Community Tree Planting

Date: 22nd November 2017

Time: 11am - 6pm

Hands that help are holier than hands that pray

We invite you to The Gathering Fields to help plant in our forrest garden around the community project field.  This will help create cover and a safe place for children to learn about trees and foraged fruits. We have Crab Apple, Hawthorne, Hazel, Oak and many more to plant; in fact 200 trees. This is a lovely thing to do together, sharing stories and being in nature is good for the soul, we welcome planting a tree in memory of a loved one or simply plant a tree for life and watch it grow . Families and children welcome.

Bring wellies, water proofs and warm clothing. There will be a logfire and shelter in case it rains. Warm food will be served but please do bring food to share.

Sound Bath – Healing with the Power of Sound

Date: 24th November 2017

Time: 7.30pm - 9pm

Location: The Gathering Fields

Once a month around the third Friday in the month : 24 th Nov / 15th December 2017

Also in Penwortham at the Chakra Yoga Studio 16th Nov

Relax and unwind with a Sound Bath and Vocal Healing with Helen and William
Forget the world for a while, and sink into a tranquil ocean of healing sound waves.
Lay or sit down, close your eyes and allow the sounds to wash away the stresses of the day, as you are filled with the beautiful vibrations of pure sound.
You will experience a number of specially chosen instruments, including Medicine Drum, Gong, Crystal and Himalayan Singing Bowls

Just some of the benefits of a Sound Bath:

Aids relaxation
Induces feelings of calmness and serenity
Deeply relaxing, both physically and mentally
Stimulates body’s own healing potential-can promote healing on many levels.
Awakens your senses, feel rejuvenated, invigorated
Reduces anxiety, stress, unwanted thoughts and stress related conditions
Feel more positive, energised, happier and uplifted

For your comfort you may wish to bring along a mat, blanket, pillow, whatever will make you comfy if you choose to lie down during the event. There is of course the option to sit if you prefer.
£10

To book or for further details, please contact;
Mobile 07791254101
Email; soundhealerlee@gmail.com or info@northernapproach.co.uk

Acorns to Oaks Yoga Retreat Day

Date: 9th December 2017

AYURVEDA NORTHERN APPROACH AND YOGA IN HARMONY TEAM UP TO BRING YOU A DAY OF GETTING BACK TO NATURE TOWARDS THE END OF AUTUMN, TO GET BACK TO YOUR ROOTS AND SHED WHAT NO LONGER SERVES YOU AT THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR
Opening with breathing exercises and meditation to ground you, followed by 90 minutes of yoga to gently open the body.

Lunch will be provided, followed by a walk around the beautiful countryside surrounding Swainshead farm.

A talk on the Ayurvedic approach to autumn, preparing for Winter, and which foods and herbs or flower essences will help you the most will be given by Helen, the afternnon we will practice Yin Yoga before a session of yoga nidra, and final sound healing that will end the day leaving you relaxed and ready for the Winter months
The day costs £40 p/p Only 15 places available please book in advance

Lottery Funded Community Gathering Retreat

Start date: 31st January 2018

End date: 17th March 2018

C.I.C Community Gathering Retreat
This package is for charities and C.I.C funded groups that have vulnerable women, children and families. Each retreat is fully funded by Blackpool Bohemia in collaboration with The Gathering Fields Retreat. We have 3, three day residential retreat’s available at a date convenient for your group and to organise a date for your group we ask you do this via email. The one cost that your group will need to fund is the travel and support workers fee’s if needed. Each retreat is held at The Gathering Fields and must be booked directly. They can be run over a weekend or mid week depending on availability. All food, accommodation and refreshments are provided. We cater for 8 people residential and must be notified of extra person’s attending to support each group. Staff members will be provided with separate accommodation. We provide two people to facilitate all activities and support your group. We offer a variety of craft ideas and other activities available from the list provided on our leaflet, pre booking is essential if wanting to change the itinerary below.All meals are vegetarian with some produce from the farm’s allotment.
Retreat Details:
Day 1: Arrive at 11.30 am meet the team with guided walk around the land and meditation.
1pm Lunch
1.30 pm Craft activity (pottery, wool craft or wood craft)
4pm Communal cooking the evening meal
6pm Meditation or fireside stories

