Finding and following our life purpose

Today is my 40th birthday. Like many people turning 40, I feel a kind of incredulity that this is real! But mainly, I feel so blessed to be following my life purpose more fully than ever before and full of excitement about the decades to come!

As I look back at my journey, I see now in reverse the meaning of different experiences along the way. I see how I was gathering all the skills, experiences and contacts to follow my life purpose and grow a conscious business that changes lives. When life is tough, it can be easy to become disheartened, to lose faith in the Universe, to wonder why these challenges are happening. Yet afterwards, it’s almost always possible to see why those experiences needed to happen. And so, as we get older, we learn to rest in the knowledge that there is a purpose, even though we might not always understand why at the time.

My journey has taken me from corporate London and Dubai to the remotest corners of Africa and now to a beautiful forest in Wales. I’ve sat in meetings in Boardrooms and under mango trees. I’ve drunk champagne in rooftop bars and danced barefoot on the beach under the stars. I’ve stayed in amazing hotels and slept on flea ridden mattresses in basic shacks. I’ve worked with children with special needs and with the elderly. I’ve advised rural African small business owners, Governments and huge companies. I’ve explored Latin American, Middle Eastern and African cultures. I’ve learned and forgotten several languages. I’ve meditated with the Karmapa, drunk tea with a Crown Prince, been hijacked in South Africa and quarantined in a Chinese military hospital. I’ve set foot on Everest, trekked in the Amazon, floated in the Dead Sea and paddled in the Euphrates. I have driven thousands of miles through the African bush, along land-mined roads, past herds of wild elephants. I’ve birthed two incredible, free range children. I’ve succeeded beyond my wildest dreams, and failed completely. I’ve laughed at the sunrise and cried by moonlight. Whatever I have done, I have done with my whole heart and my whole being.

Today I am so grateful for all these experiences.

I used to think that our life purpose was something we had to figure out; that somehow, by exploring the notion fully enough, I would come to realise my life purpose, and then I could follow it. But I’m no longer sure that it works like that. Rather, by following our passions, values and beliefs every day, we find – almost without realising it – that we have discovered our life purpose and are already living it. So there is no need to over-think, no need to over-analyse. Simply by being fully ourselves in each moment, we find ourselves on the best possible path we could be taking.

We know that we are following our life purpose when we feel twinges of excitement just at the sheer joy of living. We know that we are following our life purpose when we notice coincidences that push us forward on our pathway almost effortlessly. We know that we are following our life purpose when we feel so determined that nothing can stand in our way, and our only reaction to challenges that arise is to sit down and figure out how to address them and move forward.

Alongside determination, I have found trust and gratitude to be essential on my journey. Trust in the Universe that everything is always ok. And gratitude for every precious moment we experience.

Whatever shape it may take, our life purpose is always about service to others. We are all here to make the best impact we can on the lives of others and the wider world around us. Let’s take the opportunity to re-commit to that today.

If your life is not that of an adventure, of a search into the unknown, then you are living in vain. – Osho

Eco Retreats is an off-grid forest retreat where you can give your soul an opportunity to reset and start consciously designing the life you want to live. Re-discover your authentic self and find inspiration to realise your future life goals with private or group meditation and (coming soon) conscious living workshops. Eco Retreats can also be booked for group workshops if you want to try your hand at organising a unique escape for your friends, your company or your coaching clients.

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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
Angela Lazenby
Angela Lazenby
2017-08-01T14:16:35+0000
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
Laurie Rose Belle
Laurie Rose Belle
2016-09-23T19:04:15+0000
What a beautiful place to unwind and relax. My 18 month old son and I loved exploring the area, we splashed in puddles and paddled in the river. In the evenings I enjoyed a glass of wine next to the fire and the best thing of all was no phones. I just wish I'd braved the outdoor bath. I can't wait to visit again next year �read more
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Margaret Rose

Margaret Rose

Margaret is a mother, entrepreneur, traveller and writer. Her love affair with wild places began many years ago as she lived and worked in some of the most remote areas of Africa. She and her family lived off-grid for 7 years and experienced first-hand the joys and frustrations of “voluntary simplicity.” Today, she is passionately committed to creating beautiful spaces which allow people to slow down and reconnect. She is a firm believer in the power of the thousand tiny choices we all make every day to change the world.
Margaret Rose

Margaret Rose

Margaret is a mother, entrepreneur, traveller and writer. Her love affair with wild places began many years ago as she lived and worked in some of the most remote areas of Africa. She and her family lived off-grid for 7 years and experienced first-hand the joys and frustrations of “voluntary simplicity.” Today, she is passionately committed to creating beautiful spaces which allow people to slow down and reconnect. She is a firm believer in the power of the thousand tiny choices we all make every day to change the world.
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