Fri, 23 Jun|
SOLSTICE: Women's Wild Spa Retreat to The Enchanted Glade
You are invited to join a weekend exploration of seasonal blessings, sisterhood, reclamation, earth magic and ancient feminine wisdom as you are immersed gently back into the nurturing arms of Mama Earth and your loving community.
Time & Location
23 Jun 2023, 16:00 BST – 26 Jun 2023, 00:00 BST
Haywards Heath, Station Approach, Haywards Heath RH17 6SP, UK
About the event
'See the sun set ,and the starlight
The water warm and the steam swirl ,
The owl hoot and the pheasants call.
The moon rise, shining bright.
I breathe and receive it all.
The fire lit, the candlelight,
We’ll sleep under the trees tonight...’
Dear Sister... welcome home.
If you have found this page you are being summoned to join a joyful, expanding circle of supportive and curious women who feel the deep call of the wild in their bones. You are invited to join a weekend exploration of seasonal blessings, sisterhood, reclamation, earth magic and ancient feminine wisdom as you are immersed gently back into the nurturing arms of Mama Earth and your loving community. You are warmly welcomed to drop deeply into yourself, to the wisdom you carry within. Here is the opportunity to stop, to reflect, share, and be nourished and nurtured in a deeply supportive environment. You will journey alongside other women who are with you on a quest to cultivate their powerful creative fire and align with your ancient magic - reconnecting with the spark of passion that lies dormant within.
This moment in time offers us the opportunity to root into the seasonal shift and honour the radiant energy of the Summer Solstice. This traditional solar festival marks the longest day of the year and is a time of great beauty and the blossoming abundance of summer.
This retreat opens arms to a supportive circle of women to uncover their ancient magic and unwind in the arms of an ancient, British forest. Our practices will be gentle and supportive - exploring the wilderness within through the mediums of movement, breath, meditation, nature connection, sharing circle, plant medicines, ritual, earth magic and sacred song.
If you have been yearning for the embrace of sisterhood, kindred spirits, the earthen scent of an enchanted woodland and an abundant summer weekend to unwind and reconnect - this retreat is for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Throughout the weekend you will be invited to experience a number of practices, rituals and initiations for you to connect and go deeper into to the radiant beauty that lies within, and around you - honouring the dominating solar forces presiding and basking in the supportive glow of sacred sisterhood.
All our offerings will take place OUTSIDE, UNCOVERED in the arms of the beautiful forest surrounding The Enchanted Glade. Please take into consideration UK weather and pack appropriately. Some timetabled events may be rescheduled or cancelled if weather is poor.
- Movement, Dance, Yoga and Embodiment Practices
- Daily Wild Spa Access - Hot Tub, Sauna, Cold Plunge (massage treatments available for booking!)
- Summer Solstice Ritual + Celebration
- Voice Work and Breathwork
- Mandala Altar Weaving
- Sacred Song, Drumming
- Sharing Circles around the Fire
- Cacao + Hapé Ceremonies
- Nature Connection, Foraging Walks
- Sound healing with crystal bowls
Summer Solstice Blessing
The Summer Solstice is a time of great joy and abundance in the Wheel of the Year. We will be meeting in sacred sisterhood to join hands, sing, dance and offer our gratitude for all our many blessings - as well as casting a wish for abundance to touch all beings everywhere.
* Please prepare to wear something white for this blessing.
Wild Spa + Therapies
We are so lucky to have private, daily access to The Enchanted Glade's famous wild spa. You will have the opportunity to soak in the wood-fired hot tub, get-your-glow in the natural sauna or test your limits in the cold plunge pool! You also have the option to add on a 60-minute massage if you choose. An opportunity to unwind, unplug, connect deeply with yourself and the abundant beauty of the natural world!
Mama Cacao is a sacred plant medicine from Central America. The Cacao medicine represents the way of the heart and reflects humanity's sacred connection and relationship with the land and the (un)seen worlds. We use Cacao in our ceremony because her spirit is a keeper of ancient, sacred wisdom. She holds the vibrations of kindness and unconditional love, opening a channel for deeper connections to form with ourselves and others. Cacao's energy is healing and very gentle—speaking directly to the heart. When we connect with the heart’s energy, our voice may speak from a place of deeper intelligence carrying vibrations of peace and harmony.
