Ecstatic Dance Easter Retreat • 7-10 April 2023

Exeter, United Kingdom

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Ecstatic Experiences
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36 reviews
Apr 7 - 10, 2023
Group size: 40 - 50
Ecstatic Dance Easter Retreat • 7-10 April 2023
Exeter, United Kingdom

Ecstatic Experiences
  • Facebook verified
36 reviews

£NaN
Apr 7 - 10, 2023
Group size: 40 - 50

About this trip

Come and spend your Easter weekend with us! A transformative 4 days of connection, movement, nature, wholesome food and magic in Devon's picturesque landscape.

DAILY PROGRAM (EXAMPLE)

7.45-8.45 Morning practice

9.00-10.30 Breakfast & sharing circle

11.00-12.30 Class/workshop

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.30 Free time

16.30-18.00 Class/workshop

18.30-19.30 Dinner

20.00-22.30 Ecstatic Dance

ABOUT EMBERCOMBE

Embercombe is an eco retreat centre overarching a beautiful and wilding 50 acre valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. 'It is place to find a deep connection with nature – wild nature around us and wild nature within us. It is a place to breathe, to reconsider, to regenerate and to relearn. It is a place to get clear on what it is you have to offer the world and become passionate about who you are and what you do.'

ACCOMMODATION: 3 NIGHTS

1. If you choose the accommodation option, you have the choice between a shared or private yurt with compost toilets and running water nearby. Full bathroom facilities with hot showers are available in the main building. Linen is provided.


2. If you choose the camping & van option, you need to bring your own tent/van and camping gear (ex. sleeping bag, mattress, pillow, blanket).

FOOD: 9 MEALS

All meals are included (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners). Organic, vegan food is lovingly prepared on site using locally-sourced produce whenever possible. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know when booking.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

We ask you to arrive between 4-6 pm on Friday 7 April to allow time to check-in, explore the grounds and settle in before we start. 


The retreat will start with dinner at 6:30 pm.  The retreat will end after lunch at 2 pm on Monday 10 April.

WHAT TO BRING

-Towel

-Torch (head torches are really useful)

-Clothing & boots suitable for the outdoors

-Rain jacket & wellies 

-Ear-plugs (if sharing a yurt)

-Hot water bottle

-Toiletries (natural & biodegradable products please)

PAYMENT

Non-refundable £100 deposit/person is required to book and secure your place. Balance due 30 days before retreat starts.


Please carefully read our Retreat T&Cs as by booking on our retreat, you become legally bound by these terms.

FAQ

-Can I come on my own? Absolutely! More than half of our participants actually come on their own, and many not knowing anyone else. Our retreats are highly inclusive and welcoming, and the program is designed to facilitate connections between one another with ice-breakers, group exercices and a daily sharing circle in small groups.


-I've never been on retreat or done an Ecstatic Dance before. Can I still join? Yes! While we would suggest that you try at least a conscious dance session (of any modality) to get a feel first, we always have a handful of participants who have never done Ecstatic Dance before coming on retreat. And for many of them it's also their first retreat.


-Is this a festival? No. Festivals are generally larger events with several programs/workshops to choose from and participants can arrive/leave as they wish, and meals are not communal. Our retreat is a closed container: we start and finish together. We are limiting the number of participants in order to create a more intimate gathering. There is one program and all the activities, including meals, are communal. We also ask participants to turn off their phones. Our retreat is an invitation to go deeper into your practice and let go of the outside world for the duration of a weekend.


-Are the accommodations heated? Yes, all accommodations are equipped with a wood burner to keep you warm at night. The main hall and other facilities are also heated.


-Can I come for only part of the retreat? No. Part of the reason our retreats are so powerful is due to the energy field we create together as a group. Having participants arrive later or leave early clashes with this group field. If you come on retreat with us, we ask that you commit to staying for the entire duration. 


-Are children welcome? Our retreats are not suitable for children. 


-Are dogs allowed? Unfortunately not.

 

-What is your cancellation policy? In the unlikely case that we have to cancel the retreat, a full refund will be offered. In case of cancellation from your side, no refunds or transfers will be offered, no matter the reason.


-If I can no longer make it, can I transfer my booking to someone? If you find someone to take your booking, there will be a £35 admin charge to transfer your booking to another person. If the retreat is fully booked and you want us sell your booking on your behalf, we will retain your deposit and refund you the balance only if we find a replacement and once they have paid in full. Please note we will only accept booking transfers and allow posts on our Facebook event/page if the retreat is fully booked.

GETTING THERE

Embercombe, Higher Ashton, Exeter, EX6 7QQ

+44 (0) 1647 252983


By train

Exeter St David’s is the closest station which serves most of the UK. It’s approximately 7 miles from Embercombe. There is a taxi rank outside (one-way to Embercombe: £25) or you can walk to Exeter Central Bus Station which is approximately a 1.5 mile walk into town. We offer a return transfer to/from Exeter train station for £35 both ways (add-on when booking).


