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Call Of The Wild

A Highland Forrest Yoga Adventure // NYE 2017 

29th December 2017 - 4th January 2018

Come bid farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018 with a huge open heart, deep amongst the magnificent Scottish Highlands.

Through Forrest Yoga, Ritual + Ceremony, Ecstatic Dancing, Drumming, Winter Hiking and our own personal Sauna Yurt by the river - we promise you a powerful and inspiring week over NYE.

INTRODUCTION:

Is your heart yearning for adventure? Does your spirit need igniting and brightening? Do you want to do something magical and different at NYE? Do you feel the Call of the Wild?!

I created this adventure because honestly I find NYE a very difficult time of year. I find the mass celebrations lonely and overwhelming and each year I long for a different experience. So this year I invite you all to join me in the Scottish Highlands for a very special adventure. 

We will spend a week together, connecting to the awesome nature of the Scottish Highlands. Every morning we will practice Forrest Yoga together. In the afternoons we will explore the mountains and in the evenings after dinner we will explore the Call of the Wild through dance, drumming, chanting and ceremony.

This week is for YOU to get in touch with Spirit - to overcome fear, anxiety and whatever is holding you back so you can embrace your WILD self and and experience JOY.

By the end of the week you will be ready to begin 2018 from a place of power, focus and deep gratitude for life.

This retreat is open to EVERYONE :) 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

This is a PARTICIPATORY event. Much of the experience will depend on YOU! We will prepare meals together. We will organise ourselves together. And we will create magic together.

There is not one room big enough for all of us to practice together so each morning there will be a choice of room and teacher for your practice!

What to expect:

  • Total isolation deep in the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands

  • Warm, cosy accommodation with open fires in a renovated hunting lodge

  • Daily morning Forrest Yoga practice with experienced teachers

  • Winter hiking through the spectacular Cairngorm mountains

  • Evenings filled with chanting, drumming, singing, dancing, ritual + ceremony

  • Time to relax and sweat under the stars in the garden sauna yurt

  • The greatest NYE party of your life :)

LIKELY SCHEDULE

0830 - Morning Ceremony

0915 - Morning Yoga Practice

1115 - Extended Brunch

1400 - Free time (hiking, relaxing, creativity, inspiration etc!)

1600 - Tea and Cake

1700 - Evening Yoga / Meditation Practice

1900 - Dinner

2100 - Fire Pit / Yurt / Singing Circle / Meditation / Dance / Heart Circle

WHERE YOU WILL SLEEP

In our beautiful cosy rooms in the lodge. If you are coming with a friend or partner and wish to share a room then please let us know. We have 9 twins and 2 single rooms available on a first come first serve basis!

WHAT YOU WILL EAT

We will prepare all of our own delicious, healthy food during the retreat! The menu will be vegetarian with vegan options.

If you are a whizz in the kitchen and would like to lead a day in the kitchen then please let us know!

Taking time to prepare food with love and gratitude is a wonderful gift and skill to share in a group. It would be easy for us to have a chef come in and prepare all our daily meals - but this retreat is about the Call of the Wild - so we will be as self sufficient as possible and provide for ourselves together as a group.

I often find on group retreats that the most fun to be had is always in the kitchen around meal times!

Please let us know if you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements. 

THIS EVENT IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You are willing to actively participate in creating a magical experience for yourself and the group

  • You are looking for a different kind of NYE experience, one where you can take time to reflect on the past year and set powerful intentions for the year ahead, amidst the peace and solitude of the Highlands

  • All ages and experiences of yoga are welcome! (Dogs with permission, children stay at home please)

  • You are looking for the Call of the Wild! To connect with nature, to connect with yourself, to open your heart and invite spirit in. 

  • You have a sense of adventure - perhaps you're a worldy mountaineer or perhaps you feel starved of adventure - come join us and find out!

THIS EVENT IS NOT FOR YOU IF:

  • You are prone to complaining

  • You are looking to be looked after and catered for and pampered

  • A large group of 20 people eating and living together is difficult for you

  • Remote isolation makes you uncomfortable - we will be 8 miles along a track all on our own. Access is difficult in bad weather.

The points above are meant as a guide and not a definitive list - they are there to give you a clear idea about what to expect on the retreat so you can make an informed decision. This is not your normal luxury yoga retreat where everything is done for you - this is a very different kind of adventure! I'm looking forward to it immensely and to share this experience with you - if you have any questions or concerns at all then please get in touch.

PRICE:

£600 / €690 per person (includes room, food, use of sauna (TBC))

LOCATION:

Forest Lodge, Blair Atholl Estate, Scotland

IMPORTANT INFO:

  • If possible please come in a 4x4 vehicle. The track to the Lodge is 8 miles long and depending on the winter weather can be tricky. There will be people available to ferry you in from the main Estate car park if your car is not suitable for the track!

  • Please let us know if you have room in your car for other participants

  • All fees paid for workshops and retreats are non-transferable and non-refundable. In paying for a workshop, you agree to these terms.