Join us in September (7th-10th) on the Isle of Wight for our first Creative Retreat – a weekend of blissful relaxation, creative inspiration and simply beautiful eco living.
Escape and create
The idea is very simple: escape to the island and gather with like-minded creative folk in a very special setting. Give yourself some time and space. Nurture your creative self – the one that lies beneath the everyday in all of us. Creativity comes from letting go a little, learning to look afresh. Sense. Sit a while. Creativity also needs inspiration… and so we are beyond excited that artist and Instagram queen Philippa Stanton (aka @5ftinf with almost half a million followers) will be joining us for the weekend.
Conscious Creativity with Philippa Stanton
If you already follow Philippa, you’ll know just how creative she is. Expect joyful colour, texture and more inspiration than you know what to do with. Expect an unforgettable sensory walk into the nearby ancient forest too… As well as a limited number of weekend retreat tickets, we are also offering a few day tickets to Philippa’s Saturday workshops (to include lunch).
To really maximise your sense of well-being we have also invited meditation and pilates teacher Sarah Moore to lead a Friday sundown relaxation session so we can all enjoy a great first night’s sleep.
Wonderfully creative Tracey of Mrs B Presents will also teach you how to make heavenly fragrant aromatherapy reed diffusers – just like the ones you’ll find in your Tiny home.
We’ll be gathering, sharing and supporting one another in what promises to be a highly enjoyable and inspirational experience. I can’t actually wait…
Places are very limited, so if you’d like to join us, book your place now…
The Retreat programme
Friday 7th September
Make your way to the Isle of Wight and settle in to your Tiny Home or Tiny Home by the Sea. Homemade cakes, fresh flowers and a welcome pack will be waiting for you. In the evening, we’ll gather for a glass or two of welcome prosecco and then enjoy a three-course candlelit dinner together around a beautifully decorated table.
We want your first night’s sleep to be blissful, so we’ve planned a deeply relaxing sundown meditation workshop with the lovely Sarah Moore. Iron out the day with gentle stretching, easy relaxation techniques and a guided visual meditation. If you are still able to keep your eyes open after this, sitting out under the stars on your deck is a blissful way to end the day.
Saturday 8th September
Mornings are magical here, so there’s time to relax and ease into the day. Hampers in each Tiny are packed with delicious breakfast supplies to make your own.
Mid-morning we’ll meet in The Studio and check in for the first of Philippa’s workshops. We’ll spend two hours having fun with colour, texture, ideas, composition and more. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or accomplished photographer. These workshops are all about finding real inspiration whatever your level of technical know-how.
There’ll also be plenty of good tea and homemade biscuits.
After a break for a delicious home-cooked lunch we’ll re-gather for the afternoon workshop. This time we’ll be heading to nearby ancient Parkhurst Forest for a guided sensory walk with Philippa. This will build on the ideas and photography techniques learned in the morning workshop.
We expect minds to be buzzing after such a creative day, so your evening is free. Explore the island‘s many great eateries, or simply chill out in your Tiny. Kitchens have full-size cookers and fridges, so cooking meals and chilling your favourite tipple is simple.
Sunday 9th September
After another relaxed breakfast in your Tiny, with time for a lie-in, morning walk in the forest or paddle in the sea, we’ll gather for our final workshop. Mrs B will teach us how to create a bespoke 100% natural essential oil reed diffuser. Inspiration will come from our weekend – whether that’s the scent of the forest floor, the sweet sea air or the wild flower meadow. Or maybe you love the fragrance of the Mrs B diffuser in your Tiny and would like to know how to recreate it. Whatever your inspiration, you will learn how to blend a perfectly balanced fragrance as well as some of the beneficial properties of the different essential oils and absolutes. Using stylish glass apothecary jars, and only natural ingredients, you’ll be creating the perfect sensory souvenir to take home with you.
The rest of the day is free for you enjoy as you choose. Find hand-picked ideas for secret coves to explore, special places to eat and interesting independent shops to visit in your welcome pack.
