Shamanic Womb Retreat

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Activity Womb Alchemy
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Shamanism : Ecstatic Dance : Sacred Sexuality : Wild Nature : Womb Wisdom

 

Welcome to the Shamanic Womb Retreat, held in the magical Enchanted Glade in Sussex.

You are warmly invited to a rich weekend of shamanic & embodied practice, nourishing intimacy with the body and community as we re-wild eros and delve into the magic of the Womb and pleasure alchemy.

Over 4 nights you will be guided through ecstatic movement, ritual and nature connection awakening your capacity to listen and receive the pulse of aliveness. Remembering relationships of reciprocity with natural lore.

 

The Call

 

The Earth needs your Pleasure.

 

There is a primal longing that lives in each one us, that yearns to feel a deeper sense of connection to some-one or some-thing. That original wound of separation, that often prevents us from fully emerging,  or feeling the deep pleasure in simply being. 

Throughout our lives in our desire to connect, we find ways to distract and move away from what we truly long for - to return to the primal essence of our bodies that knows - union, trust and freedom.

This weekend retreat is an offering to come home to ourselves - body, blood and flesh, so that we find a way back to source through ritual and community, and from that space we can allow ourselves to e-merge once more.

 

"Deep, clear, internally connective, magical. Bryony is like a powerful conductor of feminine energy and wisdom and a knowledgeable teacher of deep and almost forgotten feminine arts."

- Katrin

 

Practices we will explore over the Weekend:

  • The Shamanic Womb Descent
  • Receiving your Earth Song
  • Self Pleasure Healing Modality
  • Eros Embodiment
  • Shamanic Womb Work
  • Somatic Movement
  • ReWilding Eros Ecstatic Dance
  • Wild Crafting
  • Womb Yoga

     

“Bryony is absolutely incredible. This is one of the best courses I have ever taken in it's layers of depth, curiosity and inspiration. Bryony is present, thorough and inspiring. I couldn't recommend this course more.” 
- Jessica

 

What to Expect

 

Shamanic Womb Work
 

In this work we believe that the Womb has a spirit, a primal voice that speaks an ancient wisdom when we are ready to listen. This is the art of direct revelation, a fundamental principle in shamanic practice whereby we receive knowledge, guidance and medicine from the body.


Earth Rituals

Shamanic & Nature-based rituals to ground you into your Body and the Earth, whilst awakening your capacity to listen and receive the pulse of aliveness. Remembering relationships of reciprocity with natural lore.
 

Yoni Yoga Nidra

A deeply restorative practice that invites you to the liminal space between dreaming and awake, using techniques from Yoga and Shamanic Trance, for healing and deeper connection to self. This practice has been specially designed to revitalise the Womb space, as we greet the body with love and tenderness.

 

Self Pleasure 

Self Pleasure is a practice of devotion to one's aliveness where thoughts can drop to emotions, to feelings, to sensations. Connecting with the tools of sound, breath, movement and touch. Sensing that which is there to be witnessed, recalibrating your nervous system with the pulse of Earth, listening and remembering the current of Eros at the core of your being. From here, you come home to a space where you get to be so radically human that you can drink your own medicine, rooted in your unique earthen expression of erotic innocence.
 

Movement Alchemy

Through Womb Yoga and Temple Dance we explore practices that nourish both within and without. These elixirs will move stagnant energy, alchemising tension and blocks whilst cultivating a relationship with Earth Eros (Life Force). These somatic, sensory explorations offer tools for us to become more embodied - connecting to the current of life that is moving through and with us.

 

Sharing Circles

We gather for daily sharing circles to create a sacred and held space, forming authentic and deep connections amongst the group. These offer a space to share and reflect on the previous night's ceremony, and what is being revealed to you through this process.

