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Led by Nickie Aven plus daily sessions with Emma Capper and Megan Beck

Wednesday 6th April –  Sunday 10th April 2022

Residential cook: Janet Bird

Harness the energy of spring and awaken body, mind and soul through nature, creativity, yoga, meditation and wonderful seasonal food. Enjoy time to share with others, time to reflect alone and individual sessions to tune into your own being. Five, spacious beautiful days to awaken to you.

A warm welcome awaits you at magical Bala Brook. Each day there will be a rhythm of meditation, time in nature, yoga and creativity -visual, written, singing or whatever you wish.

Nature sessions will help you tune into your inner landscape through the beautiful and inspiring outer landscape. There will be gentle invitations to explore and deepen your relationship with the natural world and expressive art sessions to help you creatively play with nature’s treasures.

Yoga sessions will be inspired by the natural world, the season, poetry and our profound connections and “inter-being” with each other, with existence and with this beautiful earth!

You may choose your own ‘pathway’: reflective, land based or creative, or pick and mix to suit your own needs. Food will be seasonal, predominantly vegan and prepared with love.


Nickie Aven

Nickie co-manages Bala Brook and is an experienced retreat leader. She delights in playing with writing, singing simple songs with others and accompanying people on their journey. She is a life long meditator, an interfaith minister, spiritual counsellor and runs a singing group who sing for those on the threshold of life. She is a mother, soon to be grandmother and lives locally with her beloved dog.

Nickie Aven

Nickie Aven

Emma Capper

Emma is the founder of Creative Journeys in Nature. She is an artist with a love of traditional crafts and a certified nature and forest therapy guide with the ANFT. She has over 25 years experience guiding walks and facilitating groups in outdoor and indoor settings.

For further information about Emma please visit www.creativejourneys.org.uk


Emma Capper

Megan Beck

For Megan, the practice of yoga has been a touchstone for nearly 30 years.  She teaches weekly sessions at her home studio in South Brent, very close to Bala Brook.  Her yoga sessions are grounded in movement and stillness, alignment and freedom, the breath and some occasional philosophy and poetry. She invites folks to play, explore and to move into the practice with “kindly curiosity.

Megan Beck

Megan Beck


Janet Bird

Janet is a hugely experienced cook and worked for 8 years at Sharpham, writing their now well known cookery book. She is passionate about eating seasonally for our well being

All sessions and activities are optional and will include:

Creative journeys with nature
Creative writing
Dawn chorus walk (weather permitting)
1:1 spiritual accompanying sessions
Additional 1: 1 chair massage (extra charge)
Nourishing, lovingly prepared vegetarian food
Beautiful, newly refurbished accommodation
Plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sacred land surrounding Bala Brook


We have a range of fees to suit your financial situation. There is no difference in the course content or accommodation whatever you pay.

Standard place £445
Supported place £395
Supporting place £495

Bursary places will be available, please email Nickie on: manager@balabrook.org.uk


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Supporting Bala Awakens to Spring Ticket £495
£ 495.00
Standard Bala Awakens to Spring Ticket £445
£ 445.00
Supported Bala Awakens to Spring Ticket £395
£ 395.00


If you would love to attend this retreat and are unable to make the full payment at this time, please do contact us on manager@balabrook.org.uk to secure a place and arrange split payments

A limited number of bursary places may be available, please ask.

To book offline or for further information please contact us on manager@balabrook.org.uk