Beyond Eden

Rewild with nature | Awaken to play

Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th September 2024

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." Albert Einstein

Welcome to a retreat where the neatly trimmed, serene world you know is left behind: a world often too curated, like a perfectly manicured Garden of Eden. Here, everything appears ideal, but beneath that facade, many feel a lack of genuine freedom and authenticity.

What if the slight unease you feel and the imperfections you notice are actually signs pointing you towards a deeper truth? What if they're inviting you to explore a more genuine way of living?

Our retreat offers you a space to step out of the manicured gardens and into the wild beauty of nature, where life isn’t shaped by rigid control but flows with its own natural rhythm. Here, you won’t find polished paths; instead, you’ll walk on earthy ground, feeling the real texture of life under your feet.

We invite you to join us in rediscovering your natural essence through play. Let play be our guide and our rebellion. This retreat is a celebration of what truly matters: the things that light our fire, fire up our passion, and give profound meaning to our lives.

Join us to reconnect with your inner self and nature in a meaningful way. Let’s nurture a life that’s true to who you are, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the warmth of a community that celebrates every unique journey.

Join us to reconnect with your inner self and nature in a meaningful way.

Let’s nurture a life that’s true to who you are, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the warmth of a community that celebrates every unique journey.

Immerse yourself in experiences that allow you to explore freely and express yourself fully.

Through playful activities, reflective conversations, and deep connections with others, we help you peel away layers of imposed expectations to reveal your true self.

It’s not about breaking free from a cage but gently discovering the open door to a landscape where you can breathe deeply, play wholeheartedly, and be authentically you.

We have been separated from nature for too long.

Now is the time to reclaim what was naturally ours.

A Four Day Woodland Hideaway

This extended eco-retreat at Cae Mabon in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park is a homecoming.

Reclaim your personal power and honour your desires by creating space in your life to play, rewild, and reconnect with your true self. Challenge the norm of constant busyness and reflect on the question: "What are you doing with your one wild and precious life?"

Within a nurturing community of like-minded souls, we will be working with the following concepts:

  • Embracing what it really means to be a truly part of a natural world.
  • Tending to the garden of our own desires rather than the garden that is overlaid to us by society.
  • Taking charge of our own happiness and the direction of our life.
  • Shifting from passively accepting life’s demands to actively making empowering choices.
  • Recognising and reclaiming aspects of our lives that are within our control, outside of those fixed obligations.
  • Examining and adjust your habits to better serve our personal well-being.

During this retreat there will be plenty of time to unwind, to connect with the natural surroundings.

Cae Mabon is a truly stunning forest location, with a rushing river, Celtic roundhouse, strawbale hobbit houses, labyrinth and even a hot tub!

Nicola & Jason - a little about us


Between us, Jason and Nicola, we have trodden this path for many decades, finding our way forward to a new way of being in the world. We have learned how to hear the quiet voices within us, in nature and the Otherworld, guiding us along the way. From this, we have moved from being in stagnant and unfulfilling work to fully embrace our creativity and discovering the true depths of ourselves and the joy that this can bring us.

Because of this, we are excited and passionate about working with others looking to come back to the Earth and carve a new path for themselves and the wider community.

We are delighted to be able to offer you this unique, extended break in the Snowdonia National Park, in the beautiful Cae Mabon woodland retreat space.

Gratitude from Retreat Attendees:

"This was the best weekend ever!"

"Being in community with like-minded souls is so nurturing and empowering, I feel as though I finally belong somewhere. This was the best weekend ever."

Alison  //  Retreat Attendee

"There were so many magical moments"

"The community that we created was so beautiful. I loved sharing everything we did together, from eating, singing, swimming, journeying, and so much more. There were so many magical moments, but the most impactful ones were choosing our Ogham and Aspen calling to me. WOW!"

Jacinta  //  Retreat Attendee

"I have found what has been missing in my life."

"I was expecting to immerse myself in the woodland. What I didn't expect was the magic of immersing into the community and an awareness that this is what has been missing in my life. I was able to visualise when journeying for the first time and received a message which was a huge milestone for me."

Sarah  //  Retreat Attendee

"I really enjoyed being in like-minded company."

"I really enjoyed being in like-minded and supportive company in such a beautiful location. I have come to realise that we are just a speck on the Earth's timeline and that there is so much wisdom to discover."

Sam  // Retreat Attendee

What will the retreat involve?

This is an extended retreat running over four days from Thursday late afternoon to Sunday lunch time.

During this time, you will be immersed in nature in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park in a truly stunning forest location, Cae Mabon, with its hobbit houses, sacred spaces and plenty of trees to bathe under.

We have enough beds for everyone in shared dwellings (separate men's and women's) ranging from cob-built houses to wooden cabins, as well as a small number of suitable places for small, two-camper sized tents if you would like to camp. Campervans are welcome to park in the car park.

On the Thursday afternoon once you arrive there will be time to settle in. We will enjoy an evening meal together and then settle down by the campfire, introduce ourselves and explain the programme for the weekend.

Over Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we will spend our time between gathering in the Celtic roundhouse and time out in the woodland and alongside the mountain river and lake. 

Each morning we will begin our day with a morning practice session to ease ourselves into the day.

