GATHER. SETTLE. PRACTICE. SERVE.
So much more than the sum of its parts, this offering or mini retreat brings together community, movement, nature and service into something that I hope will be quite special. Come along to connect, move and commune with nature – and to play your part in protecting this beautiful planet of ours.
What to expect
We’ll gather at Merthyr Mawr and take a mindful walk through the dunes and onto the beach. Already we’re setting the tone for our time together – settling our feet onto the ground, and ourselves into the moment.
Once we’ve arrived on the beach we’ll set up for our practice. Drawing on all that surrounds us – we’ll start with a guided meditation and segue into steady and intentional movement that serves to connect us even more deeply to our surroundings and each other. Closing in savasana surrounded by the sounds of the sea is the stuff of dreams of course…
Sea swims for those who want them…
After we’ve practiced there’s the opportunity to take a dip in the sea, to paddle at its edges or to simply sit, talk and enjoy where you are. There’s a special connection that comes with practising outdoors and this is an opportunity to deepen that if you wish however, as with all of the work that I do, the agency in this situation is yours and yours alone.
Know that there are no expectations whatsoever around needing to swim, nor around what you might choose to wear for it either (though clothing of some sort is probably advised!).
Lunch and beyond
We’ll follow our swim (or paddle, or chat) with lunch. Given the walk onto the beach and the current situation, you’ll bring your own food for this one but we’ll eat together, finding a sheltered spot on the beach or in the dunes.
I’ll be bringing some sweet treats to close lunch with and then we’ll turn to the service portion of our day – undertaking a beach clean (and contributing to the Surfers Against Sewage million mile clean) as a gesture of gratitude for the time spent in this beautiful place.
Of course there’s more to supporting our environment than picking up litter which is why, on top of the beach clean, 5% of proceeds will be donated to Project Seagrass who are working to restore the UK’s seagrass meadows and support our climate, fisheries and local livelihoods.
Closing our time together
To close our experience, there’ll be another mindful walk back through the dunes before we say our goodbyes. Of course it doesn’t actually end there though because the shift in perspective that comes with this kind of practice is one that lives with you far beyond the day itself. This is an experience from which you’ll take away a real sense of belonging and community – not just to each other, but to yourself and the planet too.
The mini retreat takes place on 18th July, starts at 09:30 and will finish somewhere around 14:00 (please allow for some flex on the finish time due to the nature of the day). Do note that we’ll be departing across the dunes at 09:30 so please don’t be late or you will have to find your own way!
Pricing and how to book
Places are priced at £60 each, inclusive of the donation to Project Seagrass and can be booked here.
This session will be run outdoors in the elements and you’ll need to bring your own lunch, swim gear (as desired) and mat/towel. Litter picking gear will be supplied, courtesy of Surfers Against Sewage. The walk is a moderate couple of miles each way so pack appropriately remembering that on our return we’ll have some rubbish bags too!
Please do check the weather beforehand and come prepared with whatever you might need – water, sun cream, hats, blankets, layers etc. Unless the weather is totally restrictive we will look to go ahead however the session is liable to rescheduling where that becomes the only option.
Finally, I am not a qualified lifeguard and any swimming is undertaken at your own risk.
As a mini-retreat, bookings are non-refundable but can be transferred to a friend if for some reason you are unable to make it.
Set on the South Wales coast, Merthyr Mawr Warren National Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, home to a rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna. We’ll be walking our way through a sand dune system that extends an enormous 339 hectares, eventually coming out onto the long expanse of beach a little distance (but somehow a world away) from the sands at Ogmore.
We’ll meet at the entry to the dunes in Candleston car park with more specific directions to be sent to all participants in due course. Closer to the date I’ll be able to put anyone willing or wanting to liftshare in touch with each other.
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