What’s included in the Retreat
The retreat will include a private room in one of the cottages, beds are made up for arrival and hand and bath towels are provided.
A fire pit will be the gathering point, and this will be situated in the garden of Rafters cottage.
Using found objects there will be a session of creativity which will take place in Rafters cottage.
Ruth Saunders, custodian of Dittiscombe Estate, will share the history and chat about the valley and the process of rewilding.
There will be an evening stroll and chat with Dr Ken Neal, a local ecologist, about night time wildlife.
Lunches and evening meals will be served communally in either Willows or Rafters cottages.
There is Wifi available in all cottages.
As there will be time spent outdoors it is recommended that guests bring warm and waterproof clothing. There are airers in each cottage and a boot room and communal tumble drier will be available for guests’ use.
More about the leaders of the Retreat
The close connections with the natural world formed while exploring the woods, streams, forests and hills where I grew up have sustained me all my life. In my working life as a therapist and educator, I have sought to share with other people the value of connecting with nature. Currently I work for an environmental educational charity as a lecturer, and also facilitate nature connection walks and retreats.
Growing up as the child of artists, the natural world was the source and context of mythology, story and imagery. My career in health, social services and complementary therapy has always drawn from that place, as has my own individual artistic practice.
We have acquired the industry standard Good to Go certification which confirms we are following and implementing government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.