Sichów Duży Retreat – Aethos Training

Ancestral Memories – Bridging Paradigms in Health

27th to 31st August 2018

What is the Retreat About?

Welcome to our experiential retreat! We look forward to spending precious time together at Sichow Educational Foundation. At this healing retreat in the forests of Sichów Duży, we expect to:

Explore our beliefs about the nature of reality and survival beyond death

Develop insights into cultural perspectives around mental well being, especially for new migrants and refugees

Gain confidence in ways of working with clients who have altered states of consciousness or who have experiences of consciousness beyond death

The retreat offers space to discuss topics in an open participatory and non-judgemental way. We aspire to bridge the paradigms around health, as we explore what we believe happens after death, consciousness beyond, or ancestral spirits. We aspire to encourage ancient healing.

Who is the retreat for?

The retreat is for people like us, people who have unusual experiences, practitioners, peers, therapists, mental health staff, and anyone interested in ancestral memories. We explore our beliefs about where memories come from. Are they stored in our bodies or our minds, or elsewhere? How do we address unspoken memories, or how do memories we remain silent about affect us? Our intention is to explore an educational gap, and acknowledge the clash of beliefs between those who hold different paradigms for understanding health, and to invite healing to occur.


We aspire to create a bridge between mainstream education about health and what people really do for their well being. We explore how shamans, psychics, and mediums might respond. Our society is very divided about explanatory models for mental wellbeing, and we acknowledge that with colonisation and an influx of new migrants and refugees, it is essential for us to understand cultural and spiritual explanations for what it means to be a human being. This is important in the field of mental health, and for those who have out of body or near death experiences. Our long term aim is to improve quality of life for practitioners, clients, and us, to enhance social healing and global well being. CPD certificates are available on request.

Retreat Organiser

This open participatory retreat is facilitated by Dr Natalie Tobert, a medical anthropologist with original fieldwork experience in Africa and India. She has worked in UK with new migrant and refugee populations. She teaches in medical schools, hospitals, and universities, and has facilitated workshops in Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, and California. She is passionately interested in spirituality, consciousness, health and social well being.

Natalie’s most recent book “Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing” was written to accompany her training seminars. It brings fresh perspectives to the dialogue on global health. She also has a published book, based on her travels in India, entitled “Spiritual Psychiatries” which explores the transferability of Indian perspectives.

Dr Natalie Tobert

Our Retreat Venue & Hosts

The Sichów Educational Foundation is located in a historic mansion within a natural parkland of ancient trees, set in a glorious forested area, 100 km from Kraków.  Our hosts Paul and Amber Kieniewicz offer us hospitality that reminds us of the old days of Polish manor houses, with tasty food, lovingly prepared. There are spacious meeting rooms with natural lighting and outside there is a mature private woodland with many paths, to encourage peace, quiet concentration and inspiration.

Our hosts aspire to restore vitality to the buildings and their grounds, after they languished in ruins for decades, once occupied by Paul’s ancestors (some of whom were removed during Nazi times). Paul and Amber introduce to the Manor Houses and their profound history.  Our group will stay comfortably at the conference centre, ideal for educational and cultural meetings, meditation or retreats.

We will dine together eating nourishing, fresh and tasty meals provided especially for our group, according to our requirements.  We will either eat in dining room, or seated in the fabulous outside patios.

Feedback from the last retreat


“A very special moment of my life, really enjoyed it”
“Creation of a safe space to share thoughts, experiences and feelings”
“The company of like-minded people. Opportunity to share experiences, opinions, and knowledge in a safe space”
“Open discussion: an opportunity to talk about things and formulate thoughts one rarely gets the opportunity to do”
“Overall wonderful experience, very nurturing. I will treasure the memories”
“Retreat was the highlight of my year”

Your Journey here

Bridging Paradigms in Health: Ancestral Memories

Residential Retreat at Sichów Duży

Flight Details

Participants, you are asked to book your own flights to and from Krakow

Please let us know your flight details so we can arrange an airport transfer for you. Transfers are available free at a set time from Krakow airport. We invite you to select a flight that reaches Krakow around 12 noon or 12.30pm.  If you require a transfer outside of these times, an extra charge will apply

All participants must provide us with detailed proof of holiday insurance on booking, emergency contact information and any health or dietary needs.  We will contact you regarding arrangement details after a deposit is made and you provide us your flight details.  We look forward to spending a beautiful retreat together!

Once you have booked your flight to Krakow, please let us know your arrival time. We will pick you up from the airport on Monday 27th August at a time which best suit the groups’ needs.  Please aim for a flight that arrives around 12noon.

If you are unable to make this time, we can arrange a single taxi transfer for you at an additional cost.

If you wish to stay on longer, arrive earlier or leave later than the dates of the retreat and require information about places to stay or possible trips to do please ask us.  if you would like us to connect you with other group members who are also interested, please let us know.

Flight options (to be booked separately)

Ryanair fly from Stansted

easyJet fly from London Gatwick

British Airways fly from London Heathrow

Lufthansa and Austrian fly from London Heathrow







Book Today To Secure Your Place

Ancestral Memories: Bridging Paradigms in Health

The cost of this five-day retreat (Monday to Friday) is £460 – our special offer for a shared ensuite room.  Fees cover transport to and from the event, four nights’ accommodation, full board with delicious food, training sessions, administrative fees, external visits, and a magnificent concert at the venue. Each room takes two people, so say if you have a preference for sharing.   Places are limited.  The deposit on booking is refundable if the retreat cannot go ahead, but non-refundable if you cancel within 6 weeks of the workshop date.


Breakfast, lunch, evening meals and snacks are all included in the price

External visits to local places of interest

Optional afternoon trips are included too

What a Bargain!

To Register

 £200 deposit confirms booking

Final installment: £260 payable on or before 30th July 2018

(For single occupancy – we require a deposit of £300 on booking, with a second final installment of £260

Places are limited. The deposit on booking is refundable if the retreat cannot go ahead, but non-refundable if you cancel within 6 weeks of the workshop date.