October 13-15: Dare to Imagine

The present is pretty overwhelming, so the future is hard to face. But let’s dare to imagine a positive upside to these pressures, and see them as an invitation to evolve into greater resilience. This weekend offers a chance for a deep, shared exploration of how to grow into the future, and what super-resilience might mean for us as individuals and groups, with this magical wood adding support and wisdom for our quest. To book, or for more information click here…



Past Events


Monday Sept 11: Wellbeing through Nature

With Alan Heeks and Jane Sanders at Hazel Hill Wood. This is a Wisdom Tree event, free of charge for professionals working in or with front line service organisations. We will explore what we can learn from nature about deepening our resilience so that daily work demands don’t deplete us and, explore some distinctive approaches and practical new responses to the daily challenges of work and life. To book, or for more information Click here…

September 22-24: Network of Wellbeing at Hawkwood College

Alan is running a workshop as part of the Building Wellbeing Together Weekend at Hawkwood College, organised by the Network of Wellbeing: a UK based charity whose aims are to help develop networks and local groups on wellbeing. Using Hawkwood’s gardens as a live learning model, Alan will be exploring what you can learn from organic gardening to cultivate your own wellbeing: for example, see how you can compost your stress, use natural energy sources, and value your wild margins. To book, or for more information click here.


September 1-3: Nourish, Reflect, Refresh: A men’s peer group weekend

Open up to the magic of the wood and the collective wisdom and support of a group of men. Relax and renew with camp fires, music, good food, and acres of trees. There’s scope to meet new aspects of yourself, find the subtler voices, change an old story, play a new part, and hear the collective wisdom of the group. Organised by Alan Heeks and Charles Kemp. Only £88, plus bring food to share. For enquiries and bookings contact Charles: charles.fhp@blueyonder.co.uk or 07737 892891. Read more here.

AUGUST 2017: 

August 19-27: Nourishing the Heart

Alan Heeks and Cordelia Prescott will be leading sessions on this theme as part of the Unicorn Dancing Spirit Camp near Bradford-on-Avon, Somerset. They will offer simple practices to nourish the heart through the stresses of everyday life and big transitions. See more at http://www.unicornvillagecamps.co.uk.




JULY 2017:

Tuesday July 25: Exploring AD2050 – How long-term insights can help progressive business now

A chance to see if your organisation’s strategy could benefit from a deep sense of our long-term future. The free of charge seminar will be facilitated by Ian Roderick, Director of Schumacher Institute, and Alan Heeks at The Engine Shed, Bristol. To book our place click here…


JUNE 2017:

Monday June 19: Nourishing The Front Line Taster and Collaboration Day

In 2017 Wisdom Tree is offering a series of six days, specially developed for people in frontline occupations – health & social care, counsellors, coaches, youth workers, social workers, community workers, social entrepreneurs etc. Come along to this taster day on June 19 at the wood to experience the content of the Nourishing the Frontline programme.



Friday June 2: Natural Happiness – the Gardener’s Way at Chelsea Physic Garden

Alan Heeks is leading a 2-hour seminar using the Physic Garden as our learning model, 10:30-12:30. Click here for more information.




June 2-4: Fruits of Maturity

Alan Heeks and Jane Sanders invite you to join them at Hazel Hill Wood for a weekend in a supportive space to explore your questions about midlife and beyond and to learn how to thrive in your 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Read more here.




APRIL 2017:

April 7-9: Wellbeing and Conservation Weekend at Hazel Hill Wood

This weekend is a chance to nourish yourself through time in the wood, and to nourish the wood with some mindful conservation. The hosting team is led by: Agatha Manouche, Alan Heeks and Marcos Frangos.

Bookings via Eventbrite. For queries contact Jenny Abery: jennifer.abery@tiscali.co.uk, 07984 136933

Read more here.



Natural Happiness – the Gardener’s Way

Saturday October 1st, Bridport, West Dorset

With Alan Heeks

Would you like better ways to stay positive amid the pressures of daily life and work?  Imagine cultivating your human nature as a gardener tends a garden: that’s the idea we’ll explore in this one-day workshop, using a 1-acre garden as our live teaching model.

LynchettsAlan has many years’ experience exploring how people can grow their own wellbeing and resilience by learning from cultivated organic ecosystems, like gardens and farms.  Here are some examples:

  • Using sustainable energy sources, that don’t deplete your reserves
  • ‘Composting’ stress and problems into fertility for future growth
  • Co-creativity skills to balance your aims and the realities of the situation

These approaches are relevant for individuals, communities, and work organisations.  They are the focus for Alan’s planned third book: see more at www.naturalhappiness.net.

Alan Heeks: has many years’ experience of exploring natural systems as a model for people’s happiness and resilience, including setting up Hazel Hill Wood near Salisbury and Magdalen Farm near Bridport.

Wisdom Tree:  Alan is part of this small team offering resilience skills for individuals, work teams and communities.  See www.wisdomtree.uk.net

Venue: Our venue is Lynchetts, a spacious old house with delightful one-acre garden, which Alan and Linda have renovated since 2011.
Timing: From 10am – 5pm, with bring and share lunch
Cost: £45, concessions £35
Booking: For enquiries and bookings, contact Alan: E: data@workingvision.com or,

T: 07976 602 787

Click here for flyer


Finding yourself in the woods: A men’s weekend at Hazel Hill Wood, near Salisbury

Friday September 2nd 7pm – Sunday September 4th 2pm:

Trees sunThis 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. Click here for Hazel Hill Wood Events and further information.

Enquiries and bookings: contact Charles Kemp    e: charles.fhp@blueyonder.co.uk  m: 077379289



APRIL 2016

Natural Happiness: the roots of resilience: APRIL 22 – 24, 2016, Hazel Hill Wood with Alan Heeks and Jane Sanders

How can webluebells stay cheerful and successful amid too much pressure and uncertainty? Is there a better way for people and teams at work to nourish morale and achieve results, when they keep having to do more with less? And how can communities help us all to be happy and resilient in these crazy times?

In this workshop we’ll explore all these questions, with the natural ecosystem of this magical wood as our guide. Our methods will include: nourishing roots; composting our problems; ways to cultivate our personal or group ecosystem; using co-creative skills to work with nature; harnessing despair and  growing inspiration; and how groups can bring us deeper insights support and resilience. Along with workshop sessions, there will be solo times in the wood, plus good food, campfires, songs and stories amid the trees and bluebells.





Exploring the Soul’s Journey:  A retreat at The Abbey, near Oxford: Feb 27-28 with Alan Heeks and Cordelia Prescott. For downloadable flyer click here.

This retreat offers a safe, supportive space to explore how can we enrich and guide our life by a deeper understanding and dialogue with our soul?  If our soul is on a longer journey, before and after this current lifetime, what does it want now? What are we here for?

A classic teaching in Sufi and other traditions is to enrich your living by including your dying: in other words, to face consciously our death and what may be beyond it, can move us beyond fears into truly enjoying and fulfilling ourselves through the gift of this lifetime/incarnation.

Exploring the Soul’s Journey 5 minute YouTube Clip, click here.

MARCH 2015

The Spiritual Roots of Resilience: A retreat, March 7-8, 2015 at The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, near Oxford.

Creative Maturity: Events for men and women:

Creative Maturity – Ripening to Wisdom:  A 7-day event with Alan Heeks and Ineke Vollebregt.

Maturity is a call: to your own truth, to explore the group wisdom of elders, and to a new role in the tribe.  Traditionally the elders carry the wisdom, vision the future, and mentor the new generations.  All this and more we need in these times.

For a blog about the 2013 group on this theme at Findhorn, click here.