It is really helpful for us when running courses if you book in advance. Jack In The Green community members get discounts on retreats, workshops & gifts.

If something comes up last minute, your deposit can be carried over to another event.

East Cheshire Retreat and Camps

Practicalities

Living With Art and Soul

Facilities

We have a big Scandinavian tipi that can hold up to 54 chairs approx with 2 wooden doors.

There is a cosy wood fired cabin.

No hot showers.

Drinking water is accessible from tap.

We have compost toilets. 

We have no mains electricity.

Phone network and signal is pretty good.

How to get there

By car:

Full directions and travel details will be sent upon booking.

Please respect our neighbours by driving carefully up the narrow lane.

Note that parking on site in the small car park is reserved for disabled members only.

Otherwise you can park about 15/20 minutes walk away having dropped off your gear at the site.


If you wish to bring a camper van to park in our small carpark please contact us to discuss. Priority is given to disabled participants.

 

Lift shares:

If you have a space in your car, or need a lift, please post a message on the Facebook page of the event you are attending.

 

Train:

It's only a short taxi ride away of just about 10 minutes to get to our site from Congleton train station.

The site is easy to access by car from Manchester, Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Chester and Buxton being about an hours drive from each. 

Accommodation

Shared accommodation is in our tipi or wood cabin. 

You need to bring your own bedding, sleeping bag or duvet, pillow, and warm blankets, it can sometimes get very cold at night even in the summer.

For additional private space:

You might be able to pitch your own SMALL one-man tent on our meadow between the saplings or park your small to medium size camper van on our small on site car park. Please contact us to discuss as space is extremely limited. 

Bed & breakfast 

Should you not wish to stay in our basic shared accommodation on site there are various options locally on Air BnB. However for some retreats, such as Gods & Goddesses, you are urged to stay on site to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Food:

Our  retreats include a simple breakfast,  evening meal and drinks. YOu bring your own lunches.

We provide Vegetarian and Vegan food.

If you have allergies, we will do our best to accommodate, please let us know as far as possible in advance about your requirements.

You are welcome to cook/eat your own food in your own tent/van. Your fire must be off the ground.

Of course you're welcome to bring your favourite sniky snacks too.

For workshops please see individual event details to see wether food provided or not.

Essentials To Bring

Your own bedding (sleeping bag/duvet, roll mat/foam, blankets and pillows). 

Torches and batteries (It can get very dark at night. There are no street lights here.)

Insect repellant

Towel

Warm clothing

Wellies

(Wellingtons are by far the most useful for boggy areas and long grass and for easy on and off, entering and leaving tents, walking boots\sturdy shoes are more recommended for hill walks).

Rain proof clothing

Additionally:

(Depending on which events you are attending you will receive a detailed list of items to bring)

Meditation stool\cushion

Musical instruments

Note book

Ceremonial artefacts

Cloth and threads

Offerings

Stylish and beautiful clothes (a must for Gods & Goddesses and Harvest Home Celebration)

Poems, stories and songs - whatever inspires you!
 

Prepare Yourself

Relax and take time for yourself leading up to your visit.

You are coming to a wild place, to nurture your wild spirit.

Come sit by our fire. Return to the 'old Ways'. Remember who you are.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I live at Wild Spirit Woods?

Not, we are not a permanent living community, .

 

Can I just come visit whenever?

Please book an event or contact us first to arrange your visit.

We are not always able to welcome visitors, and we have private events running throughout the year.

 

Why no hot showers?

We come here to reconnect with nature and our bodies. Lack of mod cons is a small price to pay for Immersion in nature.

We may in the future consider some kind of simple solar powered shower in the future funds permitting.   

Accommodation -  do I get a discount if I don't sleep on site for a retreat? No the price includes free accommodation. Food is also included as standard with no discounts.

 

 

THE ENVIRONMENT

 

Do you work with permaculture principles?

Permaculture is great, but that is not what we offer.

We use mains water but not electricity.

The woods are being left as they should be wild, with minimal intervention, with humans entering as guests.

 

FOOD

 

Is the food Vegan?

There is always a vegan option offered, we cook a lot of vegetarian food.

 

Do you grow your own food?

No, we focus on letting the land go wild again, so we do not farm it.

 

Is the food organic?

Sometimes, but mostly not, as we try to keep things affordable.

We get our food supplies from a variety of sources, including grocers markets, supermarkets and local farmers.

 

Do you cater for food Allergies?

If you tell us in advance we will do our best to cater for you but we cannot guarantee no accidental food cross contaminations.

 

Can I bring my own food?

You are expected to bring your own lunches for our retreats that you can keep in our earth cold store. For workshops please see individual details.