With Pauline Barber

3rd – 9th December

Please note: we very much hope all of these weeks will go ahead. However, they may need to be cancelled depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time. If you would like to join us for any of the dates above, please follow the instructions below to book your place and we will be in touch if anything changes.

Please click here to familiarise yourself with our COVID regulations for our woodland working weeks at Land of Joy.

A typical woodland working day starts around 9:30 after breakfast and optional communal prayers. You will be out in the woodland completing various tasks within your comfort zone until your mid-morning break of hot drinks and biscuits. You’ll then be back out in the woodland until 12:30 when you’ll return to the house for a large hot lunch. Following lunch, you’ll generally be back outside by 13:30 and come in for supper at 18:00 with an afternoon break in-between.

During the longer days of the summer it is possible you will have a longer lunch break and finish later in the day. After supper you are welcome to use the meditation room for personal practice or relax and unwind while enjoying the warmth and comfort of Land of Joy in a different way.

Land of Joy has very much become a haven for wildlife which means there is strong chance you could see all kinds of wonderful species including kingfishers fishing in the lake, herons pacing the shallows, woodpeckers, foxes, red squirrels, badgers, deer, birds of prey and more.

Pauline, our woodland and wildlife manager, is very happy to share her wealth of knowledge about the species found in our grounds with anyone joining her for a woodland working week.

There are a range of tasks people can work on in the woodland, each of which requires varying levels of physical effort. We therefore try to ensure you get to do something you feel comfortable with so. If you’re concerned about what types of things you might be doing please email bookings@landofjoy.co.uk and we’ll be happy to chat it through with you.

This is a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with nature while helping us maintain our precious grounds for all to enjoy, including the wildlife who live there.

Those joining us are very welcome to stay in a dormitory at Land of Joy or locally if you prefer. Breakfast, lunch and supper will be offered each day as a thank you for all the kind assistance you are providing Land of Joy.

Please email bookings@landofjoy.co.uk if you would like to join us for any of the woodland working weeks:

Please provide the following information in your email:

  • Your name/s if you’re coming with someone

  • Which working week you would like to attend

  • Whether you will be sleeping at Land of Joy or somewhere else

  • When you will arrive at Land of Joy and when you will leave

  • If you have any dietary requirements