Conference of the Birds 11th - 15th July 2017

A wilderness retreat in search of truth

A powerful story can change your life. Using the 12th century Sufi text Conference of the Birds, you will explore your own journey and illuminate your life path.

Travel to a remote corner of Wales, cut off from the world in a private woodland valley. This awe inspiring landscape is the quintessential peaceful location. Here you will connect with your original rhythm and find your focus. There’s no mobile signal, no mains services. Supported by trained facilitators, this will be a true back to nature experience. 

The Conference of the Birds will transport you to vast deserts and deep valleys, rich with riddles, myths and temptations.This ancient text poses the question, what will you find when you finally stop searching? In exploring this story of hope, longing and enlightenment you will stray from the familiar and enhance your personal search for truth. 

Retreat Programme includes

Our days will start with Chi Kung stick exercises and mindfulness meditation. Morning and afternoon sessions exploring aspects of the poem through practical exercises will take place outside or in a beautiful bell tent. There will also be time for wilderness walks, tea meditation, mask work and lots more. In the evenings we’ll have stories, songs and chants around the campfire under the stars. Three nourishing home cooked meals per day.




The location is a private 60 acre woodland valley. The nearest small town is Llandysull, West Wales.  The nearest train station is Carmarthen. Instructions on how to get there will be sent after booking.


Wild camping on the banks of the valley stream, with no light polution, enjoy sleeping under the stars away from the main retreat hub, an old Cottage at the heart of the Valley. 

You will need to bring a tent with you and sleeping bag.



Sita Brand

Sita listens deeply, replies honestly and values the individual. Student of world renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, she is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and has practiced mindfulness meditation for 20 years. She has a Diploma in Positive Impact Coaching and is a trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Sita has 30 years experience of working as a professional storyteller and has toured internationally. She is also the founding Director of Settle Stories. 

Pete Armstrong

Pete has a thirst for truth and a no nonsense clarity of thinking. Pete is a trained psychotherapist with a degree in English from Oxford University. As a student of meditation and the inner path, he uses mindfulness to guide his creative journey. Now a poet and writer, his work is known for its insight, humor and wisdom.

Deciding if the retreat is right for you

This retreat promises a rich but demanding experience. We trust participants to take responsibility for themselves, emotionally and physically and make a commitment to the spirit of the retreat and the community it fosters. This retreat is not right for the elderly, infirm or pregnant due to the extreme remote location. 

Health and Safety

We take the health and safety of all participants and staff very seriously. Trained First Aiders will be available should the need arise. We will also have a satellite phone for emergencies. 

Other information

We will start at lunch time on Tuesday 11th of July and finish at lunch time on Saturday 15th July. If you want to talk to Sita before booking then please call the Box Office on 05603 845693 between 10.30 am- 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.



Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 12:00pm
4 days
Events 2017
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Early Bird places are only bookable online. They are limited in number and available until Friday 9th June 2017

Previous retreat attendees get 10% off.

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