Wellbeing for Changemakers


Do you want to make the world a better place? Feeling worn out from all that needs to be done?

We have got a treat of a retreat for you. It's going to be a wonderfully nurturing space in the most gorgeous setting.

We've a full programme of creativity & wellbeing boosting activities planned - do as much or as little as you please.

Ready to put yourself first? Come and join us ....

"a much needed blast of fresh air for my brain and heart, all facilitated in a

gentle, very relaxed, and playful way"

Shona, Treasure Seeker, 2023

8th - 10th July 2024

Eden Rise, near Totnes, Devon

All meals, activities and

accommodation included

Sliding scale

from £250 - £350

Payment plans available

(bursary places already allocated)

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished"

Lao Tzu

Imagine - height of summer, just a few weeks after the Summer Solstice.

Days are warm and the grass is high. It's the perfect time to immerse yourself in creativity in the Devon countryside.


Worried you're not creative enough? Don't be! There will be no pressure and no putting-on-the-spot.

  • Nature-based creativity

  • Gilding workshop

  • Meditation

  • Treasure seeking

  • Sauna and river dipping

  • Fire-side storytelling

"full of laughter, sharing and caring. Put me back in touch with my positive and creative self"

Tamsin, Treasure Seeker, 2023

“loved the warmth and joy of everyone. Fun and creativity with

no pressure”

Nicky R, Treasure Seeker, 2023

"I can see resources everywhere that I can use in a creative way"

Lewis, Creative Toolkit, 2023

Meet your hosts

Melissa from The Academy of Wide-Hearted Living

Melissa Noble is the founder of The Academy of Wide-Hearted Living.  The Academy offers courses, workshops and retreats, helping people get connected with their creativity so they can use it to make their life better.

With a background in social care and a keen interest in wellbeing, Melissa says that connecting with her creativity changed her life and she would love as many people as possible to experience the joy it brings.

Letting go of the need to get everything 'perfect' and just enjoy the process has been an incredible liberation. Combining creativity with mindfulness and nature practices makes an incredible cocktail!

With over ten years experience of running activity sessions, Melissa is extremely excited about co-leading her first residential retreat. Coming up with the programme has been a delight and she can't wait to share it with everyone.

Roger from the Network of Wellbeing

Roger Higman is the Director of the Network of Wellbeing - which connects people, supports projects and inspires action for the wellbeing of people and the planet. He has almost 40 years' experience of working in the environmental movement, much of it as a campaigner for Friends of the Earth.

Eden Rise is the Network of Wellbeing's retreat centre and Roger knows the place well, which is great because he’ll be leading us on some quiet adventuring.

We'll be exploring the land, connecting with it and ourselves through creativity. 

Roger promises that there will be ZERO mansplaining - but he is happy to share his knowledge on grasses, plants and flowers and is very much looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm for the beautiful surroundings.

delicious veggie menu

breakfast on the terrace

picnic in the fields

marshmallows under the stars



We've got space for 12 people.

The rooms are lovely and the beds super-comfy.

All will be allocated on a 'first come, first served basis'

  • Large partitioned space incorporating two small doubles and two x twin beds

  • Four bed dorm

  • Three twin-bed rooms

  • One double

  • One bell tent

  • Space for two camper-vans

Update 03/05 - double room, bell tent

and four other spaces are now taken

"well presented and well thought out, with a variety of activities.
would recommend to others without hesitation"

Nicky J, Changemaker, 2023

Frequently asked questions

Why is there a 'sliding scale' of prices?

We want these events to be available to as many people as possible. Money plays a part in that.

Offering the highest amount makes it possible for us to arrange future events.

Offering the mid-range supports the bursary places.

The lower price is there as an option for anyone who needs it.

There are two bursary places available. Please don't be shy about asking. SORRY - TAKEN

When you click 'book my place', you'll be taken to a booking form and asked to pay £50 to secure your place.

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What if I book and then change my mind?

Up until a month before the event, you can get a 50% refund.

After that, you can either transfer the booking to another event or gift it to a friend.

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What if I travel by train?

We encourage you to use public transport or to seek lift shares.

We'll be asking about travel arrangements and setting up WhatsApp groups for people who are interested in lift share/taxi from the station.

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Do I need to bring anything?

Towels for swimming and sauna. Wet weather gear (this is Devon, after all!). Sunscreen. A yoga mat if you fancy taking advantage of the space for that.

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What happens next?

Click 'book my place'.

Fill in your details and pay your £50 deposit.

We'll send you over a form with a few questions designed to ensure you get a great experience (this includes questions about dietary requirements)

And then we'll be in touch to ask how you want to make your remaining payments.

If you think of any questions, pop us an email [email protected]

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I've got more questions. How do I get in touch?

Book in for a chat!

Click here: http://tinyurl.com/266faywy or scan the QR code to book:

Alternatively, email:

[email protected]


[email protected]

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