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Mind and Body

Coldwell Activity Centre, nr Burnley Lancs

Fri 11th to Mon 14th March 2022


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Set in a quiet part of Lancashire off the beaten track, Coldwell Activity Centre is the perfect retreat for this new and intentionally inspiring weekend for gay men.

There have already been successful ‘taster’ sessions at recent ECC events. It’s quite simply an experience about self-appreciation and creating a better connection with other men. It’s about using more of our senses and less of our pre-conceived thinking that often holds us back from forming more significant relationships. We will be encouraging ECC members and newbies alike to come on a mini journey of self-discovery with like-minded men, regardless of age or background.

There will be four sessions on the Saturday and four on the Sunday with planned entertainment after candle-lit suppers each evening. Good food, positive energy and enticing new thinking await all those bold enough to sign up. And as always at ECC events, there are a limited number of places which tend to go quickly.

Though this is not a course or training, everyone is encouraged to attend all the sessions, though attendance for any session is entirely optional. If you come with negatives, we will help you leave with positives plus a greater appreciation of yourself and others. There will be a lot of interaction, mind activities and hopefully… some bonding. As well as a chance to make new genuine friends.

The organisers are James Barnard who many will already know and Daniel McCoy who is new to ECC …so bouncing with enthusiasm. They welcome anyone with an enquiring mind who is open and eager to learn new things about themselves and others. The food will be freshly cooked by Imran Riaz who will be offering authentic Indian cuisine as well as English and Italian suppers. Come hungry.

Both James and Daniel would like to remind everyone attending of our respect and connection with that man who loved men, Victorian trailblazer, Edward Carpenter.

The Logistics

There are places for 21 men. Arrive Friday 11th March from 3pm. Depart Monday 14th March by 10.30am. Food will be vegetarian. The accommodation is mainly in shared bedrooms, some with ensuite facilities. More specific details of the locale, travel options and essential information will be sent to all attendees.

COVID RESTRICTIONS:  We hope we can run this event as normally as reasonably possible, whilst adhering to any government guidelines in force at the time. We will keep participants informed, but at this stage we expect to ask you to take a lateral flow test before arrival and only attend if negative. Please also read our general ECC coronavirus update.

How to book

This event has just filled, but there is no waiting list yet.
There's usually a good chance that a place will become available, so please feel free to book on the waiting list. We still require a deposit, and will contact you when a place becomes available.

You can book your place online here, or download a paper form to send to the booking person. You don't have to be an existing ECC member to book. You'll be asked to state how much you're going to pay for your place , and how much you'll pay now as a deposit. You can make your payment by bank transfer, and you should send it to us straight away to secure your place.

Payments for ECC events are on a sliding scale according to your income, and you're invited to pay as much or as little as you can afford. The breakeven cost for this event is £155.00 and the rates for different income levels are shown below. We also offer a limited number of bursaries to help people on very low incomes. If you don't feel you can afford the concessionary rate, we may be able to help. Please contact the booking person first to see if a bursary place is available.

Concessionary rate (for people living at benefit levels) £80.00
Low income (£10k to £20k) £155.00
Average income (£20k to £30k) £190.00
High income (£30k or more) £210.00
Breakeven cost£155.00
 
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