Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 2-5 June 2022

Exeter, United Kingdom

Ecstatic Experiences
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31 reviews
Jun 2 - 5, 2022
Group size: 40 - 50
Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 2-5 June 2022
Exeter, United Kingdom

Ecstatic Experiences
  • Facebook verified
31 reviews

Jun 2 - 5, 2022
Group size: 40 - 50

About this trip

This retreat is now sold out! Please note we'll have another Summer Retreat on the August bank holiday weekend (26-29 Aug). Click here to book your place!

A transformative 4 days of connection, movement, nature, amazing food and magic in Devon's picturesque landscape.


8.00-8.50 Yoga
9.00-10.15 Breakfast & sharing circle
10.45-12.45 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


Renée Lacroix (Retreat Leader, Ecstatic Dance Facilitator & DJ)

OSARA (Facilitator & Ecstatic Dance DJ)

Richard Batts (Ecstatic Dance DJ)

Elise Yuill Cohen (Sound Healer, Kirtan Leader & Yoga Teacher)

Charlie Bishop (Sound Healer & Musician)

Asher Levin (Contact Improv Facilitator)


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 participants to arrive between 4-6 pm on Thursday 2 June 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 Sunday 5 June.


-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.


-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.


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: £20-25) 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 £30 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/van 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 & Vans
Sold Out

Bring your own tent/van & camping gear. Compost toilets located around the site and bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.

Women's Yurt - Triple
Sold Out

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

Men's Yurt - Triple
Sold Out

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

Private Yurt
Sold Out

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


Available options


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Ecstatic Experiences
31 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!


Well...where do I start! I came back from the Aug Ecstatic Dance retreat a couple of weeks ago and I'm still integrating it all. It was deep, insightful, intense, immense, loving & beautiful! You know those moments that are so magical that you cry from experiencing the next level of 'beauty'...i had many of these moments as the layers of conditioning release spontaneously, the music & movement that carry & connect you to experience the sheer beauty of a living moment. To feel truly alive in your body, heart fully open to the divine. Those moments where you feel everything and that's okay. The retreat was so well crafted, each team member bringing their realness, authenticity & gifts. Thank you. I felt confident and at home in the dance, breath & singing sessions. I felt shy & introvert in the social settings during lunch and free time as I came knowing no one. And that's okay :-) I met some truly lovely people and I am in awe of the facilitators. I learnt alot on a personal & professional level being a facilitator myself. I am so very grateful 🙏 Embercombe as a venue is utter perfection. Literally heaven on Earth. I will be back :-)
By Marie A for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 26-29 Aug 2022 on 08 Sep, 2022
Just wonderful. Super well organised with brilliant sessions. A total treat of a weekend.
By Manar H for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 26-29 Aug 2022 on 03 Sep, 2022
What an absolutely wonderful retreat. Every session was transformative, and there was plenty of time in between to relax, integrate and enjoy the beautiful setting. The food was delicious and it was such a friendly, like-minded crowd. I will certainly be going again!
By Gabriela B for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 26-29 Aug 2022 on 01 Sep, 2022
This ecstatic dance retreat was amazing. The facilitators are incredible and it’s life changing. Meet so many wonderful people and the precense and how dance connect to self and others was magical. Look forward to the next one.
By Thomas W for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 26-29 Aug 2022 on 31 Aug, 2022
It was a beautiful experience in such a gorgeous location. Truly transformative and rejuvinating. All of the food was delicious, the yurts so cozy and lovely. Every dance felt like a unique and ecstatic journey and experience. One of the best things I've ever been to .
By Amy R for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 2-5 June 2022 on 20 Jun, 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