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Removing Obstacles – a Spiritual Retreat

June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

£50.00 – £75.00
Cacao ceremony gong healing retreat freedom and awakening

Removing Obstacles – A Spiritual Retreat

Cacao Ceremony & Sound Healing

A heart opening ceremony for those on an AWAKENING journey ready to be the change.

Join us for the perfect pre-Solstice gathering of like-hearted souls ready to help shape the future at this time of great change on the planet.

If you feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders…
Or want to make a huge difference to where we appear to be heading…
Or make a huge inner shift and really embrace all that you know you can be…

Banish struggle from your vocabulary and knowing that we are all here for a reason, and are now ready to start living it.

This half-day retreat is a transformative gathering of the awakening tribe, focusing intention on the world we want to materialize and the reality we want to experience. By opening your heart to create through love’s frequency, anchoring the light of transformation we are all here to assist with we can make a powerful shift in the timelines that will manifest into reality.

The ceremony will include:

* Tuning into your heart to hear what it needs from you right now
* Shifting your vibration and opening up to deeper love
* Deprogramming false beliefs about yourself and what the future holds
* Connection and sharing
* Intention setting
* Channelled meditation and messages

TICKETS: Please book here as there has been an issue with the site (MERCURY RETROGRADE!)


Weaving together astrology, journalling, tarot, intuitive wisdom, sound healing, mantra, gong bath, Buddhist philosophy, channelled meditation and sharing circles, Helen holds safe sacred space for you to learn to heal yourself. Experience the difference of moving from head to heart-centred living.

Life changing. Gong baths create sound healing by synchronising our brain waves to create the Delta state found in our deepest non-dream state, or in a transcendental mediative state. This results in profound relaxation, helping to restore the frequencies of all our systems even down to the cellular level in our bodies creating balance, harmony and healing for our whole being.

There is a reason everyone loves chocolate. However, the bar in the shiny wrapper is just the beginning and a poor relative to the transformative power of ceremonial grade cacao. Ancient civilisations have used this plant in its purest form for healing the mind, body and spirit. Called the ‘food of the gods’, it is prophesied that when humans forget how to live in harmony with the planet, cacao will spread around the globe to bring people back to their hearts. This is the medicine we need to remember how to truly love unconditionally during these times of great change. It sends up 40% more blood around the brain, allowing us to really think beyond our limiting beliefs. Cacao heightens our senses, detoxes our systems and opens our hearts.

For true healing and transformation to be possible we need to feel safe. Cocooned in the heart of this wooden temple, the ceremony enfolds in layers, satisfying the mind, creating connection and gently working into the subtler and deeper levels. Cacao enables us to feel safe to open our hearts and receive the healing we create once that happens. Held your own healing field, the power of the gongs is then able to work with your system on a much deeper cellular level. Cacao and gong together is the perfect symbiotic relationship to open you to your expanded consciousness, healing and bliss.

Some of the benefits you may receive at this cacao ceremony and sound healing retreat:

Feeling part of a community, realising you are not alone with all of this
Huge nutritional benefits of ceremonial cacao see here
Bringing your whole system back into balance
Cellular reset
Modern Medicine is researching sound healing to break up gall and kidney stones and in cancer treatments
Insight and clarity into what is holding you back and how to change it
Tarot for universal guidance
Getting out of the mind and into the body
Deep appreciation for all that you are
Increased well-being, uplifted mood, serenity and joy
A more positive outlook toward the future

About Helen Millar:

Helen inspires and supports people to shift from head to heart living.  Allowing them to leave behind a life motivated by small silent fears, to one emanating love. As a coach, speaker, author and carrier of cacao varieties, she runs events, retreats, one-to-one sessions and a weekly group and membership platform that enables people to empower themselves, mind, body and soul to heal the world by healing themselves.  You can read more about Helen here.

About Karen Hayler:

Karen has been a Reflexologist and Healer for 25 years. She has a huge array of potent therapies and healing modalities under her belt. Unbeknownst to her, this path has been the perfect journey to meeting and grasping the beauty and power of the gong.

