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Join Kate Magic, Anna Middleton, and their team for this raw food and yoga retreat. This is a week of gourmet luxury where Raw Magic Retreats will spoil you with high class accommodation, decadent raw food meals, fun and entertaining food prep classes and excursions, and endless little magic touches. If you’re looking for the best way to set the vibration for the season ahead to be one of joy and vitality, this is the holiday for you. Raw Magic Retreats has provided the perfect place and the perfect season. They just need you, the perfect people.
Abbey Dore Court is a beautiful 18th century coaching inn with a Victorian addition set in the idyllic Herefordshire countryside beside the bank of the River Dore. This magnificent house can accommodate up to 16 persons and is restored to an excellent standard so as to offer modern day convenience, whilst retaining its original character and period detail ready for you to enjoy. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy this wonderful historic site which is surrounded by the renowned 6-acre Abbey Dore Court gardens.
Set in the rural village of Abbey Dore, this spacious property simply oozes Victorian splendor, from the grandeur of the imposing entrance hall, to the magnificent drawing room (formerly the ballroom) with marble fireplace and imposing architraving, to the grand dining room and the welcoming morning room, all with an open fire or woodburners.
Boasting a wealth of original features including molded ceilings, marbles floors, and wood burners, the house has been furnished with a mix of new and antique. It has been superbly restored and lavishly decorated with convenience and comfort in mind.
All rooms are upstairs, and most rooms in the house offer lovely views over the stunning gardens. Bed linen and towels will be provided. If you are a single person booking a shared room, you will be paired up with someone else in the same position. The en-suite rooms are not charged at extra cost so Raw Magic Retreats offers these rooms on a first-come, first-served basis. However, don’t worry if you don’t get an en-suite room. All the bathrooms are luxurious, adjacent to the rooms, and shared by no more than four people.
Guests may arrive any time from 14:00.They will greet you with a superfood smoothie on arrival, and there are welcome samples from their sponsors in your room. Dinner will be served at 18:00, and will be followed in the evening by an Intentional Equinox Ceremony, where Raw Magic Retreats will assist you in crafting the upcoming cycle of your life (equinox this year is actually on the afternoon of September 22, the day prior to this retreat).
For evening activity, a selection of movies will be brought and you may choose to watch in the TV at any time. Movies will be related to the theme of health, for example “The Sacred Science”, “Take Back Your Power”, “Cowspiracy”, “Forks Over Knives”, “Raw for 30 Days”, and “Vegucated”.
A buffet-style breakfast will be followed by yoga in the drawing room. Raw Magic Retreats’massage therapist will beavailable for pre-booked massage sessions. Lunch will be served at 13:00 followed by a talk (outside, if the weather permits) then Kate will run a 3-hour food prep class in the afternoon.
Kate’s classes will cover raw in a way you’ve never seen done before. They give you the skills to truly become a raw gourmet masterchef. Plus, you will have an in-depth look at fermentation, demystifying this fascinating topic.
These will be hands-on classes and you will have a chance to have a go yourself. The classes will be equally suitable for beginners or professionals. The only requirement is that you are passionate about having fun in the kitchen making healthy food.
Kate is going to demo a series of dishes including pesto, an exotic tomato sauce, and a luscious alfredo sauce. That’s where the fun begins! You are going to assemble a whole bunch of different ingredients and create your individual dishes.
By the end of the afternoon, you will have an idea of how very versatile these raw base recipes can be. You won’t be leaving with just a couple of recipes because you will be inspired by everyone in the group and see just how raw cuisine unleashes everyone’s creativity.
Dinner will follow at 19:00 and then you will have the option in the evening of either a sharing circle or a movie. Saturday’s theme for the sharing circle session is gratitude. What does gratitude mean to you? What do you have to be grateful for? Do you have a gratitude practice in your day? What differences do you notice when you operate from gratitude?
A buffet style breakfast will be followed by yoga in the drawing room. Noelle,Raw Magic Retreats’Thai massage therapist, will be available for pre-booked massage sessions today. Kate will be serving lunch at 13:00 and then Anna will run a 3-hour chocolate workshop in the afternoon.