 

“Thank you Bryony and Taila for a beautifully tender evening of connection to self, sense and each other.”
- Sophie

 

 

This is for you if…

 

You are seeking to experience and allow more pleasure into your life

You have been searching for a deeper form of Womb Work that speaks to your wild feminine nature

You are desiring for community and a space amongst Women which is inclusive and liberating

You want to unleash your authentic voice, share your truth and learn to express your deepest desires

You are looking for meaningful ways to unlock your sexuality and ignite your power

You're yearning to feel more alive and at home in your body

You are curious about shamanism and learning methods for self pleasure

You're ready explore and express your sensuality

You're familiar with Shamanic and embodiment practices but are looking for something more raw and primal
 

 

"Thank you for such crafting and holding such a powerful space. I can't express how meaningful and potent this journey was for me in the context of healing sexual trauma." - Em

 

Weekend Highlights & Ceremonies


 

Serpent and the Rose Ceremony

Stepping onto the red thread, we open the container in a shamanic descent through the body, meeting our allies in awakening Eros - the Serpent and the Rose. 
 

Self Pleasure Ritual

Gathered in circle we descend into the body to be with the sensations fully and completely; using tools of sound, breath, movement and touch. Meeting the matter of body and earth, self pleasure allows for relating with sensations, eros and group field without attachment to story, judgment or censorship. 
 

Rewilding Eros Ecstatic Dance w/Cacao

What is desiring to emerge? In this ecstatic dance journey we caress your senses, with a set designed to tantalize and awaken the wild one within and without. Who is She? 
 

Flower FULL MOON Ceremony 

Under the light of the Full Moon in Scorpio, we meet at the Fire to breathe life into what's blooming, and offer back to the flames what's been shed through this immersion. We howl, we scream, we laugh, we cry, we dance, we dream - and together WE RISE.


Wild Woodland Spa

A place of restoration and deep relaxation, the Hot Tub and Sauna offer a place to take some heat into the blood, flesh and bones as we journey through the weekend together.

 


“In Taila's workshop, I felt the freedom to be curious and completely myself, because everyone was accepted as they are! And that's so beautiful... And after participating I knew I was heard and felt open to share my experience with others. I love how natural the whole experience was. Very human in the best way!”

- Elizabeth  

 

 

The Journey: At a Glance

 

Arrival 5pm - 7pm on Friday 5th.

Leave by 11am on Monday 8th.
 

Day 1: Arrival 
Afternoon: Landing/Nature Connection
Evening: Womb and Eros Opening Ceremony

​Day 2: Eros
Morning: ​Sensual Soft Awakening
Afternoon: Wild Spa Session
​Evening: Self Pleasure Ritual

Day 3: Womb
Morning: ​Womb Yoga & Yoni Nidra
Afternoon: Earth Mandala
​Evening: Rewilding Eros Ecstatic Dance 

Day 4: Departure
Morning: Giving Thanks & Closing Ceremony
 

 

“Bryony is an exceptional space holder and this event was beautiful and nourishing.”
 
- Rosanna

 

Venue

 

 

Accomodation

 

 

 

 

 

All units are off grid and ecologically sustainable; Wood fired, solar powered, biodegradable products and locally sourced/recycled materials.

 

Location

 

Enchanted Glade, Sussex UK

Lower Sheriff Farmhouse,  Station Approach, Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6SPgland, United Kingdom

 

Arrival and Departure

Arrival 5pm - 7pm on Friday 5th

Leave by 11am on Monday 8th

Travel

We have created a Telegram group in advance so that you can arrange a lift share or taxi share with other women on the retreat. Please follow the link here to join:  Telegram LiftShare Group

Public Transport

The Closest train stations are Haywards Heath and East Grinstead where you can easily get a 10 minute taxi drive. 

Three Bridges is also close by.

The 270 bus comes from Brighton and Forest Row and stops very close to the site.

We are happy to organise pick up from the train station, more details shared closer to the time via our LiftShare Group.
 

Driving

 

The Address: Lower Sheriff Farmhouse,  Station Approach, Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6SP, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM.

Please follow the map to find the Enchanted Glade.

When you arrive at Lower Sheriff farmhouse, please ensure that you come along the hedge where you will see the sign and entrance for The Glade. There is hardstanding at the gate and parking in the field. 

As Enchanted Glade are working within the Eco tourism sector, they aim to be as low impact as possible and therefore we strongly encourage car sharing and public transport as much as possible. 