Gong Bath + Sound Journeying
Fall through the stars and into vibrational harmony with daily journeys using the deeply therapeutic qualities of sound. Lose yourself, free your energy and feel your troubles melt away as you release into the bliss of intentional vibration. Sound healing can be beneficial for helping with energetic balance, emotional release, physical healing and nervous system regulation. Regular sound healing sessions can have profound and magical effects on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual self.
Vocal Activation + Breathwork
Throughout our lives, especially in early life, we can receive unconscious messing and/or trauma around the throat space causing us to hold tension, block ourselves and become fearful of our voices. Vocal activation is a process of re-wilding, reclaiming and empowering ourselves to be seen and heard in our most authentic and powerful state. The voice is a direct channel from the heart, when activated and free it allows us to speak our truth and live authentically. We will be using a range of practices to support the gentle opening and freeing of the voice.
We will start our mornings by moving, breathing and connecting with cycles, rhythms - deeply embodying the vast within. These practices will guide you to explore the outer edges of your being, opening all the parts of you that feel tight or resistant and allowing the sacred waters to flow. Our practices will weave through traditional Yoga, ecstatic dance, sensual embodiment, free movement, restorative Yoga, self-massage and beyond. All abilities, body types, ages will be catered for.
Nature Connection + Foraging Walks
We are blessed to be allianced with The Enchanted Glade - a beautiful, natural and off-grid eco retreat located in the heart of the Ashdown Forest. Surrounded by endless, enchanted woodland, bluebell fields and set under a twinkling night sky you will be able to fully unplug, switch off and enjoy connecting with the vast beauty of nature. With nightly music around the crackling fire and gentle mornings sipping herbal tea as the sunlight leaks in - you'll be guided to rewild your life through reconnection with land, spirit and heart. You will also have the opportunity to attend a foraging walk guided by an expert forager to get-to-know and understand the wild foods blossoming in abundance around us.
Drumming + Sacred Song Circle
Come journey with us into the world of sound and music. Drumming has long been used by shamans, priestesses and spiritual voyagers to connect with the Earth and ride the column of sound into the centre of the heart. We will take our place amongst the trees and sing to the spirits of the forest, and to the women who came before us - reclaiming the tradition of folk song to build relationship with our own vibrational essence.
Women’s circles are an ancient practice and place for women to be held, heard, seen and supported. We don't have enough spaces where we can speak honestly, authentically and without fear of judgement. When we share in held spaces such as this we often find release in speaking the words aloud, and comfort in hearing our stories reflected back to us in the experiences of others. We will spend time softly reflecting, sharing authentically and journalling each day to meditate upon our own, and the collective, healing.
THINGS TO NOTE:
- While this work may have therapeutic benefits, this is not supposed to be offered instead of, or as a replacement to, therapy. If you are seeking therapy then we encourage you to seek 1-1 support from a qualified psychotherapist. If you are experiencing significant mental health challenges please contact us in advance so that we can have a conversation about whether this retreat is right for you at this time.
- There is very little phone reception at the venue. We encourage you to take the opportunity to disconnect from the outside world, and to fully immerse yourself in nature.
- All activities will be offered OUTSIDE in the woodland which is uncovered. We are encouraging our retreat communities to let go and immerse themselves back into the enchanted arms of the forest - however please take into consideration UK weather and prepare for cooler temperatures/rainfall/being outside. Some activities may be cancelled or rearranged if necessary.
- PLEASE READ the FOOD section below. Important information regarding food offering and expectations.
THE ENCHANTED GLADE
An off-grid West Sussex sanctuary inspired by community and transformation, with soothing eco-accomodation options, a wild spa, and activities designed to put you back in touch with nature... and yourself. Beautifully tucked away in rural Haywards Heath, complete with its own spring-fed stream, you'll find it hard to believe that Enchanted Glade Retreats is under 35 miles away from the hustle and bustle of London.
Immersed in the abundant charms of nature, here you'll discover a creative selection of cosy off-grid accommodation, a nourishing wild spa, visiting wild deer, bluebell woodlands and an expanding community for beautiful souls - all set under a twinkling night sky. Faithfully awaiting are a traditional wood-fired barrel sauna, and a relaxing hot tub-under-the-stars (there's even a ‘Wim Hof' cold plunge barrel if you're feeling brave!) together with a heated treatment space that's just perfect for an indulgent oil or Thai Yoga massage... particularly after a long day of rambling in nature!
