Shamanic Life Sanctuary – Rest, Restoration & Healing, Olchon Valley Campsite, 5 days

Listening to many of you, you are feeling exhausted, fed up, overwhelmed by personal and global changes. We get that, it can be hard to keep your spiritual practice going.
Shamanic life is offering a five day sanctuary of teachings, ceremonies and time to restore in the restful woodlands of the Welsh / Herefordshire borders.

Shamanic Life Sanctuary – Rest, Restoration and Healing for 2025 dates please email.
13 -17 June 2024, 5 days and 4 nights (day tickets available), Olchon Valley Campsite.

The intention of these days together is to gather back to yourself, relax and restore.

  • Tai Chi / Chi Gung will be offered each morning [ by master Dek Leverton ] followed by a break and a workshop;
  • Songlines, Dragon lines and Soul Voice
  • Ancestral Stories
  • Healing with the web of Light and others…

There will be a Ceremony each night. [All optional.]

The course is for five days, four nights, starting 6pm on Thursday 13 June 2024 and ending on Monday 17 June, 2pm.
Our teaching days will be 10am – 1pm, with Ceremonies each evening, from 7pm-9pm.
There is free time during the afternoons, with plenty of time to walk, read a book and chat with others on a sacred quest.


This is a self-catering residential course.
The accommodation comprises furnished yurts, tent pitches and spaces for small camper vans.
Hot showers, composting toilets, a field kitchen and washing up areas are provided and there are fire pits outside the yurts, camping pitches and in communal spaces.

Each yurt has tea/coffee making facilities, wood burners and fire pits.
Catering is not included or provided (field kitchen available for all to use).
Yurts are equipped with gas hobs and basic camping kitchen facilities.

Further information on the Campsite facilities, Wales / Hereford border local area can be found here.


The course will be held off grid, deep in the Black Hills, on the Welsh border, [Bruce Chatwin country!] in wild Welsh woodland near Abergavenny / Hay on Wye. (Please note that facilities off grid are basic). The whole camp site will be for our sole use.

This is a part of the world where the valley sings with beautiful meadows and woodlands that are and hugged by rugged hills. It is easy to feel the pulse of the earth here.

The campsite itself is on a traditional hill sheep farm in the Black Mountains, on the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park on the border between England and Wales, UK. At over 1,000 feet above sea level, it offers a peaceful, rural site in an area of stunning scenery with spectacular, dark night skies. The site is strongly committed to ensuring that visitors ‘tread lightly’ on the natural environment and is ‘off grid’ with electric hook ups in communal space only to allow people to switch off from technology and immerse themselves in the land.

For next years dates- 2025, please email.

Course fee & self catering camping pitch, 5 days, £300 per person
There are quiet pitches in beautiful meadows for tents and three hard standing pitches for camper vans. No hook up is available for campers or vans.

Full Payment: Course & self-catering Camping Pitch, £300

Deposit: Course & self-catering Camping Pitch, £120

Balance: Course & self-catering Camping Pitch, £180

Course fee & self catering yurt dormitory, 5 days, £385 per person
The yurt accommodation is offered as same sex dormitories, please let us know if you are planning on attending with a friend you would like to share space with when you receive your booking confirmation.

Full Payment: Course & self-catering Yurt Dormitory, £385

Deposit: Course & self-catering Yurt Dormitory, £120

Balance: Course & self-catering Yurt Dormitory, £265

Day tickets available at £75 per day All bookings now closed.

To come along for the day, taking part in the morning workshop and evening ceremony, you can purchase a day ticket here:

1 day Course – Fri 14 June 2024, £75

1 day Course – Sat 15 June 2024, £75

1 day Course – Sun 16 June 2024, £75


To ensure your place please pay a non refundable deposit of £120.
Full payment due by 15 May 2024.
Once we have received your deposit we will send you joining details. 
Please be aware of our cancellation policy.

Catering is not included or provided (field kitchen available for all to use).

The sanctuary is limited to 15 camping / dormitory places.

All proceeds go to the upkeep of the woodland sanctuary.

All information copyright ©Maxine Smillie 2024