Ecstatic Dance August Retreat

Exeter, Royaume-Uni

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Ecstatic Experiences
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Aug 28 - 31, 2020
Group size: 30 - 40
Ecstatic Dance August Retreat
Exeter, Royaume-Uni

Ecstatic Experiences
  • Email address verified
59 reviews

Aug 28 - 31, 2020
Group size: 30 - 40

About this trip

Due to popular demand, we're now hosting a second retreat: Ecstatic Dance September Retreat (Sept 11-13). Check out the details and register here!



COVID-19 UPDATE


Embercome have put together a social distancing plan and will be reopening in August. Here are the safety measures we are taking:

-Downsizing our group size to 30 retreatants (as opposed to 60)
-Shared rooms are no longer an option. You can choose between camping, a private room or share a yurt with a partner/friend/family
-We are replacing the Contact Improvisation class by another (non-contact) movement class
-We encourage retreatants to carry hand sanitiser with them and will be required to wash their hands before/after each session
-We ask participants to respect other people's space with the 1-m rule
-A full list of Embercombe's coronavirus measures can be found here


DAILY PROGRAM (EXAMPLE)


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 & storytelling


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


TEAM (OF CHAMPIONS)


-Renée Lacroix (Founder Ecstatic Dance UK)

-OSARA (Founder Ecstatic Dance Bristol)

-Elise Kamala (Singing circles + Kirtan)

-Charlie Bishop (Singing circles + Kirtan)

-Pixi Pete (Ecstatic Dance DJ + facilitator)

-Richard Batts (Ecstatic Dance DJ)

-Vix Anderton (Authentic Relating)


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 private 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 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 participants to arrive between 4-6 pm on Friday Aug 28 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 Aug 31.


WHAT TO BRING


-Towel

-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)


PAYMENT


Non-refundable £100 deposit/person is required to book and secure your place. Balance due by July 31.


FAQ


-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 to 30 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.



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: £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 shuttle to/from Exeter train station for £25 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.



ABOUT ECSTATIC DANCE UK


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 (private yurt or camping)
  • Food (9 meals)
    Three vegan meals daily made from organic produce from onsite garden whenever possible
  • Hot showers
    Available on site

What’s not included

  • 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

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

£350
Deposit: £100
Private Yurt

A single bed in a yurt or bell tent (linen provided) with nearby compost toilets and running water. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.

£450
Private Room in Cabin

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

£465
Deposit: £100
Private Vintage Van

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.

£485
Deposit: £100
Private Yurt for 2 (£375 pp)

Two single beds in a yurt or bell tent (linen provided) with nearby compost toilets and running water. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.

£750
Deposit: £200

Available options

Return shuttle from/to Exeter St-David's
£25


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!

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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