Rest and renewal

Dear friends –

We are enjoying a wonderful spring at Eco Retreats, reconnecting with the forest and all our guests.

Many people have been under a lot of pressure, conscious or sub-conscious, over the last year. Many are concerned and confused about what the future may bring. The background certainty many of us have enjoyed for our whole life — without even noticing it — doesn’t seem to be there any more.

As we become aware of old systems crumbling and the emergence of a better world, it is important as well to rest and focus on our own self-care, so that we can remain strong, centred and able to support our loved ones. Below, Wendy Young shares some reflections on the Art of Relaxation at this time.

In addition to her 1-1 or small group bespoke mindfulness, meditation, reiki, yoga, nutrition and conscious coaching sessions at Eco Retreats, Wendy is also now offering personalised weekend and mid-week retreats. In this immersive experience tailored to suit your unique needs and circumstances, you’ll connect deeply with your body, heart and being. Combining consciousness coaching, embodied movement & meditation practices, nutritional therapy and energy healing, Wendy can guide and support you to:

  • grow in self-awareness
  • learn empowering life skills for your self-care tool box
  • experience deep healing and heart-centred spiritual transformation
  • discover what it means to be joy-fully human.

If you feel called to work with her, please email to book a free 30mins discovery call to have your questions answered and to co-create your bespoke retreat.

We still have a few weekend slots available in May and June; please contact us today to secure your spot and allow yourself a deep unwinding and renewal in the forest.

love

Margaret and Angus

 

 

Rest & Renewal

Resting is an art.  We continually try to relax but don’t really know how to do it. Often we feel that we should do more important things first, so that we can enjoy a well-deserved rest later. But somehow the time for rest never comes.  Rest brings a feeling of freshness, gentleness, ease and energy and benefits spiritual growth tremendously.

Our busy lifestyle leaves us disconnected even from the ability to feel how tired we actually are, so we often need to go through a period of feeling more tired the more we rest.  We need to ‘rest through’ our accumulated exhaustion to rediscover the abundant energy of aliveness.

Begin to discover restfulness by practicing the art of resting:

  • Lying down for at least half an hour every day and doing absolutely nothing – not reading, not listening to music, not chatting to a friend.
  • Be aware of how it feels immediately upon waking before plugging into your persona, your list of things to do, or your limited sense of who you are!
  • Rest in the pause at the end of the out breath, waiting for the in breath to happen.
  • Rest in the pause at the end of the in breath, waiting for the out breath to happen.
  • Rest back home in your body at a red traffic light, when on hold on the telephone or in a queue at the food store and any other time during the day that you remember!
  • Give yourself permission and choose to experience deep rest

Resting is not only relaxing, it is a profound way of renewing ourselves.  Sometimes we need a break from the busy-ness of doing so we can return to and rest in Being.

 

 

The Peace of Wild Things      

by Wendell Barry


When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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Simon Edgar
Simon Edgar
2020-08-13T08:59:02+0000
An amazing location perfect to escape the outside world and enjoy life
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
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 ����������������
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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