This article first appeared in our Ethical Shopping issue of My Green Pod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 30 October 2020. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
We are facing huge challenges: health, political, social, spiritual, ecological and economic.
Avalon, a state-of-the-art wellbeing centre on the 3,000-acre Broughton Hall Estate, was built to serve in this era of transformation.
The centre of light on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park provides a unique space for inspiration, growth, hope and peace through retreats and gatherings; it is a sanctuary that can play a key role in helping to accelerate a positive change for the human trajectory.
Centres of light are places that can birth new visions – and these new visions must come from each and every one of us.
A few years ago, we felt we were treading lightly around this movement – almost like the world was not fully ready to hear about it.
Now, people are more forthcoming; yearning – consciously and unconsciously – for new ways of being and living, for a new moment on the planet where we can exist in more harmony with each other and with nature.
The world as we know it is breaking down; what is of great importance is what is breaking through. New ideas, inspiration and seeds of change need to be sparked within us and come through us.
We need to take time to question the big, most meaningful questions in life: why are we here, what are we doing and where are we going? Institutions must of course change, but the change ultimately comes from within the hearts of individuals, so it is necessary to look inside. We must come together in powerful, transformational community to realise what is possible.
Avalon hosts a full spectrum of retreats; we curate our own curriculum of consciousness through our ‘Return to Source’ programmes, work in partnerships with thought-leaders and
provide space for retreats from external providers.
Spiritual Davos-style retreats help to inspire change by bringing individuals and leaders together to address the challenges we are facing in order to provide solutions. We also offer help to individual businesses and leaders through Company Culture offerings, which are designed to create more harmonious, balanced and thoughtful enterprises with positive social output.
In May 2021 I will host a women’s retreat with two of my favourite meditation and movement practitioners: English non-dual meditation teacher, spiritual counsellor and psychotherapist Sophie Nevill and Danish yogini and dance practitioner Malou Dee.
There will be abundant opportunity for inner growth, to drop into your essence and expand your transformational toolkit. We will explore meditative movement, energy work, meditation, cacao and womb ceremonies, plus sharing circles and plenty of dancing!
We provide a truly held space that is sensitive to the inner journey; a cradle of nourishment that offers a rich tapestry of experiences. Expect everything from rewilding – of the spirit and the land – to shamanic sound journeys, woodland dining, foraging, forest bathing, sweat lodges and ecstatic outdoor dancing with breathtaking views.
Everyone has their unique journey, which is why it is Avalon’s policy to hold a non-dogmatic space.
We are not trying to push any particular practice or philosophy onto anyone; some people might come here to dip a toe in the water and others might be seeking deep, lasting change in their lives.
Either way, when people leave Avalon we want them to feel connected to their heart, harmonious, content and overflowing with happy memories – or perhaps even thrilled with new possibilities, having experienced deep breakthroughs.
Nowhere else in the UK offers curated, bespoke retreats with such diversity in the transformational field. Our wellbeing concierge service creates holistic programmes that allow individuals and groups to revel in the art of being. These curated retreats can be for individuals based in one of our holiday homes or house parties in 5* accommodation at the historic Broughton Hall.
From personal training and tai chi to bespoke nutrition, herbal medicine, tree planting and fire temple parties, these holidays make you feel good and help to leave the world a better place.