An intimate four day retreat in the wilds of West Dorset to help you connect with the mystery and magic deeply woven within and without.
As above, so below.
The Wilding Retreat is my invitation to you to truly connect with yourself, the land and your Sisters.
In a safe and loving space, I will show you how to slow down, to listen to the natural rhythms and cycles of the year, to learn to listen to and trust the fierce and feminine rising in your soul.
"As I drove into the village I could sense it was going to be a magical few days. The winding road was alive with elemental energy, with ferns in the hedgerows and incredible trees with their magnificent roots tumbling down the verge. The village was idyllic, like something out of a fairytale. As I stepped out of the car I was immediately embraced by the magnificent host herself.
The house felt like coming home. The fires were lit, candles flickered, there was a beautiful display of pumpkins, feathers, vases filled with autumnal branches and berries. There was a collection of oracle cards in the sitting room and a beautiful The Owl & Apothecary gift box on my bed. Already before the retreat began I felt nurtured.
The following three days were just divine. We ate the most nourishing and delicious food. We gathered in circle amongst the beech trees. We made pentacles, bath salts, herb bundles. We had a wonderful massage. We moved our bodies through Qoya and yoga. We laughed, we cried, we talked, we listened. These elements alone were deeply healing. However they were woven together by the greatest Witch I have ever had the privilege to meet.
What Katy did is almost impossible to put into words. She sprinkled her magic everywhere. It was subtle, almost invisible at times, yet deeply potent. She cleansed the space to make the house a home, she brought warmth, love and creativity in the air. She breathed kindness and compassion into our hearts. She reached places I have never been able to reach before. Spending time in her presence made my heart swell with love. I felt open hearted, accepted, worthy and loveable. All the things I had not been able to access. Yet all the things I had yearned for. And I know she did the same for everyone there. It is almost like Katy shone a mirror into your heart and all the pieces that were fragmented, hurting, disconnected, were beautifully pieced back together, woven with twigs, moss, leaves, berries, magic, crystals, love and joy. She really is a mighty Wilding Witch". Katie J
What will we do?
I want you to know that the weekend is very much about you and what you need. If you need to rest, then rest is waiting for you. If you need to be out in nature, then nature is waiting for you. If you need to be cocooned in a blanket by the fire, then this is waiting for you too. There will be a good balance of movement, rest and creativity and you can join in with whatever feels good and comfortable for you in that moment.
Here is a sample schedule, and please note that this may change a little as we finalise plans for the retreat closer to the time.
~ Arrive 4pm
~ Unpack & settle in
~ Walk up to The Witches Circle to set our intentions for the retreat
~ 7pm Supper
~ 8.30am Light breakfast
~ 10.00am Morning Movement Medicine
~ 1pm Lunch
~ 4pm Creative witchy workshop
~ 7pm Supper
~8.30am Light breakfast
~10.00 Morning Movement Medicine
~4pm Creative witchy workshop
~ 8.30am Breakfast
~ 10.00am Morning Movement Medicine
~ 1pm Lunch
~ 4pm Creative witchy workshop
~7pm Celebratory Supper
~ 8pm Twilight walk to The Witches Circle & guided meditation
Where are we staying?
Puckhams is wonderfully situated in the delightful, quiet, rural village of Stoke Abbott with a beautiful old spring & church which dates from the 12th century. The property sits in its own beautiful gardens to the front and rear, providing plenty of little spaces to sit peacefully and go within. It provides stylish, spacious, contemporary accommodation, flooded with natural light and furnished in a classic modern style.
The surrounding countryside has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides an abundance of wonderful local produce and walking experiences from the back door - a walk straight up to The Witches Circle.
Having joined Katy at The Wilding Retreat in Spring I was eager to go again and I was delighted to join her along with five other women on the autumn retreat. I knew in my heart that although there would be new women to meet, they would be there for similar reasons and they would all be lovely as Katy has a wonderful knack of bringing in the right people at the right time. I was so right!
The ambience had been meticulously planned with candles, crystals and autumn flowers. The quality of everything was top-notch. Katy's team is incredible, all experts in their fields, and all there to nourish and nurture us. It was all truly amazing.
I cannot put into words how special Katy. She is a wonderful woman with the biggest heart filled with warmth and love for her fellow sisters. It is even harder to put into words how beneficial to my soul this experience has been. It is pure magic and I would highly recommend any of Katy's offerings".
Vicky joined me for The Wilding Escape in Spring and Autumn!
Where will we sleep?
All the rooms are light, spacious and have extremely comfortable beds. A beautiful welcome gift awaits you on your bed, along with your menu and plan for the weekend. And each bedside table has local herbs and crystals to help aid a good night's sleep.
The Master Bedroom £2,333 (Available)
Six foot bed, fireplace & chaise lounge with adjoining ensuite featuring shower & bath. This room is for solo occupancy.
The Green Room £1,666 (Both spaces available)
South facing room with two single beds, fireplace & chaise lounge. Shared bathroom with walk in shower & bath, shared with one other solo occupancy room. This room is for two people sharing.
The Blue Room £1,999 (Available)
Garden facing double bed with sofa. Shared bathroom with walk in shower & bath. This room is for solo occupancy.
The Attic Room £1,666 (Both spaces available)
Large, light bedroom with two single beds. Shared bathroom with shower, double basin and big bath. This room is for two people sharing.
