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The Joy In Being

Friday 10th – Monday 13th September
Samsara Retreat Space, Kent – Clements Cottage, West Peckham, Maidstone ME18 5JP

An inclusive weekend of Yoga, Sound Healing, Meditation & more.

As human beings, we need more than food, air, water and shelter.  Within us all is a need for the heart to be nourished. Just as a plant will wither without adequate water, our hearts can also lose their lustre without adequate nourishment.

The Joy In Being is a heart-centred retreat where you get to experience joy in every moment.  There are many ways to access and experience joy, it’s one of the gifts of being alive that we can take delight in so many different ways.  Yet all of them seem to rest on one basic capacity: the ability to receive. To feel joy, we must be willing to let things in, to allow ourselves to be touched by life.  

Joy is our innate state of being, we do not need to ‘do’ anything to receive joy, all we need to do is slow down and give ourselves time and space to ‘be’.  Joy is the quality that emerges when you stop and close your eyes to feel the sun on your face; or the inner quiet that comes as you gently shut your eyes and lean in close to smell the fragrance of a flower.

How many gifts and moments of joy do we miss in life because we’re moving too quickly, too busy to actually receive and allow joy to arise? How often do we slow down enough to linger and allow ourselves to receive the goodness of our lives?

Your journey into the joy in being begins the moment you say yes to this experience!  Here’s a little synopsis of what to expect:

Residential guests will indulge in over 10hrs of mindful yoga; be fully catered for by Samsara’s in-house chef – the finest locally sourced organic food; enjoy treatments; the hot tub; mindful walks in the adjacent ancient woods and be lulled into the most delightful sleep with Yin and Restorative yoga accompanied by soothing sound healing.

Day guests will be welcomed with as much heartfelt gratitude.  You will enjoy a blissful brunch with the other guests; join in the afternoon workshop followed by a choice of a mindful walk in the adjacent ancient woods; a treatment or a soak in the hot tub.

This weekend is about YOU completely embracing the joy in being.

Retreat Location: Samsara, Kent

Itinerary

FRIDAY
16:00    Arrival
18:30    Welcome drinks & nibbles
20:00    Opening ceremony, intention setting & sound meditation

SATURDAY
07:30    Healthy juice,tea and snacks
08:00    Yoga with Kevin
10:00    Free time / Day Guests Arrival
10:30    Brunch
12:30    Workshop with Tracy – The Art of the Arc, a Journey into the heart of backbends
15:30    Tea & cake break
16:00    The Path of the Heart – guided meditation with Tracy
17:00    Free time / Day Guests Departure
18:00    Sumptuous Supper
19:00    Sangha (fire pit gathering)
20:00    Yin & Sound Healing with Tracy

SUNDAY
07:30    Healthy juice, tea and snacks
08:00    Yoga with Tracy
10:00    Free time / Day Guests Arrival
10:30    Brunch
12:30    Workshop with Kevin  – Natarajasana – the Lord of the Dance
15:30    Tea & cake break
16:00    The Path of the Heart – guided meditation with Tracy
17:00    Free time / Day Guests Departure
18:00    Sumptuous Supper
19:00    Sangha (fire pit gathering)
20:00    Restorative & Sound Healing with Tracy

MONDAY
08:00    Healthy juice, tea & snacks
08:30    Yoga with Tracy
10:00    Intention setting, manifesting meditation & closing ceremony with Tracy
12:00    Depart

Retreat Hosts

Tracy Barber
Tracy is an empathic and conscious teacher, with over two decades of working with individuals in a therapeutic, healing and teaching context she brings wisdom and warmth to your retreat experience.  Tracy is founder of Calm Collective, a Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist, Sound Healer and Yoga Teacher with a passion to teach and share experiences that pave the way for self-transformation and healing.

Kevin Flee
Kevin teaches in a Hatha style although he borrows elements from Ashtanga Vinyasa, Kundalini and Jivamukti. His classes will highlight the advantages of a calm and quiet mind, core strength and poses that focus on flexibility and increased range of motion. Focus will be less on the look of poses and more on the feel of them. You are guaranteed a joyful experience anytime in Kevin’s company.

Yoga

08:00-10:00 – classes will be for all levels, hatha based and creatively sequenced to follow the flow of the weekend

20:00-21:30 – both Yin and Restorative will be accompanied by sound using Alchemy Singing Bowls and other instruments designed to heal and nourish body and mind

Yoga classes will be held in the spacious and light filled Bedouin tent

Workshops

Saturday with Tracy
The Art of the Arc – A Journey into the heart of yoga backbends

Backbends such as Camel, Wheel and Wild Thing can invigorate the body while creating a sense of lightness, joy and vitality as well as warding off lethargy and depression.  With most of us spending more time than ever slumped over computers, our heads tilted down to mobile phones, sitting for hours in chairs over long periods of time, it is no surprise more and more of us are suffering from back issues among other problems. 
During this workshop we will explore the biomechanics of backbends; learn how to minimise the risk of back issues; and delve deep into the heart of some loved (and not-so-loved) backbends making them accessible at whatever stage you are at within your practise.

You will learn how to fine tune your breath through an understanding of how the lungs and heart harmonise to create expansion in your backbends and be introduced to the idea of neuroplasticity and how this relates specifically to our workshop.  We will bring all this wisdom together in a carefully cultivated backbend themed yoga class that will enliven and invigorate body, mind and soul.
You will leave the workshop with valuable insights into whichever part of your anatomy or physiology you may need to change to get the most out of your backbend experience.

