April 18-25, 2022… after the world awakens to travel once again!
If you’re ready to step into your soulful life, then join Barbara Alexander, retreat-leader, personal-growth facilitator and life coach, for a heart-led retreat to the Scottish Highlands where you can regroup and recharge for your best life yet.
Join Me For This Extraordinary Retreat, Where Your Heart Will Find Rejuvenation and Inspiration!
The essential elements for ongoing health and happiness are hidden by STRESS AND TENSION – CREATED BY HABITS OF WORRY, RESPONSIBILITY, AND LACK OF FOCUS on the things that are truly important.
If there is one thing we have learned, our well-being will never be taken for granted again. April, 2022 may be the perfect time for YOU to regroup and realign your life as you want it to be going forward!
This retreat offers that opportunity by giving you the time and space for inward reflection through fire and water ceremonies, a vision walk, journaling and experiential adventures in the enchanted Highlands of Scotland.
Every day is designed for you to get real with yourself and connect to your inner wisdom so that you can discover the best version of you and your life to come.
Our retreat in Scotland provides the time and place to discover what truly matters to you. You will learn how to hear the whispers of your soul so you can find clear guidance, now and forever…
… gently offering ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS, CONFIDENCE, and BALANCE IN TIMES OF DOUBT, and WISDOM WHEN THE ROAD AHEAD is UNCLEAR.
What you seek is beyond the current chatter of the mind, beyond the worry, doubts, and hopes about life direction.
You have always had this internal navigation system, tuned to your highest good; it’s just that most of us are moving too fast to take the time to listen.
Some places naturally empower connection to our ever-present truth and have offered support for personal alignment over thousands of years.
The energy among sacred sites and power spots within the Scottish Highlands is such a place.
Step Away From Everyday Life
and Cross the Veil
Between the Worlds
Highlights of Our UNFORGETABLE Journey!
Eight Days & Seven Nights
Imagine time for rejuvenation, nourishing organic food, sacred lands and soulful learning… all while staying in one of the most beautiful Country Manors of the Scottish Highlands chosen for the sole purpose of replenishing your mind, body, and spirit.
We’ll be waiting for you here April 18-25, 2022.
Private Coaching Sessions
In addition to the many enrichment programs interlaced throughout the week, you’ll get two one-on-one private coaching sessions with Barbara.
There is one before the program starts to help with your preparation and a private on-site session in Scotland.
Experiential Learning in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
From sacred power sites to hairy coos, miles of beautiful trails, hillwalks, and pleasure, Scotland awaits!
Standing Stones and Sacred Sites
You may recognize the inspiration for the hit TV series Outlander, never-the-less the stories ring true.
Throughout countless lifetimes humans have made pilgrimages across Europe, drawn by the spiritual magnetism of these sacred sites and power places.
Up until the day you arrive, you can only imagine what you will feel where the veil between the worlds is thin.
For some, it is like a loving awareness that is almost beyond words. For others it is as easy as a breath of fresh air and wellbeing.
You can’t help but have a natural sense of wonder in this ancient land of myths and legends.
The Scottish Highlands Are Simply Breathtaking!
Together we will venture out through the mountains to Loch Ness and the Cairns. The mountains, forests, and seas of the Highlands freely and abundantly bestow INSPIRATION, HEALTH, WISDOM and INNER PEACE to those who share in its grace.
You can feel your heart fill as you stand in awe taking in the landscape of Glen Coe. With each day you will experience a delightful and new Soulful experience perfectly matched with the energy of this land.
The Islands of Mull and Iona
We will leave from Stocktaymore early one morning and head for the Port of Oban where the van will board a ferry to cross over onto the Island of Mull.
Mull is the second-largest island of the Inner Hebrides where we’ll find sweeping scenic views through mountains, shadows, brilliant colors, and picturesque villages.
Then we’ll board a small ferry that will take us to the Sacred Isle of Iona – a place many believe is suspended in time – existing in two worlds at once.
When you get to Iona, there is a sense of something knocking at the doors of your heart. It speaks of mystery and holiness, the spiritual journey of thousands, including Druids and Christians, which have walked this tiny island since the beginning of time.
Here you will find the healing energy of the earth and the indescribable sense of peace that fills the island of Iona with wonder and wellbeing.
