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Anam Cara Approach

This is a vegetarian wellness-focused centre. No meat, alcohol, or non-prescription drugs are to be brought onsite. Meals are prepared by chefs onsite, while dishes and clean up are a shared responsibility between retreat participants. Helping Hands Rotas will be shared when you arrive.


We also advise that you do not bring synthetic fragrances, and endeavor to bring eco-friendly soaps and shampoos with you. We do our best to support environmentally friendly initiatives, and would request that you keep plastics at a minimum.

Linens and pillows for beds are provided. There is a washing facility onsite you may use (in the Crystal Palace), but there is no dryer.

Wi-fi is available at the Tufty and the Office, and we ask that you be mindful of phone volume in the shared caravan spaces.

Our Community

Anam Cara was established in 2003, and has developed 'organically' with a range of buildings and landscaping initiatives. The evolving physical features of the centre mirrors the changing emphasis of the training programmes on offer, which in turn reflects the maturing interests of the Anam Cara team.


Meet Our Community


Alastair Cunningham


Alastair is a grafter, dreamer, ever busy toiler of the soil and builder of ethnic wee nooks or at least that is what has transpired over the twenty odd years of the Anam Cara adventure.


He holds an open hearted embrace of Buddhist philosophy and practice,  motivated by a sense of service and has given his all in the establishment of a venue for the nourishment of body and soul.


Craig Dickson

Sound Healing Practitioner

Craig joined the Anam Cara community in 2016. He is reiki-trained, and highly experienced with group guidance and facilitation through his time with Trees for Life Conservation Weeks, the Mankind Project and Journeyman UK. 


Craig studied with the College of Sound Healing, Chloe Goodchild and Biofield Tuning and many other teachers. He also studied Spatial design and worked as an interior designer.

Craig has been playing the didgeridoo for over 20 years and delights in the opportunity to experience new sounds and rhythms while sharing this work. He also teaches spoon making when he has the opportunity.​


Kate Graham

Shamanic Oracle + Deep Transformation Guide

As a newcomer to the Anam Cara Community, Kate brings perspective from her nomadic and entrepreneurial life, as well as numerous healing specialties such as Intuition Development and Energetics, Shamanism, Hypnotherapy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Thai Yoga Massage, Restorative and Yin Yoga guidance.

Kate developed the Empath Energetics program for highly sensitive folk to develop their intuition and learn self-healing techniques with energy and spirit.

Contact Kate to discuss bespoke 1:1 personalized retreat experiences for deep transformation.


Margaret Kearney

Women's Retreats

Margaret is a qualified counsellor, body practitioner and intuitive healer with over 30 years experience in holistic health. She has lived and worked at Anam Cara for the past 20 years and is one of the Centre's founding members. In-between helping to run the Centre, she has led various retreats over the years, from Vision Quests to Detox retreats.  More recently, she has been involved in the creation of the Healing Well Garden, where she has been offering Women’s Retreats for the past 9 years. Margaret is a long-term meditator and for the past 10 years has had an interest in non-duality teachings. Meditation and self-realisation play a major part in her life and steers her everyday passion to live ‘simply’ on the land, and to keep opening and expanding her heart! 




Nora Maddock

Journeying Guide

Nora is passionate about providing  opportunities for people to connect with their innate healing power and have the confidence to go on transformative inner and outer journeys. She has over 20 years of experience in developing and fundraising for community arts and health programmes. 


Nora is a qualified shamanic and Reiki practitioner, yoga and breathwork guide, body massage and reflexology therapist. She also has expertise in vocal toning, drumming and a variety of sound healing tools.


Contact Nora to co-create personalised 1:1 and group healing experiences.



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