Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat • 20-23 Oct 2022

Exeter, Royaume-Uni

Ecstatic Experiences
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27 reviews
Oct 20 - 23, 2022
Group size: 30 - 40
Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat • 20-23 Oct 2022
Exeter, Royaume-Uni

Ecstatic Experiences
  • Facebook verified
27 reviews

Oct 20 - 23, 2022
Group size: 30 - 40

About this trip

Something magical happens when women gather and retreat together. Come and join us for a long weekend exploring your feminine energy and unleashing your inner witch. A transformative 4 days of connection, movement, nature, amazing food and magic in Devon's picturesque landscape.



8.00-8.50 Qi Gong

9.00-10.30 Breakfast & sharing circle

11.00-12.30 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, Ceremony Leader & DJ)

Tallulah Rendall (Qi Gong teacher, Musician & Sound healer)

Sophie Bolton (Dancing in Nature Facilitator & Ecstatic Dance DJ)

Kalindi Jordan (Workshop facilitator & Shamanic Trance Dance)

• Others TBC


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. All accommodations are equipped with a woodburner and a firestarter pack.

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 Oct 20 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 Oct 23.



-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 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'm trans or non-binary, am I welcome on this retreat? Absolutely. We welcome every body who doesn't identify as male.

-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.

-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 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 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 you want us sell your booking on your behalf, we will retain your deposit 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.

What’s included

  • All activities
    Daily Ecstatic Dance, all classes and workshops
  • Accommodation (3 nights)
    Your choice of accommodation (shared/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
  • Transport to the venue
    We offer transfers to/from Exeter St David's station (please purchase add-on when booking)
  • Towel
    Please bring your own
  • Yoga mat
    Optional but handy

Available Packages

Camping in Own Van
4 left

Bring your own van & camping gear (we don't recommend camping in tents at this time of year). Compost toilets located  around the site and bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building.

Deposit: £100
Shared Yurt - Quad
only 3 left

A single bed in an extra-large yurt (shared with 3 other women) with woodburner and sink. Compost toilets and running water nearby. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Linen is provided.

Deposit: £100
Shared Yurt - Triple

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

Deposit: £100
Private Yurt
6 left

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

Deposit: £200
Private Cabin
only 1 left

A double bed in a private cabin (linen provided) with woodburner. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the main building. Couples or friends wanting to share can book 1 x Private Cabin + 1 x Camping spot.

Deposit: £200

Available options


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Ecstatic Experiences
27 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!


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
Beautiful to spend time with like minded, vibrant souls ✨
By Wendy S for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 2-5 June 2022 on 07 Jun, 2022
Another truly spectacular retreat. From the moment of arrival everything is curated for an incredible experience. The flow of the retreat this time around was absolutely perfect and the changes from previous schedules just levelled up this weekend entirely. It is always such a pleasure to be so graciously held not only by the Ecstatic Experiences team, but also the Embercombe team. Abundant delicious food (catered to my dietary requirements with no issues whatsoever!) and excellent facilitators. Until next time... ;-)
By Tamsyn H for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 2-5 June 2022 on 06 Jun, 2022
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 2022 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 2022 on 17 May, 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