About the Anam Cara Retreat Centre
Twobirds is the co-founder of the Anam Cara Retreat Centre where she lives and works full time as a shamanic practitioner and teacher of cross-cultural and Toltec Shamanism. All the workshops are held at Anam Cara, unless otherwise stated.
Anam Cara is a Gaelic word meaning "soul friend". It symbolises a spiritual friendship that is not affected by time, distance, or separation. In the old Celtic tradition, the Anam Cara was someone you could share your innermost self, mind and heart. This soul friendship was an act of recognition and belonging helping us return to the heart of our spirit. We have chosen this name as a symbol for the "circle of belonging" - that inner friendship which embraces nature, divinity, spirit and human world as one.
Anam Cara lies 600 feet above sea level and overlooks the city of Inverness, in the Highlands of Scotland, with stunning southerly views towards the Monadhliath Mountains. We are only three miles from Inverness city centre yet surrounded by farm and woodland. The scope for walking is endless. The centre is set in seven acres of land which offers a delightful network of paths through a rich and varied landscape. There is also an extensive wooded area and a sheltered fruit and vegetable garden embodying permaculture principles.
Workshops and retreats are fully residential with nutritious, wholesome, vegetarian meals provided; with special diets catered for on request. We use organic produce as availability allows - an ever-growing proportion of which is produced in our own garden. All meals are prepared by our experienced cooks, with participants assisting in the 'Helping Hands' wash up rota.
The guest living space comprises of three large wooden clad caravans, which are literally set into the hillside each with marvelous southerly views. The caravans accommodate up to five people in three single and one twin room all with electric heating. A refurbished toilet / shower room adjoins the caravans. The turf roof 'pavilion' offers comfortable communal space for both relaxation and eating. All food is prepared in our galley kitchen adjacent to the pavilion.
The main venue affectionately known as the 'Tufty' is a purpose built octagon, constructed from locally grown timber with large patio windows looking south over Inverness and the mountains beyond. The log burning stove, oak floor, and turf roof creates a unique and lovely space. The building also has a kitchen and library for general use. There is a range of additional buildings including a secluded shrine room for meditation and prayer, plus a 'barrel' therapy room.
Our Earthlodge awaits discovery in an isolated corner of the 'raspberry wood'. This venue, which is commonly used for shamanic ceremony and ritual, has been dug into the hill side, built with stone walls, forest poles and turf roof - a very quiet and atmospheric place.
We endeavour to keep the cost of our courses as low as possible, which we hope you will find reflected in our prices. Please note course fees are inclusive of all meals and accommodation.