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Fri, 21 Jul


Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat

Creative Observation in Nature

A 2-day Retreat with observing nature with open eyes and an open heart, with or with out recording it via photo or creativity. Seeing the beauty, detail and wonder like the exploring, happy and excited children we once were. To experience the wonder once again and sharing that love with others.

Creative Observation in Nature

Time & Location

21 Jul, 19:00 BST – 23 Jul, 16:00 BST

Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat, Pontfadog, Llangollen LL20 7AS, UK


About The Event

A weekend led by Michael Jepson listening to nature, and learning to relax in nature. Communicating, respect and gaining comfort, trust and connection. For times of change, when living with stress and for feeling less alone. Quietening a noisy world and slowing down over thinking minds.

For full details and costs please click on the "Read more" text below in red.

Being creative with nature's gifts, sculpture and art from found objects or inspiration from nature. Studying leaves, trees and plants, sacred geometry and symbols. Writing, poetry inspired by the natural world. Appreciating all the seasons of the year and how to stay mentally healthy during the darkness of winter.

Photography, not technical but the creative use of composition and colour. Any camera will do, even your phone. Why we like things but we may not always understand why. Compare images and feelings they convey within us and understand the lift and healing they can bring to us.

For people who want to explore a different way of seeing nature and how we need to be connected to it to feel a sense of belonging and find our lost path away from the concrete jungle. It is not as airy fairy as it sounds, it is remembering our lost connection with our selves and our planet. We are the caretakers of the land and also the students of mother nature. This weekend is about starting the process of reconnection to self and the natural world.

Harmony not harm. Sitting with plants to gain knowledge, understanding and possibly healing without the need to harvest, consume or damage and use plants. Symbiotic rather than paracisictic. Listening to the voice of plants and trees, learning to be calm and observe.  Exploring the possibility of seeing a negative as a positive,and working with it, not against it.

Pricing details to follow soon. Meanwhile please register your interest below and receive notification of when its available and open for booking. 


Michael Jepson is a professional photographer, Artist and Art Facilitator. He  has experience of teaching many different subjects in Further and Higher education to people of any age. He has also helped to run art workshops for people living with dementia, their carer’s and other art groups for people with mental health issues. He has seen how being creative can reduce stress, improve mental health and build confidence, particularly for people who feel they are unable to do any art, because of negative feedback early in life.

Michael is passionate about Nature and it’s healing properties, his work is inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape, trees, plants and wildlife. His mission is to introduce others to both nature and creativity in a friendly supportive environment with no pressure, it is about enjoying the process rather than the end result.

You do not have to be able to paint or draw, this is about simple lines, shapes and colours. He says, “You are creative and Art and Nature are for everyone to enjoy. I am not here to teach, but to help guide and support you to find your hidden skills and inner peace”


In order to minimise the risk from Covid 19 we may have a range of policies in place for this event. These can include:

Temperature testing on arrival.

Limitation of numbers to allow for physical distancing.

One person per bedroom unless in same bubble (please contact us on 0300 302 1936 for room sharing request).

Extra ventilation where possible.

Outdoors work when possible.

Depending on prevailing circumstances we may also ask for : -

Current vaccination by all residential participants

Plus, either proof of a negative test within previous 48 hours or negative lateral flow test taken on arrival.

(Please phone 0300 302 1936 for latest details).

This event has a group. You’re welcome to join the group once you register for the event.
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