By bus

There is a 360 Dartline bus service from the Central Bus Station in  Exeter which stops 1.3 miles from Embercombe. Look for route name Exeter-Dunchideock-Bridford and get off the bus at the Belevedere Castle stop. On leaving the bus, continue along the top road. After 400 yards you’ll reach the Belvedere Castle entrance on your left. Opposite, there is a little road going down to the right, signposted Trusham and Ashton. Follow this road for approximately 20 minutes until you reach Embercombe’s main gate on the right.


By car 

-From the Southbound A38:

Follow the signs to Exeter Race Course. Climb the hill slowly and get  into the left hand lane, at the top of the hill (Haldon Hill) take the left exit marked Dunchideock and Exeter Race Course. Pay particular attention as you do not get much warning of the exit! Turn right at the roundabout at the end of the sliproad towards  Dunchideock and follow this road through Haldon Forest. After 1.7 miles, the road goes downhill into trees and just opposite is a forest car park area on your right. Take the sharp left turn signposted Trusham  & Ashton. Entrance to Embercombe is 1.2 miles down on the right.


-From the Northbound A38: At the top of Haldon Hill (A38) take the exit marked Dunchideock and  Exeter Race Course immediately after the petrol station. At the ‘T’  junction turn left and follow the road through Haldon Forest. After a 1.7miles, the road goes downhill into trees and just opposite a forest car park area on your right, take the sharp left turning signposted Trusham & Ashton. Entrance to Embercombe is 1.2 miles down on the  right.  


-Satellite navigation systems: We recommend that you don’t use your Sat Nav system to reach Embercombe. They’ve been found to be unreliable in the rural areas around Embercombe and visitors often arrive at the wrong address. Instead, simply put 'Embercombe' in Google Maps.

What’s included

  • All activities
    Daily Ecstatic Dance, all classes and workshops
  • Accommodation (3 nights)
    Your choice of accommodation (yurt/cabin or camping)
  • Food (9 meals)
    Three vegan meals daily made from organic produce from onsite garden whenever possible
  • Hot showers
    Available on site
  • Transport to the venue
    We offer transfers to/from Exeter St David's station (please purchase add-on when booking)
  • Tent & camping gear
    If camping
  • Towel
    Please bring your own
  • Yoga mat
    Optional but handy

Available Packages

Camping in Own Van
only 3 left

Bring your own van & camping gear (we don't recommend camping at this time of year). Compost toilets located around the site and bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.

£395
Deposit: £100
Women's Yurt - Quad
only 3 left

A single bed in an extra-large yurt (shared with up to 3 others) with woodburner & sink. Compost toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Linen is provided.

£425
Deposit: £125
Shared Yurt - Triple
9 left

A single bed in a same-sex yurt (shared with 2 others) with woodburner. Compost toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Linen is provided.

£450
Deposit: £150
Private Yurt
5 left

A single bed in a yurt (linen provided) with woodburner. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.

£595
Deposit: £200
Private Cabin
only 1 left

A double bed in a cabin room (linen provided) with woodburner. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.

£595
Deposit: £200
Private Yurt for 2
only 2 left

For friends or couples: two single beds in a yurt (linen provided) with woodburner. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.

£950
Deposit: £300

Available options

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Ecstatic Experiences
36 reviews
Ecstatic Experiences is a transformational events company run by Ecstatic Dance organiser, facilitator and DJ Renée Lacroix, co-founder of Ecstatic Dance UK. Our mission is to create safe and sacred spaces for people from all ages and backgrounds to come together to connect and work on themselves through movement classes, sharing circles, self-development workshops and freeform dance. Our retreats embrace inclusivity, freedom of expression, openness and positivity. Join us for a truly transformative experience!

Reviews

A fantastic trip. It was transformative, inspiring, nurturing and connecting. Very well organised and facilitated. A lovely flow to the retreat.
By Joanna L for Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat • 20-23 Oct 2022 on 04 Nov, 2022
It was an excellent weekend. Embercombe is an amazing venue and the food was amazing, delicious and colourful. The staff were very kind and helpful. The space holders did a wonderful job; planning fun and energetic activities. I hope to come again! Thank you!
By Rachael T for Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat • 20-23 Oct 2022 on 02 Nov, 2022
It was the most beautiful experience I could of wished for xx
By Bex K for Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat • 20-23 Oct 2022 on 01 Nov, 2022
Such a beautiful experience.
By Naomi W for Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat • 20-23 Oct 2022 on 25 Oct, 2022
Amazing, energising, beautifully curated with highest quality facilitators. Expansion and growth, connection with a wonderful group of sisters.
By Kelly C for Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat • 20-23 Oct 2022 on 25 Oct, 2022
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Simply amazing! I really recommend this kind of experience to make ourselves happier. Thanks all team . Lots of love Jan🤍🌻🤍
By Jannina M on 10 Aug, 2021