Walking with the Ancestors



A weekend Retreat at Poulstone Court,
Kings Caple, Herefordshire, HR1 4UA

Friday - Sunday April 26th - 28th
With Shafia Stevens

In the Māori tradition the Ancestors or Tupuna play an important role in daily life, protocols and rituals They are known and honoured and their presence and wisdom invoked. In this weekend we will explore our connection to our own ancestors through story, song, dance and ritual.

Haere Mai - Come and be welcome - Haere Mai


About Shafia: Shafia was born in Aotearoa, New Zealand but lived in the UK from age three to fifty. She discovered the Dances in 1990 and seeded them in Wales where she lived. In the year 2000 she heard the call of her Ancestors telling her to go home. She responded and was soon called by the dance community there to facilitate training events. Over eleven years she ran three 3-year trainings whilst also delving into her Maori roots. From these two blessing streams emerged dances encapsulating Maori wisdom gems experienced through the lens of the Dances of Universal Peace. Now a senior mentor Shafia has shared this work internationally in Ireland, Australia, Germany, Czech Republic and Russia.
This retreat will be a rare opportunity to experience the profound power of ancestral connection which comes out of this work and should not be missed.

About Poulstone Court: Poulstone Court is a charming Victorian country house in peaceful surroundings of the Wye Valley, set in the heart of the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. Poulstone regards itself as an ashram as well as a retreat centre and has a wonderful atmosphere. The grounds include extensive gardens and a large walled kitchen garden. You can read more at https://www.poulstone.com

Detailed information for participants including travel details are available in the participants leaflet which you can download on this page: https://www.poulstone.com/contact/

Accommodation and Food: The retreat price includes full board and we will have sole use of the house and gardens. All the food is homemade and vegetarian and has been highly rated by previous participants. There is a self-service breakfast, a two course lunch and an evening meal usually comprising a soup and savory dish plus salads. Special diets can be catered for at an extra cost of £5 per person per day. Please mention if you require this when booking. Also note that Poulstone Court is strictly vegetarian, and they ask us to respect that no meat should be eaten in the house, work rooms and around the fire pit.
All the rooms are light and airy with large sash windows giving uplifting views of the surroundings. There are twin bedded rooms and large four bedded rooms. Some of the twin bedded rooms can be allocated as single rooms at an extra charge of £13 per night but this option will only be available if the retreat is not full. It is also possible to camp in the grounds.

Timing: Participants can arrive from 3.30pm on Friday and the retreat will finish at 3pm on the Sunday.

Cost: We are using a sliding scale system which is designed to offer some support to attend for those with less financial resources. We will not attempt to assess your financial means but ask, in this spirit, that you consider honestly what you can afford within the range. If you can afford to pay more than the average to support those who are less well off that would be much appreciated and it will also help to offer Shafia a reasonable recompense for leading the retreat.
For boarding in the house: Average cost £250, Sliding scale £220 to £280.

For camping: Average cost £218, Sliding scale £188 to £248.

BOOK NOW: A £50 deposit secures your place.

For bookings and enquiries contact Karim: mikejhadden@gmail.com or tel:01981 500764


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