Our call back to the Celtic Land of Brittany…
Initially we began our search in Northern Brittany, however none of the locations spoke to our hearts. Grateful retreat was our ‘mystery property ‘. We didn’t have any details and was driven there by the estate agent thinking ‘where are we going?’ The journey took us through miles of open countryside and ancient woodland (with the occasional tractor!) Driving up to the gate, I knew we had found the one. I could visualise the space full of people enjoying the beautiful homely farmhouse and pretty spacious landscaped garden, and benefiting from the energy ancient land has to offer.
Why come to our retreat?
I am a very grateful yogi who wants to share all the secrets that yoga as shown me. My spiritual life (incorporating yoga and the 12 steps) has given me a life beyond my wildest dreams. My aspirations for the Grateful Retreat – A space to heal, inspire and explore our innate wisdom. Committing to a retreat can be a big deal in many ways. I intend to meet people at any stage in their journey, hold space with love and to show you how to seize the day using ancient yogic tools. The Grateful Retreat will not only inspire you, but also empower you to take these tools home.
After the showing, we visited Carnac. The sheer scale off the Megaliths was stunning. We then drove to Carnac Plage. After witnessing how much Brittany had to offer, we began manifesting about the hot summer months swimming in the gulf of Morbihan, surfing at the Quiberon Peninsula and many more adventures! Returning home we discovered that Grateful Retreat is in the perfect location for everything! Close proximity to the coast with world-class water sports, the ancient megaliths, dolmens and Cairns that are in abundance around us. Even the Celtic culture that is still honoured at the many Breton festivals, along with exploring the history of the many the Saints and pilgrimages, not to mention the ancient forests that King Arthur and Merlin occupied in the Brocéliande and the Majestic Medieval chateaus’ of Josselin or The walled city off Vannes .
Locally, we have many markets to buy fresh local produce. We are blessed with Grateful Retreat and want share it with you!
“Such Stunning Scenery”
The Carnac stones around the village of Carnac, in Brittany
Robert (Bob) Horwell
Robert ( Bob ) Is a sound therapist and gong player. His connection with the healing properties of sound began over 25 years ago when he discovered the power of the didgeridoo. Some years later that passion was rekindled when he attended a gong bath and knew there and then it was his next path. He began his career as an actor 30 years ago and has had the pleasure of working in many of the worlds best theatres and theatre companies including the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also directed many theatre shows. He has been working with masks for 28 years and has directed mask theatre and ran many mask workshops including at the actors centre in London. He directed and taught mask in Comedy of Errors & Twelfth Night, for Propeller Theatre Company which ran in Londons’ west end and toured extensively around the world to great critical acclaim. He also taught mask technique and appeared in Lysistrata for Sir Peter Halls Theatre company in the west end. He is also skilled in the use of the smallest mask, the Red Clown Nose that he perfected in his time as a clown with Hoffmann Bros Circus. The mask is a very powerful transformative tool, a shamanic aid. It can be used in healing. Most commonly it is used in the theatre but Bob has discovered when it is coupled with the Gong it can give the player a deep connection and personal understanding. The mask is also a wonderful tool to create what Don Conreaux and Bob are calling “Gong Theatre”.
“I first met Lisa when I was 16 weeks pregnant, during her pregnancy yoga classes. The yoga classes proved an invaluable support to me, both emotionally and physically, during such a vulnerable time of my life. Lisa helped me to feel empowered and provided a wonderful space for me to bond with my unborn child. I didn’t hesitate to return to post-natal yoga sessions with Lisa, during those early sleepless nights, as it enabled me to carve out some sacred time for me to look after myself, guided by Lisa’s expertise and compassion. I find Lisa’s yoga classes a very peaceful place to explore my thoughts, feelings and bodily signals, in order to help maintain positive physical health and mental well-being” – Samantha Harding