A Slow Adventure | Autumn Retreat 2018

Wriggly Tin Shepherd’s Huts
Friday 28th - Sunday 30th September

Hidden amongst the trees in a quiet corner of the South Downs national park, the very first A Slow Adventure retreat will be a place for likeminded women to gather, share stories and build community in a peaceful and positive environment. Together we will welcome the arrival of autumn with a weekend of inspiring slow living workshops set in the tranquil surroundings of Wriggly Tin Shepherd’s Huts, exploring themes of nature and creativity during the day and enjoying crackling campfires and cosy beds by night. In the true spirit of harvest celebration our activities will be fuelled by delicious meals made with locally-sourced produce, the highlight being a very special seasonal feast hosted by our friends at One Supper Club. Sound good? Read on for further information and booking details.

What's included

  • Two night’s accommodation in a cosy shepherd’s hut, either private or shared
  • Exclusive use of Wriggly Tin’s secluded meadow and luxurious woodfired hot tub
  • All workshops, talks and activities (see below for full programme)
  • All meals, including a spectacular campfire feast by One Supper Club
  • Two handcrafted seasonal cocktails, plus a range of non-alcoholic drinks*
  • A beautiful paper ticket designed by Everyday Artefacts
  • A collection of thoughtfully-curated treats to take home with you

*Other than the two complimentary cocktails, no alcohol will be provided due to Wriggly Tin’s licensing restrictions. However, you are most welcome to bring your own if you would like to enjoy a glass or two of something at dinner.


Arrival time 4pm

Hambledon hedgerow cocktails
Get to know your fellow Slow Adventurers over a seasonal cocktail, homemade using foraged berries and sparkling wine from the local vineyard.

Harvest wreath and crown workshop with A Slow Adventure
Celebrate ancient harvest traditions and folklore by crafting a crown or wreath from ears of wheat.


Talk: ‘Celebrating the Seasons’ with Eleanor Cheetham
An introduction to seasonal living and the Pagan festival of Mabon, with the editor of Creative Countryside magazine.

Talk: ‘Ethical Living’ with Sophie Caldecott
The founder of A Better Place Journal shares her thoughts on buying less and choosing well.

Meditation with The Wellbeing Warrior
Prepare for a peaceful night’s sleep with a few calming moments of reflection.

Bedtime drinks
Settle down with a soothing chamomile tea or a comforting spiced almond milk hot chocolate.


Yoga with The Wellbeing Warrior
Ease yourself into the day with Lottie’s series of gentle but energising stretches.


Autumn Aroma workshop with The Smallest Light
Learn how to select and blend essential oils that capture the essence of the season by making a natural room scent for your home with Laura.

Apple Juice Talk & Tasting with Hill Farm Juice
Find out more about apple growing and pressing with Will from Hill Farm, then taste a variety of juices bottled just six miles across the fields from Wriggly Tin.


Free time
A few hours to use as you please: rest or read in your hut, chat with your new friends, take a wander on the South Downs, or soak in the woodfired hot tub.

Campfire feast with One Supper Club
Enjoy a hands-on cookery demonstration over a handcrafted herbal infusion, before sitting down to a delicious meal made by Libby and Henry using the very best seasonal and local produce.




Writing workshop with Creative Countryside
Indulge in a little escapism as Eleanor guides you through the process of creating an autumn-inspired story.

Farewell Lunch

Finish time 2pm



Private Hut for
Single Occupancy

Exclusive use of your own hut and a
double bed all to yourself


Private Hut for
Double Occupancy

A double bed to
share with a friend


Double Bed in a
Shared Hut

A double bed for single occupancy in a
shared hut of two people


Bunk Bed in a
Shared Hut

A single bunk bed in a shared hut
of either two or four people

Reserve your place now for a £100 deposit
with the balance payable by 31st July.

To book, simply fill out the following form and Maddy will be in touch with you shortly. Please ensure you read the important information at the bottom of the page before proceeding.

A £100 deposit per person will be required within 24 hours to secure your booking. Provided your choice of hut is available, you will be emailed with the details of how to make your payment(s) once your booking form has been received. The remaining balance is requested by Tuesday 31st July.

Important Information

Tickets are non-refundable. However, in the event you are unable to attend the retreat, you may transfer your place to a friend. Should this be required, please contact Maddy with the name and details of the new ticket holder.

As mentioned on the booking form, if you’re planning to attend the retreat with a friend then you are more than welcome to specify that you would like to be placed in the same accommodation. You can either book a private hut for double occupancy and share a double bed, or you can opt for two separate bunks in one of the shared huts. As far as possible, we will aim to ensure all friends are kept together.

The closest train station for the retreat is Petersfield, which is accessible by direct trains from London Waterloo (or with one change from Southampton, Winchester or Basingstoke) and is roughly 15 minutes from Wriggly Tin by car. If you will be arriving by train and would like to share a taxi with other guests, please do mention this when finalising your booking with Maddy and we will make the appropriate arrangements. If you are planning to travel by car and would be happy to offer a lift-share, please let us know.

All food during the retreat will be vegetarian, and most will also be vegan. In the case of non-vegan options, a suitable substitute will always be provided. We will also be able to cater for gluten intolerances. Although meals for those with special dietary requirements will be prepared with the highest level of care, please note we cannot guarantee that any dish will be 100% free from allergens due to our kitchen containing wheat, nuts, shellfish etc. If you have any specific concerns, please get in touch to discuss your needs before booking your ticket.

As far as possible, all activities will be held outside so please come prepared for all weathers. In the event of rain, dry inside space will be available but may still be a little chilly! As the huts all have their own woodburning stoves, you will be nice and snug at night.

Guests should be aware that Wriggly Tin is an off-grid site with no electricity. As such, there will be no phone charging opportunities except in the case of emergencies. Mobile reception can also be unreliable, so please make your return travel plans in advance to avoid any potential difficulties with communication.