Ancestral Body Retreat

Dance with the Earth, Dance with your Ancestors, Dance your Inner Dance

Dates & Venue

  • Fri 21st – Sun 23rd October 2022 (3-day Retreat)
  • Friday 21st Oct – Monday 24th October 2022 (4 day Retreat): This is an optional additional day to walk and move together on Dartmoor
  • Cost £225 (3 Days) or £275 (4 Days) nonresidential price, residential price is an additional 35 GBP per person per night for single rooms B&B on the Dartington Estate

At The Glade, Dartington Estate, Dartington, Devon, UK

Bookings and Enquiries

Gemma Mallol:

Marcela Enriquez Wakeham:

retreat content & Venue

Accompanied by the warm heart of traditional Mexican Cacao Ceremony and the fragrance of woodland in springtime on the Dartington Estate in Devon, come and dive deep into the mystery, movement, and stillness of our ancestral body, the body of memory that connects past and present and future, the body of our belonging to the earth and the body of our belonging to one another. We will spend time working outside in nature, in the forest, and by the river on the Dartington Estate and sit around the outdoor fire for the ceremonies. Quieter more contemplative practices will be held in the Nest (the beautiful eco structure) that will be our center, holding us at The Glade.

Additional Day: If you would like a 4-day retreat, there is the option to spend a whole day taking the work out onto the beautiful wilds of Dartmoor moving, sensing, and embodying the ancestral elements. We will have a lovely pub dinner together to end the retreat.

who we are

Marcela and Gemma have been teaching trainings together for 14 years and have been developing their practices and explorations alongside one another in the somatic field.

Gemma Mallol works with nature, Somatic Experiencing principles, embodiment and inner dance to resolve trauma and liberate creative expression. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (body orientated trauma therapist), a Senior Yoga and Mindfulness teacher trainer specialising in Somatics (Director and Founder of Still Flowing Yoga & Mindfulness 200hr Trainings and Ancestral Body Advanced 300hr Trainings) with 20 + years plus teaching experience in many diverse contexts specialising in depth trainings and workshops. Gemma is a Butoh Practitioner and ongoing student of Butoh Dance.

Marcela Enriquez Wakeham works with somatic movement, ritual dance, experiential anatomy and Mexican indigenous wisdom to bring us to the realisation that we are not separate from Mother Earth. Marcela invites the spirit of Cacao to help you embody the shamanic journey through songs, storytelling and somatic movement. She has been blessed to learn the art of cacao ceremonies through her blood lineage from the cold towns of the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. She is a Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer (Still Flowing/ Ancestral Body), experiential anatomist & teacher, movement therapist, dance performer and cacao ceremony facilitator.

Accommodation and Food

There is the option to attend non-residentially and arrange your own place to stay.

If you require accommodation, you can rent basic single student rooms on The Dartington Estate, they have shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities if you want to self-cater.

The cost is 35 GBP per night for B&B (breakfast included)

Please see some photos the postal style rooms here – basic, quiet and single! All set in absolutely beautiful grounds (campus) If you want to reserve a room, please first let us know and then email Katie Brown: or call 01803 847150 and say you would like to book a single room under the name of Gemma Mallol. There is a free cancellation fee up until 48 hours prior to check-in.


Residents get breakfast included in the price of the room.

Otherwise this is a self catering retreat.

Please bring a packed lunch or there are various good Cafes to choose from on the Dartington Estate for lunch.

Please self cater for dinner (supermarkets, health food shops and restaurants in Totnes approx half an hour walk away or 5 mins drive) where there is plenty of choice and many great eating options.


To get to the Dartington Estate:-

By train you need to arrive at Totnes station and then get a cab (5 minutes) up into the Dartington Estate.

If you are coming on the train I suggest booking as early as possible to get lower fares as trains are very expensive in the UK.


If you feel you would love to come on this retreat and you require an assisted spot to attend, please get in touch with Gemma on

Bookings and Payments

Cost £225 (3 Days) or £275 (4 Days) non residential price

if you would like to book, please pay 50% deposit to secure your spot and the outstanding balance to be paid a minimum of one month before start date.

Bank Details

Gemma Mallol, Nat West PLC, Acc No 68665598, Sort Code 521003

Cancellation Policy

More than 2 months in advance loss of £50 admin fee

2 – 1 month in advance loss of 50% of full price payment (deposit)

1 month or less in advance loss of 100% of payment

If you have to cancel for Covid related reasons, please provide proof and we can transfer your payment to another retreat.