Wear yourselves out in whichever way you choose, before ending your day in the loveliest way imaginable. Sat around the crackling communal firepit, settling in for storytelling and mugs of steaming Cacao with your sisters, and brand-new best friends.
VENUE + ACCOMODATION
The Enchanted Glade offers you several different eco and off-grid accomodation options for a comfortable and reconnecting expeirence. We have 7 units available - 3 converted trucks and 4 furnished bell tents. Each unit has its own quirky attributes so please check specification of each. Please note - Bedding is provided, but please bring a towel!
All accomodation options have private access to cooking facilities for your breakfasts and lunches. Every unit has it its own little kitchen and there is a larger sheltered, fully equipped kitchen next to the bell tents. Down by the spa there is a double hob. There is a large cool box and small fridge for communal use too.
Please note- The bathroom facilities are all communal-2 toilets and 3 showers.
1 x QUIRKY CABIN (for you/two) - A haven of peace and tranquillity, the Quirky Cabin is a lovingly hand-converted, wooden ‘tiny house' retreat that can sleep two adults in rustic comfort. Rustle up sizzling suppers on the barbecue, and get lost in gentle reconnection with nature (and each-other).
1 x WOODEN WAGON (for you/two) - Meanwhile the cosily insulated Wooden Wagon was converted by Maria and Lillo themselves, using reclaimed materials. This hideaway features a double bed and a second double above the cab, so is ideal for sharing with your best sis. Perfectly positioned to capture the spectacular sunsets, Maggie the Wagon sleeps two guests. You'll have your own private kitchen and shower facilities, soft fairy lights, a soft-glowing wood-burner... and a seating area with an incredible view!
1 x GYPSY WAGON (for you/two) - Another newbie, the Gypsy Wagon is a stylish and traditional retreat, yet furnished with all the mod-cons you'll need, including a fridge, oven, and charging points for phones and laptops. Sleeping up to four adults in a blissfully private space, you'll have a downy double bed and two small single bunks to curl up in, a private kitchen, and a toasty wood-burner.
3 x BELL TENTS (for three sharing) - Last but by no means least, you can choose your favourite from three unique bell tents, each equipped with soft bedding and a crackling wood-burner, to sleep 2-3 adults in 1x double bed and 2x single mattresses. Creatively decorated in shabby chic, rustic organic, and ethnic oriental themes, there's a style to suit just about every holiday taste. Sleep close to the earth in the 'Canvas Village'.
More information and images of accomodation available on the link below;
To encourage the 'wild camping' and community feel, we will only be providing one meal a day (dinner) in the cost of the retreat. We will dine together under the stars in the evening, sharing delicious plates of plant-based and seasonal offerings. Expect heaped, steaming bowls of nourishing grains, pulses, veggies, bowls of fruit and delicious deserts to keep your tummy full and happy. There will be a healthy snack bowl available through the whole day and herbal teas will be on offer too!
Breakfast and lunch will not be provided in the cost - so you can have your own space and time to cook mindfully and create beautiful, culinary offerings to yourself. Please let us know asap if you'd like to pay an extra cost and be fully catered for as this may be an option with enough interest.
The food provided will be mainly vegan and gluten free with some possible local dairy and egg options depending on seasonal availability and request. Herbal tea will be provided but coffee and wine will not. Please let us know as soon as you can if you have any food intolerances/dietaries/allergies.
The cost of travel is not included in the price of the retreat. Please find below the address of the Enchanted Glade;
The Enchanted Glade,
Lower Sheriff Farmhouse,
RH17 6SP, UK
The Closest train stations are Haywards Heath and East Grinstead where you can easily get a 10 minute taxi drive to us. 3 Bridges is also not that far. The 270 bus comes from Brighton and Forest Row and stops very close to our site. Please follow the map to find us, When you arrive at Lower Sheriff farmhouse, please ensure that you come along the hedge where you will see the sign and entrance for The Glade. There is hardstanding at the gate and parking in the field. We create a whatsapp group in advance so that you can arrange a lift share or taxi share with other women on the retreat.
