A Base Camp in Scotland
A 5 day residential retreat in a Scottish Country House
Base Camp with Graham Brown
Graham Is delighted to be able to offer a 5 day residential Base Camp program in English in a beautiful country house close to Findhorn in Scotland where he lived for 30 years. The estate has been owned and managed by the Houldsworth family for many years, Poppy Houldsworth is the current custodian.
This workshop is for people new to Graham and the Peacebuildings Project .
Base Camp is his foundation workshop which normally takes place over a long weekend. This 5 day program includes all the elements of Base Camp with many opportunities to deepen and extend that work, consolidate the practices offered and take some deep rest and relaxation in the deep peace of the Scottish countryside.
In this crazy world how do we come to know and experience peace and happiness so our daily lives are infused by that.
Base Camp is where we explore the depth of the question and equip ourselves for the inner journey of exploration.
We need to understand where we are and how we got here. To do that we explore our current nature and consciousness and look back 70,000 years to where it sprang to dominance.
We explore the timeless wisdom expressed in the Reciprocal frame...the nature of the awakening expressed by its form
and the vision of re-connection with ourselves, each other and our planet it presents
In that understanding we explore the purpose of meditation. In that understanding we learn and establish a simple but powerful meditation practice on a firm foundation.
We learn the ancient way of council given by the Hopi to Gigi Coyle who with reverence and passion has passed it on to many, including Graham
We explore how we can use this in our relationships, community and businesses to reconnect with truth, establishing deeper connections, clarity and togetherness beyond conflict
There has never been a Base Camp which has not been accompanied by deep revelation, belly aching laughter, tears, delightful play, music and poetry.
You will leave the program with sacred tools that I have used for many years
This is two day of intense living together in truth and openness...
Bring everything you are ... everything is welcome
The retreat is structured to provide a wonderful opportunity for deep rest, to go beyond how we normally live and meet ourselves and others in a place of openness and trust where truth and playfulness reside.
On Monday we arrive any time after 3.00pm, settle in and meet for dinner at 6.00. This will be followed by an evening meeting to introduce and give overview to the course.
Each of the following days, Tuesday to Friday follow the same routine with morning session after breakfast focused upon the understanding of, instruction in, and practice of meditation. The afternoon session will explore how we take our seat in our own being in an ever changing, ever challenging world. This session will offer ample time for participants thoughts and questions.
Each evening there will be a mediation between 8.00 and 8.30. On Saturday the morning routine stays the same and the retreat ends with lunch.
We will take the opportunity to explore the beauty and power of nature both of the estate itself and the surrounding area. The River Findhorn is 15 minutes away. It is deep old and powerful with places where swimming is possible. We will make a visit and meditate close to these beautiful waters. The beach at Findhorn is of pure sand and remarkable pebbles. This is again a wonderful place to stay a while and we will meditate here again. Findhorn itself is a iconic Scottish fishing village with a long history transformed by the arrival of the Findhorn Foundation just down the road. Our time out will be entirely weather dependent including the internal weathering of the group. There will be ample time to explore the grounds of Dallas Estate which providesome beautiful walks with wonderful places to stop and sit a while..
Dallas lodge is a beautifully decorated and maintained comfortable Scottish home. There is a sumptuous lounge and dining room together with a games room for those wishing to sharped their table tennis skill in down time.
Arrival by air
The closest airport is Inverness being some 25 miles from Forres, with connecting flights from London Luton and Bristol offering the cheapest options. There are regular connections from the airport to Forres by bus which is a 30minute £6 ride.
Aberdeen airport is 73 miles from Forres. The airport is a 10 minute taxi ride to Dyce railway station from whicc it is a 2 hour £20 train ride to Forres.There is also a bus service from the airport to Forres which is a 2.5 hour ride.
Arrival by rail.
Forres Railway station is your closest option with services provided by Scotrail.
Arrival by bus/coach
Regular coach services stop in Forres from Inverness and Aberdeen which are hubs for travel from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Pick up and drop off in Forres
Pick up and drop off is included for all participants arriving or departing from Forres by rail or coach. Drop off at Inverness airport is included.
Mini bus travel
We will have a minibus available for the duration of the retreat to enable us to visit local places of beauty. We will walkand meditate beside the River Findhorn, do the same on Findhorn beach and wander through Findhorn village and the Findhorn Foundation and possibly visit the renowned Kimberley Inn which overlooks Findhorn Bay
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Cuisine is vegetarian with vegan options freshly prepared in-house by Tina Lamm our own fabulous cook. Tina always uses locally grown organic produce wherever possible. We will take breads from the Bakehouse bakery and cakes and pastries by Tina whose chocolate brownies area Graz legend.
Teas and coffee will be available throughout the days
Check out her website https://tinalamm.at/
The house provides accommodation for a maximum of 10 guests.
There are 2 double rooms
3 twin rooms
There are 4 large bathrooms with 2 showers available.
Rooms priced accordingly on the booking form
A non refundable deposit of €250 is required to reserve your place. The final balance becomes due by the 1st September. Please book using the Book Now button below.
Shared room will be either allocated by gender or by friends request.
Double rooms will be booked as a couples ticket which automatically adds two tickets requiring two deposits.
Non residential participants will receive 3 meals a day and the same program as residents
Costs per person
Double for a couple €1400
Twin room with a friend €1400
Gender twin room £1400
Non residential €1000
A €250 non refundable deposit is required to secure you place for all tickets.
The balance of your ticket must be paid by the 1st September
If it is necessary to cancel you reservation the following refunds will be available.
a 75% refund will be made until the 4th September 2022
A 50 % refund will be made until 9th September
No refund will be made after the 9th September
The schedule below will be vary when afternoon excursions are added. All excursions are included.