GoWild: Woodland Wildfulness Retreat
2022 dates TBC - watch this space!
It's time to Rest. Reconnect. Re-energise. Join me as we gather around the campfire for two days and two nights in a beautiful private woods in rural Gloucestershire. A small, intimate group, sleeping in tents and/or hammocks in our own mini-village among the trees, we'll be living simply and enjoying spaciousness - a rare treat in our busy lives.
This is not your average "retreat". Yes, it'll be deeply soul-nourishing and it'll also be profoundly transformational. And, this is not a fluffy-towels-and-waited-on-hand-and-foot type of retreat. This is rustic, off-grid, everyone-getting-stuck-in, back-to-basics living. If that doesn't fill you with a little bit of excitement (and yes, there may be some apprehension too - that's perfectly normal), then this probably isn't the retreat for you.
The delights of having a small intimate group is that the retreat will be co-created in line with what you most need at the time. But you can certainly expect fun, campfire-cooked food, songs, stories, new skills, deep replenishment, soul-searching, nature-connection, shared wisdom and a deeper dive into joy, meaning and connection.
There are limited places so if you're interested email me ASAP at [email protected] so I can let you know how to secure yours!
Feedback from previous retreats
"What a special weekend. Whittling sticks for stirring food and baking bread over the open fire, foraging for natural tinder and rosehips for tea, cooking and tending the fire as a village, sharing stories, songs and ourselves. Thank you to Jen, our wonderful guide, whose light touch but deeply held leadership skills are exquisite. I thoroughly recommend making sure you get an invite to her next Wildfulness Retreat!"
"Before the retreat I was unsure what to expect however during the weekend I realised not having a fixed plan or knowing what was coming was part of the fun. I'm now looking forward to allowing more space to see what happens in the rest of my life."
"I loved all the beautiful offerings from the group - poems, songs, stories, games, love, support, food and laughter. So simple, so special."
"Jen is fabulous, knowledgeable, kind, welcoming and challenging - in a good way!"
"Back safely from my Wilderness Retreat with Jen and another five "wild women". Such a fabulous weekend. It was great to have so much time in the open and "me-time". Lots of fire making, whittling, walks, fresh air, food cooked on the fire, and LOADS of laughs! Thank you Wilderness buddies!"
"I enjoyed connecting with such a fabulous group of women, to help me expand my thinking and my comfort zone, and having the time to just think about me. Before this retreat I loved nature but wouldn't consider camping, however I'm now looking forward to the next camping trip! Mr W is going to think I'm nuts!"
"What has been most transformational for me is growing in confidence to be in nature alone, and letting go of some emotional baggage and tension from lockdown."
"The food was delicious! The stew was amazing - wholesome, healthy and tasty."
"Jen always manages to deliver peace and connection, a safe space to grow and live."
"I really needed space and to get away. During the retreat I really enjoyed disconnecting from "life" and reconnecting with Nature's timings and the heartbeat of the wood. It was so different to just going away with friends, and so different from my day to day life! It was great to have an experienced leader, and to have the permission to switch off, to not talk, to be introspective. My hair still smells of smoke even after two washes, but I wouldn’t change any of that for the world! I got a reboot, a reset. Like a laptop, changing the background, or glasses being cleaned, when I hadn't realised how dirty they were!"
"Jen has rekindled my love of being out in the wild"
Want to join us? Email me ASAP at [email protected] to claim your space!
What are the timings?
You'll arrive after lunch on Friday, and leave after lunch on Sunday.
Are meals included?
Yes. The retreat includes breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks while you are there. The food will be simple and wholesome and we will come together to cook over the campfire. Most major dietary requirements will be catered for. If you have very specific requirements please let me know.
I'm not very outdoorsy/I'm nervous about being out in Nature. Is this for me?
You don't have to be a die-hard outdoorsy person to enjoy and benefit from this retreat. In fact it is designed for those who wouldn't necessarily go camping or out on their own, but who feel drawn to nature and would like to experience what it's like to immerse yourself in nature in a safe way. This will be a safe compassionate space for you to explore what it is like to be truly out in nature, with the support of Jen and other like minded women. However, this is not for the faint hearted! This retreat will challenge you - indeed that is one of the reasons it is so transformational. You may well meet your "edge", so you must be prepared for that. If you are willing to explore courage and are willing to be a little bit uncomfortable in the name of connecting with yourself and nature even more profoundly, then yes, this retreat is for you.
Do I need my own camping gear?
Ideally, yes, although I do have a couple of small tents and hammocks that you can hire for the weekend (£20), which will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. If you bring your own tent it MUST be a small 1-2 person tent (not a big family tent) as, being a woods, space is limited! You will need to bring your own bedding/mattresses etc. More information about what you need to bring with you will be provided when you book, but if you have any questions do feel free to email me to ask.
Are there loos and showers?
There is a basic camp toilet tent but no showers. This is truly back to basics! We will assemble a rustic screened washing area for a classic woodland "bucket wash" for those that want the opportunity to freshen up or want to experience outdoor bathing! Many women think they will find this one of the most challenging aspects of the retreat but it just becomes part of the adventure.
What if it rains?
We'll dance in it! 😉 Rain is just another adventure.
Yes, it will change some of our activities slightly however we have three canopied areas under which we can gather, including our main space around the fire. If you've ever been under canvas in a rain shower you'll know how heavenly it can be....imagine sipping steaming mugs of tea or hot chocolate, feeling the fuzzy warmth of the fire on your face, listening to the pitter patter of raindrops on the canvas and in the trees.....
What else is included?
Bonuses include a follow up group circle (online) following the retreat and, for those who pay in full, a 1-1 session with Jen.