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 will be updated in the lead up to the weekend so please bookmark it for quick reference.

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Hello Wildling 

I'm Michelle, and this is my little Teckle, Chico. We're both really excited to meet you in  January and can't wait to share our space with you and show you around our home and local area. I'll be your main point of contact and host during retreat, so if you have any questions at anytime, get in touch.   You can learn a little more about me here.

 

You many have been on many retreats before or perhaps this is your first, either way, 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. 

Preparing for your retreat...

Making an Offering 

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We hope that during your time with us you experience a balanced exchange both with our location and amongst the group.
 
A ritual we practice at every Rewilding retreat is making a small offering.

We do this as part of our human rewilding journey, 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 where 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 some words or poetry that are meaningful to you. We will share these with one another when we come together. 

Your Soul Food Soundtrack

I’d also like to invite you to share one track with me. This should be your soul food track, your one desert island soundtrack, the song that when you close your eyes and listen to the lyrics or the melody it takes you to your happy place. Please send this by replying to this email with the name of the song and the artist.

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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 the retreat. Any information shared will not be shared with anyone outside of The Rewilding. 

Please complete the form by clicking the link HERE

Participation Agreement

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 hello@the-rewilding.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 28th of January. Check out time on 30th January, departure day, is at 4pm.  We politely ask you to adhere to these times so we can prepare the retreat in time.

Terms & Conditions 

Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions before your arrival and let us know if you have any questions.

Covid Policy

We are closely monitoring government guidelines and the rules stipulated at the time of the event will be strictly adhered to.


For the safety of your fellow guests and our team, you will be required to take a lateral flow test and share the results with us 48 hours prior to arriving. 

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, encourage you to wear a face mask. 

 

Our current policy can be reviewed here.

If you have any questions relating to COVID, please get in touch at any time.

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. 

On retreat

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.

On retreat

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 hello@the-rewilding.com

What to bring

  • Water bottle to fill up and stay hydrated

  • Sturdy walking shoes/ trainers that you are comfortable getting muddy, wellies if you have them

  • Warm socks

  • Slip-on and off shoes e.g. flip flops/sliders

  • Swimwear/ clothing you are happy to get wet

  • Comfortable clothing/activewear 

  • Warm fleece / jacket / clothing 

  • Waterproof jacket

  • 1 or 2 sets of casual relaxation clothes

  • Yoga mat

  • A blanket or something cosy that you can bring into the retreat space

  • A warm woolly hat, scarf and gloves 

  • Medications if required

  • Camera (optional)

What not to bring

  • Towels or linen 

  • Hair dryers (provided)

  • Alcohol

  • Laptops

  • Food or snacks, unless you have specific requirements 

  • We provide shampoo and shower gel in the cottages

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