the big retreat

An epic week-long adventure in the mountains in Tuscany, with three nights spent alone in the wild.

with Way of Nature

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon 

We think that this deep immersion in Nature is one of the greatest gifts a person can give themselves.

The seven day journey, based out of one of the most beautiful places in Europe, will use all aspects of the Way of Nature process to take you as deep as you need to go in order to explore the questions, challenges and intentions around who you are and what you are here to do. 

Short excursions to special places and a profound exploration of ancient wisdom practices will prepare you for the three days and four nights you will spend alone in Nature, the kind of opportunity to connect to the land and the natural rhythm of life that doesn’t arise very often. 

You will emerge from your journey with a clearer sense of who you are and of your purpose, and what that means both for your life, and for the world you live in. 

What to expect 

On arrival, we will undergo a 3 or 4 hour hike up to a mountain base. Once there we will camp around a beautiful mountain cottage, which we will use to prepare food, for indoor workshops in case of rain, and perhaps the odd hot shower after wild excursions. 

Expect a combination of long walks (around up to 4 or 5 hours) broken up by a range of activities, conversations and exercises. 

Activities will include workshops, dialogues, T’ai Chi or Chi Gong practices, awareness practices, wisdom teachings and of course time out in nature and time to enjoy good food and good company. 

The wilderness ‘solo’ will consist of 72 hours alone in a marked circle alone in the wild. You will have a choice of where this will be and the idea is to stay in this circle for 72 hours inviting whatever lessons and insights Nature helps to bring. This process is very much inspired by ancient and indigenous practice while guided in a gentle and supportive way. 

Food will be local, mostly all organic and made with a great deal of love and care. Please do send us dietary and health information with the registration information in the attached forms.

28 JULY 2017 - 30 JULY 2017


£745 (low income spot for £447 is available)



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  • Price

    £745 price includes all guiding, meals and local transfers. Two low income spots are available for £447. To apply, please contact us with a description of why you would like to come and be part of the journey.

  • travel

    This retreat takes place in the foothills of a dormant volcano in rustic southern Tuscany. The nearest airport is Pisa. The programme begins Monday evening and we close Sunday evening. For more information on logistics please contact us for a Welcome Pack.