 

“Taila provided a nurturing, open, non-judgemental and safe space for me to explore deep into my sexuality and sexual experiences. She helped me to see clearly that what I experience is not weird or scary but wonderful, magical, erotic and deeply connected to the elements. I felt more relaxed, grounded and accepted in my sexuality after her workshop. I have never met anyone who is able to relate to me and understand my sexuality without projections of shame, dismissal or jealousy, then I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Taila. Taila is a rare gift, compassionate, incredible listener and powerfully connected to the Earth and to spirit. Jump at the opportunity to work with her.”

- Jenny Asha Lily Wilde


 

Investment



Your Booking Includes:
 

  • 3 Nights in Cosy Accommodation at the Enchanted Glade in Sussex
  • 3 Full Days of Workshops & Ceremonies
  • 3 Delicious Organic Meals a day by herbalist & food maestra 
  • Ethically Sourced Cacao 
  • Specially selected Teas & Treats 
  • 1 Wild Woodland Spa Session with Sauna and Hot Tub (additional at extra cost)
  • Access to 10 acres of woodland and nature within and around the site

Does not include transport to and from the site.

Payment Options

 

All Rooms have access to communal ecological bathrooms.

Single Room - You will have a room to yourself - £775 - SOLD OUT - More Available Upon Request

Twin Room in Wooden Wagon - You will be sharing with one other - £675

Dorm Room Bell Tent - Double Bed  - You will be sharing with 2 others - £555

Dorm Room Bell Tent - Single Bed  - You will be sharing with 2 others - £475

*Low Income Scholarship Places - You will be in one of the Dorm Rooms - £400 

Payment plans are available. Get in touch if you need support with your booking: bryony.darbon@gmail.com

*Scholarship Places

We have a handful of low cost scholarship places available via application.  These scholarship places are for Black/ Women of Colour, LGBTQ+ folks and women from marginalised communities or challenging socio-economic backgrounds. 

We are in an ongoing iterative process of learning and unlearning how to make our space equitable, diverse and inclusive of the multitudes of experiences of women. Creating scholarship and bursary places for those who might struggle to access or participate in an event like this is part of our approach. 

However we recognise that this can only be one part of our approach to inclusivity and requires us to be in a continued learning process around the themes of trauma, class, race, gender and so much more. Another part of our approach is that we have a number of structures of care in place for the retreat itself and various feedback systems both in person and anonymous that we welcome. 

To apply for a scholarship please contact: bryony.darbon@gmail.com The deadline for scholarship applications is the 10th May.
 

Your Facilitators:
 

 

Bryoni Bee

 

"Deep, clear, internally connective, magical. Bryony is like a powerful conductor of feminine energy and wisdom and a knowledgeable teacher of deep and almost forgotten feminine arts."

 

Bryony is a shamanic practitioner and facilitator, skilled in bridging worlds and turning the mundane to magic. Passionate about the revival of ancient Womb wisdom, she approaches her work with a sense of playfulness and curiosity - committed to the path of learning and discovery through creativity and inner inquiry.

Through her offerings she weaves practices for empowerment, alchemical embodiment, movement and meditation, drawing upon a process she has crafted called ‘Womb Alchemy' - a unique fusion of shamanic Womb practices and intuitive techniques, designed to bring clients and students a restored sense of balance and embodied presence. 

Bryony's intentions for her service is to support others in discovering tools for self-healing, softening into be-ing, allowing them to lead more empowered and enriched lives with feet firmly planted in the Earth whilst exploring their inner sensual and stellar selves. 

She has extensive training in yoga and shamanic practice, which allows her to navigate the architecture of holding sacred space - through ceremony, classes, workshops, retreats and one to one sessions. She offers alternative and nourishing methods for students and clients alike to discover their own medicine through movement, magic, myth and mystery school teachings.
 

 

 

Taila Rose

Taila Rose believes that coming home to body and eros, tending the pathways of aliveness and remembering our wholeness are the antidotes to the crisis of belonging we currently find ourselves in.

She is a somatic sexologist, earth & pleasure advocate and relationship midwife; holding point for rewilding our relationships with self, other and nature.

Taila holds loving spaces to unravel, reveal & reimagine ourselves as wild nature; cyclical eco-systems with erotic innocence, pleasure and the capacity for gratitude, reciprocity and reverence for all life.

