Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat July 29-Aug 1

Exeter, Royaume-Uni

Ecstatic Experiences
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Jul 29 - Aug 1, 2021
Group size: 30 - 40
Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat July 29-Aug 1
Exeter, Royaume-Uni

Ecstatic Experiences
  • Facebook verified
24 reviews

Jul 29 - Aug 1, 2021
Group size: 30 - 40

About this trip

This retreat is now sold out but we are hosting another Summer Retreat on the Bank holiday weekend: 27-30 August! Book your place here.


Please read Embercombe's Covid Prevention Plan. The UK government has announced that from July 19, legal limits on  social contact could potentially be lifted. Even if there are still restrictions in place, we have been able to host 2 retreats in the summer of 2020 with Embercombe's social distancing plan,  therefore this retreat will definitely be going ahead, following the government guidelines at the time.


8.00-9.00 Yoga or singing circle

9.15-10.15 Breakfast in small groups (sharing circle)

10.30-12.30 Class/workshop

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Free time

16.00-18.00 Class/workshop

18.30-19.30 Dinner

20.00-22.30 Ecstatic Dance

23.00-0.00 Bonfire

Classes & workshops include: Authentic Relating, singing workshop and movement classes. There will be an Ecstatic Dance every day (4 total).


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 room in a cabin, a vintage van or a beautiful 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 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 July 29 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 Aug 1.



-Torch (head torches are really useful)

-Clothing & boots suitable for the outdoors

-Swimsuit & flip-flops (there's a lake on site!)

-Rain jacket & wellies

-Ear-plugs (if you're a light sleeper)

-Hot water bottle (especially if camping)

-Toiletries (natural & biodegradable products please)


Non-refundable £100 deposit/person is required to book and secure your place. Balance due by June 30.

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.

-Can I bring my own van instead of camping? Yes absolutely. Please let us know when booking so we know how many expect.

-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 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 £50 admin charge to transfer your booking to another person. If you want us sell your booking on your behalf, we will retain your deposit (£100) for the service 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.


EDUK is a conscious dance events company based in London. We host weekly Sunday morning dances in Hackney Wick. Our mission is to create a safe, sacred space for people to come and  express themselves through movement, regardless of age, gender,  background or social status. We believe dancing is a form of therapy and can help us connect  to ourselves and to others. We embrace inclusivity, freedom of  expression, openness and positivity.

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 can arrange a shuttle 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
only 1 left

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

Private Cabin
Sold Out

A double bed in a cabin (linen provided) with nearby compost toilets and running water. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. 

Private Vintage Van
Sold Out

A double bed in a stunning antique show van with wood fire stove and gas stove for heating water (linen provided). Nearby compost toilets and running water. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Couples wanting to share a van can book 1 private vintage van + 1 camping spot.

Deposit: £100

Available options

Return transfer from/to Exeter St-David

Your Organizer

Ecstatic Experiences
24 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!


Set in a beautiful location, this retreat gave me everything I needed: peaceful surroundings, inspiring workshops, and a deep connection to nature. I left with a renewed energy! Thank you
By Danielle D for Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat 5-8 May on 17 May, 2022
This was a really confortable and well-organised trip! I would definitely recommend it!
By Alexandra A for Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat 5-8 May on 17 May, 2022
Great experience and beautiful people!
By Julia B for Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat 5-8 May on 11 May, 2022
First time in an ecstatic dance event. just loved it. Very well planned all the event, great facilitators and spotters. The venue was close to perfection.
By Pedro E for Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat 5-8 May on 11 May, 2022
Such a euphoric and wonderful retreat building connections with ourselves and the beautiful community created. 100% recommend and will be returning! Food, accommodation, workshops all topped any kind of expectation. Feeling blessed, rested and connected. Thank you!!
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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