Retreats 2024 – Information and Prices

Willow Weaving

Thurs 18th April to Sun 21st April

Led by Norah Kennedy

23-12 -05 Norah plus willow

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Come and spend an enjoyable three days immersed in the ancient craft of basketmaking using willow. Norah will guide and encourage you as you create your own unique baskets with different varieties and colours of willow from Somerset and Herefordshire. You will learn about the history of basketmaking and the growing and harvesting of willow as you weave different patterns and use the different techniques. All the tools and materials will be supplied and there will be photos and books to be inspired by.


Norah Kennedy has been making willow baskets and willow work of all shapes and sizes for 30 years. She runs workshops, tailored courses and gives talks on basketmaking.


‘Norah is a super tutor, she calmly worked with each of us teaching the different techniques.’


‘I thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills and I came away with some lovely makes. Norah was very happy to share her knowledge and was very approachable.’


Stories, poetry and more

Mon 24th June to Sat 29th June

Led by Jo Bousfield

Jo Bousfield

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Do you enjoy words? Jo will run gentle and humorous writing sessions pitched at a level to suit you, so you can return home with individual poems or stories to delight your friends and loved ones. There’s no pressure to achieve anything more than 'being there'?  Treat yourself to a stimulating but very restful time to be yourself. Everyone welcome - no special skills necessary. Jo is adept at creating a relaxed, safe atmosphere in which to flourish. Cerebral work, walks, talking and silence make for a great balance. Be inspired by the surroundings and the nurturing atmosphere, and above all have fun!


Jo Bousfield studied Drama at Dartington College of Arts. She is an actor, director, playwright, poet and workshop leader. Among her many achievements Jo co-founded Dr Fosters Travelling Theatre, was the Theatre Development Co-ordinator for Gloucestershire and the Artistic Director for Flies on the Wall Youth Theatre in Stroud for 27 years. Jo runs monthly creative writing groups in Stroud. She has published several books of poems and had several of her pieces included in poetry collections.


‘The sessions were stimulating and fun and held in a very warm and thoughtful way.’


‘I didn’t know I had poems in me, it was pure delight to write, discuss and laugh with the others and create some stuff that I dared to feel proud of.’


Dive Into IMPROV

Mon 20th May to Sat 25th May

Led by Jen Rowe


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This playful, creative five-day course is a chance to immerse yourself in improvisation and is aimed at people with some experience of improvised games and scenes. The daily sessions will be carefully structured to nurture confidence, but will also involve much laughter and joy.


Subjects covered include: character, scene building, finding scene ideas, styles, relationships, emotional connection, longform, shortform, object and space, genres, creativity, wordplay and storytelling.


You will also have the chance to book on a two-person, hour-long focused coaching session. *


Jen Rowe is a long-standing member of The Maydays and Impromptu Shakespeare. She teaches with Hoopla, The Maydays, and currently coaches A.I. improv company, Improbotics. As an actor, she’s particularly interested in making improv a more theatrical experience, as well as using improv for creative writing and to improve mental health.


‘Her friendly relaxed approach guaranteed that newcomers and experienced actors felt comfortable and yet adventurous enough to successfully explore the ideas she provided.’


‘I really enjoyed doing improv with Jen. She's empathetic and full of fun.’


* Additional fee will apply


Creativity through Drama

Mon 15th July to Sat 20th July

Led by Phil Knight


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Would you like to explore your creativity through drama? During the five days you will discover stories, find ways to tell them and help others to tell theirs. You’ll share your experiences and memories, explore how you feel about them and find exciting, dramatic forms of expression. As your imagination is set loose and you develop ideas, you’ll find common ground and understanding.


A variety of exercises and techniques will be used to release your ideas and creative potential, including drama exercises, devising, movement, poetry writing techniques, yoga breathing, meditation and deep relaxation.


Previous drama experience is not necessary.


Phil Knight studied dance and performing arts at Brighton University and started his career as a performer on the alternative cabaret circuit. To develop his interest in physical, improvised, issue-based theatre he became Artistic Director of Third Theatre; ‘A group with total intuitive understanding,’ according to The Guardian. He worked as a director on several community theatre projects and has been a lecturer in physical theatre, directing improvisation and movement for actors at several colleges. Phil believes theatre has an increasingly important role to play in the digital age as a space for human-to-human interaction.


In 2012 Phil trained as a Zen Yoga teacher and he will be happy to offer some optional yoga sessions during the week.


'His enthusiasm creativity and obvious expertise in delivering drama sessions was an inspiration.'

‘A memorable time. The programme was well-balanced and well-designed, with space just to enjoy being in the lovely surroundings.’


‘A wonderful retreat that stretched my intellect, filled my belly and really warmed my heart and soul. I would love to come again. Food was amazing and delicious.’


‘Very comfortable, friendly and welcoming. A lovely setting for a fantastic holiday.’


‘Everything was done to make us feel welcome, supported and pampered. Can’t stop telling everyone about it and can’t wait to come back.’


‘A wonderful week of creative writing and walks on the Pembrokeshire coast. A chance to relax, be creative, eat well, swim and walk. Felt very looked after.’


‘Helen and Peter create a wonderful welcome. It feels like being at an excellent party and they draw in lovely fellow guests. I will be back next year.’


‘A perfect place for a retreat. A beautiful house in a lovely setting. Will definitely be booking for next year.’


‘A lovely welcoming house and garden, the ideal place to spend time engaging in creative activities with a friendly group of people. Our hosts were brilliant and it felt like home from home.’


‘Lovely accommodation and gardens with everything that was needed. A much-needed, interesting and relaxing break with great people.’


‘Couldn’t have had a better week – lovely people to share it with. Fabulous!’


‘Loved every minute. Beautiful setting, lovely accommodation and great food and company.’


‘I cannot recommend Lime House for a retreat highly enough. Helen and Peter are warm, informative and delightful hosts.’

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