Day 2: Breakfast at 9am ( Meditation)
10am Land based activity ( Gardening, work in the allotment or woodland work)
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Craft activity ( pottery, wool craft or wood craft)
4pm Communal cooking the evening meal
6pm Free time

Day 3: Breakfast at 9am ( Meditation)
10am Land based activity ( Gardening, allotment or woodlands)
1pm Lunch
2pm Sound Healing
3pm Retreat ends.

Cost £1,280 Group of 8 people children under 4 are Free (Non funded private group) Funded groups (C.I.C or charities will be funded by our Lottery fund and only have to provide travel, and bedding for sleeping) Suitable outdoor clothing is required and water proofs for wet weather.

Women on The Land Spring Retreat 2018

Start date: 17th April 2018

End date: 19th April 2018

This is a work based retreat for women only, here we will over 3 days, work togetherin the garden, allotment or woodlands. You will experience a beautiful landscape while learning some of the practices done on the land. Here we will work with the nature of Spring fertility and a time for honouring our friendship and union with the land, bringing in newness and sowing seeds for the year ahead. We will observe spring plants and practices for the land to honour springtime. You will be required to dig, grow and cultivate some of the areas while Helen shares her knowledge of plants and herbs along the way. We will cook, meditate and eat together as part of our stay. You will have plenty of time to wander and walk the many paths in your free time. We have only 8 spaces available in our shared bunk barn with all facilities included.

You are required to:
DAY 1 : Arrive at 11am on day one for a guided walk and meditation
Lunch at 12pm
1pm to 4pm Land based work
4pm to 6pm Preparing evening meal together.

Day 2 : 9am Breakfast and Meditation or Yoga
10am Land based work
1pm Lunch
2pm- 4pm Wood craft, wool craft or pottery
4pm to 6pm Preparing for evening meal

Day 3 : 9am Breakfast and Meditation or Yoga
10am Land based work
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm- 2pm Free time
2pm – 3pm Sound/Song Healing session before leaving to go home.

Only 8 Places avaialble £160 p/p (4 lottery funded places available for unwaged,low income)

Dates: 17th, 18th & 19th April ( 8 places full price with 4 funded)

Women on The Land Mid Summer Retreat

Start date: 19th June 2018

End date: 21st June 2018

This is a work based retreat for women only, here we will over 3 days, work togetherin the garden, allotment or woodlands. You will experience a beautiful landscape while learning some of the practices done on the land. Here we will work with the nature of Summer, bringing in blossoming and growth for the year ahead. We will observe summer plants and practices for the land to honour summer time. You will be required to dig, grow and cultivate some of the areas while Helen shares her knowledge of plants and herbs along the way. Summer is a time for bountiful energy and celebration where nature reaches its peak. There is expansion where our acheivements ripen. Fires will be lit outside as the element of our inner fire helps us to expand our inner realms. We will cook, meditate and eat together as part of our stay. You will have plenty of time to wander and walk the many paths in your free time. We have only 8 spaces available in our shared bunk barn with all facilities included.

You are required to:
DAY 1 : Arrive at 11am on day one for a guided walk and meditation
Lunch at 12pm
1pm to 4pm Land based work
4pm to 6pm Preparing evening meal together.

Day 2 : 9am Breakfast and Meditation or Yoga
10am Land based work
1pm Lunch
2pm- 4pm Wood craft, wool craft or pottery
4pm to 6pm Preparing for evening meal

Day 3 : 9am Breakfast and Meditation or Yoga
10am Land based work
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm- 2pm Free time
2pm – 3pm Sound/Song Healing session before leaving to go home.

