Event Details


Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Ardgay, Sutherland, IV24 3BS


7 May 2019 12:00


Ticket: £1200

About the Event

Following on from last year’s popular event, we are once again partnering with Natural Change for a 4-day leaders retreat.

Tailored specifically for those in parish ministry, the retreat will focus on reflection, reinvigoration and reconnection. Our aim is to provide a unique opportunity to contemplate on leadership, faith and vocation in the context of the great natural world around us.

This residential retreat will be situated in the tranquil location of Alladale Wilderness Reserve. The qualified facilitators will gently guide you through activities and practices to embrace the transformative potential of nature.

This retreat will provide the luxury of time and space to get away from everyday concerns and focus on what really matters.

Booking Information

  • Study Leave eligible: you must use the STUDYLEAVE discount code for booking if you want to use Study Leave. Do not pay with credit card and then send in receipts.
  • Due to logistics, we have strict cancellation conditions.

The Natural Change Approach

Natural Change works because people are part of nature. But we tend to act as if we are not.

When people reconnect deeply with the rest of nature it also leads them to connect with themselves and with each other. Together this improves our wellbeing, makes us more resilient and feel more complete. It can help us, individually and as a society, to live more fairly and within nature’s limits.

Natural Change offers an increasingly rare chance to experience ourselves as part of nature.

People often find this transformative, telling us that they:

  • feel liberated, revived and inspired
  • enjoy richer relationships with others and with nature
  • gain unexpected insights and a fresh perspective on the world
  • reconnect with the things that are truly important to them
  • develop their confidence, energy and strength to do what matters



We gather at noon for introductions and an overview of the programme before having lunch together. After lunch, we head out for a series of gentle outdoor activities. These help us to slow down, unwind and connect with the others in the group and the place.


Finding direction: A unique and gentle process to gather ourselves and explore more deeply what it is you are hoping to get from the retreat.

Solo: Following a break we gather to prepare for the “solo”. This forms the heart of the Natural Change process. We head out alone for up to six hours. As darkness falls, we return for supper and sleep.


Stories and reflections. We gather for breakfast together before having some time alone to decide what we each might like to share with the group about our solo experience. This leads into an extraordinary, gentle, beautiful and often profoundly powerful story-telling circle. In the evening we have a celebratory dinner.


Making meaning and making sense. Processes to explore what our experiences of nature might mean and how we can take them back to our everyday lives. We depart at 4.00 pm.

Practical details


Accommodation, catering, group equipment, facilitation and liability insurance are included. You will need to bring your own personal outdoor clothes and equipment: http://www.naturalchange.co.uk/personal-equipment-list-week/

We will have sole use of the Deanich Lodge. Accommodation will be in shared rooms with bunks and single beds.


The retreat starts by noon on day 1. Please arrive promptly so that we can start on time. The retreat finishes at 4.00pm on the fourth day.


Once you have booked and your place on the retreat is confirmed, further information is sent to you about the location, travel and other preparations.


This retreat is not a test of endurance, it is a gentle introduction to nature. We are committed to making Natural Change an experience accessible to a wide range of abilities. Our pace is set to that which can be comfortably managed by all group members and we design the programme to meet the needs of everyone in the group.

As a guideline – you will need to be able to carry a day pack containing your personal equipment (waterproofs, spare jacket/jumper, lunch, flask, etc.) for periods of up to two hours in a natural environment, sometimes without formed paths, and be able to sit on the ground.

If you this is difficult for you, you are welcome to bring a folding stool or chair. However, for participants who would find this difficult for any reason, we are happy to adapt routes and activities. If this is the case, please contact us as soon as possible before booking to discuss your needs.