In this raw chocolate class, Anna will share some of her favorite chocolate recipes and flavor combinations. She’ll explain the benefits of using different sweeteners, hand out samples of more unusual ingredients, and show you how to achieve a variety of textures. She will be covering Brazil fudge, bounty bars, bliss balls, dipping chocolates, and making soft centers. Everyone will get a go to dip, roll, and taste.
Dinner will be served at 19:00 and you will have the option in the evening to join a sharing circleor watch a movie. Sunday’s theme for the sharing circle is stress. The world is such a stressful place nowadays, it’s hard to avoid. What causes you stress? What strategies do you have for coping with it? In the evening, Noelle will treat you to a taste of the dulcimer.
You will start the day with breakfast and yoga, as before. Then, you will have a light lunch, and then take a trip out to the Brecon Beacons for a hike. Dinner will be served at 19:00 and you can choose between the sharing circle, a movie, or just an early night.
Monday’s theme for the sharing circle session is positive futures. How do we imagine the world for the next generation? In what circle ways could our society evolve to be more aware and conscious? What needs to happen within the next couple of decades to avert disaster? Do you have any great ideas or inventions that you now would be easy to implement that would make a big difference to people’s lives? How can we go about taking action now to make those futures a reality?
After breakfast and yoga, you will have your lunch, and then Kate will be teaching a3-hour fermentation class.
In this class, Kate will be going into detail on fermentation and easy ways to get started. Including fermented foods and drinks in your diet on a daily basis is one of the most effective ways to boost natural immunity.
Your guts are quite literally a second brain, and when you provide them with the abundance of natural bacteria they need to remain balanced and healthy, this brings a dramatic increase of energy and vitality into our lives.
Then, you have to get ready for the closing party. Get dolled-up for a sumptuous 5-course dinner party from Raw Magic Retreats’ star chef, Anna Middleton, that will be served at 19:00, followed by dancing in the drawing room for those who don’t want it all to end.
If you’ve been to any of Kate’s pop-up dinner parties, you know what to expect as this will be along very similar lines. Gourmet cuisine of the highest standard and generous portions at that. Cocktails, starters, entrees, desserts, and after-dinner elixirs, all will be beautifully presented and guaranteed to leave you feeling high on life.
Even though you will feel that it’s over all too quickly, you will need to vacate the premises by 12:00. You will be served breakfast and they will also provide you with a goody bag for your journey home.
This package includes hiking to the Brecon Beacons.
Noelle Burville is a yoga teacher and massage therapist. She has over 30 years experience teaching yoga, holding a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma. She has travelled extensively in India and Asia and studied Therapeutic Thai Yoga massage in Thailand, training at the Sunshine School of Thai Yoga massage in Chiang Mai.
This retreat will take place in Herefordshire, UK, specifically at Abbey Dore Court House which is located on the banks of the River Dore at the Southern end of the beautiful Golden Valley. The house is situated in rural Herefordshire yet conveniently located just 3 miles off the A465 (Hereford to Abergavenny Road) at the southern end of the beautiful Golden Valley within easy reach of Hay-On-Wye, Hereford, Abergavenny, the picturesque Black Mountains, and the rest of the UK’s least spoiled counties.
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Raw Magic Retreats has created a sublime menu exploding with exciting flavors to tantalize your taste buds and nourish the whole of your being. There will be a variety of magical dishes to experience all packed with medicinal foods and oodles of love to leave you feeling radiant. Anna Middleton will be the queen of the kitchen, preparing a raw dining menu for most of the week with Kate Magic guesting on Sunday.
You will be provided with 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners (including one special 5-course dinner party). All meals are raw vegan (although bee products are used). If you have any other specific requirements, please let Raw Magic Retreats know in advance so they can do their best to cater for you. Please note that these are provisional menus and depend on availability of ingredients, etc.
Pre-booked Thai massage is available at an extra cost.