Residential Odyssey April 2019

COMING HOME:  The Odyssey and the Second Half of Life

An initiatory retreat for men and women

With William Ayot and Juliet Grayson

It’s fashionable to talk in terms of life journeys, but the great underlying myths of our culture(s) speak of a deeper quest of the soul, and its turning for home in the second half of life. This retreat explores one of the great proto-myths of the west, The Odyssey, in which the archetypal hero Odysseus, having brought the Trojan War to an end, embarks on an epic journey of yearning, challenge, distraction, loss and eventual homecoming.   Through group work, exercises, story, poetry and ritual we will follow this archetypal journey of initiation.  We will discover where we stand in relation to our own inner path, uncovering the signposts and hidden ways of our own whole-hearted return and homecoming.

William Ayot is an award-winning poet, teacher and ritualist. He worked in rehab during the nineties, and organised large scale men’s events, while studying the methodology of indigenous shamans, and leading initiatory Rites of Passage.   As a co-founder of Olivier Mythodrama, using story, poetry and ritual, he taught leadership around the world for over a decade. He currently teaches, coaches, and creates private rituals for individuals and groups. His writing includes three collections of poetry and his latest book, Re-enchanting the Forest: Meaningful Ritual in a Secular World. William is an FRSA and a member of the Welsh Academi.  Juliet and William are married, having been together for over twenty years.

Juliet Grayson is an experienced psychotherapist and workshop leader, specialising in relationship and sexual problems.  Her work has been distilled out of a thirty-year exploration of the ways in which people limit themselves, both personally and professionally.  Juliet’s work is grounded, warm, fun and she is willing to challenge those behaviours that call for a change.  She is a fully qualified psychosexual psychotherapist and supervisor (UKCP Accredited, NLPtCA,  COSRT & PBSP). She published her first book: Landscapes of the Heart: the working world of a sex and relationship therapist in 2016.  She is co-founder and Chair of StopSO: The Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending.

DATE: Monday 15th to Thursday 18th April 2019

TIMINGS:  Please aim to arrive at 10.30 am on Monday 15th April and we will start at 11 am.   The days will be rich and the schedule is full, with evening sessions on most, or all of the days.  On the final day we aim to finish by 2 pm and we need to vacate the premises by 3.00 pm.  The workshop is designed to be fully residential

VENUE:  EarthSpirit Centre, Dundon, Somerset, TA11 6PE. The venue is suitable for people with disabilities, but please let us know if you have special needs.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor workshop.  Please book early as this workshop is already more than half full.  The expected group size is 20-30.

COSTS: We are separating the cost of the accommodation from the cost of the workshop. This is for transparency, though both cheques will be payable to Juliet Grayson at the time of booking.

COST OF WORKSHOP: £485 or £535 if paid after 1st September
To pay a £70 deposit for this & guarantee your place, please click here

COST OF ACCOMMODATION: from £375 per person for the accommodation with full board (see options below under accommodation and food) per person including accommodation, food (vegetarian), and all hot drinks.  NB if you are sharing a room, the rooms are quite small and cosy!

CHECK THERE ARE PLACES: Please email  or  Juliet to check availability on or alternatively phone 01291 638805.

TO BOOK A PLACE: Pay a £70 deposit here   The balance will be due 4 months before the start of the workshop. Please make sure we know asap   (1) do you want a room ensuite or to share a bathroom   (2) do you want to pay a single room supplement to ensure a room to yourself.


  • Sharing a small twin room and sharing a bathroom £375 per person with standard vegetarian diet
  • Sharing a small twin room with ensuite bathroom £405 per person with standard vegetarian diet
  • To have a room on your own, add a single person supplement of £47 (which covers all 3 nights)
  • To have a special diet (eg vegan, or gluten free, or dairy free, or to avoid certain foods) add an extra £33 (which covers all your meals)

HELPERS PLACE: Juliet and William are offering one person a ‘helpers place’.  They will receive a £50 discount.  In return the helper will arrive at 9am on the Monday and help to set up the workshop and stay behind until 4pm on the Thursday to clear up and pack Juliet’s car.  The helper will take full part in the workshop – but will be the person to do small tasks such as liaise with the kitchen, get the logs for the fire, tidy up the main room at the end of each day, and generally help Juliet and William, and be a back up person as required.  If you would like to do this, please check with Juliet.

CANCELLATIONS:  with more than 46 days notice are subject to a 12.5% handling charge.  Cancellations within 45 days of the workshop are non refundable and non transferable.

CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CPD forms will be given where requested