Welcome to the wild side
We're really excited to meet you in real life. Before then, we'd like to get to know you a little better and share some more information with you.
Please carefully read through the following information, some of which requires action from you.
This page was last updated July 5 2021
I'm Michelle, and this is my little Teckle, Chico. We're both really excited to meet you all in July. We want to reassure you that it's totally natural to feel a little bit apprehensive about joining a retreat, especially if this is your first time, but we promise we'll make you feel right at home. The Rewilding is located across our family farm and where I was brought up so I hope you can think of this weekend like coming to visit a good family friend with a group of pals, ready for an adventure. Myself and my family are very connected to the land and the local area and we can't wait to show you around. We'll walk you through the experience day by day and everything we do is inclusive and open to beginners, yet we expect you'll experience a lot of firsts whilst your with us.
I'll be your main point of contact and host during retreat. You can learn a little more about me here and if you have any questions at anytime, get in touch.
You can find out more about the day-to-day breakdown by clicking here.
The timings may change throughout the duration of the weekend to allow for flexibility and seredipity but please use this as your guide.
Making an Offering
We hope that during your time with us you experience a balanced exchange both with our location and amongst the group.
Part of human rewilding is looking to the past to relearn from our ancestors, how they built relationships and shared resources and knowledge. Indigenous communities around the world practice gift giving and making an offering as a way to create bonds that open the relationships between us. This is very different from how we gift in the modern western world. There is often an expectation and obligation in return.
However this form of giving is ‘something for nothing, something that cannot be bought or sold, and there is no obligation. Often these gifts are something that will be passed along, as the more something is shared the greater its value becomes.
We are experiencing this same gift-giving on a daily basis from nature, the abundance of food, water, light, and so on. Part of relearning this practice in this way is to return the gratitude for these gifts of abundance. The more we practice gratitude the more nourishment we receive from the gifts. Without gratitude and reciprocity, these gifts will eventually cease.
We invite you to make an offering to the group or location. It is not of monetary value or something that needs to arrive in multiples but simply a thought of connection, a gift from nature or your heart. We will share these in our opening ceremony.
For example this could be a poem to share with the group, some baked goods, any small token. Please do not overthink this.
More about you
We'd like to get to know you a little better and collect some more information from you so we can make sure you are safe during retreat. Any information shared will not be shared with anyone outside of The Rewilding.
Please complete the form by clicking the link HERE
Both you and any other guests in your booking need to complete the Participation Agreement form in advance to allow you to participate in the retreat. This will be sent to you via email where you can sign the document with an electronic signature. If you do not complete the participation agreement, unfortunately you cannot participate in the retreat. If you have any questions please let me know by contacting email@example.com
Technology & Social Media
One of the fundamentals of human rewilding is immersing yourselves in your own senses. Removing distractions from the outside world and slowing down the pace. In order to get the best out of your retreat we encourage you to take a digital detox of the mind as well as the body. We invite you to leave your phone at home or in your cottage. We ask that digital devices are not used in communal areas or at meal times except for photos. We understand that you may need to check in with work or family however we encourage you to ask them to respect your time away in advance, and for you to take this as an opportunity to break the habit.
Check in and Check Out Times
The retreat opens for arrivals from 2pm on the 8th July. Check out time on 11th July, departure day, is at 4pm. We politely ask you to adhere to these times so we can prepare the retreat in time.
Terms & Conditions & COVID-19
Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions before your arrival and let us know if you have any questions.
For the safety of your fellow guests and our team, you will be required to take a lateral flow test on arrival, this takes approx 30 minutes to process.
We will be spending a lot of time outdoors over the weekend however when we are using the inside spaces or when physical distancing is not possible, you will be required to wear a face mask.
Our current policy can be reviewed here.
Photography & Filming
We will at times take photographs during retreats for our website and promotional material, including adverts. If you do not wish to be included in this please let a member of staff know about this on your arrival.
We encourage you to share your experience however please be considerate of others who may not wish to have their image shared online.
We welcome your feedback and will give you a feedback form at the end of the experience to help us improve. We expect you to have an amazing time but if for whatever reason something is not right we would much rather the opportunity to fix the issue than you leave the retreat disappointed. Please do let us know about it in person during the weekend and we will do everything we can to fix it.
If at anytime before and during the retreat for that matter, you have any questions please feel welcome to contact Michelle, who will be your host, at anytime by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring
Water bottle to fill up and stay hydrated
Sturdy walking shoes/ trainers that you are comfortable getting muddy
Slip on and off shoes
Swimwear/ clothing you are happy to get wet
Comfortable clothing / activewear
Warm fleece / jacket / clothing for cooler evenings and breezy mornings
Water proof jacket... just in case
1 or 2 sets of casual relaxation clothes
A blanket or something cosy that you can bring into the retreat space
Hat and sunglasses
Medications if required
What not to bring
Towels or linen
Hair dryers (provided)
Food or snacks, unless you have specific requirements
We provide shampoo and shower gel in the cottages