Oh wow, this is a special one. After a long hiatus away from retreats due to the pandemic, I am so excited to bring this offering to you. "Rewilding" - A retreat to let the wild (wo)mxn in you run free! We come together at an auspicious time. The last weekend in October, where the nights are turning darker and the world is turning inward. A beautiful opportunity to shed the layers and the labels holding us back and to rejoice in what gives us life and love.
A TYPICAL DAY ON RETREAT
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON PLANNED EXCURSIONS + WORKSHOPS)
08:15- 09:45: Rocket Yoga practice
11:00-17:00: Free time (Except for Saturday's organised excursion)
15:00: Light lunch offered for those staying on-site
Between 17:30-19:00: Evening Yoga practice (slow mandala + Yin)
19:30: Dinner and catch up
There is so much to do deep in the heart of Glen dye and It is my intention to give you as much time as possible to explore this beautiful corner of the world. With miles and miles of tracks on your doorstep, there will be time for long walks, runs or cycles. These run through one of Britain’s finest private forests or across miles and miles of moorland wilderness. The River Dye is also on your doorstep. Here you can fish for trout, paddle or swim. The river is an excellent place for canoeists when in spate (after rain). If any of these extra activities interest you we can arrange with Glen dye ahead of time to make sure it is as safe and enjoyable as possible. I don't want to give to much away, but we have some really exciting things planned for you here that will make the most out of our time in nature.
Each property has access to its own fabulously unique wood-fired Swedish hot tub, Big Green Egg barbecue, record player and records, games, wood fires and unlimited firewood.
As a guest at Glen Dye, you’ll also have access to a few other wonderful extras, such as the custom built wood-fired sauna and fresh eggs and vegetables from our garden.
Whilst you may choose to see this retreat as an option to detox, we also have exclusive access The Glen Dye Arms, the tiny BYOB pub, where you might like to enjoy a "wee nip" or nightcap of an evening.
For those not in a rush back home on the Monday, we will organise separately to the retreat, a trip further into the Cairngorms national park. That may look like a hike in the mountains or a wee lunch at my favourite hotel The Fife arms, we'll plan this closer to time, but you are more than welcome to stay and enjoy! For those extending your stay in Bonnie Scotland myself and Glen Dye can recommend some great sites to take in on your trip.
Glen dye has been in the owner, Charlie's, family for seven generations. Back in 1990 they packed up their life in London , swapping it for the country and the crumbling estate's grounds. As he describes on their website, It's been a labour of love and intense passion to get Glen dye back on its feet once again and to restore the area to the magical place it is today.
Glen dye is a wondereful place nesteled in the north east of Scotland; A real reminder of the beautiful and abundant nature we have right on our doorstep. And whilst this is the place to come to step away from the hustle and bustle of city life, it's slick contemporary design, will have you wanting to put your feet up by the indoor log burners, just as much as you'll want to tell stories and toast marshmallows around the campfire outside.
ACCOMMODATION + COSTS
We will be housed across four different accommodations on the Glen Dye estate, all within close proximity to the Smiddy - the cosy barn where we will be hoasting the yoga and workshops. We will gather for our meals at the number 5. Steading cottage unless suggested otherwise.
Please note the investments listed below are inclusive of accommodation, food, access to the saunas and hot tubs, fire wood, all yoga and workshops, plus a few extra surprises!
(option to stay in Keeper's hut)
THE SAW MILL
This is most definitely the place for those wanting to live out their #vanlife adventures! Nestled in a small pine wood beside the sawmill’s fast flowing lade and a few metres away from your kitchen, dining and sitting room in a wonderful 1800s wooden building. you'll really feel like your on your own little retreat in this area of Glen dye.
SHARED (KING BED/ PP): £625
Please note on the saw mill grounds there is also the option to stay in the Keeper's hut and on a pull-out bed in the seed store where the kitchen and showering facilities are. This would be a great choice for a group coming together.
This two person property is the perfect manifestation of Glen Dye's vision for a great stay; comfortable, characterful and finished to the highest standard.
The Bothy sleeps two in a king sized bed. You have your own kitchen/sitting room/dining room and a bathroom with a shower. The Bothy is unusual at Glen Dye, being the only property to face east, making it a perfect place to enjoy the sunrise. It sits adjacent to The Old Lodge which dates from the 1700s and is the oldest house on Glen Dye by some way.
1 TWIN BED LEFT
1 KING BED LEFT
NO. 5 STEADING COTTAGE
This semi-detached house sleeps seven in two king size beds, one twin room and one single. Large kitchen/dining room, large sitting room, two bathrooms. No detail has been overlooked to make this a perfect holiday home. It will also be the main house for congregating during our meal times together. No. 5 Cottage is also closest in location to 'The Smiddy' where our Yoga sessions and workshops will take place.
SINGLE (KING BED): £749
SHARED (KING BED / PP): £599
SINGLE BED (PRIVATE ROOM): £649
SHARED (TWIN ROOM SINGLE BED / PP): £649
The creation of the Hay Loft was undertaken by Young Architects of the Year NoRD in 2012. Once upon time this was, indeed, a hay loft and now the central feature of this exceptional small house is its picture-book sitting room window which looks directly south over exceptional fields, forest and sky and through which hay used to pass to feed the cattle that lived a few metres away.
The Hay Loft has: two double bedrooms, a large sitting/dining room, kitchen, two bathrooms; one loo and wet room and one with loo and bath. It also has an outdoor area.
SHARED (DOUBLE BED / PP): £625
THE HAY LOFT
We will start each morning with a sweaty and playful Rocket practice. Honestly I love the Rocket, as it brings me straight back in to my body! It's a celebration as well as a practice and it is a one that allows you to entirely take control. We will practice at a steady pace that allows you to strip back and nurture the body with softer movement and flow, or amp up that heat and let your creativity shine by exploring different transitions and inversions if that's what your heart desires.
In the evening we will practice more softly with either a slow mandala vinyasa, emulating the cycles of nature as we move around the mat, or a Yin practice, where we bring focus to the deeper tissues of the body by holding postures for a length of time.
This is a retreat to bring us back to our raw and unapologetic self; A retreat to celebrate all that we uniquely are. To honor ourselves, each other and our homelands. It is a retreat to let the wonderful wolf energy in you radiate outwards! With that in mind, I think it's important that we give nature a chance to REWILD too. A percentage of the retreat cost will be donated to the John Muir Trust, a well-established charity that works to repair and protect Scotland's (and part of the UK's) landscape, protect wildlife and prevent the collapse of precious ecosystems.
LOCATION + HOW TO TRAVEL TO GLEN DYE
Stonehaven or Aberdeen stations are the closest, and we can arrange to collect you from either.
Aberdeen Airport is 40 minutes away, you can either hire a car from there or we can arrange to collect you. Edinburgh Airport is around 1 hour 40 minutes away and care hire is available there.
From the south, follow the A90 from Dundee towards Aberdeen and exit at Edzell heading to Fettercairn. Once you reach Fettercain follow the B974 over the Cairn O’Mount towards Banchory. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you reach the top of the Cairn, and as you head back down the other side you will find us at the Bridge of Dye just after the snow gates at the bottom of the hill.
From the north, drive into Banchory and head south at the lights towards Strachan, on reaching Strachan turn left at the signpost to Fettercairn (B974) and follow the road for about 10 minutes, you will find us at the Bridge of Dye just before the snow gates.