become in many ways toxic. Yet as the destruction and shadow become more visible in the world, many of us are awakening and feel called to return to ways of living that are in harmony with nature, and with what creates and sustains health. Our wisdom keepers tell us that all toxicity begins in thought, word and action, and that it is through the incongruity of our actions with the laws of nature that we have created the toxicity in all its manifestations in the world."
"A build up of toxicity in the body can lead to oversensitivity to certain foods, weight gain, sluggishness, inflammation, pain, infections, ailments, disease, menstrual issues, loss of vitality and sense of wellbeing, foggy mind, low energy, and many other things. Our bodies have the natural capacity to cleanse and heal themselves, though when overloaded or lacking vital nourishment, can become stagnated and toxins build up in the system."
"Nowadays there are elements that can cause harm found in crops and foods, water, the air we breathe, skin products, in work enviroments, music, the media, Wi-Fi and electromagnetic frequencies, chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, emotional disturbance, trauma, stress, fear, negative thinking patterns..."
"Everything in the universe is made of vibration, and that which vibrates at denser frequencies than our optimum state of resonance will create imbalance and disharmony within our system over time. As you detox your system and bring in pure foods, water, light and prana (life force energy), your vibration is lifted and you will begin to resonate at clearer, more refined frequencies, allowing more light to flow through you and be held within your cells.
"The experiences of our life are all stored within our energy body. During a detoxification process, as the physical body begins to purify and heal itself, layers of toxicity that have been stored within the muscles, tissues, bones and cells are brought to the surface to be cleared. The process of detoxification can help you to naturally release experiences from past events where you have unresolved emotions, thoughts, wounding and soul loss."
"A well managed cleansing program can help you to purify unwanted toxins in a safe way, giving you clarity and inspiration to walk forwards in your life. Detoxification helps the body to heal itself as nature intended; cleansing and repairing your beautiful body, helping to restore health, a sense of wellness and the true natural radiance of your inner being."
Dartmoor National Park is situated in the southwest of England, right in the very heart of Devon. It is blessed with its landscape of stunning views, awe-inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers and rugged, wide open spaces, trails wind through valleys with neolithic tombs, bronze age stone circles, and abandoned medieval farmhouses.
This retreat is a liquid fast of fresh smoothies, vegetable juices, and healing teas. All ingredients are organic, local grown where possible, vegan, and alkalizing. You will be guided and supported during this cleanse, and with any processes or detox symptoms you may experience.
Optional extras for cleansing such as enema kits, castor oil packs, massage, and energy work are also available. Enemas are highly advised to take while doing a liquid fast, as a way to clear toxins out of the body and prevent their reabsorption through the intestines.
Please book your flight to arrive at Exeter International Airport (EXT).
You can take a local bus from Exeter towards Chagford.
There are regular trains from London or North England to Exeter.