Body wisdom – a key to sustainable wellbeing

We were so happy to reconnect with an old friend from South Africa recently. Wendy Young is an incredible and gentle soul. Her wealth of experience and deep intuition combine to bring peace and clarity to her clients and everyone she meets. Here, we share her beautiful guest blog on Body wisdom – a key to sustainable wellbeing. We are in the process of co-creating some exciting retreat offerings with Wendy and look forward to sharing more soon!

“Awareness of our body and its wisdom is an empowering ability that we are all born with. However, as we grow into adulthood, we tend to lose connection with its messages. This natural ability becomes blocked by childhood conditioning, limiting beliefs and self-perceptions, and residual past trauma.

When we learn how to deepen our connection with our body – which is a powerful form of tapping in to our intuition – we can access clarity and inner knowing quickly and easily in stressful situations. Tapping into our full body presence is how we awaken our creative potential, and also how we cultivate greater ease and joy as we navigate our inner and outer worlds.

Listening to the spontaneous signals that our bodies send throughout the day – gut feelings, tugs at our hearts, tense neck and shoulders – sounds like a simple practice. As a species, we’ve been doing it for millennia. Early humans depended on this full body wisdom – somatic intelligence – in an instinctive way.

However, most of us are cut off from our soma, our body. We shut out physical and emotional sensations – all of our feelings – due to past traumas. Limiting beliefs about ourselves and our bodies colour our perceptions about what our bodies are trying to tell us. We are also distracted by our environments: the fast pace of life, our digital gadgets and the unsettling state of the world.

Our reactions to body sensations can sometimes be overly vigilant because our mind may be thinking that what is happening now is similar to a past traumatic event. This locks us out of the present moment and leaves us vulnerable because we can’t accurately sense what the rest of our body is telling us. Unfortunately, if we can’t feel present-moment sensations, we are relating to the present moment through old patterns of fear, shame, anger, anxiety or sadness.

Learning how to feel and listen to the full range of our bodily sensations nurtures our relationship with our own inner self and with others. This deeper sense of connection flows over into our connection with our environment and all of Life — heightening our sense of belonging. Listening more closely to what our body needs in each moment supports physical and psychological healing, as well as a sustainable state of wellbeing!

When we return home to feeling our body from the inside again and again, we access the nourishing flow of life force energy (prana) within and around us. We open more expansively to all of Life and our unique gifts flow through and from us into the world. Accessing our most valuable resource – our body – cultivates trust, presence, freedom and joy.

How do you feel and sense your body right now? What kind of relationship do you have with your body? Can you hear your body’s wisdom and feel its vibrant aliveness?

Remember to return home to your body, feeling it in the chair and on the ground, feeling it from the inside and being more open to receiving any sensations and messages.”

A short break at Eco Retreats is the perfect way to let go of distractions and create space to tune into our bodies and what they have to tell us. Remember, our upcoming season starts on April 1st – check out our beautiful photos and video and book now to secure your spot today!

We look forward to sharing more about upcoming retreats with Wendy soon! Wendy has been in private practice for 20 years and her experience reaches across Yoga, Tantra, Buddhism, Vedanta and Ayurveda combined with the western practices of Somatic Intelligence, Transpersonal Counselling and a range of Healing Modalities. If you feel called to deepen your body wisdom, Wendy also offers 1-1 somatic counselling sessions to explore past traumas, conditioned beliefs and present life challenges. This therapeutic approach strengthens the connection between the mind, emotions, body, soul and the interconnectedness of Life. Wendy works directly in harmony with her clients’ nervous systems to facilitate a process of healing and awakening from personal and collective wounds. Take a look at her website and email [email protected] / call 07388 491 990 for more information and to book a session.