Only 8 places available at £160.00 P/P, we offer 4 fully lottery funded places for low income/ Vulnerable women.

Women on The Land Harvest Retreat

Start date: 3rd August 2018

End date: 5th August 2018


This is a work based retreat for women only, here we will over 3 days, work togetherin the garden, allotment or woodlands. You will experience a beautiful landscape while learning some of the practices done on the land. Here we will work with the nature of summer harvest a time for gathering, feasting and play here we will regenerate and ripen our ideas and a time to give thanks for the active growth period, bringing in harvest of produce and what we need to manifest for the year ahead. We will observe ripened summer plants and practices for the land to honour the peak of Summer. You will be required to dig, grow and cultivate some of the areas while Helen shares her knowledge of plants and herbs along the way. We will cook, meditate, give thanks and eat together as part of our stay. You will have plenty of time to wander and walk the many paths in your free time. We have only 8 spaces available in our shared bunk barn with all facilities included.

You are required to:
DAY 1 : Arrive at 11am on day one for a guided walk and meditation
Lunch at 12pm
1pm to 4pm Land based work
4pm to 6pm Preparing evening meal together.

Day 2 : 9am Breakfast and Meditation or Yoga
10am Land based work
1pm Lunch
2pm- 4pm Wood craft, wool craft or pottery
4pm to 6pm Preparing for evening meal

Day 3 : 9am Breakfast and Meditation or Yoga
10am Land based work
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm- 2pm Free time
2pm – 3pm Sound/Song Healing session before leaving to go home.

Only 8 places at £160.00 p/p ( No funded places on this retreat)

Educational Retreat & Intensive Permaculture Design Course

Start date: 10th September 2018

End date: 23rd September 2018

Time: 4pm - 4pm

Location: The Gathering Fields

This course is for people who care about the future and want do something about it. We come together to share the skills and perspectives that help us meet the challenges ahead and manage the transition towards a more friendly and peaceful society.

The course is based around creative thinking and learning from natural systems. We cut through the complexities of modern life and look at the basics of human needs and communal activity. The approach to food, energy and local resilience has a wide and flexible application, whether you are in an urban or sub-urban setting, or in a rural location.

The course will be led by Angus Soutar (http://northbritainpermacultureinstitute.org/node/28) and a team from the Northern School of Permaculture, supported by The Gathering Fields.

The course is open to all, regardless of any previous experience or literacy levels. To book onto the course please contact Angus via the Northern School of Permaculture website page using the following link: Book here

Women on The Land Autumn Retreat

Start date: 12th October 2018

End date: 14th October 2018

This is a work based retreat for women only, here we will over 3 days, work togetherin the garden, allotment or woodlands. You will experience a beautiful landscape while learning some of the practices done on the land. Here we will work with the nature of Autumn, bringing in balance and the final stages for the year ahead. We will observe Autumn plants and practices for the land to rest and adjust to the transition of the autumn equinox. You will be required to tidy, put the land to rest and collect berries some of the areas while Helen shares her knowledge of plants and herbs along the way.Here we can plant the seeds within us that will incubate through into the Winter months We will preserve fruits and berries in chutneys and pickles, we will cook, meditate and eat together as part of our stay. You will have plenty of time to wander and walk the many paths in your free time. We have only 8 spaces available in our shared bunk barn with all facilities included.

You are required to:
DAY 1 : Arrive at 11am on day one for a guided walk and meditation
Lunch at 12pm
1pm to 4pm Land based work
4pm to 6pm Preparing evening meal together.

Day 2 : 9am Breakfast and Meditation or Yoga
10am Land based work
1pm Lunch
2pm- 4pm Wood craft, wool craft, herb craft or pottery
4pm to 6pm Preparing for evening meal

Day 3 : 9am Breakfast and Meditation or Yoga
10am Land based work
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm- 2pm Free time
2pm – 3pm Sound/Song Healing session before leaving to go home.

8 Places avaialble £160.00 p/p ( No funded places available)