Welcome to my home Whasdyke Farm
and to Full Circle Retreats

I have created an eclectic mix of retreats for clients who would love the opportunity to tap into their creative natures. I have opened up our home, meadows and woodlands here on our farm to give you a memorable day immersed in nature surrounded by the Lakeland fells and all the wild life and farm animals who call this home too. I very much look forward to greeting you here and sharing our day with our gorgeous gentle giants Sam, Otto, Paddy and Ferdy.

DEBBIE HENDERSON

Each Full Circle Retreat day is themed around a creative discipline. Click on any of the options below to take you to more details about our retreats or simply visit our Retreats page. All our retreats are non-residential so please visit our  ‘Where to Stay‘ page, for some ideas for the perfect weekend. Also check out our In the News page, to find out what we’ve been up to in the press.

Photography RETREAT – 5 April 2020

Often what we see and what the camera sees are two very different things resulting in our photos not always capturing what we thought or hoped for, especially when it comes to the majesty of horses and the splendour of the Lakeland fells.

This retreat will offer the opportunity to spend time amongst the horses whilst learning from Julie Robinson, our resident expert, what it truly takes to capture that memory.

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PAINTING & DRAWING RETREAT – 25 April 2020

This retreat rejoices in all that summer in Cumbria has to offer. Long warm days in the field surrounded by the horses with the ultimate Lakeland backdrop, all yours to sit and compose and brush up on old skills or learn new ones. Don’t worry if the true Cumbrian summer makes an appearance, we have a beautiful dry barn to retreat to!

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FELTING RETREAT – 17 MAY 2020

An introduction to the wet felting technique using wool fibres to create a picture inspired by the landscape of the Lake District. We’ll introduce you to the sensation of working with these delicate fibres. Taking them through the physical process of wetting out, massaging, rolling and finally shaping to achieve a lovely tactile memory of your day.

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SUMMER FLORISTRY RETREAT – 11 JULY 2020

Celebrating the abundance of Summer, our floristry retreat will be wild, romantic and joyful. A true sensory experience connecting with the land, the season and the natural growth cycle of the farm.

Foraging and learning new techniques from one of Cumbria’s leading natural florists, Ashley Holden from Green House Floristry, you’ll go home with not only new skills learnt but all your beautiful creations too.

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CREATIVE WRITING RETREAT – 5 SEPTEMBER 2020

The perfect retreat to awaken the senses and get your poetic juices flowing after a winter of hibernation. Our farm offers new and developing writers a beautiful escape to hone their craft amidst this rich Cumbrian storytelling environment. Guided by award winning travel writer Zoë Dawes there’ll be space and time to write with as much guidance, tea and empathy as you choose.

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Photography & EDITING RETREAT – 3 & 4 OCTOBER 2020

Often what we see and what the camera sees are two very different things resulting in our photos not always capturing what we thought or hoped for, especially when it comes to the majesty of horses and the splendour of the Lakeland fells.

This two day photography & editing retreat will give you the tools to improve your photography and introduce the post processing skills to take your photographs to the next level.

All our creative retreat days for 2020 are led by the seasons, surrounded by horses and guided by the chakras. Based in the breath-taking landscape of the English Lake District, Cumbria, Whasdyke working farm offers wholesome nurturing where you can take time out to press pause and really let your imagination run wild. Great for solo visitors or friends looking for a day break with a difference.

Each retreat begins with a session of yoga, followed by meditation with horses. The bond created with the horses is a fantastic way of creating a stillness within yourself. You will be amazed how our Clydesdales connect with you.

WHAT DOES YOUR IDEAL RETREAT LOOK LIKE?

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All Full Circle Retreats are non-residential. For some lovely examples of the various guest houses, cottages and hotels that are available in the area please visit our ‘Where to Stay‘ page.

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