wellbeing experiences


At our community owned woodland, we specialise in offering unique wellness experiences based in nature. Our highly trained wellbeing professionals are experienced in supporting wellbeing throughout Natures seasons. Nature connection is at the heart of our wellbeing opportunities which incorporate the University of Derby's "Five Pathways to Nature". We use the whole of our woodland and take every opportunity to hold sessions outdoors.


We are  here to help you design your own bespoke events for social groups and corporate teams and to provide wellness experiences for Festivals and events. We offer workshops, courses, classes and professional services to meet your wellbeing needs.



Whistlewood is an off-grid location.  Whistlewood's welcoming and comforting facilities include a beautiful Strawbale Roundhouse, Shelter, Yurt and Composting toilets. We cook and heat using wood-fired stoves, barbecue, campfire and handmade pizza oven. The food we serve is freshly prepared from local ingredients and chosen to reflect the particular event we are delivering.

We can easily cater for special dietary needs

We offer wellbeing services at other Woodland locations.

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R e t r e a t s

You can be confident in booking a retreat day with us. We guarantee that you will experience a relaxing
day in which to unwind and connect with Nature. 

Our collection of retreat days are carefully designed to provide you with  opportunities to experience rest, quiet and stillness for your  body and  mind . We offer you experiences that include Forest Bathing, Forest Therapy, holistic therapies plus a wide range of wellbeing classes and creative workshops. Our guests like to return to our retreat days so we provide a varied collection which reflects Nature’s Seasons, the World of
wellness and the suggestions of our guests. 

Our welcoming hospitality allows you to totally let go of every responsibility for the day.

We clearly indicate the level of movement each retreat day includes within our bookings section.

We look forward to supporting your wellness needs on a retreat day soon.

For our current Retreat offering please click here

F o r e s t   B a t h I n g  a n d  T h e r a p y

Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) is a wellness practice where we spend time in nature to gain a greater sense of wellbeing. Our trained Forest Bathing guides will support you to experience a very, slow gentle walk where mindfulness activities (invitations) are offered. Our guides have trained with the Forest Therapy Institute and are part of local, National and International Eco Wellness networks.

Forest Bathing walks at Whistlewood are built on the University of Derby’s “Five Pathways to Nature”, a research-based approach which benefits the health of people and improves empathy for our Planet. We offer five walks each Season to help you build strong roots in your Nature connection practice following the pathways of:

  • Senses

  • Beauty

  • Meaning

  • Emotion

  • Compassion

Support is offered through our social media communities as you build your practice.

Forest Therapy is offered by Forest Bathing guides who have extended their training to offer further opportunities to “go deeper” with wellbeing in Nature. Forest Therapy invitations offer more time and comfort using creative and gentle approaches such as expressive arts.

We offer individual support sessions and workshops which may support individual physical and mental health needs. Forest therapy sessions can provide greater flexibility for people whose mobility or individual needs may not be met by a Forest Bathing walk. Our accessible toilets and facilities support wheelchair access and we aim to support individual needs.

To find out about our current Forest Bathing/Forest Therapy experiences click here.

To find out more about Forest Bathing/Forest Therapy please click here


Held in our roundhouse or outside in our beautiful 10 acre site when the weather allows to provide an unforgettable experience.

We offer a broad range of on-line courses and workshops to complement our on-site activities and to keep our guests safe.

To find out about our latest Classes, Courses and Workshops please click here


Wellbeing at Whistlewood are looking forward to having a presence at the following festivals and shows in 2021

      The Off-Grid Survival Show                               1-2 May                         Newark, Lincolnshire

      Bodgers Ball                                                          5-9 May                       Wales

      Whistlewood Midsummerish Festival             12 June

      TIMBER Festival                                                     2 – 4 July                      Fearnedock, Derbyshire

      Elvaston Woodland Festival                             18 – 19 September     Derby

If you are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic team to provide a Wellbeing Area

                                               at your festival please get in touch                                               

“the perfect opportunity

to switch off for the day,

disconnect from the world...

and to reconnect with

nature, the earth and

like-minded people”

“Great Venue.

Conducive to 


and Relaxation”

"My partner and I were made

to feel comfortable at all

times during the day. Perfect hospitality. The course facilitators were welcoming

and helpful"




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Email: info@wellbeingatwhistlewood.co.uk

Tel: 01332 865342

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