5 THEMED RETREATS

All our retreat days for 2019 are led by the seasons, surrounded by horses and guided by the chakras. Based in the breath-taking landscape of the English Lake District, 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 Full Retreat day is themed around a creative discipline. There are currently five for you to choose from:

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Creative Writing

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 Zoe Dawes there’ll be space and time to write with as much guidance, tea and empathy as you choose.

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Photography

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 Rachel Hayton, our resident expert, what it truly takes to capture that memory.

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Drawing

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 under the watchful guiding eye of our artist in residence Jo McGrath.

Don’t worry if the true Cumbrian summer makes an appearance we have a beautiful dry barn to retreat with easels too!

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Floristry

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.

Pottery

Get in touch with your inner Gormley on this very special retreat led by Richard Hedges. Intimate time spent with the horses will be transferred into learning some of the key skills of a sculptor, in the process creating your very own masterpiece out of clay.

Another truly sensory experience and a wonderful way to celebrate the end of our season at Full Circle Retreats.

2019 FULL CIRCLE RETREATS
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Creative Writing Retreat 28 April

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Celebrate the lighter days and awakening of spring in all its glory. You’ll be guided by multi award winning Travel Blogger Zoe Dawes founder of Quirky Traveller to explore your creativity and learn new skills in the art of writing a 500 word piece capturing your retreat. You’ll spend the your day in close proximity to the natural world and it’s this connection that will provide us with a sense of the escapism and relaxation. We’ll harness our heightened senses to really explore the written word and learn from the horses, who, often are an inspiration in literature to convey relationships and emotions.

10am -11.30am Yoga – concentrating on opening our crown we’ll ignite the creative process with a gentle warm up and more dynamic flow to find the centre of our deeper connections with wisdom and thought
11.45am – 12.45pm Meditating with the horses – truly magical mindfulness spent with the horses
1pm – 1.30pm Lunch – seasonal, nourishing home grown or locally sourced lunch in the barn or picnic style weather permitting
1.30pm – 4.30pm Creative Writing with ‘Quirky Traveller’ Zoe Dawes, who will be on hand to guide you writing a a 500 word piece

£165 per place

What to bring?

We imagine you would like to bring your own notepad and pen, however we can provide all materials needed on the day should you need anything. If you prefer you can also bring your own laptop.

We will be doing lots of activities during your stay and as we often get four seasons in one day, we suggest lots of layers:

  • Something loose or stretchy for Yoga
  • Walking shoes or boots for our sessions with the horses and walks in the fields
  • Fleeces are great for cooler days when meditating outdoors
  • Water proof jackets and even trousers if you have them
  • Spare socks should yours get wet on a walk
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Drawing  2 June

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Guided by local artist, illustrator and fellow farmer Jo McGrath you’ll learn and improve on your pencil sketches observing the horses in their natural environment, working towards a finished drawn memory that captures this very special day of mindful creativity amidst the serenity of the Cumbrian outdoors.

You’ll work with the changing light and shadows as well as the moving horses and if it’s the landscape that captivates your time is yours to up sticks, find a quiet corner of the field or fell to let go and create with as much or as little of Jo’s guidance as you need.

10am -11.30am Yoga – concentrating on our throat chakra to speak with love, kindness and truth, inspiring ourselves and those around us and later in the year our root chakra to ground and connect with the earths energy we’ll work through a variety of yoga moves to bring awareness to these areas
11.45am – 12.45pm Meditating with the horses – truly magical mindfulness spent with the horses
1pm – 1.30pm Lunch – seasonal, nourishing home grown or locally sourced lunch in the barn or picnic style weather permitting
1.30pm – 4.30pm Painting with Jo McGrath

£165 per place

What to bring?

We imagine you would like to bring your own artist materials, however we will provide paper, pencils and other equipment necessary for your day. This will include:

Easel, Boards, Paper, Masking Tape, Kitchen Roll, Brushes, Water Pot, Charcoals, Pencils, Pastels, Rubbers and Fixative/hairspray.

We will be doing lots of activities during your stay and as we often get four seasons in one day, we suggest lots of layers:

  • Something loose or stretchy for Yoga
  • Walking shoes or boots for our sessions with the horses and walks in the fields
  • Fleeces are great for cooler days when meditating outdoors
  • Water proof jackets and even trousers if you have them
  • Spare socks should yours get wet on a walk
Floristry  30 June

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Secateurs at the ready. Ashley of Green House Floristry Studio will inspire and delight sharing her knowledge and passion for the soil and the summer season.  Leading us on a tour of the farms cutting patches we’ll select organic blooms before heading to the fells to forage seasonal foliage.

You’ll gather bucketful’s of scented local produce to take back to the barn where you’ll be guided in the art of conditioning and arranging a spectacular summer vessel. All yours to take home with you at the end of the day.

10am -11.30am Yoga – concentrating on our heart chakra to love and heal through health and well-being and later in the year our sacral chakra, home of our creative force, providing us with the energy to enjoy the fruits of our labour we’ll work through a variety of yoga moves to bring awareness to these areas
11.45am – 12.45pm Meditating with the horses – truly magical mindfulness spent with the horses
1pm – 1.30pm Lunch – seasonal, nourishing home grown or locally sourced lunch in the barn or picnic style weather permitting
1.30pm – 4.30pm Floristry with Green House Florists Ashley & Michelle

£165 per place

What to bring?

