"What can I say - I didn't expect much from just 3 days of teaching but once again, you've blown me away. Everything you do teach and share, brings tears, joy, and some kind of magic"
(Retreat attendee 2015 / 2022 / 2023)
Aimee teaches her unique retreat intensives a few times a year in varying locations across the UK, Europe and occasionally further afield, usually individually, and on special occasions with an esteemed colleague.
Her retreats have a deeply medicinal quality, being trauma informed, live and responsive, meaning that regardless of the theme that Aimee may loosely design a specific retreat around, all the teaching, practice and therapeutic guidance offered is crafted in real time in accordance with the needs of the group and what the individuals bring in to the space. These unqiue retreats are an unforgettable experience. Utilising her therapeutic skillset, years of meditative experience, the teachings and practices of Classical Indo-Tibetan Tantra (not to be confused with sexually oriented modern neo-tantra), trauma informed psychological somatics and her potent Medicinal Movement™ modality, they are designed to be a journey - an experience that ripples out far beyond the container of the few days you spend with her.
Retreats are by application only - not to create an air of exclusivity, but simply so that Aimee can ensure the experience is appropriate for all those attending. These retreats are generally not recommended for those who have not yet embarked upon a personal therapeutic journey or for those without at least a small amount of movement and meditation exerience.
Please note: If you would like to receive notice of when booking becomes available, do sign up to the newsletter at the bottom of the page. Places are limited and fill up fast.
& the left handed way of liberation
summer solstice retreat intensive
suryalila retreat, andalucia Spain: 15-22nd june 2024
"This retreat has been many years in the waiting - I have been quietly cooking it for almost a decade, and it seems now is the time to teach it. I do hope you will join me in my home - the glorious landscape of the Andalucia countryside - over summer solstice, for what I hope will be a wild, beautiful and truly transformative journey"
- Aimee Rai
What if Buddha were a woman? How would our view of ourselves and the world shapeshift if our awakened idols were Female? What is our relationship to our inner Feminine and the Feminine we encounter in the outer world? How would the world be different if "God" were a woman? How might religious and spiritual traditions have progressed and formed differently if they were founded, grown and nurtured within a matriarchal landscape? What are the collective and individual wounds to our Feminine and how can we alchemise them?
The left handed way, originally transmitted by Yoginis, is oriented toward the ecstatic expression of The One - toward playfulness, spontaneity, joy, and pleasure - often things that are seen as hindrances or obstacles on the Spiritual Path. With the Goddess we awaken by immersing ourselves in to life, not by attempting to transcend it. Using the Divine Feminine archetypes, Goddess oriented and iconoclastic teachings of Classical Tantra, alongside trauma informed somatic psychology, movement and meditation, join Aimee on this powerful journey in to the cosmic dance of consciousness with the Goddess as our guide.
"Beating drums and blaring trumpets cannot summon The One who is already there. The way to me to through Her."
- Vinjana Bhairava Tantra
Grieve. Heal. Cry. Create Rage. Laugh . Love . Unlock. Unleash. Embrace. Unravel. Dance. Die. ReBirth.
This intensive retreat special is led by the content and themes that the group bring in to the space with all workshops, practice sessions and therapeutic exploration offered spontaneously and intuitively by Aimee in response to the needs of the group.
This promises to be a therapeutic and spiritual deep dive and it is suggested that all applicants come in with prior therapeutic and meditative experience of some form underpinning their attendance.
BOOKING WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON MARCH 1ST. FULL DETAILS ARE SHOWN IN THE BROCHURE BELOW & PRACTICAL DETAILS AND PRICING OPTIONS ARE SHOWN ON THE BOOKING DOCUMENT. PLEASE NOTE THAT SPACES ARE LIMITED AND THAT EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISED
The Wild Serene: Silent Retreat Intensive
date and location tbc 2025
Silence is not an induced or synthesised state as many of us mistakenly believe - it is not something we are meant to produce in meditation. Silence is the container of all things, ever present and eternal. It lies beneath, behind, around and within the incessant noise we find hard to escape. Meditation reveals the quiet.
We crave it, and yet we are terrified of it. Always filling.
A world full of noise, creates a heart and mind that mirror the same. A heart and mind full of noise create a world that mirrors the same. Silent retreat has been used within many spiritual traditions for 1000s of years. It is particularly present within Buddhism, traditionally known as Vipassana. Vipassana means insight or vividness. In the quiet, what was foggy and unclear, becomes crystalline. In the quiet we hear the voices we have been running from, but we also begin to hear the inner voice of wisdom that we have been yearning to connect with. We hear ourSelves.
Days will be spent in silence with Mahamudra meditation instruction, alongside teachings from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra and movement and meditation practices designed to invoke healing, transformation and change. Dialogue will only be opened during the afternoon for group explorations/therapeutic circles/workshops and dinner time.
The Autumn/Winter transition is an invitation to hibernate, to begin to draw deeply inward. Come and enter the wild serene with Aimee.
This retreat is not appropriate for total beginner practitioners and is designed for those looking to deepen their therapeutic journey and advance their meditation practice. Only private rooms are available for this retreat experience and in turn, more limited placements than usual.
"The retreat of all retreats - the one I wished would never end. I welcomed parts of myself that I had pushed down for so long, invited them in to a safe and loving space and felt so held by Aimee and the amazing group of women I had the honour to share with. It was incredibly powerful and empowering, and the tools and practices will remain with me."
(Retreat attendee 2022 / 2023)