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Our journey to the wild amphitheatre of the rocky Corrie Fee - with Kilted Yogi

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Our journey to the wild amphitheatre of the rocky Corrie Fee - with Kilted Yogi

This was my second visit this year to this wild amphitheatre of rocky landscape! It was amazing to see the changes a few months can do and I am hoping to show you both the winter wonderland and spring awakening. 

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This whole area was sculpted thousands of years ago by the power of ice and water which left behind corries, cliffs, moraines and a mesmerising river. Today, this beautiful area is a true haven for plants, birds and animals. Sadly, it is also an example of Britain’s lost wilderness areas as it was untouched by humans for centuries up until about 200 years ago.When sheep farming was introduced this area started attracting more deer which meant that trees and sensitive plants didn't stand the chance. The woodland virtually disappeared and grassland expanded. Deer population now needs to be controlled, wolfs are gone, and sheep roam the world. This makes me so incredibly sad as I really wish human hands were less invasive. 

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We decided on Corrie Fee as the weather was shaping beautifully but we had very little time. First stop was the Ranger’s Office. Did you know you can check in before you embark on your walk and check out afterwards for added safety? This way if you won't come back they will know by sundown and send a rescue party. 

Once you start walking the route crosses White Water and follows the bewitching Fee Burn into the nature reserve. It's a stunning site with the magnificent bowl shaped valley backed by a impressive waterfall. We came here when the waterfall wasn’t too dry just yet so the pictures are exceptional. As we started so early, the whole way up we were alone and this quiet, remote landscape was literally filled with roaring, tumbling noise of only water and sounds of the nature – here you can really understand why corrie in Gaelic also means ‘cauldron’.

Look at the difference between March and May…stunning !

Finlay managed to climb all the way to the top of the waterfall which you can watch on our video below. I stayed with the kids (aka pups)  keeping them safe and calm (and saving my fear of heights for another adventure)

One of my favourite drinks to take for a sweaty, exhausting hike is my chai latte (aka. toxic coloured broth), filled with nutritious fats and energy…if you eat to learn how I make it then jus follow this link. 

Now, the big thing about this trip is that we finally got back to our aero sessions! Finlay and I used to do it literally every day, creating those wee videos from the gym, parks, studios. Two years ago when my husband and I decided to open a wellbeing studio in Broughty Ferry our whole energy was literally poured into creating this space and we both got a little bit lost in the amount of work and challenges a new business brings. As I was entering into 2018 I made a pledge to myself to come back to all those things that used to fill up my heart and let go of those draining me. Acro was one of them. 

When was the last time when you had to trust the person that is literally holding and balancing you over the edge of a cliff! ⠀

Strength and independence have been the backbone to my identity since the first day I walked into nursery and was confused by all the tears of other kids pleading their mums not to leave them for just a few hours. The same thing happened at 18 when I became a fully independent young adult living alone. Yep - strong and independent - but I really had to be! How else would I conquer the world and make any sense of my life?! ⠀

And then the AcroYoga happened. In Acro the roles are reversed, the submissive role (flyer) can’t just go and exert the dominance. I’m literally folded in half and perched upon my partner’s feet. And need to listen really carefully! I’m a meter or more off the ground (on this video a hell a lot of more!) and I can easily imagine how much it would hurt to smack my face on the ground. 

It really did make me think why have I always felt like I need to be the strong and independent and why it’s sooo hard for me to just let go and trust. I have neglected AcroYoga for a few years and just recently begun peeling back my negative connotations from dependance and weakness. It takes time but it feel really liberating to just trust somebody else and let them hold you. 

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'It was a start of a journey for me...' - interview with Hannah

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'It was a start of a journey for me...' - interview with Hannah

On a snowy, stormy and extremely cold Friday afternoon we all arrived to Elie to discover that the house suffered a heating problem. Which meant NO HEATING on the coldest, most windy and awful day in Scottish history! We are talking horizontal rain with snow and all. We had a choice: stay and make the most of it or go. After a few organisational changes, purchasing an extensive amount of portable heathers (thank you B&Q Leven), Phil bringing more heaters from the studio and a delicious dinner at Ship Inn in Elie, we settled in for the night. 

Five incredible women remained with us through that experience and we have had one of the most transformative and exceptional retreats. The heating was restored the next day, but not until Debbie made soup from scratch in the oven (another blog just on that coming soon).

Today we cough up with Hannah who came to the retreat and this is what she thought of it.

What was your favourite thing about the retreat and why? 

I don’t know if could choose my favourite part as each and every minute was my favourite part for different reasons. Probably cosying up by the fire and doing the relaxing yoga before bed and having the best nights sleep I’d had in months. I also loved how amazing everyone was. We were all very different but all got on so well. We all felt so looked after and nurtured by both Daria and Debbie.

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What did you think about the accommodation?

The accommodation was gorgeous. Homely and cosy but modern and luxurious. It was the most lovely place to relax and I was surprised at how at home we all felt. The beds were so comfy too and it was so nice to have a relaxing bath.

Was yoga THIS scary?

None of it was scary. There were parts which were out of my comfort zone but in a positive way. I felt I was able to be encouraged in a positive way which made me feel I had achieved. It was so satisfying and empowering!

How did you feel?

I’ve never felt so relaxed. It brought lots of emotions to the surface and made me realise the issues within my life and what I wanted to change. It gave me a positive outlook and a way to make positive changes. I felt connected with everybody there and it didn’t matter about age, lifestyle or our individual reasons for going on the retreat in the first place.

What did you think of the food? How yummy was it?

The food was AMAZING! There was plenty of it and each dish was so tasty and filling. It was so nice to have such fresh, nourishing but yummy food which catered to everyone’s needs.

What did you learn? Was it an inspirational experience ?

I learnt a lot about myself, about my life, my job, my friendships, my family, my exercise routine, my eating and what I wanted to change as well as small changes to make to achieve this. It was VERY inspirational and the start of a journey for me. My friends, family and colleagues all noticed the difference in me after the retreat. This also made me LOVE yoga even though I was a beginner and didn’t think I had time for it before.

Retreats are not just holidays... they transform lives.

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