Men and the Long Road Home

A Residential Rites of Passage Workshop for Men


William Ayot & Simon Roe

EarthSpirit Centre, Nr Glastonbury, Somerset.

To see feedback from William and Simon’s 2023 Residential for Men click here


WHEN : Sunday 25th – Thursday 29th February 2024   

Alternative dates: Sunday 17th November  – Thursday 21st November 2024 at EarthSpirit

COSTS: For transparency we are separating the cost of the workshop from the cost of the accommodation. 

Cost of workshop:  WE WANT MEN TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP, AND WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO TRY AND FIND A WAY THAT YOU CAN COME, EVEN IF MONEY IS TIGHT.  Thus we have decided to operate a radical “inclusion policy” for the workshop part of the costs.  Please pay what you can afford.  We will happily accept any amount between £200 -£675.  We can also offer you a payment plan (paying over several months) if this helps. Please contact us to let us know what you can realistically afford – juliet @

Pay A Deposit: To pay a non-refundable deposit of £350 click here

NB On top of the above, you will need to pay the cost of your food & accommodation – from £499 – £630 (click here to see accommodation options, scroll down for food options)


FREE TALK 60 mins

Healing Men’s Souls – William Ayot interviewed by Andrew Marshall £0 click here

There’s often a hunger in a man – a yen for authenticity, a longing for friendship, and a yearning for a homecoming he can’t quite put a name to. Cut off and estranged by culture and habit, many of us live out our lives in isolation, fear, and resentment – yet there is another way. This powerful retreat offers men an opportunity to take off their armour and explore – safely, together – with other men of like mind and yearning. 

In ancient times such events were called Rites of Passage or Mysteries. They called for courage, trust in others, and a willingness (or a need) to change. Taking story and poetry as our starting points, our work together will include ritual, breath and body work, creativity sessions, time in nature, and emergent group sessions that may re-define or re-direct us… Our story points towards issues of grief and loss, protective pomposity, repentance, and the eternal male struggles between, façade and truth, ego and soul. 

As with any journey into the world of myth, or the unknown, we will meet guides and helpers as well as challenges – and at the heart of the story we may find ourselves. Only then, like the hero of our own story, can we step forward into a fuller life, turning our troubles into learnings and our wounds into gold. 

Join Simon and William as they once more open a safe, emergent space for men in the Arthurian landscape of myth and mystery. 

This course has been approved by NCIP-  National Council Of Integrative Psychotherapists.

Cost of workshop £200 – £675
Scroll down for more details of FOOD and ACCOMMODATION

Pay a deposit of £350
click here

If you’d like to pay for your accommodation now then scroll down for details.  Room availability is on a first come first served basis.

NEED TIME TO PAY?  For those who need it, we offer a payment arrangement, where you spread your payment over many months (or even years).  If you would like to attend but cannot afford to pay all at once, please contact Sam with a payment plan (e.g £100 a month).  

Feedback from previous attendees

William and Simon created a space that allowed us all to bring whatever we were thinking or feeling to the day…an all-round great experience  –  K.E. 

You’re in safe hands, go for it!! –  B.P. 

A wonderful chance to get in touch with elements in yourself that might be holding you back – J.M. Counsellor, Spain.

“William is a TREASURE of pure soul and heart” Leslie Brissett, Group Relations Programme Director,
Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, London (UK)


William Ayot

William is an award-winning poet, international facilitator and ritualist. He has been leading men’s retreats, rites of passage and initiatory events since 1992. He teaches and coaches around the world and holds rituals at his purpose-built site in Wales. Writing includes, “Email from the Soul” (poetry) & “Re-enchanting the Forest: Meaningful Ritual in a Secular World” (prose.)

 William Ayot began leading men’s and mixed workshops in rehab and prisons during the early nineties. He later joined Wild Dance Events, organising and hosting large-scale men’s events for teachers like Robert Bly, Michael Meade, James Hillman, Malidoma Somé, Martín Prechtel and others, while leading initiatory rites of passage retreats at Cae Mabon. As a co-founding director of Olivier Mythodrama, he worked around the world, teaching leadership through story, theatre practice and ritual. He currently teaches on the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD.