(Images of Taila taken by @KenBuslay)


Testimonials
 

"Reflecting on the Self Pleasure Circle deep dive series my body falls into complete relaxation. Taila held space in a way I felt fully supported to begin going inwards. She lead the way to a deeper connection and understanding of my shadows, my feminine and my eros. The way she facilitated centred connection and safety in a way that meant I truly felt safe in my body, held and nourished throughout the process. What this woman is transmitting is truly hers, embodied in her being and this is felt in all that she shares. I can highly recommend diving deep with this woman."
- Sofie

“Yet again Bryony has succeeded in putting together three hours of mind, body and soul nourishing material which brings together a group of sisters who have never met and yet, share such a special connection, throughout the experience. By channelling the magical energy of the serpent, I managed to shed aspects of grief and trauma through a somatic movement practice and embodied visions of what I wanted to manifest. Bryony is a humble and skilled facilitator who weaves together ancient knowledge with bespoke practices to create a truly unique and unforgettable workshop that will have lasting effects in your day to day life. I can't recommend her work enough x x x Jess x x x” 
- Jess
 

"Taila Rose holds space with a confident and open heart which meant I felt relaxed and confident while she was facilitating the workshop.The main thing I took away from Taila’s workshop was the knowledge that sexual energy is just that, another form of energy, and whilst it is a powerful one it is an energy we can allow to filter through our entire body and out into the world around us in a subtle and beautiful way.I think Taila is a brave powerful soul to offer the workshops she does and that everyone would benefit from the insights she offers into this energy.. Thank you Rose."
- Piers

Such a gorgeous experience, witnessing and being witnessed is so powerful, since the session I've been celebrating a deeper connection with my womb and the life force, which we awakaned together. I highly recommend Bryonia as her wisdom, which she shares serves profound healing and supports awakening joy and creativity. The aftercare is also thoughtful and beautiful, the mediation and other resources shared supports me to go even deeper with this practise.” 
- Annamaria

 

What To Bring

 

  • Towel for river bathing
  • Ceremonial clothes (including a red outfit)
  • Clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in
  • Altar items (flowers, special stones, bones, crystals)
  • A few extra snacks
  • Warm and waterproof clothes
  • Walking boots or wellies
  • Eye mask and ear plugs
  • Sheepskins/ cushions and a blanket
  • Instruments (drums, rattles, etc)
  • A journal

Who is this immersion for? Is this the right space for you?
 

This is a place for authentic connection, deep listening and community. You will be invited to explore content such as sexuality and emotions, so it is important for our own integrity and welfare of those attending that we share these points for you to be sure that this space is suitable for you.

Our intention is to offer work that is inclusive, however through our own practices of listening, learning and unlearning - we have decided that this space is specifically for female-embodied beings aka those with Yoni's and Womb's (whether or not still physically present) - which includes non-binary and gender fluid folk. 

Our reasons for this is that some of the content is very specific to the female anatomy - we will be speaking of the Womb, the Yoni and other aspects of the female body. We also recognise that we do not have the experience required to hold space safely beyond this within this setting, and want all of those that attend feel held and acknowledged. So the most responsible decision we can make is to recognise our limitations, as this offers a much a safer and authentic space for everyone. We are passionate about continuing to learn and grow in this.

We also want you to note that while this work may have therapeutic benefits, this is not therapy or a replacement for therapy. If you are experiencing significant mental health challenges we strongly encourage you to seek 1-1 support from a qualified psychotherapist

Some of the content shared by participants in sharing circles may be triggering or traumatic in nature. This immersion is designed to create a space for us to be open and honest with each other about our experiences, as we explore some new and unchartered territory. Sharing and listening is an important aspect of this, and can support the process of transformation, and simply being.

While we do our best to create an environment that feels safe and inclusive, it is your responsibility to look after your own needs and boundaries. If this is something you struggle with, or you are concerned about any element of this retreat please contact us in advance. We are very willing to chat on the phone and check in about whether this retreat is right for you at this time.

 

Practical Info

 

For enquiries please email Bryony at: bryony.darbon@gmail.com

Website: bryoniamelissae.com 

Instagram: bryoni.bee

 

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