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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 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.


'a spiritual retreat is a safe space where you can experience complete renewal and gain a high level of knowledge'.

'retreat one step and the sea and sky are boundless'.




'the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again'.

'be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still'.


Our Sanctuary

'Nature-deficit disorder describes the human costs of alienation from nature', Louv writes, 'among them are 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 and our quality of life'.


Here at Elemental Retreats we are passionate about creating biophilic spaces and environments that promote wellness, postivity and growth in nature. 'The 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 emotionally', Edward O'Wilson. We are fortunate to be able to host Elemental Retreats at two unique sanctuaries; at Garden House Sussex and Sussex Sweet Retreat, both sites offer guest accommodation should you choose to stay with us in nature.

Retreat venues

Becketts, Tripp Hill, Fittleworth

RH20 1ER

Sussex Sweet Retreat is located in the picturesque village of Fittleworth in the South Downs National Park, close to Lords Piece, Coates Common SSSI. Our space here works to actively encourage heart-opening, self-care & playfulness using sound and shamanic techniques in nature. By absorbing ourselves in nature we can strengthen our own connection to both nature and nurture. Using the elements of earth, fire, water & air to create opportunities for self reflection healing and growth.

Coates, Fittleworth

RH20 1ES

Our retreat space at Garden House Sussex is set in eleven acres of stunning countryside & historic woodland. Here we use nature to create magical spaces for guests to relax, reconnect & grow. The 'Yurt' (translated as 'home'), will protect and cradle you, while still keeping you connected to the outside environment - some say it feels like returning to the comfort of the womb. The round shape & grounded feeling of the Yurt encourages everyone to speak with equal power and openness. Plus, the acoustics for sound healing are incredible.


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Meet the Team

Amanda is an award winning speaker and has over thirty years experience leading women's groups and helping women through transition, restoring balance and re-discovering themselves. Lindsay is passionate about coaching, eco-therapy and teaching others about health and fitness.


nature is truth that has given given to us; a truth that we take for granted. When the mountains tell us, what the clouds tell us, what the moon tells us... what we feel from nature depends on our heart, as we observe, as we listen. Fine tune the receptors of your heart and feel what nature is telling you.


self care

the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. 'expressing oneself is an essential form of self care'.

the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.

Holding space for you to heal

'By sharing our fears, tears, shame and vulnerability we can remind ourselves that we are not alone, and together, we can find the resilience to move forward'.
Amanda & Lindsay, Elemental Retreats
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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).


Yes of course, we welcome & nurture singles, friends and family.


We offer bespoke private retreats for singles, couples, friends & family and corporate team building days are available upon request. Please get in touch for more information.


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 swimming pool and/or hot tub. If you are booking at this time please bring a swimming costume and a towel. Sun-cream & a sun hat are advisable if we are blessed with hot weather.

Drinks, snacks, heart-warming teas are all lovingly prepared in our outdoor kitchen.  Please bring along some vegetarian/vegan food to share.



Yes, we have some fabulous accommodation options available at both Garden House Sussex  and Sussex Sweet Retreat.  Please see websites for more details.


Please read carefully before making a booking


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.


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.


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.

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