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Pick up your wild tools on Retreat with The Sacred Earth School

From the inside of the straw bale building you can hear the odd rider and their horse, birdsong and the sounds of stillness from the woodland which surrounds it. The drum synchronizes each heartbeat to the pulse of the earth itself, holding the space conducive to shamanic journey work. We pass a talking stick sround after the journey to share with the group, the insights we have each received about ourselves. My ‘Woman as Wild’ and ‘Introduction to

Shamanism’ retreats are run from a magical place called Michael’s Folly. The first time I went there I felt the land speak directly to me about what I needed to share from this sanctuary. The woodland, organic garden, straw bale building, goat paddock and yurt are the warm womb where I feel the combination of all the elements I bring together really come alive. The need to

temporarily retreat from the world is now becoming more and

more important, away from sensory overload, the demands of life and stress, so that we can slow everything down and rediscover who we truly are, to hear the stillness within and reach out for our truth.

In a shamanic sense, by sitting with our thoughts,

going into non-ordinary reality and spending time in stillness, we connect to the essence of life, thus giving us a chance to pick up our wild tools and surrender to our inner and outer worlds simultaneously. The shamanic journey is the opportunity to be your own healer and connect to your own path more fully. There is also something very special for me about holding the space for others in a round building – it is a place where people feel free to share and release, become empowered and take quantum leaps. Expect to feel nurtured, to find courage and to integrate. Does it resonate? If so, see you soon.

Angie Litvinoff Mindfulness book offer

“Approaching life in a manner that only focuses on positive thinking and heroic determination restricts our humanness. We cannot always be upbeat, high achieving and in total control of our success, relationships and health ... We cannot stop the sea ebbing and flowing or the rain falling, but we can decide if we wish to be kind or critical, loving or selfish,” Dr Cheryl A Rezek

Waking up to yourself and your life in a mindful way

A thoughtful and effective approach to life, wellbeing and symptoms associated with physical illness or emotional distress such as stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, arthritis, cancer and addiction. Mindfulness is a way of being, whether or

£16.99 £12.99 with free P&P in the UK

for readers of Designs for LIFE. Call YPD Books on 01904 431213 and quote code DFL15

not one chooses to use meditation practices. Psychology, mindfulness, mindful practices and mindfulness meditation all aim to create awareness and to assist in managing what life brings with it. Dr Cheryl Rezek is a Consultant Clinical

Psychologist who has worked across various fields of mental health for many years. She is based in Gerrards Cross.


Joey Bull, four times British fitness champion, who for many years lived in the Chilterns, has put her wealth of knowledge into this book. It’s all about reducing fat, improving all-round fitness, alleviating mood swings and bringing out people’s inner glow and vibrancy in a 28 day plan. It comes

Win a great fitness book with over 80 healthy eating recipes

with an eating guide, workouts and daily motivational messages – all designed to curb cravings and create a fitter, trimmer and brighter you for the long term. The book is co-written by Emiko

Ray, who lives locally. She is particularly passionate about food and the way in which it interacts both with the body and mind. Emiko has designed 80 recipes which form a vital part of the book. Find out more at or visit:

We have four copies of Tidy the Temple, which retails at £19.99, to give away to readers of Designs for LIFE magazine. Please email your name and telephone number to and

we will draw the winning entries. Entrants may receive correspondence from the authors.

mind & body

Angie Litvinoff is a homeopath, earth mother, visionary, workshop facilitator and shamanic healing practitioner. She is the founder of The Sacred Earth School and runs retreats at Michael’s Folly.

Photos by Fabrizia Verrecchia

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