::Personal Retreats ::
advantage of this unique possibility to join our household
for a few days.
Private room (double bedded) with shared bathroom and kitchen.
Catering with possibility of some shared meals.
by free will offering suggested at £15-£20 per
night (3 night minimum, week- long retreat recommended).
guidance for meditative practice while here. Also join in
weekly group meditation sessions and other programmes on during
your stay. Miles of walking at your doorstep, 2 acre garden
complete with walking labyrinth.
Note: This is suitable only for people WITHOUT animal allergies,
as we share our home with several cats and dogs.
from recent retreat guest:
The invitation to undertake a retreat at Sallys felt
like a blessing and a gift at a time when I was feeling overwhelmed
and stressed. All I knew was that I needed to be still and
close to nature, and the images on Sallys website of
her garden, coupled with her carefully chosen words and quotations,
drew me there. My large comfortable room, overlooking the
garden on two sides, still bore the traces of Sallys
eldest son, now at college abroad, and was at the very end
of Sallys house, affording all the quiet and solitude
I needed, as well as ample space for yoga and bodywork. Sallys
home is light-filled, its focal point the garden, and is suffused
with a sense of ease and relaxation. It is the perfect place
to just be. It offered me the chance to slow down completely,
to stop and smell the roses. Sallys gentle
presence was a blessing; she has that rare gift: a wholly
unobtrusive availability to her guest(s).
to my experience was time spent outdoors, from the gardens
to Sallys woodland and the winding road by the lake.
The dogs were the perfect companions on my daily rounds, and
I was blessed with perfect spring weather. In addition, I
attended Sallys regular meditation classes. I also took
a private yoga class in the yurt, and had Reiki treatment
and massage, all arranged by Sally and provided by visiting
therapists. I found the labyrinth powerful and inspirational.
I love that Sallys retreat space is local; it somehow
reduces the gap between the retreat and the real
life; I hope that this will make the integration of some of
the retreats lessons and practices easier for me. I
left feeling rejuvenated and with a clearer sense of how I
might slowly effect small changes in my life.
Belfast , March 2009
The Hermitage Cottage
Long Term VOLUNTEER (1week
to 3 months) ~ ROOM & BOARD provided
In exchange for room and
board ( a room in my own house in the wing where I also provide
self- catering retreat space for individuals in my shared
I invite help with the
General Exterior ~
Power spraying the yard
Clean ~ wipe down ~ facia board of house
Wash windows of house & outbuilding
Firewood Supply ~ autumn /winter months
Cut and brought from woodland autumn/winter
Chop where necessary autumn/winter
Stack in Garage autumn/winter
In the Garden ~
Winter :cutting back, mulching, firewood
Spring: Garden bed preparations (mulching, weeding)
Summer: WEEDING, planting out; lawn maintenance; hedge cutting
Autumn: Putting garden to bed; mulching; firewood;
Some common tasks:
Cut Ivy off trees
Clean beds, cut back plants & weed where appropriate Spring/Summer/Autumn
Late spring mulch in April/May
Beginning in March plant potatoes in allotments
All summer ~ pest control & WEEDING
Help with Yurt~
Assist with food delivery to groups hiring space
Assist with food prep for groups in Yurt
My house, and the Hermitage Cottage and yurt is completely
I have two dogs and four cats. Occasionally the volunteer
would be asked to
feed and/or clean after them.
Weekly hoovering of parts of house being used. As regularly
necessary in the kitchen (probably more than once per week;
at least once per week)
Regular cleaning of volunteer's bedding and towels.
Any other tasks arising
'Room and Board' to me
does NOT mean I will cook meals for you. It means we will
share my kitchen, and share the food prep for one main meal
a day. Food stuffs for Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
It is negotiable to also receive room and board long term
for those who ALSO work part time elsewhere. Ask for more
Volunteers are free to use the Yurt for their personal meditation
or Yoga practice (when not otherwise in use)
Tell me a bit about yourself,
and why you think
this a be a good fit from your side? What specific skills
do you bring?