Openhand Summer Retreat: Glastonbury 22nd-25th Aug

Submitted by OpenhandTeam on Mon, 02/04/2008 - 11:46

Looking for a short summer break to revitalise and rejuvenate?
The "Openhand Summer Retreat" 2008 provides the perfect opportunity for us to recharge our batteries, detoxify body and mind, reconnect with the essence of our soul and renew our commitment to our life's journey.

It takes place on the late summer bank holiday from Friday 22nd until Monday 25th of August in the magical country town of Glastonbury, a place famous for its holistic healing and deep spiritual interest. Places are limited and the retreat is sure to book out so please book early to avoid disappointment...

Take time for yourself

The busy pace of life these days can often generate internal stress, which although we may not always feel, impacts in our work lives, our social interactions and our relationships. If the imbalance continues unchecked, it can reap havoc in the way we live and undermine optimum performance of body, mind and spirit.

The "Openhand Summer Retreat" is carefully crafted to help relieve stress, reconnect with the universal life energy and recentre in the essence of our being. In so doing, we find ourselves more at one with who we really are enabling us to be more confident, vibrant, authentic and true to our unique way of being.

Flexible Program

The program will allow plenty of relaxed breathing space whilst at the same time providing powerful spiritual experiences to help us attune to the universal life energy so that we may be better guided in our lives. We will take full advantage of the ancient and highly energetic sites to harness their vitality for maximum personal benefit. The program will include the following deeply healing activities:

  • Guided Self Realisation - powerful assistance in realising key strengths and releasing blockages
  • Universal Life Energy Attunement - to align with, integrate and follow the way of life that best serves us
  • Deep tissue body work - to remove energetic blockages, heal and unleash our full physical and mental capacity
  • Detoxifying diet - to cleanse and rejuvenate
  • One-on-one Life coaching and spiritual counselling - to resolve key life issues

Timings will be flexible and relaxed to allow for the spontaneity of the group energy and responding specifically to our individual needs. A good part of the day will be left free to explore Glastonbury and its spiritual locations, get acquainted with other open hearted people, or just to be still and quiet in our own company.

In the evenings we will sample together the delights of healthy, nurturing cuisine, chat, sing, play music and generally enjoy the dance of life.

Many benefits

  • Mind and body detoxification - to cleanse at the deepest levels
  • Expanded inner peace - to rebalance, reharmonise and recentre
  • Increased energy and vitality - to energise us for our daily life
  • Greater self realisation - for increased clarity and understanding of life's purpose
  • Stronger intuitive guidance - to better guide us on the pathway in life that best serves us

Uplifting outcome

Many people have reported the tremendous benefits that the Openhand work has brought to their lives. Whether you've done the work before or not, our life energy attunement and self realisation processes are likely to have a profoundly uplifting effect on you.

Many report expanded inner peace emanating from a greater connection to the source bringing increased clarity in life from the place of deep inner knowing. In this way, we are better able to refocus on our life's journey and follow the path that best serves us.

Healing Waters

Healing waters is a cosy, nurturing and supportive environment with crystal clear energy providing the perfect facilities for rest, recuperation and self exploration.

Centred on the mythical site Wearyall Hill, its beautiful decked terrace has expansive views across of the Somerset levels and other spiritual sites such as the Glastonbury Tor. Food is organic vegetarian and open to special dietary needs. The Rooms are bright, clear and airy.

Although conveniently located a short walk from the town centre, it is set in a quietly peaceful area. For full details, check the website:

Retreat leader

  • Chris Bourne: At the age of 40, Chris was involved in a life threatening car crash in which he thought he would certainly die. This precipitated total inner surrender, a rapid expansion of consciousness and reconnection with the absolute. He explains "It was as if I was being challenged to surrender every belief and value that I held. The sense of coming home to my true self was joyous and intensely liberating. I felt that in losing what I thought to be myself I had gained everything".

    Prior to his awakening Chris had a rich and varied professional career including a Science Masters Degree from Oxford University. It is this synthesis of both profound spiritual experience and grounded scientific understanding which is proving invaluable in facilitating others in their own journey of Enlightenment.

Openhand Foundation
The purpose of Openhand is to help people evolve spiritually and to raise their energetic vibration by dissolving away conditioned behaviour patterns and controling thought forms. In this way, Openhand is helping to release people from suffering in the world and ascend into a magical new reality based on unconditional love joy and respect for all life.

The Openhand tools and practices are provided by 'Openhand Foundation' which is a not for profit organisation led by Chris Bourne. We are a company limited by guarantee (registered in the UK, company no. 6057370) which means we don't have shareholders and no individual member benefits by taking profit. All surplus revenue is reinvested to facilitate our objective - to help others through their process of spiritual evolution.

Administration details

  • Date and Timings:The retreat will commence at 2 pm on Friday 22nd August (you may arrive from 1pm onwards). It will end at 2pm on Monday 25th August
  • Venue: The venue is "Healing Waters" in Glastonbury, a place of nurturing, crystal clear energy. The address is 1 The Roman Way, Glastonbury BA6 8AB. For full details check the Healing Waters
  • Cost: The full cost is £295 which includes full board and accommodation. Food will be cleansing, rejuvenating and tasty
  • Travel: Glastonbury is conveniently located in the heart of the countryside and yet within easy reach by plane, train, bus and car. It is about 2hrs drive from London and Birmingham and 3hrs from Manchester. It is a 1hr flight from Inverness in Scotland. We are a less than 1 hour bus journey from Bristol which has a main train station and international airport.
  • Not for profit: Openhand Foundation is a not for profit organisation. All surplus revenues are reinvested to facilitate our objective - to help others in their journey of spiritual awakening
  • Booking info:To book a place or to ask for more info, click on this link... click here
    Alternatively call Trinity Bourne on +44 (0)1458 830443.


  • I would like to thank Chris and Trinity from the bottom of my heart for organising and facilitating the Openhand Easter Weekend. The work we did on the retreat was truly transformational and really empowering. I have been on many spiritual retreats in the past, but nothing quite like this. I would absolutely recommend the retreats to anyone who is seeking to find their true self amongst all the humdrum of modern day life. Chris’s method of drawing from many Ancient Spiritual Practices and combining them with the energy of modern music and films is just so amazing. I can honestly say it moved me profoundly and we also had such fun!!!! Anne
  • Thank-you for an amazing 4 days with Openhand. I went through so much and have come away with a sense of what it means to surrender completely. I also have a connection with who I really am and I feel a stronger person as a result. I have had lots of realisations both there and since returning. I feel I have taken a huge leap forward on my spiritual path and really opened up my heart. Anya
  • Just to say an enormous thanks for your efforts running the recent Openhand courses I attended. I was literally blown away by the incredible energy and I don't know which I enjoyed more, learning and working through the exercises or meeting so many wonderful people. The effects have been nothing short of profound on my own personal growth and I am looking forward more than ever to getting involved with upcoming events and also experiencing more of your incisive understanding. David
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