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Blackbird Call. Otter Moon; A Reflective in the Blackdown Hills
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Blackbird Call. Otter Moon; A Reflective in the Blackdown Hills

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 9 people
Destination(s): England  
Specialty Categories: Yoga & Spiritual Experience   Pilgrimage/Spirituality  
Season: May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 995 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 995 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Due to the personal nature of this small group retreat and the detailed planning involved this tour will only take place at these dates and is not customisable.

Eastcott Retreat Barn is nestled in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in rural Devon. Each morning the blackbird’s song wakes us to another day. The Blackbird is a symbol of magic and transformation and we will pay attention to this call by spending our mornings focused on positively nurturing ourselves through inner and reflective activities. Our group facilitators are skilled and experienced in supporting your inner development through offering meditation, massage, spiritual guidance, group sharings, crystal healing and reiki. Walks in the tranquil English countryside may appeal to you or time in the vegetable garden and orchard. You may wish to bring your paints and be creative or sit in the garden with a journal. You will be encouraged to follow your own individual path within a loving and supportive environment.

The Otter brings the message of play, joy and community. So our afternoons will follow the nearby River Otter leading away into the wider world. We will go with the flow allowing freedom and pleasure to fill us as we let go of daily concerns and feel the passion of simply being alive. Some ancient sacred sites are close by and you will have the opportunity to learn to dowse for earth energy currents, giving a greater understanding of the land. A private visit into the hallowed sanctuary of Stonehenge and a day in magical Glastonbury are in the schedule.You may chose the exhilaration of horse-riding or exploring the local market town of Honiton on market day – a treasure trove for antique hunters, or visiting a country farm shop for afternoon tea – a must in England! And of course, sharing, laughter and closeness with newfound friends make this time even more special.

Evenings are spent round the large farmhouse table enjoying mouth-watering meals prepared by our hostess. The conversation will be as nourishing as the food as we share of our days and from our hearts. When the time comes to go home we will leave with many gifts, none of which will take any space in our suitcases.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Collection from London Heathrow airport and transport to Devon
Lunch at Eastcott. Afternoon free to settle in, rest up and acclimate to Eastcott Barn Retreat Centre and the beautiful surrounding countryside, an area designated as being of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Orientation meeting & farmhouse dinner.

Day 2: AM A range of reflective activities will be available each morning for you to choose from. Meditation, massage, spiritual guidance, group sharings, crystal healing, reiki, gardening, journaling, walking. Lunch at Eastcott. PM Local walks/horse-riding. Farmhouse Dinner.

Day 3: AM A range of reflective activities will be available each morning for you to choose from. Meditation, massage, spiritual guidance, group sharings, crystal healing, reiki, gardening, journaling, walking. PM Free time. Early dinner at Eastcott. Evening visit to Stonehenge. Touch the huge megaliths which have stood in magnificent isolation on the windswept Salisbury Plain for thousands of years, feel the pulse of powerful earth energy currents coursing beneath your feet, imagine the ceremonies which have been performed by robed priests over eons of time or just sit in quiet meditation.

Day 4: AM Reflective activities - a short period today followed by visit to Glastonbury. Lunch in Glastonbury (not included). A hike up to the top of Glastonbury Tor affords us panoramic views of the surrounding Somerset Levels and even Wales in the distance. The ever-present winds on the top can help clear out old patterns we no longer need in our lives. Chalice Well is considered by many to be the most sacred holy well in England and is held by beautiful and lovingly-tended fragrant gardens. We will perform a healing ceremony here involving drinking these potent waters. The town itself has an incredible range of healing modalities on offer along with every type of alternative shopping. In the center of town is Glastonbury Abbey ruins, once the largest and most powerful abbey in the country and sitting atop the famous St. Michael leyline. Farmhouse Dinner.

Day 5: AM A range of reflective activities will be available each morning for you to choose from. Meditation, massage, spiritual guidance, group sharings, crystal healing, reiki, gardening, journaling, walking. Lunch at Eastcott. PM Dunkeswell Abbey ruins provide an ideal location for trying your skill at dowsing, sensing earth energies and learning about local medieval history. Farmhouse Dinner.

Day 6: AM A range of reflective activities will be available each morning for you to choose from. Meditation, massage, spiritual guidance, group sharings, crystal healing, reiki, gardening, journaling, walking. Lunch in Honiton (not included). PM in Honiton. This is a historic market town famed for its lace and now for the many antique stores lining the High Street, a treasure trove for antique hunters! Farmhouse Dinner.

Day 7: Return to Heathrow airport for journey home.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- airport collection
- all land transportation
- 6-nights accommodation
- all breakfasts and evening meals
- 3 lunches
- admission into sacred sites including Stonehenge.

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