Winter Solstice Portal Retreat

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The ancient medicine of the Winter Solstice offers us the opportunity for metamorphosis and rebirth as we move through the darkest day and welcome the return of the light. 

We invite you to harness the potential of this potent moment at one of the most powerful energetic spots in the world. Working with practices for deep embodied transformation and soul alchemy, we will guide you on a journey to the depths of your love and magic through the portals of the land. 

“Transformative, life affirming, magical, I laughed, I cried, I loved, I went deep inside and I learned to accept love. It was one of the most profound weekends of my life and I'm so excited for the next one! Josh and Laura were absolutely flawless." Alex G ★★★★★

You will be working with trained facilitators who will assist you to open your heart and reconnect to your body through a selection of Somatic Experiencing, Emotional processing and release, dream work, meditation, Hatha Yoga, Kirtan, Breathwork, Daoist practices for rebalancing our energetic, emotional and physical system, vocal opening and expression work, mantra, shamanic quantum prayer (manifestation work) and ancient Celtic Ceremony to open you up to the power of the land and the solstice. 

Pilgrimage to the sacred sites & holy wells of Glastonbury within the potent medicine of a blue lotus ceremony and visit the secret gateways of Avalon; Be guided through practices to move us through the portal of the darkest day and return of the light, as we lovingly explore shadow work; the releasing of fear and blockages that are preventing us from stepping into our light; and we transition into rebirth of the light: Embodying practices for divine love and heart-centred connection with ourselves, the holy lands, and the keys to our divine potential. 

When we come together in community to do inner work in energetically powerful places, the work is deeply amplified within us and the collective. For those of you curious about the science behind this, check out the work of Rory Duff.

If you feel a call to revisit your deeper self, return to your heart, experience soul-centric community and immerse into a land overflowing with myth, magic and holy water, this could be for you. 

This will be a full yet spacious programme designed to assist you to drop more deeply into your heart and soul, the medicine of community and the  healing available to us at this ancient place of pilgrimage. 

Pilgrimage to connection, heart, music and community through the Celtic Rose & Avalon Lineages, the Fae & Elven Folk, the Druid Mysteries, and the medicine of soul remembrance that the ancient lands of Avalon offer us if we're ready for it. 

Included in this retreat: 

Ceremony in the White Spring -  one of the main portals to the otherworld

Entry to Chalice Well Gardens 

Plant medicine & dream work 

Experience plants grown in the local area to assist with healing and astral connection including wild lettuce, Californian Poppy, Mugwort & specially curated herbal blends associated with the solstice to heighten your connection to your dreams and astral realms. 

Cacao & Blue Lotus Pilgrimage 

The powerful medicine of blue lotus, used by the Ancient Egyptians to open the crown up to spirit and the mastery, combined with the plant medicine of heart opening Cacao, will assist you to experience the sacred sites more deeply, as we guide you on a pilgrimage to experience the power spots of Avalon. 

Winter Solstice ceremony guided by ancient pagan techniques 

Laura has been connected to and studying these ancient Pagan rites since she was a young child. We will connecting to the land of the South West and its mythical Celtic lineage, weaving Celtic rituals and practices for deepening in connection with land and spirit to harness the energy of the Solstice. 

Yoga & Embodiment 

Guided by our certified yoga teacher Sophie May Mason. We will explore Hatha Yoga, Vagus Nerve regulation and Pranayama. 

Trauma-informed work for working through our inner blockages 

Informed by the work of Peter Levine and Gabor Mate led by Laura. 

Quantum Manifestation work 

Practice Shamanic Intention work (and its cross over with traditional Pagan magic) for manifestation at powerful ancient sites known for manifestation potential. 

The power of mantra, Kirtan & Medicine Music 

Experience this ancient technique of opening up to the codes of Sanskrit to transform your consciousness. 

Community building 

Experience heart centred intentional community working with powerful intentions for vulnerability, openness, boundaries, radical self acceptance & expression & more. ]

Nourishing Food cooked in house by our exceptional chef 


“The other people attending the retreat became family..the Ceremonies ran by Laura and Josh were executed with every inch of their being, the music was angelic... the only negative was that we didn't have another day. I departed full of love light peace in my soul and forever grateful to Laura and Josh for everything they did for us that weekend and can't wait for the next retreat, I will be there. Forever grateful.” Leon ★★★★★


Watch the highlight from last year's Winter Solstice retreat: 

What's included: 

  • Held activities & support for the entirety of the retreat,
  • Full board accommodation in beautiful retreat venue with views over the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury Tor
  • All meals: Nourishing vegan food - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Facilitation of practices and support throughout the process,
  • Private access to the spring
  • Entry to Chalice well gardens,
  • Cacao and other plant medicines (a combination of Dream herbs, St. John's wort, Lady's Mantle & others depending on the needs of the group)
  • Live music
  • Access to wattsapp group for carpooling options

The cabin space with views over the Somerset levels and Glastonbury Tor.

Yurt space with fire where we will gather together for heart opening practices by the fire. 


Bedrooms overlooking the Somerset levels in our beautiful retreat venue Healing Waters. 

Your Facilitators

Laura Reeves

Laura has facilitated with Psychedelic Society since 2017. After a decade of working with shamanic plant medicine, she offers transformational spaces designed to explore the darker parts of our psyche in order to experience deeper love, expansion and liberation. Currently she is studying to be a doctor of the Amazonian Master Plants and lives part time in the Amazon Rainforest with an indigenous maestro. 

Over a decade ago, she travelled the Americas working in NGOs focusing on ecological sustainability before discovering the ancient keys to the psyche found in the plants of the rainforest. Experiencing a deeper sense of reality inspired the creation of transformative arts company Infinite Experience, who travelled the world with their interactive theatre piece designed to transcend separateness. She now holds workshops, ceremonies, retreats and 1-1 sessions designed to connect people to their deeper essence guided by her experience and years of training in healing modalities. 


• Diploma in Craniosacral therapy - 1 year - CCST. In depth work with the Nervous System (anatomy & pathology); trauma informed study

• The Wisdom of Trauma course with Gabor Mate 

• Over 10 years working with shamanic diets, techniques and practice

• QiGong teacher training - 1 year - Mimi Kuo Deemer 

• Somatic Experiencing - short course - Peter Levine 

• Reclaiming your six body wisdom areas course with Suzanne Scurlock

• Masters in Acting from East 15 (Alexandra technique; somatic practice & training; Meisner technique; physical theatre; body connection work; Clown studies; Bouffon)

• BA (hons) Philosophy and Theology - consciousness studies/metaphysics - University of Nottingham and Melbourne 

More about Laura: 


Sophie May Mason 

Sophie is a Reiki practitioner, medicine musician & 500 Hours YTTC Hatha Yoga instructor. She has practiced Yoga for eight years and is dedicated to calming the mind, creating harmony and connecting to the self and the divine through her practice and teaching. 

She will guide you through asanas, pranayama, meditation & mantra to bring harmony & awareness to the mind & body, cultivating mindfulness & developing greater awareness by relaxing the nervous system & to rediscover & honour our true nature, that of peacefulness & joy.

Additional Facilitators & musicians TBA soon 

EVENT TIMES: 16:00 on the 15th of December - 12:00p.m. on the 17th of December 

LOCATION: Healing Waters, 1 The Roman Way, Glastonbury BA6 8AB

PAYMENT PLANS: Available on request. 



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