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Conscious Crafting in Community

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Beech Hill Community, Morchard Bishop, Devon

Regular Saturday day retreats

9.45am-4.30/5pm - including lunch and afternoon tea


Next retreats: November 11th, December 9th, 2017

Beech Hill is a beautiful rambling former manor house, which has been home to an intentional community for many years. The house and grounds are stunning - and there is a special atmosphere here. We will be in the large, comfortable Green Room, which overlooks the sweeping lawn at the front of the house. In the winter, there is a woodburner in the room to make it extra cosy!

This is a day for you to recharge your batteries and take time to focus on your creativity, meditate and be nurtured. It is a rare thing to find the time to sit and create mindfully without distractions. You are here to do just that. 

The day includes some short guided meditations and periods of silence, as well as the opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of like-minded people. There willl be a wholesome and delicious vegetarian lunch - and to finish we will relax and enjoy an afternoon tea with plenty of cakes on offer - including gluten-free and vegan options.

If you don't have your own project to work on, there are easy communal crafts suitable for beginners - and reasonably priced beginner-level projects to buy.


Where are we?

Beech Hill is just outside the villlage of Morchard Bishop, in the middle of the glorious mid Devon countryside. Despite being very rural, there are good road and public transport links.. 

Public Transport

There is a bus service to the village, as well as rail and bus services to Morchard Road, two miles from the village.

By bus

The 369 bus service leaves Exeter bus station (bay 9) at 08.50am, arriving in Morchard Bishop (Greenaway) at 9.42. The last bus leaves at 16.02. Beech Hill is about 30mins walk from the village centre.

5c - Exeter to Chulmleigh via Morchard Road - leaves from Exeter bus station (bay 6) at 8.45, arriving Morchard Road (opposite the Devonshire Dumpling pub) at 9.20am. There are buses back at 16.44pm and 18.48pm.

By rail

The Exeter to Barnstaple..service leaves St David's Staton at 8.31am, arriving at Morchard Road at 8.56am. The next serviice leaves at 9.27am arriving at 9.52am. Returning there are services at 16.16pm and 17.47pm. If you are coming from the other direction there is a train that arrives at Morchard Road at 9.20am, and leaves at 17.22pm

Pick-up from Morchard Road station There will be a pick-up service from Morchard Road station, leaving at 9.25am (we will wait for the bus!). We can drop people back for the 16.44 bus or 17.22/17.47pm trains.

By car

See the above map and map links.

From the A377: Follow the turn to Morchard Bishop near the Devonshire Dumpling pub at Morchard Road, and follow the road for 2 miles to Morchard Bishop.Turn right just after the London Inn. Go past the school and church and head out of the village for about a mile and a half. Opposite the entrance to a wood, you will see two large black wrought iron gates. The entrance to the community is about 20m on the right (look for the windmill).

From the North: Follow the road from Black Dog for a couple of miles. The Beech Hill turn off will be on your left, opposite a cross roads and just befoer a bend in the road. If you get to the main village, you have gone too far!

There is a car park at Beech Hill. Follow the drive past the side of the house and you will see the car park on the right. Please park considerately.