We look forward to welcoming you here soon!

love

Margaret

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Emma Leigh Burton
Emma Leigh Burton
2019-10-13T17:43:06+0000
We have just had the best weekend here in the ash valley yurt ! It’s definitely a holiday everyone will remember for a long time ! Thank you for making such... a special placeread more
Suzy Box
Suzy Box
2019-10-01T14:52:05+0000
Great place to unwind and reconnect as a couple
Natalie Morris
Natalie Morris
2019-08-28T15:32:34+0000
Just had an amazing few days relaxing in the River Yurt. Beautiful stunning location, peace & tranquility a time to just chill out and watch our daughter play... on the open meadow & river. The outdoor bath was perfect on a summer evening to lay back and watch the sky come alive with stars!! Would definitely recommendread more
Rachel Harper
Rachel Harper
2019-08-26T10:57:20+0000
We’ve just had the best 2 nights in the Ash Valley yurt! The outdoor bath was brilliant! Complete privacy, if you don’t include the sheep 🐑 my 11yo boys... have loved chopping wood, starting fires, making dens and playing in the stream whilst my partner and I sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the peace 😌 I would 100% recommend this place, Margaret and her daughter were most welcoming. You have everything you need already there. Thank you for such a lovely experience xread more
Charlotte Edwards
Charlotte Edwards
2019-08-23T15:10:33+0000
Absolutely magical 😍 I so wish I'd booked for more than two nights! We stayed in the meadow yurt, complete privacy, surrounded by forest and mountains, and... nothing to hear but for birds and waterfalls. There is so much on site to explore we didn't have time to see half of it! We spent an afternoon climbing up the hill behind the yurt and swimming in waterfalls before jumping in that beautiful wood fired bath 😍 and visited a few beautiful spots in Snowdonia. Can't wait to come back!read more
Chris Lowe
Chris Lowe
2019-08-22T19:48:00+0000
Peaceful, wonderful setting.
Shea Hollis
Shea Hollis
2019-08-18T16:05:41+0000
Honestly, this place is truly magical. Utter blissful escapism for all ages. Fireheated outdoor bath and your own private waterfall? Just perfect.
Vik Taylor
Vik Taylor
2018-10-24T19:49:57+0000
We enjoyed our 1st stay last week for 4 nights with our baby in a tipi and we loved every second of it. we had a warm welcome when we arrived, tipi already... warmed up too. we were supplied with every thing we needed. we enjoyed the lush hot bath looking at the clear sky at night. the view every morning was beautifal. everything so peaceful and quiet. all we could hear was the sound of the running water, trees rustling in the wind and the shoothing sound of wildlife. It was perfect. thankyou to Angus and Margaret. you literally thought of everything. thankyou. Will be booking for next year. cant wait.read more
Stewart Hoyle
Stewart Hoyle
2018-08-24T20:01:19+0000
a get-away from technology
Karen Morley
Karen Morley
2018-07-24T20:27:58+0000
Had a brilliant time in the meadow yurt with our 2 children. It was so peaceful and relaxing, everything that we needed was supplied. It was lovely being... able to sit outside by the fire toasting marshmallows and having bbqs. The bath was amazing being able to totally relax outside in the peace and quiet. Our boys loved it especially the bath and paddling in the river. We would recommend to go try it to every one.read more
Neil Stanton
Neil Stanton
2018-06-18T14:38:49+0000
Beautiful location and the facilities were excellent. Spent a very relaxing weekend in the Cwm Onnen Tipi enjoying the scenery. Very comfortable and loved the... wood-fired bath. We'll be back next year (hopefully with slightly better weather).read more
Jason Stirzaker
Jason Stirzaker
2018-04-04T11:02:49+0000
After a last minute decision to go away for the night we came across Eco-Retreats and their amazing looking Tipis and Yurts, set in equally amazing... surroundings. They were so accomadating for us as we could only stay one night, and had rang up on the same morning we were staying. We got such a warm, friendly welcome and they really do go out their way to be there to meet & greet you (you'll understand just how much when you go). What a truly beautiful site quite literally away from it all. We stayed in the Forest Tipi which was set within it's own patch of land up a short trail to really give it an extra isolated feel. The outdoor bath really is amazing and well worth the wait to warm up, even in early April temperatures and light rain so would be absolutely perfect on more warmer nights. The Tipi itself was equipped with all that you'd need and the Chimenea did a good job of keeping us warm, even with the surprise blanket of snow we got in the night. I'd highly recommend this place to anyone wanting a truly different experience and appreciates being close to nature and getting back to basics, while still retaining the comfort of a bed at night.read more
Eric Stannard
Eric Stannard
2017-08-21T20:43:59+0000
From booking to arrival they were very helpful. After a quick overview of how to operate the tipi and fires we were left to our own devises to enjoy the... tranquility and setting of the waterfall tipi. The tipi has everything you need for your stay and we found it warm and dry despite the wet weather. The fire in the tipi takes the place of the TV and the dancing flames soon become mesmerising; the background sounds of the waterfall and rain on canvas are relaxing and the dancing flames of the tea lights in the lanterns complete your escape from the modern world. The rain stopped long enough for us to enjoy a warm bath in the open air in the woods and is well worth the effort of keeping the fire going. All in all a fantastic escape away from modern distractions.read more
Louise Gresty
Louise Gresty
2017-07-26T17:43:03+0000
Brilliant feeling of being miles from anywhere, in a lovely peaceful setting with amazing views, having your own fire either indoors in the stove or outside... campfire and it was very comfortable too.read more
Dan Shephard
Dan Shephard
2017-07-23T21:05:33+0000
Christopher Charles
Christopher Charles
2017-05-25T07:10:31+0000
The most beautiful and remotest place I've ever found in wales � we go back year after year and it just gets better... ����������������read more
Gracie Hindley
Gracie Hindley
2017-05-15T08:29:13+0000
My boyfriend and I stayed in the Meadow Yurt last weekend. The trip was everything we could have wanted, and more! Beautiful yurt filled with all the equipment... you need for your stay. The wood fired bath was also a huge highlight for us. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting a quiet, stress-free getaway!read more
Andrew Calogirou
Andrew Calogirou
2017-05-04T05:36:23+0000
Amazing location and the River Yurt is amazing. Been 2 years in a row now and want to go again already.
Megan Hunt
Megan Hunt
2017-05-02T22:11:54+0000
We loved it here and can not wait to return one day.
Rachel Smiler Berwick
Rachel Smiler Berwick
2017-04-27T14:02:26+0000
Cannot recommend this place enough. It was our 2nd year back this year with our 4 year old & it never fails to impress. We just love staying in the waterfall... Tipi :) booking process is excellent & the stay is even better especially being able to have a bath in the forest ;) thankyou again and we will see you next year xxxxread more
Kerrie Henriques
Kerrie Henriques
2017-04-14T18:58:51+0000
Absolutely amazing, such a great experience. Super friendly staff. Thank you �
Will Sfakiotakis
Will Sfakiotakis
2017-04-14T18:53:22+0000
Highly recommended! (River Yurt) A beautiful place to be, hosted by genuine, welcoming, and helpful staff. We will be coming back! A truly grounding and... humbling experience. Loved it ��read more
Robert Cox
Robert Cox
2016-10-13T19:11:56+0000
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Wendy Young

