Well Being and Eco Tourism in Devon

River Dart

A week long immersive course with international trainer and storyteller Steph Bradley.


Wednesday 31st July – Tuesday 6th August 2019


Bala Brook Retreat Centre, https://www.balabrook.org.uk , Dartmoor National Park, Devon, UK.


A range of single and twin rooms, some en-suite, situated in an idyllic setting of gardens bordering open moorland.


All meals provided, self service breakfast, soups and salads (packed lunches on excursion days), 2 course dinner. Vegetarian, organic, seasonal and local where possible.


All local transport included.

Pick up from and drop off at Marley Head airport bus drop off point or Totnes train station.

Local mini bus to take us on excursions.


Steph Bradley, Dip Ed, Dip Yoga, Dip Phil, MA (dissertation in progress)

25 years teaching and training experience in EFL, ESP, EMI. Qualified Yoga teacher, 20 years experience in well-being practices, Transition pilgrim, published author and professional storyteller.

Harula Ladd

Freelance writer and poet, running creative workshops.

Ben Chadwick

Harmony Gardener with more than 40 years experience of food growing and the practice of well being in gardens and out in nature.

Guest Teachers:

Emma Cunis

Owner founder of Dartmoor’s Daughter.

Leads guided walks on Dartmoor with nature connection, archaeology and other themes.

Mac Macartney

Founder of Embercombe, centre for deep nature connection and indigenous teachings, inspirational international speaker and author.

Provisional Course Schedule

Day 1 : Arrivals, Tour of Bala Brook. welcome supper, evening get together.

Day 2: Yoga and meditation, Introductory sessions. Creative writing session. Talk by Mac Macartney.

Day 3: Dawn Chorus walk. Excursion to Transition Town Totnes. Guided walk around transition projects, free time to explore. Storytelling: The Tale of Transition.

Day 4: Yoga / walking meditation. Day long guided walk on Dartmoor. Creative writing session.

Day 5: Yoga/ walking meditation. Excursion to eco- project 1 ( group choice), Session: Eco Tourism in Devon. Free evening.

Day 6: Yoga/walking meditation. Excursion to eco- project 2 ( group choice). Session: Well Being and Eco Tourism. Poetry and Music evening.

Day 7: Networking session. Departures. Packed lunches available.

Well Being and Creativity

An integral part of the week will be experiential well being and creativity sessions including:

Yoga and movement


Connection walks

Storytelling,music and poetry evenings

Creative writing/art/craft

No prior knowledge is required.These practices are suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Sessions are designed both to enable personal relaxation and to stimulate awareness of a range of practices that provide professionals with options to consider offering in their own field, as well as to provide participants with memorable moments of their trip. We ask participants to bring along a journal.


Teaching Sessions: These can be tailor made to suit the group’s interests. If a group comes together as a unit, for example, from one institution,the whole course can be tailored to meet requirements.

English Tuition: Depending on the group profile English tuition can be built into sessions.

Eco-Projects: South Devon boasts a range of successful eco-projects. Once a group is confirmed a choice of excursions will be offered in line with group interests. ( e.g. food growing, alternative power sources, natural building, community living, well being services and practices.)

Special Diets: Within reason most special diets can be accommodated: e.g.Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free and most allergies. Please note that as the menus will be vegetarian, paleo- diets and other high protein diets cannot be specially catered for.


£1200 all inclusive.

Deposit £600.00 due by the 30th April 2019.

Final Balance due 30th June 2019.

Deadline for accepting new bookings:

Friday, 19th April 2019.


Steph Bradley transitiontales@googlemail.com or +44 (0)1364 644978 for more information and to request a booking form.


We ask that all participants take out travel and health insurance and are in good physical and mental health. This is an intensive course and there will be plenty of physical exercise. You will be asked to disclose any health issues on the booking form.

Vision the Future …. and help Create it!

Over the Rainbow – Steph Bradley 2012

Host me on my latest story collecting tour

– from Midsummer 2018

Throughout the summers of 2018 and 2019 I will be taking my interactive story game ‘The Quest to 2050’ to venues across the British Isles, weaving together the indigenous wisdom of our ancestors from the myths they left us with the visions of the young people of today  to create a New-Old story for our Times; one that reminds us that we cannot grow a healthy future without being deeply rooted in our sense of place, one that acknowledges the inspiration all people carry to change the world for the better and, most of all, one that bids us live deeply connected to self and the present moment.

The book that will emerge from this process will be told as a story; embedded within it will be the truth of the elders of our past and vision of the young of our tomorrow. Its message; to live at the very edge of what we believe is possible with all our passion, hope and energy, for those are our gifts to this world.

To get involved in the process of story gathering you can contact me at transitiontales@googlemail.com .  The Quest for visions of 2050 will begin midsummer 2018 and end Lammas 2019. Would you host a playing of the story game and gather a group to play? Homes, halls, gardens, woodland, festivals, storytelling huts and chairs, community spaces and gatherings of all kinds are ideal for visioning the future.

