Ecstatic Dance UK • Summer Retreat

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We're beyond excited to host our very first Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat!

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Come spend the August Bank Holiday weekend with us and 60 fellow conscious dance enthusiasts at Embercombe, a beautiful retreat centre just outside Exeter, in Devon.


8.00-9.00 Yoga or singing circle

9.15-10.15 Breakfast in small groups (sharing circle)

10.30-12.30 Class/workshop

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Free time

16.00-18.00 Class/workshop

18.30-19.30 Dinner

20.00-22.30 Ecstatic Dance

23.00-0.00 Bonfire & storytelling

Classes & workshops include: Contact Improvisation, Kirtan, Authentic Relating and a movement class (ex. Movement Medicine). There will be a Ecstatic Dance every day (4 total).


-Renée Lacroix (Founder Ecstatic Dance UK)

-OSARA (Founder Ecstatic Dance Bristol)

-Bernice Raabis (Founder Dance the Medicine)

-Alex Sevilla (DJ Ecstatic Dance Madrid)

-Alexandra Decarne (Yoga teacher)

-More TBC


Embercombe is an eco retreat centre overarching a beautiful and wilding 50 acre valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. 'It is place to find a deep connection with nature – wild nature around us and wild nature within us. It is a place to breathe, to reconsider, to regenerate and to relearn. It is a place to get clear on what it is you have to offer the world and become passionate about who you are and what you do.


1. If you choose the shared room option, you will stay in one of the beautiful yurt or bell tent villages with compost toilets and running water. Full bathroom facilities with hot showers are available in the main building. Linen is provided.

2. If you choose the camping option, you need to bring your own tent and camping gear (ex. sleeping bag, mattress, pillow, blanket).


All meals are included (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners). Organic, plant-based food is lovingly prepared on site using produce from the Embercombe garden wherever possible. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know when booking.


We ask participants to arrive between 4-6 pm on Friday Aug 28 to allow time to check-in, explore the grounds and settle in before we start. The retreat will start with dinner at 6:30 pm.

The retreat will end after lunch at 2 pm on Monday Aug 31.



-Torch (head torches are really useful)

-Clothing & boots suitable for the outdoors

-Swimsuit & flip-flops (there's a lake on site!)

-Waterproof coat and trousers wellies

-Ear-plugs (if you're a light sleeper)

-Hot water bottle (especially if camping)

-Toiletries (natural & biodegradable products please)


-What is the difference between an Ecstatic Dance festival and a retreat? Festivals are generally larger events with several programs/workshops to choose from and participants can arrive/leave as they wish, and meals are not communal. Our retreat is a closed container: we start and finish together. We are limiting the number of participants to 60 in order to create a more intimate gathering. There is one program and all the activities, including meals, are communal. We also ask participants to turn off their phones. Our retreat is an invitation to go deeper into your practice and let go of the outside world for the duration of a weekend.

-How many people will I be sharing a room with? The yurts and bell tents have 2 or 3 singles beds, so you will have 1 or 2 roommates.. There is also a large 5-bed yurt.

-Can I share the room with my friends/partner? Absolutely, please let us know their name when booking.

-I'm in! Where do I sign up? Click here to register and pay your deposit.

-Any other questions? Send us a message or email us.

PRICES (including all food & accommodation)

Camping Early Bird £250

Camping Regular £275

Shared Room Super Early Bird £300

Shared Room Early Bird £350

Shared Room Regular £400

Non-refundable £50 deposit to book. Balance due by April 30




Embercombe, Higher Ashton, Exeter, EX6 7QQ

+44 (0) 1647 252983

By train

Exeter St David’s is the closest station which serves most of the UK. It’s approximately 7 miles from Embercombe. There is a taxi rank outside (one-way to Embercombe: £20-25) or you can walk to Exeter Central Bus Station which is approximately a 1.5 mile walk into town. We offer a return shuttle to/from Exeter train station for £25 both ways (add-on when booking).

By bus

There is a 360 Dartline bus service from the Central Bus Station in Exeter which stops 1.3 miles from Embercombe. Look for route name Exeter-Dunchideock-Bridford and get off the bus at the Belevedere Castle stop. On leaving the bus, continue along the top road. After 400 yards you’ll reach the Belvedere Castle entrance on your left. Opposite, there is a little road going down to the right, signposted Trusham and Ashton. Follow this road for approximately 20 minutes until you reach Embercombe’s main gate on the right.

By car

-From the Southbound A38:

Follow the signs to Exeter Race Course. Climb the hill slowly and get into the left hand lane, at the top of the hill (Haldon Hill) take the left exit marked Dunchideock and Exeter Race Course. Pay particular attention as you do not get much warning of the exit! Turn right at the roundabout at the end of the sliproad towards Dunchideock and follow this road through Haldon Forest. After 1.7 miles, the road goes downhill into trees and just opposite is a forest car park area on your right. Take the sharp left turn signposted Trusham & Ashton. Entrance to Embercombe is 1.2 miles down on the right.

-From the Northbound A38:

At the top of Haldon Hill (A38) take the exit marked Dunchideock and Exeter Race Course immediately after the petrol station. At the ‘T’ junction turn left and follow the road through Haldon Forest. After a 1.7miles, the road goes downhill into trees and just opposite a forest car park area on your right, take the sharp left turning signposted Trusham & Ashton. Entrance to Embercombe is 1.2 miles down on the right.

-Satellite navigation systems: We recommend that you don’t use your Sat Nav system to reach Embercombe. They’ve been found to be unreliable in the rural areas around Embercombe and visitors often arrive at the wrong address.

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