Jason Lewis is an award-winning author, explorer, and sustainability advocate who is Speaking at the Summer Gathering

We are also delighted to have Jason Lewis coming to talk at the Summer Gathering 2016

Jason Lewis is an award-winning author, explorer, and sustainability advocate. He is recognized by Guinness World Records as the first person to circumnavigate the Earth by human power—without using motors or sails.[1] He walked, cycled, and inline skated five continents, and kayaked, swam, rowed, and pedalled a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. Taking thirteen years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey was hailed “the last great first for circumnavigation” by the London Sunday Times.

Jason has set three additional records: the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to North America by human power (February 1995, Lewis and Smith); first crossing of North America on inline skates (September 1996, Lewis); and first crossing of the Pacific Ocean by pedal power (August 2000, Lewis).

Jason has set three additional records: the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to North America by human power (February 1995, Lewis and Smith); first crossing of North America on inline skates (September 1996, Lewis); and first crossing of the Pacific Ocean by pedal power (August 2000, Lewis).

Adventure is about much more than just records or firsts for Jason. Visiting more than 900 schools in 37 countries to date, involving thousands of students in a variety of programmes in conjunction with UNESCO’s Associated Schools Program Network, he uses human-powered journeys to promote world citizenship, zero carbon emission travel, and awareness of individual lifestyle choices on the health of the planet. In addition, tens of thousands of dollars have been raised through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for humanitarian causes — orphanages such as The Hope Orphanage in East Timor, and hospices for people living with HIV and AIDS (Rumah Solehah, Kuala Lumpur; Father Joe’s Mercy Centre, Bangkok).

A frequent contributor to outdoor magazines (Men’s Fitness, Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine, Geographical) and travel books (Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul, HCI, 2002; Flightless, Incredible Journeys Without Leaving the Ground, Lonely Planet, 2008; The Modern Explorers, Thames & Hudson, 2013), Jason is the author of The Expedition trilogy (BillyFish Books, 2012/13/16): Dark Waters*The Seed Buried Deep**, and To The Brink.

*WINNER of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award & Eric Hoffer Award. **ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year.

To buy tickets for the Summer Gathering at the early bird price go to eventbrite

for more information on Jason Lewis  http://www.jasonexplorer.com/adventurer-jason-lewis-about/



Summer Gathering Speaker- Andy McGenny Talk on Ecotherapy

We are delighted to announce Andy McGenny as one of our Summer Gathering 2016 Speakers..

Well-being in Nature is an ecotherapy walk. Ecotherapy is about creating a deeper connection to nature and feeling better for it.

Ecotherapy uses specific techniques to enhance well-being, really relax you, and be a tonic for mind, body and soul. It is an evidence based practice, promoted by Mind and supported by the North East London Foundation Trust NHS.

Here is a little about Andy

Andy McGeeney

Ecotherapist & Photographer

I have been very fortunate to have had a lifetime’s fascination with the natural world. I express this creatively through my photography and ecotherapy.
My professional background is in counselling, psychology, facilitation and wildlife education. Outside of paid work I am involved in habitat conservation and various social issues. I enjoy tai chi, meditation, and walking.
Currently my ecotherapy work involves running weekly sessions in Dagenham East London for people who have experienced mental illness and emotional distress. I also run training and open workshops. I have just completed writing a book on how to do ecotherapy.
I have a distinctive way of doing ecotherapy. I combine creative and deep connections to nature with mindfulness and sensory awareness.

Remember to get your earlybird tickets for this Summer Gathering from eventbrite

to find out more about Andy McGenney visit his Website andymcgeeney.com



Gaunts House Positive Living Group

We are going to start a positive living Group at Gaunts House, we are looking at the 27th July to have our first evening one. We are just awaiting our speaker to get back to us and we can launch it, and you can buy tickets with an option of staying for dinner. I feel really excited about it… a lovely evening of food, information and if its a dry night we can chew the fat around the fire with a cup of tea.
If you are someone with a thing or two you would like to share, drop me a line scania.price@gmail.com and I can consider you for future slots in our calendar.

