Forget Headspace – Here’s How One Stressed Out Writer Got Some Heartspace

When the 13th century Persian poet Rumi was on his deathbed, he said: “The result of my life is no more than three words: I was raw, I became cooked, I was burnt.”

He was speaking of burning with intense feeling, but today most of us are just burnt out. Frazzled by frenzied schedules, social media and lack of sleep. Something isn’t working. In a hyper-connected world – where self-worth is measured in followers and likes – we’re more disconnected than ever. If we’re honest, most of us feel adrift, invisible and isolated.

Doing has eclipsed being, to such an extent there’s no time to register our emotions. Expressing feelings – especially negative ones – is frowned upon, even something to be frightened of. So we have a cup of tea and push on through, sweeping unresolved “stuff” under the rug until one day you trip over it. I did. As a travel writer, I had perfected the art of busyness and then my personal life hit a major speed bump.

Buckland Hall in Brecon, where the Path of Love retreat took place in the UK (Path of Love)

Normally, I’d have signed up for a yoga workshop in Costa Rica or a digital detox in Denmark, but it wasn’t headspace I longed for, it was heartspace – to dig deeper and effect lasting change.

I applied for Path of Love, a seven-day spiritually-based personal development workshop founded by therapists Rafia Morgan and Turiya Hanover more than two decades ago. No phones, laptops or books are allowed. Plus, there’s not a single downward dog or glass of juiced kale in sight. The theory is that undistracted by the outside, you can finally look inside. Trialled by the likes of Rachel Brathen, aka Yoga Girl, and Natasha Corrett, founder of Honestly Healthy, the retreat is purportedly so transformative it’s spread solely by word of mouth. Rafia and Turiya run it all over the world, and I decided to attend in the UK.

And so I arrived at Buckland Hall on the outskirts of Brecon in southern Wales, nervous as if it were the first day of school. The group of 40 or so participants, who had travelled from around Europe, gathered in one of the great rooms.

“You’re probably thinking it was a bad idea to be here – that’s normal,” laughed Turiya, breathily, into the microphone as she stood in front of us. “But you’ll be taken care of. Whatever you bring is welcome here – your beauty and your darkness. We provide a space for you to land in yourself.” Normally, I would’ve cringed at a comment like this, but the protective cloak of cynicism I’d encased myself in wasn’t working any more, so I shut up and listened.

Rafia, who was standing by her side, picked up the thread. “Your personality is a box – an intelligent strategy you constructed to survive the environment you grew up in. It has served you well but it often comes with separation and disconnection. You are not who you think you are,” he concluded, letting this bombshell detonate over the room.

He led us silently into a large wood-panelled hall where we were divided into groups of nine that were to be our sharing circles. Over the next seven days, assisted by two facilitators per group, we shared our fears and desires, our rejections and joys, our unmasked angers and heartbreaks.

Path of Love founders Rafia and Turiya (Path of Love)

Outside of the sessions we were instructed to be silent. “Not as a form of torture,” smiled Rafia, “but so you can take time for yourself.” And each morning, while the dawn mist still laced the Brecon hills, we would participate in a dynamic meditation, breathing chaotically, jumping on the spot shouting “ho” to release our root chakra and finishing with a free-flow dance. On my first attempt, I was so shy I exhaled softly as a deer, but by day three I was huffing and puffing without embarrassment.

Afternoons were reserved for “burns” – essentially, extended dance sessions where you were encouraged to express anything you felt. I felt completely out of my comfort zone. I was so consumed with trying to conform that I couldn’t breathe. I stumbled out of the room into the vast green gardens surrounding the hall and melted to my knees in tears. Snot streamed from my nose. “I need a tissue,” I thought. I looked up and there on the grass, just a few metres in front of me, I kid you not, was a clean Kleenex. Something clicked inside. The people pleaser in me had wanted to follow every step of Rafia and Turiya’s Path of Love and leaving the room for the gardens had been a big step for me. But I realised their process was designed specifically as a footpath from which to forge my own road.

This time I hadn’t had to go to Bali or Belize for personal growth. I’d found it much closer to home – inside my own heart. A few Sundays later, I decided to give the burn technique one last try. I closed the windows and doors and dialled the music up loud and to my surprise, just like Rumi, I burned and I burned and I burned.



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Nov 28th - Dec 5th, 2018 Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 28 September, 2018

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 19:30 28th November, 2018

Ends: 17:30 5th December, 2018

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

from dinner on the 28th until lunch on the 5th:

 

Double Room & Bath : € 516

3 Beds & Bath: € 488

4 – 5 Beds & Bath :€ 439

Dormitory in the group room : € 348

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.