This tiny little island provides the perfect space to further your inner journey as you walk through the labyrinth of personal reflection, and take a sacred stroll along the shore.
Morning Stretches and Salutations: Stretch your body in a delightful movement class that invites a wellspring of healing from the earth and sky.
Daily Experiential Sessions: Experiential learning sessions are carefully woven throughout each day, integrating the perfect mix of learning and inner awakening.
Each day offers a gentle invitation to step into another space and time and strengthen the path towards your best life yet.
Tools and Personal Discovery: Experiential retreats allow the body’s brilliance to be the tool for re-directing thought and inner balance. The energetics of experiential learning reveals the vibrance of life through awareness of your sovereign state and helps elicit a self-corrective response for the wellbeing of the mind, body, and spirit.
It is not this scope of practice to judge or diagnose issues, as we bring the human Self into a relationship with the co-creation of life, the body’s energetic wisdom becomes the tool for personal rebalancing.
Experiential learning supports your ability to tap into inner wisdom to respond. When you can react from inner balance, you engage in the world with a sense of ease, and our emotional and intuitive intelligence is optimized.
Fascinating Adventures to Sacred Sites: In the comfort of our luxury mini-bus, our group will set out on two different days to discover ancient power sites and sacred places of the Highlands.
Our experiential learning sessions on these days incorporate the unique energy of each extraordinary location. Along the way, we will surely stop to hear stories, myths, and legends of this remarkable land.
Afternoons at Leisure: Several afternoons are at leisure for relaxation, adventure, and integration. You can bask in nature on walks along the trails, kayak or canoe on beautiful Loch Tay, horseback ride, climb the nearby mountains and discover some of Scotland’s most magnificent views, or explore the wilder highlands via off-road safari. You will love venturing out to a quaint village or two, and the welcoming and wondrous nature of the Scottish people themselves.
Evening Sessions: Imagine evening gatherings by the fire, time for reflecting on the things you learned and the experience of the fresh Scottish air and a warm hearth before a good night’s sleep.
Quiet Time at Stucktaymore: There is no better way to soothe your mind and body than to relax near the fireplace or in one of the many indoor or outdoor spaces perfect for personal rejuvenation. You can enjoy a walk along Loch Tay or discover the magical gardens and forested trails of Stocktaymore.
Optional Healing and Pampering: There is a hot tub overlooking Loch Tay, space for yoga, and during the afternoon integration time you can choose to incorporate massage therapies to help you unwind and open to greater ease and wellbeing. Scheduling options will be announced upon arrival.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at Stucktaymore are included in your tuition. See the section on Cuisine for a gastronomic surprise!
Transfers: Our experience begins at Edinburgh Airport on the morning of April 18th, where you will be whisked away to your own, private, Scottish manner via luxury motor-coach. You instantly begin to unwind and relax, while marveling at the breathtaking views of the beautiful Scottish countryside and sipping a cold beverage of your choice. After you say your goodbyes to beautiful Loch Tay, you will return to Edinburgh airport mid-day via motor-coach on April 25th.
What Others Are Saying About These Programs
Shifting From Ordinary Time to Sacred Time
"Most of us seperate ordinary time from sacred time in our lives. We do our spirituality like we might do a job, it can be structured, a routine like a task, rather than an opening to a way of Being throughout our lives.
When I left the retreat I re-entered ordinary time but I was forever altered.
Once we learn how to live from sacred time, we can see how our entire lives are enriched, balanced within, and more joyous than we ever imagined."
Our Private Estate For The Week!
A Genuine Retreat
There is a significant difference between a RETREAT and a bustling sightseeing tour that includes packing and unpacking, frequent stops and reboarding a bus perhaps before you are ready to move on.
This retreat is created for the soul… It is a time to recenter your life, to revive your spirit, and nurture wellbeing and joy.
Our days are carefully designed for you to breathe deeply, connect with your sacred heart, and discover your best life yet through immersion into the wellspring of nature’s balance.
Perthshire is best known for its magical scenery, wild moors, BEAUTIFUL forests, brisk rivers, and waterfalls. It is the perfect place for our special group of women to relax, to learn, and to recharge.
Call It Home!
Can you even imagine unpacking your things and staying in the luxury of Stucktaymore of Loch Tay for the entire week – and having it all to ourselves?
This manor home holds its original charm from 1753, and has all the modern amenities to ensure the comfort of its guests today.
