Alladale Retreat Itinerary


Each day begins with movement and meditation practice in Eagle’s Craig Cottage followed by a delicious breakfast in the Victorian Lodge.

July 11th
Arrivals. Check in at 12pm. Pick ups at Ardgay. Dinner at 6:30pm

July 12th: EARTH
Today we begin with our foundation: Earth. Our bodies, our land, our stance and our roots. We will tour the land, orienting ourselves to place. How do we work with our outer landscapes, and how do we protect the ecology of our inner landscape? What’s the relationship between our inner and outer ecology: how do we create fertile, wild and abundant landscapes? Activities include: introductory hike and plant medicine walk, embodied awareness of our surroundings. 


July 13th: WATER
From our foundation earth, we can flow into water day. Water is life, it’s potential, it’s change, it’s cyclical. As water beings ourselves where do we flow and where do we stagnate? What keeps us fresh, nourished, creative? We continue our plant ally work, studying possibility in the plant kingdom. Focusing on individual allies we form relationship with life around us. In our inner ecology work we dive into drawing and creative writing, continuing with the body mapping and collage we began yesterday.  In your self care session perhaps you’ll meditate by the water, or go fishing! Shared story over dinner, with sharing circle to follow.


July 14th: FIRE
We wake today ready to experience ourselves and the land. This is fire day and we challenge ourselves with morning archery practice followed by an intense hike and solo time in the incredible landscape of Alladale. What will you meet in the wilderness? Tonight we will have much to share over dinner and into circle. Journaling, creative writing or time for drawing will help hold your experience.

July 15: AIR
Our practice today takes us into the element of air. Movement, communication, boundless, dynamic. In our plant ally work we will make medicine that will go with us when we leave. Physical medicine, but also medicine for our souls and spirits. Air is always shared, so we shall share today in our circle. Our own personal story has become a fairy tale full of characters and archetypes familiar to all. We are our own storytellers and in sharing, our stories become universal, epic adventures. Self care session might be journaling about plant allies, drawing the landscape, taking a nap. Storytelling over dinner continues with story after. What will the air bring in?

July 16th: ETHER
Our element today is ether – how shall we integrate this experience, these discoveries and rememberings into our lives? What art supports our experience? It might be a drawing, photography, journaling, collage. How do we bring this experience deeply into our lives beyond Alladale?

A final walk, a final circle and then departures. Perhaps not, perhaps the beauty of this place will entice you to remain for a few days longer.

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