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After the madness of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, start 2017 by taking some time for yourself, to nourish body and spirit, and set your course for the year ahead over this retreat experience. Make the space to listen to and refine your relationship to your spirit or soul. What do you need to let go of or change? What positive actions can you take in 2017 that will bring you into alignment with your highest goals?
The retreat will be held at Trigonos retreat center, which provides a nurturing space with nourishing vegetarian food, much of it grown onsite, and comfortable clean rooms. There are 11 en-suite rooms and eight non-ensuite rooms accommodating 29 people. For larger groups extra beds can be added to provide for a maximum of 38 people.
The rooms are comfortable and uncluttered, many having fine views. The bedrooms are of four different kinds.
The Plas is the main house with views of the lake, mountains and gardens. All bedrooms are on the first floor with either a bath or a shower. There are one double, two single, and five twin rooms.
In a wing of the Plas, but with a separate entrance, there are the Garden flat rooms. Rooms have views of the gardens. Bedrooms share a shower and toilet on the ground floor. There are one twin and two single rooms of this kind.
The rooms are in a single storey building and open directly onto a courtyard. Two rooms have a bath with shower attachment and grab-rails. One room is fitted with a walk-in shower and is suitable for wheelchair users. There are three single rooms of this kind on the venue.
These type of rooms are located in a single storey building with access from the Courtyard. They have views of gardens and orchard. There are three twin and two single rooms that share two showers and two toilets.
This retreat will ake place at Trigonos Center in North Wales, UK. The custodians of Trigonos’ 18 acres of land work with a keen sense of responsibility for its future: as well as being a source of nourishment and inspiration they recognize the possibility of activating that sense of responsibility in others by demonstrating a holistic approach to land management.
The garden, grounds, and the greater landscape are all conducive to quiet reflection, inspiration, and appreciation of the natural world. It is clear that nature's response to care and respect is shown by the increasing diversity of wildlife poullation. Having substantially reduced grazing levels since the arrival in 1996 it is noticeable, for example, that more wildflowers and native grasses attract more butterflies, insects and moths and, consequently, a greater number and variety of birds.
Two acres are given over to cropping vegetables and fruit; a second field is dedicated to conservation and biodiversity, encouraging the regeneration of native species; and the third currently houses some beehives and awaits time, finance, and manpower to allow further sustainable developments.
There is a large walled garden through which the stream flows on it's way down to the lake.The stream, woodlands, and fields are seen as integral to the vitality of the horticultural project, and at Trigonos they work to maintain and enrich their vigor and diversity. Given the spectacular location with very diverse potentials they are excited by the prospect of increasing biodiversity and wildlife populations - a good variety of which are already present.
The land provides for many of the needs: food for the table, flowers for visitors’ rooms, logs for the fire, and willow, slate and stone for fencing and other uses. Trigonos has always believed that local, small-scale production of food contributes significantly to the health and well-being of the community, and directly addresses certain issues of sustainability. Seasonal food is freshly picked, produce is offered at peak quality with flavor and nutrition at their best and food miles are kept to a minimum.
The crops are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, and according to organic or biodynamic methods although Trigonos is not registered as such. They are members of the Wholesome Food Association (WFA) which promotes organic principles and local food.
They grow a wide variety of salads, vegetables, and fruit in the open field and in unheated polytunnels.
Mealtimes and the good food served are a highlight at Trigonos and greatly add to the sense of well-being and general nourishment experienced by the visitors. In a world where many of you are divorced from the land, visitors appreciate seeing where their food has come from and how it has been grown:- land and table are reconnected.
The aim of biodynamic farming and gardening is to revitalize nature, grow nourishing food, and advance the physical and spiritual health of humanity. Each biodynamic farm or garden is conceived of as an organism with its own individual qualities and diversity of life. Reliance on home produced compost, manures, and animal feeds is a key objective and external inputs are kept to a minimum.
You’ll be able to enjoy daily Forrest yoga classes and ceremonies, nourishing activities, walking, creating and working with sound and silence. Everything is optional.
Forrest yoga has been created by pioneer of yoga and emotional healing Ana Forrest. It is a physical but internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life - and gets you great abs too. The yoga taught will be all levels classes, so options will be provided for both beginners and more experienced yogis looking to deepen their practice.
