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Step away from the rush of everyday life and be restored by the healing power of nature. With wild bathing and walks in the temperate rainforest and ancient woodland, a guided walk in the beaver enclosure, twice-daily yoga and meditation, a sound bath, a Wim Hof Fundamentals workshop and delicious vegetarian food, this retreat will reconnect you with nature and nourish your soul.
Cabilla is magical. How so? It’s hard to put it into words, but you’ll feel it as soon as you arrive.
Cabilla is an upland hill farm with ancient woodland and temperate rainforest in the middle of Bodmin Moor. In 2020 Merlin and Lizzie, the founders of Cabilla, embarked on restoration programme to enhance the land’s natural environment to protect it for the next thousand years, starting with the reintroduction of beavers.
The Barns offer a stylish space for us to gather for yoga, mealtimes and to curl up with a book. Accommodation is in Cabilla’s Koyts, new triangular wooden cabin-style structures scattered amongst the trees, where you’ll find cosy beds with crisp linen, sheepskin rugs and a wood burner. No matter how you feel when you arrive, this magical place will leave you feeling nourished and revitalised.
Cabilla has featured on BBC2's Rick Stein's Cornwall, and has been highly recommended by many UK publications, including Elle Magazine, The Guardian and The Telegraph. It has been featured as one of the Guardian's top 10 retreats in the UK for 2022.
There will be six yoga sessions over the weekend, including meditation, pranayama and asana. The morning sessions will awaken the body and mind ready for the day ahead. The evening sessions will be gentle and restorative to allow the body and mind to relax.
Some experience of yoga is recommended. If you have not practised yoga with me before, you can read more about me and my teaching style and experience here.
THE SOUND BATH
The incredible energy healer Jane Everett will join us to work her magic. Jane's work encompasses therapeutic, meditative and healing journeying in sound; accented by powerful ritual exploration.
THE WIM HOF FUNDAMENTALS WORKSHOP
The Wim Hof Method (WHM) is a unique tool that harnesses the power of nature through breathing techniques and cold exposure. In this workshop led by certified instructor Samuel Boot, we'll experience the fundamentals of the WHM, exploring breathing exercises, mindful practices and cold exposure through an ice bath (the ice bath is optional). The WHM can offer a range of potential health benefits, such as increased energy, reduced stress levels, enhanced endurance and improved sleep quality.
THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE
The practice of walking mindfully in woodland is known by the Japanese as shinrin-yoku and is translated as forest bathing. The Japanese created this as a practice in the 1980s when they realised that people were becoming more and more stressed as a result of living in an increasingly urbanised environment and so they were prescribed time walking mindfully in nature as an antidote. With this in mind, during the retreat we’ll make the most of being outdoors and surrounded by nature; visiting Gloria the pig and the beavers, exploring the temperate rainforest, bathing in the woodland pools and find moments of stillness under the ancient trees. By night we'll gather around the fire pit and gaze at the stars.
My favourite local therapists will be coming to Cabilla to offer a wide range of wellbeing and beauty treatments during the weekend including massage, reflexology, facials and reiki. These will be available at an extra cost and you will be able to book these in advance of the weekend.
The gorgeous and super talented Kate Munro Boot (aka The Mindful Chefette) will be with us preparing a delicious array of nourishing feasts. Kate's food is simply stunning; it's made with layer upon layer of flavour and texture, all brought together with love. If you're wondering what we mean, scroll through the images below and then check out her photos on Instagram. All meals will be vegetarian or vegan. Any special diets can be catered for; please advise us of any specific requirements when booking.
Cabilla is located on Bodmin Moor. There is plenty of parking if you are driving. The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway and after that it’s a short taxi drive away. We’ll give you full details of how to find Cabilla in your joining instructions.
Details of what to bring, travel directions, treatment bookings and other additional information will be provided 6 weeks before the retreat.