Charlotte Church has stated that she intends to make her newest venture, a wellness retreat in Wales, “as affordable as possible” despite the cost-of-living problem.
The 36-year-old Welsh singer-songwriter Rhydian Lewis, who first gained notoriety as an opera singer at the age of 11 and later became a pop star, has turned a rundown Welsh country house named Rhydoldog into a nature-oriented commercial endeavour called The Dreaming.
While appearing on This Morning, the self-proclaimed “ecowarrior” Church discussed her plans to use “pay what you can” and “pay it forward” methods in order to make the retreat accessible to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
The rooms at The Dreaming Retreat, Church told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, “are all at different pricing points so people can access it.”
She went on to say, “One thing that was incredibly essential to me was to make it as accessible as I could.”
All of our getaways will feature a “pay what you can” section.
She continued, “I really want to build up a pay it forward plans, I really want to work with different charitable partners, so over this next six months to a year I’m really going to investigate what our choices are to make this as accessible as possible and as beneficial as possible.”
Church has just announced on Instagram that the seven-bedroom villa, formerly owned by Laura Ashley and now serving as a therapeutic retreat, is currently accepting reservations.
Charlotte Church’s Dream Build, airing on Really, is also documenting the renovations.
Church purchased the building and has been renovating it for the past two years; the first season of the show aired in 2017; the second season premiered on Wednesday night.
The singer, who has played for the Queen and former US president Bill Clinton, said she planned to do “chanting and singing to nature” as part of the retreat experience.
There are many unique themed rooms in the rebuilt rural estate, such as the moon room, mushroom room, and mystical chamber.
Church said, “I am such an eco-warrior, I’m sure a nature person, that’s sort of what I’m really compelled to do anyway.”
She went on to say that the strains of the pandemic and other modern stresses inspired her to make a sanctuary for relaxation.
“It’s partly about feeling at one with nature,” she explained.
“In our rushed modern world, we don’t have the luxury of leisure, and people are so preoccupied with various activities that their nervous systems are tiring out and their mental health is suffering as a result.”
Church added that the retreat is “gentle and self-guided,” so that attendees “may access it at any level.”
During the week, tune in to ITV at 10 am to catch This Morning.