Posted: Sat 29th Apr 2023

Wellness retreat founded by Charlotte Church opens in the heart of Wales

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Apr 29th, 2023

A new wellness retreat founded by musician and singer Charlotte Church is now open in Mid-Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Dreaming, nestled in the surroundings of the Elan Valley in the heart of Wales, offers an escape from the complexity of modern life; connecting people back to the land, to themselves, and to their journeys. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

From short residential retreats with daily wellness activities to longer retreats with specialist practitioners, The Dreaming delivers a unique menu of activities in keeping with the seasons. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

When Charlotte Church decided to “have a nose” at a property in the Elan Valley in Wales, little did she expect Rhydoldog House to offer her an incredible challenge, allowing her to combine several of her passions in the creation of The Dreaming wellbeing retreat. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The grounds of the former home of Laura Ashely boast waterfalls, rocks and caves and an abundance of natural beauty. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Charlotte could see this as a place to combine the three things she felt very strongly about: climate action, economic equity and wellbeing for all. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

And so, The Dreaming began, with the journey being witnessed by the many who have watched the documentary series on the Discovery Channel. Rhydoldog House has been transformed from a rundown property into a wellness retreat which works both with and for nature. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The retreats are three days and take place at the weekend (The Journeyer) and mid-week (The Nurturer). During the stay, guests are offered a wide selection of wellbeing activities. Whether you are looking for something grounded and practical or are more interested in the deeply soulful and esoteric, or a little bit of both – there is something for everyone. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Activities include yoga, a sound healing ceremony, foraging, mythic storytelling, star-gazing, cold water immersion, singing at dawn, den building, sensory portal building, painting, dance, dreamwork, outdoor cinema, herbalism, woodwork, meditation, Qi Gong, silent disco and night time forest bathing. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Charlotte Church said: “I have regularly tried to use my platform to campaign for climate action, economic equity, and wellbeing for all. Some of that has turned out to be effective and meaningful, but I always felt there was more I could be doing. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I think that’s why I fell so utterly in love with Rhydoldog House, as it gave me a vision of an integrated healing centre in line with my most deeply held values. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The realisation of that vision has completely changed my life and I hope that we can help our guests change their lives too, even if it’s just in small ways.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Featured image: The Dreaming by Elliot Cooper ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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