Journey into Stillness: A New Year wellness retreat
“Journey into Stillness was like taking a lovely old clock and gently stopping the hands from turning. Just for an instant. Long enough to allow a glorious feeling of just ‘being.’”
When was the last time you took time for your self and listened to your inner knowing? Take time to “just be” on this mini journey of self-discovery. Immersed in the natural surroundings of Elmfield Estate’s magnificent trees and peaceful gardens, you will be guided to connect with your stillness within. Held by the natural world, totally secluded from the outside and from everyday life, guests are taken through a series of simple practices, to reconnect with themselves, each other, and their natural environment.
After an afternoon of slowing down and attuning to the rhythms of nature under the gentle care of Jane Shaw and her Elmfield team, guests feel like they have stepped off the fast turning wheels of life to recharge and restore, inspired by the connection to the Elmfield land and the stories it holds.
The family-owned estate which dates back to the 1700’s, has a wonderful history of evolving buildings and families who have lived there. You can’t help but notice the tranquillity of the estate, with its majestic trees holding space for every guest.
“I left with the most beautiful, calm feeling, and am working to recreate that in day to day life as much as possible...thank you for reminding me what I was missing”
With connection to the rhythms of the natural world being an important part of your experience, we are delighted to offer healthy seasonal food. Whether serving wild nettle shortbread, lemon verbena tea, or fresh kombucha, great attention is paid to the sustainable supply chain of each dish.
The retreat is led by international educator Jane Shaw whose family home is Elmfield Estate. She is passionate about health and wellbeing, as well as each tree and flower in the estate gardens. Her team listen with care and attention to each visitor, sharing their valuable knowledge and research-based practices. Jane Shaw’s style of facilitation has been described as bardic in nature, weaving poetry, music, eco-psychology and embodied practices. Jane has many years’ experience running retreats, creating the content from her continued clinical practice and academic research.
- ~ Relax and rest in the care of our experienced team
- ~ Connect with your own inner stillness
- ~ Explore silence and stillness and how to rest into them for greater peace and well being, through meditation and contemplative practices.
- ~ Enjoy a mindful nature walk to learn how to connect to the slow rhythms of the natural world
- ~ Learns tools and techniques to bring home for balance and renewed health
- ~ Enjoy gentle movement practices
- ~ Savour locally sourced seasonal fresh food