Eating together is an enjoyable way to relax & meet in a different way than we do in the circle. It supports our explorations to have some meals prepared for us. We work with a local, very experienced caterer who loves to produce gorgeous & nourishing food using organic ingredients where possible. Your catering payment is mandatory for all ongoing group participants. It covers all refreshments during the day & evenings, plus 2 catered suppers and 2 lunches as itemised in the tabular day by day plan below for the Modules (see email from Joy for specifics) & is payable as one payment, with bb if desired, immediately on booking above. There is a meat/fish option, a vegetarian option or a special diet option which you need to choose from in the drop down box above. The food is nourishing, tasty and plentiful, and organic to a large extent. The desserts are delicious. Catered lunches consist of vegan soups and vegan or vegetarian salads. The caterer also provides cheeses, perhaps sometimes hummous, eggs, or beef slices, plus salads, ricecakes, oatcakes and bread, fruit and cake. Everyone contributes to clearing up and other necessary communal tasks.
If you must have a special diet, you must select that option NOW from the drop down box above AND detail a) What your allergy is, and b) Exactly what you cannot eat as a result. We will then be aware of your exact dietary needs & will pass these to the centre or non-residential event caterer. The info you provide is exactly what will be passed to the caterer so be clear. We cannot sort this after your booking here. Please note your health is always your own responsibility.
Please bring food to share for lunches and food to share for baked potato supper (baked potato plus filling, plus salad or pud/fruit) as itemised in the tabular day by day plan below. One supper is eating out at a local pub, restaurant or cafe. One lunch is taken in a local cafe. One is bring food to share. 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 Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings, for all modules, 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, and you can both claim the couple discount. If you book on a partner or friend’s behalf you MUST log in with their name and password to make their booking. You confirm catering & accommodation with your payment. Then make their confirming payment (with their name as reference) from your own account or from theirs. We need to know well in advance if you want this- first come, first served! It’s an easy 90 minute drive from London, 40 minutes from Bristol, 20 minutes from Cheltenham. There is a regular train service to Stroud from London , Bristol, Bath and elsewhere and an easy taxi journey from Stroud. Full directions given after booking. We have a dog and two cats so do make sure you are happy with that before booking.
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 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
Approx 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.
*For the asterisked meals & all breaks, (and breakfasts if you stay at Mayfaire) you need to bring your own plate, bowl, mug, knife, fork, & spoon
|First day||No B&B on night before we begin||Day Circle opens at Stroud Old Town Hall||Tea and coffee on arrival if needed||Lunch approx 2pm-3:15pm Bring food to share*|
|Afternoon break approx 3 45pm Day circle closes approx. 5pm||7pm- 8:15pm – At Mayfaire Supper – Outside Caterer*8:30pm Evening Circle at Mayfaire for all participants 9:30pm Close||Mayfaire B&B* if you have booked to stay at Mayfaire on Wed night|
|2nd day||Breakfast at Mayfaire*|
7:45am-9:00am if b & b booked
|Day Circle starts approx 10:15am at||Coffee break mid morning||Lunch|| Day circle closes approx. 4pm Long nature break & afternoon tea at Mayfaire|
|7pm- 8:15pm – At Mayfaire Supper – Outside Caterer*8:30pm Evening Circle at Mayfaire for all participants 9:30pm Close||Mayfaire B&B* if you have booked to stay at Mayfaire on Sun night|
|3rd Day||Breakfast at Mayfaire*|
7:45am-9:00am if b & b booked
|Day Circle starts approx 10:30am at Stroud Old Town Hall||Coffee break mid morning||Catered Lunch* 1pm-2:15pm |
|Circle closes 5pm||7pm- 8:pm – At Mayfaire shared Supper – Bring baked potatoes & toppings, & salad or pud/fruit*8pm Evening Circle at Mayfaire for all participants 9:30pm Close Film night at Mayfaire for all who wish it||Mayfaire B&B* if you have booked to stay at Mayfaire on Mon night|
|4th Day||Breakfast at Mayfaire *|
7:45am-9:00am if b & b booked Pack & Clear up at Mayfaire
|Day Circle starts approx 10:00am at Mayfaire||Coffee break mid morning||Catered Lunch*approx 12:45-2pm||Circle closes between 3:15 and 3:30pm after clear up-which all are needed to help with. Depart.||No b & b at Mayfaire on night of the final day|