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NatureHazel Hill is a beautiful, secluded 70-acre wood and sustainable retreat/education centre, seven miles from Salisbury, offering unique scope for people to deepen their connection with nature and learn about living renewably.

Our events programme includes retreats, conservation, men’s and women’s groups, and the wood is available for group bookings. The facilities include indoor group room and large kitchen, heated bedrooms and sleeping lofts, good showers, compost loos, along with beautiful outside spaces, camping area and hot tub.  We can offer a range of teaching inputs and conservation projects on programmes for external clients.

We are currently setting up an educational outreach programme, aimed at groups and organisations in our local area who can benefit from the deeper contact with nature and other learning opportunities which Hazel Hill offers.

Word from the Wood – A local bulletin specifically for the interest of local residents, families and organisations, this short update shares some of the exciting work happening at the wood, including the latest events to get involved with.

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Coming up soon

September 2 – 4: Finding yourself in the woods: a men’s weekend This is an invitation to relax, renew and explore in the company of men, and the magical setting of this 70-acre wood.  The talents of the group and the wisdom of the wood offer a stage on which we can explore shared themes or personal situations as we want, through a range of approaches, and just being here.  In this very different setting, out on the land with a campfire, there’s scope to meet new aspects of yourself, find the subtler voices and the deeper melody, change an old story, play a new part, and hear the collective wisdom of the group.  Several Shakespeare plays use the forest as a place to find your true values, and this wood can help us explore male archetypes in the play of life. For full details click here.

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Finding your own personal ‘happy’

How can we stay happy when there’s too much change and uncertainty? Are there ways to bounce back and thrive if everyday life and work is getting us down? The answer is to cultivate yourself like a garden, and grow your own wellbeing by learning from natural ecosystems.

Natural HappinessThe times we’re in are tough: it’s clear that we need new approaches and models to thrive in all this. Natural happiness is a simple, practical approach which can help in your personal life, and your work. It will show you how to cultivate your own human nature, and tend yourself like a garden: deepen your roots, and grow fruitfully through all kinds of weather.

Alan Heeks is a Harvard MBA and successful businessman, who since 1990 has become a keen gardener, and has created a 130-acre organic farm and 70-acre woodland as centres where people can learn about natural happiness and resilience.

On his new Natural Happiness website, learn more about the 7 seeds of natural happiness, and Alan’s forthcoming book on Natural Happiness. You can also learn more about upcoming events, access some useful resources and sign up for Alan’s free monthly e-newsletter on natural happiness and the roots of resilience. You can also learn more about Wisdom Tree, a team set up by Alan offering training on natural happiness and resilience.

  1. Presentation to Southern Wiltshire Area Board Leave a reply
  2. Birdsong at the Woods Leave a reply
  3. Taming the Wild Elephant Leave a reply
  4. Spring Family Conservation and Nature Discovery Weekend April 2016 Leave a reply
  5. Constellation workshops with Marcos Frangos at Hazel Hill Wood Leave a reply
  6. Face-offs with cows, and flying chickens. Lessons in community from Ethiopian roads Leave a reply
  7. Yoga & Woodland Workout at Hazel Hill Leave a reply
  8. Yoga & Conservation Weekend at Hazel Hill Wood, 5-7th February 2016 Leave a reply
  9. Coals to Newcastle, Owls to Greece and Fire Wood to Hazel Hill Wood! Leave a reply