What is The Quest to 2050 ?

  • The Quest is an interactive game I have been working on since 2009 when I led a team of volunteers taking Transition Tales into schools.
  • It started out as a way of exploring gritty issues of the day to find out-of-the-box, creative solutions.
  • The Quest has been played all over the world and with all ages, and types of groups, from families to educators, and in all settings from festivals to public community events.
  • Later I developed a dimension that explored our own inner responses to the world around us.
  • Now, the game is in its third stage; how can our creative solutions, together with our inner reflections on our own responses to today’s challenges, come together to vision a better future.
  • The Quest is fun, highly communicative, and a great way of accessing your inner passion to be a change maker!
  • What we vision today becomes the future!

Want to be a host?

You will need to :
  • Provide a venue
  • Gather a group of people together (btw 6- 30)
  • Organise a bring and share meal
You might need to:
  • Provide me with overnight accommodation

Summer Tour 2018

Where I will be when:

June – Devon

June – Wales

July –  Lancashire, Cumbria

August – Oxfordshire,  Glos., Hampshire, Dorset

September –  Cornwall & Devon


Friends old and friends new – I would love to see you and share some magical storytime!

The Old Ones are Calling

The old ones are calling us,

way across the oceans of time

They have something to tell us

Want to help us

In our search for a new way of being

They are calling us back to see our roots

To understand how we came to be here


The old ones are calling us

To recognise our ancestors.

Their struggles

And their truth

Are our birthright

The things that strengthen us

T he stories that guide us


We have learnt half truths

Laid over half truths

And they serve us not

They feed not our soul

For we know in the depths

Who we truly are

And the old ones are calling us

Back home


To the stories of our kin

We came from over the sea

We came in boats

We came ashore

We came to conquer new lands

We came to find new homes

We came for we were lost

Refugees on the ocean of time


We came in waves

Over time uncountable

Kin of kin

Kin slaying kin

Memories erased by time

And half told truths

Back to our shores

The land of plenty


The land of our dreams

The land of our forebearers

The land of prophecy and vision

The land of our long forgotten past

Our ancestors

And our future

We came to seek our home

As all sea borne creatures do


The old ones are calling us

It is time

To reclaim our stories

The Storytellers have returned

To teach us the will and the wit

Of long forgotten kin

To peel back the layers

Of long forgotten tales


We can never go back

Ne’er return

Nor ought to try

And neither can we go on

To a paradise sought

Not ought to try

For the wisdom of the elders

Is right here with us now


It’s here in the whisper of the wind

It calls on the wailing tides

It burns through clouds

A vision of summer

And baked it holds us

Womb like

Feeding and quenching

Every need


Our old ones were shamans

There is no need to seek

Them in the lands of others

There is no need to borrow

From alien traditions

There is no need

For anything more

Than a good ear


When the old tales are taught

Forget your sums calculations and graphs

Forget the rise and fall of those in power

Live not in the future

And dwell not in your past

But listen to the old ones

As they sing your soul back home.

The timeless one


Is all we need heed

Sink into deep leafy earth

Rejoice in spring breezy airs

Leap into the summer lands

And harvest well

The old ones worshipped

What they saw, felt and heard

All around them


We would do well

To follow suit

It is here we are home

Revelling in the very pith

Of our land

Growing roots

To reach down

To take hands


One to another

There beneath the loam

Where our ancestors roam


And we on the surface their senses

Whilst high above

Birds dance on the wing

We are one, we are one, we are one


Teach this simple truth

T o your children

Sing and dance it

Into their very bones

Pray with your bliss

And revere with your grief

Honour with your fear

And champion with your rage


These are our sacred gifts

Listen to the tales of the old ones

Listen and repeat them lovingly

Savouring their flavours

Upon your tongue

And your belly

Let your heart follow its desire

And join hands with your kin


The old ones have spoken

Revel in their tales

Bring them to life

Dwell in woods

By the sea

Let the breeze lift your hair

And gladden your heart

Run deer like across meadows


Open your heart to the sound of love

As it courses through every living being

Respond to subtle signs

Follow your intuition

Honour all as your equal

And doubt not your skill

Live the life of a story

Wind borne


One to the other


Yet changeless

Rejoice in our roots

Love our land

Remember our tales

And become as a child

The true receptacle


Then take up your sword

Your mighty flaming power

And forge passion into your life

Live and breathe your story

Share all you have to give


And aim true

Your purpose is all.


Then honour the old ones

Those who came before

For what are you

But the sinew of a greater one

A woven thread

Of the tapestry

Of our people

Who came to this land

From over the sea.


The Old Ones are calling

can you hear, can you hear

Can you hear?