For your Workshops & Retreats

Workshops & Retreats
Feel nurtured by the gentle energy of this farm environment.   The 18th century brick barns, that provide the backdrop for your event, have lived through many uses and transformations.     

An adaptive space for learning, change and growth.        Surrounded by historic farming landscape.                        Feel  welcomed.                                                              Settle into yourself. 

You will love the simple, practical set up at dove farm. Ideal for daytime workshops, as well as being a quirky, alternative venue for  meetings, training events and residential retreats.

You will be based in our warm and welcoming Dove Studio

Staying for longer? or need extra workspace during your day event? Take a look at our cottages.

Need a larger indoor space ?
eg yoga? dance? Qi gong?
Take a look at the lovely parish hall in Ellastone.
A 10 min walk, or pop up in the car. plenty of parking.
hire rates for parish hall are very reasonable.

Wanting outdoor space? 
we have acres of it,  here at the farm, with a delightful farm and riverside walk to explore and spend time in nature.

Our accommodation is well suited to residential retreats of up to 12 guests plus group leader and assistant.

Larger group size? that's possible too, with more guests sharing - or with the addition of tents for summer retreats. Why not use dove farm as your base, and then call upon nearby B&Bs to supplement your overnight capacity? 

Retreat leaders may prefer to stay overnight, off site, at the  Duncombe Arms  just round the corner.  Luxury rooms in boutique hotel style adjoining the pub restaurant. Why not add as an accommodation upgrade for retreat participants?  Just 10 mins walk from the farm. 

Find catering suppliers, and other practical info, over at Plan your stay

For purely plant based, vegan retreat catering, try Rachel and her team at Herb-a-licious foods

You will appreciate the freedom, to plan and organise your retreat in a way that fits your theme and purpose. You can be totally independent but do have a chat with us, if you need extra help on board. 

Jane at dove farm, is a qualified and experienced teacher and coach; energy work practitioner and group facilitator, as well as being a trained celebrant and a decent cook!

Talk to us about your group, your plans and your requirements. Why not come for a look around? We will always do our best to help you create your event and allow it to unfold naturally.

Key retreat features

Central UK location  DE6 2GY
Calm and settling energy
convenient countryside – easy access to main roads and amenities
35 mins travel from Derby, Stoke and Stafford by car (approx. timings)
Nearest branch line train station, Uttoxeter 7 miles away
Nearest main station: Derby

Communal gathering space - with or without tables
Seating around large table for 16 
Adjoining cottages provide additional breakout space  
Plenty of private space for quiet reflection

Facilitator available on site (Jane!) if required. 

7 x bedrooms across 3 cottages + sofabed 
3 x kitchens. 
4 x bathrooms.
Enclosed patio garden.

Self catering -  with option to bring in caterers/own chef.
All day complimentary self-serve teas and coffees etc
Lunchtime catering sometimes available from dove farm. 
Local pub-restaurants, with locally sourced menus

Acres of outdoor grassland and meadow
Secluded corners to set up gatherings and circles
A natural haven for wildlife
Riverside walk – exclusive to guests of dove farm
Country walks from the farm gate
Firepit area to sit in circle
Farm pets to meet 

Doggies welcome, by prior arrangement
Plenty of parking
Accessible accommodation for guests with limited mobility

Settle into our beautiful Staffordshire Derbyshire countryside. May we  gently point out, that because we are a working farm with machinery workshop -  on occasions, there may be background noise during weekday working hours, near the cottages/studio room.  Easily remedied by taking a tranquil stroll alongside the river dove!

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