How The Eniya Tree was created
'The Eniya Tree' was named in a lovely moment sat daydreaming with my then very young Son, swinging our dangling legs on a bridge over the river, he asked "if you could name a new tree what would it be called?" The name came to me instantly, without thought or hesitation, "The Eniya Tree" I replied. I didn't understand where on earth that came from, but I knew there was something special about that moment that would make sense one day. Slowly by being more aware and understanding my own life's journey, I began to feel what The Eniya Tree wanted to become. Eventually after making a huge heart-wrenching decision to move from Hampshire to North Wales I found a beautiful rare property with a separate barn and there it was. I looked at the barn and said "That's The Eniya Tree Barn".
As we began to renovate it, it started forming into what it needed to be. Now we're ready to share this wonderful, unique space and lifestyle that it offers.
Im self-employed & live on a wing & a prayer with a seasonal style income up here so im very grateful for you supporting my little venture.
So, whatever brings you to the barn I hope it will give you a sense of real magik just to be here.
If here on retreat then you'll have the opportunity to journey into self discovery and awareness through meditation, silence, the natural environment & mindfulness. It's a perfect place to start to understand there's a better version of yourself to spend time with.
As for 'us', Individually we have, like everyone, trod our own 'perfect' personal path that led us to here and now. Realising that our past ways of living had always left us individually with an empty feeling of being misunderstood, unheard & out of place living amongst the needs & greeds of people always wanting more, blinded by sparkly things or fakeness. Our lifestyles were not enabling us to be true to ourselves. A deep powerful knowing that we had a shared purpose together gave us the strength to take the leap that was required to really live authentically.
I, Jenna had always been drawn to nature, the wilds, the native American ways of sitting & communicating around a circular fire, the dark journeying, the moon, the creative & different path. I've never been afraid of being & exploring alone & daring to be different.
Whilst sitting alone on the red earth at Uluru with the native aboriginals it pulled me back into acknowledging the importance of our lost ancestral ways.
I spent the strangest most profound night of my life in Hampshire where we lived, down a human sized rabbit hole in the woods, I crept like Alice in wonderland through a small hole in the earth just big enough to wiggle like a worm downwards that led down underground into the forest floor, which then opened out into a hollwed out hole big enough to fit 2 people to sit & sleep of which we did. One of the photos on the website is from down there. I still don't know how I did it as confined spaces are far from my comfort place especially if there's no quick exit. It was an extremely bizarre experience being underground in the earth whilst alive. Its a night that still sits with me to this day. Offering Soul Quests was the nearerst thing to this experience of dying whilst alive I could offer. No crawling down under the earth is necessary for you though.
My first retreat experience at 'The Barn' in Sharpham Devon led to a moment of powerful realization that this different way of being was real and that it can exist. The Barn will always hold a special place in my heart for shaping my own Eniya Barn experience all these years later. Before embarking on this new life I wanted to gain a counselling qualification to enhance my ability to help people and did so prior to moving.
I've professionally face painted & hair braided on & off for the past 30+ years having started at the age of 17.
It's the best job working with children with their absolute natural way of being totally present in the now utterly unconditionally.
Having been given a 'top secret' recipe for giant bubbles by a bubbleologist friend I expanded into adding bubbles to the list. They are both mesmerising & therapeutic & of course lots of fun.
I started up my own dance performance school before moving here so when I get to be a fairy queen or Christmas elf I'm in my element. Hosting birthday parties that include a mix of all these arts is pure joy and what a beautiful environment to share it all with you.
I'm also an NVQ 3 advanced trained independent Sacred Celebrant/Ceremonialist. Please visit www.celticmoonceremonies.org for more information.
Dave my partner has completely changed the way he gardens now after 25 plus years of 'traditional' gardening. Now using permaculture methods & design he is creating an abundant natural, no dig,organic, self balancing garden. A walk through abundant food forest style garden where we can walk & pick food at every turn & the future addition of animals to come keeps ideas for this place organic. Following the great guidance of Bill Mollison & Geoff Lawton he currently has embarked on achieving his PDC qualification in Geoff Lawtons permaculture design course where he can then offer permaculture garden design for people so they can embark on having an efficient, planet friendly garden system too as well as tutoring others so they can do it for themselves.
He too has spent his life working & being in nature & has in the past entered into personal deep self exploration & has attended yoga classes on & off. He has a natural survival bushcraft instinct as well as his creative high musicianship skills playing the Saxophone, didge, harmonica, whistles & clarinet all which move closer in direction to his Celtic DNA roots.
He is very environmentally aware & cares deeply about doing his bit for now & future generations to the point & passion of stepping out of, to name but a few, flying & Christmas for the mass pollution & extra energy resources of both. He goes alot further than most to help the future generations yet can be easily misunderstood for not entering into things or 'making memories' as the modern buzz word goes. Very few realize the seriousness of the actual state of the planet & that without our planet there won't be memories to make for our grandchildren or grandchildrens children. Yes it is that close & real. There are only 60 more harvests left on this planet if we continue to selfishly 'make our memories'. It can't be saved with just a little recycling or the use of eco friendly products, although that is of course a start. Hopefully through his PDC he can instill these realities & make even more of a positive impact for the care of the people & the planet.
The most perfect property came up for us to follow our passions & make this lifestyle possible for ourselves and now for you to share in.
We continue our wonder-full journey and hope we cross paths on this 'extra-ordinary' experience with you.