For your Workshops & Retreats

Workshops & Retreats
Feel nurtured by the gentle energy of this farm environment.  An adaptive space for learning, change and growth. Surrounded by historic 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
Works well for 1:2:1
Perfect for small, intimate groups 
Ideal for larger groups too: approx 12 + course leader(s)
Staying for longer? 
or need extra workspace during your day event? Take a look at our cottages. Perfect for small groupwork.

Need a large, active 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.

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

Our accommodation is well suited to residential retreats. Sleeps 8 on single occupancy basis.

Larger residential group size? that's possible too, with more guests sharing. Or why not use dove farm as your base, and then call upon nearby accommodation providers to supplement 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? 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.
Ashbourne 5 miles | Uttoxeter 7 miles
Derby, Stoke and Stafford 20 miles
Nearest branch line train station, Uttoxeter 
Nearest main station: Derby (average 40 mins by car)

Communal gathering space - with or without tables
Comfortable capacity for around 12 guests + leaders 
Adjoining cottages provide additional breakout space  
Private space for quiet reflection.
Plenty of outdoor space.
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 may be 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 -  there may be some 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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