Fri, 29 Apr | Horsham

Wellbeing Retreat - SouthDowns National Park

A retreat in the heart of the South Downs National Park designed to embrace the process of letting go through walking and mindfulness
Wellbeing Retreat - SouthDowns National Park

Time & Location

29 Apr, 17:00 – 02 May, 15:00
Horsham , RH13 6RG

About The Event

Wellbeing Spring Retreat 

October 1-4 2021 - Sold out!

Friday, April 29 - Monday May 2, 2022    %70 Soldout

Please note this is an (All Inclusive)

We are offering a very special exclusive weekend for 20 guests in a beautiful barn near Horsham, West Sussex. A weekend retreat of nurturing, healing, self-care and forgiveness. It will be a space of learning about the therapeutic value of nature; of re-connecting and nurturing ourselves; and of taking time out in a beautiful location to invigorate our sense of purpose to be with ourselves and learn about the power of loving-kindness and forgiveness.

Walking in the South Downs with renowned author David Bathurst.  David has walked all the complete National Trails of Great Britain as well as the Coast to Coast Walk, the entire south coast of England, the highest points of all the English counties and the peaks of England, Wales and Scotland and is a renowned author.

During this retreat, we will join David on a number of walks which are likely to include parts of the West Sussex Literary Trail which starts in Horsham and which according to David, ("The Great Walks of Sussex”) is a “fine walk blessed with some very splendid villages, towns and historic buildings".

During the wellbeing retreat you will:

  • Enjoy the beauty of nature in the midst of the outstanding South Down with author David Bathurst
  • Enjoy periods of silence in the midst of nature
  • Practice group work, guided meditations, discussions and mindfulness & forgiveness practices
  • Stargaze with very little light pollution
  • Visit the historic town of Arundel with its amazing castle and cathedral
  • Enjoy home-cooked meals by a professional chef.


A unique rural retreat set in the peaceful Sussex countryside

A beautiful historical farmhouse and barn with a barn chapel set in its own grounds for groups of up to 20 participants, retreats, holidays, meetings and workshops.

Guides and Facilitators:

William Fley (MA, PG.Dip, MBACP Accredited, BSsP)

A clinician in private practice with a speciality in 'Absent fathers' and its effects on adult mental health. A fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, British Psychological Society graduate member and Breathworks Mindfulness trained, he has worked with the NHS as a bereavement counsellor and also worked with adult survivors of crime. He holds Master's degrees from Birkbeck College, the University of London and Roehampton University. He is the founder of the Mindfulness Network for People of Colour which aims to bring awareness of racialized trauma through mindfulness-based interventions and to influence accessibility to mindfulness training. He continues to pursue his passion to eliminate cultural and other barriers to accessing mindfulness by encouraging cultural awareness and responsiveness. In July 2020 MNPC was the first organization in the world to host a  poc online retreat.

Max Gillespie -

He is the founder and director of Resilient Communities, a community incorporated company (CIC) set up to address social justice and health inequalities through empowerment, participation and dialogue.

He is a long-term practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism, and is inspired with the vision of experienced and knowledgeable BPOC, and “working-class” Buddhist teachers, leading the way on making dharma meaningful for BPOC and those from underprivileged communities - As Max often says "We are the renaissance!"

Max is a co-founder of Buddhist across Traditions; a BPOC/BAME-centered collective (with white allies and currently white-led organisations) uniting Buddhist and Mindfulness groups in service of racial justice, social equity and healing."

Abi Osho

 For 20 years, I worked as a Senior Manager for a medium-sized organisation, supporting adults and young people to secure employment and training opportunities.  I had 2 young children and on a good week, I was travelling around 300 miles to various work locations. Constantly stressed and overwhelmed, I couldn’t switch off, so my sleeping patterns were very disrupted. I constantly measured myself against others and always felt that I was less than.I knew that I was burning out and no longer wanted to be in this industry, but after 20 years what else could I do? Who would want to employ me? I was an expert at identifying what I deemed as my weaknesses, whilst totally overseeing any of my strengths. 

Booking & Cost:

The retreat runs from Friday evening (5- 6pm) to Monday afternoon (3pm) (3 nights)

Cost Includes full board accommodation and guided walks in West Sussex

Single room- Number of spaces 3 - cost £390  (Soldout)

Tripple room - male and female (9 Available) - cost £290 (Half remaining)

Dorm (6 spaces)  £250

Twin Room £510- Soldout 

Double room - Soldout


We offer our retreats in the spirit of solidarity, and we’re committed to challenging economic marginalisation and exclusion. Consumerism and capitalism strongly condition our relationships with each other and the world. We become producers and consumers, insulated from more responsive engagement with each other. Our relationships become mediated by way of financial exchange and contracts. We want to enter into a wholehearted relationship as co-producers and collaborators in the transformation of ourselves and our world.


Payment is required in full at time of booking.

If you would like to pay in 3 instalments please let us know.  There would be a small administration charge of £10.

Terms and conditions:

Please note that every effort will be made to provide all elements of the event as advertised. But the Meditation Circle will not be liable if an element of an event is not available due to circumstances beyond our control, such as exceptionally bad weather.  Mnpc will make all reasonable efforts to provide an alternative.


If you cancel more than 60 days before the start of the event you will receive a refund of your deposit less an administration fee of £50. For cancellations of less than 60 days there will be a refund of 50% of the event cost. For cancellations within 30 days of the event date the full cost is payable.


We are happy to announce that Dustin Whittaker, professional chef, will be catering for the retreat.  We will provide options for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets.  Any other specific requests can be made to Dustin at

Please note also that we will take appropriate precautions regarding covid and set out the requirements for all participants to comply with.  These will be advised nearer the time to accord with any government or other requirements or advice or best practice.  This may include providing proof of vaccination or a negative covid test.

Silence is expected after all dinner till, after breakfast, we require you to make an effort to attend all sessions.

Please note this is not exclusively a people of colour event and is open to all. if you require a different type of accommodation Hosrsham has a number of different hotels and 'B & B' but we advise you to book with much notice.

Please note this is not an exclusive POC event

  • Sponcer us
  • Shared room Triple
  • Single Room - Standard
    Sold Out
  • Dorm Room
  • Double room