RETREAT FOR WOMEN
COMMUNITY | WILD GATHERING
CONNECTING IN NATURE. IN A VALLEY, WALES.
A retreat for women in 200 acres of stunning Welsh landscape. This wild off-grid camping experience is an opportunity to reconnect and reignite a sense of adventure. This unique journey is for those wishing to escape city life and completely immerse themselves in nature.
This is no glamping experience. Get ready for an epic adventure into a wild & wonderful valley. Here, personal growth, exploration and retreat go hand in hand with living close to the earth in beauty and simplicity. Come and connect to the land, where nature is blessed in hopeful mornings, where waters run free and fire light burns bright in evenings under the starry night skies.
Relax by the riverside, go on walkabouts; explore surrounding hills, waterfalls, rock gorges & rock pools. On site, you'll have access to a wood fired sauna and access to a women's lodge (roundhouse). These are communal sheltered spaces for you to use at your own free will. There is also a sheltered communal eating/kitchen space where you can connect with other visitors on site.
Many of us these days seek a sense of community and time spent in wild places, but may not have the opportunity to travel or wild camp. This experience will provide nature connection, a sense of adventure, a taste of an off-grid lifestyle and time spent camping in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
There will be optional guided walks and activities to take part in, however, you have the right to roam the entire site. There will be plenty of opportunities for solitude, to relax or socialise with others in communal spaces or round a fire.
An opportunity to reconnect with nature, each other and yourself.
Maximum 20 guests. Booking & payment details are provided via email.
Activities during your stay may include:
Exploring rock pools, rock gorges & waterfalls
Wild dips / bathing
Wilderness Skills (Get accustomed to the land)
Communal fire space / musical jamming
Access to wood fired sauna
Access to community kitchen
Access to private women's lodge
This entire experience is catered for, serving organic vegan/plant food for breakfast, lunch & dinner on all days.
NATURE IS MEDICINE
"TAKE TIME AWAY FROM THE CITY. GO TO NATURE"
Morning times are for relaxation & personal time. This is a space of exploration and personal freedom. It gifts the opportunity to be your complete self in nature. You are free to be; on these wild lands.
After lunch, you have the option of joining a walkabout to nearby sites of natural beauty. They'll be plenty of opportunities for wild dips and bathing, so be sure to bring swim wear & towels.
In the evening times after dinner, we may gather round a community fire for jamming, an opportunity to connect. We welcome any personal skills, creativity, instruments and open jams, but most importantly; yourself.
There are things to explore on site, like a wood fired sauna you may have access to. Roundhouses to gather in and a private women's lodge.
After full payment is received & booking is confirmed, you'll be sent specific directions to the site & further details.
Please connect via email if you have any enquiries, questions or to book a place.
For women aged 18+ years - 65 years old.
GETTING TO THE SITE
You might as well fully immerse yourself into the experience - you are going off-grid!
You'll be sent a postcode and given specific directions on how to reach the site, once you've paid the full amount. Please do not share this postcode with others, you are being given access to an exclusive land space.
This is going to be an epic adventure.
Access to the site is now solely by a mountain road and by the footpaths and bridleway that weave around the hills and woods. You will be greeted in daylight hours, at the start of the event by our team who will assist you in every way getting yourself, your gear, your tents, your friends or whatever is needed effortlessly onto site.
Getting into the valley village is an adventure in itself!
You'll be welcomed in the main car park on arrival. From there, you'll be leaving personal cars behind. Some 4x4 vehicles will ferry you and all your stuff down from the carpark (where you will arrive & meet with us) at the top of the mountain road.
The road is spectacular with breath taking views over the waterfalls, glittering rock faces and high moors, descending into the sheltering woods of the secret kingdom nestled among wild waters and forest. A warm welcome awaits all who make the journey.
It's a 15 minute walk down the winding path and a little longer going up! However don't worry; it's entirely possible to do the whole journey either way, up or down, in our four wheel drive vehicles in a few minutes. Just not in the dark. We will not be able to collect you or your gear after dark!
The nearest town is the charming village of Llanidloes.
If you are coming by train go to Newtown, Powys.
We can assist in arranging a lift, there is a £20 charge for this journey one way. We can also assist in returning you to the station on Sunday.
YOU MUST LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED A LIFT.
You can also get a taxi for between £30 - £50. Please give the driver the full directions and not just the post code (we will send this to you via email after booking) or you will get lost!
There's a train from Birmingham International Airport to Newtown, Powys, which is the most direct.
RETREAT TO NATURE
Date: 14th, 15th & 16th July 2023
ARRIVAL: Friday 14th July between 12pm to 3pm. Dinner is served between 6pm - 7pm
DEPARTURE: Sunday 16th July - You may depart after breakfast/lunch
Location: A 200acre land space, in a valley, west Wales.
Postcode & location details will be shared upon booking via email.
PRICE: £225 per adult - this includes all catered organic vegan friendly food. Breakfast, lunch & dinner on all days. Camping fees, guided walks, access to the communal sheltered eating/social space, wood fired sauna & private lodge.
