25.01.18 – 28.01.18
Astrology searches for meaning in the sky, as it explores the meaningful connection between the movements of the planets and the inner world of human consciousness and motivation. It’s a language that describes the very energies that activate us. It opens up a space to connect and reflect on our thoughts, beliefs, feelings, interests and concerns, between other things.
Astrology gives us a sense of perspective and a means of gaining awareness on our lives. It provides a path where our deepest feelings and unconscious yearnings may be brought to awareness and given form. It enables us to connect with our inner strengths and to use the power of thought, will and creative vitality to mold a better way of being.
The Retreat Programme
This retreat falls at a potent time for the stars. There are many exciting things to work with.
The retreat will happen just before the Eclipse season at the end of January, so it will be a brilliant time to prepare for change, for expansion and evolution of the self.
There is an incredible energy of beauty (sun/venus), depth (mercury/pluto) and expansion (Mars in sag) at this time. Ideal for rituals, to really connect with the transformative power of our bodies. By holding our bodies and embracing it beauty.
We’ll look to the skies to return to our bodies and reconnect to our hearts. How can you experience astrology through the body? There is a geology of the body. The root chakra is the first chakra and it’s element is earth, the second is water and as you move up the chakras, they become more subtle.
We are a microcosm of the whole universe, our bodies are made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies. Then of course we can plug into the universe and connect, if we are open to it. Through meditation, dancing, yoga, plant medicine, it makes beautiful sense that the stars are echoed in our body and mind.
What makes you feel alive? What are you searching for? How creative is your life and in which way? Are you happy? Are you expressing your potential? Who are you? What of who you are is real?
We are all artists, we are all designing who we are, every choice we made is an act of unique expression of the self.
MADELEINE BOTET DE LACAZE
Madeleine is an Argentine-born performance artist and astrologer based in London. After studying and developing astrology and performance as two separate practices she decided to integrate them creating Astrology for Artists. She believes that everyone is an artist and our lives an artistic act. She aims to communicate and reflect upon what makes us creative and what makes us feel alive; how do we connect with our vital expressive pulse?
Our own astrological natal chart is a sacred space – a map of the sky that is in constant movement – that is vibrating and showing us the energy that is available to us, but are we harnessing its potential? Madeleine believes in change and transformation, in communicating through sharing and connecting. And most of all, in our resilient body and our restless creative mind working together and allowing us to fully express ourselves.
She studied astrology at CASA 11 in Buenos Aires and at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London. She also did an MA in Performance Art at Wimbledon College of Art focusing on the body’s relationship to identity, belonging and presence; creating intimate interdisciplinary performances that question our perception of corporality.
Gabrielle has been teaching for seven years and her offering has slowly evolved with her practise. Her priority is to create a compassionate space for people to explore their physical landscape and breath as portal into the energy body and the subtler realms within and without.
As many yogis discovered thousands of years ago, she too observed how her body hoarded habits and memories (samskaras) and that movement and breath work was the most effective way to release these tensions, to celebrate the body and awaken the mind. It is only through releasing these ghosts and our conditioning, that we are able to see the world clearly and move through life from a space clarity and connection.
She teaches a slow, mindful flow, prefaced with some kind of pranayama to draw people to the innerworld. She’s interested in finding different ways to explore the body, seeking different words to communicate and new experiences to awaken. She closes classes singing with crystal bowls, to create a nourishing space for people to soften more deeply into themselves.
Gabrielle started Secret Yoga Club four years ago to gather a community of people who are interested in discovering themselves through creative, multidimensional experiences. SYC supports its ever growing family of practitioners and treasures on going working relationships. It seeks to evolve endlessly and introduce different healing modalities to its expanding community of beautiful, inquisitive people.
Daily Yoga and sound classes with Gabrielle Hales
Daily Astrology workshops with Madaleine Botet De Lacaze
Vegetarian meals cooked by 42 Acres Resident Chef, Marc Mabon
Whats Not Included:
42 Acres is set in the heart of Frome, Somerset, nestled amongst rolling hills and seven hundred acres of ancient forest. Originally built as a dairy farm in the 1800s, it’s evolved into a beautiful retreat space.
Each room, both private and communal, has been decorated with thought and care.
The workshops, sound baths and classes will take place in the warm cosy farm house or yurt.
HOW TO GET THERE
From the London (A303) or Gillingham Station:
42 Acres is located about 4km from the village of Kilmington, if travelling from the A303 or Gillingham train station you will pass through Kilmington.
By train & nearest stations:
Gillingham (Dorset), 17 mins by taxi
Frome, 19 mins by taxi
Castle Cary, 24 mins by taxi
Westbury, 33 mins by taxi
Dorm Room, Shared Bathroom = £595.00
Twin Room, Shared Bathroom = £625.00
Twin Room, Ensuite Bathroom = £675.00
*Double Room, Ensuite Bathroom in Cottage = SOLD
*Double Room, Ensuite Bathroom in House = £695.00
*King Room, Shared Bathroom = £800.00
*Master Room, Ensuite Bathroom = SOLD
*If you’re coming as a pair, with a friend or a loved one, and would like to share a double bed then please do let us know.
For more information and tickets please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces will be limited for our Between Two Suns retreat. Please book soon to avoid disappointment.
SYC & Astrology for Artists