We will have a (free) carpark available for our use for the whole weekend. Please follow car directions above.
INVESTMENT + ACCOMODATION OPTIONS*
*(all inclusive of £250 non-refundable deposit)
Option 1 (private) - £895
Option 2 (sharing a double bed with 1 other retreat sister) - £595
Option 1 (solo, private) - £995
Option 2 (sharing space with 1 other retreat sister) - double bed - £825
Option 1 (sharing space with 2 other retreat sisters) - double bed - £695pp
Option 2 (sharing space with 2 other retreat sisters) - bunk bed - £595pp
Option 1 (sharing dorm, single mattress bed) - £495 pp
Option 2 (sharing dorm, double bed) - £595 pp
Payment plans available – please email us to arrange a plan that suits you.
Contact Molly on email@example.com for more information.
3 nights accommodation
Long weekend retreat and all workshops
Daily dinner feast under the stars, herbal teas and snack bowl
Free daily access to the wild spa!
Foraging walk + wild soup
Cacao + Plant Medicines
Keepsakes and bespoke gift bag
(Does not include travel to and from site. Option to add on a 60-minute massage treatment)
ABOUT YOUR FACILITATOR - Molly Anne Chinner
Molly is a Yoga and Embodiment Guide, Sound Healer, Musician, Vocalist and Cacao Alchemist.
She specialises in women's work - offering leadership, guidance and solidarity to others walking the path of rewilding, connection and liberation. She holds a deep reverence for the ancient powers of circle and ceremony in a world that has lost its love of magick. Her intention is to empower you to step into your own unique alignment and return to the beautiful guidance of your own heart - radiating your light and lifting the collective conscious vibration.
Molly’s path is to honour the existence of light and dark within us all. Her work aligns with the energetic cycles of the seasons, lunar month and astrological movements - allowing you a direct path to cosmic alignment.
Molly has had music in her bones from the earliest age. After spending time post-study touring as a professional singer-songwriter she decided to dedicate her life to the path of healing. After studying extensively with world leaders in the fields of Yoga, meditation, embodiment, breathwork, space holding, ritual and sound healing her life has been a delicious poetry of offering this work out to her community.
Her work today is a mixture of traditional, indigenous and contemporary healing arts - using the gifts of native wisdom, sonic and plant medicines to offer a personalised pathway to transformation and inviting you to reframe, manifest and alchemise your reality into vibrational alignment, enabling you to become that which you dream.
Bell Tent (double bed)
(for three sharing) - Last but by no means least, you can choose your favourite from three unique bell tents, each equipped with soft bedding and a crackling wood-burner, to sleep 2-3 adults in 1x double bed and 2x single mattresses. Creatively decorated in shabby chic, rustic organic, and ethnic oriental themes, there's a style to suit just about every holiday taste. Sleep close to the earth in the 'Canvas Village'.£595.00+£14.88 service feeSold Out
Bell Tent (single mattress)
(for three sharing) - Last but by no means least, you can choose your favourite from three unique bell tents, each equipped with soft bedding and a crackling wood-burner, to sleep 2-3 adults in 1x double bed and 2x single mattresses. Creatively decorated in shabby chic, rustic organic, and ethnic oriental themes, there's a style to suit just about every holiday taste. Sleep close to the earth in the 'Canvas Village'.£495.00+£12.38 service feeSold Out
Gypsy Wagon (single bed)
Another newbie, the Gypsy Wagon is a stylish and traditional retreat, yet furnished with all the mod-cons you'll need, including a fridge, oven, and charging points for phones and laptops. Sleeping up to four adults in a blissfully private space, you'll have a downy double bed and two single bunks to curl up in, a private kitchen, and a toasty wood-burner.£595.00+£14.88 service feeSold Out
Gypsy Wagon (double bed)
Another newbie, the Gypsy Wagon is a stylish and traditional retreat, yet furnished with all the mod-cons you'll need, including a fridge, oven, and charging points for phones and laptops. Sleeping up to four adults in a blissfully private space, you'll have a downy double bed and two single bunks to curl up in, a private kitchen, and a toasty wood-burner.£695.00+£17.38 service feeSold Out
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