The weekend just gone, I did the unthinkable and wrapped myself in self-love. Ignoring all the work stuff constantly hovering over me, I took some much-needed healing time out, to spend a couple of days on retreat in the newly built Moon Lodge at The Living Well Centre. A simple, curvy mud and straw hut, I could have stayed there indefinitely. No electricity, gas or running water, no laptop, just a futon mattress on the floor, sheepskins and rugs and a woodburner. Outside, compost toilets, a woodfired shower and camp sinks provided all the mod cons necessary for the perfect low-impact, communing with nature experience. These precious two days were spent wandering nearby footpaths, sleeping in the sun, reading (I read a whole book in a day) playing my violin and ukulele, eating (lots) drinking, sitting by the fire in the evenings watching the barn owls at dusk, and shooting stars at nightfall, and thinking. Bliss. A really calming, almost spiritual space, it was exactly what I needed. feeling grateful
Published in Fi Read’s Community Spirit column in The Cornishman, June 18th 2015

Fi Read in The Cornishman

I had a wonderful few days on retreat at the Moon Lodge, and I’m hoping to come again soon. I loved it immediately – a stunningly beautiful, simple building embodying the forms and energies of Earth and our Great Mother. I recommend the Lodge to any woman in need of retreat time in an affirming place of beauty – or indeed, to any man who can identify with its deep feminine nature. It’s a warm, comfortable, containing and deeply supportive place, ideally located for lovely walks and visits to sacred sites. Congratulations to Rachel and her friends for creating this healing space!


This is just to thank you for the amazing healing retreat – for the home, hearth and healing experience you provided me in my hour of need Rachel! Your gentle wisdom and humour are healing balm for a weathered soul. The Moon Lodge is so beautiful and was a warm womb of safety and stillness that just held me, I could feel the deep earthy energy of her lulling me into a unusual state of calm… and I would like to also say that I find your professional, sensitive and very attentive, consistent provision of all my earthly, emotional and spiritual needs have left me feeling met and nourished on a very deep level. I would highly recommend all of my friends, colleagues and clients to you and The Living Well Centre for a very home from home, deep healing retreat immersion. I feel much lighter after my absolutely blissful shamanic healing massages too, and two days spent with you at the Centre. Thank you again, I hope to be back! Love.