Holly Stoppit

Fools Retreat

Imagine what could happen if a bunch of fools were plunged into a beautiful countryside setting, for a FOOLS FULL NATURE IMMERSION

Open to: anyone that has done Holly's 5-day fools training
Retreat dates: Friday 25 October 2019, 5pm - Tuesday 29 October 2019, 2pm
Closing date for applications: Friday 9 September

About the retreat

You'll arrive on the Friday evening, meet your fellow fools, find your bed and eat a delicious, healthy, grounding meal, before we begin our opening ceremony.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be three full days of playing, exploring and discovering, allowing nature to support, inspire and infiltrate our fooling.

The mornings will be a mix of mindful meditations, movement, voice and sensory explorations. Nature will lead us into finding and embodying a range of masks. We'll explore both site-responsive and site-specific fooling.

We'll take long, leisurely lunch breaks, where there'll be time to rest, walk, read, play or do whatever feels most nourishing for you.

In the afternoons we'll let nature speak through us, by performing solos for each other.

After a delicious and lovingly prepared fools banquet, there will be optional evening activities including singing and storytelling by the fire, night time fooling, jamming and wishing ceremonies.

On Tuesday, our final day, there will be a closing ceremony, before we have our last lunch together.

Holly Stoppit is delighted to be offering games and exercises from her nature play toolkit, a bag of tricks she's spent a lifetime cultivating, both through her training and through her personal explorations. Holly has been attending meditation retreats in beautiful places for 15 years, often secretly exploring play as the bridge between meditation and nature (shhh, don't tell anyone!).

Last Autumn, Holly facilitated her first fools retreat for the fools of Beyond The Ridiculous and was so inspired to see how nature spoke through the fools in so many different ways, that she's decided to open this up to the wider community of Fools.

The nitty gritty

  • You need to have done at least one 5-day Fooling course with Holly to attend this course
  • Retreat starts on Friday 25 October, 5.00pm and finishes on Tuesday 29 October at 2.00pm 
  • Venue: Springhead, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0NU website here
  • As it's a group journey, you will need to be there for the whole retreat
  • The accommodation is bunk rooms – with 2-3 people in each room
  • The retreat will be fully catered vegetarian / vegan – all diets can be catered for (we'll get this info from you nearer the time
  • You will be expected to pitch in with washing up / keeping the place tidy – we'll organise a rota when we get there. If we all do a little bit, it won't feel like much for anyone
  • We will organise lift shares once we have offered the places
  • To support the atmosphere of mindfulness, this will be a drug and alcohol free retreat (unless you're taking prescription drugs of course, in which case, carry on!)

Cost: £450 / £400 / £350
Standard / low income / no income

Closing date for applications: Friday 9 September
To apply for a place on this rare, refreshing, rural retreat complete the form below.

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