Magic, Medicine & Myth in Scotland
ScheduleJune 29th – 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Ether: Vision & Space
The magic is palpable, 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. We shall go to the very brink and see ourselves reflected there.
About This Event
MAGIC, MEDICINE & MYTH: SCOTLANDThis retreat is a grounding in what’s real: an opportunity to reconnect to that wild part of you that knows. There’s a word they use in Scotland, ‘ken’, which means something between knowledge and understanding, it speaks to your wider intuitive self, your instinctual self and your deepest self. Come feel the kenning and know that once felt, it never leaves. Magic, medicine and myth, it’s right here.
Facilitated by Vanessa Chakour and Ancel Mitchell, this healing experience will be held at the appropriately named Loch Awe. We’ll visit Standing Stones and Neolithic ‘womb’ tombs, the crowning place of kings, ancient mysterious sacred sites and castles all the while bathed in intensely beautiful landscape. An unforgettable experience.
Daily movement & meditation practices
European herbalism in folklore, magic, healing & ritual
Creative writing, journaling and storytelling
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
Working with Vanessa and her community through Sacred Warrior has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Her knowledge and encouragement have helped me get back to my literal and figurative roots. She is an excellent teacher with a grounded approach and a kind but fierce heart.
AccommodationsSet in magnificent Scottish scenery; hills, lochs, rivers and forests abound. The ecoYoga Centre is totally off-grid. Powered by 550Kw hydro turbine and a large bank of solar panels.
The ecoYoga Centre comprises seven buildings: The dining hall and kitchens, The studio, The accommodations, The workshop/cafe, The Bothy, The Spa Dome, The Artisan Sauna
Save $100 with Early Registration by Sept. 21st
10 double rooms (as private or shared).
Each room has an en-suite toilet and sink. There are two showers at either end of the building. The rooms are all individually heated with electric heaters which are controlled by the guest. There are also two showers in the dome, with the hot tub and another in the main house along with an indoor bath tub.
Private: $1995 (paid in full) $2350 (if paid in installments)
Couple (or two people): $2850
The Ecoyoga Centre’s bothy was an orginial Scottish bothy. These are scattered around the Scottish countryside, mainly for walkers. If you get lost amongst the hills you can find a bothy for shelter for the night.
The Ecoyoga Centre has converted theirs so it has under floor heating and is light, spacious and modern. It has three double bedrooms inside all sharing a toilet and basin. The dome is right outside so only a short dash to the hot tub and showers too.
The front room is a family room, with a ladder and a children bed up in a ‘nook’. It has a large sofa and living space. The bothy can be sleep up to 7 people, three double beds and a single bed. You choose this whole space as a group for the retreat, or as individual guests. It is warm and homey and even has solar panels on the roof for capturing extra electricity.
Room 1: $2195
Room 2: $1900
Room 3: $1995
Entire Bothy: $5800
- Free Wifi
- Hot Tub
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineAll food is organic wherever possible, locally sourced, and made from scratch. The menu has been inspired by the founder’s love of middle eastern cuisine and spices also with added input from our experienced and knowledgeable chefs. The brunch menu has a typical middle Eastern touch, with hummus and babaganoush, home made pita’s and delicious olives and salads.
Our morning practice will be followed by a big brunch. We then have soup and artisan bread in the workshop, we do a fairly light lunch (we will have occasional lunches to go), followed by dinner at around 6.30pm. All meals are included.
Fly into the Glasgow Airport. We recommend arriving a day or two early in Glasgow to get settled. You would then take a beautiful bus ride to Lochgilphead where you’ll be picked up. We will send more details upon registration and can offer lodging and experience suggestions if you’re planning an extended stay in Scotland. Click HERE for our retreat terms & policies. Travel to and from the retreat is not included in the rate.