About us

Song of the River (Can yr Afon) is the name of our property here in a beautiful country setting along the River Clywedog, just outside Wrexham, North Wales.

Song of the River is our home, Barbara and Nick Allen, we have been living here since May 2006. Whilst enjoying our home and surroundings, we decided it would be nice to invite people who need to find some peace and solace in their lives and with some guided help from Barbara on many levels, try to put your life back on track. We offer an educational day or two allowing you to prepare for what meditation is, how it can really help you in your everyday lives. We do this with a wide range of therapies and meditations, spiritual guidance, sound therapy and many more. Please take a look at our pages and you will see for yourself how inviting our help could be to those who feel drawn to spend time in this beautiful environment.

We soon realised after moving in that there seemed to be an amazing energy about the land here, so we decided to research the area and invite a dowser here, and to our absolute delight it soon became apparent that we were on the right lines because he highlighted many energy grids on the land in and around the house.

I have for many years been very attracted to the Egyptians and their culture on many levels ranging from healing techniques and sacred energy tools (Egyptian Healing Rods), like the Egyptians there are many descriptions of maps and how they worshipped the Leg of the Bull in the night sky (The seven sisters) commonly known as the Pleiades, I also had been drawn to this star cluster many years before arriving at Can Yr Afon, you can see them quite clearly in the winter months between November and March, it turns out that was the reason for my attraction to the Egyptians and the Pleaides, here at Can Yr Afon we are mirrored to the Pleaides, hence the beautiful energies here which are truly amazing to help anyone who is drawn here and gain the unconditional love portal.

I wrote my book a few years ago explaining the so called coincidences of being pulled here and how many other “Leg of the Bulls” shapes there actually are all over the planet. My book is called ‘Mirror Images and Keys of Connection’, a fascinating read, for those who feel drawn to find out more please visit my sister site http://www.alexandria-connections.co.uk

We have recently added a new Log Cabin to our property, situated right on the Riverside, it is truly tranquil and a place to meditate, practice Yoga and can be booked for a full day for no more than 4 people. Please contact Barbara on 01978 754198 for details.


“Staying at Barbara and Nick’s place surpassed my expectations. I felt so welcome and at home with them. We connected on many levels and I was nurtured through therapeutical conversations, rejuvenated through spa treatments and nature walks, and spiritually guided with many meditations and healing practices. I learned a lot of wisdom from this couple that I will carry with me through life. I know I was guided to come here at the right time”.
Love and light,
Julia (Southern England)

My stay at the Song of the River Sanctuary was so enjoyable . From the time I arrived until I left I was treated like part of the family .
The location is adorable magical and so calming , having the choice of a few locations to remain relaxed and chilled out.
Barbara and Nick were incredible hosts preparing food drinks and comfort to make my stay so special and unique.
The Spiritual approach combined with a Hot Stone massage was a joy to behold, the sessions of Egyptian rods and the meditations enabled me to embrace the moment and improve my mental health and well being .
When it was time to leave , I didn’t want to go home, I certainly will be returning and fully endorse anyone looking for a short stay retreat to choose this location and it’s incredible hosts .
Thank you so much for everything


Trevor (Merseyside)

Wonderful, peaceful location for this, my first trip since covid began. Delivered everything it promised – warm welcome, friendly and professional hosts, fabulous treatments including hot stones and beautiful Bulgarian rose facial treatment . Learning about and experiencing the energy of the Egyptian wands was wonderful and very informative. Lovely , nutritious food eaten with the hosts which felt really comfortable. Barbara is a very intuitive person and works together with you so that you get the best out of your time with her. The newly added log cabin is a special place to be with a great ambience, the peaceful sound of water and wonderful views from the huge round window to the river and the fields beyond. The guided meditations led by Nick in the cabin both were powerful and relaxing at the same time. It was also great to be picked up and dropped off at the train station – an added bonus! For me the one to one aspect was really what I wanted at his stage of my life and development .On the whole a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend Song of the River.

Jean (Midlands)

A Place of Spiritual Paradise

Barbara & Nick have made the most relaxing and welcoming spiritual retreat in the most amazing location.  There’s a wonderful story behind all what they do at the retreat which I’m sure they will share with you on your stay

They are so invested in making everything perfect and unique for your visit.

Barbara is an amazing healer, and her treatments are wonderful, we tried different techniques with methods on our stay and came away completely in balance and totally relaxed and chilled out.

They provide lovely food on your stay and I would definitely recommend Nicks Indian food to anyone ! There is also great walks with small waterfalls straight from there garden to walk your lunch off.

The energy at the retreat is so powerful and totally amazing, it doesn’t matter where you are on your spiritual journey, there’s something there for everyone in whatever you’re looking or searching for.

I read the reviews before my wife and I went and thought it’s too good to be true.

I can tell you it’s better than good and is definitely true.

It’s another piece of paradise we have found in the world with the most amazing hosts

Take care both of you, say hi to Nick for us. 
All Our Best 

Mark & Caroline (Kent)