When is the last time you were told a story?

Old stories are not only fun to listen to, they can also help us reflect deeply on treasures and obstacles in our own minds and lives.

Day Retreat for Imbolc, The Return of Spring

(Suitable for 16+)


10am - 4pm on Saturday 1st February at The Quiet View in Kingston

Inspired by master storytellers such as Martin Shaw, Clarissa Pinkola Estés and Robert Bly, Karin increasingly uses the power of stories and myths to help people explore deeper levels of consciousness.



• Restorative, gentle yoga suitable for all
• Guided meditation (no experience necessary) and relaxation
• Storytelling by the fire

Once upon a time there was a yurt, in a secluded garden which was a well-kept secret, just outside the village of Kingston...

Karin and Lee invite you to The Quiet View, a magical place in the Kent countryside for a day retreat marking Imbolc, the pagan festival traditionally celebrating the return of the light at the start of spring, with gentle, restorative yoga, relaxation, meditation and storytelling by the fire.

At this time of year, coming towards the end of winter, there is still a need to keep the home fires burning - taking care of the hearth before the full arrival of spring. At Imbolc, we look ahead to the return of the light and celebrate the beginning of spring. This will inspire our story for today, which is the Russian fairytale "Vasalisa the Wise". Vasalisa visits the fearsome Baba Yaga who lives in a very strange house deep in the forest to retrieve fire for her hearth at home which, for several reasons you will find out about, has gone out.

After the story, you’ll have some time to reflect on its meaning for you, and what you might take home from the story to inform your life.

The day is designed to be a retreat from the busyness of your daily life and to prepare you to go back to your life refreshed and restored.


We wil be very cosy inside the Mongolian yurt at The Quiet View, with a woodburner for warmth. We may go outside for some walking meditation in the beautiful gardens. Please bring your yoga mat and a blanket if you can (some mats and blankets will be available to borrow), and a packed lunch. We will provide coffee, tea and biscuits.


The Quiet View
146 The Street, Kingston
Just outside Canterbury, Kent

Parking available on site. Directions will be sent after booking.

More information about the venue is available here:www.quietview.co.uk


EARLY BIRD TICKETS £50 until midnight on Sunday 19th January.


Tickets will be £60 from Monday 20th January onwards.


A couple of by donation places also available for people who genuinely cannot afford the full price. Please contact Karin if this is the case for you.


Lee Stagles is a men’s group leader, male integration coach, certified embodied facilitator and storyteller based in the North of England.


Karin teaches yoga and mindfulness and is a certified embodied facilitator with a background in community and performing arts.

Lee and Karin work together on the Embodied Facilitator Course. They share a love of stories and storytelling which they increasingly use in their work to help people explore what it means to be human.


Please contact Karin if you have any queries.

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