“In backbends, one touches the body physically, mentally, intellectually, consciously and spiritually everywhere” – BKS Iyengar

Sunday with Kevin
Natarajasana – The Lord of the Dance

The practice of yoga is associated with stillness, movement and the journey in between them. This joyous dance is perfectly symbolised by Natarāja, the dance of Lord Śiva. This workshop is a practical look into this cosmic dance of creation and destruction, using yoga asana and traditional dance coupled with modern anatomical knowledge and analysis.
Our aims are stability and mobility, steadiness and ease, adventure, and joy. We will break down mystifying postures and movements looking at their origin, their philosophy, their modifications and step by step unveil their potential.

Treatments

30 or 45 minute treatments will be available during your stay.  We will update you on confirmation of therapist and cost.

Accommodation

Prices listed are inclusive of the entire weekend retreat; 3 nights accommodation, meals, snacks, drinks, classes and workshops.

Sanctuary Suite Double

Sleeps up to 2
£620 per person
NO LONGER AVAILABLE

A stunning spacious suite located on the private top floor of the beautiful 15th-century Clements Cottage, featuring a double bedroom and en-suite bathroom with soaking tub.

  • Luxurious double bed with Tempur mattress and pillows
  • Exclusive use of upstairs bathroom with sumptuous bath 
  • Neal’s Yard toiletries
  • Soft & cosy dressing gowns
  • Access to the cottage kitchen
Luna Lodge Double

Sleeps up to 2
£545 per person
NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Come and stay in our idyllic Kent shepherd’s hut with a private decking area to relax in, designed for guests to have a wonderfully restful sleep with the moon and stars dancing above.

  • Super comfortable double bed with Tempur mattress and pillows 
  • Private bathroom with hot power shower
  • Luxurious Neal’s Yard toiletries
  • Soft and cosy dressing gowns
  • Log burning stove
  • Private decking area with comfy seating
  • Private garden with fire pit (logs available to purchase)
Garden Room Double

Sleeps up to 2
£520 per person
NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The Garden Room is located on the ground floor of our 15th-century cottage, a cosy bijoux bedroom with easy access to and gorgeous views of the beautiful garden. 

  • Sole use of a private entrance to the property
  • Wonderfully comfortable double bed Tempur mattress and pillows
  • Luxurious Neal’s Yard toiletries
  • Soft and cosy dressing gowns
  • Exclusive use of downstairs bathroom
  • Access to the cottage kitchen
Oast House

Sleeps up to 6
Double Room (upstairs) £385 per person
NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Double Room (ground floor) £385 per person
NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Twin Room (Lounge – pull out beds) £350 per person

A bright and airy traditional Oast house, with a wood burning stove for those colder months. Cleanly decorated with handmade paper wall art, it is a perfect sanctuary. 

  • 1 upstairs bedroom with double bed (this room has a particularly narrow spiral staircase)
  • 1 ground floor double bedroom
  • Large relaxing lounge with a log burning fire and 2 single pull out beds
  • 1 shower room with Neal’s Yard toiletries
  • Great for friends & groups

Weekend Accommodation Booking Information

Prices listed above are inclusive of the entire weekend retreat; 3 nights accommodation, meals, snacks, drinks, classes and workshops.

All rooms (except Oast House Twin Room) are double beds, this is perfect for couples, close friends & family.
However if you wish to book a double room to yourself, you will have to double the per person price.

The Oast House is perfect for solo guests who may wish to gather a group of friends or connect with other members of the community. And if you book together as a group of 6, you will receive a £240 discount on the total cost.

All bookings will require a £150 non-refundable deposit.

Payments can be made in installments, with last payments received by 10th August.

To enquire about rooms or secure your space in the retreat please email hello@calmcollective.com

Day Passes

Saturday

Attend from 10:00 to 17:00
All food, classes & workshops during that time is included in the price
Treatments at additional cost
£75 per person

1 ticket remaining for Saturday

Sunday

Attend from 10:00 to 17:00
All food, classes & workshops during that time is included in the price
Treatments at additional cost
£75 per person

4 tickets remaining for Sunday

Day Guest Booking Information

To book please email hello@calmcollective.com with your preferred choice of day or if you wish to book both days.
Day Guests will need to pay the full amount to secure their space and will be sent an invoice upon ticket request.
Spaces will not be confirmed until payment is made.

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

Weekend Guests
If you can no longer attend your booked retreat, and need to cancel, please contact us as soon as you know.
If you wish to cancel 2+ months before the event you are entitled to a refund on any payments made (not inc. non-refundable deposit).
If you cancel 2 months – 4 weeks before the event you are entitled to a 50% refund – but if someone is able to take your space, you will receive a refund on all payments made (not inc. non-refundable deposit).
If you cancel in the month before the event, you will not receive any refund – unless there is someone who would be able to book onto your space & the same policy as mentioned above will apply.

Day Guests
If you are no longer able to attend your chosen day or both days of the retreat as a day guest pass holder you must inform us as soon as possible.
You can cancel your space any time up to 1 month before the retreat begins and be entitled to a 80% refund (20% will be deducted as a service charge)
Should you cancel in the month before the event you will not receive any refund under any circumstances.

Covid Information
Should the event be cancelled by Covid regulations such as government lockdown, you will receive a full 100% refund of your cost including your deposit.
If you show symptoms and test positive for Coronavirus in the lead up or before you are due to attend, we would ask you let us know and refrain from attending the retreat.
The same cancellation policy as mentioned in the above Weekend Guest & Day Guest categories will apply to covid cancellations.

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