I was chatting recently with my Dad about the feeling of awe, and we agreed that it’s not a very common emotion these days. Sadly, many people live their day-to-day lives without experiencing this powerful emotion, and it’s even become a bit trivialised by the ready use of the word “awesome”.
In my travels around the world I have many times felt awe, whether in the desert, in the jungle, or in the mountains. It’s amazing to be reminded how small we really are and compare that to the power of nature, of the Universe, even a hint of the divine. These landscapes are precious and they refresh our spirits and put our everyday concerns into perspective.
Esgair Llewelyn in the Dyfi forest, where Eco Retreats is based, is truly awe-inspiring. The wide-open spaces, ancient forests, hills and views stretching forever fill one with a sense of wonder and amazement.
After almost 15 years on the road, in South America, the Middle East and especially Africa, it was hard to imagine ever moving back to the UK. I had no idea that hidden away in Wales were spots far away from houses and roads, where the skies are as open as they are in Africa. When we visited Esgair Llewelyn, it was love at first sight.
That feeling has only deepened over the months as I have found amazing places like clearings in the forest, walks along the ridge and secret splash pools. I have come to be more in tune with he moods of the forest in different seasons and at different times of day, and have shared the magic with my family and with our first season’s guests.
Eco Retreats aims to provide a haven for travellers who long for the open skies and a sanctuary for weary souls in need of rest and inspiration. Unlike those incredible deserts and rainforests, we’re within an easy drive of most UK cities for a weekend getaway ☺
Come and experience the magic. Can you hear the forest calling?