It was her first encounter with a Gong bath (in 1998, at a summer healing festival), that opened her to the profound healing available to us, and started her on the path of exploring being more to this life.

Karen’s first gong created the most profound healing for her clients. Over the past 3 years, Karen’s gong family has expanded to 6 beautiful gongs and she now holds transformative gong meditations, baths and sound healings all over the South East and one to one for bespoke sessions. karenhayler.co.uk

TICKETS:  Please book here as there has been an issue with the site (MERCURY RETROGRADE!)

About the Space:

This sacred space is a two-story wooden portal, completely hand carved in teak in 1886 by two men from Punjab.  Usually, it is only used to celebrate love, for intimate wedding ceremonies, and now we will be honouring the intention of heart opening in a new way.  There are hundreds of carvings in the space and above the main door is Ganesh the Hindu God known for removing obstacles. With glowing windows, wood marinading in declarations of love and a wealth of history, we will be in the perfect place to ripple out the shift we are all uniting to take together.

The Durbar Hall, Hastings Museum, John’s Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1ET
Free Parking
12 minute walk from Hastings Station (direct trains from London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross, or Kings Cross with 1 change)
14 Minute Walk from St Leonards Warrior Square Station (direct trains from London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross)
Please arrive in plenty of time.

Want to make a weekend of it?  The area has a wonderful array of hotels and Air B&B’s.

TICKETS: Please book here as there has been an issue with the site (MERCURY RETROGRADE!)

What do you need?

Blankets, cushions, pillows, yoga mat, back jack and an eye mask: the floor is wooden and we want you to be comfortable in your nest
Any crystals you want to work with, photos of people you would like to send healing to, or their names written on a piece of paper
A notebook/journal and pen
A large bottle of water (cacao is a diuretic)
Your favourite mug
Wear comfy clothes you sit and lie in with ease. Layers are good. Red, orange and yellow will be most welcome.
If you would like to purchase any cacao to take home, please bring cash or card

Who can attend and contraindications:

This spiritual retreat is open to everyone over the age of 16. It will appeal to anyone who is on a conscious, spiritual, awakening journey. No previous experience is required.
Please let us know in advance if you are on strong antidepressants, heart medication or have had any of the CV19 shots or boosters.
Gong meditations are not recommended for people with the following:

  • Anyone with recent metal implants.
  • Epilepsy
  • The first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Tinnitus


Please don’t eat for 2-3 hours before the ceremony. Avoid caffeine, alcohol (and the day prior) and dairy on the day.
Please leave in plenty of time to arrive early and walk around the grounds. We begin at Noon. If you are travelling from afar, why not consider making a weekend of it? There are many beautiful places to stay in and around Hastings and St Leonards.

Any questions, please email Helen re cacao and ceremony, or any questions for Karen re sound and gong, contact her here:

Kind Words:

“Many were tearful at the time and unable to put into words the immensely deep healing that had been seeded. Wow. I have received so many wonderful comments about your sound healing.”  Event Organiser 
“As soon as drumming started and Karen sang, I felt deep healing and grief came up. It felt ancestral but also the last year of the grief of the world situation. After the gongs got really loud, and when the crashing happened, the grief that came up released and I wanted to laugh out loud with sheer relief.”  AH

“I have been to hundreds of ceremonies over the last 30 years of running a retreat centre. Helen’s cacao ceremony in Ibiza really was one of the most beautiful and heartfelt ceremonies I have ever been a part of. I had profound realisations, felt a deep connection to my family and that was because of her heart, her knowledge, her light and the beautiful and safe space she created!”
Kezia Kaur, Therapist, Healer, Life Coach, Founder & CEO, Ashiana Retreats

“You are a wonderful healer, the Aquarian age needs you, you are the next level of healing… deep, gentle, and transformational.” Angela Stringhini, therapist, healer and CEO of Vita Shakti Ltd
With Love,
Helen and Karen


Hastings Museum
Johns Place
Bohemia Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1ET United Kingdom
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