 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

Nov 28th - Dec 5th, 2018 Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 28 September, 2018

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 19:30 28th November, 2018

Ends: 17:30 5th December, 2018

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

from dinner on the 28th until lunch on the 5th:

 

Double Room & Bath : € 516

3 Beds & Bath: € 488

4 – 5 Beds & Bath :€ 439

Dormitory in the group room : € 348

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.

 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

Jan 5th - 12th, 2019 Osheanic International, Fortaleza, Brazil

(In English & Portuguese)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: € 1380 paid by bank transference / paid online by credit card €1435

Early Bird Price: € 1280 paid by bank transference / paid online by credit card €1330
before 15 November, 2018

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 18:00 5th January, 2019

Ends: 17:30 12th January, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Prices are in Brazilian Reals (R$)

*Include food and accommodation from 5th January (dinner) to 12th January (lunch)

Accommodation preference available for those who book in advance.

 

Double room = R$ 320 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 2.240)

Triple room = R$ 260 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.820)

Quadruple room = R$ 230 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.610)

Dormitory (Buddha Hall) = R$ 200 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.400)

Tent (limited amount available) = R$ 160 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.120)

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osheanic International.

 

One of the most beautiful centers for meditation in Latin America and created for the evolution of consciousness, Osheanic Brazil is filled with coconut and cashew trees, tropical gardens with hiking trails, and located within walking distance to the sea between the paradisaical dunes of Prainha.

 

Jan 5th - 12th, 2019 Osheanic International, Fortaleza, Brazil

(In English & Portuguese)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: € 1380 paid by bank transference / paid online by credit card €1435

Early Bird Price: € 1280 paid by bank transference / paid online by credit card €1330
before 15 November, 2018

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 18:00 5th January, 2019

Ends: 17:30 12th January, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Prices are in Brazilian Reals (R$)

*Include food and accommodation from 5th January (dinner) to 12th January (lunch)

Accommodation preference available for those who book in advance.

 

Double room = R$ 320 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 2.240)

Triple room = R$ 260 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.820)

Quadruple room = R$ 230 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.610)

Dormitory (Buddha Hall) = R$ 200 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.400)

Tent (limited amount available) = R$ 160 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.120)

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osheanic International.

 

One of the most beautiful centers for meditation in Latin America and created for the evolution of consciousness, Osheanic Brazil is filled with coconut and cashew trees, tropical gardens with hiking trails, and located within walking distance to the sea between the paradisaical dunes of Prainha.

 

Jan 13th - 20th, 2019 Pune, India

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at the Osho International Meditation Center.

 

Ranked one of the world’s most blissful meditation centers, this lush contemporary 28-acre campus is a tropical oasis where nature and the 21st Century blend seamlessly, both within and without. With its white marble pathways, elegant black buildings, abundant foliage and Olympic-sized swimming pool, it is the perfect setting to take time out for yourself.

 

Jan 13th - 20th, 2019 Pune, India

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at the Osho International Meditation Center.

 

Ranked one of the world’s most blissful meditation centers, this lush contemporary 28-acre campus is a tropical oasis where nature and the 21st Century blend seamlessly, both within and without. With its white marble pathways, elegant black buildings, abundant foliage and Olympic-sized swimming pool, it is the perfect setting to take time out for yourself.

 

Mar 9th - 16th, 2019 Gut Helmeringen, Germany

(In German)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Einzel-Doppel und Mehrbettzimmer im Seminarhaus Gut Helmeringen verfügbar, Buchung bei Anmeldung im UTA

 

Workshop Location:

Gut Helmeringen bei Ulm;nächste Bahnstation: Lauingen/Donau; www.gut-helmeringen.de

 

Mar 9th - 16th, 2019 Gut Helmeringen, Germany

(In German)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Einzel-Doppel und Mehrbettzimmer im Seminarhaus Gut Helmeringen verfügbar, Buchung bei Anmeldung im UTA

 

Workshop Location:

Gut Helmeringen bei Ulm;nächste Bahnstation: Lauingen/Donau; www.gut-helmeringen.de

 

Mar 14th - 21st, 2019
Hunter Valley, Australia
(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: 0413 009 360

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: $4000

Early Bird Price: $3600 before 03 January, 2019

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 3:00 p.m. 14th March, 2019

Ends: 4:00 p.m. 21st March, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Accommodation is comfortable and prices are based on twin share (with someone of the same gender).

