As nature reawakens from its winter slumber, rising to greet the new spring season, we too begin to rise slowly in reverence to the wonders of life force itself. Together in conscious community we bring ourselves as we are - sleepy, awakening, curious, vibrant - all that we are and are not. YOU are welcome here.
Eden Rise Retreat Centre near Totnes, nestled in Devon UK's beautiful countryside with its rich wooden underfloor heating, holds us in warm embrace as we gather together to explore, expand and express in deep heart-centred soulful intimacy. Around its large solid wood kitchen table, where we share delicious vegetarian food which nourishes our bodies and souls, we also feed our curiosity to connect with self, divine and other.
Though our retreats and gatherings flow with the energy of unknown to some extent, there may be themes. This one is 'Awaking from Slumber', so as in nature there will be space for slow sleepy awakening, and also burst of blossoming. (meditation, movement, laughter...) There is structure around food times and the daily heart circles. Some activities are weather dependent. As in life, we are co-creators of each event.
A common structure for this 4-day retreat can look like something like this. ISH is the energy of the timing. Arrival from 5pm Dinner 6.30 pm Opening Circle 8ish
Early bird offerings: Meditation/Yoga/Tai Chi/Prayer circle/Nature walk/ river dip/sauna Buffet breakfast 7-9.15 am Morning circle/Pods/Movement/Song Morning offerings: Themes around Boundaries/consent/ Authentic relating/communication/ non-sexual intimacy/hopes fears desire/ breathwork/ Nature walk, Sound healing/shared journalling/writing group/comedy improv/ dance Lunch 1ish Free time or self-organised activity The sauna can be opened after lunch Gather 4.30 pm Activities around conscious connection, NSI* - intellectual: talking group. Emotional: sharing circles. Physical nurturing touch/massage. Land-based activity - exploring inner landcsape in nature. Dinner 6.30 pm 8ish Evening session: Cuddle puddles/ massage/ Camp Fire/chanting/chatting/live music/sound healing journey/snuggle sofas, rest. deep sleep.
Additonal activities can be as diverse as raw chocolate making, Poetry recitals, Live music. Darshan. Art. Board games. BEING together, craft, board games, Simply being...
Remember: You are encouraged and supported to be in choice at all times. EVERYTHING is an invitation - NEVER an instruction. You participate, or not as you feel in each moment.
Arrive from 5pm on April 29th, leave 5pm May 2nd 2024. I aim to make cost affordable whilst recognising and valuing my time, energy and expertise in organising such an event. Prices depend on which bedroom you choose. Prices are approximate as currently based on 2023 rates.
Rates for Retreat including 3 nights' accommodation, meals and activities: Twin Sharing is from £375 each Solo in twin room £595 Small double bed £425 Dorm bed ( sharing with 4) £350 each Camper £325
bedding and towels available to hire at extra cost - around £12
Payment options available. Limited spaces available. £100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve space. Full payment required 10 days before event. Conditions on BOOK NOW page. Please see FAQ's which are general. Please email with specific questions.
*NSI is Non-Sexual Intimacy. Most humans long for intimacy, in fact it is essential for our holistic development, yet the word is often misunderstood due to the sexualised society we live in. Intimacy creates connection deeper than sex, it nurtures and nourishes, it helps expand our sense of self, and supports health and well-being. Non-sexual intimacy can provide co-regulation to activated nervous systems, it can calm trauma response, regulate the heartbeat, breath, and endocrine system. It supports our need to feel welcome, loved and to love. NSI can make us feel human. Sidtsara has her own definition of NSI on which the foundation of Conscious Connection Events are based: Non-intentional or actioned genital, erotic desire, expression or touch, Non-sexual intimacy can include the following: Intellectual intimacy: Non-contact shared experience. sharing experiential or knowledge-based activities such as sharing a story, listening, asking questions, authentic communication. feeling safe enough to share expression, vulnerability and celebration. Walking, adventuring. exploring the environment together - even going to the theatre together can create non-sexual intimacy.
Emotional Intimacy -Sharing expression: Sharing experiences/emotional expression in story, song, dance, art, crying, laughing, expressing anger, and more, together. Eye-gazing, heart meditations, playing music. Being seen in vulnerability.
Spiritual/soul intimacy: Being (together) in silence/stillness, eye-gazing, mirror breathing, praying/chanting together, energy movement/flow dance, touch. Energetic alignment with something bigger than self.
Solo spiritual intimacy: stillness, silence, nature, heart practices, devotional expression - prayer, song/chant, certain types of yoga. Energetic alignment with being held/one with something bigger than ourself. Physical Intimacy: Touch with nurturing/nourishing/healing intent sitting back to back, holding hands, dancing, Consensual and boundaried touch - hug, holding, foot rub, stroking, back scratching, rocking, massage, Cuddling, lying in stillness.