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Fri, 21 Jul


Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat

Creative Observation in Nature

A 2-day Retreat observing nature with open eyes and an open heart, with or without 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.

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Creative Observation in Nature
Creative Observation in Nature

Time & Location

21 Jul 2023, 19:00 BST – 23 Jul 2023, 16:00 BST

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


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N.B. Once you have paid the £50 deposit your place is secured and you will get an automatic confirmation e-mail. Reply to this if you have any special requirements e.g. single room, vegan, etc. If you have any problems doing this please contact us on 0300 302 1936 during our normal office hours of 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM Wed-Sun or by e-mail to


This weekend is for anyone who wants 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.

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.

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 parasitic 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.

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.


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”


We had great feedback from Michael's workshops during our free Covid Recovery days in 2022, and are offering this low price INTRODUCTORY OFFER to everyone for his first retreat at Tan-y-Garth Hall so that you can experience his work over a full weekend.

Residential participant - £165 (includes meals and refreshments plus 2 nights accommodation)

N.B. We have one residential space for someone with their own camper van (includes all meals and use of bathrooms).

Non-Residential participant £115 (includes meals and refreshments only).

Costs assume 2 people sharing a room.

However, a few rooms can be made available for single occupancy, for which a single room supplement of £35 per night is charged i.e. £70 for the weekend. Please enquire about availability before booking by calling 0300 302 1936 during our normal office hours of 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM Wed-Sun.


In order to minimise the ongoing risk from Covid 19 we have a range of policies in place depending on the prevailing circumstances. Please phone 0300 302 1936 for the latest information.


  • Residential deposit

    Residential participant £50 deposit.

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  • Non-Resident Deposit

    Residential participant £50 deposit.

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