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DATES: 6 th –10 th September 2019

Chinon, France


An explorative 5-day retreat to awaken the primal self through play and meditation


This September, you are invited to deep dive into an alluring fusion of mindfulness and play. Taking inspiration from children and animals, we will awaken the primal self – the one that crawls, climbs, and is innately curious about the world. It is our journey to rediscover these lost and forgotten parts, and to welcome them back home. The beautifully secluded venue in rural France gives us free reign to explore

and express all parts of our unapologetic selves.


“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation”




Dani Tonks (Wild Play Lab) and Kerry Stevenson (Mind Over Monkey) will guide your journey into heightened states of sensory awareness, creativity and connection.


Each day, we will tune into the needs of the group and interweave:

● mindful play

● theatre (performance methodology)

● movement & yoga

● voice activation

● mindfulness meditation

● time in nature & grounding

● human connection exercises

● creative arts & music




As a foundation for all of this, we will call in the 7 attitudes of mindfulness: Non-

judgement, Patience, Beginner’s Mind, Trust, Non-striving, Acceptance and Letting

Go (Jon Kabat-Zinn). In the same spirit, all emotions are welcome. We will hold the

container for all that wants to be expressed to do so.

“Give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is, and allow yourself to be exactly as you are.”


– Jon Kabat-Zinn (PhD)


Please note that this retreat is not technically “therapy”, but you may find the work of

mindful play to be naturally therapeutic in its ability to release blockages to your

natural flow state. Please do speak to us before booking if you are struggling with

any mental or physical health issues.

FULL DAY SCHEDULE (Saturday – Monday): 

- Times are estimations and not limited to. We can discuss on the first day what times feel good for us as a group - 


08:00 Meditation, breathwork or movement

08:30 Sharing circle; reflections

09:00 Breakfast

10:30–13:00 Connecting through play

13:00–14:00 Lunch

14:00–16:00 Free time

16:00–18:00 Walk in nature, forest play

18:00–19:00 Caring for the space

19:00 Dinner

20:30 Campfire activities (sharing, storytelling, jamming)

22:00 onwards Chill / bedtime


The venue is an intimate family-owned farmhouse with converted barns in the heart of the Loire Valley. Over the years, it has been lovingly expanded to comfortably host conscious community life. There are shared twin rooms, private double-bed rooms, and private single-bed rooms. There are several garden spaces, including a fruit orchard, which amount to around an acre of space. There is also a private 16m swimming pool, a games room with pool and table tennis – so plenty of room to relax and have fun in your free time! There is WiFi but we encourage you to switch off as much as possible.















The venue is accessible by many modes of transport. You can take a fast TGV train

from Paris to Tours, then connecting train to Chinon (15-min drive). For those

wanting to drive, you can take the ferry (if coming from the UK) with plenty of space

to park. If you wish to fly then it is roughly a 45-min drive from both Tours, and

Poitiers international airports. We will add all participants to a closed group to try and

carpool or group travel together to save costs and emissions!


You are welcome to arrive any time after 3PM on Friday 6 th September. Settle in,

explore the farmhouse and the other guests, before dinner at 7PM and an informal

welcome around the fire. The official opening circle will be at 8AM on Saturday



Final closing circle will be on Tuesday 10 th at 10AM after breakfast. You are then

able to plan departures for your flight/train/travel home. You are also welcome to

book additional nights after the retreat up to the 15th September. Staying a little

longer can be a wonderful opportunity to explore the local area, relax by the pool and

reflect on your experience here.



● Comfortable loose clothing

● A book to read

● Instruments you like to play


● Any dress up or fun costumes

● Notebook and pen

● Swimming gear and towel


Plus the usual suspects: toothbrush, sun cream, warmer layers, any other creature comforts.



£450 per person (shared twin room)

£550 per person (private room)

£200 for single helper fee (extra pair of hands in kitchen/grounds)

BOOKING LINK & Contact info


You can book by clicking here. The link will direct you to Ticketease website. If you have any questions about the retreat you can email wildplaylab@gmail.com or call Dani on 07927977864 


The cost includes three delicious freshly-prepared vegetarian/vegan meals a day, accomodation, facilitation by Dani and Kerry and a donation to African Vision Malawi - the charity that this family-run farm supports.


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