Evenings will be spent relaxing around the campfire together, sharing stories, poems, writings, songs, drumming and good fun.

Throughout our time together you will have plenty of space to enjoy all that Cae Mabon has to offer, with is hideaway places, labyrinth, hot tub and wild swimming spot.

You will learn or deepen further into ancient shamanic techniques of British Shamanism, including shamanic journeying, ceremony and nature connection.

Your breakfast and evening meals, as well as drinks and snacks are included in the price of the retreat. We ask you just to bring along your lunches along with a cool box to store them in if you need to keep anything cold as we have very limited fridge space. It is fine to bring alcohol to enjoy in the evenings (in moderation).

We will round off our time together with a fire ceremony to close the circle and will be wrapped up and ready to leave by lunch time on Sunday.

Why not join us and drop deeply into nature time?


Tune into your own nature and redefine what truly matters in your life.

Yes, it will require a bit of your time and financial commitment, and it will pull you away from your everyday duties. You might even feel it's a luxury, wrestling with the idea of whether the expense is justifiable.

But we recognise that something has to shift. We all need to reconnect with what's fundamentally important, and there's no better moment than now to seek some guidance in doing so.

Once we begin to realign with our true selves and desires, we open ourselves up to the insights and clarity needed to advance on our life's journey and inch closer to realising our dreams.

Perhaps you think that in our modern, civilised world, we no longer need to reconnect with our wild roots to thrive. Yet, deep down, there's a call to reignite this connection and reclaim the natural practices that make us more human and harmonious with both the Earth and ourselves.

Our forebears knew the value of living in tune with nature, and our detachment from this wisdom has cost us dearly. In times gone by, society moved away from these truths, sometimes even forbidding them. So, let's escape to the wild and together reclaim what was lost, restoring balance and enriching our lives. 

To make the retreat even more accessible we have a payment plan, so you can spread the cost over several months

There are so many benefits to joining us.
Here are our top 5.

The Wisdom of the Land

Spending time connecting with nature gives us insights which have a profound impact on our lives. These techniques have been used by humanity for at least 50,000 years. It is an incredible and easy way to access deep universal wisdom. Why leave it to your limited conscious mind to come up with all the answers

A Homecoming

Something happens deep within us when we are in nature. When we still ourselves amongst the beauty we can hear ourselves more clearly. We can come home.

A Regular Practice

Experience a regular creative practice that will lead you to a more spacious life, a deep connection to your true self, and a real sense of achievement.

An Iconic Location

Cae Mabon is a slice of heaven nestled at the foot of Mount Snowdon which has been lovingly created for just this purpose, to support like-minded travellers to drop into a different space so nature can work her magic on us.

Setting Intentions

Without a clear intention we don’t know where we will be heading, so by deciding this and putting it out there in ceremony, we give ourselves the best chance of realising our dreams.

Book your place now

£570 - 10% discount for Mystery School Members (£513)

Or 4 monthly payments of £142.50.

(Mystery School members - 4 x £128.25 using the discount code here)


The price includes the following:

  • A bed or a place to pitch your tent or park your campervan
  • Your breakfasts and evening meals
  • All tuition during the retreat
  • Access to acres of beautiful Snowdonia woodland

Please note that your booking is non-refundable and we recommend you take out holiday insurance to cover you should you need to cancel.

Coming Back To Nature

Our stiffness is softening as we take the winding road back to nature. We follow the gentle contours, noticing more and more the magic around us.

Only three generations ago all we knew were factory chimneys, air thick with smoke, the constant noise of the industrial unmaking of ourselves.

We knew no flower meadows or autumn woodlands, we had never seen a waterfall, or walked barefoot on a beach feeling the sand between our toes. The sound of the ocean was unknown to us, as was the call of the cuckoo announcing spring.

We hadn’t seen a sunset over the snowy mountain top or looked into the pond at our own reflection. Now we have choices and freedom fought for us.

Now it is our time to become nature once again.

Coming Back To Nature

Our stiffness is softening as we take the winding road back to nature. We follow the gentle contours, noticing more and more the magic around us.

Only three generations ago all we knew were factory chimneys, air thick with smoke, the constant noise of the industrial unmaking of ourselves.

We knew no flower meadows or autumn woodlands, we had never seen a waterfall, or walked barefoot on a beach feeling the sand between our toes. The sound of the ocean was unknown to us, as was the call of the cuckoo announcing spring.

We hadn’t seen a sunset over the snowy mountain top or looked into the pond at our own reflection. Now we have choices and freedom fought for us.

Now it is our time to become nature once again.

Learning in community

We learn so much in community. It can be hard to find that community in a world where people who think and feel completely differently to us surround us every day.

The Way of the Buzzard is a place where we can gather.

Where those people who don’t fit into a world they don’t understand congregate, because they were born to create a different one.

And where better to do this than around the campfire.

In the evenings we will warm our bodies and our hearts next to the soft orange glow of hot embers and flickering flames.

We will share stories, poems, sorrows and joys, and awaken the deep bone memory of what community is really about.

There are limited spaces on this retreat and we expect it will be popular so we advise booking sooner rather than later to avoid being disappointed.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein

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