We’ll gather together again in the evening for informal drinks, which we plan to enjoy outdoors as the sun sets on what we hope will have been a magical weekend.
Monday 10th September
Before you leave, make sure you find room in your bag for our goodbye tin of homemade muffins for the ferry.
Our mission: to send you home with new ideas, new creative energy and new friends…
Newly-built Tiny Homes are 3 architect-designed eco homes (named Hygge, Eilidh and Silva) set in wild flower meadows beside ancient woodland near Cowes. Read our blog post all about our own Tiny Homes stay here. All have good showers, fluffy white towels and crisp, quality bed linens. Eco living meets boutique camping, with no compromise on comfort.
Each Tiny Home has the following facilities
Kitchen – cooker, hob, fridge with icebox and plenty of kit
Shower and WC – composting of course! NB these toilets are the kind that gets emptied and thoroughly cleansed between guests and can be serviced during your stay on request.
Pristine white linen and towels are supplied
Outside deck – also outside seating and your own BBQ
The Tiny Homes are lo fi … but there is access to wifi in the studio should you need it.
‘Hygge’ is all about nesting and wellbeing
Scandi-styling and snuggly textures create a hideaway vibe
We’re offering Hygge for double occupancy. Choose from one kingsize mezzanine bed and one ground floor modular double bed. Get more details on Hyyge here
‘Eilidh’ is all about lightness (Eilidh is a Gaelic name meaning light).
Pale, clean colours, natural textures, simple styling and a reflective vibe
We’re offering Eilidh for double occupancy. Choose from one kingsize mezzanine bed and one ground floor foldaway double bed. Get full details on Eilidh here >>
Tiny Home Silva is all about the forest, silva being the Latin word for forest or woodland
Natural wood textures and colours with a hint of 70’s kitsch.
We are offering Silva for double occupancy. Choose from one kingsize mezzanine bed, or 2 ground floor single futon beds (they can be pushed together if you prefer). Get full details on Silva here >>
Tiny Home by the Sea
Just a short 10 minutes away from the three Tiny Homes, and just footsteps from the sea is this Tiny Home by the Sea (aka The Shack). Winner of Cosiest Cottage Hideaway award in the My Isle of Wight Awards three years running, and it’s easy to see why…
A true Lo Fi experience with hammock, private garden and simple, coastal decor, we’re offering this Tiny Home by the Sea for double occupancy. Choose from one double and one twin room. Get full details on The Shack here >>
Please note: due to the rustic nature of the location the track to The Shack is very bumpy – most cars will be fine but it is NOT suitable for low-slung sporty cars.
We’re offering discounted early bird tickets until the end of July, so if you’d like to join us, book now and save some money. Places are very limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
We can’t wait to see you on the Island X
Three night’s accommodation in your chosen Tiny Home or Tiny Home by the Sea, at double occupancy.
Friday night three-course seasonal dinner and welcome prosecco
Hamper with breakfast supplies on Saturday and Sunday mornings
Lunch on Saturday
Drinks on Sunday evening
All workshops and materials
Welcome pack in your Tiny
Crisp white bed linen
White fluffy towels
Tea, coffee, milk and sugar in your Tiny
Welcome homemade cakes in your Tiny
Tin of homemade muffins to enjoy on the ferry home
What’s not included
Travel to and from the Isle of Wight
Alcohol (except for that specified in the programme).
If you wish to join us, you can purchase your ticket at the early bird discounted rate of £650 each until the specified date. After this, the full price tickets (£720 each) will be sold.
All tickets purchased are final. If you cannot attend for any reason, you are welcome to find someone to take your place, however we cannot offer any refunds.
If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know on the booking form we will send you. We cannot be held to account for dietary needs on the day – please ensure you tell us your needs before the event.
Because of the shared nature of the facilities, the weekend retreat is a women-only event. Men are very welcome to join us for the Saturday workshops on a day ticket basis.