£200 - For Key Workers
TRAVEL BY CAR:
5 hours drive from London
3 hours from Bristol
2.5 hours from Birmingham or Manchester
If you are arriving by train, the closest train station is "Newtown Powys" and then it's a 35min drive to the site. We can arrange a pick up for you from the station. It's a £20 fee for the driver one way. Please enquire about arranging pick ups.
BOOKING & PAYMENT:Email: email@example.com
This experience is for women only. 18+ to 65 years old. Maximum 20 guests.
LANDSPACE & ON SITE
This land space has Celtic roundhouses & yurts, fire places and temples, set within a spectacular valley camp ground set amongst the rock faces, wild wooded gorges, rock pools & waterfalls of 200 acres of rewilding land. The settlement also features a wood-fired sauna, a tibetan Dakini temple, warm cosy carpeted meeting lodges with wood fire stoves, a fully equipped off-grid kitchen with fresh drinkable spring water and compost toilets in line with a low impact ethos. The entire site is off grid, offering total privacy and seclusion.
Camping is alongside a river inside the valley. Once all personal camp spots have been assembled, we'll meet later in the day to go through basic wilderness skills, to help you get better accustomed to the land during your stay.
Personal tents & camping equipment is required for this experience. You'll be sent a kit list after booking (refer to kit list below) Do not expect a glamping experience with Spirit Wildeye. This is encouraging a taste of adventure & an off-grid experience. There are swim spots, rock pools and a small waterfall nearby. Please only use eco-friendly & non-toxic products if swimming or bathing. Respecting the environment is a must.
FOOD & WATER
Catered organic vegan food is served for the duration of your stay. Some of the plant food served may have been grown or freshly foraged from the surrounding land. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are all provided on all days and served in the community kitchen space. This area is a communal and sheltered area for eating/socialising. Free teas & coffee are available anytime. You are welcome to bring any extra food/snacks along if you wish, in case you get peckish on hikes or between meals.
“Take time out to relax, rejuvenate & heal whilst surrounded by beautiful nature"
The site is entirely off grid, for simple but elegant living.
There are natural waterfalls and fairytale bathing pools. Please do not use any chemical soap in the natural water.
Remember; on arrival you will be leaving personal cars in the car park, and being collected by 4x4 vehicles that will drive you on to site. You might as well immerse yourself in the experience, take all your kit, otherwise it's a 15min walk back to the carpark from the site. You'll be given lifts back to the car park on the Sunday.
There is a cosy wood fire sauna, for more of a deeper cleanse.
Other than this, there is no hot showers.
Beautiful fresh drinking water from the spring is accessible from various taps dotted around camp.
There are compost toilets that are private & secluded. However, most of the time you may need to adapt and think like a wild cat. You'll be advised during wilderness skills.
There are solar panels, rechargeable stations for phones & minor equipments, but no mains electricity. Bring battery/phone chargers if you need them.
Phone network & signal is sparse in the valley, although most people get signal up the hill in the car park.
You will take part in wilderness skills on day one, to familiarise yourself with the land & how to respect it during your stay.
There is no electricity at night time in the valley, you are advised to bring torches & spare batteries. You'll be going off grid for a few days. This is an opportunity to unplug from the digital world.
There may be other women staying on site that you may cross paths with. Especially around the communal kitchen space. However, it's a 200acre site so most of the time you'll have plenty of time alone and have plenty of opportunity for seclusion.
There will be community fire spots to gather round at night. We'll have meeting times & points. You are welcome to light personal camp fires by your tents. However, we recommend bringing a personal supply of kindling & fuel and using fire dish (off the ground camp fire)
You are free to roam the 200acre site. You are not obliged to take part in any the activities/sessions. They are there on offer.
You will be outside for the duration of your stay. Come prepped with relevant outdoor clothing & footwear. Refer to kit list below. Midges tend to come out around sunset time. It's best to have a fire lit around twilight and just before sunset time. Bring insect repellant.
You'll be sent a risk assessment, kit list, location details and further information on how to reach the site, via email after booking (You'll be given specific directions)
Please be advised that this experience is sharing an off-grid adventure and community lifestyle. Personal responsibility and adapting to the elements & land is encouraged. You'll be stepping out of the comfort zone, to experience a taste of adventure, a community lifestyle, away from the regular norms of an urban environment.
Please be aware that there may be other volunteers sharing the site. It's an open and friendly community vibe and they'll be plenty of opportunities for seclusion and privacy. Depends on your intentions and how you feel.
3 season Sleeping bag & Roll/Foam Mat (for underneath sleeping bag)
Blanket / Rug / Mat
Insect repellent / Bug
spray (Midges come out at sunset)
Sun cream / Sun lotion
Toiletries (eco-friendly & non-toxic)
Flip flops / Sandals
Torch / Lantern (spare batteries)
Snacks / Extra picnic / camp food
Flask for hot drinks
Refillable water bottle
Warm clothes for night
Shorts / T-shirts / sleeveless top
Outdoor trainers / boots
Instruments for fire jamming (optional, we'll have some to share)
Fire dish / back up kindling & wood (optional, if you wish to have your own personal camp fire) Lighter / matches