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Connecting to Source: Ritual, Movement and Meditation

Start Date: 21/08/2023
End Date: 26/08/2023
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Empower yourself in this immersive experience with Mara Branscombe, a highly regarded yoga and meditation teacher, ceremonialist, and spirit coach. Together you’ll create sacred space for igniting your true essence through the transformative practices of healing yoga, and earth-based rituals deepening your capacity to nurture your well-being and to share your unique gifts with the world consciously and freely.

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Join Mara Branscombe on this powerful journey of wild transformation within

Since ancient times, the human collective has aligned with the seasons, the elements, the rhythms of the sun, the moon, and the earth as a way to source pure energy and to connect to one’s inner compass.

The mind-body science of yoga, combined with the practice of meditation, breathwork, and the alchemy of earth-based rituals creates a channel that leads to present moment awareness, mind-body-spirit integration, and a wild transformation within.

Join us on an unforgettable 5-day celebration discovering the art of breath, the healing of yoga, the full bodied creative expression of free movement, the transformative powers of soul care practices, and the mindful awareness of meditation.

We will be cultivating a deeper connection to the realm of spirit, the lunar cycle, the 5 elements – with a like-minded community to celebrate the gifts we can share with the world.

We can honour the earth’s dynamic cycles of new emergence, expansion, growth, abundance and harvest. As we attune to the earth’s rhythm, may we take this opportunity to embody a parallel path of healing, connection and deep self love.

Allowing people space and time to ignite their true essence – through ritual, movement, and meditation – will deepen their capacity to share their gifts with the world, consciously and with freedom. My work streams from an earth-centric, inclusive, and spiritual foundation. Each person will have their own unique experience while feeling connected to a positive collective consciousness.

Programme outline

The morning practice will consist of meditation, breathwork and a warming yoga practice. We will close in a journalling/creative writing exercise.

The afternoon session will focus on the integration of the elements, the archetypes, and earth-based rituals to shed old ways of being while activating intuition, healing, and deep transformation within.
Free movement, moving meditation, sharing circles and a restorative yoga practice will also be offered in the afternoon sessions.

Weather permitting, some practices will be held outdoors to connect more fully to the earth’s wisdom.

Ritual with friends
What you will learn

The gifts of a daily meditation practice will clear the mind of distraction and overwhelm, while tuning into a high octave of peace and calm within.

The yoga sessions will be in alignment with the healing benefits found in earth for grounding, air for purification, fire for transformation, water for fluidity, and ether for spiritual awareness.

The earth-based rituals offered will weave personal and collective healing frequencies through creativity, wonder, expressive movement, journalling, and quiet time spent in nature.


Your Experience

  • A five-day workshop held by Mara Branscombe
  • A five-night peaceful stay at Cluny Hill, situated in the historical town of Forres in north-east Scotland and perfectly placed for visiting the Moray Coast
  • Three nutritious, balanced meals per day
  • Access to Cluny Hill’s beautiful gardens and local walking trails
  • Free bus rides between Cluny and the Findhorn Ecovillage
  • Free wifi and library access
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and refreshments
  • Free onsite parking

Choose between standard and boutique rooms. All rooms have access to free WiFi. Learn more about Cluny Hill, its location, and directions.

The prices stated below are for the duration of the programme.

Standard Single Room @ Cluny Hill: £1045
Standard Shared Room @ Cluny Hill: £945 / person
Boutique Single Room @ Cluny Hill: £1110

Please enquire about a non-residential option if you have your own accommodation. Call our bookings team +44 (0) 1309 691 653 or contact us with any questions.

Please contact Bookings for more information

We provide you with the essentials, so you won’t really need very much once at Cluny Hill, but we do recommend bringing:

  • Toiletries/ Electrical appliances (Hairdryer etc.)
  • Loose / comfortable clothing
  • Warm clothes (outside of summer time)
  • Shoes for walking in the garden or the beautiful local walks

This programme takes place at our Cluny Hill site in Forres, with registration at 11am on Monday 21st August.

For early arrivals and late departures please contact Bookings: Tel: +44 (0)1309 691 653 email: [email protected]

If you’d like to stay locally for a few days before the programme starts, please see options to stay in The Park at Findhorn. There’s also the Findhorn Bay Holiday Park, right next door to The Park, as well as Cullerne House B&B or B&Bs in The Park and neighbouring towns/villages such as Forres, Findhorn and Kinloss.


Check out is 9.30am on Saturday 26th August.

Cluny Hill is located on the hill above Forres in the county of Moray in north-east Scotland.

Our closest town is Forres (0.7 miles miles/1.1km), which has good bus and rail links. The nearest airports are Inverness (24 miles/38km) and Aberdeen (71 miles/114km).

We recommend taking a taxi (about a 5-minute drive from Forres train station), as there’s no direct bus route.

Alternatively it is 1.4 miles/2.2 km (about 30 minutes on foot) from the station. Head for the High Street, then up St Leonard’s Road (B9010), and then left up Edgehill Road.

If you use a wheelchair or have any other mobility difficulties please let us know when you book. Cluny Hill is a multi-storey building with access to the upper levels via a staircase only.

If you have specific requirements please contact Bookings before you book to ensure we can meet your needs. Please also include details with your booking form.


‘Exactly what I needed to reignite my love of yoga, meditation and ritual. Mara is a true shining light. This programme will have lasting benefits for me hence those who come in contact with me and my community. Thank you so much for this life altering opportunity.’

2022 Participant


Your Workshop Leader

Mara Branscombe

Mara Branscombe

Mara Branscombe is a mother, writer, yogi, artist, teacher, mindfulness leader, ceremonialist, and spiritual coach. She is passionate about weaving the art of mindfulness, self-care, creativity, mind–body practices, and earth-based rituals into her life and work, and she has been leading community ceremony since 2000.

Mara runs international retreats, corporate leadership programs, and online coaching and personal development courses. Mara has taught yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for over 20 years. She is the author of Ritual As Remedy: Embodied Practices for Soul Care, and Sage, Huntress, Lover, Queen: Access Your Power and Creativity through Sacred Female Archetypes. For more information visit


Start Date: 21/08/2023
End Date: 26/08/2023


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