biophilic by design to actively support health & wellbeing
Humans have a deeply engrained love of nature which is an intuitive and natural drive imprinted into our DNA. Elemental Retreats aims to provide 'a space for the Self', time to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with the Self.
Embracing Earth, Fire, Air & Water we can help to support both mental and physical restoration, allowing guests to experience the most recharging retreats in nature.
Located at Garden House Sussex (Airbnb), at the heart of the South Downs National Park SSSI, Elemental Retreats offer opportunities for self reflection, healing & growth through sound healing, life coaching, guided meditations & eco-therapy.
Elemental Retreats Sussex was founded in 2022, when Amanda & Lindsay, encouraged by their friends, identified a need for women of all ages to take some time out of their daily routines to be with themselves in nature.
Our Retreats offer opportunities for self reflection, healing and growth through sound healing, ecotherapy, heartwork & life coaching. Using biophilic design and our 'refuge spaces' - the magic, womb-like Mongolian Yurt & Woodland Nests to facilitate change.
Physical and mental wellbeing are of utmost importance to living a healthy life, and require practice and dedication. Our women-led Retreats provide the setting and guidance you need to strengthen your body, mind and soul.
Each Elemental Retreat is lovingly put together Amanda & Lindsay for a memorable and rewarding experience. Together they make up a powerful team that utilises the elements of earth, air, fire & water to re-connect people to nature, provide nurturing support, encourage self-reflection & create a forward-thinking vision for the future.
Please note, Amanda & Lindsay are not medical practitioners and as such can not provide medical advice. By attending our retreat you agree and acknowledge that we are not providing healthcare, medical or nutritional therapy services, or attempting to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any physical, mental or emotional issue, disease or condition.
For medical advice, you should consult an NHS doctor or other appropriate medical professional. If you think it’s an emergency call 999 or, for general help and advice, dial the NHS on 111.
Medicine Woman & Sound Healer
Amanda, is an award winning speaker and has over thirty years experience leading women’s groups helping women through transition, restoring balance and re-discovering themselves
LINDSAY DE GROUCHY
Eco-therapist & Life Coach
Lindsay owner of Garden House Sussex, the home of Elemental Retreats is passionate about coaching, eco-therapy and teaching others about health & fitness.
The whole concept of Biophilia connects us to the wider world and our innate desire to protect and nurture that which feeds us and does us good, both physically and also emotionally - Edward O Wilson. Here at Garden House Sussex we are passionate about creating environments that promote wellness, positivity and growth.
THE MAGICAL YURT
Translated 'yurt' means 'home'. Yurts are stunning and feel almost sacred with their circular ways. Womb-like and nurturing, grounding and healing.
The Yurt is situated in a Grade II Listed Walled Garden and can be rented for overnight stays (subject to availability). Sleeps 2-4 guests and comes with its own outdoor kitchen, dining area & bathroom.
“Nature-deficit disorder describes the human costs of alienation from nature,” Louv writes, “among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses.” Without that connection to nature, people lose interest in protecting it and fail to see how connected it is to our lives — our food sources, our climate, our quality of life.
- Sun, 26 FebCoates26 Feb, 10:30 – 16:00Coates, Coates, Fittleworth, Pulborough RH20 1ES, UKAll the stress relief activities in the world won't help if you aren't taking care of yourself. Essentially, the term self care describes a conscious act a person takes in order to promote their own physical, mental & emotional health.
- Sun, 19 MarCoates
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Garden House Sussex is located close to the picturesque villages of Fittleworth & Petworth in West Sussex. Nestled in the hamlet of Coates, Garden House Sussex benefits from being surrounded by beautiful countryside & historic woodlands. Close to Lords Piece, Coates Common SSSI. Plenty of parking is available onsite.
Our postcode is RH20 1ES but, the best postcode to follow is RH20 1EU torwards Coates Castle. Garden House Sussex is the first house on the left with the gravel drive.
The closest train station is Pulborough from London or, Portsmouth Harbour. Then its a quick taxi to Coates (pre booking is advised).
CAN I COME ALONE?
Yes of course, we welcome & nurture singles, friends and family.
We recommend you bring a water bottle, pad & pen for journaling, warm clothing as well as waterproof jacket & walking shoes/boots.
During Spring & Autumn Retreats we offer the opportunity to experience elemental water first-hand in our heated swimming pool and/or wood-fired hot tub. If you are booking at this time please bring a swimming costume and a towel (sun-cream & hat advisable).
Plant based meals & snacks, nutritional juices and heart-warming drinks such as butterfly tea, turmeric chamomile tea & cacao are all lovingly prepared in our outdoor kitchen.
CAN I STAY OVERNIGHT?
Yes, we have several accommodation options available at Garden House Sussex as well as the Yurt itself, you can choose to stay in a traditional shepherds hut in set in a 7-acre meadow or, a 2-bedroom Bothy (the old potting shed) in the walled garden.
Amanda also offers accommodation in the closeby village of Fittleworth Sussex Sweet Retreat.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Please read carefully before making a booking
BOOKING & PAYMENT
Your booking is not considered definate and no contract will exist until we receive full payment from you and you agree to these terms & conditions at time of booking.
You are free to cancel your all or, part of your booking at anytime, however no refunds are provided. Please consult with us first before offering your place to another person, this is at our own discretion.
It is your responsibility to let the Retreat organiser know if you have any injuries and to be mindful of your body's capability during the Retreat.
It is also your responsibility to consult a doctor with an understanding of (any of the physical activities listed) to check you are sufficiently fit & healthy to participate. Women pregnant from 12-28 weeks should seek advice from their health practitioner before engaging in any activities we provide.
Please advise us of any mental or physical health conditions and dietary requirements that may be affected by the activities by the activities offered on our retreats. We reserve the right to advise you to desist and in the interests of your wellbeing, or others.
OUR LIABILITY TO YOU
We accept responsibility for ensuring that the Retreats are supplied as described and that the services contractually obliged to provide are to a reasonable standard.
Whilst all measures are taken to ensure a high standard of health & safety, sometimes we maybe situated in the countryside and other places where the land is uneven and we shall not be responsible for any injuries you may incur. All activities, workshops, healing and anything else is undertaken at your own risk. We are not liable for any medical or psychiatric conditions, which may develop during or subsequent to the Retreat.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your property and possessions are kept safe at all times. We are not liabile for loss of, or damage or theft of to your personal property or possessions.
We do not accept any liability for travel cancellations, delays, natural disasters, technical problems with transport, changes in your personal circumstances or other events beyond our control.
Occasionally, changes have to be made (e.g. to a host, workshop agenda, times or any other arrangements). which we reserve the right to do at anytime, however we will amend it to something of a similar or better rating.
We reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel a Retreat and refund the money to you.
PRIVATE POLICY, PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
We do not share guest details will third parties. Any personal information that you provide to us will be used only for the service you requested.
Elemental Retreats may use and publish photographs, pictures, portraits, images videos in any and all forms of media, and for the purposes of publicity, illustration, commerical art, advertising, publishing.
You may receive free images and videos from Elemental Retreats for your personal use and as memories of the Retreat.
If you do not want to be in any of the photos or videos, that is fine, but you must inform us in advance.