Date(s) - 1 May 2020 until 3 May 2020
4:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Welcoming Summer in Beautiful West Wales!
New for 2020 is this very special Beltane Mandala Retreat.
Come, delve deep into the magic of this land; kindle new fires of creative inspiration, through soul nourishing contemplation…
The Celtic festival of Beltane marks the threshold into Summer, celebrating the fertility of the land, honouring the union of sacred feminine and sacred masculine energy towards a fruitful season. It’s the time of birdsong, may blossom, bluebells, wild woodland magic and floral wonder!
We can tap into this vibrant time of exuberant optimism, to renew the creative fires within ourselves, shake off the last dust of winter dreaming and ready ourselves for action.
Our beltane journey together will include song, meditation, mandala painting and ceremonial labyrinth, in the setting of a beautiful nature reserve. There will be space to explore and connect with the wild and our deeper wild selves.
The sacred art practice of Mandala (Sanskrit, meaning circle or wholeness) offers a visual pathway for coming into centre, while at the same time bringing peripheral elements into a feeling of inter-connected harmony. We do this through the resonance of sacred geometry (the universal language of shapes and symbols), creative use of light, dark and colour, and engaging the limitless power of our intent.
Drawing geometry and painting mandalas invites calm reflection, prayerful attention, a place to play, process, and become a vessel for divine flow.
It’s devotional, in the sense of acknowledging the divinity within all things and how the oneness expresses through us.
The design becomes imbued with the quality of our intention and attention, resulting in a kind of visual energy map, symbolic of our inner world.
Geometry provides a framework which allows us to set our sense of ‘self’ aside as we follow new routes and ancient pathways, pausing at intersections to feel our way. Each shape is a number, each number holds specific properties, every meeting an opportunity.
In this workshop we’ll consider geometry in nature, as well as looking at mandalas in different cultures, to inform our practice.
You’ll learn how to create patterns using the ancient tools of compass, straight edge and pencil. Then painting with watercolour onto paper.
Facilitator & Teacher
Anne Thomas is an artist and teacher based near Aberystwyth, West Wales.
She creates mandala paintings and ceramic sculpture, inspired by geometry in nature and expressing a deep spiritual connection with the life-force of Mother Earth. She often includes species of wildlife native to the UK in her designs, celebrating the lives of these precious beings, calling us to notice, respect and learn from them.
Her fascination with the inter-connections of Life has lead her to study and practice Reiki, yoga, Ayurveda, sacred geometry, shamanic dreaming, conscious parenting and wildlife-friendly gardening. All of this profoundly informs her art and provides a background for the workshops and courses she holds.
‘How do we find our centre when all around the world is changing? Where will we find shelter when the winds of life blow hardest? It is in the highest and best interests of us all to develop inner calm and self awareness, so we may live our lives with grace and in beauty; with strength of heart and clarity of mind and spirit’
Anne has a studio and a healing room at her home. She teaches sacred geometry, mandala painting, Reiki, meditation and sacred singing. She has exhibited in England and Wales.
- Arrival from 4pm
- Dinner 6.30pm
- 7.30pm to 9pm Opening circle and altar making
- 7am Tree Blessing (outdoors, hopefully the Hawthorn will be flowering)
- 8.30 to 9.30am Breakfast
- 10am Mandala session 1
- 1pm Lunch
- Followed by time on the land, observing, listening, noticing, sketching, gathering objects for totem (If the weather is wet, I will offer an indoor space)
- 4pm Feedback circle in roundhouse and making totem (with tea and cake!)
- 6.30pm Dinner
- 8pm Candlelit labyrinth and Beltane Fire ceremony
- 8 to 9am Breakfast
- 9.30am Meditation
- 10am Mandala session 2
- 1pm Lunch
- 2 to 3.30pm Finishing and closing circle
* Our schedule will be dependent on weather and all sessions are optional.
Venue, Accommodation & Nourishment
Denmark Farm Conservation Centre nestles in the foothills of the beautiful Cambrian Mountains just outside Lampeter, Ceredigion, close to Cardigan Bay.
The 40 acre nature reserve has been managed by The Shared Earth Trust since 1987; as a successful model to demonstrate the possibility of restoring land to a species rich ecosystem, after years of intensive agriculture.
Denmark Farm hosts a program of courses and is well equipped for hosting guests in a range of comfortable accommodation (see options below), with freshly cooked vegan meals, cosy study space, outdoor fire circle, roundhouse, space to roam and connect with nature.
Prices include tuition, art materials, accommodation and all meals.
Single occupancy room £331
Twin room (per person) £ 291
Shared Dormitory £257
Places limited to 12 people
A few non residential places may be opened up 6 weeks-2 months before the event subject to availability.
£50 non refundable deposit to be paid to confirm place. Balance to be paid 6 weeks before the event.
Please book your places below or get in touch if you have any questions.