Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat

Exeter, Royaume-Uni

Ecstatic Experiences
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17 reviews
Oct 14 - 17, 2021
Group size: 30 - 40
Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat
Exeter, Royaume-Uni

Ecstatic Experiences
  • Facebook verified
17 reviews

Oct 14 - 17, 2021
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 essence and unleashing your inner goddess. A transformative 4 days of connection, movement, nature, amazing food and magic in Devon's picturesque landscape.



Please read Embercombe's current Covid Prevention Plan. This retreat will be going ahead following the government guidelines at the time.


8.00-9.00 Qi Gong or yoga

9.15-10.15 Breakfast in small groups (sharing circle)

10.45-12.45 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.


Renée Lacroix (Retreat leader, Ceremony Leader & DJ)

Tallulah Rendall (Workshop facilitator, Qi Gong teacher & Sound healer)

Sophie Bolton (Dancing in Nature, DJ & yoga teacher)

Kalindi Jordan (Workshop facilitator & Shamanic Trance Dance)

Iona McNeil (Authentic Relating)


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 beautiful yurt or a vintage van, 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 14 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 17.



-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 deposit is required to book and secure your place. Balance due by Sept 15.

Please carefully read our Retreat T&Cs as by booking on our retreat, you become legally bound by these terms.


-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.

-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 (shared yurt or private van)
  • 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
Sold Out

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.

Shared Yurt

A single bed in a shared yurt (with 1 other woman) with nearby compost toilets and running water. 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 nearby compost toilets and  running water. Bathroom facilities with hot showers available in the  main building.

Private Vintage Van
only 1 left

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.


Available options

Return transfer from/to Exeter St-David

Who’s interested

Your Organizer

Ecstatic Experiences
17 reviews
Ecstatic Experiences is a transformational events company run by acclaimed 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!


What an epic journey, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually! Highly recommend attending this incredible retreat. An incredible weekend of dance, connection, healing, learning, nature, joy, and community. Thank you!
By Carli T for Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat on 27 Oct, 2021
An Amazing retreat, highly recommend. Great to go solo or with a friend. So much thought and care into the flow of the retreat. Connection, reflection, insight, community and space to be. Comfy and warm yurts even for October. Not to forget a big thanks to Embercombe for the amazing food and snacks.
By Kelly C for Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat on 26 Oct, 2021
So safe, empowering and transformative. The activities are carefully structured and the team are INCREDIBLE!
By Mollie T for Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat on 20 Oct, 2021
What a magical and very special retreat ❤️ This was my first experience going to any retreat and I came not really knowing what to expect. My heart feels so full and I have taken away so much from these last few days, I don’t think words can describe how special it was. Thank you Renée and the team for all your hard work to put this together, I’m very grateful 🙏
By Virupa R for Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat on 20 Oct, 2021
This retreat went well and beyond my expectations, both from a personal experience perspective and the content. I feel as if I have gone through 4 months of serious self growth in just 4 days. The event was well organised, well paced, the teachers were incredible. The other people on the course were warm, open hearted and I felt completely safe despite having never attending anything like this before. I cannot recommend this experience enough with this company. 5 stars all thew way *****
By Annalisa C for Ecstatic Dance Women's Retreat on 20 Oct, 2021
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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