Connect with nature using all of your senses, unplug from the rush of modern life and tune in to the therapeutic nature of the landscape on this retreat which aims to restore your calm and wellbeing on a number of nature-based activities.
Arrive at Harewood Farm, a beautiful, unspoilt landscape within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nestled amongst rolling hillsides covered with deep, ancient forests.
Your hosts will guide you through the landscape, skillfully guidng you to practice mindfulness by noticing both the minutiae and the vastness of your environment. Walking in the woods ‘holding a soft fascination’, is an evidence-based practice that connects us to feel the deep healing power of nature.
You may experience aromatic compounds from plants called phytoncides that naturally support our immune system and have been linked with lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
All of the senses will be revived over a day that will include some movement practices, massage(in pairs) and creative opportunities.
Return to the field kitchen barn feeling refreshed and ready to prepare and enjoy a farm feast. Share in your hosts’ passion for connecting toour food by understanding seasonal eating, and try food not just grown at the farm, but wild foods foraged from the woodland too.
There will be plenty of time to ‘just be’ in this beautiful peaceful area and to drink in your surroundings and relax. By the time you leave after 3 wholesome nights, you’ll be feeling fully reenergised and ready to take on the world again.
Your accommodation for this wellness holiday will be in your choice of The Chapel, or Trecarney guest suite. The chapel hosted by Jo, is a bespoke built tiny wooden house in a secluded meadow on the farm, where you can have a truly off grid experience. This is all about reconnecting with nature, there is a composting toilet, outdoor (hot) shower and a field kitchen with electricity and running water which are situated across the meadow. Indoors there is a comfy double bed and a log burner and a lovely deck outside to take in the stillness of the wild meadow setting. If glamping and outdoor showers are not for you, you can opt for the stylish Trecarney Guest Suite, with a double bed and a lovely indoor ensuite shower room, cooking facilities and a private garden and patio, it’s a self contained stylish guest suite in Calstock, close to Harewood farm and hosted by Lily.
Get back in touch with nature by eating and drinking produce directly from the land around you
Enjoy creative art projects all centred around wellness and opening up the senses
Escape to a beautiful hidden corner of Cornwall and stay in quirky accommodation
Your Local Host:
Jo and Lily
Jo & Lily are facilitators who both love to share the therapeutic benefits of nature-based activities. They have teamed up to offer this experience in the beautiful surroundings where they live.
Jo’s experience as a yoga teacher and Lily’s as a massage therapist mean they have spent many years guiding people using mindful practices.
Arrive in the magnificent Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to settle into your accommodation from 3pm.
Harewood is a wooded hamlet just North of the village of Calstock on the river Tamar… choose from staying in an off-grid tiny house in the meadows at Harewood Farm or anattractivecontemporary apartment nearby. Each accommodation sleeps two in a double bed. There are cooking facilities at both or you may fancy a trip to one of the two pubs in the village for supper.
Accommodation – The Chapel or Trecarney Guest Suite
Unplug, Reset, Recharge - A day immersed in Nature & Feasting from the farm
This day aims to open the senses to the natural world. Being in nature can restore your mood, give you back your energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate you.
Your experience takes place on Harewood Farm, a 25-acre smallholding of ancient meadows and mixed woodland on the River Tamar, with a purpose-built field kitchen barn.
Arrive to a welcome tea that is made with wild plants from the land. Here, you are building a connection to ‘place’ by imbibing something from that place.
You will then take a guided walk in the rich landscape.Nature immersion involves taking in the landscape through your senses, which bridges the gap between you and the natural world.
The expanding of your senses into the calm, natural environment will help you to unplug, slow down, destress and relax. When you stop thinking about anything, you arrive in the present moment, you step away from the world, to be able to see it more clearly when you return to it.
At lunch, you will continue this feast for the senses. Everything you eat is grown here at Harewood by your hosts or in the local terroir. Your hosts are passionate about locally produced organic food using regenerative farming methods.
After lunch, you will engage in a creative art project that draws on the sensory experience of the morning. It could be the art of HapaZome or Japanese Leaf bashing, an Aromatherapy session, making room scents with ingredients from the forest, or exploring the art of touch with massage techniques.
You will finish the day with a tea ceremony, boiling your water over a fire made with wood that has been gathered from the land and creating a final wild plant brew.
You’ll sleep well after a day out in nature, and hopefully get to experience the wide-open skies for a bit of stargazing from the deck at The Chapel or the patio at Trecarney, whichever is your chosen accommodation.
Accommodation – The Chapel or Trecarney Guest Suite
Exploring the local area
Enjoy a day out on any of the local walks around Calstock, there are a variety of mapped walks available. Okel Tor, an old mining area, now a nature reserve, is within 10 mins walk of either of the accommodation options.
From here you can walk along the river to Calstock village, pop into the award-winning ice cream shop, and visit the pubs and cafés. Through Calstock, continuing alongside the river and through some lovely broadleaved woodland, takes you to the beautiful National Trust property of Cothele, with stunning gardens and a medieval house to explore.
Accommodation The Chapel or Trecarney Guest Suite
Have a leisurely breakfast and continue to bask in the views. Check-out is 11am.
We hope that you return home feeling thoroughly rewilded and like you have had a chance to get back to nature, and we hope to see you back soon!
Tim & Heather
Friday 16th October, 2020
The only sounds are the nature around you, which for us is a real treat, as we can normally hear traffic at home. The star filled sky, the sound of owls all added to the excitement of shooting stars. The land stretches down to the River Tamar and thr...
The only sounds are the nature around you, which for us is a real treat, as we can normally hear traffic at home. The star filled sky, the sound of owls all added to the excitement of shooting stars. The land stretches down to the River Tamar and through woodlands, you could spend many hours just sitting there. Calstock is a beautiful village which you can take a walk to, seeing old mining history on the way.
The best holiday we’ve been on in a very long time! From start to finish it was an exceptional experience; special highlights include the incredible kitchen, the wonderful fire burners and the impromptu foraging guide, which turned into a wonderful...
The best holiday we’ve been on in a very long time! From start to finish it was an exceptional experience; special highlights include the incredible kitchen, the wonderful fire burners and the impromptu foraging guide, which turned into a wonderful porcini mushroom pasta! It’s a beautiful area and break from the city, as it’s so secluded and we can’t wait to visit in the spring season.