William leads workshops and seminars on personal development topics and creates and conducts private rituals and ceremonies. He lives in Monmouthshire with his wife, the psychotherapist and teacher, Juliet Grayson.

To hear William talking on Shame and its effects, click here

Simon Roe

Simon originally trained as a body psychotherapist with Nick Totton and Em Edmondson and has nearly 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and groups For the past twenty five years he has focused on working with men and teenage boys in a variety of settings including group work, 1-1 psychotherapy and Rites of Passage events. He has worked extensively with perpetrators of domestic violence, both adult and teenage and is a Respect ( approved trainer and supervisor. From 2009-2017 he co-developed and delivered the ‘Do it Different’ programme, working with teenage boys using violent and abusive behaviour at home, which is recognised as an example of best practice.

Simon has been greatly influenced by teachers such as Robert Bly, Malidoma Some and Martin Prechtel. Most recently he has completed a foundation course in Process Oriented Psychology, an approach which increasingly informs his practice.

Simon is a fully accredited member of The Association of Facilitators. Please visit for more information about his work.


This workshop will take place at the EarthSpirit Centre in Somerset.


Accommodation options are  booked on a first come first served basis

For more on FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION click here

This covers your accommodation with full board per person including accommodation, food (vegetarian, and all hot drinks). 

  • £499 for dormitory accommodation,
  • £520 if you are sharing a bedroom with up to 2 others, and sharing a bathroom with several other bedrooms.
  • £558 if you are sharing an ensuite bedroom (which has it’s own bathroom) with just one other person.  Or
  • £595 for a single person in a bedroom on your own with a shared bathroom.   Or
  • £630 if you would prefer sleeping alone, in your own en-suite bedroom with it’s own bathroom. 
  • If you can bring your own campervan, then there is a charge of £480 to cover use of the toilet, shower and all your food. 
  • For those wishing to stay off site, but want to eat with the group, there is a charge of £440


  • Standard Generic Special Diet (SGSD): You can order a special diet which is a standard gluten free,  standard wheat free, or standard dairy free. £12
  • Specially Prepared Special Diet (SPSD): You can have a specially prepared special diet, eg avoiding certain foods. £33  

If you require this then please send the specific requirements to


ADDRESS Earthspirit Centre, Compton Dundon, Somerset, TA11 6PE. 

TIMINGS Participants arrive between 6.00 and 6.30pm.  Supper is at 7.00 on Sunday evening.   There will be an evening session on most, or all of the days. The workshop is designed to be fully residential.  On the final day we will aim to finish by 3.00-3.15 pm and we need to vacate the premises by 3.30 pm. 

COVID TEST You will be asked to self administer a lateral flow test the day before coming, and to only attend if the test is negative.  We hope to have a waiting list for this workshop.  so that if someone has symptoms just before the event and cannot attend, or their region goes into lockdown, their place can be taken by someone else, and they will get a full refund.  BUT if there is not a waiting list, then William and Simon will not be able to offer any refunds.  In the event that William and Simon are unwell, or that their regions are in lockdown and they are unable to travel, participants will be offered a full refund, or a credit to use on another workshop.

TAKE TIME OFF AFTER THIS  This workshop is a deep and powerful experience.  We strongly recommends that you give yourself at least 2 very quiet days, where you are not working or socialising, after the workshop.  This will help you with integration and ‘landing’ back into your normal life.


HELPERS PLACE William & Simon are offering one person a ‘helpers place’. They will receive a £50 discount. In return the helper will arrive at 4.30pm on the starting day and help to set up the workshop and stay behind for up to 2 hours on the final day to help clear up and pack the car. The helper will take full part in the workshop – but will be the person to do small tasks such as show people to their bedrooms on arrival, liaise with the kitchen, get the logs for the fire, tidy up the main room at the end of each day, and generally help William and Simon and be a back up person as required. If you would like to do this, please check with Sam if the place has been taken

CANCELLATION  Cancellations or alterations with more that 90 days notice are subject to a 12.5% handling charge. Cancellations or alterations within 90 days of the workshop are non refundable and non transferrable. 

EXTRA REQUIREMENTS? If you have any extra requirements please contact rather than the contacting the EarthSpirit Centre directly. It is easiest if all arrangements are made through our office rather than contacting the venue.  If you have any special needs (any kind of disability) please let us know.