Easter Retreat 2018

Mandala Art and Meditation Retreat

A Creative Journey to your Centre of Energy

30th March – 2nd April 2018 | Eastwood House, Dunkeld, Scotland  – UK

If you feel you need to recenter yourself, clean your mind with meditation and boost your creativity with colours – then join us in the amazing Victorian villa that inspired the writer Beatrix Potter who penned here The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Close your eyes and listen to the relaxing sound of River Tay flowing peacefully in front of the Birnam Oak, in the medieval forest celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Now, open your eyes and breath deeply with your mouth open joining the sounds of birds chirping and squirrels running around the beautiful flowers in the garden. The air and the water around you here are your first connection to tune into nature.

Breathe out and come with us inside! Chill out on one of the charming old sofas and have a break, I am sure you need it! No need to talk, just listen to the sound of silence that reigns in this house, this will be the only pleasant noise for the next 4 days and 3 nights. Are you already lost in the beauty of these rooms?

Sometimes words are not enough to express what you have deeply inside.

Do you feel you miss your inner balance without a clear mind about this time in your life?

If you feel you are swinging back and forth in many directions, between past and future, between your old ideals and your wish to change, well, now it’s the time to stop, breathe and look within yourself. 

Not sure how to remain focused every day?           

We will meditate together in a circle on your creations and you will be surprised realizing that energy follows focus. You will also receive the benefits of Reiki in this evolutionary week-end.

Would you love being creative and inspired?

Mandala Art can give you that access entering the incredible world of colours and shapes. You don’t need to be an artist to attend our Easter Retreat Circle. What instead? You simply need to be yourself and allow the creative process to happen magically on its own.

So why should YOU join us?

We will guide you through painting and drawing to create your sacred circular space where you are safe and balanced.

Our Visual Artist  and Reiki Energy Healer Elisa will inspire your creativity to go back to zero. Back to the pure world where everything begins, where kids dare experiment. Elisa is the founder of our business partner, Social Art Edinburgh.

In the past few years, through my personal experiences, I discovered how powerful and transformative the creative process can be. I believe that creativity is directly connected to our internal source of energy and can help us to explore our identity, our emotions and the world that surrounds us. Becoming aware of our whole self is a precious gift that we all have the right as well as the need to experience.

My work aims to generate opportunities where people can reconnect with their creative side and can fully experience the creative process without being intimidated. Our identity, emotions and experiences are the fuel for our creativity, and we all have that fuel within ourselves of course.

Meditating on your creations will let the healing energies of Mandalas take you back to your harmony.

Giada, our Retreat Master and Planner with her twenty years of experience in tailoring events and her deep knowledge into the Buddhist philosophy and the practice of meditation will open the doors to you to one of the most ancient art forms created by human beings. How many times have you been enchanted watching the images of monks realizing mandalas with sand?

A mandala decoration in the garden of the house

Okay I can’t wait, sign me up right now
What’s included?

Friday, 30th March

18,00 Check in and welcome detox drink

19,00 Our magic Welcome Caim Ceremony with meditation

19,45 A great welcome light Dinner

 

Saturday, 31st March

7,30-8,45 Our Mandala Breakfast

9,00-10,00 What is a Mandala? Introduction to this ancient world through the story of mankind.

How to meditate

10,00-12,30 Free hand Mandala Painting and Meditation with Reiki ( intuitive painting )

Detox drinks will be served

12,30-13,30 Mandala Lunch

13,30-15,00 Free time (opportunity for Reiki treatments* or walks in nature)

15,00-18,00  Create an Intention Mandala on canvas. By starting with a guided meditation we will strengthen the connection with our inner self and will explore our positive intentions

Tea and healthy sweets to feed your creativity

19,00-20,00 Mandala Dinner

20,30-20,45 Short eve meditation

 

Sunday, 1st April     

7,30-8,45 Make your own Mandala Breakfast

9,00-11,30  Create an Intention Mandala on canvas . We will end our painting experience with a final meditation combined with reiki to consolidate our intentions and bless our inner vision

Healthy  drinks will be served

12,00-13,00 Mandala Lunch

13,00-15,00 Free time (opportunity for Reiki treatments* or walks in nature)

15,00-18,00  Create a mandala in nature (group session)

Tea and healthy sweets to feed your creativity

19,00-20,00 Mandala dinner

20,30-21,00 Closing Caim Ceremony and eve meditation

 

Monday, 2nd April 

8,00-9,00  Mandala breakfast

9,30 Your special treat from us

Sorry to see you leaving!                                   

What’s NOT included?
  • Your round-trip from home
  • Amenities:  you will need to bring your showergel, shampoo and hairdryer
  • Lift or disabled facility in the venue: bedrooms are on the first floor
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
  • *Reiki treatments are an extra treat that can be prebooked at £30 per session
Our Venue

Are you ready to meet yourself in the astonishing walls of Eastwood House? Beauty meets Beauty!

About half a mile from Dunkeld, in Perthshire, set in a stunning location on the banks of the River Tay with 9 acres of gardens and woodland.

5 public rooms at ground floor level and  9 bedrooms above, with twin or single beds,  the majority facing south with stunning river, hill and Dunkeld views. This retreat is limited to 12 people only so that you can get the attention you need!

Our Healthy Vegan Cuisine

Our superb Italian Food Artist Gloria will nourish you with her unique Vegan Mandala Meals.

Our way of Med-EAT-ion.

She will explain to you how easy it can be and how it can change your day if you prepare a mandala breakfast. Food in a harmonious circle can please your eyes and heal your heart. No need to wake up one hour earlier in your busy day: it’s simply the art of displaying your fruit and cereals that let the magic happen!

We will observe together how many food elements are natural mandalas already.

Wow, I want to eat them, sign me up!
                  
How much is it to join this paradise?

Last Minute Easter deal:  20% off 

£465 pp in twin room
£ 499 pp in single room

£559 per person sharing a twin room 

£599 per person for a single occupancy

 

Join our exciting Retreat  writing to  
 giada@invisiblecaims.com
Booking and Cancellation Policy

A booking is accepted following receipt of the full prepayment.

How to get there

Eastwood House
Dunkeld
Perthshire
PH8 0HY

 

By Train

Dunkeld & Birnam railway station. Dunkeld & Birnam railway station is on the Highland Main Line with direct trains stopping here from throughout Scotland. The Caledonian Sleeper between Inverness/Aberdeen and London passes through Perth 10 miles to the south. We are happy to arrange pick ups and drop offs for anyone arriving and leaving by train.

From the station 10 minutes by Taxi (essential to book it in advance):

Lady Driver Taxi Marian  07725 346643 

 

By Car

From the A9 turnoff into Dunkeld (signposted to Couper Angus & Blairgowrie) the road bears left to the Telford Bridge over the Tay. Immediately after crossing the bridge take the right hand turn to Couper Angus on the A984 which runs along the north side of the river. Approximately 500m along the road is the entrance to Eastwood House on the right hand side.

Please be aware there are 9 parking spaces only in the garden. If you wish to arrive by car please book your spot!

 

By Flight

The nearest airport is Edinburgh ( 1hour from Dunkeld). We recommend from there to hire a car or if you have time, spend some days to admire the beauty of Edinburgh and from Waverley Station you can reach Dunkeld by train.