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" Friendship is a sheltering tree "

Coleridge

Connection & Nature Experience Retreat

May 30th, 2023

I’m on the team facilitating the following retreat. If this speaks to you, do email in!

Monday 9th to Friday 13th October Cae Mabon, Snowdonia, Wales UK

For mental wellbeing professionals working with people and communities, espcially those wishing to deepen their understanding of the role of eldership in this time of climate emergency.

The number of places is very limited. To apply, email with Connection & Nature Experience Awakening as the title and include your name, contact number and one-sentence description of your background and the people your work is directed towards.

What
An exceptional 5-day retreat for wellbeing professionals designed to facilitate Adult and Elder transitions, using traditional knowledge and wisdom to enable deep connection for participants, giving them an increased ability to take this wisdom back to their communities and continue the work. An Elder-level understanding of the essential role of nature, community, people and meaning in the ecology of the planet.

The People
Philip Carr-Gomm: Psychologist and former head of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. “How Druid ideas and practices can foster mental health and nature connection”

Dr Rosalind Watts: Clinical psychologist, former Clinical Lead for Imperial College London’s psilocybin trial, Founder of the ACER online peer support community. “The nature codes & Tree Journeys – What trees can teach us aligning ourselves with the rhythms and patterns of nature, for increased wellbeing”

Professor David Peters: Pioneer in the field of integrated healthcare within NHS and private practice, founding faculty of the University of Westminster School of Integrated Health, editor of the BHMA Journal. “Evolution, emotions and a meaning & purpose informed approach to heart-brain connection”

Stefan Chmelik: Co-founder of New Medicine Group, now dedicated to global mental health impact through sound technology company Sensate. “The use of sound to access body sensation”

With Eric Maddern: ‘The Wild Man of Cae Mabon’, mythic storyteller, Honorary Bard of OBOD and visionary eco- builder. “A Storytelling Pilgrimage to Dinas Emrys through Mythic Snowdonia. Journey along the Math- Mabon-Merlin Songline to the Fort of Fiery Higher Powers”

The Place
Cae Mabon Eco-Retreat Centre, Snowdonia, in one of the most emotive and deeply rooted locations on the planet. Cae Mabon, called the ‘Welsh Shangri-La’, sits within an ancient valley, beside a river that courses down from hilltop waterfalls to form a llyn (lake) in the foothills of Eryri (Snowdonia). The 800 acres around Cae Mabon is profoundly rich in myth and legend and forms the ‘songline’ of the Math-Mabon part of the Mabinogion, part of ‘the most mythically rich twenty miles in Britain’ as Cae Mabon founder Eric Maddern calls it. Professor Tom Woolley declared Cae Mabon the ‘number one natural building project in the UK’. Nearest station is Bangor. Attendance, all meals, accommodation, events etc are included. Further details and cost (est £600) following application.

Further details here.