Aerial Yoga- just one of our fantastic line ups this summer

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Ellie Cohn is running our Aerial Experience this year at the Summer Gathering.

With the weight of the body supported students learn how to achieve proper postural alignment through relaxation rather than effort, producing a peaceful state of mind & a wonderful feeling of lightness in the body.

Some of the benefits of Aerial Yoga are as follows:

  1. Alleviate muscle tension, neck & back pain – Chiropractor in a sling!
  2. Promotes increased joint mobility & health by taking the weight off them for a change.
  3. Increases the circulation of blood, lymph & energy – literally, refreshing you
  4. Stimulates the release of happy hormones (seratonin & dopamine) – for that drug free feeling of elation.
  5. Improved concentration & mental functioning.

Read about Ellie’s love of Aerial Yoga below to get a sense of the full experience:

“My love of Yoga led me to discover Aerial. Having always adored monkeying around and tree climbing, when I first tried anti-gravity yoga I was hooked. The freedom of movement the yoga swing affords is exhilarating. Yes, you can reclaim that sense of fun, it brings about an innocent childlike exploration of how the body can move. The anti-gravity aspect, the freedom of hanging mid-air just simply brings joy! And then as you move slowly into an inversion with respect for your body and of course your mind the release of the spine is sublime.

With the yoga swing traditional yoga asanas become more accessible. The swing supports the body allowing a full expression of the postures and the therapeutic gains from this are immense. The Yoga Sutras advise ‘sthira sukham asanam’ which roughly translates as be strong but gentle in the asana, leading towards a balance of effort and ease. The yoga swing helps you get that marriage right!
Correct alignment is absolutely essential. During our lives we sometimes adopt poor movement patterns and imbalance occurs. This can be due to injuries we have incurred, repetitive strain or poor posture. The yoga swing can correct these quirks by gently holding the body whilst you work to reposition and learn to switch on muscles that have previously become dormant but also stretch out those that have become tight.
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Further benefits include the development of a rock solid core, utilisation of our shoulder muscles as rarely done in everyday life which helps increase the stability of this area warding off niggles in neck/shoulders, release of happy hormones that give the feeling of elation, improved concentration, and circulation of blood and lymph. It is without a doubt, helpful in bringing about a feeling of rejuvenation and restoration. The practice is invigorating and relaxing at the same time.
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The beautiful transformation I see people go through when they ‘fly’ for the first time is so heart-warming. I see many walk into the class looking nervous and perhaps unsure of their own ability and they leave glowing with pride due to their sense of achievement. Turning your world upside down can be daunting but the results are worth it.”
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If you want any more information please visit Ellie’s website: www.ayur-well.net 
Find out more about the lightness of being in Ellie’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOKXRo78K3k

Eventbrite - Summer Gathering Gaunts House 2016


Have a Great Weekend

Its all getting really exciting around here as we are getting organised for the Summer Gathering,

Bands booked, workshops taking shape, stalls and therapists booked. Rememberer to get your tickets for the Summer Gathering before they change to the full price.







Summer Gathering 2016: From August 10-14th, we are having our yearly summer festival, which invites wonderful workshops into the place, yoga, meditation, dance, therapies and music. We are continually welcoming volunteers to apply for this as we need assistance in various departments. Help is needed in the areas of:

  • Kitchen/ Pantry
  • Lifeguarding
  • Housekeeping
  • Stewarding
  • Compost toilets
  • Workshop angels
  • Stage angels
  • Security
  • Information centre
  • Children’s Activities co-ordinator
  • Music/ sound co-ordinator

If you have interest in joining us at the festival as a volunteer, please email to this address: s.g.vollies@gmail.com with your particular areas of interest in work. We will also need Team Leaders for each department.

If you can help with set up and take down of the site that would also be awesome! Dates are roughly from 9th to 16th August, and you may camp onsite r come in daily if you live locally near Wimborne, Ferndown, Bournemouth or Poole.


Smile and enjoy yourself!

Have a swim

And watch the stars