Location – A luxury treehouse on the Sussex/Kent border
Client – Sam Mann, a TV presenter and producer
Brief – To help her clarify her career direction and life purpose
A journalist interviews Sam six months after her retreat –
How did you know about Lynn’s Bespoke Retreats?
I’d done an energy healing session with her in London a couple of years ago. It really made a big impression on me. I felt amazing, energized and clear afterwards. So when I heard she was doing Bespoke Retreats, I jumped at the chance to do one because it was an important time for me.
Did you chat to Lynn first to establish what sort of retreat you needed?
Yes. I was a little bit lost in my life at that time. My career was going well as a presenter and producer but I was questioning whether I wanted to do entertainment broadcasting and producing; I wondered if it really had enough meaning and purpose. I liked my job but I was having doubts.
We decided that I needed something to unblock me and that it would have a combination of different components. I was looking for clarity.
I chose a glamorous tree house in Sussex as my destination, as it felt important to me that I would be immersed in nature.
How was it when you arrived?
The tree house was in the most gorgeous place, a woodland; immediately I could smell this fantastic incense, which calmed me down.
Lynn had filled the fridge with fresh, lovely food and there was even a goodie bag for me.
What did you do first of all?
A meditation where I set an intention for the retreat. I could very much feel Lynn’s calm presence at my side; I found that very reassuring.
The next day?
I had a session in a mineral flotation tank, which was really brilliant for truly relaxing me. And then I had a massage which continued that process.
After lunch, Lynn took me to a labyrinth, which was symbolically brilliant because I felt so lost. I followed the path but I felt my legs getting heavier and heavier. By the time I got to the middle, I couldn’t move; it really did feel like a reflection of my life. Meanwhile Lynn was working her magic and something happened and I stopped and closed my eyes and felt deeply peaceful, lighter and energized. I was suddenly taking the path out again with a completely different sort of energy. Somehow this was very important for me.
And then there was a fire ceremony?
That was in the evening. Lynn lit a fire and did some drumming. She handed me pine cones that I was to tie little messages around. They were to contain everything that I wanted to get rid of. I put – ‘past my prime’ – in there. And then I burnt it. It felt very powerful in terms of setting an intention. It felt like something that would not get forgotten.
Afterwards, I spent some quiet time sitting with the fire and then I slept for 12 hours. Yes, 12 hours! It was incredible. I really felt it was Lynn’s presence that had helped me too. It was very special. I felt she was someone I could say anything to. I felt safe even though I was in the middle of nowhere and often on my own.
And nature was an important part of it?
Yes, being in nature was significant. There were a couple of horses in the field, which I loved. I didn’t feel as though I wanted to phone anyone, etc.
What happened on your final day?
First of all, I set my intentions, one of which was self-belief in my future.
Then there was the healing session that I had been looking forward to. I chose crystals from Lynn’s amazing selection and she surrounded me with them. She used their energy to support my healing. It was a very powerful experience indeed.
I felt so relaxed that I couldn’t move. I felt this amazing flow of energy pass through me at one point. I think she feels into blocks energetically and releases them. It blew my mind, to be honest. I had a warm feeling all over my body. I was in a blissful state.
And the sunset afterwards was unbelievable…the sky was full of pinks and purples and streaked with yellow and red.
Did you go home after that?
I decided to stay an extra day because I didn’t want to leave this state of being. I felt so deeply nurtured and was so happy in nature. My partner saw so much difference in me when I did get home that he went off and booked a session at a flotation tank and also some reiki healing.
And what difference did the retreat make to your life?
It became clearer that I did, in fact, want to stay in my work and that I believed I could still evolve in it, but I also decided I could do some charity work alongside it. I’ve since been working with the Mad Hatter’s charity which is for disabled children.
And after six months?
It was amazing. Lynn set something up specially for me and it worked. I felt refreshed about life and my work. It really got me out of a rut. I was re-booted.
Sam Mann was talking to Rose Rouse.
Click here to read Sam’s own article about her retreat.