I am so delighted that you have chosen to find out about A Nest of Gentle Makers. We are a small team working to provide beautiful, restorative creative retreats. We hope you will be able to find out everything you need to know about the retreats we are running in 2023. We held our first retreat in the New Forest in 2019, and since then we have held both virtual and in-person retreats in the New Forest, Wiltshire and Cornwall.

We have slept in shepherds’ huts, tents, eco-buildings in the wood and a stately home. Each location has provided ‘all the weather’ and we have walked in the sun and the rain and swam in a lake and the sea. We have learned from talented artists and laughed around the dinner table. We have watched the moon rise and chatted around the campfire. We have been alone and together and stretched and relaxed and listened to what our bodies needed.

Going into our 5th year with 8 retreats and several workshops under our belts, I continue to be inspired by the people who help me by teaching and cooking and also the people who run the venues. But what I love most of all are the human connections that are made on these retreats: laughs to be had, friendships to be forged, cups to filled, so that we can return to everyday life feeling grounded, happy and energised.

 A little video to inspire you to come on A Nest of Gentle Makers Retreat:


Interested in Coming Along?

Please explore the pages of this website to get a flavour of what we offer at A Nest of Gentle Makers. You can follow along on Instagram @anestofgentlemakers and sign up to a monthly newsletter via the contact page below. Looking forward to having you along some day!


“Among the Nest of Gentle Makers- I inhaled, exhaled, moved, rested, was still, was nourished and nurtured. I talked, listened, laughed, shared, cared, looked, discovered, created and returned to being me.”
Photo Credit: Alaine Shaw 2019

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