All equipment supplied for the floristry session.

We will be doing lots of activities during your stay and as we often get four seasons in one day, we suggest lots of layers:

  • Something loose or stretchy for Yoga
  • Walking shoes or boots for our sessions with the horses and walks in the fields
  • Fleeces are great for cooler days when meditating outdoors
  • Water proof jackets and even trousers if you have them
  • Spare socks should yours get wet on a walk
Horse Lovers Retreat  21 July

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NEW RETREAT

We’ve had a lot of requests form fans of Full Circle Retreats for us to create a day that’s focussed purely on our fab four horses. So with that in mind we’ve create a ‘Horse Lover Retreat’ day.

Set amidst the serenity of the Cumbrian outdoors, this day is perfect for horsey lovers who would relish the opportunity of getting to know our gentle giants.  

In between meditation sessions we will be grooming the horses and finding out about their personalities.

 

10am -11.30am Yoga – Stimulating emotion for deep inner peace, energising Sun salutations, soothing movements and breath work followed by deep relaxation and moving into stillness
11.45am – 12.45pm Meditating with the horses – truly magical mindfulness spent with the horses and a guided meditation
1pm – 2pm Lunch – seasonal, nourishing home grown or locally sourced lunch in the barn or picnic style weather permitting
2pm – 3pm

Grooming the horses – just as the yoga relaxes you before a meditation grooming relaxes the horses, spending time getting to know them

3pm – 4pm

Meditating with the horsesexploring deeper emotions, learning how to connect with the horses

4pm – 4.30pm

Coffee cake, review, feedback and farewell from the house

£165 per place

What to bring?

We will be doing lots of activities during your stay and as we often get four seasons in one day, we suggest lots of layers:

  • Something loose or stretchy for Yoga
  • Walking shoes or boots for our sessions with the horses and walks in the fields
  • Fleeces are great for cooler days when meditating outdoors
  • Water proof jackets and even trousers if you have them
  • Spare socks should yours get wet on a walk
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Photography 8 September

The start of Autumn will see us joined by Rachel Hayton. You’ll spend time with the horses capturing and observing their movements and focusing on composition, light and the moving subject you’ll gain a broader understanding of the skills required to capture that memory as you see it all the whilst surrounded by views that’ll make you want to shoot picture after picture. There’ll be time to explore and get creative as well as dedicated time with Rachel.

10am -11.30am Yoga – concentrating on our solar chakra we’ll work on balance to create a feeling of confidence and personal power with a gentle warm up and more dynamic flow to energise our chakra building strength in our own abilities and talents
11.45am – 12.45pm Meditating with the horses – truly magical mindfulness spent with the horses
1pm – 1.30pm Lunch – seasonal, nourishing home grown or locally sourced lunch in the barn or picnic style weather permitting
1.30pm – 4.30pm Photography with Rachel Hayton

£165 per place

What to bring?

You will need to bring your own camera and to make sure you get the most of the session, please bring a spare battery if you have one and a battery charger (just in case). Just let us know what type of camera you are bringing.

We will be doing lots of activities during your stay and as we often get four seasons in one day, we suggest lots of layers:

  • Something loose or stretchy for Yoga
  • Walking shoes or boots for our sessions with the horses and walks in the fields
  • Fleeces are great for cooler days when meditating outdoors
  • Water proof jackets and even trousers if you have them
  • Spare socks should yours get wet on a walk
potter modelling a hare in clay
Pottery  6 October

Richard, a talented Yorkshire sculptor specialising in clay and animal sculptures, will be guiding us though this fun hands on workshop. Complete beginners will learn the art of working with good quality clay to create a sculptural memory of the day.

Having met the horses, they will be your inspiration to sculpt a head. Richard will take it home, glaze and fire it in his kiln and then we will post the finished piece to your home (there is a £7 charge for p&p).

10am – 10.30am Meet & greet
10.30am – 12.15pm Pottery with Richard Hughes
12.30pm – 1pm Lunch – seasonal, nourishing home grown or locally sourced lunch in the barn or picnic style weather permitting
1pm – 3.30pm Pottery with Richard Hughes
3.30pm – 4.30pm Walk – we finish our weekend with a walk up to the top of our hill with views to take your breath away – definitely a photo opportunity!

£165 per place

What to bring?

All equipment supplied for the pottery session. However it may be a good idea to have clothes you won’t mind getting clay on, and a change of clothes if you would like to change out of them.

We will be doing lots of activities during your stay and as we often get four seasons in one day, we suggest lots of layers:

  • Something loose or stretchy for Yoga
  • Walking shoes or boots for our sessions with the horses and walks in the fields
  • Fleeces are great for cooler days when meditating outdoors
  • Water proof jackets and even trousers if you have them
  • Spare socks should yours get wet on a walk

Book a day to remember in the English Lake District with one of our creative retreat days. As well as a themed creative disciplines: creative writing, photography, art, floristry and pottery, each retreat features the healing qualities of nature, animal therapy, meditation, yoga and nutrition.

If you have any questions before you book, about any of the retreats we offer, just contact us – we’d love to help to make it a day to remember, whether you’re on your own, planning a birthday treat or with a group of friends.

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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