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Women & Gaia 

Retreats for women, inspired by Mother Earth, infused with myth and full of magic

"I will ALWAYS carry with me the sense of tremendous support I felt from of all those women, and trusting them allowing me to go really deeply into myself in that ceremony. I felt like I would never have to go it alone again.

I ‘touched the Universal fabric’ from a place I didn’t know I could access and I really experienced first hand the immense healing and shifting power of a held ceremonial space, coupled with all the unique strengths of the other people sharing it.

 

It has really inspired and directed my work and I really can’t wait to join you both again for another coming together :) Thank you for such a heart felt and wonderful weekend and you make an awesome duo!"  Anne, Cheshire

A Yearly Spiral of Retreats for Women 

created with love and spirit by Suzy Saunders
& Jane Alexander held by Sunny Brow Farm

 

Our retreats harness the energy of the cycle of the year to create soul deep transformation and support awakening women. Each retreat is entirely unique and is called into being by the energy of the Earth, the mystery of the moment and the women who answer the pull to come. They are a beautiful mixture of nurture and challenge. Shaped space and free time. The wonderful accommodation, food and land at Sunny Brow is the container for the work, it holds and nourishes the body allowing for spiritual breakthrough and emotional release. Our retreats use yoga, meditation techniques, shamanic practices, ritual, ceremony, sound, drumming, holistic treatments and draw from Suzy and my wide ranging skill sets and spiritual experience.

The planning process begins a couple of months before the retreat as the bookings start to flow. We come together in guidance to find out what Gaia is cooking up this time. We then begin to gather the herbs, crystals, sacred objects, cloths and other random things we need and ideas for ceremonies and rituals begin to build. Our kids help us collect feathers and stones; we panic about the logics of water for rebirthing ceremonies in the Yurt; we worry about just how the women will feel about being barefoot or if they will have a sacred teapot they could bring; we laugh at ourselves and hold space for each other as the planning process brings up pains and memories for us to process; we witness our relationship deepening as we move through challenges together; and then we meet a few days before and the download for the retreat really starts to flow. A last minute booking can have us reworking a ritual or adding in something new as the soul energy of each woman who comes co-creates the retreats with us. Often we start the retreat without completely knowing what the final ceremony will be. We have objects and a rough idea but the actual meat and meaning of it comes through the process that leads up to it making sure it is 'right' for the specific women.

All this allows us to facilitate from the moment, in a responsive, immediate way from the place of knowing within us, which ensures that all the women who come get what they need. Often at the end, as we come together to share, and we look around the circle at our sisters who look as changed by the experience as we feel, the fullness of what has happened hits us. It is amazing, sacred work and we feel blessed to offer it. Women often say at this point that they don’t know how we did it. It works because we don’t force the space, we try not to control or shape what is trying to speak from that place of Divine Knowing that we all have. We trust that Divinity knows what we need so much better than we do and we seek to honour that in every thing we do.

Each space we create throughout each retreat is an invitation to the women who come. We don’t expect or need anything from you. We’re not forcing any type of experience nor are we asking you to explain what is happening for you. We are just inviting you to be you. Our retreats will let you come to your edge and show you the potential for transformation in the moment but the choice to change remains yours. In the 5 or 6 years we have been doing this work one thing has become very clear: women are incredibly brave. If you show any woman where her limitations lie, she will always, always move beyond them. If you bring women together in sacred space, they will always, always hold their sisters until they fly.

Our Next Retreat

Women of Spirit: Emergence

A weekend retreat for spiritual awakening
Friday March 20th to Monday March 23rd
From 2pm Friday to 10am Monday at Sunny Brow

 

Harness the wisdom of the Equinox
and step into your authentic self
Birth a deeper awareness, embrace truth and be free.

Come join with your sisters and release the past.
Shed skins that no longer serve you.

Invite the joy and mystery of womanhood.
Allow yourself to truly breathe


 

Woven from the energies of spring and stories of rebirth, this retreat is a chance to lay to rest the selves that you created to survive, to get by or fit in.
With ceremony to connect you to the purity and power within you, yoga to awaken, food to deeply nourish and sacred journeys to set you free, this retreat will hold you so that you can connect with the heart of what you are.

 

Retreat Price £425
includes accommodation, meals and all sessions.


