Take time out to relax, refresh and renew your spirit in a land steeped in legend and mystery, amidst growing group camaraderie and with a fabulous itinerary to enjoy. Shanti & Polly, with many years of travelling, teaching and facilitating between them, will be your guides during this once in a lifetime retreat which has been carefully put together to combine creativity with restorative and fun activities designed to delight and reawaken your heart and soul. There will be time to reconnect to nature, to yourself, to one another, to what truly nurtures and to get your sparkle back! We will stay for 5 nights in delightful accommodation in a picturesque and peaceful setting, within an easy drive (in our mini bus) to some awesome locations, with much to delight the senses, to see and enjoy. Please read the full itinerary to see how lovely this week is going to be - and we plan to allow for a little spontaneity as well, such as a visit to a crop circle if one appears!
Creative Renewal Retreat
8-13 August 2021
This Retreat is for you if:
...you are ready to relax, feel taken care of and be inspired by what you never realized you could do (absolutely no art experience is necessary for any of the workshops!)
...you're willing to have your creative spark truly nourished.
...you would love a fresh sense of renewal in some, or all, areas of your life.
...you would enjoy waking up in a peaceful setting, inspired by the beautiful English countryside that surrounds you.
...you'd like the option of some time alone should you so desire - and to also feel part of a wonderful group, with the likelihood of lasting friendships.
...you want to enjoy the many delights of magical Glastonbury and it's cosmic power points & historic Bath on the river Avon.
...it's been forever since you enjoyed some stargazing (with a fab group during a late night picnic!)
...you'd love to do a constellation workshop or have a mini oracle reading (included).
Glastonbury is full of quirky streets and shops!
Sunday 8 August
Arrive and check in at Vobster Inn, early evening meal for all participants
(included) & 'Clear Vision' mixed media evening workshop with Shanti.
Monday 9 August
Breakfast together & day trip into Glastonbury, including a
The afternoon & evening is free time to explore Glastonbury as you wish (with a suggestion handout, including The Abbey, shopping, good cafes/restaurants & a map). We'll be buying our own lunch and dinner in Glastonbury & coming home around 8pm.
The Vobster Inn is surrounded by gorgeous Somerset countryside...
Tuesday 10 August
Breakfast together & 'Transformation' mixed media workshop with Shanti.
The Stanton Drew Stone Circles
Lunch en route to Stanton Drew, afternoon visit to the Stone Circle with 'Ancestors workshop' with Polly and dinner at The Druid Arms.
Create meaningful mixed media art
in a way that flows and is fun...
Wednesday 11 August
Breakfast together & day trip into
Bath. This will be a free day for visiting historic sites, shopping or whatever you fancy (with suggestions handout & map). Please buy and bring something to share at the picnic late dinner under the stars at Vobster (weather permitting) - with crop circle request!
Thursday 12 August Breakfast together & morning 'Constellation workshop' with Polly. Lunch at Vobster Inn (included) and afternoon free time to nap, take a walk, do some art - or we may all go and visit a crop circle if one has appeared! Dinner together (included) after which you will have a choice of 1-to-1 constellation work with Polly or a mini oracle reading with Shanti.
Friday 13 August
Breakfast together & farewell - leave with renewed focus & energy for life, meaningful artwork, lovely memories & new friendships.
The beautiful city of Bath
If there's a crop circle we will visit it for sure!
Visit the famous Roman Baths
Pricing and accommodation options...
Choice of C$1300 (£750) or C$1420 (£825)
(Note: Prices may vary at time of booking depending on current exchange rate).
There are two comfortable yurts which can accommodate 4-6 people each and one shepherd's hut (with a double bed). Both the yurts and shepherd's hut have ensuite bathroom facilities. Once these fill up, we can then book rooms inside the Vobster Inn itself which include the possibility of a private room (with a double bed) and twin share rooms, and all rooms have an ensuite bathroom. Pricing for shared accommodation is £750 (whether that's in a yurt or a twin room at the Inn) and for single accommodation is £825 (whether that's the shepherd's hut or a double bedroom at the Inn). We will endeavour to give everyone the accommodation they most would like to have - but those who book first will have the most choice as single accommodation is limited - especially if you'd like to stay in the shepherd's hut as there's only one available (double bed). If you have any questions about the accommodation please feel free to ask either Polly or Shanti via email directly (email addresses are below in payment section).
Enjoy glamping in a yurt!
Shared accommodation retreat price = £ 750 (or C$1300)
Single accommodation retreat price = £825 (or C$1420)
(Note: Prices may vary at time of booking depending on current exchange rate).
How to Book:
If you're in North America, please email Shanti directly to find out how to book your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org (or with any questions).
If you're in the UK or Europe, please email Polly directly:
email@example.com (or with any questions). If you're elsewhere in the world, please email either Shanti or Polly to book your spot.
The Vobster Inn
The Shepherd's hut
Note: payment in full secures your place on this retreat and gives you first dibs on the various accommodation options. Some payment plans may be possible, please email Polly/Shanti to discuss.
Once you've booked your place: You will receive an emailed receipt & full itinerary for your records.