The Double Room £1,999 (Available)
Big six foot bed. Shared bathroom with shower, double basin and big bath. This room is for solo occupancy.
When is it?
The Wilding Escape (Spring) will take place in March 2023 (dates tbc).
I am deeply connected to the land. I deeply believe and feel the ancient law of life, the living flow of energy and I find such sanctuary in the fields, the streams, the hills and the trees. I understand the flow of energy and how we can attune to it and work positively with it.
I believe in the wisdom of women and the healing power we hold. I love what we can learn from each other, how we can support each other when we gather and how we can grow together.
I love this beautiful part of West Dorset. The old holloways, the streams, the hills and The Witches Cirlce. They have all witnessed my transformation and been very much part of the growing of my beautiful son and my beautiful business. And I am truly honoured to share her magick with you.
I am a Mother of The Earth, A Mother of All Ages and I am here to inspire connection, creativity and ceremony in our modern lives. Whoot!
The Wilding is calling
I returned to The Wilding Retreat for a second year in a row and was thrilled that it was everything I remembered and more. Katy has a signature embrace that is hard to describe, the sort of hug that makes everything else melt away.
The retreat itself is utterly exquisite, from the food, to the massage and all the welcome gifts. Every detail is high quality, classy and enjoyable.
On both retreats I have accessed a level of rest and replenishment that is so hard to carve out of normal life, making space for much magic and inspiration to flow through.
Thank you Katy, you have a gift for gathering. Gathering women, gathering twigs, and gathering love. Every moment in your company is a treat.Melanie has joined me at The Wilding Escape in 2021 & 2022.
How much does it cost?
The Wilding Retreat is a most intimate gathering of women. Rooms available are...
The Master Bedroom £2,333 (solo occupancy) Available
This price includes…
- Stylish & relaxed accommodation in a beautiful Dorset village
- Sleep soundly in comfortable & cosy beds
- Three nutritious & delicious vegan meals a day
- Morning movement medicine (Qoya & Yin Yoga)
- A deep healing massage (Myofascial release)
- Three witchy workshops
- A drumming session at The Witches Circle
- A fire ceremony to celebrate The Wilding Sisterhood
- Dedicated journalling time & prompts with Cacao
- Free time to explore the wilds of west Dorset
- Beautiful gift package on arrival
- Witchy tips & ritual practices
- Time to rest & reflect
- Cosy fireside chats
- Bonus FREE access to The Celtic Tree Circle Membership
There are two ways for you to join The Wilding Escape...
You can pay in full now.
You can pay a 50% deposit today and a monthly payments plan spread out until two weeks prior to the retreat.
If you would like to find out if this transformational experience is for you, please book a free 15 minute call with me. Simply email me to book a call.
"It has taken a while to land back into my 'normal' life since coming home from The Wilding. I was giddy with excitement at the anticipation of spending a long weekend in the beautiful Dorset countryside and even more excited to meet my coach and mentor. I had only ever met Katy online and from the moment we first met, I knew from deep within my soul that there was a connection greater than words could describe. I have had the privilege of working with Katy in a number of the O&A's programmes over the last year and the retreat always felt like it would be something very special.
Winding through country lanes and arriving at the venue after a long drive, reminded me that now was the time I could slow down, rest and take time out for myself.
The hug that awaited me was like meeting a long lost sister, a bit like those family tv shows where people are reunited. I don't think I've ever been embraced so fully, not just physically but in absolute full acceptance and love for who I am and who Katy helped me to see all that I am. It was like a 'welcome home' hug, welcome home to self.
The magic started straight away when all of us were introduced to each other and we walked ceremoniously together to the Witches Circle. A special circle of trees perched high on a hill laced with wisdom. As we sat in circle to share our story, the threads between us all started to become clearer. It is not a coincidence that each of us six women were brought together that weekend.
Throughout our time together, Katy blended the perfect balance of rest, creative workshops, movement through dance and yoga that unblocked any old stories or beliefs that were no longer needing to be held onto and a relaxing massage that unlocked any tensions, Katy's ability to bring incredible teachers and healers together and create space for activity, rest and play is exemplary and this was made even more magical by the most incredible and nourishing food we lovingly received every day.
Katy instinctively knows how to create the perfect balance of everything you need and the things that you don't even know you need until you experience them. Her warm, welcoming and loving arms and heart are there to guide and support you in just the right amounts. Her knowledge, wisdom, words of encouragement, witchy tips for living in sync with mother earth are priceless as is the laughter from deep in our bellies, gathered around the fire at night, sharing stories.
Anyone who knows me, knows I have always been a very private person and somehow in the course of working with Katy and especially on The Wilding, I have come home to myself. I never really understood what sitting in circle with sisters meant. Katy's ability to hold space for women to be themselves, to be heard, to be seen, to be accepted, to be loved, to be honoured for who they are without question and without judgement is testament to the gifted and magical being that Katy is.
Our energetic vibration attracts those people to us that we are deserving of and needing at that time. I am so happy that our vibrations attracted the beautiful women that I was honoured to meet and spend time with. I know that we will all have a lifelong connection for we journeyed together that weekend. We journeyed back to ourselves.
So dearest Katy, pelt up, there is work to be done, magic to be woven and you are needed in this world". Nykki
Places are extremely limited, so book your place now. Simply email me or DM and we can see if this is the right retreat for you!