 

Women of Spirit: Emergence
A weekend retreat for spiritual awakening
Friday March 20th to Monday March 23rd 2020
From 2pm Friday to 10am Monday at Sunny Brow

Retreat Price £425
includes accommodation, meals and all sessions.

Harness the wisdom of the Equinox
and step into your authentic self
Birth a deeper awareness, embrace truth and be free.


Come join with your sisters and release the past.
Shed skins that no longer serve you.

Invite the joy and mystery of womanhood.
Allow yourself to truly breathe


 

Woven from the energies of spring and stories of rebirth, this retreat is a chance to lay to rest the selves that you created to survive, to get by or fit in.

With ceremony to connect you to the purity and power within you, yoga to awaken, food to deeply nourish and sacred journeys to set you free, this retreat will hold you so that you can connect with the heart of what you are.

Awakening Women: Deepest Love

A day retreat rising from the power of the
Summer Solstice

Friday 19th June to Sunday 21st June 
From 2pm Friday to 2pm Sunday at Sunny Brow Farm

Retreat Price £375
includes accommodation, meals and all sessions. 

Come & celebrate with us in the fullness of the year.

Allow the sacred heart of your womanhood
to flow into your body.
Call to the magic of the creativity within.
Fall into Divine love and let it carry you home.


Infused with the wisdom of the Divine Mother in all her forms, this is a deeply nourishing day that honours the body, holds the heart and ushers in spirit.

Expect sound baths, healing bodywork, ceremony, yoga and spaces to connect with Source.
Join us as we fall into deepest love.


 

Earth Rites: Earth’s Call
A weekend retreat full of ritual, sisterhood
& Gaia’s wisdom

Friday September 25th to Monday September 28th 2020
From 2pm Friday to 11am Monday at Sunny Brow

Retreat Price £425
includes accommodation, meals and all sessions.

At the time of balance between light and dark, we gather to honour the Earth and our inheritance. This weekend invites in the wisdom of the ancestors, explores the mystery of being and recognises the sanctity of the power within all women.

 

Part initiation rite, part sacred gathering in sisterhood, we seek to allow the place where Divine balance is struck between our individuality and our place as part of the whole. Expect opportunities to rest in your own being, and times of sharing. Expect to explore your edges and to transcend them. We will explore and expand our relationship with the Earth, allowing her to hold us as we soar.

This retreat is for you if you are longing to claim your voice, make peace with your life or accept all that makes you, you. We will work with love through a sequence of rituals, yoga, breath, rock, woodland and ancient ways. Woven with Divine awareness and rooted in our Earth connection, the retreat is a pathway to the light within you and will prepare you for the power of the winter months to come.

Deep Feminine: Lifting the Veil.

An intense weekend retreat full of dream, vision and raw feminine energy

Friday November 6th to Sunday November 9th 2019
From 2pm Friday to  2pm Sunday at Sunny Brow

Retreat Price £375
includes accommodation, meals and all sessions.

Beyond the roles we play, beyond gender, identity and archetype, lies the pulsating, organic power of the feminine. The feminine – that which gives us life, The feminine - that which turns potential into what is actual – makes dreams real.


Join us for a powerful weekend retreat as we allow the feminine to claim us. Total transformation comes through surrendering to what is true. This weekend welcomes the dissolving strength of the energy of this time of year and is an invitation to allow your presence to expand and your consciousness to increase.

 

Expect a densely woven retreat that supports you to be with all that lies within you. Expect journeying, twilight magic, mystery, yoga, dance, ceremony, candlelight, and rituals for release and connection. Travel with us through spaces that offer you chances to let go and invite in true freedom.

Transcendence
A day retreat at the turn of the year

Saturday December 21st 2019
Sunday December 20th 2020
From 10am to 5pm at Sunny Brow

Retreat Price £85
includes lunch & snacks & tea! 

This retreat offers you a chance to explore with the feminine in all her mystery. A day of honouring the ancestors, reaching beyond your sense of reality, and journeying deep inside.

 

Come and explore the Divine potential of this powerful day. Rest in the creative magic of the light returning at the dark of the year. Allow grace to light what has lain in shadow. Allow truth to wash your darkness away and welcome the one true light in you. This is a day of ritual especially crafted to transport you beyond your sense of your own limitations.

Expect yoga, meditation, movement, sound and ceremony. Perfect if you feel ready to root deep into the feminine as she finds unique expression in you. Magic happens when women gather together. Let this circle of the feminine hold you as you see through the veil and accept your own divinity.