Wendy Young

Wendy Young is the founder of Wise Living and she works to present and develop pathways for conscious living, holistic wellbeing and embodied spirituality. Wise Living offers fully integrated therapies, practices and teachings to harmonise the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves. Wendy is an alchemist, a facilitator of inner and outer transformation, and has been in private practice for 20 years. She draws on her in-depth knowledge and direct experience of Yoga, Tantra, Buddhism, Vedanta and Ayurveda combined with the western practices of Somatic Intelligence, Transpersonal Counselling and a range of Healing Modalities to facilitate life changing and sustainable transformation. “My work is my vocation: I feel called to be of service to people by offering them a safe space to heal and harmonise their lives, as well as supporting their awakening process. My aim is not to change people, but to meet them from a place of unconditional acceptance and compassion. The magic of transformation and empowerment is the natural outcome of awareness. By teaching people self awareness, I help them to explore and embody their unlimited potential.”
Wendy Young

Wendy Young

Wendy Young is the founder of Wise Living and she works to present and develop pathways for conscious living, holistic wellbeing and embodied spirituality. Wise Living offers fully integrated therapies, practices and teachings to harmonise the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves. Wendy is an alchemist, a facilitator of inner and outer transformation, and has been in private practice for 20 years. She draws on her in-depth knowledge and direct experience of Yoga, Tantra, Buddhism, Vedanta and Ayurveda combined with the western practices of Somatic Intelligence, Transpersonal Counselling and a range of Healing Modalities to facilitate life changing and sustainable transformation. “My work is my vocation: I feel called to be of service to people by offering them a safe space to heal and harmonise their lives, as well as supporting their awakening process. My aim is not to change people, but to meet them from a place of unconditional acceptance and compassion. The magic of transformation and empowerment is the natural outcome of awareness. By teaching people self awareness, I help them to explore and embody their unlimited potential.”
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