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Conference of the Birds

August 21 @ 8:00 am - August 26 @ 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:00am, repeating until 26-08-2019

Are you constantly playing catch up with yourself? Do you crave time in the wild to gather your thoughts? Do you need time to think, reflect and be you?

Conference of the Birds is a retreat for you to recharge body, mind and soul. The experience blends rustic charm with serious wellness. Nestled amongst the limestone crags and hills of the rural Yorkshire Dales, Lower Winskill Farm is our secluded hideaway from the world. This is a digital detox, no phones, no distractions.

Two experienced facilitators will guide you on your journey using a 12th century ancient text Conference of the Birds as a metaphor for life.  This historic 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.

When you leave the retreat you’ll have created an individual blueprint for your development and will have new tools for deeper introspection. You’ll leave nourished, joyful and with a greater sense of direction on your own spiritual quest.

While here you’ll stay active with Chi Kung stick exercises and walks in the wilderness. Feast on vegan meals. Find calm in the bell tent with mindfulness meditation. Come together in the evenings as we share stories around the campfire under a blanket of stars.

This retreat offers you the chance to:

  • Develop a mindful approach to everyday life
  • Explore your personal life path
  • Gain clarity on where you want to go in life
  • Enjoy time out in a remote location with like-minded people


Sita & Pete have been running retreats with Settle Stories for several years. They’re are always highly regarded by attendees:

You guys. What can I say? Thanks for creating a space where we could be ourselves. I’ve discovered things about myself that are going to help me live a better life. I’ve met amazing people I think I’ll remain friends with for life’ – 2017 attendee.

Sita Brand

Sita’s been practising mindfulness meditation for over 20 years. Student of Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Sita is trained in  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She has a diploma in Positive Impact Coaching and is trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Sita is also a professional storyteller – so expect a good story or two when you’re gathered round the campfire.

Pete Armstrong

Pete is an author with a thirst for truth. Following a degree in English at Oxford, Pete has had a eclectic career working as a psychotherapist and group leader. As a teacher of meditation, he uses mindfulness to guide creative journeys. He is known for his insight, humour and wisdom

Event Details

August 21 @ 8:00 am
August 26 @ 5:00 pm
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0871 976 4350
Price - Adult