Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 2-5 Aug 2024

Exeter, United Kingdom

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Ecstatic Experiences
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59 reviews
Aug 2 - 5, 2024
Group size: 35 - 40
Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 2-5 Aug 2024
Exeter, United Kingdom

Ecstatic Experiences
  • Email address verified
59 reviews

Aug 2 - 5, 2024
Group size: 35 - 40

About this trip

Join us for a transformational 4 days of community living on the enchanting lands of Embercombe, nestled in the heart of Devon. Expect epic Ecstatic Dance journeys, heart-opening workshops, delicious wholesome food, meaningful connections, tears, laughter and everything in between. Come as you are, all of you is welcome here

PROGRAM

Click here to see full program description (subject to change).

TEAM

Renée Lacroix — Retreat leader, Ecstatic Dance DJ & facilitator

Pixi Pete — Ecstatic Dance DJ & facilitator

Elise Yuill Cohen — Yoga teach & kirtan leader

Charlie Bishop — Musician & sound healer

Iona McNeil — Authentic Relating & movement facilitator

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 5-6 pm on Friday 2 August 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 3 pm on Monday 5 August.

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 deposit 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! Most of our participants 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 gas heater or wood burner. 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.


-I'm unemployed/student/on a low income. Do you offer concessions? We have a Pay-it-forward sponsorship scheme where we match generous sponsors with those who aren't in a financial position to pay full price to attend our retreats. You can fill in the application form here. If you're in a position to pay more and you wish to sponsor someone, you can do so here.


-Do you have any volunteering opportunities? We don't, but if you're not in a position to pay full price, you can apply to our sponsorship scheme above.

 

-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 less than 60 days from retreat start date, no refunds or transfers will be offered. Click here to read our full Terms & Conditions.


-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.

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. 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.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch via: Email | Facebook | Instagram 

We aim to reply to all messages within 24 hours (48 hours during weekends). 


We look forward to receiving from you! 


Renée & the team

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

What’s not included

  • 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 & Vans

Bring your own tent/van & camping equipment. Dry toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.

£475
Deposit: £300
Women's Shared Yurt
only 2 left

A single bed in a shared yurt (with 2 others) with gas heating. Dry toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Linen is provided. 

£525
Deposit: £325
Men's Shared Yurt
only 2 left

A single bed in a shared yurt (with 2 others) with gas heating. Dry toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Linen is provided. 

£525
Deposit: £325
Private Yurt
only 1 left

A single bed in a private yurt with wood burner or gas heater. Dry toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Linen is provided. 

£725
Deposit: £425
Private Yurt for 2
only 2 left

Two single beds in a private yurt with wood burner or gas heater. Dry toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Linen is provided. 

£575
Deposit: £350

Available options

Return transfer from/to Exeter St-David
£35

Departure from Exeter station at 16:30 on Friday 2 Aug and drop-off by 16:00 on Monday 5 Aug.



Itinerary

Day 1
Landing

Make your way to Embercombe, our majestic retreat centre.


17:00-18:00 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.

Your Organizer


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Ecstatic Experiences
59 reviews
Ecstatic Experiences is a transformational events company run by Ecstatic Dance organiser, facilitator and DJ Renée Lacroix. 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

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A unique opportunity. A beautiful microcosm. Everyone on their own journey. Honestly, it's hard to describe. I felt free and safe to explore, challenge myself, allow insights, and also to simply enjoy. The farm, lake and hills were gorgeous. I arrived without having met any of the other participants. I was a little apprehensive about this as I'm an introvert, but it felt easy to connect with the lovely, open-hearted group that we made. I'm also quite sensitive, one of those types who will tear-up on a dime, and I felt so free and safe to let emotions occur without judgement. I'm feeling so grateful for the entire experience.
By Audrey D for Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat • 1-5 May 2024 on May 17, 2024
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My first experience of ecstatic dance retreat is definitely not my last. The landscape was amazingly beautiful, our apartments were cozy, the nutritious meals were revealing and the activities, memorable. Organizers, staff and participants were appreciated by all for their particular talents.
By Michelle G for Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat • 1-5 May 2024 on May 15, 2024
This was an amazing trip on every level, from the beautiful nature of the site to the content and facilitation and management of the retreat it was all so loving, holding and enjoyable. Bonus points for the food provided on the site which was abundant, fresh and delicious. It was an incredible experience
By Julie M for Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat • 1-5 May 2024 on May 09, 2024
Another retreat from this group. So much love , lessons, community, nourishment, safety, inner work, amazing food and place, all you need to process whichever you need to process/heal/go through.
By Rodrigo M for Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat • 1-5 May 2024 on May 08, 2024
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deep, beautiful retreat in Devon, curated with a lot of care, run with a lot of love - thank you! it was magical
By Anna T for Ecstatic Dance Easter Retreat • 29 March - 1 April 2024 on Apr 10, 2024
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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