Sometimes places appear in your path that very quickly begin to feel like a second home and 42 Acres, nestled in a quiet valley in the rolling hills of Somerset, is one of them. From the minute I first stepped eager foot through the door for a yoga and raw food retreat with my talented friends Saskia Price and Diego Castro, I felt my heart unfurl just a little bit more freely, my feet tread the earth just a little bit more lightly, and my mind open up to the new with brightness, excitement and trust. I don’t know why, but that’s just how it took me.
42 Acres is a holistic retreat centre where individuals from all walks of life can dive deep into their inner landscape whilst surrounded by beauty, comfort and supportive high-vibe food to nourish the body as well as the soul. Siblings Lara and Seth, who founded the space to support spiritual work with teachers from around the world, take a conscious approach with harmony and sustainability at the forefront of all that they do. They have opened it up to a wide and evolving family of healers and practitioners and no stone has been left unturned in creating a truly beautiful and supportive environment in which to dive deep.
For the yoga weekend, we spent two days deep in asana and meditation with Saskia, punctuated by barefoot walks in the magnificent woods and beautiful nutritional creations from the amazing Diego. Community is at the heart of 42 Acres and each time I have been there, the group is so much more than just a bunch of people under one roof: we all vibrate together, support each other on the retreats, explore new ground together and leave as one big family.
On the last night, we threw two sticks into the fire: one carrying something we wanted to let go of, and another inviting new energy into our lives. We sang, drummed and shared around the giant flames and under the huge Somerset skies we gently shed what no longer served us and opened up to the new.
For more info and to see what’s on, visit the 42 Acres website.