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Self Development Retreats & Workshops in Devon

The CIP Project is a not-for-profit organisation based in the beautiful Devon countryside at our 25 acre outdoor retreat centre.


We are a registered Community Interest Company 12446394 and are accredited as a genuine social enterprise. The Social Enterprise Mark is an independent guarantee that we put the interests of people & planet above shareholder gain. We have been externally assessed against sector-agreed criteria and have proved our commitment to using profits and income to create benefits for society and the environment.


Whatever difficulties or problems you may be facing in life, we offer a safe space for you to share, and to be heard. The tools and methods we provide are techniques that have worked in the lives of our facilitators and our founders.

Change is Possible.

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Who are the CIP Project?

Michael Maisey created the Change is Possible Project after turning his life around following being sent to prison as an angry young man of only 16 years old.

His story is inspirational and is detailed in his bestselling book Young Offender, and more recently in a TEDx talk in 2022  Uncaged: From Prison to Purpose.

We believe that each and every person can benefit from taking part in one of the Community Workshops. From those wanting to go on a journey of self-discovery to become a better person, those dealing with a lack of connection with those they love, or for those needing help dealing with grief, addiction, trauma, childhood trauma, poor mental health, or are struggling following being released from prison. You are all welcome, bar none, and we promise you will be glad you came.

Uncaged: From Prison to Purpose

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Can you support our work?

We provide practical support for those most in need, including ex-offenders, with bursary spaces for our Community Workshops. These are often people struggling with depression, battling addiction or struggling to come to terms with current or childhood trauma.

We also deliver workshops in prisons aimed at helping prisoners to foster resilience and gain emotional intelligence and perspective. This in turn helps their relationships with those closest to them, helps reduce isolation and reduces violence. We then  provide ongoing support following release in the form of online and in person groups.

Our income from trading underpins our charitable work, so why not sign up to one of our transformational workshops delivered in the Devon countryside? Or you could simply donate.

If you feel you would benefit from our support services, then please visit our Free Support Services page.


Start your journey today and book onto one of our life changing events

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Upcoming 2023 Workshops

  • At CIP we draw inspiration from our native Celtic traditions, but have our roots in the Lakota tradition of sweat lodges. Our founder is an initiated Lakota Sundancer. We use knowledge from many sources, but the main source is the inner primordial knowledge and wisdom which exists within us all.
  • Are you ready to step into leadership, in your own life, to lead yourself and then in your community. This workshop is for those who are ready to step up and be of service to themselves and their communities.
  • A deep experience learning about the warrior within us all, whilst facing the challenges of the elements during winter. WARNING - we will be facing the elements on this workshop This weekend will include ritual combat, sweat lodge, cold water therapy and breathwork.
  • An immersion into Native Celtic culture. Over 3 days we will visit our Sacred Sites Stonehenge, and Glastonbury Tor, experience a Celtic Sweat Lodge, Native Bush craft and dine on locally source food and ancient recipes.
  • Rites of passage happen at times of change in a persons life, they involve ritual activities and teachings designed to strip individuals of their original roles and prepare them for new roles.
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Our store selling CIP hoodies and t-shirts is now live! Check it out here

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New workshops have been added for next year. See the Workshops page for full details.

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