thesecretchristianschloe‘The Power of the Celtic Woman’ retreats currently take place on the edge of the tranquil coastal village of Llwyngwril, in Gwynedd, North Wales, where ancient granite mountains meet the sea on the western fringes of the Snowdonia National Park. It’s an easy place to reach: there’s a tiny railway station in the village, and the area is rich in Celtic and Roman history.

Join me to explore the myths, stories and native traditions which spring from this beautiful and ancient land. As well as the general themes of place and belonging, which are a primary focus of all ‘Sisters of the Wells’ retreats (please see this page for more information), our work will be centered around the stories of the strong, fascinating and complex female characters in the magical medieval Welsh manuscript, The Mabinogion, and in the old Arthurian and Grail legends and literature.

From Rhiannon of the white horse to Blodeuwedd the flower maiden; from Branwen the peace-weaver to Arianrhod in her castle by the sea, we’ll explore wastelands and wonderlands, cauldrons of inspiration and rebirth, the origin of the Grail myths (and the centrality of the Grail Maidens and the Loathly Lady), and the pivotal role of women in our native mythologies.

Our focus is on the ways in which these native mythologies can inform an authentic and transformative Heroine’s Journey, which will lead us back to our place of belonging.

‘If women remember that once upon a time we sang with the tongues of seals and flew with the wings of swans, that we forged our own paths through the dark forest while creating a community of its many inhabitants, then we will rise up rooted, like trees.’

(From If Women Rose Rooted, by Sharon Blackie)

Available dates

Saturday 18 to Friday 24 March, 2017

This retreat is currently fully booked. If you’d like to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please contact me.

Location

Pentre Bach 2These retreats take place at Pentre Bach, a lovely, comfortable traditional Welsh house with adjoining cottages, which sits on three acres of land overlooking the sea, in the shadow of the magnificent Cadair Idris.

There are nine rooms available, all of them for single occupancy.

FOOD: Plentiful vegetarian food is provided, organic wherever possible (with some fish options for those who are comfortable eating it) and all participants are expected to work together on a rota basis to create evening meals (ingredients supplied; full instructions and recipes given!). We cannot cater for more restricted diets, but if you have specific requirements then you are welcome to cook separately. It’s usually easy to accommodate vegan and wheat-free diets. At lunch and breakfast, you help yourself from the pantry.

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Costs

The course fees vary according to the type of room you book; prices include tuition, and 6 nights’ accommodation (full board).

  • 3 rooms en-suite at £675
  • 5 rooms with shared bathrooms (there are 3 bathrooms for 6 bedrooms) at £625
  • 1 room with (full-length) bunk beds, rather than a twin/double bed; shared bathroom as above, at £575

On booking, a deposit of £250 is payable to reserve your place; the remainder will be due three months before the retreat begins.

REFUND POLICY: Although we recognise that life can change rapidly and that unexpected things might occur, we have a fairly strict refund policy. This is because of the accommodation and other costs that we are committed to once bookings are taken for a retreat, and also the costs and time required to re-advertise places which are booked and subsequently cancelled. And so, if you have to cancel up to three months before the retreat, then if another booking can be found, your payment will be refunded less a cancellation fee of £100. If you cancel between three months and a month before the retreat and another booking can be found, your payment will be refunded less a cancellation fee of £150. If you cancel within a month, or if we can’t find anyone to replace you within the timeframes quoted above, no refund will be given. We recommend that you take out travel insurance where possible to minimise your risk if the unexpected happens.

HOW TO BOOK: ‘Sisters of the Wells’ retreats usually fill up well in advance, and participants travel from all over the world — America, Canada, Australia, Europe — so please book early if you are able. Because by design my retreats are intimate, and intensive, when you contact me to enquire about booking a place (please email me, or use the contact form on the ‘contacts’ page of this website), please let me know a little bit about yourself, and what you hope to gain from the week. This isn’t a formal ‘application’ process — just a way of ensuring that all of those who sign up have a compatible set of expectations, and are committed to the work we’ll be doing together and to creating a gentle, nurturing and supportive sisterhood for the duration. Please be prepared to go outdoors (even if only for short periods) in all weathers; if you have an aversion to rain and wind, then a retreat on the west coast of Wales focused on deepening our relationship with place might not be for you!

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