Emerson College is an ideal place for day meetings, retreats, festivals and courses in self-development, arts, movement, spirituality and land based themes. Our gardens (22 acres) invite your participants to go on walks to experience the wonder of nature in plants and trees. We are a Biodynamic Botanical Garden and are building up a documentation of the many plants; our partner, The Heartwood Foundation, is creating a Medicinal Herb Garden and our own Vegetable Garden provides fresh vegetables to our kitchen. This creates a healthy, contemplative and safe environment which helps you to slow down and step out of your daily routine into a creative space.
Our facilities are simple, natural, with a lot of light; many sculptures by our students can be found in the grounds. We offer a campsite for up to 30 people, 50 single rooms and 7 twin rooms – all with shared toilets and showers. A big hall with a stage for up to 150 people, 3 classrooms, a space for movement, 2 art studios and communal spaces are also available. Free WIFI is available in designated areas. We have ample free parking.
For residential courses and retreats we offer accommodation with all meals which are freshly prepared every day in our kitchen. Our meals are vegetarian and we can also cater for gluten free, dairy free and vegan diets. Unfortunately, we are not able to cater for allergies or other diets, but we will provide participants with a kitchen to prepare their own meals. We support agricultural practices that renew and sustain the soil rather than depleting it. We are especially lucky to have a small biodynamic vegetable garden right on campus, providing us with fresh greens, lettuces, spinach, tomatoes, flowers and much more! Tablehurst farm – a community owned biodynamic farm – is just next door to us.
We are open all year round except between Christmas and New year. Minimum age for all our participants and guests is 18. Only an hour’s train journey from Central London and 30 minutes from Gatwick airport with easy access to the Ashdown Forest makes it easy for your participants to reach us.
If you would like to enrich your programme we are happy to connect you with our partners on campus for a storytelling performance, activities in sacred geometry, painting or pottery, organise a talk from our gardener, a tour in our medicinal herb garden or offer a cooking or pizza making session. Just let us know what you're looking for and we will design a package for you according to your requirements.
You can enquire for your event through our online form http://www.emerson.org.uk/how-to-book