Location – Luxury yurt accommodation in the Chichester area
Client – A small London-based media company with a big vision
Brief – This company was pitching for a very prestigious contract, and wanted help birthing an innovative and memorable campaign within as short a timeframe as possible.
In the words of Kate, one of the participants –
“There was much hilarity in the office when this idea was first mooted to us; after all, nothing could be further from how we all live! But having agreed to this digital detox in the middle of nowhere, we all became increasingly edgy about the prospect…
But we were to be pleasantly surprised. Our yurt was much larger and cosier inside than I’d expected, and as we sat around the lovely wood burning stove with some lanterns twinkling in the background, sipping hot, spiced apple tea, I found myself slowly warming to the idea.
Lynn’s welcome chat morphed seamlessly into a crystal meditation, which was amazingly relaxing, and when we were invited to say a few words afterwards, it was clear that we were all pretty blown away by what we’d experienced.
After supper – which was a hearty stew cooked over a real camp fire – we had a shamanic cacao ceremony, which I really enjoyed. The raw cacao was strangely bitter (even with some honey in it) but it definitely had a mellowing effect, and as we shared our individual and collective intentions for the retreat, I was aware that I was seeing my colleagues in a whole new light.
The next day was quite an adventure! After an awesome cooked breakfast, a wild forager took us on an expedition to find our supper, and we picked blackberries and crab apples, dug up some dandelion roots, and even found some hazelnuts and edible mushrooms.
Back at base, we amassed our bounty which was supplemented by some pheasant and fresh veg which our intrepid forager had brought with her. Fortunately, ‘camp’ included the use of a kitchen and an oven, and between us, we somehow concocted some of the best food I have ever tasted, which was washed down with some knockout sloe gin, again kindly supplied by our new forager friend.
Upon returning to our yurt field, a camp fire was alight, and we were joined by a ‘drum-jam’ master, who gave us each a drum, and after some elementary tuition and a bit of practice, we were drumming along with him… rounds and relays and to-ing and fro-ing ‘drum conversations’. It was absolutely phenomenal, and I loved it!
Afterwards, we danced to some tribal music until we dropped, and as we lay around in an exhausted but happy heap on the ground, we star-gazed to the gentle and rhythmical beat of a single drum.
The following day was very different. I felt strong and clear, and was eager to get on with the work I knew we were there to do.
Another incredible meditation with Lynn enabled us to ‘tune-in’ to our prospective new client, and then we were invited to draw a variety of shapes, maps, symbols and other magically-inspired images as they came to us. Within an hour or so, a common theme began to emerge, and by the end of the day, our new campaign was visioned into being.
I’d have once said this was mumbo-jumbo, but the concepts clearly and spontaneously emerged and evolved, and we were all stunned by what we achieved in such a short space of time… and moreover, at our closing circle, I said how grateful I was to have been part of this unusual but amazing experience.
Lynn’s presence throughout was accepting, kind and calming, and I’d heartily recommend her wonderful retreats to anyone seeking a meaningful and soulful breakthrough of any kind, and we are all really looking forward to doing a firewalk with her in the summer.”