Woodland Retreat: Creative Writing and Nature Connection retreat
Step out of your everyday life and into a place of reflection through a synthesis of creative writing, contemplation and nature connection.
This 3-night retreat offers you time spent under canvas and round the fire in the beautiful and tranquil setting of the Sharpham Woodland campsite.
All forms of writing can be explored within this retreat, with a particular focus on spontaneous writing, journaling and poetry. The retreat is not a course in creative writing, but rather an opportunity to engage freely in explorative writing in a non-judgmental way.
The retreat is for adults aged 18 and above and no previous experience of creative writing or meditation is necessary. The only requirement is an open and curious mind and a willingness to experiment and participate. The retreat may be useful both to writers wanting to work with creative blocks as well as to anyone interested in exploring their own creativity and self-reflection through the written word.
The retreat will be kept small in number with a maximum of 14 participants to ensure enough time to focus on individual work and group feedback.
The retreat is for you if you are:
- Interested in exploring your own creativity through the written word and contemplation
- Wanting to discover new ways to connect with nature and understand your relationship to nature and to yourself
- Looking to unblock or rekindle your creativity
- In need of rest, replenishment and renewal
- Looking for tools and resources to sustain you in your everyday life
Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety, our retreats might not be suitable if you are experiencing major depression or other clinically diagnosed psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or current self-harming. Click here for further information and details of our booking process.
...out in wild nature, under the warm sun, in a cool wind, beneath rain, enveloped in snow. Sitting round the red embers of a fire with friends, watching the stars, telling stories.
These things give us life and change our lives. They are a life support system. We all need it. Whether we know it or not.
This retreat takes place in the Sharpham Woodland Retreat site in the grounds of Sharpham House, with accommodation in comfortable bell tents. The site and surrounding countryside exudes a sense of peace and tranquillity, with stunning views over the river dart in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Parts of the site are on uneven ground and our programme will include some walking in the hilly countryside of Devon. Please contact us if you have physical health or mobility difficulties to make sure we can best accommodate your needs.
A welcome letter and suggested kit list of what to bring will be provided at the point of booking.
|7am - wake up bell||12.30pm - guided sitting meditation|
|8.00am – guided sitting meditation||1.00pm - lunch and shared tasks|
|2.30pm – personal time|
|10.30am - creative writing and nature connection|
|8.30pm – meditation session|
|9.00pm – Fireside time|
The woodland retreat was an exceptional experience beyond expectations in respect of self-discovery, practical learning, reconnection with nature. The days flew by and managed to provide a mix of being close to nature, yet not without the little luxuries.
More healing in three days than in the previous three years.
A wonderful few days: excellent facilitators in creative writing and the wonders of nature. Amazing environment, peaceful, serene and inspiring.
A chance to get in touch with your hidden emotions, allow yourself time just for you. The opportunity to be inspired by nature and get the writing juices flowing.
I have spent money to be here but feel I am leaving far richer.
I have eaten whole-heartedly and filled myself but feel I am leaving far lighter.
I have found a pace and a peace I didn’t often come by in my day-to-day life but now I know how it feels I will hold onto it.
Please click here and follow the directions as per Sharpham House - HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WOODLAND RETREAT DROP OFF POINT IS NOT AT SHARPHAM HOUSE ITSELF - Look out for and follow Woodland Retreat signs once on the estate. Please note that if coming by taxi - the drivers will know the way to Sharpham House but not to the luggage drop off point. Please look out for the signs.
This retreat takes place in our beautiful woodland campsite area in the grounds of Sharpham House, surrounded by nature and with the River Dart and 550 acres of the Sharpham Estate to explore. The Estate includes a diversity of natural habitats including reed beds, salt marsh, ancient woodland with a rich variety of wildlife, flora and fauna – all set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Your accommodation will be in comfortable and spacious bell tents (single occupancy), which include a simple foam mattress, warm 13.5 tog duvet and bedding, coir matting, a small table and a solar light. We like to call it comfortable camping rather than glamping! The tents offer a good opportunity for those new to camping and extra comfort for more seasoned campers. Full details of the site and what to bring will be provided on booking. There is a covered fire hearth for evenings spent round the fire.
NEW for 2017 - we have created a new shower and toilet block at the campsite featuring four hot showers and three flushing loos. It's a lovely timber framed building constructed by students from South Devon College.
Our cooks produce high-quality seasonal, vegetarian food for our guests. We source food whenever possible from our kitchen garden and support local food suppliers - we can accommodate a range of dietary needs.
All bell tents are single occupancy to give you time to yourself for rest and contemplation. The woodland campsite includes a covered outdoor kitchen and dining area and the retreat is fully catered with delicious and locally-sourced vegetarian food, as well as food foraged from the wild.
£315 - full board - includes furnished bell tent (single occupancy) and bedding. Please bring your own towel.
Brigit-Anna McNeill - Woodland Retreat leader
Brigit-Anna trained in wilderness therapy, counselling and mentoring following her MA in Art Psychotherapy. She empowers others to feel safely held in a group setting, and her approach is strong, safe, transformational and loving. With a rare gift for getting to the heart of the matter and helping others find the deeper truth, Brigit-Anna's knowledge and passion for plants and the natural world is infectious, whether for food, medicine or spiritual ally. She loves to guide us in nature to see it as we have never seen it before; as the missing community we always craved.
Caspar Walsh has over 20 years’ experience in facilitating groups, meditation and as a writing tutor and mentor. He is an author, journalist and founder of the award-winning charity Write to Freedom. His journey through life and work has been driven by a passion and belief that artistic expression, nature connection and contemplation lay the foundations for a reflective, fulfilling, joyful life.
All tents are single occupancy, giving you your own space in which to relax.
There will be a maximum of 14 retreatants on this retreat.
How to book easily and securely:
- online on this page
- by phoning 01803 732542
- or by emailing us on [email protected]
Ring us or email if you've got any questions.
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