GATHER & GROUND
An immersive woodland holiday
forest school summer camp
A WILD WEEKEND PACKED FULL OF WOODLAND ACTIVITIES
21 - 23 JULY 2023
ADVENTURE · REWILD · RECHILD
This Summer, we invite you to join us in the woods for three days of...
Foraging · Forest School Games · Outdoor Dining
Campfire Cooking · Wild Swimming · Hiking
I am so excited to invite you to this incredibly special weekend, full of fun and games! Bunk beds, nature walks, foraging for food, meals around the fire, wild swimming and old-school games! What could be better?
As a child, I always found so much joy in camping weekends. I remember giggling in bunk beds and tents, whooping with laughter while playing games in the woods and feeling deeply content with life at the end of the day, listening to a gentle strum of a guitar round the campfire, eating a toasted marshmallow and gazing up at the stars.
As an adult, these opportunities come few and far between. So I am incredibly happy to bring you this Forest School Summer Camp (for adults!). A space for us to come together to celebrate the simple things in life, community, nature and play!
I can't wait to see you there! 💚
We'll be foraging, cooking and eating together, from the land and on the land. Gathering herbs for lunch and teas, you'll learn about how to safely and sustainably harvest seasonal wild edibles and how to prepare them for meals!
Our amazing Forest School leader Paul will be hosting our Forest School sessions. Games, activities and challenges will be aimed at helping you connect to each other, to nature, and to your inner child. Expect plenty of giggles and hiding behind trees!
We'll be exploring the South downs on our final day together, hiking to a beautiful wild swim spot and enjoying a picnic lunch. We'll stop and talk about edible plants on the way, and gather some salads and garnishes for our lunch.
Location & Accommodation
We'll be based in Watersfield on the stunning South downs this weekend. Surrounded by Waltham Brooks Nature Reserve and plenty of wonderful walking routes. It's an hour and a half from London and we'll be setting up a car share group to save on petrol costs.
If you were ever in the Scouts or Guides, you'll know the joys of an old school bunk house! We'll be snoozing in two beautiful wooden cabins in the woods, with all the amenities you'd expect, a kitchen you can use if you fancy extra teas or coffees through the day, hot showers and loos.
All food during the weekend will be plant-based and delicious! We have the amazing Chef from Trewhitts joining us on the Saturday to help rustle up something special. Unfortunately we can't cater to gluten-free or celiac diets this time around.
Your ticket price includes two nights accommodation in our cosy woodland cabins, all food and drink (excluding alcohol) and daily workshops and activities led by professional and passionate practitioners.
Our Forest School will be an fun loving group of 16 adults. Unfortunately we cannot allow dogs or children at this event.
We are sharing two bunk-houses which will be separated into male / female sleeping areas, each with their own toilet and hot showers.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!
COSY CABIN (10 bed shared dorm) -
£280 per person
(EARLY BIRD - £250 - NOW SOLD OUT)
Note: a £150 deposit is required for booking.
Frequently Asked Questions
We've put together some on the most frequently asked questions about our Summer Forest School Camp. If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact us.
What are the dates and times of the holiday?Our Summer Forest School camp will be held from the 21st - 23rd July. Arrival will be at 4pm on the Friday and departure will be 4pm on the Sunday.
Will children or dogs be allowed to come?Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs or children at this event. Please get in touch if you'd like to enquire about anyone from the ages of 16-18 attending with a supervising adult.
What do I need to bring?We will email you a full list of items you'll need to bring closer to the time but to give you some ideas: Reusable water bottle - drinking water is available on site Walking boots Cosy clothing for the evenings Towel and toiletries Torch Sun screen and hat Note book Swimming stuff
What's not included in my ticket price?Travel to and from the site is not included. We will set up a car share group to try and reduce emissions, Any additional activities or excursions you may choose to do in your free time are also not covered by us. Your ticket includes dinner on Friday, three meals a day Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, we will have teas and snacks throughout the day.
Do you have disabled access?Unfortunately due the the nature of this retreat disabled access is unavailable .
What's your refund policy?Cancellation by either us (the organisers) or the you (the guests), more than 30 days before the Event: Full refund. By you (the guests), fewer than 30 days before the Event: No refund. By us (the organisers), fewer than 30 days before the Event: Full refund.
Can you cater for special dietary requirements?All of our food during the weekend will be plant-based. Unfortunately, we cannot cater to gluten-free or coeliac diets at this event.
What are your payment terms?A 50% deposit will be taken to confirm your booking. The outstanding balance will need to be sent by 1st June.
"Fern's engaging, friendly, and highly informative style brings this fascinating skill within the reach of everyone. It felt like an amble in the woods with friends, and Fern's sharp eye and delight in the subject lead us on a journey to see familiar places with a wholly new appreciation; each tiny green morsel was a new, delicious and fascinating discovery right under our feet."
- Ed Coleridge
What an incredible woodland cabin, perfect for a weekend getaway! It was so peaceful in the woods and we saw so many deer and rabbits. Enjoyed toasting marshmallows around the fire, and slept really well as it was so peaceful and beds very comfortable.