Pick up and drop off from nearby train stations Frome or Westbury (on the main line from London).
5 nights accommodation: choice of yurt, shepherd's hut & rooms at Vobster Inn.
5 continental breakfasts with lovely coffee, tea, juice, toast, cereals & patisseries, (a full cooked breakfast is available for an additional cost).
A welcome dinner on your first evening & group dinner on your last evening & 2 lunches at Vobster Inn.
Chauffeured day trips to Glastonbury, Bath & Stanton Drew Stone Circle (& possibly to a crop circle if one appears).
5 different creative renewal workshops, including mixed media art workshops, constellation workshops - & mini oracle readings!
Your own mixed media Art Journal, pencil case & art supplies (and you get to keep your journal & art kit to keep on creating at home).
What's not included:
Your travel to & from this retreat eg, flights/trains/buses etc (however pick up is available and included from Frome/Westbury to Vobster Inn - please make sure to let Polly know as soon as you're booked if you would like that service). Or you can hire your own car for the retreat if you wish (we will use a mini bus for our group trips).
Your travel/trip insurance
3 lunches & 3 dinners (see itinerary)
Any personal car hire/taxis
Please note that the itinerary is subject to slight changes to accommodate for some flexibility, spontaneity, inclement weather etc. For example, the planned picnic under the stars on Wednesday evening may occur in the bell tent on the hill or inside the inn if there's inclement weather.
Any special foods/snacks you'd like to have (although some dietary requirements will be taken into consideration for those meals which are included so please let either Shanti or Polly know and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs).
Notes for attendees:
Overseas visitors: you must have a valid passport! Also trip & travel insurance highly recommended.
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate people with disabilities on this retreat.
Bring suitable clothes for both wet and dry weather, boots or shoes for rough walking (steep hill up to Glastonbury tor!)
If you have special dietary requirements or any other concerns please connect directly with Polly or Shanti to discuss.
IMPORTANT: Possible Accommodation Changes: Those preferring to stay inside the Inn may have to stay in a yurt, depending on number of retreat attendees.
Payment options - payment plans may be possible - please email Polly/Shanti to discuss.
Refund Policy: If the retreat does not run, you will receive a full refund by/on 1 July 2020.
Cancellation Policy: There will be no refunds unless you can find someone to take your place (or unless we have someone on the wait list).
A little more on this fabulous itinerary...
Glastonbury, the heart of ancient Avalon, is an ancient market town wrapped in layers of history, myth and legend, boasting numerous eccentric shops, vegetarian/vegan cafes & restaurants. First we'll visit the famous Glastonbury Tor, said to be a remnant of the Atlantean civilization, where you will learn the art of 'Fluid Druid' sketching, in a way that's deeply present, guided on how to allow your own sketching style to flow. Then it's on to nearby Chalice Well, a place of pilgrimage for over two thousand years where people have gathered to drink the waters and find peace, healing and inspiration. After this you'll have lots of free time to enjoy lunch and explore this amazing town as you wish - we'll provide you with a map & suggestions on things to do and places to eat (such as the Hundred Monkeys Café, serving vegan, gluten-free & dairy-free foods, and uses organic, locally sourced ingredients).
Bath is a city that's got it all; beautiful architecture, easily walkable, lots of history, and plenty of green spaces to chillax. Add to that great shopping streets, good restaurants & that the whole city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can see why we included a full day to enjoy it to the utmost. One of the best things to do is visit the Roman Baths & adjacent Abbey, then perhaps take a stroll over Pulteney Bridge, where there’s a cafe with great views over the river - which makes for a great pit stop, although you might have to fight for a window seat!
The Stanton Drew Stone Circles are the third largest in England, but because it lies off the beaten track, these prehistoric stone circles have not received the same level of interest and exploration as the more famous examples at Avebury and Stonehenge. This obscurity has protected their solitude and will allow us to get closer to them - then we will find a quiet spot nearby for our Ancestor workshop. Afterwards we will dine at the Druid Arms before heading back to Vobster.
Originally from England, Shanti spent her 20s & early 30s travelling the globe and got her art degree in Australia in 2005. Now based in Canada, she has been running art workshops for over twelve years and believes that everyone is an artist, given the right environment and encouragement, designing all her workshops to relax & inspire.
About this retreat, she says, "I have
loved putting this retreat together with Polly and making it as affordable, interesting and fun as possible. I see it as a glorious time to spend with like minded people in a lovely quiet spot in the English countryside, with meaningful creative activities & outings to some truly amazing places. I just know it's going to be fantastic and I'm so looking forward to it. You're welcome to come join us and truly get your sparkle back!"
With a professional background in theatre and education, Polly also trained in Family Constellations, a branch of systemic therapy in 2005 and she now works as a facilitator in both London and Somerset.
Her love of art and nature has been a driving force throughout her life and her fascination with land ceremony, ritual and honouring our ancestral lines informs the unique contribution she brings to the creative workshops and retreats she leads and takes part in.
About this retreat Polly says, "Dreaming this retreat into reality with Shanti really has been a special treat, with all sorts of magical happenings and synchronicities along the way. I hope it calls to you loudly and you are able to join us in this land that I love this coming summer.