I am hosting our first Tango Medicine retreat deep in the land of the fairies in a beautiful valley in Wales. Penpynfarch is dedicated to hosting ancestral forms of learning and we are honoured to be part of this movement to bring people together with wisdom that enables connection and quality of life.
Starting Friday late afternoon with a Matte ritual, then dinner by the fire and an introduction to what we will be learning in the next two days with 4 intensive workshop over the weekend to get you started in your Tango practice. On the final day, Sunday, there will be live music, a ‘Práctica’ (a Practice) and dinner will be served as an ‘Olla popular’, a tradition in Argentina where you have a giant stew that everyone adds a little bit to and that is eaten with the community. The tradition is that everyone is invited, so that everyone has a full belly, no one is left hungry. The retreat ends on Sunday evening, and breakfast is provided on Monday if you prefer traveling during daylight hours.
Read on for further details:
Early bird ticket price is: £250 till August 29th: full Price: £290
We have exchange places for those who can’t afford it.
This includes meals, the workshops, and camping facilities where you will need to bring your own tent and warm bedding.
Parking or a lift from Camarthen station is also included.
If you need or want to book other accommodation to the camping option please see Accommodation Options below with prices below and let us know soon to secure the accommodation you prefer. This is additional to the price above.
Penpynfarch is located in Llandysul near Camarthen in West Wales. They have a stunning dance studio (with a heated wooden floor) snuggled in a breathtakingly beautiful Vally, surrounded by bird song, woods, a lake, and a stream you can wild swim in.
Llandysul, Penpynfarch, Llandysul SA44 4RU, Wales, UK
How to get there:
We encourage car sharing. A group will be created to help guests coordinate. Please let us know if you will be bringing a vehicle as we have limited parking.
We have arranged transport at 2pm on Friday from Camarthen for those taking public transport.
There is no public transportation into the Valley. Apart from this transport there are only taxis.
Be mindful that the road to the Valley is very bumpy 😊
Monday morning transport is provided back to Camarthen.
Wild swimming stream and lake
Large dance studio with heated floor
Hot outdoor showers
All meals will be provided. We have sourced locally grown organic food where possible. All meals will be vegan and gluten free.
Friday: Matte/Tea, Dinner
Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, Teatime snacks, Dinner
Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch, Teatime snacks, Dinner (Olla Popular)
Breakfast: Seasonal fruit; superfood chia pudding (made with hemp milk, goji berries, mulberries and cranberries); porridge, nuts, tea, coffee and matte.
Lunch & Dinners , will be soups, traditional stews, salads, gluten-free bread, and other delicious bits and bobs.
For accommodation: as well as the option to bring your own tent; there is The Wren’s Nest with a hot indoor shower; the yurt; glamping tents; and a cabin.
Camping: Bring your own tent/ live in van. This option is included in ticket price.
Van spaces are limited as Penpynfarch is in a valley, so please let us know asap to secure a spot with your van.
Those with tents, bring bedding and extra warm snuggly things.
Tent set up for you
Queen or single matress or both
£300 for individual
Can be used for a single person or for a group Group price £60 per person (up to 4)
Hot indoor shower
1 Queen size bed
2 pullout single sofa beds
Possibility to rent individually or to share space
1 Queen size bed
Friday 9th of September (3pm onwards)
to Monday Morning 12th of September.
Arrivals 3pm - time to settle & set up for campers.
Matte Ritual at 4pm - gluten-free cake too!
Tango introduction & little demonstration of what will be covered over the weekend.
Matte Ritual - Slightly different to simply drinking matte - this is a ritual to bond us for the movement to come, and a lovely way to understand a central part of South American culture.
Dinner and music at 7pm by the fire.
8:30 - 9:30 Breakfast
10am - Workshop 1
Warm up, bonding techniques, sensory perception, understanding consent, roles etc.
1:30 - 2:30pm Lunch
3 - 6pm - Workshop 2
Foundations of Tango: Earthing, changing weight, tango walk, finding comfort in your movement.
7:30 Dinner & fireside
8:30 - 9:30 Breakfast
10am - Workshop 3
Pivots, moves, ocho, rebote, exercises to practice, strengthening balance.
3pm - 5pm Workshop 4
Ironing out doubts about movement, your connection, what you learned so far.
5pm - 9pm Práctica - Teatime Tango
A practice / Free dance
Dinner will be the traditional Olla Popular.
Monday: Breakfast and goodbyes…
If you have any further questions please contact us:
To secure your place please contact us for account details. We can’t offer refunds but can offer to go to the following retreat in exchange.