Earthed Pilgrim Retreat
Vivobarefoot x BPT

3 - 7 May 2024

A walking tour is for the body, a pilgrimage is for the soul. Strengthen your soul and become who you are supposed to be. Stay in the rewilded majesty of Broughton Sanctuary Estate, and transform yourself in some of the most dramatic lands in Britain: Pendle Hill and the Yorkshire Dales.

The Pilgrimage Experiences

We are a charity and our mission is to promote pilgrimage in Britain by helping to develop and publicise new and old paths as well as the practice of pilgrimage itself. We also suggest to pilgrims to ‘bring your own beliefs’. Our team seeks to make this retreat a gently transformative and heartwarming experience that is sure to move you along to the next stage of your own path.

One of your pilgrim guides, Dr Guy Hayward, is the Director of the British Pilgrimage Trust (hereafter 'BPT'), which he co-founded in 2014 to promote 'bring your own beliefs' pilgrimage in Britain. He has been interviewed about modern pilgrimage for Netflix, BBC1 and BBC2 TV's 'Pilgrimage' and Channel 4’s 'Britain’s Ancient Tracks', contributes to BBC Radio 4 and has written for the Guardian and Spectator. Guy completed a PhD at Cambridge on how singing forms community, founded choralevensong.org and is half of musical comedy double act Bounder & Cad. He will sing sacred and folk songs of the surrounding land as part of his guiding.

Guy will be joined by fellow BPT pilgrim Dawn Champion, a historian and keen naturalist with a deep love of the British landscape. Dawn studied history, archaeology and architecture before working for English Heritage and then the Wildlife Trusts. She volunteers for several charities that promote connection with the magic of nature. And other guides to be announced...

Grounding the Retreat

We are proud to announce a partnership with Vivobarefoot to launch the first fully-conductive Earthed Vivobarefoot shoe: “The Pilgrim”. With your ticket you will get a free pair of these new shoes to walk in. The Vivobarefoot Pilgrim shoe, as well as being a Wide, Thin & Flexible barefoot design bringing you closer to the earth and natural movement, will provide a further 'Earthing' by conducting your body's electrons straight into the ground. Several health benefits are associated with grounding, such as stress reduction, anti-inflammatory, sleep improvement and gut health.

A series of pilgrimages will be held in May to celebrate the launch of this exciting next step for Vivobarefoot, starting with this exclusive event in Broughton Sanctuary.

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About Broughton Sanctuary

The Gayatri Gathering will be held at the 3000-acre Broughton Sanctuary, situated in the very centre of the UK, in the foothills of The Yorkshire Dales and one of the most picturesque parts of the country. Established in 1097, Broughton Hall has been home to the Tempest family for over 900 years and enjoys a rich history stretching back over the millennium. Surrounding the historic Broughton Hall are formal gardens studded with statues, ponds, parterres and fountains offering a glimpse of 18th century fashion all set against contemporary architecture making the location a truly unique experience. The Broughton Sanctuary is home to one of Britain’s most exciting nature recovery projects, with an extensive tree-planting and rewilding programme. Broughton is a place dedicated to the journey of coming home and rewilding the spirit.

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About Avalon Wellbeing

The Gayatri Gathering will take place in Avalon, a state-of-the-art wellbeing centre and beating heart of the Broughton Sanctuary. This stunning building is based on biophillic (organic) design with sacred geometry and the Fibonacci incorporated throughout. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to experience the unique Pool Suite: a low-chemical swimming pool looking out onto the adjacent woodland, a sauna, a steam room and hydrotherapy pool. There are many places beyond the building itself in the Sanctuary grounds to return to source, from meditation labyrinths, wild swimming reservoirs, a cosmic garden and much more.

Location

Broughton Sanctuary is located right in the heart of the UK and at the gateway to the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Guests experience a feeling of blissful seclusion however we are very well connected in terms of transport.

By Air

Leeds Bradford Airport: 40 minutes (24 miles): 40 minutes
Manchester Airport: 1 hour (55 miles)
Liverpool: 1 hour 15 minutes (69 miles)

By Train

The nearest train station is Skipton, (a 5-minute drive).
Trains from London Kings Cross are approximately 3 hours (direct and with a single quick change at Leeds).

By Car

Driving from London takes between 4-5 hours (traffic dependent).

Address

Broughton Sanctuary, Skipton, Yorkshire, UK, BD23 3AE

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