Spring Planting 11-15 April 2016

This year we offer an early Spring working week, so no runner beans to train up poles, the focus will no doubt be on potatoes and onions. Alongside working in the Community’s organic vegetable gardens, we will explore the themes of growth, the interconnectedness of life and sustainability.

What garden work we undertake will depend on the weather, our individual energy levels, skills, experience and interests. We welcome people with all levels of skill and experience. We hope all will ‘participate for the pure joy of the task’.

With an earlier date than usual for this retreat, work is likely to include:

  • Setting out seed potatoes and onion sets
  • Sowing and pricking out in the poly-tunnel
  • Maintaining compost bins and raised beds
  • Care of the forest garden
  • Mowing lawns around the house and camping areas
  • Keeping the woodland paths open

Daily programme:  Each day starts with our daily meeting for worship. Then, after a gentle stretching and warm-up session we will be doing a morning’s work in the garden. After lunch there will be time for walks, play, creative projects, continuing with the work, or rest.

Evening sessions:  After supper sessions will reflect the particular interests of the group. Please bring your suggestions. In previous years these have included: exploring themes of growth, the interconnectedness of life, story-telling, sustainability, giving and/or receiving a hand or foot massage, singing our hearts out, and doing puzzles or playing games. These will be followed by Epilogue – our evening worship

Food etc:  We will all take our turn at preparing meals, washing up and other tasks and we hope, depending on the weather, to be able to finish with a celebratory bonfire on the last night to warm us as we eat our supper, sing songs, tell stories, read poems and reflect on the week

What to bring:  We provide all bedding and towels. Please bring working/weather-proof clothes and boots, and indoor shoes or slippers. We do have a certain amount of wet weather clothing, overalls, welly-boots and gardening gloves, but for comfort it is best to bring your own gear including hat. A torch can also be useful. It can get midgey on the land in the afternoons so insect repellent is a must, plus anti histamine cream/pills if you are allergy prone.

Charges:  These reflect that this is a working retreat and are on a sliding scale from £150 – £100 for the 4 days. You are also warmly invited to stay on for the weekend, which is one of our monthly Work and Worship weekends, at an additional cost of £40. Please let us know if you want to do this.


For further details or for a booking form contact us.