Conference of the Birds



Are you constantly playing catch up with yourself? Do you crave time in the wild to gather your thoughts? Do you need time to think, reflect and be you?

Conference of the Birds is a retreat for you to recharge body, mind and soul. The experience blends rustic charm with serious wellness. Nestled amongst the limestone crags and hills of the rural Yorkshire Dales, Lower Winskill Farm is our secluded hideaway from the world. This is a digital detox, no phones, no distractions.

Two experienced facilitators will guide you on your journey using a 12th century ancient text Conference of the Birds as a metaphor for life. This historic text poses the question 'what will you find when you finally stop searching'? In exploring this story of hope, longing and enlightenment you will stray from the familiar and enhance your personal search for truth.

When you leave the retreat you'll have created an individual blueprint for your development and will have new tools for deeper introspection. You'll leave nourished, joyful and with a greater sense of direction on your own spiritual quest.

While here you’ll stay active with Chi Kung stick exercises and walks in the wilderness. Feast on vegan meals. Find calm in the bell tent with mindfulness meditation. Come together in the evenings as we share stories around the campfire under a blanket of stars.

This retreat offers you the chance to:

Develop a mindful approach to everyday life
Explore your personal life path
Gain clarity on where you want to go in life
Enjoy time out in a remote location with like-minded people

Sita & Pete have been running retreats with Settle Stories for several years. They’re are always highly regarded by attendees:

‘You guys. What can I say? Thanks for creating a space where we could be ourselves. I've discovered things about myself that are going to help me live a better life. I've met amazing people I think I'll remain friends with for life' - 2017 attendee.

Sita Brand

Sita’s been practising mindfulness meditation for over 20 years. Student of Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Sita is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She has a diploma in Positive Impact Coaching and is trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Sita is also a professional storyteller - so expect a good story or two when you’re gathered round the campfire.

Pete Armstrong

Pete is an author with a thirst for truth. Following a degree in English at Oxford, Pete has had a eclectic career working as a psychotherapist and group leader. As a teacher of meditation, he uses mindfulness to guide creative journeys. He is known for his insight, humour and wisdom.a


Lower Winskill is outside the village of Langcliffe, outside of the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. This is a stunning and remote location. Activities will take place in the historic barns and in a bell tent set amidst rolling meadows.

By Car: Settle is just off the A56, midway between Leeds and Kendal and is readily accessible from A1, M1, M6 & M65

By Train: Regular services to Settle on the Leeds - Settle - Carlisle Line and the Leeds - Giggleswick - Morecambe Line

By Plane: Our nearest airports are Leeds, Bradford Airport: 1h 4 mins & Manchester Airport: 1h 20 mins


£395 per person - includes vegan meals & refreshments for your stay


3 options:

1. Camp on site for FREE - bring your own tent (toilets and shower facilities on site)

2. Rustic on site accommodation inside the farmhouse:

+ £150 to ticket price for a single room for the duration of the retreat

+ £225 to ticket price for a twin or double room for the duration of the retreat

3. Looking for more luxury? Book a local B&B or hotel or check out Airbnb. If you stay offsite FREE pickups from Settle in the morning and evening can be arranged.

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Type Price
Tickets £ 395


21/08/2019 - 26/08/2019

Opening Hours

Mon 09:00 17:00
Tue 09:00 17:00
Wed 09:00 17:00
Thu 09:00 17:00
Fri 09:00 17:00

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