COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

Following the UK Government advice given on Monday 16 March regarding COVID-19, it is with great regret that we have made the decision to postpone all retreats planned to take place before July. We hope you will agree that it is the right decision to put the safety of our staff and retreat guests first.

Anyone who has booked a retreat will be contacted personally regarding their booking.

This is a sad and uncertain time for all of us. However we will try to update you when we can, about life on the farm, provide tips to stay sound in body & mind, and of course, let you know about all other future retreats and plans to rearrange those postponed.

Keep safe and well everyone. x

Welcome to my home Whasdyke Farm
and to Full Circle Retreats

I have created an eclectic mix of retreats for clients who would love the opportunity to tap into their creative natures. I have opened up our home, meadows and woodlands here on our farm to give you a memorable day immersed in nature surrounded by the Lakeland fells and all the wild life and farm animals who call this home too. I very much look forward to greeting you here and sharing our day with our gorgeous gentle giants Sam, Otto, Paddy and Ferdy.

DEBBIE HENDERSON

Each Full Circle Retreat day is themed around a creative discipline. Click on any of the options below to take you to more details about our retreats or simply visit our Retreats page. All our retreats are non-residential so please visit our  ‘Where to Stay‘ page, for some ideas for the perfect weekend. Also check out our In the News page, to find out what we’ve been up to in the press.

Photography RETREAT – 5 April 2020
POSTPONED

Often what we see and what the camera sees are two very different things resulting in our photos not always capturing what we thought or hoped for, especially when it comes to the majesty of horses and the splendour of the Lakeland fells.

This retreat will offer the opportunity to spend time amongst the horses whilst learning from Julie Robinson, our resident expert, what it truly takes to capture that memory.

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PAINTING & DRAWING RETREAT – 25 April 2020
POSTPONED

This retreat rejoices in all that summer in Cumbria has to offer. Long warm days in the field surrounded by the horses with the ultimate Lakeland backdrop, all yours to sit and compose and brush up on old skills or learn new ones. Don’t worry if the true Cumbrian summer makes an appearance, we have a beautiful dry barn to retreat to!

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FELTING RETREAT – 17 MAY 2020
POSTPONED

An introduction to the wet felting technique using wool fibres to create a picture inspired by the landscape of the Lake District. We’ll introduce you to the sensation of working with these delicate fibres. Taking them through the physical process of wetting out, massaging, rolling and finally shaping to achieve a lovely tactile memory of your day.

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Mindfulness RETREAT – 28 June 2020
POSTPONED

Serenity, peace and contentment can all be the state of mind which we can access to rid ourselves of the stress and anxiety that builds with the commotion of everyday modern life. If we can settle our individual worries and quieten the inner voice we can foster many positive benefits to our mind, body and soul. The magical stillness of our haven in the rugged wilderness of the Lake District provides the escape that will help you to find the clear space you need to relax your mind, let go and create a positive mindful state to reset and recharge. Please note that this event has moved to the 28 June.

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SUMMER FLORISTRY RETREAT – 11 JULY 2020

Celebrating the abundance of Summer, our floristry retreat will be wild, romantic and joyful. A true sensory experience connecting with the land, the season and the natural growth cycle of the farm.

Foraging and learning new techniques from one of Cumbria’s leading natural florists, Ashley Holden from Green House Floristry, you’ll go home with not only new skills learnt but all your beautiful creations too.

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SPIRITUAL RETREAT – 1 & 2 August 2020

At Full Circle Retreats we know how special our ‘little piece of Narnia’ in Cumbria is, how there is a special energy we are surrounded by that connects us with nature, and with our own, inner ‘nature’. This two day retreat immersed in this special, spiritual energy that the Lake District offers, shows you how you can connect more deeply to universal guidance and to help discover the answers to life’s questions, and problems to help you in your own life.

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CREATIVE WRITING RETREAT – 5 SEPTEMBER 2020

The perfect retreat to awaken the senses and get your poetic juices flowing after a winter of hibernation. Our farm offers new and developing writers a beautiful escape to hone their craft amidst this rich Cumbrian storytelling environment. Guided by award winning travel writer Zoë Dawes there’ll be space and time to write with as much guidance, tea and empathy as you choose.

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Photography & EDITING RETREAT – 3 & 4 OCTOBER 2020

Often what we see and what the camera sees are two very different things resulting in our photos not always capturing what we thought or hoped for, especially when it comes to the majesty of horses and the splendour of the Lakeland fells.

This two day photography & editing retreat will give you the tools to improve your photography and introduce the post processing skills to take your photographs to the next level.

All our creative retreat days for 2020 are led by the seasons, surrounded by horses and guided by the chakras. Based in the breath-taking landscape of the English Lake District, Cumbria, Whasdyke working farm offers wholesome nurturing where you can take time out to press pause and really let your imagination run wild. Great for solo visitors or friends looking for a day break with a difference.

Each retreat begins with a session of yoga, followed by meditation with horses. The bond created with the horses is a fantastic way of creating a stillness within yourself. You will be amazed how our Clydesdales connect with you.

WHAT DOES YOUR IDEAL RETREAT LOOK LIKE?

Thanks for visiting Full Circle Retreats. If you’re still thinking about one of our current retreats, or perhaps thinking of next year, why not sign up for our newsletter. We promise we’ll only contact you to let you know about exciting news about our retreats. And with that in mind, please let us know which of our retreats you are interested in and if there are any creative retreats, like cooking, that you’d like to try.

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All Full Circle Retreats are non-residential. For some lovely examples of the various guest houses, cottages and hotels that are available in the area please visit our ‘Where to Stay‘ page.

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