There are no fully catered meals provided for 27th and 28th September
Eating together is an enjoyable way to relax & meet in a different way than we do in the circle.
Please note your health and safety is always your own responsibility. Please make others aware at our gathering if there is food you cannot (as opposed to choosing not to eat) eat. Please bring any items you need to supplement the usual breakfast offered (see below) and for lunches and suppers.
Please bring food to share for both Thursday & Friday lunches and food to share for a baked potato supper (baked potato plus filling, plus salad or pud/fruit) on Fri evening as itemised in the tabular day by day plan below. One supper is eating out at a local pub, restaurant or cafe. There are group room rotas for clearing up etc to ensure that everyone does their share to sustain our communal comfort and sense of being taken care of. The non-residential modules practical aspects are a great way to explore your inner landscape around the practical aspects of ordinary life.
Bed and breakfast Accommodation
Enjoy a peaceful, rural retreat & the benefits of being fully with the energy of the group. We get fabulous feedback from those who stay here. This is very much community living and guests find it enhances their overall experience to stay with us and many of the group. There is lots of laughter! and it is good and sweet in many ways to hang out in an informal way, enjoy the hot tub and beautiful countryside in free time. We ask you to be mindful that this is our home and to please take care of it as though it were your own. Informal accommodation for this non-residential course, is available, and recommended, for Thursday, and Friday evenings, at our beautiful, peaceful home 10 minutes drive from the daytime course venue in England’s largest designated area of outstanding beauty. The catered suppers followed by evening circle are also held at this location. If you would like to stay overnight with us and many of the group participants, & enjoy self-serve breakfast, & the hot tub with its spectacular views, please select one of the options available in the drop down box above. Please note if you are a couple or 2 friends attending together, you must always book your course places, catering and your accommodation options separately and pay separately. If you book on a partner or friend’s behalf you MUST log in separately for them with their name and password to make their booking. You confirm accommodation with your payment. Then make their confirming payment (with their name as reference) from your own account or from theirs. We have a dog and two cats so do make sure you are happy with that before booking.
SEE NOTE IN MY EMAIL to supplement these notes. Each bb option is available until fully booked – please select your choice above as they go fast & places are strictly limited. The options are – double room with bed, shared Dorm accommodation on soft mats, twin room on soft mats, single room with bed, single room with mats, camper van and camping (bring own gear). An option is fully booked if it isn’t displayed or says out of stock. Unless you book a bed option, you will need to bring your own bedding, sleeping bag or sheets if travelling by car. Only if travelling by plane, train or bus, & if you really need it and let us know in the notes booking box or your email reply to the Retreat details email, we can lend you a duvet and pillow but please bring sheets and pillow cases if possible. All accommodation options include informal breakfast, use of hot tub, hot indoor and outdoor showers and all sitting rooms.
The breakfast kitchen at Mayfaire is vegetarian. Your bed and breakfast fee includes a plentiful self-serve informal breakfast. We don’t provide special diet meals but we do provide in addition to the usual breakfast foods, rice and soya milk, soya yoghurt, cornflakes (gluten free), porridge (wheat free), organic baked beans, herb teas, oat & rice cakes. Do please bring any other special diet ‘extras’ you might need in a cool bag. if you need to supplement your diet with meat or tinned fish, please bring that with you.
There is a fridge at Mayfaire & at the day venues we use, but cool bags are helpful to store some items. If you have an allergy, the responsibility for keeping yourself safe & well lies with you.
A note about personal responsibility – it is an ongoing experiment for us holding a group & living communally at Mayfaire with those who value this way of being. . We ask for your trust and care and flexibility, no complaining is the deal! Take some time quietly to yourself when you need it, let go of personal preferences for the sake of community and all will flow smoothly. We are exploring consciousness together so please remember and live the Hawaiian principle of lokahi -harmony with one’s environment – at all times.
We cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury whilst you are at Mayfaire. Please take care of your own well being & safety, you learn & stay here informally as friends, at your own risk. We are sorry but we cannot refund b and b payment if you change your mind, or your own childcare arrangements etc go askew, as it takes an extraordinary amount of time to organize and set up and once we are full we have to turn others away. In sudden, extreme change of circumstances such as serious family illness only we will set your payment against a future booking with pleasure, at our discretion.
You are very welcome to stay with us in this idyllic valley if you can respect & understand the requests & guidelines provided on your arrival, (and in the Mayfaire guidelines – link sent with your final joining instructions, which are similar to those of a retreat centre and designed for the enjoyment of all of us. Assistants are available to clarify any questions.
We love to share our home and the blessings of living here, in this beautiful area, with you all and welcome you!
Wishing you a safe and pleasant journey to the beautiful countryside of Gloucestershire and a peaceful, happy time til then.
Joy, Tim, Goldie, Tiger and Beauty
Essence Day by Day Plan
Here is a rough day by day plan which shows you how the days behind the scenes of your Retreat will unfold. You will receive a detailed confirmation via email with start times etc before your weekend. You do not need to know any other specifics before that. During the retreat, timings and locations may change slightly – please ensure you check before the end of each day that you know where to be and when.
You need to bring your own plate, bowl, mug, knife, fork, & spoon for meals please
|First day||No B&B on night before we begin|
|Day Circle opens at Mayfaire 10 30am||Tea and coffee on arrival if needed||Lunch approx 2pm-3:15pm |
Bring food to share*
|Afternoon break approx 4:15pm|
Day circle closes approx. 5:15pm
|Time tbc -we may have group time til later than usual but no eve circle after the pub|
Supper at Local Pub
|Mayfaire B&B* if you have booked to stay at Mayfaire on Thurs night|
|2nd day||Breakfast at Mayfaire*|
7:45am-9:00am if b & b booked
|Day Circle starts approx 10:15am at Mayfaire||Coffee break mid morning|| Lunch|
1 30pm-2 45pm
Bring food to share*
|Afternoon break approx 4pm|
Circle closes aat time tbc
|7pm- 8:30pm – At Mayfaire shared Supper – Bring baked potatoes & toppings, & salad or pud/fruit*|
8:30pm Evening Circle at Mayfaire for all participants 9:30pm Close
|Mayfaire B&B* if you have booked to stay at Mayfaire on Fri night|
|3rd Day||Breakfast at Mayfaire*|
7:45am-9:00am if b & b booked
|Day Circle starts approx 10:30am at Stroud Town Hall||Coffee break mid morning||Lunch to share|
Circle closes between 3pm and 3:15pm
Long nature break & afternoon tea at Mayfaire
|7pm- 8:30pm – At Mayfaire Supper – Outside Caterer*||Mayfaire B&B* if you have booked to stay at Mayfaire on Mon night via transfer only (Alicia & katie only)-you cannot book this above|
|4th day||Breakfast at Mayfaire *|
7:45am-9:00am if b & b booked
|Day Circle starts approx 10:00am at Mayfaire||Coffee break mid morning||Catered Lunch* 1pm-2:15pm|
|Circle closes approx. 5pm |
| 7pm- 8:30pm – At Mayfaire Supper – Outside Caterer*|
8:30pm Evening Circle at Mayfaire for all Being participants 9:30pm Close
|Mayfaire B&B* if you have booked to stay at Mayfaire on Mon night|
|Mon & Tues Being group details at Being site|