Imagine if nature was our medicine. If the outside world could repair our inside world, facilitating a great connection and love for ourselves – and others.
This is why Cabilla started.
We both experienced mental illness that affected us deeply, Merlin as a British Army Major who had a nervous breakdown due to PTSD in 2017 and Lizzie as a corporate executive who suffered with burnout in 2015 and post natal anxiety after the birth of our first daughter. Getting outside and being in nature was a life-changing part of our journey. We didn’t know the questions to ask or the people who could help, so we just did what felt natural, which was spending as much time outside as we possibly could, walking in our local park or often taking the train for hours to get a 24 hour hit of green.
We realised in 2019, as our restoration efforts here were beginning to gain momentum, that we didn’t just want Cabilla to be a place of ecological balance. We wanted people to come here and find balance in their minds and bodies too, sharing our guardianship of this once private land with as many others as we could.
WE HOPE CABILLA COMES to YOU WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST
So, we applied for planning permission and took out a large loan against our home to build the retreat space. Yes, this was risky, and everyone told us that we were crazy (apt!) and not to do it, but we believed in it so much that we took the largest leap of faith of our lives so far.
Over the last few years, we have been reminded that mental health is a constant journey, one to embrace and lean into with pride and not shame. That everyone, no matter how together they may seem, can struggle with mental health. It isn’t a weakness, it is a strength to have the self-awareness and compassion for your mind to want to make it as healthy as possible.
We are privileged to work with some of the UK’s leading yoga and breathwork practitioners, somatic therapists, sound healers and chefs. We believe we have some of the most talented individuals on the planet working in our team to facilitate incredible experiences here – and connect everyone with the restorative power of nature.
We hope that Cabilla comes to you when you need it most, and that when walking through the woods, breathing the oxygen that the trees have created for us to breathe and exist, you feel a part of nature, not apart from nature.
Thank you for reading this and please do get in touch via [email protected] if you’d like to visit.
Merlin and Lizzie – Founders, Cabilla Cornwall