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You are warmly invited home to yourself.

Step out of the day to day and step into a space of love, compassion and care, for your soul.

 

The Venue: 

Nestled in the Valley of Forest Coalpit in the Brecon Beacons National Park, down a winding private track flanked by ancient trees you will find Fforest Barn. Dating back to the 17th Century and lovingly renovated by its owners, Fforest Barn spectacularly marries modern architecture and design with original features. Situated at the base of Bryn Awr and with views of its own private woodland, Fforest Barn provides a private, secluded, and tranquil space to reflect, enquire and simply be.  

 

As soon as you step into Fforest Barn you are immediately drawn to the spectacular central fireplace. The perfect place to curl up with a good book, share a conversation with friends or simply drift off watching the flickering flames. Fforest Barn has an outdoor hot tub for evening dips, and a firepit where you can enjoy the beautiful dark skies the Brecon beacons proudly offer, or maybe even toast a marshmallow…or two!  

 

Sleeping arrangements & Cost:

Fforest Barn offers:

1 twin room with ensuite (£600pp based on two sharing)

2 double rooms (£590pp based on two sharing)

1 triple room (£580pp based on three sharing)

There is also a large family bathroom.   

 

What to expect from your weekend: 

We invite you to take some time out. Fforest Barn and its surroundings provide the perfect place to slow down and spend some time on you. Throughout the weekend there will be plenty of opportunity to just have some space to do what you really want, read a book, gaze out of the window, sketch, relax in the hot tub, go for a walk.  

 

Eleanor and Debbie will offer a range of yoga practices from a gentle morning vinyasa flow, candle lit yin to yoga nidra. Drawing on Debbie’s experience as a clinical psychologist they will also guide you through some compassion focused exercises. All food will be lovingly prepared by Kitty Rowley of The Small Canteen, however if you chose to go out and explore your surroundings you are welcome to take a lunch out, or perhaps visit Abergavenny or Crickhowell both just a few miles from Fforest Barn.  

 

Our goal is to ensure that we facilitate a space for you to feel relaxed, connected, and safe. To not feel rushed, hurried or herded.  

 

Who is this for? 

This retreat has been designed for women. You do not need to have any experience of yoga to attend. We just ask for open hearts and open minds.  

The Food: 

Your food is lovingly prepared by Kitty Rowley of The Small Canteen, she shares a little about her approach;  

 

My food is globally inspired and locally sourced. I cook with the seasons, using produce from my own garden and the hedgerows surrounding us. Fresh eggs are kindly provided by my chickens and my parent’s ducks and geese.  

 

There is no set menu as what I cook changes with the seasons, the weather, the time of day and who has laid an egg or what the garden has to offer. In the summer there will be fresh salads, stuffed focaccia and crisp filo pies. Come autumn there will be roast root vegetables, blackberry pies and pumpkin curries. Winter will bring hearty soups, freshly baked loaves and warmly spiced puddings. The food will always be thoughtfully prepared with the best ingredients and truly delicious.  

 

The food is always vegetarian and I will very happily cater for any allergies or dietary requirements.” 

 

Your Hosts: 

Your weekend is hosted by Dr Debbie Hartwell and Eleanor Lewis of Black Mountains Yoga. Let us introduce ourselves 

 

Hello and welcome, my name is Eleanor (or Ellie!) I am a Social Worker, Yoga Teacher and Mother. Debbie and I have known each other for around 9 years having been brought together by our children’s friendship. I have a professional background in Social Work, and in particular Trauma. I have practiced yoga for 15 years having come to it as I struggled to sleep. I trained as a yoga teacher in 2020 and in 2021 became certified as a Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitatory (TCTSY-F). Debbie and I soon became aware that we shared a keen interest in trauma recovery, the nervous system and seeing people as a part of the human experience rather than a list of disorders and diagnoses. Over the past year we have grown our professional relationship which has flourished into a partnership providing psychological therapies with somatic practices, a combination of top down and bottom up approach’s.   

 

When I am not working you will often find me learning. I love to learn and am usual on some type of training course, indeed I am about to embark on my Post Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling. When my head is out of a book you will find me outside, where I feel at home in the hills and valleys of South Wales and beyond, accompanied by my Husband, two children and two dogs.  

 

Hello, my name is Debbie I am a Clinical Psychologist with 15 years’ experience working in the NHS across South Wales. Since completing my doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Cardiff University, I have trained in many different specialist, evidence-based psychological therapies.  I have worked across a range of services, including community mental health teams, acute ward settings, and specialist services for people with a diagnosis of 'personality disorder'.  

 

I am passionate about helping people find ways to make sense of and manage complicated and distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Throughout my career I have fought to de-stigmatise mental health problems by normalising the human experience through shared understanding, empathy and compassion. 

 

Outside of my work I enjoy a range of creative activities, such as sewing, knitting, macrame, origami, and metal work. Determined not to grow up too soon I recently embarked on circus skills classes. But my very favourite pastime is definitely sleeping!   

 

How to Book: 

To secure your place please send a 50% deposit via bank transfer, for bank details and booking please email hello@blackmountainsyoga.com

 

A final payment of will be required by 6 weeks before the retreat

 

For all other enquiries please contact drdebbiehartwell@gmail.com

 

Cancellation Policy: 

Should you need to cancel your space the deposit will not be refunded. If you cancel giving 8 weeks notice you will not be liable for the remaining balance. If you cancel within 8 weeks of the date you will be liable for the full payment.  

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