Jan 092013
 

 

Embodying the Dream

A 4-night Dreaming Retreat for Women

Dates: Aug 1-5, 2013
Place: Snowdonia, Wales

In ancient times, our ancestors saw no separation between us and the cosmos. Nature and humanity were inextricably linked and it was our prayers that kept the sun and moon rising, our rituals which ensured the rain to fall on our crops, and it was our songs which brought the planets into right alignment.

Sadly, the Elders who once passed on these ancient customs – wisdom they’d received from their own dreams – have all but vanished. Now it is up to us to become those Elders, to nurture the seeds of our dreams and provide a meaningful inheritance to the young ones who will follow us.

In this 4-night retreat we will be living as a Women’s Dreaming Council in the mystical serenity of Cae Mabon, a secluded fairytale village to ourselves in Northern Wales. In our daily sessions we will listen deeply and respectfully to our bodies, engage with the wisdom from our Dreams and enact ritual and song around a sacred fire together under the moon. Along with these central practices, we will also have free time to get to know one another better and explore the vast beauty of our inner & outer surroundings.


 

Secure your place (and the earlybird discount) with your $250 deposit. See cancellation policy below.

 

 


 

 

 

Sample Daily Schedule

Until 10am             Silent Morning Practice (& serve yourself Breakfast)
10 – 12:30 pm        Dreamsharing
12:30 – 1:30 pm    Delicious, healthy lunch
1:30 –  3 pm            Dream Workshop
3 – 5:00 pm           
Free Time or Group Adventure
5:00 – 6:30 pm     Delicious, Healthy Vegetarian Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 pm      Sacred Fire (ritual, song, invocation)

The schedule may change according to what serves our circle most. Thursday August the 1st is our arrival day (anytime after noon) – we will have a brief session at 5pm before dinner, and a sacred fire to open the ceremonial space for Dreaming. Checkout will be on Monday August 5th before noon.


Cae Mabon

In December 2011 John Thackara in his ‘Doors of Perception’ blog wrote: ‘Sites such as Cae Mabon are like the region’s antibodies, playing a vital role in healing the crippling disconnection within Western culture between body, soul, spirit, and place.’

Cae Mabon is nestled at the foot of Elidir Fawr in an oak forest clearing by a little river that cascades down to the nearby lake. The summit of Snowdon lies just five miles to the southwest as the crow flies.

At the heart of Cae Mabon is a thatched Celtic Roundhouse. With a fire in its hearth and smoke rising from the thatch it’s been the home of many convivial evenings of song, story and chat.

Circling the Roundhouse is a family of seven elegant natural dwellings – a strawbale Hogan, an oak and slate Longhouse, a cedar log Lodge, a cob Cottage, a redwood Chalet, a Hobbit Hut and a cedar Cabin. Each is unique, snug and subtly lit by solar power.

A renovated barn contains a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious eating and meeting room. There is a fine composting loo, a stylish washroom, a thatched shower hut and, stunningly located by the river, a luxurious hot tub.


Accommodations

You will be dreaming in one of Cae Mabon’s 7 gorgeous eco-dwellings:

Hogan: 
4 single beds; can be made into one double and two singles. (sleeps 4)
Longhouse: 
One double bed, one pairr bunk beds (sleeps 3)
Cob Cottage
: One double bed, bunk bed and single bed (sleeps 3)
Lodge: 
Same as Hogan (sleeps 4)
Chalet: One single and on pairs of bunk beds, one loft (sleeps 4)
Hobbit Hut
: One double bed, one single  (sleeps 2)
Cabin
: One double (or twin) room, one single room  (sleeps 3)

*Comfortable beds are provided with top sheets, pillows (with pillow protectors) and a spare blanket, but guests have to bring their own sleeping bags and towels.

To learn more about each of these beautiful, natural buildings, click here.


 

 

Food

Included in the retreat are three delicious & lovingly prepared (buffet style) meals every day. All food is vegetarian, organic wherever possible, with lots of raw options. If you have any dietary restrictions or needs, please contact Toko-pa to make special arrangements.


 Travel

AIR
The nearest international airports are in Liverpool (just under two hours away) and Manchester (just over two hours). There are train services from both airports to Bangor station, but you may have to change twice. Birmingham airport is about three hours away.
TRAIN
The nearest train station is Bangor (Gwynedd). There is a good service to Bangor from Euston, London, which can take as little as three and a half hours. It takes about 25 minutes to drive from Bangor to Cae Mabon. Taxis cost between £20 and £25. Check http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ for train times.

CARPOOL
Once you have registered, you’ll be invited to join a private Facebook Group where you can arrange carpooling with other Dreamers, and/or a pickup from Bangor Station by Cae Mabon hosts (passengers are asked to contribute £5 to cover fuel costs.)

 


Registration

Before March 31st: $750 CAD (earlybird discount)

After March 31st:    $850 CAD

Registration is only available to graduates of Toko-pa’s Dreamwalking Course. If you haven’t already taken the Dreamwalking Course and want to attend, contact me at dreamquestion@gmail.com and we’ll work something out.

Space is limited to 20 women for this event

Deposit: You will secure your place (and the earlybird discount) by sending us a $250 deposit. See cancellation policy below.

Includes: Includes 3 Meals/Day and 4 Nights Accommodations

Does not include: Airfare to UK, Transport to/from Cae Mabon, additional activities and outings.

Cancellation:

In case of cancellation before March 31st you will forfeit 50% of your deposit as an administration fee.

In case of cancellation after March 31st you will forfeit 100% of your deposit as an administration fee.

We are not responsible for any changes in the exchange rates throughout the year.

After June 1st there will be no refunds.

In case of sickness, you may transfer the course fee (minus deposit) to a future course (you can only transfer the sum once, and there are limited courses available for this kind of transfer.)

We are financially responsible for the retreat so we ask you kindly to respect that we cannot make any exceptions to this agreement.


How to Register:

Click the Register Now button to pay your deposit of $250 via PayPal. As soon as I have received your deposit, I will send you a confirmation and information about the next steps.

The balance of your tuition can be paid anytime before June 1st, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

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About 

A writer, artist and tender of dreams, Toko-pa has been interviewed by CNN News & BBC Radio and her writing has appeared in publications around the world. Thanks to Skype, she works with dreamers internationally in her Private Dreamwork practice, based on Salt Spring Island in Canada. You can find Toko-pa on Facebook or sign up for her mailing list to receive news about upcoming events.
 

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