Perched on a beautiful knoll, our private home overlooks the banks of Loch Tay, the largest loch in Perthshire, and one of the deepest in Scotland.
Time for Tea…
How about a cozy nook, herbal-scented tea, and breathtaking views?
You will never tire of these majestic mountains that offer the continuous grounded and peaceful feeling of wellbeing.
Cozy corners seem to be waiting just for you at our home away from home.
It is heavenly to curl up with a good book and relax next to the warm fireplace in the library.
A Beautiful Place To Lay Your Head…
Cozy linens & spacious rooms for private accommodations. Each single bedroom includes a private en-suite bathroom.
Large bedrooms have two seperate beds for shared accommodations also including a private en-suite bathroom.
Natural Elements for Wellbeing
Breathe Deep in the Forest… Bare Feet on the Earth
Rediscover what it means to ground your energy and feel connected to the earth and all that supports you.
Forest bathing does terrific things to heal stress and tension naturally. These inviting and magical paths are right outside our door, waiting for you to enjoy. You can almost hear the sweet waterfalls now as you step into a moment out of time. You can find many beautiful spots that indulge the inner child.
To Gather Around a Fire… Storytelling Anyone?
Step through the entrance to yet another charming room within our secret garden…
Just the thought of our special group of women gathered around this firepit conjures the feelings of warmth and camaraderie that we crave in our world.
Enjoy Hot Water Therapy
Spend a beautiful evening with a cool drink under the stars overlooking Loch Tay…
As the warm water reduces tensions, the spa jets massage away the aches and pains.
And It Just Gets Better With the Cuisine!
Meet Chef Nelson Reposo, award winner and owner of Atalba, who will be our inhouse chef for the week!
“I have been cooking all my life. Born and raised in Milan, my life as a chef has brought me to the very best kitchens of Italy, London, Cyprus and Scotland. And, although I will always be a proud Italian, it is Scotland that I now call home. My Scottish wife first revealed the wonders of this country to me but, after relocating to Perthshire from the Mediterranean, I’ve fallen for its people, its landscapes and the stories they tell.
But most of all, I’ve fallen for its food.
With an abundance of locally grown fruit and vegetables it is my desire to create a beautifully simple Italian – Scottish food affair using the finest of Scotland’s fresh ingredients, and to share this passion with you; to provide an unforgettable culinary experience in the comfort of your home here in Scotland.” Chef Nelson
Scotland Program Application
This is an exclusive retreat. A safe space for learning and community.
Your experience is designed for personal enrichment, soulful listening and crafted in a way that will give you the tools, time, and space to discover what you need to create your best life yet!
This beautiful balance can only be accomplished by keeping our inner circle small, and to make sure that it’s comprised of like-minded woman that are a good fit for the program and for each other.
To ensure that you have the best retreat possible and that you find a sense of deep rejuvenation as you gain the clarity and soulful insight you seek.
That your week in Scotland far exceeds any expectations you may already have… and you CAN expect this retreat to be absolutely life-changing!
Attendance is by application only.
The price for this once in a lifetime experience is $4,997 for shared accommodations, $945 upgrade for private accommodations.
About Barbara Alexander
Hello, and thank you for your interest in these exceptional programs. My name is Barbara Alexander, and I am the President and Founder of Epona Ridge.
For the last fifteen years, I have developed retreats and coaching programs that inspire well-being and joy.
After twenty years in leadership and performance improvement in the corporate environment, I discovered that the measurement of REAL success was far more straightforward; it's the amount of JOY experienced every day. I began to train in the emerging field of experiential learning with horses and discovered the key to inner awareness and the non-verbal world that changed my life forever.
After apprenticing with Linda Kohanov, a renowned author and pioneer of human development through experiential learning with horses, I became an Eponaquest Worldwide facilitator in 2005. That, combined with my decade of training as a Reiki Master, Healer, and Teacher, I discovered the world of energy and connectivity in relationship to all beings.
Over the last eight years, I have collaborated with Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado, two of the world's finest horse trainers, to develop a holistic approach to life and horsemanship. We have combined the co-creative aspects of intuitive training for horses with equine facilitated learning in the human field of intuitive and physical intelligence to create workshops that share some of the most exciting advances yet. We continue to develop the psychology of energy, interconnectedness, and personal joy as a holistic experience of life for all beings.