Please book flights to Manchester International Airport (MAN) or Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL). From the airports you may take a train, rent a mini bus or a car - 95 GBP for one to three passengers, and 120 GBP for more than four passengers or book taxi to get to Caenarfon.
Coach National Express buses no longer stop in Penygroes. Caernarfon is the nearest stop, from where you can get a bus or a taxi.
The 1N from Caernarfon serves Nantlle and connects with other buses running from Bangor, Caernarfon, and Porthmadog.
The 5A from Bangor runs to Nantlle twice a day, early morning and late afternoon.
There is also the T2 bus from Bangor-Aberystwyth which stops at Penygroes (two miles from Trigonos). Approximately two buses run a day, early afternoon and evening.
Nearest mainline stations are Bangor (West Coast mainline) or if travelling from mid Wales, Porthmadog.
The weather can be very variable - very warm in February or cold in June!
Broadband Wi-Fi is available in all of the buildings and bedrooms. The accommodation is situated in a mountainous area and mobile phone signal is limited. %Currently the EE network seems to provide the best signal in the area, but cannot guarantee this. You are welcome to use the payphone at the venue if needed.
Telephones and televisions are not provided in your in bedrooms. As a place for learning, discovery and retreat, most visitors appreciate limited access to electronic equipment of all sorts.
There's lots of great walks around the area, so if you fancy stepping out, please bring appropriate boots and rainproof clothing.
They may have accommodation available before and after your event. If you wish to extend your stay, please let North Wales Retreats know in advance.
There are many superb low level and mountain walks within a few miles of the venue. There is have a small booklet of walks from Trigonos available for sale.
Trigonos adheres to the principle "Reduce, reuse, recycle" and recycles all waste for which there is a local facility.
For more information, ask your questions directly to North Wales Retreats, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Claire Mace is an experienced Forrest yoga instructor who's been learning from modern master of yoga, Ana Forrest, for the last four years.
You will be served nutritious and tasty vegetarian meals with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal, and home-grown ingredients. A wide range of special dietary needs including vegan, gluten-free, and other needs relating to food allergies can be catered for.
You will serve yourselves from a buffet-style table, ensuring you get what you like and the quantity you want.
As an essentially vegetarian center, Trigonos does not usually serve meat. However, in special circumstances the are happy to provide some meat dishes - if required before booking.
Lunch varies according to the season based on the following homemade items:
Dinner usually consists of a substantial main course, followed by dessert, cheese and biscuits, fresh fruit, teas and coffee. Here you have some examples of fresh meals:
Over 20 varieties of teas, caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees, coffee substitutes, and hot chocolate are available to residents at all times and at no extra charge.
Trigonos has been awarded a five star rating in a recent food hygiene inspection, the top score.
The chefs are very experienced at catering for all kinds of special dietary requirements and always produce a meal of equal quality to that given to the majority. If you have a special diet you won’t be disappointed when eating at Trigonos.
To ensure that they fully understand your requirements please use the definitions below to guide your request.
Vegetarian - No meat, fish or any products derived from slaughtered animals (rennet, gelatine, lard, fish oils, etc.)
Vegan - As for vegetarians plus no product from any living animal such as milk (cows', goats' or ewes'), cheese, eggs, cream, lactose, honey, etc.
Wheat-free - No product containing wheat in any form but other grains, such as rye, oats, barley, etc, allowed
Gluten-free - No product containing gluten, such as wheat, oats, spelt, rye. Suitable starches used are buckwheat, millet, rice, and potatoes
Dairy product / dairy / milk products are products derived exclusively from milk. Milk is obtained from animals that include cows, goats, sheep, and buffalo. There are always alternatives to milk as standard rice or soy drink.
These are the standard definitions used by health services in the UK:
An allergy produces specific symptoms, such as swelling of the lips which usually develops within minutes of eating the food. Only a tiny particle of food is needed to trigger a food allergy. The symptoms of a food allergy can be life threatening.
An intolerance produces more general symptoms, such as indigestion or bloating, that can develop up to several hours after eating. The symptoms of a food intolerance, unpleasant as they can be, are never immediately life threatening.
Please be certain to tell your special dietary requirements before your visit.