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.
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.'
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).
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.
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.
-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)
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.
-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. Deposits are non-refundable. In case of cancellation from your side less than 60 days from retreat start date, no refunds or transfers will be offered, without exception.
-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.
-Any other questions? Send us an email and we'll aim to get back to you within 24 hours (48 hours during the weekend).
Embercombe, Higher Ashton, Exeter, EX6 7QQ
+44 (0) 1647 252983
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).
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.
-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.
Bring your own tent/van & sleeping gear. Dry toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.
A single bed in a yurt (shared with 2 others) with woodburner. Dry toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Linen is provided.
A single bed in a yurt (shared with 1 others) with woodburner. Dry toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Linen is provided.
A single bed in a yurt (linen provided) with woodburner. Dry toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.
A double bed in a cabin room (linen provided) with woodburner. Located next to main building with bathroom facilities & hot showers.
Make your way to Embercombe, our majestic retreat centre.
16:00-18:00 Upon arrival, check-in with our team, who will greet you and guide you to your yurt or camping area. Settle in, explore the grounds and get acquainted with the facilities.
18:30-19:30 Gather in the dining yurt for our first meal together where you'll be able to connect with fellow retreatants.
20:00-22:30 Join us in the main hall for an Opening Circle where we'll introduce ourselves and share practical points. Our retreat leader Renée will guide you into a short warm-up before bringing on an Ecstatic Dance journey. We'll end the evening with a live sound healing with our musician Tallulah.