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Back to Basics Well-Being Weekends in Wales

9am Saturday-5pm Sunday, £160 (= £133.33 + VAT)

  • Do you want to take some time to invest in you?
  • To de-stress, get away from it all and get back to basics?

Our Back to Basics Well-Being Weekends combine:

These two-day workshops create a breathing space to Pause and rest; to learn how to de-stress through meditation and mindfulness; to Reflect on what you want in life and to review your life goals; to consider whether you are achieving them and what could stop you; and to enable you to raise your self-awareness and Grow into the person you really want to be. You will receive personalised support from an experienced coach during the workshop and will be offered additional support afterwards.

The workshops are set in the green heart of Wales in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons mountain range, in a glade surrounded by ancient woodland and bordered by a stream. On Saturday, once we have gained inspiration from the woods and water, we will venture out, mixing walking with thinking and talking.

On Sunday, we will take some time to reflect, as well as going on a walking or canoeing journey, depending on your choice when you book.

We provide food, cooked over the campfire if weather permits. Overnight accommodation can either be booked locally in and around Brecon or we encourage you to sleep on-site in hammocks or tents (both provided at no extra cost!).

You should leave with:

  • Mindful and meditation practices to continue at home;
  • A workbook recording your thoughts, ideas and decisions; and
  • Continued coaching support.

The weekend will be hosted by Chris and Steve Rayner who have years of experience running workshops and camps outdoors, working with a broad range of people, making a difference to lives and inspiring success.

Mindfulness – What is it?

Through focused short exercises, mindfulness sets out to bring a greater awareness of the world around us, of our senses and our ability to control our emotions and reactions to life events. The more awareness we have, the better we can respond to suffering, pain and loss in a positive way.  The more awareness we have, the greater we can appreciate the present moment rather than regret the past or agonise about the future.

Woodland mindfulness takes its inspiration for meditation from the trees, woodland floor and streams around us; soaking up the beauty and power of nature and honing our senses to appreciate and concentrate on the detail of the natural world – often missed in our busy built environments.

Mindfulness can also be described as just doing one thing at a time!

We will also use Sunday’s activity to re-visit some mindful practices.

Coaching – What is it?

Personalised coaching is the opportunity to talk in confidence with a coach who will help you think clearly about your life goals and ambitions and where you are on your journey to achieve them. A coach will help you decide what you might do next or do differently. Chris is an experienced coach who over the past 15 years has worked with and supported a variety of clients.

Continued Coaching Support

Once you leave your Back to Basics weekend, you may experience a ‘so what?’ moment! The most important part of any new experience or any new learning about self is to reflect and ask ‘what next’? For a small monthly fee, Chris can stay in touch with you via phone, text, Skype or email and support and help you focus on what you need next.

Outdoor Living

The workshops are based at Bryn Bolgoed, a working sheep farm near Libanus, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. We use a woodland glade (with some shelter from the elements) as our base to practise woodland mindfulness and to reflect on life.

Practical basic needs are catered for. We provide toilet tents with a flushing ‘Portapotti’ (soon to be replaced by a compost toilet). We have hot water for drinks and fire pits and a mud-oven for cooking soups, casseroles and breads (with gas as a back-up). There is no electricity!

We can offer hammock or tent accommodation on-site for anyone wanting the full Back to Basics experience!

Outdoor Adventure

On Sunday, as well as reflecting on outcomes from Saturday, we will venture out with Steve into the Brecon Beacons. Steve is a very experienced walking and canoeing instructor and he will lead us on a journey, either by foot or on water, depending on which weekend activity you choose when booking. During the day we will return to some mindful practices and Chris will catch-up with everyone on a personal level.

NB if the weather is so inclement that it would be unwise to venture out, we will provide alternative ‘dry’ activities. We can decide as a group on Saturday night what you would like to do!

More Detail…

…in the attached file, including a Kit List and Sample Programme:

For further information, contact Chris at chris@backtobasics.wales or 07968 322096

Pause | Reflect | Grow