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Joyful Singing, Healing Sound

New Forest Weekend Retreat

at The Minstead Centre in the heart of the New Forest

 

                        AUTUMN DATES TO BE CONFIRMED SOON!

Harmony Singing, Sound Healing, Meditation, & Forest Bathing in Stunning Nature

with Delicious Plant-Based Fare & Great Company

for Inspiration, Fun & Well-Being!

Event Description

Sing into Spring! This will be a fun, nourishing and relaxing weekend retreat at the magical Minstead Study Center in the New Forest. Surrounded by the pristine and beautiful forest, with its plethora of wildlife and birdsong, we will sing inspirational harmony songs from around the world, deeply relax with gentle sound healing and meditation, and boost well-being and sense of connection to ourselves, to others, and to nature!

 

* Restore mind, body & soul in the tranquil New Forest

 

* Relax with singing, sound baths, meditation, and mantras

 

* Immerse yourself in the beauty of forest walks

 

* Be nourished by delicious wholesome foods

 

* Enjoy great company!

 

* No previous experience is necessary for our workshop sessions 

There will be two workshop sessions a day, each one designed to enhance your well-being, and nourish your mind, body and soul.

 

You will have the opportunity to relax, recharge and immerse yourself in the beauty of ancient woodlands, streams, and meadows. 

 

There will be free time in the afternoon for walking in the gardens or the forest or just relaxing with like minded others.

 

We will have exclusive use of the center including gardens, workshop space, kitchens, the house, and dormitories. 

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The Venue

The Minstead Center is set in 7 acres of beautiful gardens, in the heart of the New Forest. 

For accommodation options scroll down. 

 

Our main workshop space is rather like a huge wooden tree house!  It is very comfortable, with underfloor heating and a very efficient wood-burner, if needed, making for a cosy space for our singing and sound-bathing sessions. The dormitories are also part of this lovely and unique space.

 

Supper on Friday evening, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday will be delicious plant-based fare, using local and organic produce, including some from the vegetable garden.

 

On Saturday evening supper will be at the lovely local village pub. The cost for this is not included in the fee.

 

You are also welcome to bring your own supper to have at the center.

 

Nestled amongst the gardens are various stone circles and a newly refurbished roundhouse, based on an Iron Age home. It is made from local clay, rope, straw and wood.  It has no door, and a fire inside, ready to be lit for evening storytelling and singing if desired!

Singing

Our singing sessions will include gorgeous harmony songs from around the world, including African, Gospel, Native American and Jazz. We will also have deeply relaxing sound baths with Tibetan singing bowls, and other sacred sound instruments, and mantra singing, in the cosy "beanbag" room, which has a wood burner for colder weather.

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Practical Info

Dates

 Spring Retreat Friday 22 - Sunday 24 March 2024

Arrival time is 4pm on Friday 22nd March

 

- Departure is 4pm on Sunday 24th March

 

Fees

£395 on-site residential

or

£345 non-residential, including all workshop sessions, teas and coffees, supper on Friday, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, breakfasts if staying on-site, and basic dormitory accommodation if required.  Please note Saturday supper is not included.  The group normally enjoys going to the local forest pub for supper!

For other accommodation options please see Air BnB links below.

 

Accommodation

There are three options:

1.Two spacious basic dormitories on-site, with 9 sets of bunk beds in each, and shower rooms.

2. Four en-suite twin rooms on site. If used for single occupancy the cost will be £40 per night.  If used as a twin, it will be £20 per person per night. First come first served! 

3. There is a variety of Air BnB options available, from Glamping to Shepherd's Huts, to cute cottage BnB's, from £45 per night upwards.

See below for links to a couple of examples.

This option is not included in the fee, and you will need to book it and arrange payment yourself.  It is advisable to book ASAP to avoid disappointment!  I can help find suitable Air BnB if necessary.

Camping on-site is also possible!

1. Foxlease in Lyndhurst: A fabulous stately home that was gifted to the Girl Guides. The historic main house offers single en-suite BnB rooms at £45 per night. 

2. A cute self-contained annex in Ashurst, a village just ten mins drive from the retreat venue. £75 per night.

 

3. A gorgeous BnB in Minstead, £76 per night

The programme offers everything that I (now) love including singing, harmonising, chanting, sharing, writing ...all seamlessly directed by Sarah leaving us all wanting more!

- Helen B

To Book

To book your place a non-returnable deposit of £150 is payable.  

 

Email sarah@lifesong.co.uk to book your place and for payment info.  

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