Emergence ~ Transitioning from Restriction to Renewal
Time & Location
About the Event
Summer plans quarantined? Yearning to rest and reconnect?
Skip the struggle and join us to integrate lockdown learnings, honour what we've endured, and welcome summer.
“The Hearth Retreat is one of the most exceptionally beautiful and magical places I’ve had the pleasure of spending time” - Will Secretan, arts psychotherapist
Experienced facilitators will guide ‘emergers’ on this retreat to:
- Shake off lockdown fatigue and integrate lockdown learnings
- Deepen our connection to ourselves, each other and nature
- Play in solo time, facilitated practices and held group processes
- Access our authentic needs and responses to this unique time
- Release into connection and holding in an intimate group (max 12)
- Return relaxed, renewed, and reoriented
In this inclusive, immersive workshop we'll explore what's being asked of us in this trying time. Held in The Hearth's enchanting surroundings, the retreat features:
- nature immersion in a lovingly stewarded, semi-wild valley
- nature-based mindfulness practices
- skilled therapeutic holding by experienced facilitators
- nourishing, organic, locally sourced, plant-based food provided
- inspiration from ecopsychology principles, Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects” and Bill Plotkin’s Nature-based Map of the Human Psyche
- camping with hot outdoor showers and optional glamping upgrade
The weekend is COVID-safe with physical distancing measures. All group facilities are outdoors or in open-sided shelter. Please discuss any concerns with us.
** Bookings close 8pm Wed 30 June, London time (GMT +1) **
Freddy Weaver is an accredited integrative counsellor with extensive training and experience in addiction psychology, trauma work, and ecotherapy. Having worked in leading rehabilitation settings in the UK and Europe, he settled in Devon to raise a family, study indigenous wisdom at Schumacher College, and ecopsychology at the Natural Academy.
Freddy practices therapy in The Hearth's woods and in Totnes, Devon. He facilitates for Write to Freedom, a Dartmoor charity running residential rites of passage, mindfulness, and nature connection experiences for recovering addicts. Freddy is kindling the Hearth’s ignition alongside his own expansion into wholeness.
“Freddy has a real affinity with the land - his gentle guidance, mischief-making and ease in which he holds space has had a profound effect in deepening my nature connection.” - Ali, Write to Freedom
Bethan Evans is a certified and experienced Shadow Work coach, workshop leader and Alexander Technique teacher. With compassion, empathy, and understanding, Bethan invites us to welcome ourselves exactly as we are in each moment. She aims to create an accepting, non-judgmental space for whatever arises.
Bethan brings a lifelong desire to understand and delve into the challenges of life and what it is to be human. She is committed to helping create a kinder and more just world with respect for inner and outer nature.
What people say about Bethan's work:
"You led it so beautifully and skilfully and created a safe and loving space."
"An amazing job holding the space in such a safe and nourishing way, allowing me to explore."
"Your explanations and demonstrations are clear and fun. Great facilitation."
VENUE: A 16-acre sanctuary in south Devon, The Hearth is based around an old disused quarry, which provides the slate-hewn shelter of the Hearthside, and a steep and wooded valley with a stream running through the land. We’ll hold group sessions outdoors in the Hearthside space and the woods, and if it's rainy there’s an atmospheric old barn in which to shelter and share. Helena and Freddy Weaver and their growing family gratefully steward the land, with support from Devon Wildlife Trust to welcome and expand biodiversity.
Venue testimonials:“Whether you want to go for sunlight dappled walks in woodlands, or lie in grass meadows looking at the stars The Hearth is a place where time slows down and you can just simply enjoy.” - Tom
“The environment is spectacular, creating the most restful of spaces to think, to be, to rejuvenate and remember we are nature.” - Ali
Car: The Hearth is 15 mins drive from Totnes, 6 mins from Harbertonford, and 10 mins from the A38. We encourage car sharing!
Train/taxi: Totnes has mainline rail connections to London and Bristol and taxis are available from Totnes. These firms are highly-rated: Roadrunner Taxis - 01803 732 834 | Connect Cabs - 07443 518 087 | Brutus Cabs - 07979 615 349 | Sam’s Taxi - 01803 220406 | Happy Cabby - 01803 559 292
If cycling (which we heartily support!) there’s a more scenic back route from Totnes that takes 45 - 60 mins - we can give you details.
If walking, there’s an intermittent bus service from Totnes to Harbertonford, from which Little Greyhills / The Hearth is a 45-minute walk.
Camping: Included in your retreat ticket is a spacious pitch in an open meadow among newly planted trees, with lovely views across the valley. Water taps, compost loos and hot outdoor showers are within easy walking distance.
Glamping: There are two cabin/shepherds hut options – the Wildflower Cabin and Apple Wagon. These lovingly curated, handcrafted spaces are designed to maximise sun, light, and seclusion. For the retreat they will be as advertised on Airbnb (links in blue below) but sharing showers and compost loos with other retreatants. They are therefore being offered at reduced prices ~ Wildflower Cabin £50 p/n & Apple Wagon £25 p/n) so if you’d like a bit more comfort then get in touch to book either space when purchasing your retreat: email@example.com
Wildflower Cabin “The Wildflower Cabin is one of my favourite places on Earth” - Tom
“A magnificent experience! So much care, consideration, and cosiness.” – Theodore
“A magical stay, secluded and surrounded by nature. With beautiful views. Every little detail was so well thought through.” - Sarah
Apple Wagon “What a beautiful place nestled in magical surroundings. The wagon has everything you need - super cosy and cute.” - Nour
FOOD + DIETARY NEEDS: On retreat we can better soak up the good stuff when released from everyday practicalities. So come and be nourished with delicious, organic, dairy-free, plant-based food, locally sourced where possible.
Our excellent chef is a retreat catering specialist who also cooks for the local International School of Macrobiotics. Though not macrobiotic, our menu will focus on hearty, nourishing dishes to support our restorative enquiry.
We’ll provide breakfast (muesli, cereals (inc. gluten free), toast, fruit and yogurt), lunch (hearty but simple), and dinner inc dessert. All meals are dairy free and there will be gluten free options at every meal.
If you have further restrictions we encourage you to bring the other elements you’ll need. There will be fridge, freezer, and simple gas hob access in the rustic kitchen area as needed. Herbal teas, “breakfast” teas and coffee will be freely available.
If you’re a regular “grazing” style eater we also recommend bringing some snacks to keep you going between meals.
There are 8,760 hours in a year. How many will you give to yourself in 2021? 🌼
To book your 2 - 4 July retreat ticket(s), select the number & type you need below and click ‘Checkout’ when ready 👇🏼
** Bookings close 8pm Wed 30 June, London time (GMT +1) **
Thank you for your time and attention 🙏 We hope to see you Hearthside! 🔥