Women’s Retreat at the Winter Solstice,
the festival of Yule, in Ayrshire

During the women’s work & spaces I’ve been holding for women in the past two years, I’ve increasingly felt a need to offer a space for women in which they can come and explore themselves as women, whilst also letting go of the pressures they may feel in their everyday life.  This retreat is part of my response to this need, & follows the very successful women’s retreats at the Spring & Autumn Equinox.

I’m so excited to invite you to this two-day retreat on the beautiful Ayrshire coast to celebrate you as a woman.  The retreat will be from 20th till 22nd December.  This is the time of the Celtic festival of Yule, the Winter Solstice on 21st December.  ‘Yule’ comes from the Norse word ‘Jul’ which means ‘wheel’.  This is the longest night and the shortest day of the year and after which the daylight hours begin to lengthen.  The Winter Solstice is considered a time of miracles when we welcome the light; a time of wonder; a time to move away from the darkness and toward the light.  This is a time when you are invited to come join in a celebration of your own divine femininity, wonder, and in a pampering of your womanly self.  At this time the moon is in Leo and moving into Virgo bringing a focus from playfulness into more serious planning and attention to detail.  In the Pagan traditions of this land this was considered the celebration of the new year; a time to look forward to all that the next year holds.

The retreat will be held in my home with accommodation of two shared (twin) rooms and two double rooms for single occupancy.  This is within walking distance of the sea with a beautiful sandy beach and sea views to the Isle of Arran.

The weekend will offer you an opportunity to rest and relax and also to explore who you are as a woman.  We will do some circle work and story sharing, some active visualisation, movement and breath-work and rebalancing and reclamation and exploration of our power.  During the weekend there will be a trip down to the labyrinth at Dunure which is a powerful space to rebalance our energy, to shed that which no longer serves and to claim that which we choose for ourselves.  We will share in group sessions in the morning and in the afternoon you will have time to yourself.  And there will be movies on a big screen in evening.

** As this is a time to welcome in the light and to welcome in the new year
I will be holding a fire ceremony on the beach, if the weather permits **
(we may have others join us just for this ceremony)

The rate for the two days, including food (vegan, with wheat free options at each meal, all made with love) and accommodation will be: – £180 in a shared room, or £140 if paid in full by Sunday 8th December – £220 in a double room, single occupancy, or £180 if paid in full by Sunday 8th December (this is less than half the price of comparable retreats offered elsewhere but I wanted to offer this retreat at an accessible rate to you just because you are beautiful)

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and share with and to gain support from other women.  There will be plenty of time for you to explore the beach and to rest and relax.

Times and costs:

The retreat will begin at 5pm on Friday 20th December and finish at 5pm on Friday the 22nd December

Retreat total cost per person: £180 in a shared/twin room, or £220 in a double room to yourself (£140 and £180 respectively with Earlybird Booking, before December 8th 2013!)

This includes accommodation and meals, and water and snacks, and copious quantities of chocolate, including chocolate cake ♥

For further information please contact Gillian by email on gillian@sacred-touch.co.uk
or by phone on 07913 906 343, or see www.sacred-touch.co.uk/events

I’m so looking forward to sharing space with you!