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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  H. Jackson Brown Jnr


Sep 2018

Hero's Journey - Men's Woodland Retreat

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Is there a next step in life calling you? Or a desire to explore? 

Facilitated by Will Gethin, Founder of Conscious Frontiers, and creative arts psychotherapist, Sam Bloomfield, this weekend (14-16 September) is a chance to move through the stages of The Hero’s Journey, the mythical transformation process described by Joseph Campbell, in the ‘Special World’ of a stunning 45-acre woodland in South Gloucestershire.

For the full lowdown on the event: www.consciousfrontiers.com/upcomingevents

A celebrated mythologist, Joseph Campbell was also famous for his mantra for a meaningful life, ‘Follow your Bliss’. What is your deepest passion, the thing that makes you feel most alive? Often it’s the thing you can’t not do despite any resistance you may feel, hence Campbell later said what he really meant was ‘Follow Your Blisters’! This retreat invites you to open the door to your bliss. Supported by the fellowship of a group of men and experienced guides, you can journey towards your chosen new horizon, facing and learning from any fear and resistance that arises and opening to new inspiration and direction.

This journey of inner and outer discovery is relevant for men of all ages looking to grow or evolve in some aspect of their life – be it a personal quest or crisis, creative project, or community or work-related endeavour. We’ll also explore and reevaluate the role of the modern “hero” and what it means to be a man in these more collective and gender-equal times.

Complete with sharing circles around the campfire, ritual space, and time for silent reflection in the woods, this is a rare opportunity to connect deeply with yourself, others and nature. It’s a chance to find a fresh sense of purpose, to feel revived, resourced and enlivened, ready to move forward with your chosen dream or goal.

Cherry Wood is a stunning 45-acre, sustainable woodland designed and managed with permaculture principles. Complete with beautifully hand-crafted indoor and outdoor spaces, a lake for wild swimming, a romantic wood fired bush-bath and a sauna, 95% of materials come from the wood itself. Off grid with no mains power or wifi, the location offers a restorative digital detox. 

Will Gethin: as a holistic explorer and travel writer, Will has explored many edge-of-the-world frontiers on a quest for enlivened living. Founder of comms & events agency Conscious Frontiers which gives voice to organisations and people engaged in creating a better world, he gives talks and workshops on The Hero’s Journey and is a qualified meditation teacher. 

Sam Bloomfield: Sam is a creative arts psychotherapist (RDMP) and specialist mentor at UWE. A published poet and performer he is also an experienced workshop leader. A full member of the College of Healing, he has worked as a healer and body-worker for 30 years and hopes to inspire people through facilitating workshops in personal and social transformation, contact improvisation, creativity and poetry. 



Participants from the last Hero’s Journey retreat Will Gethin co-faciliated with natural happiness author Alan Heeks earlier this year, said:

“Powerful and cathartic.” John Harley

“A remarkably enriching adventure!” Stuart Finlator

“Very enlightening. I would definitely recommend it to others.” Keith Howat

“Well worth the value of the treasure I found!“ Lawrence Hughes

“Truth is an amazing thing to find.” Gregory Pike


RETREAT COST: (including food)

£245 Camping in the woods
£255 Shared yurt dorm 
£295 Double bed cabin (two cabins available)

Concession price:

£195 Camping in the woods 
£205 Shared yurt dorm 
£245 Double bed cabin (two cabins available)



For booking and content enquiries, contact Will Gethin: will@consciousfrontiers.com, 07795 204 833; or Sam Bloomfield: sam@sambloomfield.org, 07527 885150





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