We are able to cater for dietary requirements (GF, DF, vegan, etc).

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at the Hunter Valley Retreat Center.

 

Set on 200 acres of beautiful Australian bushland at the foot of the majestic Watgan Mountains, Hunter Valley Retreat Center combines lovely accommodation with comfort, style, and connection.

 

Transfers from Newcastle Airport or Morisset Railway station are included.

 

Mar 14th - 21st, 2019
Hunter Valley, Australia
(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: 0413 009 360

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: $4000

Early Bird Price: $3600 before 03 January, 2019

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 3:00 p.m. 14th March, 2019

Ends: 4:00 p.m. 21st March, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Accommodation is comfortable and prices are based on twin share (with someone of the same gender).

We are able to cater for dietary requirements (GF, DF, vegan, etc).

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at the Hunter Valley Retreat Center.

 

Set on 200 acres of beautiful Australian bushland at the foot of the majestic Watgan Mountains, Hunter Valley Retreat Center combines lovely accommodation with comfort, style, and connection.

 

Transfers from Newcastle Airport or Morisset Railway station are included.

 

Mar 20th - 27th, 2019 Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 28 September, 2018

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.

 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

Mar 20th - 27th, 2019 Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 28 September, 2018

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.

 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

Apr 6th - 13th, 2019 Loveland, Colorado, USA

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: $1950

Early Bird Price: $1700 until January 26, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Food and accommodation from dinner on the 6th to lunch on the 13th:

Double Room: $833
Triple Room: $742
Dormitory Space: $679

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Sunrise Ranch.

 

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Loveland, Colorado, Sunrise Ranch is a 350-acre, holistically managed ranch with farm-to-table meals. For generations, people have been coming from all over the world for the renewal available in an atmosphere rich with a sense of home.

Apr 6th - 13th, 2019 Loveland, Colorado, USA

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: $1950

Early Bird Price: $1700 until January 26, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Food and accommodation from dinner on the 6th to lunch on the 13th:

Double Room: $833
Triple Room: $742
Dormitory Space: $679

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Sunrise Ranch.

 

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Loveland, Colorado, Sunrise Ranch is a 350-acre, holistically managed ranch with farm-to-table meals. For generations, people have been coming from all over the world for the renewal available in an atmosphere rich with a sense of home.

May 9th - 16th, 2019
Taupo, New Zealand

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: , Phone: +6421669481

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Price:

Full Price: $3990

Early Bird Price: $3740 (Until Feb 28, 2019)

 

Workshop Location:

This workshop will be held at Tauhara.

 

The beautiful tranquility of Tauhara, together with its fascinating history, people, and nature, allows for the perfect retreat in Acacia Bay, overlooking the glorious Lake Taupo in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island.
 

May 9th - 16th, 2019
Taupo, New Zealand

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: , Phone: +6421669481

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Price:

Full Price: $3990

Early Bird Price: $3740 (Until Feb 28, 2019)

 

Workshop Location:

This workshop will be held at Tauhara.

 

The beautiful tranquility of Tauhara, together with its fascinating history, people, and nature, allows for the perfect retreat in Acacia Bay, overlooking the glorious Lake Taupo in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island.
 

May 22nd - 29th, 2019
Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 13 March, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.
 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

May 22nd - 29th, 2019
Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 13 March, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.
 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

Jun 12th - 19th, 2019 Wales, United Kingdom

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: +39 3383704893

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: £ 1500 + VAT (20%) = £ 1800

Early Bird Price: £ 1375 + VAT (20%) = £ 1650 before 13 April, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

To be announced (please note that food and accommodation will be an extra cost on top of the workshop price)

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Buckland Hall.

 
Buckland Hall is a magical 4-star country mansion set in the rolling, green hills and spectacular countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the United Kingdom, surrounded by mountains with vistas along the Usk Valley.

 

Jun 12th - 19th, 2019 Wales, United Kingdom

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: +39 3383704893

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: £ 1500 + VAT (20%) = £ 1800

Early Bird Price: £ 1375 + VAT (20%) = £ 1650 before 13 April, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

To be announced (please note that food and accommodation will be an extra cost on top of the workshop price)

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Buckland Hall.

 
Buckland Hall is a magical 4-star country mansion set in the rolling, green hills and spectacular countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the United Kingdom, surrounded by mountains with vistas along the Usk Valley.

 

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