Storytelling & Herbalism

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Sacred Warrior Scotland Retreat
Storytelling & Herbalism

Join Vanessa Chakour and Ancel Mitchell for a healing adventure in Scotland. Surrounded and held by the beauty and magic of the landscape, we will use story to reconnect to our place in nature.  We’ll stay in a magical setting by the appropriately named Loch Awe. Excursions include Dunadd, the crowning place of ancient kings, Fairy Hills, Bluebell Woods & Standing Stones, Sacred Celtic Ceremonial Grounds and intensely beautiful nature. Hiking through some of the most beautiful environments in the UK. Quietness.


Daily movement & meditation practices

European herbalism in folklore, magic, healing & ritual

Creative writing, journaling and storytelling

Daily Hikes & Excursions

Earth Ally & Meditation Work

Work with the elements: earth, water, fire, air, ether

Plant Medicine and wildcrafting

Time for reflection and sharing

Sacred Fire Ceremony

Delicious Organic Meals

Outdoor Bathing, Sauna & Hot Tub

Immersion in nature

We’ll Stay at the Beautiful EcoYoga Centre

Early Registration: $1500 (regular rate $1850)
Save $350 if you register or save your space with a deposit before July 3rd 2017
Deposit to hold space: $500

This is an intimate retreat with just 10 spaces.
Register soon to reserve yours. Payment plans are available.
Learn about the EcoYoga Centre’s Outdoor bathing HERE

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Thursday – Getting settled & arrival Dinner

We wake in silence before our morning movement & meditation practice. This is your time to journal, tune in or simply get more rest. Our morning practice revolves around our theme, so we begin our day aligned in mind/body/spirit/soul.

Friday – Earth: Grounding & Growth
Getting to know the land where we are. The West of Scotland is one of the oldest land masses in the world and we can feel the ancient life beneath our feet. Here we stand on the back of the great mother, admiring her glacial curves and appreciating her exposed beauty. Exploring our relationship to our bodies & the body of the earth through movement, meditation & creative writing. Root medicines. Earth Ally work. Grounding meals in house. Free time for self reflection.

Saturday – Water: Cleansing & Flow
Here, we are never far from water. We’ll hike between loch and sea, between sweet and salt water, appreciating always the flow and communication that water brings. Until the 19th Century people used water to move through this landscape: it was transport, community, livelihood and life. We can experience the beauty of this soft water through the dynamic, babbling brooks to the passive reflective waters of the lochs. Water medicines. Letting go. Creative writing exercises. Wildcrafting.

Sunday – Fire: Passion & Purification 
To the Ancients, fire meant life; ceremonies centered around it, the hearth fire never went out and embers were carried and gifted on journeys. In the prehistoric forts and ceremonial centers we’ll visit we’ll look deep into the magic and perhaps even smell the smoke from their altars. Bonfire & Sacred Fire Ceremony
Magic, transformation

Monday – Air: Movement & Breath
Nodding bluebells and swaying gorse, rustling reeds and the sombre music of oaklands: there is a stillness in Nature that encompasses the movement of air, a quietness which embraces the lonely sound of the peewee and the plip of a seal breaking surface water. Today through our breath we shall become one with the beings around us, both seen and unseen. The air here is damp and gentle, embracing, drawing us out and in to the land.

Tuesday – Ether: Vision & Space
The magic is palatable, in our journey we have come close to the Ancients, we have touched and been touched by Nature and we have experienced ourselves as stories and storytellers. We are capable of standing between the known and unknown. Today we shall seek out a special place, a portal between the worlds of water and air: the Corryvrecken whirlpool. We shall go to the very brink and see ourselves reflected there.

Wednesday – Departures
A last soak in the waters of the EcoYoga Center, a farewell walk by the loch or through the woods, an ending circle.

Tags: earth connection healing herbalism hiking inner exploration martial arts meditation mindfulness nature renewal ritual

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