WELLNESS WITHOUT WALLS
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.
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:
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
'WE OFTEN FORGET THAT WE ARE NATURE. NATURE'S NOT SOMETHING SEPARATE FROM US. SO WHEN WE SAY THAT WE HAVE LOST OUR CONNECTON TO NATURE, WE HAVE LOST OUR CONNECTION TO OURSELVES' - ANDY GOLDSWORTHY
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
WORKSHOPS, COURSES AND CLASSES
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
"My partner and I were made
to feel comfortable at all
times during the day. Perfect hospitality. The course facilitators were welcoming
"PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU SAID, PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU DID, BUT PEOPLE WILL NEVER FORGET HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL"